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.
Did you what the importance of SEO before?
Are the author tips helping?
We do what we can do, right?
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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.)
actually if you are logged into Virily when you search it still counts as a Virily view. External views are actually users that do not have Virily accounts. or are not logged in when they view it.
Okay Doc, just send me three titles and let me see what I can do with them! In a message would be great and then I would have a project to work on for a week. I need a good project!
i will happily do so, 3 posts, 3 authors let’s see what we can do!
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%
my apologies to the one person that feels the author tips are not helping.
You are too funny. You apologized for what?
that my author tips were not helping them!
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.
SEO is both interesting and not interesting! it is interesting that some things always work. and it is interesting in the creation of Viral content.
Viral is the critical goal!!!
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.
Google and Bing have gotten more “advanced” in crawling but some of the things you learned still work.
It is an interesting problem overall.
The SEO of materials is something we need to drive towards on the site!
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.
thanks – I am trying to get rid of some of the woe is me posting and helping authors find ways to improve their views.
Tags are indeed important, I always think about the tags I add to my posts.
some of your posts pop really high on Google. I searched by the title of articles (some of your older ones and got back good results.
I have heard and read a bit about SEO. I don’t know exactly how it works, so it should go deeper.
i will spend some time trying to message how we can use SEO tools on Virily! I promise to make it understandable!
Ok, thank you so much
your getting out of your comfort zone post is a great example of a good SEO title!!!
I rightly tell you my friend I have no idea what this is about
it is a way to make your posts read more, by having the right title.
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.
i try to avoid relationship posts! I only focus on Tech. I have a couple of HubPages articles that are getting interesting responses.
You are an expert in tech, you have a better chance of people wanting wanting to know about technology. In my case, I’m not so good in tech for now but in psychology.
It is a long time I have ever thought about SEO. I write naturally knowing the keywords will fix themselves naturally. Also sites like Hubpages no longer have the option of tags
HubPages is all about the title and the content!
Psych is a tough topic regardless of your expertise. SEO still works (10 ways to help your partner get past anxiety)!
Yes, it is a complex branch of science.
?? Yes it does still work
it does, and sadly there are topics that always trend.
You are right. The reason some blogs don’t perform well.
it is sadly the issue many posts have
Those posts would require alot of marketing
at times they do, or they must be in the right market!
Sadly is the case when they are in the right market.
i suspect that market is much smaller. The self-help market seems now to be the big one!
Ten ways to lose weight without going to gym etc. You’re right. Such articles do well online.
i always figure that is a con. The easy way to lose weight is go to the gym!