Sunday, 9 December 2012

Handmade Monday 96

Wow - can you believe it's the 96th Handmade Monday?  Time is going far too quickly for me...

...mostly in a mad whirl of clocks, plaques and canvases!  With the odd money box thrown in...

a recent request

I've had a lot of problems with spam comments recently - possibly Blogger's filters aren't doing as well as they should be at the moment?  Or those nasty spammers are getting cleverer?  Whatever the reason, I've decided to switch on comment moderation, which I think is preferable to Blogger's word verification (which always drives me slightly mad when I'm doing the rounds of commenting - I'm sure it puts people off).  I'll try to get the (genuine) comments published as soon as I can.

I have a search engine optimisation (SEO) article coming up on this blog soon, written by Fiona from The Sewing Directory.  I mention this because I know SEO is something that doesn't come naturally to a lot of people - me included, although some of it is simpler than you'd imagine.  I have also downloaded a book about SEO onto my Kindle and am working through it (very) slowly ...  if there are snippets I can share with you then I will do.  While SEO isn't strictly about handmade, it's definitely something that affects all of us who sell handmade online so I think it's worthy of a mention here.

For those of you wondering what the heck SEO entails, I leave you with this graphic:

Next week's Handmade Monday will be the last one before Christmas but for this week...

12 comments:

Free Spirit Designs said...

Ooooh i love your money box Wendy! All of your designs are so lovely and personal to their new owners.

SEO is definitely a bit confusing to me although i do know its important to get to grips with it so i look forward to your insights! x

CHRISTMAS PIE CRAFTS said...

I know what you mean about spam commnets! Is it the time of year for them? I have had a lot recently with some pretty odd-ball websites referred to. Look forward to the SEO post. Hope you have a good week.

A Wooly Tale said...

I love the money box! My friend adores NY so it would be very apt for her.

I know what you mean about word verification, it is very annoying, especially as it doesn't warn you that you need to go back and do it so you have to remember to check!

Thank you for the SEO diagram, Its something I keep meaning to look in to more deeply but never get round to!

Have a great week!

Blue Forest Jewellery said...

That money box is such a good idea. I need several of them with different messages! Sorry to hear you're being spammed - I have the same problem, despite having comment moderation switched on. I think at the moment, the spammers are the only people not busy with Christmas shopping - I wonder why?!

Have a great week,
Alison x

Lyn said...

Those word verification things are a nightmare, but moderation is preferable to having unwanted comments published. Some can be downright offensive!

I like the SEO triangle - we should all read and understand it.

Is it really a whole week since last Monday? Feels like four days. Once again, it's a lovely selection of handmade wonders to look at.

Picto said...

I love the money box, a great gift and practical too. Looking forward to hearing more about SEO, I keep meaning to read more about it but never seem to find the time :)

Have a great week

Jan x

Carolee Crafts said...

Thank you so much for the SEO graphic have printed off onto A4 card, such a useful tool.

Love the Fund box such a good idea, have a good week

Clare Lewis said...

I've also seen an increase in spam comments and like you I do find the post verification off putting, even more so if commenting with my phone.

I look forward to your SEO blog post always boggles my mind.

EleanorLucy said...

I love the money box - what a good idea, and beautifully executed too :) Looking forward to some SEO guidance, it's all double dutch to me!! Have a good week! x

Ali said...

I love that money box. In fact I might be pointing my husband in your direction. No idea about SEO so will wait patiently for that post,thanks.
Ali x

knitnrun4sanity said...

Love the money box. SEO is tricky and I find it a bit soul destroying (as in I really can't be bothered) hoping the article will help me be inspired :)

Sue said...

Think the money box is great.. And I love the fabric - might have to un-bar myself from buying any new crafty stuff just on this occasion.... Sue