When you make titles do you consider drawing hits from Google, SEO, or just try to make it...
interesting? I have tried both and it doesn't seem to make much difference.
If I'm just making a hub to rant about something I dream up a title.
If I'm doing keyword research I try to put the keyword of phrase first and then have a follow up line to catch human attention too.
Absolutely not but then again I am not so concerned with just the hits for financial purposes. I build my title to catch the eye and be related to the story line. Too many titles give away the story line...instead of being titles, they are statements of purpose for the writing. Keep it simple...one, two, or three words. Make it relative to the story line but don't give too much away. Check my hub "First Ride" and I think you will see what I mean. WB
I mainly try to focus on having my main keywords in the title.
Thanks. I usually go for a simple description, but sometimes humorous. Depends on the topic.
1. I try to begin my title with the keyword phrase, and
2. complete rest of the tile with either a promise, or a benefit of reading the article. Or I simply use curiosity to get people to read the article.
I make titles that appeal to me first, the rest will follow.
I never do SEO for title. I tend to put a title that comes to mind and helps to explain what the article I am writing is about. I have no talent writing catchy titles, which probably would mean more traffic for me. Whenever I have tried writing a title for SEO, it sounds more like a title in a trashy magazine, I kid you not.
Here's the thing, even poorly titled content, with some time, can be improved in a number of ways with the truly wonderful title tuner tool that is provided to all of us here.
Mostly, I just wing it.
My topic is already in mind, and the title is the first thing that HP asks of writers.
I kick it around a bit, shoot from the hip, and after my article has appeared, I consult "title tuner".........I am not here for the money. Those who consider themselves professional writers
could well be expected to have a different approach.
I begin my title with the primary keyword or key phrase and make it search engine friendly.
I try to do both, make it interesting and at least two to three keyword phrases, but for stand alone web sites, i would make every title exact searches, then build back links with matching anchor text to the content page.
You say you don't see a difference? sort your hubs by traffic then search for your popular hub title phrases in google, see if they show up ;-)
I choose the title as I would if I were writing for a traditional newspaper or magazine, regardless of what Google does with it.
I craft my titles for SEO purposes, and also to let people know exactly what they're going to find when they click on one of my articles.
People reading my articles have a question they want answered, and I want them to know exactly which article will answer that question. If they have to guess, and the first guess is wrong (if they even get that far) then they will likely head back to the search engines to try to find something that's a little easier to use in order to answer their question. Also, if people do not know what they're clicking on, I will likely end up with a lot of useless traffic that does not benefit either me or the reader.
That said, while I love helping people and that's the fulfilling part of my work, I am a full-time writer and the only wage-earner in my home right now, so the money is pretty darn important to me. The only thing that makes sense to me is to optimize every piece to the best of my abilities so that I can help as many people as I can with my expertise, as well as get the maximum benefit for every bit of work that I do.
Really title tag play very important role in drawing traffic on any website and if you use the very relevant title tag you definitely get ur page in higher position of google, yahoo & MSN
I'm in the process of trying both. Initially I used titles without any knowledge about search engine optimization.
Now that I'm learning about SEO, I'm editing a few hubs and titles to see what happens. At this point it's just a scientific process. I'll eventually decide on some kind of median between the two.
It depends whether your goal is to entice web spiders or readers. If both, try having a title that has some keywords but are still interesting enough for human beings.
thanks for the question, this helps me too. There are some very useful comments here.
When I make titles, I consider mostly the appropriateness of the title. I then try to bring some keywords in the first few lines of the article. But anyway, at least one or two keywords would be in the title.
No I don't take any help. Anything that I write I know what this is about and give a title that comes to my mind spontaneously. After I finish my writing I close my eyes and ask myself whether the title that I have given sounds appropriate. If 'No' is the the answer then of course I take a little time to think over till I find a name which I think will fit in.
I only write content for my visitors. If a topic is about the article, then I make a similar keyword that relates to the article - which is good for the visitors, and good for google.
I studied and tried to use SEO for awhile and it seems the stuff I wrote without it actually did quite a bit better. I guess when I'm not working on SEO the language flows easier for me and sounds less stilted or awkward, making for a better article.
I like to make them as interesting as possible. I don't expect to make a living on Hubpages, so I try to have fun with it.
If the primary reason is to draw hits from Google, SEO, then the article would not be interesting. At the same time, an interesting article that is seen only by you is a waste of time. You can jolly well meditate on it alone.
Most persons would like to be rewarded for their efforts. So they would like to see how they can make an interesting article attract hits from Google.
It is best to make titles that people want to read, forget about Google with its everchanging algorithm. Those that chase the tail of the dragon never catch the dragon, but those that have what the dragon wants will always have the dragon's attention.
Title is very important for SEO
I've had TONS more sales today than an average day! I've used pinterest to optimize my site and the result was amazing my site was jumped from #234 to #9 in few weeks time. The trick is we must got our website pinned and repinned by many people this is the hardest part. Most of pinterest users won't doing repin when they aren't like what we pinned. I do simple thing to outsource it on fiverr and got my site pinned by more than 70 people, I don't know how can he did it just search by typing pinterest on fiverr and you will find it.
As I know currently pinterest is best for SEO for these reason:
1. Once our website pinned it has 3 backlinks counts
2. Google interest in social media signal so it will not tagged as links farm
3. Currently pinterest links are dofollow even the image
4. Also support anchor text, it's perfect for placing our keywords
I try to balance both. The title got to be keyword rich yet should make people want to click through to your site. It can be a tough balancing act though, sometimes.
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