Search Engine Optimization: the art of ti…
Friday, 24 August 2007 — by Wayne Smallman
Titles maketh the article. Without a concise title, enriched with meaty keyword chunks, an article is just so many bytes of miscellaneous data. So I just thought I’d touch upon my thoughts on quick, easy SEO tips again, with an example. It’s the simplest principles of Search Engine Optimization that do the most good. But it’s the simple things that often get overlooked .. even by the big guys…
I could go on about effective headline writing, but better people than I have committed fingers to keyboard on the subject.
Right now, all I want to discuss is bad headline writing.
And such an example would be a recent O’Reilly article that loses the very words that the article is all about about.
The title of the article is: “Opening up the Social Network Graph” but the actual HTML file name is: “opening_up_the.html” which totally lacks the real meat & potatoes of the title: “Social Network Graph”, killing a key aspect of the search relevance of the web page.
I don’t think that O’Reilly are too big to be above some solid, honest-to-goodness Search Engine Optimization.
Besides which, these guys are developers.
I’m singling O’Reilly out because if you look at the actual file names to their articles, they’re appallingly truncated, rendering them almost unintelligibly useless.
And if the people who read the books that O’Reilly publish can’t find them on the web, they do themselves, their director of sales and their potential customers a huge disservice…
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