I am in a bit of a quandry. Before I started my article on the apocrypha, I researched it on google using the word apocrypha and found only about 5m listings. But now that I have almost finished the article I have found that there are many listings on the subject that do not use the word apocrypha, but instead like "Why are some books not in the Bible." Like 70m to 100m. Now uber suggest says that the second title has a search volume of about 2500. The word apocrypha has a search volume of 0, but I know it has some because there are listings on Google. I am trying to decide which way to go with my title. I tend to want to go with the word apocrypha rather than get lost in the 100m listings. The thought just occured to me that maybe I could do both by using the sentence title and apocrypha in the body of the article. What are some of your thoughts?
My thoughts are that you should use the most logical sounding title and write your article in a natural way. Publish it and see how much traffic it gets after about six weeks. If there's nothing, then you can think about adjusting the title.
Make sure your subheadings include relevant keywords for the topic too
Don't try to over think the SEO aspect - that'll come later with experience. Just write articles that you think people want to read.
This is the best advice. The thing with SEO is that you might feel tempted to get too technical with it but when Google updates, it's often looking for results that best match how a person searches for information. People don't search for information on the internet in a technical way, they search the way they think and the way we think is pretty straightforward, really
Thank you for your advise. I thought I was supposed to wait 6 months before changing a title. I like the idea of 6 weeks better.
I change titles all the time. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn't.
Other than the advise here, remebember the URL is something you cannot change and is a very important factor when it comes to ranking an article. So try and put in both your options into the URL. If you know you are writing about a missing book and a particular book without the intention of changing it in the future (to cover another book). I'm quite busy and I know the sentence is hard to make sense of, but my phone's about to die and I'm walking so it's crazy to go back and edit.
lobobrandon, thank you for taking the time to try and answer out of your busy schedule. I see value in both your reply and FatFreddys
When I publish a new hub I always plan ahead for the possibility that I may need to change the title later. So I make the URL less specific, but including all important keywords. Remember that you can only specify the URL before publishing. If you don’t change it, then it will default to the title you first used.
Tut-tut - "advice", not "advise", the noun, not the verb, just saying
Eugbug haha tut-tut. I noticed that after I hit submit
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