Thursday, January 14, 2010

Blogging tip - search definition (general)

I plan this to be a series of tips and tricks for blogging in general, not only related to Blogger.com platform, but applicable for any blogging software including Wordpress, Live Journal, Jomlah, etc.

I will start off by one simple little search engine trick I often use. Frequently, I like to define some word before writing about something related to that word. What I will do is just to type the word "define" before the word in a search engine.

For example, I want to publish a post about diabetes. Searching for [define diabetes]. Further, you can use different search engines depending on what kind of results you want.

If you use Google.com, the very first result will usually be the Web definition:

Web definitions for diabetes
a polygenic disease characterized by abnormally high glucose levels in the blood; any of several metabolic disorders marked by excessive urination ...
wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn - Definition in context


If you use other search engines, the first result will not be as consistent. For example, using bing.com, first result was from www.diabetes.org:

American Diabetes Association Home Page - Aerican Diabetes ...
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes.
www.diabetes.org Cached page


but the first result for asthma was from

Asthma UK - Homepage
Asthma UK is the charity dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the 5.4 million people in the UK whose lives are affected by asthma.
www.asthma.org.uk Cached page

4 comments:

  1. i'll waiting for this tutor...thanks

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  2. ? So what does that do, exactly? When you "define" that topic in a search query first before you blog? How does that help your blog appear better in search requests after you write it? You didn't explain that part. It's like the author left the ending off the story!

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  3. When I wrote this post, I wasn't thinking along the SEO angle although perhaps it may cause the post to be featured when someone try to search for the definition of a word. In fact, other than trying to make the post URL (permalink) search engine friendly or optimize post title for search engine, I seldom write a post for the search engine but write for a human reader.

    What I wanted to say was that often when I wanted to write about a topic, it is good to first define what exactly that topic is plus how to easily get that definition using the search engine.

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  4. When I wrote this post, I wasn't thinking along the SEO angle although perhaps it may cause the post to be featured when someone try to search for the definition of a word. In fact, other than trying to make the post URL (permalink) search engine friendly or optimize post title for search engine, I seldom write a post for the search engine but write for a human reader.

    What I wanted to say was that often when I wanted to write about a topic, it is good to first define what exactly that topic is plus how to easily get that definition using the search engine.

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