Thursday, August 6, 2009

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Get 'Em While They're Hot? Or Not?

I've noticed, being the Food Network junkie that I am, that shortly after Throw Down with Bobby Flay or Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieti, the featured restaurants seem to climb to the top 100 in Google searches. Yesterday, Bobby Flay threw down with Levain Bakery in New York. Chocolate chip cookies. Apparently, Levain makes the best, bar none.

This phenomenon is not limited to The Food Network. Case in point, Big Lou's Pizza in San Antonio, featured on Man vs. Food. Big Lou's makes big pizza, and according to loyal patrons, the best they've eaten. Big Lou's is number 10 on Google Search Trends.

You may be wondering what my point is, considering Wood Streets Journal is not a food blog. It is about searches and writing about trends. If you are going to write about hot trends, you have to get 'em while they're hot. Before they sizzle out. That applies to most of the Google Top 100. But not always all of them. As online writers, we want to write evergreen articles that will earn money year after year. The hot topic of the day, may not be even lukewarm tomorrow.

Does that mean Google Trends is not a good tool for online writers? No. I consider it an excellent starting point. It kind of gets the mind going, and when used in conjunction with other apps and tools, the value increases significantly.

Levain Bakery is listed on Google's Top 100. Quick research shows that they are famous for their chocolate chip cookies. Now that we know that, not only do we have a top search trend, we also have a couple of other ideas. Google chocolate chip cookies. When the search results come up, click on the 'Show Options' link just below the Google logo. The next screen will have a navigation bar to the left. Click on Wonder Wheel. Now you have your first wheel of search topics related to your original search. If you look to the top right of the screen you will see how many search results are listed on Google for that search term. For writing purposes, you want to find one or more with as few results as possible. As you click on each search term a new wheel will be revealed. On my third wheel, I found a good starting point, soft chocolate chip cookies from scratch. That will be my first food article for the day. Thank you Levain Bakery. You can continue clicking through wheels and come up with an entire series in a matter of minutes.

After you've come up with your theme, you'll want to do your SEO research, publish your articles and get your backlinks going.

Check out the related article links at the top right of this page for more information about SEO keywords and backlinks.

Happy Writing

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

eHow Updage August 5, 2009

As of yesterday, August 4,2009, my eHow earning were a measly $3.58. Today, August 5, $4.44. My goal for the month of August is no less than $1,000.00. I know. Seems like a lot, especially when you consider my past performance.

Well, let me tell you what has changed. Husband lost his job. Which means I need to seriously get serious about my writing. I have a plan, which I began implementing August 3rd. First, I plan to write at least three eHow articles a day, plus do all of the promotional stuff that goes along with it. I said at least three articles each day. I need to write more. Today I've written four, and I am not done.

Second, I have to promote every article I write. That means submitting to search engines, social bookmarking, linking to other articles and vice versa, and networking. Today, I have written four articles, which have been bookmarked for backlinks, submitted to, and backlinked on my blogs:,, and this blog,

Third, my plan is to publish articles in series. In other words, to write a series of related articles. Today, on eHow, I published the following articles, each related to one another in some way. They are:

How to Live Healthy in a Toxic World
How to Buy the Safest Non-Organic Produce
How to Join an Organic Food Co-op
How to Wash and Prepare Fruits and Vegetables to Remove Pesticide Residue

If you haven't figured it out yet, the links you just read above are backlinks to my articles. Backlinks are key to building page ranking, views and earnings. So, anywhere you can post them, do it.

Fourth, I am trying to introduce the eHow community to the concept of posting anchored backlinks for their favorite authors. The eHow community is all about support, but honestly, just reading, rating, commenting and recommending doesn't really build all that much traffic. If groups of eHow friends would post backlinks for one another, our views would skyrocket. It takes a few moments to post just a few backlinks with keywords. It is one way we can all help each other. Today I began posting backlinks for some of my most faithful friends who keep coming back to my articles. (If I haven't gotten to you yet, I will.) I was dropping a PM into their inbox letting them know what I had done and asking them, if they had time, to do the same for me. Then it occurred to me, why not let them know in the comment I post that I had done this. Then maybe more eHowers would get the message, and we could all start drawing more traffic to our articles.

That is what I am doing to build my online writing income today. So far, four articles. Hopefully will have time to publish more.

Tomorrow, I'll be talking about how I am coming up with ideas for publishing articles in a series. I am using a really cool tool Google just put out in May called the Wonder Wheel. The Google Wonder Wheel takes the guess work out of finding related searches. Check back tomorrow to find out how to use it.

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