I'm launching my blog hopefully in the next few weeks and I've drafted up about 45k of content. I plan to rewrite some of it with more SEO keyword focus as I didn't really focus on that at all when I wrote the first draft.
I wrote my first brand new draft today, using SEO and I found myself completely inspired. I was breaking all the rules I considered bad. For some reason when I write I don't really have a voice. I have emotion sure. I can write a motivational piece of content. Lots of rah rah. But other than motivational feeling there wasn't really anything else. I felt that my pieces were good and would keep someones attention but when I let go, man my current piece even had me feeling inspired.
I used I think 3 smileys, humour, interesting metaphors. I ended up writing about 1400 words just for a 3 item list post. The post that inspired me to write it had about 700 words for 5 items.
Lots of rewriting in store, but if there's potential to make the content even better then it's worth it.
I see people often writing about not focusing on SEO. Sure, you don't want to sound like a robot by adding SEO keywords in where they don't fit linguistically. I have two keyword pages open, both finding the keywords that the page ranks high for, plus a thesaurus page. I noticed one of the tools pointed out keyword long tails that the page was ranking for, but the keyword long tail wasn't anywhere in the pages content. What causes a page to rank for a keyword phrase they don't use? I'm guessing backlinks? Does that mean I'll never rank higher than them until my backlinks incrase?