SEO Writing Basics

SEO Writing. What exactly is it? Simply put: SEO writing is the art of inserting key words and phrases into an article. And by ‘key words and phrases’, I mean the words typed into the Google search engine. Google uses algorithms to determine your content and it’s relevance on whatever the subject may be. These key words and phrases have the ability to optimize your site and give it higher rankings within a search engine.

For instance  if I’m looking for information on my cat’s health, my search phrase would be ‘cat health’. When I type in my phrase, Google will show me a list of sites on proper cat care and how to keep track of my pets overall health. Proper SEO writing,  would have included the phrase ‘cat health’ throughout their article.

In some situations, the phrase may not flow. Let’s say a person is looking for a heart doctor in Cleveland. They may type in (cardiologist Cleveland). And inserting that phrase into an article  repeatedly, can sound rather off-putting. In this case, realize that Google doesn’t always look at the punctuation in the article. So you could phrase (cardiologist Cleveland) in several ways, still combining the words as a phrase. For instance: “If you’re looking for  a   well skilled (cardiologist, Cleveland) is well known for…..” 

At the same time,you can bog down the article with ‘too much’ SEO writing. It’s called over-optimizing. More then 10 times, is too much. And it may drop you in the rankings.

Tips for SEO writing:

  • Consider your audience
  • Create a flow. Don’t just pop the phrase in there.
  • Reread your article several times. How does it sound?
  • Add your keywords and phrases as you go along, or after. It’s like Lego building. Which block goes best and where?
  • Practice your key phrases. Insert random keywords into Google and see what pops up. And when reading your article, try to imagine which words you would type in to find it.
  • Include the key phrase in the title and html.
  • Interview experts. Being able to direct quote experts on the topic  is extremely helping at driving traffic to your site.
  • Try to get at least 300-500 words in the article.
  • Advertise your article. Put your link up on as many blog friendly sites as possible. LinkedIn, Reddit and StumbleUpon are well known for this. And they work!

In closing, SEO writing is a way to optimize your site in the search engines, driving more traffic in your direction.

If you liked this article, feel free to leave me a comment or a link-back. Both are always appreciated. And stay tuned for an upcoming article on:  ‘the basics of HTML coding’.

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SEO Writing Basics

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Over 40 Fashion Sense…eh…screw it

Fashion Sense?  Mine is…well….hmmmm…..

It’s not that I don’t care what I look like on a daily basis. It’s more or less lack of time. It’s just easier to clip my hair up and throw on whatever I bothered to throw in the wash. Did I mention I have children?!? And honestly, I love them all dearly…truly I do… but how do I find the time for anything, let alone dressing up?

If you’re over 40, you know the struggle. Everything takes longer. It’s not as simple as it used to be. And 90% of the time, I’m driving kids from point A to point B. I’d make a fortune as a taxi service, if I started charging my kids for services. Add my job to the mix and forget about it! Zero time.

I mean …I’m currently writing this at 11:18 PM just so I can be alone for 10 minutes! 

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Basically…it’s just too much work to bother.. My hair is thinner now …

I am 41.

Did I forget to mention that?

Essentially, I have to ‘fake it’ with my hair. This typically requires curling and teasing, then a lifting spray. My hairs rather long, so it can be hard to get a decent lift. I have cut it in the past, but I hated it! Mostly because I couldn’t just throw it in a bun anymore. Styling takes time. I believe we have established…I have none. And just this year, I started finding  WHITE HAIRS! No…really….ugh. I pulled them out, but it was no use. The bastards grew back. You can’t really see them, but I assure you…

they’re still fricken there!

And my face….well….what do I not have to complain about here???

  • dry skin
  • age spots
  • crows feet
  • those weird forehead wrinkles…crap I hate those things!!!!
  • yellow bumps from skin damage…on my EYEBALLS! It’s called Pinguecula
  • receding gums…it’s mild, but it’s there
  • dark circles…ugh…just shoot me
  • red blemishes just below my neck…again…too much sun

Basically…a boat load of spackle is required, and I flat out don’t feel like dealing with it. I don’t want to deal with primers and foundations (and I don’t really give a shit how light and fluffy it is advertised to be)… glosses, mascara, powders and shadows. I’m not trying to go all ‘Rembrandt’  first thing in the morning. It’s hard enough to find the time to drink my required two gallons of coffee  just to function!.

As far as clothing goes…ugh…here we go again….

  • I’m thin…but…I’m saggy, so not proportioned.
  • My butt has either morphed or melted into the back of my upper thighs. Belts are now required!!!

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  • Where in the name of  Zeus’s pie-hole… did my boobs go?!?! And why do they feel the need to hide in my armpits when I’m laying down?!?! WHY????

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  • Veins…seriously….do I really need to elaborate here?
  • Feet…ugh..ok…four kids in and flat as the earth is wide. “Forget about it” <—this must be said in a strong Italian accent. 
  • It’s not that I have a gut. It’s that I have no lift. Because if I push my boobs up to their proper location…my stomach is flat as a board. Some of you will totally get what I mean. (This also works with my butt…my thighs basically fade away if I yank my butt up to it’s proper place…not that I’m running around yanking on my butt or anything…maybe). 

I mean …

why bother???

And did I mention the popping sounds? Yes…crap just pops for any reason at all. Standing up? Pop. Sitting down? Pop. Walking? Pop. Bending over? Pop. Everything pops…every-fricken-thing. 

And I haven’t even hit menopause yet?!?!

WTF will that be like?!?!?!

  • hot flashes?
  • mood swings?
  • weird hair growth locations?
  • Dammit….is this a cocka-may-mee mood swing?!?!?

Whatever…you know…I intended for this to be a post about  Fashion Over 40. As in; hot spring clothing trends and hairstyles. 

But now I just want a cookie and a glass of wine. (Wait…wine just means I’ll have to pee again in two minutes. I think I’ll try to keep the peeing at my usual 5 minute intervals tonight).

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DRONIUM TWO AP DRONE WITH CAMERA : REVIEW

This review is being solely done and credited to my son. Photos and videos taken by Tommy Scags. Since he is new to doing reviews, this is more of a learning experience. His review will be in photos and videos. You decide for yourself if you like what you see.

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Be sure to Subscribe to his YouTube Channel below!


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Below info and images from Best Buy. Click Here for their site, specs and reviews on the Dronium Two. 

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Peppered Pineapple Pork Chops

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INGREDIENTS


  • 6-8 Chops
  • 7-8 Sweet Peppers
  • 1 Large Pineapple
  • Seasoning

 

TOOLS


  • Veggie Knife
  • Large Glass Baking Dish

 

Preheat oven to 400

Peel, slice and add first layer of pineapple.

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Chop and add 1/2 of the sweet peppers.

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Layer on your pork chops. 

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Continue layering. Add more pineapple and sweet peppers.  Sprinkle with your favorite seasonings.15966183_1386030371431406_9034298656562141496_n

Bake at 425 for 1.15 hours. 

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Enjoy! 

33 Amazing Sculptures From Around The World

33 Amazing Sculptures From Around The World

I’m smack in the middle of the biggest artist’s block known to man. I’ve got  canvas, acrylics, oils, brushes etc…and my mind is blank. This is typically when I Google search ‘madness’, so to to speak. Randomly typing in the first words that come to mind. The ‘images’ feature, by far, is my favorite Google feature. Today’s search was so fascinating, I feel the need to share. Maybe it’ll help you with your artist’s block, inspire a novel or just help you unwind. Today’s search : Odd Sculptures

Which ones are beacons of hope, fantasy and illusion? Which ones are the artist’s amazing rendering of their waking nightmare?  You decide. 

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I don’t know about you guys, but I’m either sleeping with the lights on tonight….or grabbing a bowl of popcorn and watching Stephen King movies…but I’m definitely inspired.

Top 20 Valentine’s Day DIY Projects

Top 20 Valentine’s Day DIY Projects

 

The Pinterest bug hit this morning with a vengeance! As a result, we’ve created a few things and surfed the net to keep our minds in the Valentine’s DIY spirit. Here are a few things we found. By ‘we’, I mean my daughter and I. Of course… one can only surmise at this point, that I yanked her into my crazy crafting hot glue obsession. At least…she liked the throw blanket that we picked up for a  whopping $5…. Go us!

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So we of course…hot glued a bunch of stuff. The best part about hot glue, is the fact that you can PEEL IT OFF! You can re-use all your dollar store goodies for other DIY projects.

And we went nuts on the fireplace…..

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So join us in all of our gluey, crafting, Pinterest obsessed glory! Here’s our Top 20 Valentine DIY ideas….

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Free Online Children’s Stories

  FREE ONLINE CHILDREN’S STORIES

“More than half the children in this country — 13 million children — will not hear a bedtime story tonight. A coalition of organizations, including our own, is working to change that”.  readaloud.org

After some searching, I was able to find multiple sources for free online books. These links will be direct to the online stories. Links and credits to the full sites are included .


 

Younger Children Free Online Books

MAGIC KEYS 

btngingerbread.gif The Little Gingerbread Man by Carol Moore – A surprising new version of the classic Gingerbread Man fairy tale.

 btnduck.gif  The Farm Animals (This is a talking book) by Rolando Merino – An illustrated story of animal sounds. This is now a free complete online Click-a-Word Talking eBook!

 btnalpha.gifLetters of the Alphabet (Animated)     by Rolando Merino – An animated story of the alphabet.

btnbeepcnc8Buzzy Bee’s Picnicby Carol MooreIllustrated by Dan Wetzel – Buzzy Bee can’t resist the delights of picnic food.

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Older Children Free Online Books

Magic Keys

btnatlas.gifAtlas Hangs On by Richard Swan – Should Atlas let go of the edge or hang on?

btnmary.gifLittle Miss Mary and the Big Monster Makeover by G.G. Toropov and Cleone Cassidy – Is trendy Little Miss Mary ready to make over a monster?

btncoyoteyel.gifMr. Coyote Meets Mr. Snail by Storie-Jean Agapith, a native American indian author –Illustrated by Michael S. Weber.

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Young Adults Free Online Books

Magic Keys

Tiger Son  Includes audioby Teresa Ng – An illustrated story

 

Wind Songby Carol Moore – An illustrated story.

 

A Tale of Friendshipby Carol Moore – An illustrated and very untrue story about how one particular animal came to be created long after all the rest.
Read the humorous Beaver Anecdote.

 

 


 

VIDEO BOOKS – These are rather awesome. And did I mention FREE?  They have their very own storyteller. Here is the full link : STORYONLINE.NET

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STORY TIME FOR ME

Toddler Free Online Books: Includes Songs and Animation

Scroll down to push play. I’ve only put two of them here, but storytimeforme.com has a ton!

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Report any broken links: ds@homefreekids.com

 

Wontons and Ambrosia

Nothing says fall, quite like Ambrosia Chocolate. It’s the perfect shade of brown and the aroma fills us with memories of holiday’s past.

On today’s menu: Wontons and Ambrosia. It’s extremely simple and as always, a shout out to where I found my ingredients…Fligners… Thank you, the produce, the meats and the lovely chocolate look fantastic.

To start:


homefreekids.com Wonton Wraps

homefreekids.com Wonton Wraps

Wontons must be lightly coated in the incredible edible egg….

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Then gently coat the wraps in Cinnamon and Sugar….

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After coating the wraps, fold them into any form you please. I tend to just fold them over….and place them on an oiled cookie sheet. 


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Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. They should be slightly ‘chewy’...or if your preference is crispy, just add a few minutes and keep an eye on them.


Shred about 1/2 cup Ambrosia

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Lightly coat finished Wontons, while still warm….

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And Serve!

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As always…feel free to tweek! The taste is in the tongue of the beholder….

Fresh Garden Herbs: Spaghetti and Meatballs, homefreekids.com

Fresh Garden Herbs: Spaghetti and Meatballs

There’s nothing like growing your own spaghetti sauce. The only thing I couldn’t grow, was the noodles. And trust me, if we were in a rural area, I’d probably try my hand at wheat. But this is suburbia….so the veggies and herbs, will have to do.


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And of course, I found another way to add flax to the children’s diet. Toss it in the sauce. It’s so much easier than asking, “So…will you kids be having a side of flax with that?” 

Honestly, and I’ve said this before, buy a coffee grinder. You can sneak flax into ANYTHING! Seriously!

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Tomatoes, Oregano, Basil, Garlic, Flax….a little of this….a little of that….mmmmmmmmm

Strange that a ‘small thing’ like an herb garden, could bring so much joy.


Having tried the whole grain spaghetti noodles, and the kids throwing an all out boycott….I decided to sneak it in and go half and half. (And sneaking things in, allows me to forgive the fact that nobody bothered to take out the garbage this week…I feel zero guilt).

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And the meatballs….oh, the meatballs. A little breading, some more oregano, garlic and basil……

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At least for today, the kids are full….the mess is cleaned up….and well…..at least for today, I took time to appreciate the small things.

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Cheese, Meat and Biscuits: Don’t forget the taters!

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After spending a majority of the day at the waterpark, the kids came home with a need to feed! 

This recipe is tried and true. Many have modified it and odds are your mother has made it. One tip: If you have it, add some flax. Use a coffee grinder to maximize digestion. I add flax to almost everything, so I can assure you…it can be done. Mix it in with the potatoes in this particular recipe.

Unground Flax Seed

Unground Flax Seed


Ingredients:


Freshly made mashed potatoes. I prefer them from scratch, but if need be, use the boxed variety.

Fresh chopped potatoes. Boil, Mash, Add Milk and Butter (Flax is optional)

Fresh chopped potatoes. Boil, Mash, Add Milk and Butter (Flax is optional)


Cooked Ground Beef

Brown in a Skillet

Brown in a Skillet


Mushroom Soup: Add milk to thin.

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Start by layering your basic ingredients:

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Mix the cooked ground chuck with the mushroom soup mix. Spread evenly over mashed potatoes.

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Add a layer of Velveeta Cheese

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For the topping, basic biscuit mix or tube biscuits work just fine.

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Place the unbaked biscuits as so:

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Since every ingredient but the biscuits are already cooked, the casserole only needs to be cooked as long as the biscuits require. In most cases, it’s at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.


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Simple, quick and filling: As always, feel free to tweak!

One idea could be to mix in some fresh garden herbs…..

I harvested these fresh from the garden this morning.

I harvested these fresh from the garden this morning.


Have a fabulous day!