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Simple SEO Technique For Every Day Use

Marinated chicken salad

Marinated chicken salad

Simple SEO Techniques

Most of my post are about food, in particular healthy food. In recent comments several people have been asking about how I do  aspects of my post. So especially for them and for those of you who are interested in  SEO related to building a post here goes. First let me tell you a little about myself, it helps because I can illustrate with a few links some of what I want to mention. I was born in a city in the South West of England called Plymouth, most famous for the home port of Sir Francis Drake a navel (pirate) Captain of Queen Elizabeth the first ship The Golden Hinde in the mid 1500’s.  Plymouth was for the most part an important navel base, particularly during World War 11. the Germans tried to bomb it, failed, but did flatten much of the city, killing 1172 of it’s people and injuring 4,448. During the 59 bombing raids, two main shopping centres and nearly every civic building were destroyed, along with 26 schools, eight cinemas and 41 churches. In total, 3,754 houses were destroyed with a further 18,398 seriously damaged. on one occasions a direct hit on a bomb shelter killed 72 people.  It wasn’t until the early 1960’s that much of the damaged buildings were completely demolished and the city rebuilt, that included the one and only sky scraper of 14 stories high called The Civic Centre.

Plymouth Civic Centre

Plymouth Civic Centre

The port (Devnport) is now in private hands and the glory days of employing 10,000 dockers no longer survives. the Navel base is still used for some submarine repairs and the Navel base of HMS.Drake renamed Her Majesty’s Naval Base, Devonport and  is  active. Let’s get back to add some SEO to this short article, starting at the beginning with healthy food. most of this site is about healthy food, so for SEO purposes I’m going to link the words healthy food to an article on this site relating to healthy foods. You can see the result by clicking on the words healthy foods   In each case where I used the same words I placed a different internal link relating to healthy foods, that gives the reader an interesting reading experience, and three internal links is deemed to be a good number, you can add more if you wish., the first I’ve linked to Wikipeda, not only is it a very high ranking site, but it also has excellent content relating to the subject, and Google wants you the reader to have a good experience when using it’s search engine. The next word is SEO , here we have used it 4 times and can find four different external links, known as anchor tags or anchor links. You are anchoring your article to an external web site. The next one, I’ve linked to seo.com a site with a Google ranking of 5 and Alexa.com places it at 1935 in the USA. The third one Searchenginland.com also has a page ranking of 5 Alexa.com ranks it at 805 in the world and has 23,936 bank links that add a remarkable about of juice for search engines to find. Lastly Moz.com with a page rank of 6 Alexa.com places it at 305 in the world with 14,858 back links. alexa.com does the  Analytics for any web site and is owned by Amazon One of the things you do not want to do, is to saturate your post with all very high ranking links. Google will see what your doing and might give you grief. Moving on

South West of England,

some say the most beautiful part of the UK (mostly by those who live there) here I’ve used a visitor site that has many photo’s and useful for the reader to see what the place looks like. The city of Plymouth, here again I’ve been able to use a high ranking site that belongs to the Plymouth City Council. who use it to promote the city. From a readers point of view this is reliable useful information, thus a good search engine experience. Next up is Sir Francis Drake, him we have massive amounts of sites, he was such an interesting character with many story printed about him and a number of high ranking site available, the one I used here has a page rank of 8.

Queen Elizabeth 1st

a queen who created great stability during her regime of 44 years and manage to keep the Spaniards at bay

World War 11

you can pick from thousands of sites as the subject is so big, I’ve just pick out one I thought interesting for my readers. The top image of a salad dish (very nice too) Has an alt text attached plus a link to the page it came from.

Plymouth Civic Centre

here I’ve included an image, click on it and it will take you to the site where the image came from. It’s very important to tell the search engine what the picture is about as they can’t see it, so you have to put in what is called Alt Text, in this case I’ve used Plymouth Civic Centre. In this article I made 22 links, 4 internal and 18 external anchor text links of high ranking plus two images with Alt test attached so the search engines can see them, plus links  to where they came from.

Word of advice,

don’t simply look for high ranking sites, go for quality content relating to your topic, as an example my blog is about food here’s a food site that has quality content  medmeanderings.com  and other interesting items to grab your attention.Remember search engines know when your over doing the links and will penalize you for it. Final point, the headings you see in the lower section of this article have used what is known as header text, they are surrounded by a code that looks like this <h3>Word of advice</h3>  the main title of this post looks likes this <h1>Simple SEO technique For Every Day Use</h1> these symbols remain hidden for normal reading. Please leave a comment to agree, disagree or require more information. PS. I’ve used bold and Italic to make clear where the links are, normally you would use one or the other, not always both as it distracts the reader from the ease of reading. buying books go to beezeebooks.com

My Travels – South West of England

Creating a lifestyle takes a lot of work at the beginning but if it’s something you really want to do, and it makes your life complete, then surely it must be worth doing. For some, creating a new lifestyle may be finding more time to read and learn. For others it might be fishing or boating, gardening, surfing and even climbing mountains. Mine is travel and all its offshoots like trying new foods, cooking, searching through antique  and op shops for that special something.

This year, having sold my business, I took the opportunity with my wife to spend six months wandering around the UK and Europe.

We began our roaming in the South West of England, starting in Devon and dipping here and there into Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset, before moving north.

Devon and Cornwall have some of the most  beautiful rolling countryside in the world, steeped in history with many buildings dating back 500 and, in some cases, up to a 1000 or more years.

Plymouth, with a population 256,000, boasts the ninth largest university in the UK with 30,000 students and a staff of nearly 3000. During the second world war, Plymouth City was subjected to intense bombing campaigns by German night raiders intent on destroying the famous Devonport naval dockyard which, even today, is still one of the largest in Western Europe. Notably, Plymouth was the point from which the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America on September 6th 1620. The city is also noted for the Royal Albert Bridge, built in 1859 by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
The Devonport dockyard at its peak employed over 10,000 people and is still a major Plymouth employer.

barbican The Barbican. Plymouth city’s historic heart. In this relatively small area visitors can view the 16th century Merchant’s House Museum, the Elizabethan House and the Mayflower Steps – symbolic leaving point of the Pilgrim Fathers for the New World. The Old Fish Market is now home to the Barbican Glassworks. Also nearby is the famous Plymouth Gin Distillery.

Sir Frances Drake

Sir Frances Drake on Plymouth Hoe

Vice Admiral Sir Frances Drake, seen here on the left (1540 – 27 January 1596) was an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, and politician to Elizabeth 1st. It’s said that when the Spanish Armada was sighted coming up the English channel, he was playing bowls on the Plymouth Hoe and insisted on finishing his game before engaging with the Spaniards.

Old English Pub

Old English Pub in Cornwell

Pubs across England
A particularly popular tourism interest across England is to visit as many of the old pubs as possible. The charm and atmosphere of many of these places is an experience to be found nowhere else on such a scale.
One such pub, The Williams, at Braunton near Ilfracombe in North Devon, was built in 1650 and was originally a farmhouse. Today it is listed as one of the top 100 pubs in the UK.

A public house, informally known as a pub, is a drinking establishment fundamental to the culture of Britain,[1][2] Ireland,[3] Australia[4] and New Zealand. There were approximately 53,500 public houses in 2009 in the United Kingdom but this number has been declining since so that nearly half of the smaller villages no longer have their own local pub.[6] This is unfortunate as, especially in villages, the pub is often the focal point of the community. The writings of Samuel Pepys describe the `Pub’ as the heart of England.

Oh, I do Like to be Beside the Seaside...

Situated on the North Devon coastline, the town of Ilfracombe, is a Victorian resort with real seaside flavour. It has a cinema and a theatre for local and national events and, in the summer, their Victorian pageant is a popular drawcard as is the town’s own paddle steamer, operating from the harbour.

Plenty of hotels and guest houses dot the town landscape but, as Ilfracombe is a particularly popular and busy summer destination for tourists, it pays to book ahead. Other places to stay can be found on the main road towards Combe Martin and Barnstaple.
If you are planning on visiting the South West, Ilfracombe is a must-visit, full of interesting and attractive places to see. things to do, and lovely mouth-watering things to eat. A great time to visit if crowds aren’t your thing are Spring and early Summer. Also a must to visit is Padstow on the North coast of Cornwall. Go there, you won’t regret it.

Historic Tintagel

The village and nearby Tintagel Castle are associated with the legends surrounding King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. The village has, in recent times, become particularly attractive to tourists and day-trippers  from all parts of the world and, today, is one of the most-visited places in Britain.
Visit King Arthur’s Inn situated on the main road in Tinagel.

Many of the country roads in Devon and Cornwall are too narrow for two way traffic with just a few wider areas to pass oncoming vehicles.

The photo you see here is the narrowest of roads with no possible way of passing. It’s here you may have to reverse some distance before letting an oncoming vehicle pass. Best to keep off these roads from July through to September.

If travelling on these B roads (minor), best time is April/ May, you will see some of the most breathtaking countryside that Springtime has to offer.

In this lifestyle blog I’ve only mentioned a few of the fantastic places to visit. I shall cover more in a later post.

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