Spread Betting – Gambling or Investment?

I ask because I’ve noted on several content sites that they reject articles on poker, horse betting etc. But accept articles about spread betting. And yet when I speak to my friends who earn a living spread betting, they tell me that it is gambling. Certainly when compared to other forms of investment, but the risk can be reduced by increasing your skill in the activity.

Categorisation is important in seo.

As is the semantic meaning of words and phrases.

Spread betting is one of those terms that can have one foot in gambling and one foot in investment.

Why is this important?

Many phrases are what’s called polysemic, meaning they have a number of meanings, read Clustering of Polysemic Words for an interesting look into the the subject with regards to categorisation. The Wikipedia entry for Polysemy is a good place to look for a further understanding of the term.

It is important if you are building a keyword list, sorting keywords into categorisations. Categorising keywords as you well know is an essential part of SEO and so an understanding of the nature of the term, polysemic, may help you in this task.

Context is crucial when deciding which category to put a term which has multiple meanings in. But, there are many forms of context. Most importantly the viewer has a context which if you have done your research correctly you already are aware of and have prepared for.

Our brains like to order things, it’s why lists are so popular. If you confuse the brain over the meaning of a term your message will be lost. Context happens because of the meaning around keyword we are targeting. Context is what happens before, during, around and after the keyword has been digested by the brain.

Many things affect context, and maybe that’s for another blog post.

All this folds into useability and how effective your website is at reaching its objective, be it sales, links, subscribers etc.

Further reading on the subject can be found at:

Don’t Make Me Think, Steve Krug
When Search Meets Web Usability, Nick Musica and Shari Thurow
Neuro Web Design, Dr. Susan M. Weinschenk. Ph.D.

For a more in depth understanding of the workings of spread betting please go to financial-spread-betting.com

SEO Keyword Research using Google Insight

Update: I didn’t think to check that the information presented was going to be live and so what I talk about in the post does not now reflect the data. DOH! Obviously I should have taken a screen shot and done it that way. But the points are still valid, it’s just the data set has changed on me.

Interesting to see seomoz as a breakout keyword. I would have thought they were riding too high to breakout, possibly recent press has sent a new bunch of people to search


At first I thought, Danny Sullivan but no. This guy is called Danny Seo and is a Environmental lifestyle expert, sigh! He’s the kind of guy that makes me want to go out and burn tires in my garden.
Looks like he does a lot of TV and print, hence the boost in the search data. He also seems to smile a lot, maybe the new algo has a happy clappy quotient.


This is interesting as I have chosen the search to be USA centric, this is a Korean of some sort. What I am realising here is “Seo” must be a Korean name and so when someone of that name gets famous they start ranking for “seo”

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Guess what, Seo Hyun is another female star of some sort and so is Hee Kyung Seo.

A quick search in US Google of SEO, only reveals our friends in the search optimization industry and no Korean stars, which is not surprising. But what we have uncovered here is a little nugget of information. How valuable is that nugget? Don’t know, but one semantic occurance, that of a Korean name popped up three times in the break out data.

What I find with this kind of knowledge, is that there is someone, somwhere who will put this to use to their advantage. 99% of people will probably be “so what”? But then 99% of people fail. It’s those who can take a piece of information and meld it to their own use, whilst no one else knows about it.

Lets turn our attention to top searches related to SEO

First thing you notice is “google seo”, twice the amount of searches than the second in the list. More searches than “how to seo” or even “seo website”.

What this tells me is like it or loathe it, Google is the web. Lets not get into that right now. Using “google” as a keyword seems an obvious choice for an seo site to optimise for. I would never use “google” as a keyword search term when loooking for info, but I am neck deep in search knowledge and so may not reflect the ordinary person.

This is an important point. When trying to figure out what ordinary people are searching for, try to search like an ordinary person.

Using a brand in your long tail is a no brainer, using the brand of Google within keyword phrases with the root of “seo” is essential.

Some may like to point out that the optimisation for this site is terrible, and it’s true, I’ve never bothered with SERPS traffic, I get my conversions in other ways, but that’s another story. I just wanted you to know why I am suggesting it but not bothering myself.

If you are in the SEO business and aggresively targetting the keyword you probably already know all this.

WordPress pops up two times, once by itself. What’s that about? Why would google say that someone searching for “wordpress” is an seo related search? Possibly Google is factoring in other metrics, such as where the searcher came from, what are they doing, what were their previous searches and so on.

The important thing is to realise that “wordpress” is within the semantic gaze of seo.

All interesting stuff, it’s fascinating what you can learn from mining data and seeing where it leads. Hope this has been educational, it certainly has for me.