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Jan 152011

This first sentence is always important as it is what shows up in the search engines. I want the Mervyn Peake Gormenghast trilogy to show up so I make sure that is in the first sentence or two. Of course I would override this using the All in one SEO plugin as the first sentence is surely going to put off searchers………………..

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Apologies to you if you have come here looking to buy the books via a search engine. Although you most certainly can buy them by clicking the links above, and you can bet the Gormenghast books price is the lowest online, this is actually an article explaining just how it is that you actually came here.

You see, what you clicked on via a search engine is actually a listing that has ranked highly because it has written about the topic, i.e The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake, and has included a lot of related words that surround that term, i.e Titus Alone, Titus Groan, and Titus Awakes.

Not to mention Flay and various other characters.

This is actually a series of articles showing you and the readers of this blog just how to get visitors to pages like this by writing content and sending what are known as backlinks to it. At least, you would be reading this via a search engine query if I had spent time sending it backlinks. But I haven’t, so in reality you are not really reading this.


Me too πŸ˜‰

Let’s take a look at the the different ways in which this article could have actually been written if I did actually want to rank number 1 for the term Mervyn Peake Gormenghast Trilogy. I would make sure that I would include a number of keywords that I have found to definitely lead to sales. Let’s see if you can find them. I encourage you to read this properly as there are a lot of terms here that you can employ to make very targeted sales and to attract the right kinds of visitors to your content.

We will also look at a few different ways to write your articles. Don’t just believe what others tell you about the length and style of your writing. Many believe that content has to be long when the reality may actually surprise you somewhat.Β  Which is actually the point of this whole article. Not to mention the fact that I wanted to genuinely introduce readers to the best series of books that I have ever read.Β  This may seem simplistic to you but I know for a fact that a lot of people are still not maximizing the work they do online simply because they seem afraid to actually put their links and images in aΒ  prominent position. Maybe this will make you realize. Let’s begin shall we?


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Being an avid reader, and loving other Mevyn Peake books, especially Mr.Pye, I adore the way that a whole world is created after reading only the first page. The sense of wonder and the reality of the characters that Mr. Peake somehow creates really is spellbinding. Never before or since has an author really managed to create such an atmosphere of place and time with what seems like no effort at all. After all these years I still get a feeling of melancholy as I picture in my mind the motes of dust caught in a stray shaft of murky light that somehow made it in to the dank and turgid hall where the King sat.

This is a series of books that really will have you enthralled. The sense of eerie melancholy within the walls of Gormenghast is more akin to Poe and Lovecraft, but with a much more subtle yet no less misanthropic and cloistering feel.

You get totally caught up in the atmosphere of the place, it lingers long after you have put the book down to rest.

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We should never take for granted the way we believe we should write our content. Long, short, reviews, straight out “buy the bloody book right now” content, a site with a mix of them all may be just about the best of all.

There is no magic formula, you need to think about what type of people your content and your choice of keywords will attract and write accordingly. For the white socks analogy we often use then writing 400 words about “White Socks With Red Stripes For Sale” would be daft. What is the point?

Anyways, have a think about it. Don’t just follow what someone told you.

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That’s how you do it πŸ˜‰

  51 Responses to “Mervyn Peake Gormenghast Trilogy”

  1. I think the one counterpoint I might make is that the length would probably be proportional to the price…or maybe the complexity of the item your selling. If you are selling books or maybe kids toys, then there isn’t much that isn’t known about the object, nor is there a competitor selling something that might be better. Meanwhile if you’re selling a $1000 XYZ elliptical (to take care of those man-boobs) you might want to write a bit more about why it’s better vs. the ABC model or maybe the cheaper XYZ model.

    Or perhaps this is the mentality your challenging. Am I completely off base on this? I tend to enjoy technical details and tend to over-complicate things.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Chris Reply:


    Or you can do something like this with the head as the article that you’re talking about and the tail as the actual short product review.

    Then you can just let the related posts plugin you have do the interlinking, because I don’t want to have an extra link in between the customer and my Amazon cookie.

    FWIW – I think there’s lots of good info on that site about creating a quality site, but beginners might get a little confused.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    That is a great example Chris. I do a version of that quite a lot with tremendous success.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    What I am saying really is that we all need to think properly about the keywords we choose. If someone types in XYZ Elliptical trainer price then we could get away with very short content.

    They want a quick click about to see who has it for the best offer. But if someone types in XYZ reviews then long content is better. But I do agree in part that at least for cheap items the content could be shorter, but I fee it is more down to the targets you choose to rank for.

  2. Dave,
    I think you may have confused people with the title of this post. Where is everybody? However, I learned quite a bit from it. Thank you.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Jack Mack,

    It’s cool. We don’t have to have every post having over 100 comments. This is a blog after all, nice to mix it up, and glad it did actually help Jack.

  3. Actually, you said a lot in just the right amount of words … the mark of good writing. I can easily see many of the trademark touches you’ve mentioned in the past … nice to see they laid out in front of me in a real-world example.

    But more importantly, when I first saw the title I did not even know it was about books … I’m that far away from the world of literature and reading for pleasure. By the time I had finished the last example, I was eager to click on an “Order” link.

    The formatting and tricks are surely important, but I suggest re-reading this whole article several times for meaning, rather than SEO attributes. In the end, words actually sell the product, Google only gets the words in front of the buyer.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Dave Starr,

    Dave my views on the books are true. It really is a genuine masterpiece of art. Totally atmospheric and the UK TV series wasn’t bad although I would always read the book first so you enjoy it properly.

  4. So, my wife’s turned me on to your blog and I’m quickly getting hooked. I noticed on (at least) your top image link the white space was also a link. Do you use software to stretch out your link? I’ve never been keen with messing with the image links other than what WordPress offers.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Dave–disregard….this apparently is something that happens on mine too! I’ve just never noticed it before.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    πŸ˜‰ I tried to get rid of it but couldn’t. The theme is a little quirky in places but I work around it best I can. And welcome to the site, your Wife has good taste πŸ˜‰

  5. Arrrrgh I want to buy a Gormenwhatsitsname book…

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Buy it today, 3 amazing books for less than $20. Better than any e-book you will ever buy.

  6. Great. I’m not done with the other book you have my wife and me reading. Stop already.

    Love the experiment in action posts, Dave. Holy cow you’re freaking impressive.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:


    Uh…you’re #5 here in the US. For Gorgomoli or Jehosephat what’s his cousin.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    If you are an avid reader of fiction then you can’t fail to be impressed James.

  7. Great example Dave πŸ™‚ And my god, you can write! I mean, I knew you could write the kind of stuff you do here, but that review made me want to buy the books – and I’m not a Mervyn Peake fan.

    Now I wonder how many articles will suddenly appear using exactly the same format as yours, but with a different product! lol

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Top of the class in English back in the day πŸ˜‰

    You know, I do actually think this is one of the better posts I have written. I actually did put some thought in to it for a change. Although the content is quirky it is the layout and the way the keywords are written that I hope peeps actually understand. Even though it is about writing a number of articles in different styles it is the whole thing that is actually the point as well. I don’t think anything else written here has actually gone in high in the search engines, bloody typical πŸ˜‰

    Plus I wanted to send my tribute to Mr. Peake, he truly was a genius.

    The annoying thing is that it will probably be the better ranking article out of everything I have written. I think G simply hates anything in the MMO niche.

  8. Dave, great idea! Examples are the best way to share knowledege in my opinion πŸ˜‰

    One q – is this the real length of the posts you would use? I’m referring to examples 1 and 2.

    My understanding is that yes, this is the real length of the posts. But since they are so short, I still wann double-chech…:)

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    I don’t do it often but yeah, that is the real length. I just write what needs to be said. The main thing is to encourage peeps to experiment and see what works. You never know until you have tried.

    Theory is just that…………

    Um, theory πŸ˜‰

    BTW, if anyone is reading the comments how about a little experiment. I get like 5 search visitors a day here because of the niche and I don’t backlink.

    Hows about everyone sends this article a link, doesn’t matter where from or from what content. Everyone has sites so send me some love, be interesting to come back in a few weeks then. Kind of proving (or not), a point. Both about backlinks and does it need to be from related content. I know my thoughts on the matter.

    But, as always, I know the answer. But if you do, leave a comment and let’s see if we can at least get a couple.

    It is actually on page 2 at the moment for the main title and page one for some long longtails, it goes to show the power of laying out a post properly, don’t overlook them H2’s folks, they make a killer of a difference. I even did a mix of alt tags and a mix of image titles, which is rare for me to even bother.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Peewee Reply:

    Umm, dumb question from the back of the room, Dave. What is an H2?


    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Peewee Reply:

    @Peewee, Dangit. Uhm, I just read the rest of the comments where you explain H2s. I’ll go get my pointy cap. I am linking to the post.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    No probs and cheers.

  9. Bookmarking this post along with your mammoth Amazon how-to, Dave. Writing good sales copy for Amazon still stymies me, so thanks for the look under the hood. I’m an English teacher, and your confession that you were a top of the class English student comes as no surprise to me.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Thanks Miss Lorecee πŸ˜‰

  10. Dave, once again I am intrigued by your post. As I was reading I forgot that I was actually being taught. I can only remember one teacher in high school that was like that. She was beautiful and I couldn’t wait to hear what she would say next. You would have loved her.

    I do have a question…Has to do with your comment “It is actually on page 2 at the moment for the main title and page one for some long longtails, it goes to show the power of laying out a post properly, don’t overlook them H2β€²s folks, they make a killer of a difference. I even did a mix of alt tags and a mix of image titles, which is rare for me to even bother.”

    I’m new to this and was wondering if you could explain about the H2’s and tags etc. a bit more or maybe direct me somewhere to learn about it?


    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Dave Dedrick,

    Thanks for the comments Dave Dedrick. When you write a post in WordPress you can highlight any text and choose to have it as a H2, H3 etc. It is then seen as having more importance in the post. Kind of like getting the ability to have more post titles (which have the most weight).

    If you write content where you have a few other main terms you want to get in to re-inforce what the post is about then use H2’s. They really can make a lot of difference and also make the content look better if nothing else. People like white space.

    Tags? When you add an image you should make sure that the name of the image is the term you want to rank for or a variation. This can lead to google image search traffic. And if you also use another term as an alt tag, which you can add when you upload an image in WordPress you are kind of really making your point what the image and the content on the post is about. Kind of like a double whammy.

    But I have found that just using a good keyword for the name of the image is often enough to rank in google images. Why Amazon have not done this I don’t know. Google images is about the only place you don’t find them. But don’t overdo the alt tags as it can get a bit spammy. But as I don’t often do them I did it for this post and it has worked. Probably the best ranking page on the site apart from the Amazon post, but I guess it is probably because of a new content bonus at the moment.

    Hope that helps DD.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave D. Reply:

    @Dave, Ah, thanks Dave. So much to learn. Sometimes ignorance is bliss but I guess I didn’t get into this game for bliss….

    Oh, on your second reply, you are right. A couple other pages were indexed but I pulled them off the site temporarily for some major changes. The home page took me a couple days to change but it is a lot better than the original. After reading your Amazon post I had to go back and really revise. Hope to get on the others tomorrow, then get to writing some reviews and articles to boost their rank.

    Before I go, one more question….On your product sites would it be safe to say that as a rule of thumb that you want to get your viewer to the Amazon pages as quickly as possible no matter what page on your site they first come to. Or would there be a reason to want to keep them on your site a little longer. Just wondering cause I don’t even know what I don’t know at this point.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Dave D.,

    It depends you you market really. If you do reviews then you want them to stay and read your review so you can convince them to buy. But if it is more just a sales page and you are saying you have the item for the best price then you want them to click asap.

    It is why above the fold (top of the article) images and affiliate links are so important.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Dave Dedrick,

    p.s The pages in the index for your site don’t seem to actually be there i.e http://stainlesssteelsolarlights.org/solar-fence-lights/

  11. Mixing it up is exactly how I do write reviews over on my book review site πŸ™‚

    I noticed that you’re using LinkWithin for related posts – I used to use that plugin but then I noticed it slows down the site load a little since it has to call externally. Since page load speed is one of those SEO ingredients I looked for an alternative and found this one: http://www.nrelate.com/ looks the same on the page but doesn’t look externally for the results.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    That is a good alternative. I use it a lot. I try both and see which one works best on the site. Sometimes, for whatever reason, one is better than the other for picking up the images while the other one seems to use lots of default images. Both are great for giving a site a more professional look, great tip Clare.

  12. Too late, Dave, I already sent you some link love. Will add some others into the mix. Re: English and being top of the class…

    That’s the class that brought my wife and I together in high school, senior year. She liked how I wrote, so did our teacher (later to become Mayor, capital “M” and all).

    Anyhow – he was the one to tell me to “follow your muse.” At the time I just wanted to follow my girlfriend. A basketball team and 16 yrs later, I went back to the muse. Still got the girl. πŸ™‚

    OK, I see Clare and you have a related posts thing going – I’ve used Linked Within on a personal blog, loved it – and using Efficient Related Posts on other blogs…

    I’m taking it that NRelate uses images? Right smart…Need to check that out. It does add a level of class and click-worthiness.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Cheers Dude for the link, and are you getting all sentimental?

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:

    Let’s hug.

  13. Darn. Now I remember – I wanted to ask you about your hot as fire buttons. Where’d you snag that? Haven’t used them fancy graphics…still getting along with just words.

    Would like the button, though…(silly question I know, since you can screen grab just about anything).

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    I did a post about buttons, here somewhere. But you know, Google images is your friends πŸ˜‰

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1JamestheJust Reply:


    Yeah, that was the post I vaguely remember. At the time I tucked it away for later. No worries. Brains’s still a sieve. You’ll mention it 2 months from now and I’ll think I just heard it.

  14. Darn. Now I look spammy again. I wanted to say that SEO Ultimate is probably one of the better plugins in the face of the Earth, for a couple of reasons.

    One of them is inner linking – the “Deep Link Juggernaut” function auto-links according to keywords, lets you set limits on them, etc.

    So if you wanted white socks review to rank for:

    white socks
    white sock price
    best white socks

    …you just set these KW’s up and write. You can also use it to nofollow, build affiliate links and cloak them from spiders with link masking (it uses the robot .txt file…this part is over my head still but apparently it’s better a method than the “rel=”nofollow”” deal)…

    There’s a ton of features. I wrote “SEO Ultimate Makes AIOSEO Jealous” and explained a bit more, but it’s leagues ahead of most SEO plugins and helps with inner linking for those who tend to forget.

    Now I’m done. πŸ™‚

  15. I absolutely love this blog. Your has become my new fav blog after Griz stopped writing as much. This post was the perfect example of MMO writing in action and as a result I got it. I really did!

    I’ve written several blog articles in this particular style but did so on my own as a fluke. I look at creating content in this manner like putting a puzzle together that is intelligible AND makes sense for the reader. I do get great conversions from these types of posts on my blog. I guess I just need to do much more in terms of banging out more Amazon product featured posts.

    The cool integration of icons is really all that I was missing in my old content. You’ve previously wrote about this but I’m a little challenged in the technical dept but am working on it.

    I’ve been so lazy about writing content. Now thanks to your post, I’ve been reinspired to get moving.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Glad it inspired you, go get em. It is all about getting the content out there, but don’t forget you can make fine money just by ranking a few posts if there is enough traffic.

    The icon stuff should not be a problem if you use wordpress. Just upload it as an image and then link it to an affiliate url.

    Thanks for the kind words sunshine.

  16. Hi Dave, hope you’re good. Quick question (More out of curiosity then anything, I don’t do it like this) but are your sites in typical blog format? As in does your front page have a list of posts going down?

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Shaun L,

    I usually either have a list of posts or the latest post. But often I may also add content in the single post and index template so that it always shows above the fold. Depends on the niche as to what works best for me.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Shaun L Reply:

    Yer, i’ve meddled with the templates to get the same effect with a couple of my social sites. With my product sites (I’ve just started making my first two couple days before Christmas onwards, one of them is already getting over 100 impressions daily in the search engines, prob more now as last report in webmaster tools was for the 12th) i’ve gone for a more shop feel on the front page, with images and text leading to inner pages where all the products are).

    Thanks for the tips about how many buying keywords to use, compared to what you’ve put in I’ve been quite reserved lol. *A change is coming*

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Shaun L,

    Those are great stats for a new site, sounds like you are on to a good thing. With the buying terms I would just put in what you think you can without being spammy. You can always write lots of other posts with the terms in the post titles, which can get you more traffic anyway.

  17. Hi dave,

    I’m trying to start up a large affiliate site at the minute, I have 300+ pages of reviews and there are still thousands to be added, however my site is not seeing the success I thought it would, my site is around 4 months old and haven’t started to work much on the backlinks yet, however I thought I would of at least had some sales by now.

    So I have 2 questions.

    1. Would you considering doing a private consultation with me as to how I can improve my site and a little about keywords to target, if so how much would this cost?

    2. Your examples shown above, I know you target multiple buying keywords for each item but are they all on one page or do you create a seperate page for each keyword i.e a page for the term “Mervyn Peake Gormenghast Trilogy” then a page for the term “Buy Mervyn Peake Gormenghast Trilogy”?

    Also how would you go about linking these together if you had a static HTML site instead of wordpress?

    Thanks Dave,

    Your the only reason I’m still in this game.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Shaun Reply:

    Hi Mick. Dave is all about backlinks, as you haven’t started building backlinks that’s where your problem is. Don’t write any more posts, you’ve already got more then enough. From now on do nothing else then building backlinks (Literally for like the next few months) and you will start to see traffic.

    As Dave says “Keyword rich content and backlinks, all the rest is just filler”. Good luck.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    My Man!

    You got it Dude, and in spades.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    Shaun is right. Ideally you would have been doing a few backlinks a day right from the get go. You would be further on with the site then. Begin slowly and get the link velocity ramped up.

    But the most important thing is that you must link to all of your content. The more pages that have links the better the overall authority of the site will be.

    Unless you can outsource either your content or backlinking then I am with Shaun and I would concentrate on links for a good while. I can tell you now that a lot of content won’t get you anywhere. I have sites with thousands of pages and get bugger all traffic as they have minimal links.

    As for multiple buying terms it depends on the difficulty. My Mervyn Peake example is very low competition so a single post would do it. But for tougher stuff you are better off writing individual pages for each keyword. You then can use all the longertail posts to link up the chain to the main term.

    I have no static sites so can’t help there, sorry. And consultations are a tough call. If I were to do one it would be a good few hundred dollars for half a day of email chat. Otherwise it is simply a but of a waste of time to be honest. And I don’t know how helpful I would be, backlinks, content, all the rest is just filler πŸ˜‰

    And don’t forget Mick, some niches stink real bad. I would seriously consider testing some main keywords on Hubs or Squidoo before you go much further, unless you are sure that the niche is good and that traffic will definitely bring sales.

    That will be $200 please πŸ˜‰

  18. That third example is beautiful! All that churning out backlinks obviously hasn’t killed your higher writing abilities. I really like Poe and Lovecraft, so I guess I should check out this set. I remember when the series came on TV, although I didn’t watch it. I was just starting to play a MUD (which ended up consuming silly amounts of my time over the subsequent months!) and chose Steerpike as my character’s name after seeing it in the TV guide…

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:


    I still have the skills lingering in the back of my brain somewhere πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the kind words Craig.

    If you love the atmosphere of gothic writing then you will love these books. Read a few of the free pages on Amazon to see what is in store, great stuff.

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