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Why the M?

Why do I use an M in my name?

When I decided to create a webpage and wanted the domain for just my first and last name, but there was another author with the same name.  Even though it had been a while since she published, the genre was too close, and I didn’t want there to be any confusion.  I also found out that particular domain was taken by a health fitness person.

I knew I wanted to use Denise Colby but I needed to differentiate myself

So, I had a decision to make

My middle name actually starts with a C, but I didn’t like two C’s next to each other in my author name, so I decided to go with M – which is the first letter in my maiden name.

When someone types in Denise M. Colby; my website, blog posts and social media appears in the search, which means I’ve done something right in being consistent with using that name.  When I typed in Denise Colby, I did not appear in anything, also because of the above statement.

I wondered, then, how difficult would it be to have something appear in a search using only Denise Colby.  To do so, would mean I would need to use Denise Colby in the alt text of photos, as well as in a post (did you know the internet indexes even the headers you choose? I’m covering that in a separate post).

So to test this theory, I decided to write a post using some specific SEO techniques.

File Names for Images: 

I uploaded the same photo with different file names.  It turns out that the file name cannot change when you upload it and that name becomes public record – even if you change the title later.  (I’m still trying to figure out what the title line is for, then).

Testing out Alt Text:

I also typed out the alt text differently with each photo.  The first one has Denise M. Colby and second one has Denise Colby in the Alt Text.

Caption & Description:

I also filled out the Caption and the Description on each photo as I’ve read that those sections can be indexed as well.  I added more text to the captions within this post, but it doesn’t back feed into the media files.  Not sure yet if that makes a difference or not.

Using Different Size Subheads With My Content:

Recently I read using the built-in subheads (Heading 1, Heading 2, etc.) gets indexed into metadata as well, so I wanted to test that theory in this post.  That is why I have the words Denise Colby in the first subhead above. And why I’m writing this line next:

I decided to use Denise M. Colby instead of Denise Colby

Denise M. Colby Bible Verse Psalm 136 with Steadfast in it word of year 2018
File Name is Psalm136 with Denise M. Colby in the Alt Text
Denise Colby Bible Verse Psalm 136 with Steadfast in it word of year 2018
File Name is IMG_3829-copy with Denise Colby in the Alt Text

Each of these pictures are linked to the media file on my website.  The media file pulls from the original file name used when uploading the picture.  So if you were to save either of these, they would have the original file name that I uploaded it with.

I’m going to resist creating an image header for this post, although I believe if I added one using the file names and alt text with the same data would help with what I’m trying to test.  I might add another post similar to this one later on just to learn more.

So, thanks for following my ramblings as I test out my own theory and knowledge related to SEO techniques and website posts.  And now you know why I use the M. in my name.

Blessings,

Denise M. Colby, also known as Denise Colby

 

 

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First Line Fridays 6.8.18

It’s First Line Friday time.  Pick up any nearby book and share a line in the comments below.

Today’s first line comes from a novella in a collection titled:

With This Ring – A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry  First Line Fridays by Denise M. Colby, With This Ring Collection of Proposals Gone Awry

The first novella in the collection:

The Husband Maneuver by Karen Witemeyer

First Line Fridays by Denise M. Colby, The Husband Maneuver by Karen Witemeyer

So here’s the first line.  Drumroll please…….

 

Freestone County, Texas   

Spring 1892

Absorbed in the book she held, Marietta Hawkins nibbled on her lower lip and burrowed more deeply into the hay piled near the loft window.

 

In return, I hope you will share the first line from any book you choose in the comments below.  And then head on over to:

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Happy Reading,

Denise

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First Line Fridays 6.1.18

It’s First Line Friday time.  Pick up any nearby book and share a line in the comments below.

Today’s first line comes from another Love Finds You… book.  I’m continuing my recent theme! 

Love Finds You in Groom, Texas

First Line Fridays by Denise M. Colby, Love Finds You in Groom, Texas by Janice Hannaby Janice Hanna

 

I have read several from this line and being the history/geography lover that I am, have found these real town names and fiction stories fun.

So here’s the first line.  Drumroll please…….

 

Amarillo, Texas, 1914

“How does it feel being the last single fella in town?”

 

In return, I hope you will share the first line from any book you choose in the comments below.  And then head on over to:

First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books Button

Happy Reading,

Denise

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First Line Fridays 5.25.18

It’s First Line Friday time.  Pick up any nearby book and share a line in the comments below.

Today’s first line comes from another Love Finds You… book.  I’m continuing my recent theme! 

Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana

First Line Fridays by Denise M. Colby, Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana by Tricia Goyer & Ocieanna Fleissby Tricia Goyer & Ocieanna Fleiss

 

I have read several from this line and being the history/geography lover that I am, have found these real town names and fiction stories fun.

So here’s the first line.  Drumroll please…….

 

“Feels like I’m sleeping in a covered wagon with all this shaking.” Nineteen-year-old Julia Cavanaugh forced her eyes open.

 

In return, I hope you will share the first line from any book you choose in the comments below.  And then head on over to:

First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books Button

Happy Reading,

Denise

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First Line Fridays – 5.11.18

It’s First Line Friday time.  Pulling again from treasures read a while ago, today’s first line comes from another Love Finds You… book.  I thought I would do them all in a row!

Love Finds You in Hope, Kansas by Pamela Griffin

Book Cover Love Finds You in Hope, Kansas by Pamela Griffin - First Line Fridays Denise M. Colby Blog Post

I have read several from this line and being the history/geography lover that I am, have found these real town names and fiction stories fun.

So here’s the first line.  Drumroll please…….

Hope, Kansas

Midsummer 1889

“Don’t just stand there with your mouth hangin’ open like a fish. Do you want a new ma or don’t you?” Andy directed the tense question to their little sister, Maggie, who hovered outside the stable door in clear indecision about whether to join them.

In return, I hope you will share the first line from any book you choose in the comments below.  And then head on over to:

First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books Button

Happy Reading,

Denise

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First Line Fridays – 5.4.18

It’s First Line Friday time.  Pulling again from treasures read a while ago, today’s first line comes from another Love Finds You… book.

Love Finds You in Prince Edward Island, Canada by Susan Page Davis

Love Finds You in Prince Edward Island Canada by Susan Page Davis First Line Friday Post by Denise M. Colby

I have read several from this line and being the history/geography lover that I am, have found these real town names and fiction stories fun.

So here’s the first line.  Drumroll please…….

June 27, 1860

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

The back door to the kitchen burst open. Molly Orland nearly dropped the wooden spoon she held.

In return, I hope you will share the first line from any book you choose in the comments below.  And then head on over to:

First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books Button

Happy Reading,

Denise

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First Line Fridays – 4.27.18

It’s First Line Friday time.  I’ve been off the grid a bit over the past month with a musical I was assistant directing, spring break college hunting for my son and several family birthdays.  Now I’m back and I have a new batch of First Line’s to share.  I recently went through my plethora of books I stored under my bed (it was like finding treasure!) and found several I plan to share over the next few weeks.

So here’s the book I selected for todays First Line:

Love Finds You in Revenge, Ohio by Lisa Harris

Love finds you in revenge, ohio by Lisa Harris Christian romance fiction

I have read several from this line and being the history/geography lover that I am, have found these real town names and fiction stories fun.

So here’s the first line.  Drumroll please…….

Revenge, Ohio, 1884

The only thing worse than being a spinster is being a twice-jilted spinster.

In return, I hope you will share the first line from any book you choose in the comments below.  And then head on over to:

First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books Button

Happy Reading,

Denise

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First Line Fridays – 3.2.18

It’s First Line Friday time.  Here’s the book I selected for todays First Line.  It’s in my TBR pile:

Bandolero by Nancy J. Farrier historical romanceBandolero by Nancy J. Farrier

Land of Promise, Book 1

Nancy is a friend of mine that I met through two different writing groups**.  This is her first Indie book, although she has several others out either in collections or as stand alone.

Here’s the book blurb:

She’s been rejected and betrayed. 
He sacrificed all to seek revenge. 
Can they find they trust God as time runs out?

Alta California 1830’s
Yoana Armenta knows she is doomed to a miserable existence after her betrothal is broken. But when her reckless behavior results in her and her Tía being captured by bandoleros, Yoana fears her impulsive nature may cause irreparable disaster. 

Amado Castro gave a death bed promise that he intends to keep – at all costs. When that means endangering Yoana’s life, he struggles with the decision to honor his word, or to protect Yoana, whom he has come to care for more than he could have imagined. 

Now as the women face a fate worse than death, Amado and Yoana both have choices to make. Will they each be willing to surrender self, and trust God, even if that means the worst could happen?

So here’s the first line.  Drumroll please…….

Alta California–1830’s

Billowing sheets of gray congregated overhead. A few rays of sun stabbed through the mass to brush pale fingers across Yoana’s face. Fingers too weak to warm her chilled heart.

In return, I hope you will share the first line from any book you choose in the comments below.  And then head on over to:

First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books Button

Happy Reading,

Denise

**One of the writing groups is the Faith, Hope and Love Chapter of Romance Writers of America.  You can follow our FHL chapter on Facebook or on Twitter and learn about other authors who write Inspirational and Sweet Romance Fiction, or check out the chapters website www.faithhopelove-rwa.org.

 

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First Line Fridays – 2.23.18

It’s First Line Friday time.  Here’s the book I selected for todays First Line:

Wild Montana Sky Book 1 in Montana Sky Series by Debra HollandWild Montana Sky by Debra Holland

Debra is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Montana Sky Series, a collection of heartwarming historical Western romances. Wild Montana Sky is the first in the series of ten (10)!  FYI – In 2013, Amazon selected Starry Montana Sky (#2) as one of their Top 50 Greatest Love Stories.

So here’s the first line.  Drumroll please…….

Boston, 1893

Laurence married!

Elizabeth Hamilton leaned against the blue-and-gold-papered wall of the entry hall and stared in shock at the telegram from her brother.

In return, I hope you will share the first line from any book you choose in the comments below.  And then head on over to:

First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books Button

Happy Reading,

Denise

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First Line Fridays – 2.16.18

It’s First Line Friday time.  I’m going back into my keep pile for today’s first line.

A Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist

Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist Historical Romance Book cover Deeanne Gist is one of my favorite authors. 

I loved how she showed the servant side of this era in this book.

So here’s the first line.  Drumroll please…….

Like a butterfly breaking free from its confining cocoon, Tillie Reese emerged from the barren, tan-colored servants’ hall into the opulence of the Biltmore’s main level.

In return, I hope you will share the first line from any book you choose in the comments below.  And then head on over to:

First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books Button

Happy Reading,

Denise