What...you don't do all that? Well, people with mild OCD like myself tend to obsess over all those little details because
Anyway, one thing that a lot of us tend to gloss over is the titles that we give our blog posts. We will often slap a title on there willy-nilly just before pressing the "Publish" button, without giving much thought to it. And in doing so, we're missing a huge opportunity to promote our blogs to a whole new market.
Google and other search engines seem to place a higher priority on the title that we give our blog posts, rather than their actual content. So giving your blog post a relevant title with buzz words that are high in the search engines at the moment can help propel your post to the top of the search lists. And for me, this usually happens quite by accident.
My blog posts that get the most hits in Google are the ones that I would have never expected to be so popular. For instance, the post I did recently titled "My Belated Christmas Wish List" (where I listed all of the things that I should have requested for Christmas, but didn't) is getting a lot of visitors from all over the world at the moment.
And why? Because a lot of people happen to be Googling the phrase "belated Christmas wish" or "belated Christmas wishes". And here's what they find:
Yup, that's my blog post in the #2 spot! So when some poor sap from South Africa who's neglected to send his friends or family a Christmas card turns to Google to help him figure out what to say, he ends up with my personal wish list instead! LOL
So what have we learned?
There are a lot of procrastinators out there, my friends!
P.S. I changed the title of this post at least half a dozen times before landing on one that I thought might be both relevant and "popular". We'll see what Google thinks!