"Me Speak Good" for Rankings

Last Update: Aug 11, 2018

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In doing some keyword research for a post about aquaponics I came across a keyword that has basically no competition but isn't exactly proper english. For those who don't know what aquaponics is, don't worry too much about it. (But it's the coolest thing ever).

The question is when, if ever, to abandon completely proper english for the sake of QSR?

The keyword has similar traffic to related keywords on the topic, but the QSR is 4. I came upon the keyword using the Alphabet soup method so it was a suggested search term from Google.

I generally try to be a stickler for proper English, but is it worth it to get a little lax for the sake of rankings?

I should point out that it isn't an egregious misusage, and it appears to be acceptable vernacular for the subject matter.

I have read some stuf on WA and other websites that are so obviously chasing keywords, and it is annoying. I don't think this is obvious, but I also don't want to get started down a slippery slope.


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Sometimes, and mainly because of stop words, the written English of a post title and the keyword does not always make complete sense.


That is an interesting thought, Derek. I am still somewhat fuzzy on how stop words operate.

I would try it and watch the results, this will give you a good indicator for future keywords.

Thanks, Mary. I’m going to give it a go and see what happens.

Thinking outside the box can bring the biggest and most profitable results.

I think it's worth the experiment. If it works great, if not, no harm no foul. It would be worth it to find a way to pop a blog into a high position, even if it doesn't stick.

Really, what would you have to loose? If you don't like it you can always change it to something else.

Very keen!

This is a tough choice. I personally have used less than grammatically correct keywords in product listings, but that's a case when it's almost expected. In the case of the keyword you found, is it hard to read when you put it in a sentence? If so, that alone may be your answer to whether or not it's worthwhile to use.

It isn't hard to read in a sentence. It probably reads more easily and is less overt than what would be completely proper.

I wonder, if you add words to it, to make it grammatically correct, would Google still end up ranking you for that keyword? I know it may not be the EXACT keyword, but maybe something to think about.


Not having proper grammar is a slippery slope for me and I am far from a grammar perfectionist, lol. Ethically, it's a sin, ha, ha. So, answering your question, and between the two, I choose grammar. Everything in moderation.

Interesting post. Loved it.

Thank you.


Thanks for your thoughts, Becky.

Thank you for posting. Nothing like thinking outside of the box. It was fun to unwrap such an amazing gift which was reading and answering your post. Each word was a layer of wrapping paper.

Thanks for that.


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