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More author tips and a discussion of SEO

Useful Author Tip: We all want external views (Virily gets paid on both our views, but also external views), so let’s talk about SEO. Search engine optimization. Your homework for today –search google, bing for a post you’ve published here on Virily, and see what you get!

I am continuing my helpful author tips for the next few days. The reality of search engine optimization is an interesting one for authors. What SEO is, is finding titles that will drive search results. Now, we can certainly use some of the tags and content types that guarantee search results (the most searched thing on the internet has to do with sex)! But for most authors, we have to think about what our goal is when seeking SEO. I started doing the Wander Project here on Virily. I have called that family history project many things over the years. But I decided to have a consistent name around three years ago here on Virily. I introduced the Wander project here on Virily. There are a couple of companies that use the name The Wonder Project, but my results are still on the first page.When it comes to a search engine, being on that first page is critical! You get more clicks on the first page than you do on the 2nd or 3rd pages. Clicks are what we want! Now, please note that this is simply searching and finding articles on Virily. This is not adding the impact of social media sharing. Google, Bing, and other search engines use what is called crawling. They wander the internet seeking new material. Every time we publish something on a site, Google ads it and returns it in the search results. Moving up the list is what SEO does. As authors, we try to drive or gather views. Driving or fathering views is often accomplished by the title of the article we share!

Useful Author Tip: What is the essence of your article? The most salient point? Make that your title!

The funny thing is, most readers from outside of Virily don’t search for pictures. Pictures will draw readers here on Virioly, but until your title and your pictures match, pictures don’t help you as much. Tages are another interesting problem. Many authors do use tags; many do not. One of the tags I’ve used for a while is Europe2016. If you search for that stage, you won’t get one of my articles until you add a second tag I’ve used or my user name (Doc). Tags aren’t searched the same way titles are so that everyone knows. I will continue to share more Author tips. Building your SEO, Search Engine Optimization hel[s your post gain external views. I know we don’t get credit for external views, but we do get paid by external views, indirectly.

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  1. I appreciate the SEO tips you’re publishing. I do my best to make my content SEO-friendly. But here is something else that I do and I think it helps.

    You say Virily earns for external views. Sometimes instead of using the search box at this site, I use Google to find certain content AT this site. Let’s face it! The Google search engine is amazing!

    If you click on a link to the Virily site from the Google search results that is considered an “external view”. (Uuuhh … I think. LOL.)

  2. Q: DID YOU WHAT THE IMPORTANCE OF SEO BEFORE?
    Yes (8 votes) – 80%
    No (2 votes) – 20%
    Q: ARE THE AUTHOR TIPS HELPING?
    Yes (9 votes) – 90%
    No (1 votes) – 10%
    Q: WE DO WHAT WE CAN DO, RIGHT?
    Yes (9 votes) – 90%
    No (1 votes) – 10%

  3. I always add tags and I do what I can. Amazingly occasionally some of my stuff has landed on spot one on the first page but no all the time of course. I remember way back when I started doing content writing work I had to write about SEO and I had no idea what it was and had to learn quickly.

  4. Long ago, about the time of HTML 2, I learned a trick from a friend about making my website more visible to search engines. The keywords that I wanted their spiders to find would typed in every variation imaginable a hundred times or so in a text color that was the same as the background color. I doubt this works any longer. Viewers couldn’t see it but the spiders did read it as a priority due to all the instances of the words one might search.
    Haven’t thought about this in a very long time. Things used to be simpler I guess.

      • When people trick the searches the searches must react and undo the trick because they want valid useful searches. The title is most important and the text. If your title is the best summation then repeating that phrase early in the text (if not in the first sentence) helps as well I think. ((I prefer honesty to tricks – people don’t like being tricked really))
        This article is great practical advice Doc – I look forward to more. I wasn’t thinking along these lines at all. So, thank you for this.

  5. You have listed helpful author tips. SEO is important but short posts don’t do well on search results.
    I have four articles on Hubpages that appear on the first five results on the first page.
    True, sex is the most searched. Another one is relationship which I mostly dwell on.

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