Read these words very, very carefully, I am going to repeat myself. These words are for those who have, are or will blog about CROCHET. This is not a post written for people who blog about crafting in general, this is not advice for people who blog about fiber arts, this is advice is for crochet bloggers. Get it? Now let the fun begin.
I always think twice about writing a post like this, because I can already hear the comments before I push the publish button. “But I have a X life style blog…” Great, this post isn’t for you. This post is for crochet bloggers, this post is for crochet bloggers because that’s to whom I’m writing. Get it? Got it? Great…let’s get on with it.
Key Words and Crochet and SEO
When you write a blog post about crochet, please use crochet at the main key word in your SEO efforts. SEO is search engine optimization, and to some people (not this blogger) it’s a big deal. I don’t care to mess with it all that much, because most of my traffic is organic and not search engine driven, and I really like it that way. But, if you’re getting started blogging and don’t have a base of readers on your launch, it’s probably a good idea to pay attention to key words for SEO purposes.
Words to use:
- Crochet Patterns
- Crochet Hooks
- crochet yarn
- crochet squares
- how to crochet
- Crochet Sweater Patterns
- Crochet Doll Patterns
- Crochet Amigurumi
- Crochet Socks
- Crochet Slippers
- Crochet Poop Ducks (yes, poop ducks – you can see one here)
- Crochet Hats
- Crochet Store
- Crochet Wildebeests
- Crochet Flowers
Please notice which words were not there – notice I did not use the K word associated with any of the things on that little list. Why? For the same reason I hardly ever use the K word on this blog. Why don’t I hardly ever use the K word on this blog? Is it because I hate the craft that name begins with the letter K? No, indeed I do not. I do not use that word because I do not write about that subject, I don’t write about that subject because I do not do that craft; in my limited time I choose to do a couple of things for creative expression and I don’t write about all of those either; Since this is a blog for crochet lovers, makers, hobbyists and crochet pros, I write about crochet. It’s that simple.
Notice I also do not use the word wildebeest in my blog posts, at least not until today, I do not write about wildebeests unless it’s a crocheted wildebeest (which is all kinds of awesome IMHO, should I find one), alas I could not find a crocheted wildebeest on-line (sad face) but I did find an amusing British writer’s blog where he has crochet and a wildebeest on a list of short story ideas; that cracked me up you may find it amusing. Back to the reasons you want to keep to crochet…
If you started your blog out of your love of crochet, and then decide to write about other crafts because “oh my gosh there’s just too much competition for crochet on line”, here’s my response:
*ROLL EYES* WHATEVER
there’s not enough good info about crochet, so write good info and keep on your subject matter. Think you can run out of content to write about crochet? Think again, it’s a vast subject, so keep digging.
If you started your blog out of frustration because you had difficulty finding the information you were looking for and decided to archive good crochet info, first of all I heart you much, second of all, then why write about other stuff? Unless you really want to write a multidisciplinary craft blog and in that case have at it, but if you are dedicated to crochet, then write about crochet. Kinda just that simple.
There are those who will tell you that there aren’t enough readers, I beg to differ, I get lots of readers, and I don’t advertise much at all, again I get a rush out of organic traffic (meaning you find me the old fashioned way, by accident or referral). If the numbers are correct and crochet is the USA’s 3rd most popular craft, then I can tell you there’s plenty of room for all of us blogging from our various viewpoints about crochet.
We need more voices talking about crochet, crochet patterns, crochet dreams and crochet aspirations. (See how many times I used crochet in a sentence? Try it sometime.)
You see folks, when you choose to blog on any subject, be it crochet, wildebeests or fiber arts, then use the key words that apply to your topic, don’t muddy the water by using the entire bucket everyone thinks you need to have. Just don’t. Stick to what you’ve chosen to blog about.