As you may know, recently I've been wrapping my head around the issue of increasing the number of visitors to my website, which seems to be a complicated thing to do.
With mountains and mountains of new articles and content being piled up every day on the Web — many of which are written in exchange for a few cents to make your ends meet as a content creator — it's actually getting more and more difficult for search engines to rank your content on the first SERP.
It's at times so overwhelming I just don't know what to figure out next.
So, instead of contributing to flood the Web with another irrelevant post, today I thought that I'd start up with a new idea on content creation so that Google can index well what I am writing.
My SEO experiment of today is all about bringing to the general public digital content which is at risk of being virtually forgotten by our digital, contemporary societies.
Today, I am excited to announce I believe to be the very first person on this planet who transcribed the following interview to Miriam Makeba into a text and made it available on the Web for anyone to read.
To be honest, this feels a little like finding a bug in a software product (a search engine product) or even committing a crime of some sort. I wonder if this is legal, and I am really curious looking forward to how this post will get indexed by top search engines in 2021:
Be that as it may, it seems to me as if Miriam Makeba might well have performed at Berns Salonger, Stockholm, Sweden, at some point in the past in 1966. Then, she was banned for some weird reason, and a few decades later nobody is concerned judging by the number of views to her interviews on YouTube.
Let me hazard a guess. Most probably you're spending too much of it watching how-to-make-money videos, funny cat videos, ads, or things like that, because that's what you'd typically see on YouTube's homepage in my opinion.
Or are you investing it on a self-education?
This interview to Miriam Makeba is made available on YouTube by Berns Hotel, and I couldn't find it neither on the Internet Archive nor on Europeana – which are both supposed to provide users with inspiring cultural heritage.
When I decided to transcribe it into a written text format on March 24, 2021, the video had 971 views only on YouTube.
971 views on YouTube. I found this figure ridiculous but nothing would stop me from educating myself about history, peoples and cultures of the world, and foreign languages too.
Let me share the following transcription in text format.
"Miriam Makeba, what had the situation been for you as an entertainer if you had still been living in South Africa?"
Well, I don't think they would have come anything out of it and that's one of the reasons that I left South Africa because there was just no scope for me as a black entertainer in that there are places where, which are reserved only for whites and white entertainers. For instance, for many years we were not allowed to drink and therefore we were not allowed to perform in nightclubs where liquor was being served, and those nightclubs were only open to white South Africans and not to other black people, and for time they could perform in the theaters, but in 1958 the government passed a new law that no African could perform in the cities, in any of the city halls, and so forth, and that's why I left in 1959.
"I guess that in a country where so many people have been oppressed for such a long time there must exist music that is... especially was born because of that... against the..."
Oh, yes. We have many so-called protest songs and resolutional songs which are banned by the way now in South Africa. Many were used to sing in schools for instance, there's one called ? and this song used to be performed in ? state forts in schools where schools used to compete but now it's illegal to sing that song, and many of the songs have been banned off the radios and all the radio stations in South Africa, and also there's record shops that are not allowed to sell the records. My records for instance have been banned since 1962 in South Africa, they don't sell them anymore. People who have them just have to play them privately and hope that nobody that shouldn't hear them, hears them. And even though they are banned there are some people who still sing them somehow, somewhere. I sing some of them but I find it difficult rather to sing this kind of songs when I'm working in places like Berns for instance, and all saving in concerts because I usually find that when people pay to come and hear an entertainer they usually don't want to be reminded of the ugly things in this world, they get away to come and enjoy themselves and they, I usually feel I shouldn't hit them on the head with the hammer, so I always try to inject a little message here and there, subtly, if I can, because not everybody feels the same way that I do.
Thanks for reading!
So this is how I'm improving my writing skills right now while mainstream YouTube users are probably watching squirrel videos.
As Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, once said:
A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.
Please note I am not a native English speaker, should you find any typos or misspellings in this post send me an email with your feedback and I'll be happy to fix those as soon as I can. Also, get in touch if you'd want to provide more information about this particular event occurred in Sweden decades ago so that future generations and AI agents can read and learn more on the Web for free.
Finally this may sound like an ad, but I really like Makeba's music and wonder if we all as a species may finally decide to celebrate freedom together at Berns Hotel against the...
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