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Beginner Question (Response appreciated!)

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by DemolitionX, May 12, 2013.

  1. DemolitionX

    DemolitionX Registered Member

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    Disclaimer: Sorry if this post is in the wrong section, I had no clue where would fit it best.

    Okay, so I'm on summer break and i've dedicated myself to learning and applying as much about SEO/Internet marketing as I can. It''s something I find intriguing and believe I can eventually become good at.

    My question: In most "beginners/basics" SEO guides and tips i've come across, I repeatedly encounter a strong emphasis on the content, writing etc., with the need to be original and provide top quality. It seems then, that a major prerequisite for doing well and being effective would be excellent writing skills. If this is so, how can "anyone" learn and become good at this when the ability to write well isn't exactly something everyone has?

    Also, I thought that part of this whole thing was "playing the system", a sort of shortcut to making decent money online. If you have to come up with your own quality content and all these things, it seems i'm learning to be a journalist lol

    Second question:
    How do you decide on what your "content" will be? Do I just randomly think of something i'm good at/passionate about/know alot of information on and brainstorm what I can write about it? Everything I read repeats "good content" "quality is key" "make it genuinely useful to the reader", i'm trying to understand the step before that, what governs how I choose what i'll write about in the first place?

    Thanks for reading!
     
  2. Souljerr

    Souljerr Regular Member

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    Answer ONE: Content does play a huge role on how a visitor perceives ur blog or website so it is very important. Put urself in the shoes of your visitor, if u are reading an article and it doesnt make any sense or doesnt seem to be helpful to u.. would u return to the site? As far as learning to write, there are plenty of people out there that u could pay to write u an article or two, even maybe proof read your article. Fiverr is a decent source to find article writers, as well as the services section on this forum.

    Answer TWO: You will have to brainstorm to figure out wat niche to target and attack. It is of course a good idea to find something you're knowledgeable, passionate or good at but it is also important to do Keyword Research to decide whether the niche is highly competitive meaning that there are already too many people doing it so it will be hard to rank your site and grow it and you will have to see how many people are searching for that specific niche to help you better understand wat to look for.

    I personally only do social media marketing as of right now so i dont know too much about keyword research and SEO but i do know that i chose my niche based on something i liked and i have been doing pretty good thus far.

    Feel free to continue researching and learning more as u go, remember... the key to success at IM is to actually take action and to never quit. IM is NOT a get quick rich scheme, it is a job but it can be a very very profitable job :)

    Welcome to Blackhatworld :) Enjoy ur stay.
     
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  3. ilovestocks

    ilovestocks Junior Member

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    Go over to the copyblogger website and you will learn a ton of things about writing. It's something that practice will improve. It literally took me half of a day or better to write one article for my website when I started. As my writing improved, I was able to write my articles in around an hour or so. Choose something that you know a lot about to begin with. It will be easier this way. Everyone has something that they are knowledgable about. I was just like you when I first started. I was so hung up on the writing aspect. Make sure that you're giving value to the reader with your content, it doesn't have to be top notch journalist content. Most of the time people are reading content online to either solve a problem or to be entertained. You're readers will want to know,"What's in it for me"?

    After you find the right subject, you will need to do keyword research. You can even get ideas about other articles to write about when doing keyword research. You can do this with the google Adwords tool, it's free. To learn how to do proper keyword research that will help you rank well do this: Go to the advanced search on this site and search by titles only with the following phrase, "Keyword Research My Dear Noobs You Are Doing It Wrong". This is the best guide ever to get you on the right track. I would just link you but I'm on my phone and it's not easy with this forum app. Anyway, I hope this helps. I think you will do just fine with your writing. You've just got to jump in there and not dwell on everything being perfect. Getting started is always the hardest part, IMO. Good luck!
     
  4. SEO_Alchemy

    SEO_Alchemy Senior Member

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    1) Wrtiting for SEO doesn't mean you need to be the next F. Scott Fitzgerald. If you can write a college essay, you can write good compelling content for your site. The content needs to be good in order to convert, and original in order to rank in google.

    2) If you want to just test the waters you can write about things you like. If you want to actually make money, you need to find the right market segment (niche), evaluate its traffic potential, evaluate the competition of trying to rank there, and find the keywords that you will be looking to rank.
     
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  5. John.

    John. Power Member

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    Excellent answer!

     
  6. manny521

    manny521 Supreme Member

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    Yeah, just reading your question, it seems that you will write just fine. Writing is not that big of a deal. Just write like you did with your question and you will do just fine...
     
  7. manny521

    manny521 Supreme Member

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    Also, there is NOT a proverbial "shortcut" for you to beat the system...There are NO shortcuts in life...Anything worth doing takes time, money and energy...

    Any shortcuts you might find here are being exploited by 50,000+ other people so you need to find and exploit something that not every other person is doing, this is where the money is...

    And anyone exploiting these rare opportunities are not blabbing about it on here...they might speak in generalities (which i do) but they are not going to have verbal diarrhea and tell everyone exactly what they are doing...
     
  8. Untouchable

    Untouchable Supreme Member

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    If you are not a good writer. Do something wise. Get someone who is a good writer. I dont write most of my content. I hire brilliant writers instead.
     
  9. manny521

    manny521 Supreme Member

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    This is good advice. Know what you are good at and do that, and the flip to this is that you need to know what you are not good at and hire and/or outsource what you don't know.
     
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  10. DemolitionX

    DemolitionX Registered Member

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    Thanks alot everyone for your input!
     
  11. WayneInc

    WayneInc Senior Member

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    You Welcome men.