Sometime last year, I posted an article about the correct use of “ng” and “nang”.
In that article, I shared my observations on the quality of resources then available online covering this particular topic and commented that the references even added confusion to what was already a confusing subject.
I wrote: “I also found forums with threads on the subject, but I am not ready to recommend them. They are either fragmented or incomplete. Some are even confusing. As one would expect, the threads do not provide definitive, let alone authoritative, answers.”
Out of my desire to come up with something more useful, I asked two of our emanilapoetry contributors, who I admire for their mastery of Tagalog both in prose and poetry, what to them is the correct usage of ng and nang.
The article generated interesting reactions and comments from our readers. I also understand the article is also being quoted as a reference material among social networking sites.
In terms of page readership too, the article has become very popular with more than 10,000 readership and counting. It even surpassed the viewership of another popular post I wrote earlier, Reviewing the integrity of Australiaâ€™s Subclass 457 visa program (7,000 viewers plus) which had already more than 3,000 viewers at the time.
Google search has indexed my personal site, A Matter of Sharing, where the article was published in the Top 3 for searches – “correct use of ng and nang” or “how to use ng and nang.” These were the same search criteria I used more than a year ago when looking for online references on the subject. Yahoo and Bing searches have indexed my personal site as number one for these search terms.
Did I expect the article to be in the Top 3? Not really. After all, even before my post, more popular websites like Wikipedia, Answers and Yahoo Groups already have articles on the same subject.
The creditable performance of “The correct use of ‘ng’ and ‘nang'” among search engines, I think, demonstrates what SEO specialists have long been telling us: (a) the title of an article should contain important search terms or keywords, and (b) the body of the article or the content should support the title.
We can also venture to say that the length of an article should be long enough so that searchbots can have a feast, so to speak, on the material. “The correct use of ‘ng’ and ‘nang'” has 839 words in it.
*** Again, thanks to Ka Ezzard and Tata Raul for their contribution to the “The correct use of ‘ng’ and ‘nang'” article. And thanks to everyone for your comments. Your contributions and feedback are much appreciated. Maraming salamat po.