My latest Suite 101 article, "Beyond the Lionfish Sting, the New Danger is to Eat Lionfish", reports on the latest hazard that Lionfish pose to humans.

"Image of a Lionfish" by pindiyath100
Lionfish are really gorgeous, but the spines carry a nasty toxin. I'd written about them last year in Environmental Graffiti ("The Lionfish: Florida's Newest and Fiercest Predator").

Now they present a new problem.

As always, I also publicize my article in DeHaan Services, although "Beware of Lionfish Flesh as well as its Sting" does not add much to this discussion.

Writing Tip for SEO

Today's writing tip is to research and use the most popular keywords for your topic.

For example, I would have preferred "...Danger is Eating Lionfish" in the article's title. However, the keyword "eat lionfish" greatly outperformed "eating lionfish".

There's no point writing a superior title or sentence if no-one is looking for it.

By the way, that assumes you hope to have people find your article by way of searches. SEO, or "Search Engine Optimization", is a set of techniques to help your article beat out others when someone searches online for a keyword. Using a popular keyword means that more people may try to find your article.

Conversely, if you pick an unpopular keyword that no-one else writes about, you might get even more readers than if you compete in an overcrowded niche.

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