My massive cock-up – how NOT to use keywords and tags for your blogposts!

It was meant to be all in good fun, but my curious little experiment went wrong and I created a monster!

I’m referring to my post back in January about men here in Saigon who raise roosters for cock fighting. When I decided on the title “Vietnamese Men With Big Cocks”, I thought I might get the odd person searching for something less innocent finding their way to my blog, but I thought “no problem, just means more traffic anyway”.

Well, in what has since ensued, I learnt a valuable lesson:

Don’t focus on attracting more traffic. Focus on attracting the RIGHT traffic!

You see, what happened was I started getting more and more people arriving at my blog in search of things that they simply wouldn’t find there. At first it was people who’d been led there by Google after searching for terms like “big cock man”, and over time, the terms that led them to my page became broader and broader (many of them quite disturbing – I won’t repeat them here).

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So what’s the problem, they’re still seeing my blog, right?

Not really.

As soon as they see it’s not what they’re looking for, they leave. Previously, on average, people visiting my blog would check out around three posts altogether. So they read one, and it was enough to make them want to check out another couple of articles. I was satisfied with this figure, but after publishing the Rooster article, that dropped substantially.

Now my blog doesn’t really get a lot of visitors just yet, but I do take pride in how many people hang around once they’ve arrived. That one post single-handedly shattered that! To date, it’s become my second most-viewed post (after this one which almost went viral here in Vietnam, maybe because the girl with the noodles is a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance Vietnam). Now I’m not saying it’s a bad post, but it’s not my best, either, and it’s really dragging my stats down.

I’m not really well-versed in SEO, but I have a feeling lots of people clicking on my page and then not engaging with it can’t really help my blog’s status in search engine listings!

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I was curious about what would happen when I published that blog, but now I am filled with regret, as I’ve discovered that attracting people who don’t engage with my blog is not a great thing. I think I was naively thinking maybe they’d still be curious and check out some other posts, but if it was porn they were after, there’s no way that’d be happening! Best to stick with clear tags and keywords that bring people who are gonna want to read more and follow the blog.

Or maybe I should just start posting porn, as there’s plenty of people coming to my blog in search of it!

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