In this post, I’d like to share a little bit with respect to some of the experiences I have here in the Philippines. If you prefer to forgo that, then feel free to skip on down the page a bit – past the images – to the SEO stuff.
Last night, I attended a local fiesta in the town of Minglanilla, which is kind of like a suburb to the city of Cebu – the second Filipino city to Manila. I’ve had some experiences in Cebu City, I can tell you, but that perhaps is for another day…
Hmmm… the drinking throughout the night was rife, and trouble broke out just prior to when I was about to leave with my child and my partner. Fortunately, I was not involved, but I was warned that because I was the only white skin in the vicinity, if I stayed for much longer, and as people drank more, I could find myself as a target for ‘reprisal’.
Reprisal? Is it not so that if it were not for the US then the Philippines would have fallen under Japanese control during the Second World War? After all, if you have white skin, and you reside in the Philippines, then you are regarded as an American, even if you are not. “Hey Joe” is the common greeting here for us white skins. Joe as in “GI Joe”. Well, in my case, that’s applicable in one way – they got my name right!
Anyhow, the food was very good – I enjoyed a huge plate (not actually a plate – the food is served up on a banana leaf) of BBQ fish and salad, and the beer is always good (and plentiful), providing you can control the flow of it passing through your lips and down your throat. And sometimes, I can’t if I’m honest about it. After all, I sit for long hours pretty much every day of the week, slogging at the computer. I do need to have a ‘chill-out’ session fairly regularly, and that’s when the beer flows somewhat rigorously.
And the music… boy, I don’t think I’ve heard music being played as loudly as it was at the fiesta. It reminded me of the recent earthquake we had here in the Cebu area – the ground was shaking fairly violently due to the vibration from the speakers.
There’s one thing about Filipinos – they don’t do anything quietly!!
One of the upsides to visiting a local village here in the Philippines is that you become something of an attraction – not only to the kids, but also to the young ladies (if you are a guy, that is, although there are plenty of girls here who ‘bat for the other side’). Don’t tell my partner I said so. But it’s very true! The girls tend to stare longingly at you. You do get used to it, but it takes a while
Here are a few pics I snapped up last night…
Filipino Kids with GI Joseph
GI Joseph Having a Beer at the Fiesta
My Son – Josiah
Now, back to business. The Unique Article Wizard project…
Fact is, to rank in Google or in Yahoo, or in Bing, or in any search engine, is going to take some going with respect to the niche I’ve chosen. I made a mistake when I first set out on this project and that was that I neglected to do much in the way of keyword research.
Well, yes Joseph, you’re supposed to be an SEO expert, so how the heck can you forgo keyword research?
Oh well, never mind. Although I’m achieving little success in terms of rankings, the few rankings I have managed to obtain are for long tail stuff. And that’s where the money’s at as far as I’m concerned.
So, that said, what I really should be doing is creating lots of content and slapping that on the website so as to grab the rankings via the long-tail.
Problem being, I’m severely lacking time to do so. And when I do have time, I prefer to relax and watch a video or something akin to this. I don’t regard crafting articles based on mobile/ cellular phone technology to be particularly interesting and I’m fairly sure that most of you feel the same way – if you’ve ever tried.
So there’s the main issue – content creation is going to be slow. And the fact is, even though I have UAW targeting my main keyword phrases on the site, it could take months before they see the light of day because the niche competition is mighty strong.
So lesson number 1: do your keyword research prior to venturing into a new project like this.
Another thing I’m finding difficult is to create regular fresh content for UAW. It’s very time-consuming, and it’s also mentally draining. I can spend 3 hours writing a single spun article just so that it passes through the UAW quality control. And that process is no fun at all. It’s a total yawn!
As such, I have merely a couple of articles in UAW and that will have to suffice for now. Those two articles are enough for me to be able to target about 12 different keyword phrases, providing I occasionally change the links and keyword choices in the resource boxes.
Nevertheless, I would prefer to be writing fresh content for UAW, at least sometimes, but I spend most days writing a ton of content, and my appetite for writing more is pretty lame.
Lesson number 2: if you don’t like spinning content, or you prefer not to outsource it (and I advise against that because it’s very difficult to achieve the level of uniqueness that’s required for UAW submissions) then don’t use UAW’s article submission service.
Where do I go from here?
Yeah, well, I’ve decided to keep UAW going for at least a further month, and probably longer than that. I sense that the benefits of using it will come through soon, as was the case with my other sites whereby I used the article submission service on UAW to improve the webpage/ keyword rankings for those. In this case, I believe that patience is most certainly a virtue.
Nevertheless, it’s well worth bearing in mind that the cost of using UAW is rather high in terms of financing it. I mean, 99 bucks per month… That’s almost enough to pay half a month’s rent here in the Philippines for a decent-sized and fully-furnished apartment.
Mind you, my eBay affiliate income covers the cost of UAW well and truly, and if it were not for using UAW on those websites, I’d no doubt be making less than I currently am as an affiliate of eBay. Thus, in that sense, my own investment into UAW is justified, for now…