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Hydropackulicity Contest Ends

Well, this is it — the day of reckoning is here!

The Hydropackulicity SEO Contest ends today. I hope I did what it takes to remain on Google’s page one.

I don’t know if it is clear just what hydropackulicity is, but now it is a word recognized in the Google search engine, all because of a silly little contest. If nothing else, I learned a lot about SEO and the power and influence of Google in the web world.

And I had fun!

Hydropackulicity Helps Meet Goals

In setting up this blog website for the Hydropackulicity Contest I have met several goals:

  • Learned more about blogging and using a WordPress site as a website.
  • Posted over 15 articles. I love the way WordPress encourages you to get to the next level!
  • Brought my website to page one on Google search for keyword Hydropackulicity.
  • Learned some tricks and tips for good SEO. SEO requires constant attention to keep top ranking with the ever-changing web. But sometimes it still seems like page rank is random.
  • Practiced and improved my writing and research skills.
  • Tried using Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other social networks as marketing tools.
  • Tested several sites with Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools. Google is awesome!

Another Hydropackulicity Product

No low-flow shower heads for me. Take a look at this baby!

Multiple shower heads, the Hydropackulicity shower head system

The Hydropackulicity shower system, perfect for really dirty people.

Beware of the Black Hat

Beware of using Black Hat SEO such as “link farms”  and “keyword stuffing” in your SEO.

I was going through comments marked spam on this blog, and since I have written several posts about using SEO on your website, I usually check where the comments came from. Many are suspicious, like this one:

This is a comment to the webmaster. I discovered your “The Hydropackulicity Conspiracy Theory hydropackulicity” page via Google but it was difficult to find as you were not on the first page of search results. I see you could have more traffic because there are not many comments on your website yet. I have found a website which offers to dramatically increase your rankings and traffic to your site: http://www.linklegends.com/free-trial. I managed to get close to 1000 visitors/day using their services, you could also get lot more targeted traffic from search engines than you have now. Their free trial and brought significantly more traffic to my site. Hope this helps :) Take care.

Actually, I received this comment twice on the same day from two different email addresses, but the same company. This company advertises SEO help and promises high ranking pages in a short time by using “bulk link building” and “article marketing”. The company promises 10,000 links in the first month. Be skeptical about using a SEO service that advertises like this because they are considered spammy by Google and eventually will penalize your site. Google algorithms can detect a sudden increase in backlinks.

Here is another suspicious comment:

I’m also commenting to make you understand what a really good experience our princess obtained reading through your web page. She came to understand a wide variety of issues, which include what it is like to have a wonderful helping heart to have most people with ease grasp selected problematic topics. You undoubtedly surpassed our expected results. Thanks for producing the beneficial, trustworthy, revealing not to mention unique thoughts on your topic to Kate.

This content is so generic and could apply to any topic but doesn’t really say anything. While the spelling is perfect the grammar and sentence structure is just weird. The website attached to this comment points to a site that looks suspicious with many keywords, but no text.

Building a top ranking website occurs naturally, and it takes time. Having good, useful content with legitimate backlinks is the best way to get a top ranking website. Don’t try to trick the system.

I know what you are thinking – I am not using the best practices by putting the keyword Hydropackulicity in every article I write in order to get top ranking to win a contest. If I were trying to sell hydropackulicity, I would write about it in a way that is useful to people. I am learning alot about what works and what doesn’t so that I can build better sites.

I hope this helps you too!

More Hydropackulicity, Please

Just for Fun—more definitions of the word Hydropackulicity

Hydro=Water: hydroelectric. Liquid: hydrodynamics

pach·y·derm [pak-i-dûrm ]. n. Any of various large, thick-skinned, hoofed mammals such as the elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus.

-icity = denoting a quality or condition, the state of having: simplicity, publicity

Elephant + Water = Hydropackulicity

hydropackulicity: elephant taking a shower

Hydropackulicity is…
an elephant taking a shower.

Hydro-Hydropackulicity Power!

hydropackulicity power plant, Hoover dam

Hydropackulicity is…
The outflow during a hydropackulicity test at the hydropower plant at the Hoover Dam, located on the Nevada-Arizona border.

Seo for WordPress Revisited

So I was wrong.

I apologize for some misinformation in my previous post (Hydropackulicity Contest draws near 5/7/2012)

It looks like using keywords, tags and category heads have little effect on your page rank for Google. According to my instructor, Categories and Tags in WordPress sites are more for organizational structure to help your readers follow their interests in your posts.

Don’t get me wrong – tags are a good thing. When used properly, Categories are like a file cabinet drawer where you file documents under a topic. Tags are more like a keyword that help people find and cross-reference your posts.  Using alt tags for your images is also helpful for search engines to index your images.

Having useful content, blogging often and developing your blog over time will help you optimize your WordPress site for the Google search engine.

Here are more tips for optimizing your website, especially a WordPress Website:

  • Make sure your default Permalink settings are helpful to your readers. The default setting, http://yourdomain.com/?p=123, is not very useful and you lose the value of keywords in the title of your post or page. This is often overlooked, but easy to change. Try this: select the custom option and set the format to /%postname%/ or /%category%%postname%/. Add the category if you have been  diligent in naming your categories using your main keywords. Otherwise, just use the post name and make sure you use keywords in their titles.
  • Make sure your privacy setting allows search engine indexing when your site goes live. Go to the WordPress “Settings/Privacy” in your dashboard and set your blog visibility to “I would like my blog to be visible to everyone, including search engines (like Google, Bing, Technorati) and archivers”. Also make sure your robots.txt file isn’t set to block the search engine bots.
  • Verify your site with Google using Webmaster Tools. You then add a verification code to your header file which gives the search engine a way to verify site ownership and then you can gather useful information for your site. Once your site is verified, you can install the Google (XML) Sitemap plugin and activate it. All the major search engines will provide information on your site such as keywords to find your site, incoming links to pages, broken links and other useful information for your site. Using Google Analytics will also help to give you useful information on how visitors use your site and which pages are more popular so that you can create a better experience for the user.

I hope this clarifies SEO.