Are you afraid of spiders?

Posted on June 27, 2010

 

If you’re anything like me, you have a very healthy fear of spiders. Now, some people will say that a fear of spiders is a phobia, which is an irrational fear. However, any fear of spiders isn’t irrational at all, it’s a perfectly understandable fear based on the fact that spiders are the perfect predators.

Their scale speed is faster than humans, they are stronger than humans (again, to scale) they have eight legs, more eyes than is really necessary and can see in every direction at once.

As if that weren’t enough, they paralyse victims with a single bite and their homes are traps to catch their prey. Oh yes, a perfectly rational fear indeed.

Of course, web spiders are very different. They won’t lie motionless for days on end, appearing to be dead, before scuttling out in front of the TV when you’re sat on the sofa. They won’t drop on you from above when you enter the shed looking for those old toys you stored away many years ago and they won’t sit mocking you as you attempt to enter the bathroom without them moving.

No, web spiders are friendly things that have only one thing in common with the arachnid variety – they’re fast. You don’t need to have the digital equivalent of a rolled up newspaper, or slipper, to deal with a web spider when it crawls across your website. You want to encourage it. The more spiders access your website, the better, as it means the search engines are taking notice of your site and they’re liking what they see.

You can encourage spiders in many ways, but the best way is through content. If you add unique, relevant and interesting content to your website every day you’ll be giving the spiders what they’re after. They’ll flock to your website as though it were an insect infested orchard, ready to devour the tasty content flies that live there.

If you’re wondering why there’s no photo with this post, it’s because I had no intention of doing a Google Image Search for spiders… the fear really is that bad.

Technical Director at Engage Web
Darren is Technical Director at Engage Web, as well as being a co-founder of the company. He takes a hands-on approach to SEO and web design, helped by more than 20 years’ experience in these fields.
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