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Will a catchy title land the social media fish?

Do pithy titles work? I started blogging back when Windows Live blogs were still alive. My first three years (2005 to 2008) were on that old site. (Windows live blogs were shut down permanently in 2009). I tried so many different things over the years, including considering the use of pithy titles. Do they work, well if you have an audience, they work? But the problem is if you don’t have an audience, they are just a pithy title. Yesterday I talked about using Facebook as a method of gaining an audience. Many people don’t like Social Media. How else can you increase your viewers, building an audience? Well, another way is to use the internet term Search Engine Optimization or SEO.

IT sounds like you are making search engines better, but what it means is creating a title that will entice users to follow the link. The easy answer for gaining SEO for your posts includes keywords or tags that the search engine will connect with. The reality is those aren’t keywords we want to have associated with our posts most of the time. The other way is to create descriptive titles that connect with both your content and people that might read them. I talked yesterday about the split between this my technical blog and my Wander project. The wander project has an audience that connects to my backup blog site and reads the posts there. Some of them reading those posts for more than 15 years.

Roundabout and back to the beginning, do Pithy titles work? Do you, in adding a pithy title, automatically gain readers? No, sadly, you do not. There is automation on various blogging platforms that have audience connections. Some publish photos, and people come to view and see the pictures. Some share stories of the past (like my wander project). Every post has an audience. How you connect to your audience is essential. But what your audience wants should be something you know before you post!

This blog came from a suggestion by another author. That is another way to connect to an audience. Build on an idea shared with you. That gives you a reader, at least. Building and connecting to an audience can happen overnight or may take years.

Link to yesterdays post

https://virily.com/virily_poll/how-to-grow-your-reader-base-using-social-media/

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    Do you consider pithy titles?

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    • No
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    Do you like the title for this article?

    • Yes
    • No
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    Do you think Social Media is really a fish?

    • Yes
    • No
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    How fast does a swallow fly?

    • Yes
    • No

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Written by DocAndersen

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  1. Titles are important. Books, movies, new papers, social media all use the pithy titles and for good reason. Proven to catch the readers eye. I usually put more attention to the cover photo than the title personally. I know I could learn so much by taking a writing course.

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  2. Q: DO YOU CONSIDER PITHY TITLES?
    Yes (7 votes) – 100%
    Q: DO YOU LIKE THE TITLE FOR THIS ARTICLE?
    Yes (7 votes) – 100%
    Q: DO YOU THINK SOCIAL MEDIA IS REALLY A FISH?
    Yes (1 votes) – 17%
    No (5 votes) – 83%
    Q: HOW FAST DOES A SWALLOW FLY?
    Yes (5 votes) – 83%
    No (1 votes) – 17%

  3. You’re right about titles. They can make or break a post including the introductory paragraph. Also, as you stated, it might take years to become known on the Internet. It took me more than 7 years on Hubpages to finally be recognized on the internet since 2009.

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    • they do – it is hard to balance catchy and content. for example, the wander project has occasionally done well here on Virily, but it always gets 100 plus views when i post it on my backup blog. my family and friends go there to read!

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