Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Get Some New SEO Transition Words!

I'm no SEO expert, but I've done my fair share of SEO writing over the past few years. As a writer, I'm more concerned with the readability of a site than some of the other technical aspects.

For some of my clients, I work directly in Wordpress. Specifically with the Yoast plugin. One of Yoast's main gauges of readability is transitions words.

On their website, Yoast offers a sample list to help writers. However, their list is very limited.

Recently, I've been working with a client to fill out and optimize their new site. I've spent many hours sifting through other people's writing, adding transition words as I go to meet Yoast's criteria for readability.

After many pages of this site, I quickly got tired of using the same transition words over and over. A simple search brought me to this post on Bloggerspedia. This is an excellent and extensive list of transition words and phrases. If you do any SEO writing, I highly recommend this list for keeping variety in your writing while also hitting Yoast goals for transition words.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Even More Recommended Reads

Since my last Recommended Reads post, I have read some SERIOUSLY GOOD books. Good like 'you can't sleep because you need to know what happens next' good.

Especially notable are the 3 by Ezekiel Boone. I read all three in a row and each one was a real pageturner. My favorites from the past few months are in bold:

Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black
This Census-taker by China MiƩville
Prophet of Bones by Ted Kosmatka
Dark Matter by Crouch, Blake
Archetype & Prototype (2 books), both by M. D. Waters
Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
Wool, Shift, and Dust (3 separate books), by Hugh Howey
The Hatching, Skitter, and Zero Day (3 separate books), by Ezekiel Boone
The Veil of Gold by Kim Wilkins
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland
Midnight Crossroad, Day Shift, Night Shift (3 separate books), by Charlaine Harris

Monday, August 13, 2018

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Are These Really Grammar Rules?

Ever been told not to end a sentence with a preposition? Who told you that? Why did they tell you that?

In her article, GRAMMAR PURITY IS ONE BIG PONZI SCHEME, June Casagrande (author of Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies and Mortal Syntax) explains that despite what the grammar 'experts' say, some things are merely stylistic choices.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Getting Stuff Sold Through Real Estate Writing

I've done a fair amount of real estate writing over the past few years for both residential and commercial clients. For almost 2 1/2 years, I was the content manager for a local real estate agency. I wrote loads of real estate stuff for them. I've also written a good bit for freelance clients like BCZ Homes, Green Efficient, and Nest Home Solutions

Here's an article I wrote last fall for Mindflash, a training company which lists tips for training real estate agents.