Is 2008 going to be the breakout year for Video Blogs?
Video Blogs are also referred to as Vlogs, although I am not sure that rolls off the tongue as well as Blogs, and they have been gaining ground over the past year or so. Two big factors fueling this are the cost of digital video cameras and the purchase of YouTube by Google. Face it, if Google buys it, it must be something worth looking in to, and everyone rushes in.
Search engines want true organic listings, and for some reason a lot of people struggle with this concept. If you write an original article you are creating an organic (natural) post. And the results you achieve might just surprise you. And yes, this is probably harder for me as a programmer than you can imagine. I tend to want to program my results, but, over the last year I have learned the value of just letting the blogging flow.
I have 2 clear examples of writing a post that was influenced by my own circumstances and imagination that were rewarded in the SERPS.
The first was written 2 months ago and included a video. I was just trying to relay my thought on how we each respond to making mistakes and that we need to be open minded while taking responsibility for our own actions. This post is ranked # 2 on Google for open minded vlogging and # 14 for the term open minded blogging. The title was “Making mistakes and being open minded“. And yes I gave some thought to the SEO in the post, but, I was still surprised to see people coming to my site for the above mentioned terms.
The second post was ” WordPress XML Parsing Error” and landed pretty good for several terms including, WordPress error, WordPress XML Error, and WordPress Parsing error. The post was basically a log of troubleshooting an error I was having with WordPress. Yes I did a little SEO on the post, but the results once again were above my expectations.
As a side note, the only reason I knew of these results is because I evaluate my analytics to get a better understanding of how people find and use my sites. This work is probably one of the keys to my success, as I know it is not my pure writing skills.
The moral of the story…..
Be natural, be organic.
It is good to do the SEO work, but do not JUST let the SEO drive the Content.
I will probably never be a great blogger, writing is just not my skill set, maybe someday I will get the vlogging going and that will suit me better. However, one of the things I have re-learned the last couple of years is the power of synergy and how important it is to share with others. Everyone has skills, and utilizing the right skills of people can be much more powerful than trying to force yourself to work outside of your skill set. I am not advocating that you should not learn and expand, however we each have limitations.
I have had some success working with other people on blog ventures instead of doing it all myself. My latest endeavor is working with my sister on NascarNotes.com. Liz is a major Nascar fan, and has always had good writing skills. However, she has never had the opportunity to hone her computer skills, but now she has a new schedule and a big desire to work on this.
If you like Nascar (or even if you don’t) stop by NascarNotes.com and welcome Liz to the Blogoshpere. She is working hard to catch on to all this wonderful technology and carve her own little niche in blogging.