Lets Talk Optimization
Well, where to start....ummmm maybe you should grab a cup a tea and sit down, this may take some time to muddle through (of course when I'm stressed I tend to talk really fast so maybe if you read it like I'm talking it won't take too long <giggle>)
It's been a grab another cup of tea kinda day (perhaps I'm desiring something I bit stronger, I don't know ☻). I know you know the kind of day I'm talking about.
The kind of day where everything seems to end in frustration;
• plans fall through
• nothing gets done
• everything just stares at you, glares at you, from its respective corner (yes, yes, laundry, I see you lurking in the corner waiting with anticipation for your turn at me)
• the blank post page screaming at me to please, please, please do something; it can't stay naked forever,
• then there's the ever present perfectionism hiding behind me, snickering & mocking me, knowing it's horrible grip has created a vacuum of nothingness I'm slowly being sucked into.
The more I try to climb out of that vacuum the more I get sucked in. Every Google search I do, trying to clothe my poor naked post, leads me farther and farther in. Pulls me into more links to follow, more websites to explore, more expert advice, more, more, more!
STOP! (perhaps I need an onomatopoeia here for effect!)
SCREEEECCCHHHHH!!!!! (that's a great sound isn't it?!) It means everything just came to a sudden and complete stop!)
BREATHE! (in through the nose, out through the mouth...slow and steady)
Good...now, let's move on, slowly, that's right....good, good.
Optimizing Your Blog Isn't Done in One Big Gulp!
One cannot optimize their blog in one big gulp (sorry Speedway, no intended reference to your fountain drink size)
There's a lot in optimization and not so much in other parts of it. Terminology is a bit of an obstacle, but its more than that.
It seems everyone has an opinion about optimizing a site, why to optimize a site, which sites to use to optimize a site, and on it goes. (seriously over 22 million hits when I searched it). No wonder my eyes are now crossed!!
However, you have to optimize in small sips or you will drive yourself, your family, and your friends crazy!
Weebly Vs Wordpress
"LEEEEETTTTSSSS GET READY TO RUMBLLLLEEE!"
In this corner, weighing in at a hefty 11 years of service, Defending Champion widely known, Wordpress
In this corner, weighing in at mere 8 years of service, challenger and newcomer Weebly Website Builder
Sorry...that probably went a bit far...uh hum!
What were we talking about? Oh yes, optimization
Most searches found online about how to optimize a site offers Wordpress instructions. For Weebly users this can be quite frustrating.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel for the Weebly user, a direct search of how to optimize a weebly blog does produce results!! Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!
Wait! Before we get too excited, it can be a long and tedious process because you have to do the optimizing, excruciating SEO, Meta Description, keyword entry line by line, page by page.
Yep, sadly no quick and easy widgets on Weebly yet. I don't believe optimizing any site can happen quickly. Slow and steady and continually working to make a site the best reflection of it's owner is what I believe true optimization looks like.
Word of Mouth is Still the Best Optimization Tool EVER For Sites
There's not a greater, faster, more rewarding promotion for a site than word of mouth.
Get people talking about what the site is, how well it's put together and of the service it provides and that site is going to hit the top, eventually and in spite of a perfect optimization!
I'm not saying a site shouldn't be optimized to help it along. I am simply saying don't worry if optimization is taking some time to get done or if nothing seems to be happening from the work you've done. (Oye! yes, I was probably talking more to myself just now than to anyone else)
BUT, just for the Weebly Vs Wordpress debate, let me say this...
Weebly has a lot of perks, just as Wordpress does. I am a Weebly user (ah, now the stress of optimization throwing me into "uh oh" land makes all sorts of sense, doesn't it?).
I don't plan to change over just now. I have worked with Wordpress in the past and while I didn't hate it, I wanted to try something new. Enter Weebly. I like the drag and drop feature of creating and several of the other features. So, for now I am a Weebly gal and will take the time to sit down and sip through optimizing my site!
Mr. Patrick Sipperly, the gentlemen in the video below, makes some good points in the Weebly Vs Wordpress debate. So, of course I thought it a good idea to share (no offense to my Wordpress using friends and fellow bloggers, of course! )
Learning to Walk (and Blog) by Faith,