A month or so back I was in the farthest darkest reaches of Hove, Actually (practically in Portslade, for the locals reading) having a repair done to my car. While I waited I wandered into a new café called “Intenso”. It’s an unlikely outpost of another Intenso in Ibiza—though not so unlikely with the weather we’ve been having here lately.
The coffee was excellent, the service was friendly, the staff were entertaining, and the music was just fine. They also have free wi-fi and comfy seating. I liked it so much that I used up the ends of a couple of rolls of film from a wedding I’d just shot to photograph the place—for free. In return, the owner later very kindly gave me coffee gratis for a year, so take that as my declaring my interest up front.
I’m now going to use my potent Google karma to recommend the place. It’s not exactly the most glam part of town, but you’ve got to admire the people who run Intenso for building a classy venue anyway. It’s a delightful place to sit with a newspaper or book or laptop PC and forget what a state your flat is in, and it’s probably a better place to things done online than one or two of Brighton & Hove’s libraries, where they don’t serve damn fine coffee. (I wouldn’t recommend that you try to write your history of the English-speaking peoples there at school run time when it’s solid with yummy mummies though.)
Why not visit it?
If you really want to use your Google juice to help them, change the title of this post to include the words Intenso, Hove, and café. That’ll get it higher up the rankings when people search on those terms.
I’m willing to bet this article will be in the top ten hits for those terms in about two days without any title tinkering.
Very nice photo.
Did I mention that I photograph weddings as well?
No need to bet – I don’t want your money. Just thought I’d give you a suggestion which would help put the post in the top rankings and keep it there past the next week.
I appreciate it; I was having a similar discussion with my ex-photographer friend by email the other evening. He suggested putting certain words in certain parts of my Webpages on the Sepial site to boost my ratings, but I’ve learned lately that Google is smart enough now that it’s not worth the bother any more. (And I had tried some of that kind of thing in vain with the old Sepial site.) I think Google is getting better at tracking the links people successfully follow. I suspect that “Hollywood Boobs” title will lose its pulling power as people realise what it’s really about.
When I want to refer to an old PooterGeek post I often search for it with Google and now I have to remind myself to do so by searching for keywords from the body of the text rather than by the title. Just now I wanted to find something on the Wedding Photography Blog and I made the mistake of searching for it by its title text. I wasn’t even in the top fifty for what I thought was a fairly rare phrase. So instead I just looked for a couple of unusual words from the main post and got it immediately.
Putting keywords in titles and in header, alt, and meta tags these days is a bit like shouting them. It works with MSN search sometimes, but Google just sticks its fingers in its ears and goes nyah nyah nyah.
There seem to be four keys to Google karma currently:
Despite lots of scam artists going after the same keywords and the relative quietness of the site, the Wedding Photography Blog is already number one for those words on Google (not even as a phrase) after having been up for only a fraction of the time the competition has.
Truly the Google brain knows all.
I have to say the pic really is great. It looks like the cover of an as-yet unwritten Brit-Lit novella.
Thanks. I have this theory that there is a special coating added to the end of every roll of 35mm film because so many nice shots are numbered 32 to 36. Or maybe it’s just that the sense of running out of frames forces you to think hard about your framing.
Another photo to be proud of. Just beautiful.
I’m blushing now. Perhaps I should turn it into a jigsaw puzzle.
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