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Make typos, increase blog hits.

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Yesterday I wrote a post with the title “Lemon brothers”. This was NOT a typo and was intended to be a pun (I enjoy this kind of stuff) on the latest financial situation of the bank. That title had an interesting consequence though.

When I wandered over to my blog after about a couple of hours, I realised that this punny title had brought me a truckload of hits simply based on search engine terms. Spurred on to do an experiment, I tried creating another dummy post with the title “Layman brothers” to see if that gets any hits as well. After giving the two posts a day to run their course, here are the final results…

Search Terms Hit(s)
lemon brothers bank 15
lemon brother bank 6
lemon brothers 10
lemons brothers bank 3
layman brothers 1
lehmann brothers fate 1
lehmann brothers 1
lemon brothers usa bank 1
bank lemon brothers 1
lemon brother september 2008 1

Including the name of the person/celebrity/firm that is currently hot news is a sure fire way of getting blog hits from search engines, as I first realised when I wrote about a certain footballer’s wedding with his name in the title and watched the post catapult to the “most read” status in a matter of days. In case I ever decide to try and make money out of blogging, I for sure am going to put loads of celeb names in titles, maybe even use a title like “nude celeb pics” and then hope that out of the millions who follow the link, at least a few will read what else I have to say on the more mundane issues of life. But this blog is not a commercial one so let me not digress any further on the topic.

What came as a surprise from this post though is the amount of traffic that can be had by using wrong spellings of the currently hot news person/firm. A google search for “lehman brothers” will probably put my blog on the millionth page or so, but a search for “lemon brothers” has it first one (go on. give it a try. While you are there click on my blog’s link 🙂 ). Obviously, I am missing out on a huge section of people who spell the word right, but then I still have access to the sizeable number who spelt it wrong and I have a higher chance of being seen because most other sites may stick to the proper spelling. If your writing is interesting, then you may still hold on to a lot of the people who come over.

So here is wisdom…if you are looking to increase blog hits from search engines, then knowing common typos can be helpful 🙂

p.s for those who got here by searching for “lemon brothers”, its spelt “lehman brothers”, but thanks for visiting anyway and hopefully you will be back.

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Written by clueso

September 17, 2008 at 4:21 pm

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  1. you know that’s actually a valid tactic used by SEO’s to generate higher page ranks and bid for keywords on google?

    I have been learning some stuff about it, will post soon :D, great work though edison son.

    Kage

    October 10, 2008 at 8:26 am

  2. Damn! and here I was thinking that I found something innovative 😛

    I look forward to hearing more SEO tips though, in addition to celebrity names and typos…

    clueso

    October 10, 2008 at 8:43 am

  3. lol…that is hilarious!

    Another tip is to try Alpha Inventions. Very good resource. My hits are way up since using them.

    http://alphaiventions.com/

    Give it a try.

    halo274

    February 5, 2009 at 12:11 am


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