I believe that the worst part of my writing is picking titles for my hubs that are both effective organically and SEO wise. If anyone would be willing to view my profile and give me some new title suggestions, I would be greatful.
Not having read your hubs I cannot give specific title suggestions but I can give general suggestions for SEO purposes.
The main thing you should remember when choosing a title is that people don't search for titles but rather search for answers. That is where keywords come in.
Internet titles are different from print in that print titles are attention grabbing while digital titles are succinct. Be specific about the information you are offering. Titles should be 160 Characters or less, have your main keywords to the left of the title. The only short titles that are allowed are reviews because that's how people search; example Hubpages review, Microsoft review and stuff like that.
Try to make your tiles more than three words. I am off to read a couple of your hubs and see if I can give more specifics.
All of the titles looked okay to me except one. I do not know what others thought when they read this. When I looked at the title of "The Vietnam War and the Things They Carried" and the photo I did not pick up the same as I did when I read the Hub. After reading it I saw the title as "The Vietnam Soldiers and the Things They Carried" - let us see what others say.
There is one fundamental thing you need to do when creating a title.
Ask yourself, "what would people have to type into Google for this article to come up?". Try typing in a few alternatives in Google Search and watch what "auto-completes". Those auto-completed phrases are based on what people are typing in - so one of those phrases should be your title!
Of course, unlike the Keyword Tool, you don't know how many people are searching for each phrase - but a lot of webmasters are starting to question the accuracy of the figures in the Keyword Tool, and some people find it hard to use. Also, the Keyword Tool tells you nothing about competition, whereas you can judge competition with this method.
Choose one of the auto-completed phrases to search on, and take a look at the results. If there's already a heap of results using the exact words you just typed in, then you've got a lot of competition. If few of the results use that exact phrase, then you can fill a gap.
Using this philosophy, I hope you see that a title like "35 New Year's Resolutions You Should Adopt" is completely the wrong title, because no one is ever going to type that into Google.
I like the titles you already use. They sound interesting and I will definitely read some.
Hey Ben.. I agree with Cardisa here. Everyone is searching for answers and no one search for details. So Make your title sounds more like an answer for a question or simply a problem someone might search online. I have written a hub on this, sometimes that can be helpful for you. try to look around more details. Im sure you'll find your answer
Hi Ben, I 'm back.
I couldn't find much wrong with your titles. I though they were precise and to the point. I found that "Absolute Power Corrupt Absolutely" showed only 30 global monthly searches. I found it strange then I realized you missed out on the "s" in corrupt. I then searched "Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely" and found 6,600 global monthly searches.
I read the Frankenstein article, Death of a salesman and Hubpages Interviews. You wont get much organic views from Hubpages interviews because there was no global searches for that.
Thanks for the suggestion. I have changed the title on the hub you mentioned; thanks for the suggestion. How did you get that information? Did you use the Google tool? Thanks for the email as well.
Yes I use the Google adwords tool. I find it very useful when building titles. I do two things when I get an idea for an article. I search the keywords using the tool, then I make a general browser search to see how extensive the topic has been covered.
I am not good at crafting titles, but I have no trouble telling others what to do.
I try to think of what people would put in a search engine to find my hub. For example, in your hub "How to Write with Semicolons", I wouldn't use that search phrase. I already know how to write, and am not looking for a reason to use semicolons. I am likely to be in the middle of writing something and wondering whether I was supposed to use one in a particular location. What I want to know is "when to use semicolons". Also in addition to looking at just the titles, I would try to use keywords in the subtitles as well. Instead of "uses" I would use "uses of semicolons". Instead of "conclusion" I would use a different way to say the title, like "writing with semicolons"
Check out the titles on the paradigmsearch profile page.You will see that they are quite different than the type of titles being suggested here. He does not have his accolades showing today, but he has good traffic.
I cannot tell you if this is the right thing. My most successful hubs have only 3-5 words. They might do even better if they had ten words, but I am not willing to change the title to something I do not want.
Thanks for that tip, Marisa--Sounds like an excellent idea.
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