A Question About Titles

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  1. Mark Ewbie profile image82
    Mark Ewbieposted 13 years ago

    But not such a serious question it should go in the help section.  Although if someone has any idea then it would be interesting.

    Sometimes it seems as if every topic under the sun has been covered multiple times.  But you just need to get the right keywords into your title so your page appears in response to the right search.

    So in a six word title - how many possible combinations of words are there.  I mean ALL words from the dictionary - which is I guess about 100,000 more or less.

    My guess is some very big number which means there are still titles out there to be written.

    1. Ultimate Hubber profile image71
      Ultimate Hubberposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Yup there still are titles to be written. No doubt about that, but as they say, no one is going to search them. Interesting post anyway.

      1. Mark Ewbie profile image82
        Mark Ewbieposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Ah, that's kind of important I guess.  I'm really just trying to understand what the heck I'm trying to do here.  I thought "write it and they will come" - but that may not be the way.

    2. Jule Romans profile image95
      Jule Romansposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      That brings to mind a few other questions, too--

      What IS an ideal title length?

      Does it matter if the title is  somewhat awkward? How many people READ the title anyway?

      As new indexing strategies are developed, will the importance of titles go down or up?

      1. radiokoala profile image39
        radiokoalaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Your question is easy to answer. The ideal title length is up to 60 symbols because Google (as well as Hubpages) cuts the rest, replacing it with ellipsis.

        The title should be appealing, and content should keep with it. Otherwise, people will feel cheated, and traffic rising won't have any sense. Remember you may edit title anytime to check out if a particular strategy works.

      2. ImChemist profile image58
        ImChemistposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        D'ont forget to add your long tail keyword in the title.

    3. CMHypno profile image82
      CMHypnoposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Why only six words? Branch out a bit, and try some longer ones!

    4. Pcunix profile image92
      Pcunixposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, but "Brachiating Sauropods of Prehistoric South America" is MINE, Mark, so don't try using it!

      1. Mark Ewbie profile image82
        Mark Ewbieposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Great title, great search term.  Anyone who types that in without a typo deserves to find it.

    5. profile image0
      ssaulposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      What i normally do is type what i what to write about in google search box, and see what terms google suggest. Normally when you start typing a word in google search box they begin suggesting a term. Research it with keyword tool and see the pattern

      1. Mark Ewbie profile image82
        Mark Ewbieposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks ssaul.  So far I have thought of titles and just typed them in search to see what was about, how I might usefully rephrase them.  No proper keyword research at all.

        I am beginning to suspect this is foolish but am not sure about changing this method yet.

        This is because I have been advised on here to 'let the hubs age'  and I understand that in six months time I will be receiving 100,000 hits per day through orgasmic traffic.

  2. wilderness profile image96
    wildernessposted 13 years ago

    Six word title, 100,000 possibilities for each word = 6^100,000 power.  Yes, a rather large number.

    6^25=28,430,288,029,929,701,376, just keep multiplying by 6 99,975 more times.  Perhaps a title for each atom in the galaxy?  Or the universe?

    I would post the actual number, but even using scientific notation my computer won't tell me.  It's too big.  The best I can find is about 2.0e+42798, or 6^55,000. I suspect that the computer is limited to an exponent of 65536, or 2^16 in it's notation.

    1. Mark Ewbie profile image82
      Mark Ewbieposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks wilderness - I figured there must be at least one mathemetician out there.

      So a lot basically.

    2. melpor profile image89
      melporposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      This will become a much smaller number when you take into consideration that the title must make sense and be relevant to what you are trying to write about. There are a lot of combinations anyone can make with six words but the title got to make sense.

  3. melpor profile image89
    melporposted 13 years ago

    Mark, you are right there are a lot of titles on the same subject. The key here is to find a niche that too any hubbers are not writing about and do a keyword search on it before writing about it. If you are going to write about a subject that someone already written about you must come up with a catchy title to grab their attention away from the others if it ranks high in google and other search engines out there. Just don't make the title too long because the search engine does not see all of it and don't make it too short because then the title will be too broad. In the end the critical factors here are good choice of keywords and quality writing with a relevant title.

    1. Mark Ewbie profile image82
      Mark Ewbieposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks melpor - it sounds easy...


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