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Saw Tip #5
Did you click on a link to this article based on the
title? Good. My link bait worked.
Isn’t that the point? To get you here. But there are
people who are so concerned with SEO that they’d
(almost) do anything to drive traffic to their site. And
guess what? It works. Every time I see a title that
intrigues me I click on it. I fall for it over and over.
Sometimes the click is worth it. Sometimes it’s not.
Link baiting seems to be quite a trendy way these
days to attract potential viewers. It is essentially
generating compelling or useful content that will
naturally lure people to a website. It can be fun (I
know I laughed after I wrote the title for this piece)
and has the ability to attract some very big SEO
results. Link baiting is not new. Check out this article
on CopyBlogger about the history of link baiting. It
is, however, getting better and more engaging.
Now lets be clear about why people use link baiting.
The main goal is to increase the number of external
links and shares, rather than website visits and sales.
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time.
AreLinkBaitTitles
ReallyAllTheyAre
CrackedUpToBe?
Some people like link baiting and some don’t. It’s
just another way to get people interested in your
story. Ann Simmons says it best in this line from her
highly regarded book The Story Factor. The jargon
she uses demonstrates link baiting:
“We try to “hook ‘em” and “reel ‘em in.” … Your story
is the bait. If a fish doesn’t bite do you blame the
fish? Do you call the fish unmotivated, lazy, greedy?
No, you look for better bait.
Sites like Upworthy and BuzzFeed thrive on link bait
titles in order to draw visitors to its site, which is fine
with them because they get paid to sell advertising
to its audience.
And while link baiting can bring visitors to your site,
many people are growing tired of it. You won’t
believe what people are doing it to stop them, and
the results will shock you.
Ok, I’m being a bit sarcastic here, but you get my
point. In all seriousness though, there are things like
a Google Chrome plugin called Downworthy (get
it?). In a nutshell, this plugin claims that it will reflect
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the article story more realistically, instead of showing
you hyperbolic headlines. My personal favorite is “go
viral” will be replaced with “be overused so much
that you’ll silently pray for sweet release of death to
make it stop”. Others include replacing “literally”
with “figuratively” and “incredible” into “painfully
ordinary”.
This means that instead of being annoyed by these
headlines, you’ll find them wildly entertaining. Since
you’re going to be bombarded with link baits on a
daily basis (remember that part about it being trendy
these days?), you might as well try to enjoy them.
Instead of being annoyed, some are actually
downright offended by them.
Back in January, CNN
posted a tweet that
went viral, but also got
a lot of backlash for it.
It said “14-year-old girl
stabbed her little sister 40 times, police say. The
reason why will shock you. http://cnn.it/1eDwRlj”.
Many people not only retweeted it, but people
responded that they wouldn’t take CNN seriously
anymore.
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Bait,AndTheResults
WillMakeYouCry
As demonstrated with the examples above, not only
can bad link bait not be effective, but it can have
some very serious consequences down the line for
your SEO regarding the relevance of your content,
and the kinds of links you earn. Some websites have
even suffered Google penalties because of how bad
their link bait is.
There isn’t really a benchmark for bad link baiting,
but here are some characteristics that help to define
what bad link baiting is:
Infographics without quality information
Creating controversy for the sake of
controversy
Content that is barely related to topic at
hand, or totally off-topic
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So what does this mean? Is link baiting good for ROI
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were tricked by the title, what are the chances they
will share it? And if they don’t share it, how will the
traffic you gain lead to loyal followers and
customers?
Isn’tThereAWayICan
StillUseLink-Baiting?
Yes, in fact it can be quite easy. Instead of pouring
your energy into finding easy solutions, use that
time to create one piece of link bait that is not only
relevant, but highly valuable for your readers. This is
what is known as a linkable asset.
Ask yourself the following questions and see if your
linkable asset is actually worth making:
Does it help make the viewer’s life easier?
Will it be used over and over again?
Will it provide value that is actually practical?
Will it reveal any new knowledge or insight?
Will it get a strong emotional response?
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but with the value you provide them, you get them
to stay.
Every day online, both great and not so great articles
live or die by the quality of their title.
As content creators, we have just one line of text to
include a keyword or phrase that might match a
search keyword or engage an audience who will
make a final judgment on the quality of the content
piece in real-time. As a matter of fact, many usability
studies show Internet users generally scan
headlines, link lists, or status updates.
Writing titles is a serious matter and the success of
your campaign depends on it. Here are some of key
factors our Rob Garner tells says you should
consider when writing engaging headlines:
Write an Engaging Heading That Readers
Will Quickly Understand: How would you
describe your article or digital asset in
seven to 10 words? Be clear and succinct,
and cover at least one of the captivating ideas
or features of your digital asset.
Accurately Describe What the Reader
Should Expect to See: Make your title
relevant, because your audience does not like
to be tricked. They will appreciate the
truthfulness in consistency between the title
and actual content. The same goes for search
engines—don’t try to stuff irrelevant keywords
into your title, because engines’ algorithms
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can detect this type inconsistency and will
ignore your content altogether.
Reveal an Outcome of the Article or a
Provocative Question That the Article Might
Answer: What thoughts or conclusion would
you like your reader or consumer to walk
away with after clicking through to read or
view your content? Entice your audience by
asking a question or providing the answer in
the title, and be sure that your content lives
up to your title. Sample titles include “How a
Graffiti Artist Earned $200 Million on the
Facebook IPO” and “Is Google Making Us
Stupid?”.
Use a Relevant Keyword or Keyword Phrase
in the Title: Keywords are connections to
people who use social networks. A good
keyword in the title that reflects the literal
theme of the article or asset will ultimately
determine whether it ranks in search and
social. If you are writing a 10,000-word review
of the best hotels in New York City, it would
be beneficial to include the relevant phrase
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to reinforce the main theme for your
audience and for search engines. Not all
articles have an exact keyword fit, though
most should. If you do not place a keyword in
this highly competitive spot, don’t expect to
automatically rank in search, because search
engines still apply heavy weight to this page
element.
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John Smeth says:
May 21, 2014 at 7:34 am
Very interesting post Bernadette !! Its been
very hard to decide this days which things are
helpful to promote any online business. But
focusing on theme based high quality links is
always a good idea. It wont create problems
for any website.
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Bernadette Coleman
says:
May 21, 2014 at 10:49 am
Thanks John – Theme based
quality content is the key…
REPLY
Faisal Rehman
says:
May 23, 2014 at 1:40 am
In today’s world trust
building is really
important and is the
1st step in getting
loyal visitors and
customers. when a
title promises
something and
doesn’t deliver.
People will never re-
share the article and
eventually will not
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re-visit author’s site
who practice that!
Joseph de Souza says:
May 21, 2014 at 8:24 am
If the title created as a link bait does not match
the contents of the article accurately, after a
few times no one will click on it
REPLY
Norman says:
May 22, 2014 at 12:46 pm
Hammer, meet head of the nail.
REPLY
jack says:
May 21, 2014 at 9:02 am
What a stupid title. Cheers for wasting my
time
REPLY
chris says:
May 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm
agreed. read the title, scrolled
down (TLDNR), and decided this
was a waste of time. thanks. Not.
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Nate Henry Luedtke says:
May 21, 2014 at 9:31 am
The title worked on me. Link bait
effectiveness? Confirmed.
REPLY
Bernadette Coleman
says:
May 21, 2014 at 10:50 am
Thanks Nate! It works every
time. Just needs to be done with
finesse not lies in the title. Good
content rules…
REPLY
Salman Aslam
says:
May 21, 2014 at 3:02 pm
The Linkbait Titles,
for me, are about to
cross a line because
the content does not
fulfill the promise in
most cases however
if the asset is
worthwhile the
results can be
spectacular.
MSI Sakib says:
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May 21, 2014 at 9:45 am
What I think is, SEO is becoming more
complicated day by day. All the time new SEO
techniques are created. But I think there are
some stable SEO tricks regarding Title,
Description, Content and Backlinks. We can’t
deny the words of Matt Cutts. We have
nothing to do but to make our mind for new
SEO strategy.
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Bernadette Coleman
says:
May 21, 2014 at 10:51 am
Yes there are. Good titles are the
key. They are your “Billboard”
Just don’t get out of hand.
REPLY
scottmckirahan says:
May 21, 2014 at 9:53 am
Pisses me off when a title promises
something and doesn’t deliver. Will never re-
share an article that does that!
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Bernadette Coleman
says:
May 21, 2014 at 10:52 am
I’m with you Scott!
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Mike says:
May 21, 2014 at 10:25 am
While big entities can get away with this, I
wouldn’t revisit a site after the first 2 – 3 times
of using these tactics. I understand that link
bait titles can generate a lot of traffic, but it
does piss me off when the article does not
deliver on its title.
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Bernadette Coleman
says:
May 21, 2014 at 10:53 am
I agree 100% That’s the whole
point of this article. Thanks for
responding.
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Khem Raj says:
May 21, 2014 at 10:51 am
Crap!! This is not at all link bait. Link bait is
something when your title is so very attractive
and matches with content as well. No one
share or re-share or refer an article that
promises something else and deliver
something else. Though this article can
definitely be quoted among the worst titled
articles
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Bernadette Coleman
says:
May 21, 2014 at 10:55 am
Khem, that’s the point of this
whole article. Most titles do not
match. I’m glad you took a
moment to comment. Have a
great day.
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Lissa Duty says:
May 21, 2014 at 10:52 am
Love the title – I did click thought because is
said Matt Cutts! I have been known to do
some link baiting in my titles, however, I
always address what the title said in some
form or fashion! Perhaps even with a joke or
making a point like you do here. Great job
reeling us in, Bernadette!
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Bernadette Coleman says:
May 22, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Thanks Lissa!
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Dogan Akdag says:
May 21, 2014 at 10:55 am
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I think this kind of titles are working
sustainably only for content sites like
buzzfeed, upworthy etc. Because they are
time-wasting websites when you are bored
and want to procastinate.
Even those websites don’t use misleading
titles like you!
Of course this behaviour makes reader pissed
off, don’t you see that I’m leaving comment
for the very first time:)
I don’t suggest that you SEJ crew continue to
make that experiment.
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Bernadette Coleman says:
May 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm
Thanks for your comment Dogan.
The purpose of the article is to
point out that these types of titles
piss us all off! The title was
purposely misleading to make a
point. Thanks for commenting for
the very first time.
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Tom Coleman says:
May 21, 2014 at 11:14 am
This is a great story and provides an excellent
example of how “shocking headlines” are still
able to TRAP readers’ attention and pull them
in. It has worked on the front pages of
newspapers for centuries, and it still works,
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now, with electronic social media and news
sites. The headline works on the human
nature side of the equation that search
algorithms just can’t replicate. Our eyes and
minds still need that “candy” to force us to
click.
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Bernadette Coleman says:
May 22, 2014 at 12:45 pm
It works Tom, but it still gets our
goat everytime we click on a title
and we are disappointed with the
article content. But you are right,
they worked years ago and still
work today. Let’s remember that
the content still needs to be quality
content.
REPLY
cayn0r says:
May 21, 2014 at 1:30 pm
I have to be honest, I’m a bit pissed off! :D
REPLY
Bernadette Coleman says:
May 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm
Sorry Cayn0r, I get pissed when I
see a title like this and get tricked
into clicking. That’s why I wrote
this article. Thanks for the
comment and taking time from
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your day to read the article. Have a
good weekend!
REPLY
Jake J. says:
May 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm
Didn’t know SEJ was still around
REPLY
Kelsey Jones says:
May 21, 2014 at 4:37 pm
Welcome back! Glad to have you
as a reader.
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Takeshi Young says:
May 21, 2014 at 8:01 pm
You use the words link bait and click bait
interchangeably in the article, but the two are
not really the same. Upworthy/Buzzfeed style
titles are “click bait”, they entice users to click
on their articles in the Facebook news stream
and maybe share it with their friends. “Link
bait” is content that is created specifically to
attract links, things like expert round-ups or
useful resource pages.
Link bait is often less cringeworthy than click
bait because it takes more than just a quick
emotional response for people to link to
something, it takes time and effort to add a
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new link to a website vs just clicking on an
article.
REPLY
Jesse Aaron
(@JesseAarone) says:
May 22, 2014 at 10:25 am
^ nailed it.
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Bernadette Coleman says:
May 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm
Takeshi, you are right. they are not
the same. Click bait is probably the
right term but the point of the
article is don’t lure me with bad
titles and unrelated content.
Clickable titles are good if I click
and get what I expected, which
should always be good content.
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Sandeep Dahiya says:
May 22, 2014 at 1:50 am
I read the whole article and learned a few
things I dint know.
Confirmed – Link bait works.
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Bob Jones says:
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May 22, 2014 at 2:04 am
Yep, pissed me off. Skimmed through to see
what it was about and did not get what I was
promised.
So to an effect it worked, getting me to the
page – but I didn’t read the article. Guess that
works for some site who sell CPM
advertising.
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Rajan says:
May 22, 2014 at 2:25 am
You got me. That title sure did the job. I just
wonder if Cutts fell for it too. Maybe he read
your post too hehe.
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David E Carey says:
May 22, 2014 at 7:48 am
Did I click through to your
posting? I certainly did as I love to
hear and see MATT CUTTS tells
the world. Is this approach an
original link bait tactic? doubt it.
Does it make me want to leave?
Mmm well yes unfortunately it
seems to be the case and not
bother reading the article.
In the nicest possible way sorry
Bernadette no doubt you had a
genuine reason for running the
experiment – hope it works out
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for you.
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Bernadette Coleman says:
May 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm
He probably would not wast his
time with my article, I did tweet
him though and let him know it
was there to read if he wanted.
haha
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Edward says:
May 22, 2014 at 3:54 am
Hi Bernadette,
that was a perfect example of link baiting
from you!
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Gemma says:
May 22, 2014 at 4:28 am
Hi Bernadette, I have mixes feelings. As long
as its related I don’t mind. however I did only
Click due to the “Matt Cutts” inclusion. Don’t
forget many people still use Google alerts to
keep up to speed with industry specific
people, so you will be sure to get traffic from
there also. ALSO Your link to Mozworthy
doesn’t work :(
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http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 23/28
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Charak Patnaik says:
May 22, 2014 at 4:37 am
Bernadette, your trick worked. The title did
made me click. But, as a author, if someone
comes up with such titles…won’t it hamper
credibility.
REPLY
Bernadette Coleman says:
May 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm
It will hamper credibility. That’s
what this article is about. Thanks
for commenting.
REPLY
Praveen Kumar BK
(@praveenkumarbk_) says:
May 22, 2014 at 6:02 am
Yes, i agree. ‘TITLE’ is the first impression you
create on any reader. For instance the above
post created below interaction and
engagement. I am sharing it now ! let me see
how many such i can pass-on …
REPLY
Bernadette Coleman says:
May 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm
Thank you Praveen, I appreciate
the sharing. Have a good
5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ
http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 24/28
weekend.
REPLY
Sean Kavanaugh says:
May 22, 2014 at 7:31 am
Well done Bernadette, I’ll admit I did click on it
to see what Matt Cutts had to say however
once I started reading I didn’t stop.
REPLY
Bernadette Coleman says:
May 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm
Thanks Sean. I’m glad you enjoyed
the article.
REPLY
Abhinav Dabas says:
May 22, 2014 at 9:44 am
Hook, line and sinker!! Totally fell for the
headline… But considering the article was on
link baiting, I think that drove the point deeper
on how it can be more effective…. I wouldn’t
have read the article had it been titled ‘To bait
or not to Bait’ and would have missed the
information it offered all together…. so all in
all i think link-baiting is fine as long as you
provide value to the reader and keep it
relevant….. Interesting article…. Quite
informative…. But i was really really hoping to
find what #5 was…. :)
5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ
http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 25/28
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Pawel Kontek says:
May 22, 2014 at 11:00 am
Great article Bernadette. I like that you
presented the concept by using bait title. I am
not piss off at all, because you delivered
valuable content. Thanks!
REPLY
Bernadette Coleman says:
May 22, 2014 at 12:52 pm
Thanks Pawel, it seems I pissed a
few people off but it seems that
they just didn’t get the point of the
article. Have a great day.
REPLY
chris says:
May 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm
or perhaps you could
be wrong? doesn’t
seem you are willing to
consider that. rather
we can just “seem to
not get the point” and
our opinion that this
was a waste of time is
irrelevant. Glad to
know you are so
important.
5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ
http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 26/28
Bernadette Coleman says:
May 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm
Thabnks Sandeep
REPLY
Don says:
May 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm
Enjoyed the article, and the
interaction after…I’m a newbie and
didn’t know who Matt Cutts is (but
I do now) I’m reading up on how
to drive traffic as I’m just getting
ready to start that process…Did
Matt ever check out the post? I’d
be curious as to his reaction.
REPLY
Alex Ion says:
May 22, 2014 at 2:49 pm
I get the point of sensationalizing your titles. If
done right, it really makes people click.
However, mentioning something and not
being able to find references to it inside the
article, totally breaks it for me. Lies get
punished! But you’re getting another chance,
Bernadette, for such a great post ;)
Link bait works. Finesse for it, is the word!
REPLY
Bernadette Coleman says:
May 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm
5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ
http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 27/28
Finesse is the word! I agree…
Thanks Alex.
REPLY
William Forrest says:
May 23, 2014 at 2:37 am
I agree, I would say that link baiting is one of
the effective ways to promote a website or to
make a post go viral. I’ve been a victim of
these intriguing titles too and my hot little
hands just couldn’t resist them…some posts
were empty, some were really good and fun
to read. Evoking high arousal emotions I think
is a big factor too..& intriguing images that
spoon-feed the readers will definitely make a
post worth it.
REPLY
Bernadette Coleman says:
May 23, 2014 at 1:02 pm
You hit the nail on the head
William. Link or click baiting is
effective. It just needs to be done
right with good quality relevant
content. Thanks for the comment.
REPLY
Ayas Mishra says:
May 23, 2014 at 8:03 am
Damn you are good. I took the bait too many
times.
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  • 3. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 3/28 time. AreLinkBaitTitles ReallyAllTheyAre CrackedUpToBe? Some people like link baiting and some don’t. It’s just another way to get people interested in your story. Ann Simmons says it best in this line from her highly regarded book The Story Factor. The jargon she uses demonstrates link baiting: “We try to “hook ‘em” and “reel ‘em in.” … Your story is the bait. If a fish doesn’t bite do you blame the fish? Do you call the fish unmotivated, lazy, greedy? No, you look for better bait. Sites like Upworthy and BuzzFeed thrive on link bait titles in order to draw visitors to its site, which is fine with them because they get paid to sell advertising to its audience. And while link baiting can bring visitors to your site, many people are growing tired of it. You won’t believe what people are doing it to stop them, and the results will shock you. Ok, I’m being a bit sarcastic here, but you get my point. In all seriousness though, there are things like a Google Chrome plugin called Downworthy (get it?). In a nutshell, this plugin claims that it will reflect Advertise Here FeaturedVideo PopularPosts How to 0:00 / 4:36
  • 4. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 4/28 the article story more realistically, instead of showing you hyperbolic headlines. My personal favorite is “go viral” will be replaced with “be overused so much that you’ll silently pray for sweet release of death to make it stop”. Others include replacing “literally” with “figuratively” and “incredible” into “painfully ordinary”. This means that instead of being annoyed by these headlines, you’ll find them wildly entertaining. Since you’re going to be bombarded with link baits on a daily basis (remember that part about it being trendy these days?), you might as well try to enjoy them. Instead of being annoyed, some are actually downright offended by them. Back in January, CNN posted a tweet that went viral, but also got a lot of backlash for it. It said “14-year-old girl stabbed her little sister 40 times, police say. The reason why will shock you. http://cnn.it/1eDwRlj”. Many people not only retweeted it, but people responded that they wouldn’t take CNN seriously anymore. Do you think CNN really thought it through when they thought about how they wanted to drive traffic to their site? Conduct a Content Audit on Your Site  5/23/2014 Why You’re Doing Digital Public Relations Wrong  5/23/2014 E- Commerce 101: How to Get Started with SEO For Your Products on Amazon  5/23/2014 Facebook Introduces Privacy Checkup Tool, And New Default Privacy Settings  5/22/2014 LinkedIn
  • 5. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 5/28 HereAreSomeSEO ProblemsWithLink Bait,AndTheResults WillMakeYouCry As demonstrated with the examples above, not only can bad link bait not be effective, but it can have some very serious consequences down the line for your SEO regarding the relevance of your content, and the kinds of links you earn. Some websites have even suffered Google penalties because of how bad their link bait is. There isn’t really a benchmark for bad link baiting, but here are some characteristics that help to define what bad link baiting is: Infographics without quality information Creating controversy for the sake of controversy Content that is barely related to topic at hand, or totally off-topic Link Baiting and ROI So what does this mean? Is link baiting good for ROI or not? Yes it is, when done right. You just never know what Google has up its sleeves, so what you do today could be penalized down the line. Also, be careful. If people hate your content because they Releases Report: LinkedIn Users Have More Buying Power Compared To Other Networks  5/22/2014 What The Experts Have to Say: Google Panda 4.0 and Payday Loan 2.0 Updates  5/22/2014 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Twitter’s Biggest Acquisitions  5/22/2014 Pinterest Versus Twitter: Which Should My Business
  • 6. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 6/28 were tricked by the title, what are the chances they will share it? And if they don’t share it, how will the traffic you gain lead to loyal followers and customers? Isn’tThereAWayICan StillUseLink-Baiting? Yes, in fact it can be quite easy. Instead of pouring your energy into finding easy solutions, use that time to create one piece of link bait that is not only relevant, but highly valuable for your readers. This is what is known as a linkable asset. Ask yourself the following questions and see if your linkable asset is actually worth making: Does it help make the viewer’s life easier? Will it be used over and over again? Will it provide value that is actually practical? Will it reveal any new knowledge or insight? Will it get a strong emotional response? Linkbaitingwith LinkableAssets The idea is to merge the idea of link baiting with linkable assets, so you not only draw your visitors in, Use?  5/22/2014 How Content Curation May Boost Your Influence  5/22/2014 Find us on Facebook Search Engine Journal You like this. You and 97,586 others like Search Engine Jour Facebook social plugin Like
  • 7. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 7/28 but with the value you provide them, you get them to stay. Every day online, both great and not so great articles live or die by the quality of their title. As content creators, we have just one line of text to include a keyword or phrase that might match a search keyword or engage an audience who will make a final judgment on the quality of the content piece in real-time. As a matter of fact, many usability studies show Internet users generally scan headlines, link lists, or status updates. Writing titles is a serious matter and the success of your campaign depends on it. Here are some of key factors our Rob Garner tells says you should consider when writing engaging headlines: Write an Engaging Heading That Readers Will Quickly Understand: How would you describe your article or digital asset in seven to 10 words? Be clear and succinct, and cover at least one of the captivating ideas or features of your digital asset. Accurately Describe What the Reader Should Expect to See: Make your title relevant, because your audience does not like to be tricked. They will appreciate the truthfulness in consistency between the title and actual content. The same goes for search engines—don’t try to stuff irrelevant keywords into your title, because engines’ algorithms
  • 8. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 8/28 can detect this type inconsistency and will ignore your content altogether. Reveal an Outcome of the Article or a Provocative Question That the Article Might Answer: What thoughts or conclusion would you like your reader or consumer to walk away with after clicking through to read or view your content? Entice your audience by asking a question or providing the answer in the title, and be sure that your content lives up to your title. Sample titles include “How a Graffiti Artist Earned $200 Million on the Facebook IPO” and “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”. Use a Relevant Keyword or Keyword Phrase in the Title: Keywords are connections to people who use social networks. A good keyword in the title that reflects the literal theme of the article or asset will ultimately determine whether it ranks in search and social. If you are writing a 10,000-word review of the best hotels in New York City, it would be beneficial to include the relevant phrase “New York City Hotels” somewhere in the title to reinforce the main theme for your audience and for search engines. Not all articles have an exact keyword fit, though most should. If you do not place a keyword in this highly competitive spot, don’t expect to automatically rank in search, because search engines still apply heavy weight to this page element.
  • 9. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 9/28  Bio  Facebook  Google+  LinkedIn  Latest Posts What if you don’t know how? Start by using a nifty tool called MOZ Worthy to help you come up with some headlines. Just plug-in your link, what kind of response you want to get from viewers, and away you go. By the way, did you even notice that I did not even mention Matt Cutts. That there is no Tip # 5? Does that piss you off or did you enjoy my article on “To Link Bait or Not to Link Bait?” Let me know. Cheers! Screen shot from https://twitter.com/cnnbrk/status/426265271914205184 BernadetteColeman CEO at Advice Interactive Group Bernadette Coleman is CEO & Executive Director of Advice Interactive Group, an award winning digital agency focused on improving visibility for clients across the digital universe. Highly experienced and considered an industry leader in search engine marketing, social media, design, and development, she leads one of the fastest growing interactive agencies in the U.S. by Inc. 500 You can read more about her on
  • 10. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 10/28 6 White Hat Link Building Tips for 2014 and Beyond 4 Surprisingly Common Reasons Your Healthcare Advertising Isn’t Working (Rick Whittington Consulting) SEO 101: Is a Fast Google Penalty Recovery Possible Using the Google Disavow Tool? Google+ Introduces New Features That Automatically Generate Movies And Travelogues Website Optimizer Tool optimizely.com/Website_Optimizer The Hottest Website Optimizer Tool on the Planet. Test it out! Digital Marketing Agency Dont Advertise on AdWords Google Profile. You Might Also Like Recommended by Leave a Reply Enter your comment here... 55thoughtson“She Wrote an Article AboutThese SEOTips andYouWon’tBelieve What MattCuttsDidNext.Especially After He SawTip#5”
  • 11. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 11/28 John Smeth says: May 21, 2014 at 7:34 am Very interesting post Bernadette !! Its been very hard to decide this days which things are helpful to promote any online business. But focusing on theme based high quality links is always a good idea. It wont create problems for any website. REPLY Bernadette Coleman says: May 21, 2014 at 10:49 am Thanks John – Theme based quality content is the key… REPLY Faisal Rehman says: May 23, 2014 at 1:40 am In today’s world trust building is really important and is the 1st step in getting loyal visitors and customers. when a title promises something and doesn’t deliver. People will never re- share the article and eventually will not
  • 12. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 12/28 re-visit author’s site who practice that! Joseph de Souza says: May 21, 2014 at 8:24 am If the title created as a link bait does not match the contents of the article accurately, after a few times no one will click on it REPLY Norman says: May 22, 2014 at 12:46 pm Hammer, meet head of the nail. REPLY jack says: May 21, 2014 at 9:02 am What a stupid title. Cheers for wasting my time REPLY chris says: May 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm agreed. read the title, scrolled down (TLDNR), and decided this was a waste of time. thanks. Not. REPLY
  • 13. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 13/28 Nate Henry Luedtke says: May 21, 2014 at 9:31 am The title worked on me. Link bait effectiveness? Confirmed. REPLY Bernadette Coleman says: May 21, 2014 at 10:50 am Thanks Nate! It works every time. Just needs to be done with finesse not lies in the title. Good content rules… REPLY Salman Aslam says: May 21, 2014 at 3:02 pm The Linkbait Titles, for me, are about to cross a line because the content does not fulfill the promise in most cases however if the asset is worthwhile the results can be spectacular. MSI Sakib says:
  • 14. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 14/28 May 21, 2014 at 9:45 am What I think is, SEO is becoming more complicated day by day. All the time new SEO techniques are created. But I think there are some stable SEO tricks regarding Title, Description, Content and Backlinks. We can’t deny the words of Matt Cutts. We have nothing to do but to make our mind for new SEO strategy. REPLY Bernadette Coleman says: May 21, 2014 at 10:51 am Yes there are. Good titles are the key. They are your “Billboard” Just don’t get out of hand. REPLY scottmckirahan says: May 21, 2014 at 9:53 am Pisses me off when a title promises something and doesn’t deliver. Will never re- share an article that does that! REPLY Bernadette Coleman says: May 21, 2014 at 10:52 am I’m with you Scott!
  • 15. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 15/28 REPLY Mike says: May 21, 2014 at 10:25 am While big entities can get away with this, I wouldn’t revisit a site after the first 2 – 3 times of using these tactics. I understand that link bait titles can generate a lot of traffic, but it does piss me off when the article does not deliver on its title. REPLY Bernadette Coleman says: May 21, 2014 at 10:53 am I agree 100% That’s the whole point of this article. Thanks for responding. REPLY Khem Raj says: May 21, 2014 at 10:51 am Crap!! This is not at all link bait. Link bait is something when your title is so very attractive and matches with content as well. No one share or re-share or refer an article that promises something else and deliver something else. Though this article can definitely be quoted among the worst titled articles
  • 16. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 16/28 REPLY Bernadette Coleman says: May 21, 2014 at 10:55 am Khem, that’s the point of this whole article. Most titles do not match. I’m glad you took a moment to comment. Have a great day. REPLY Lissa Duty says: May 21, 2014 at 10:52 am Love the title – I did click thought because is said Matt Cutts! I have been known to do some link baiting in my titles, however, I always address what the title said in some form or fashion! Perhaps even with a joke or making a point like you do here. Great job reeling us in, Bernadette! REPLY Bernadette Coleman says: May 22, 2014 at 12:40 pm Thanks Lissa! REPLY Dogan Akdag says: May 21, 2014 at 10:55 am
  • 17. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 17/28 I think this kind of titles are working sustainably only for content sites like buzzfeed, upworthy etc. Because they are time-wasting websites when you are bored and want to procastinate. Even those websites don’t use misleading titles like you! Of course this behaviour makes reader pissed off, don’t you see that I’m leaving comment for the very first time:) I don’t suggest that you SEJ crew continue to make that experiment. REPLY Bernadette Coleman says: May 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm Thanks for your comment Dogan. The purpose of the article is to point out that these types of titles piss us all off! The title was purposely misleading to make a point. Thanks for commenting for the very first time. REPLY Tom Coleman says: May 21, 2014 at 11:14 am This is a great story and provides an excellent example of how “shocking headlines” are still able to TRAP readers’ attention and pull them in. It has worked on the front pages of newspapers for centuries, and it still works,
  • 18. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 18/28 now, with electronic social media and news sites. The headline works on the human nature side of the equation that search algorithms just can’t replicate. Our eyes and minds still need that “candy” to force us to click. REPLY Bernadette Coleman says: May 22, 2014 at 12:45 pm It works Tom, but it still gets our goat everytime we click on a title and we are disappointed with the article content. But you are right, they worked years ago and still work today. Let’s remember that the content still needs to be quality content. REPLY cayn0r says: May 21, 2014 at 1:30 pm I have to be honest, I’m a bit pissed off! :D REPLY Bernadette Coleman says: May 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm Sorry Cayn0r, I get pissed when I see a title like this and get tricked into clicking. That’s why I wrote this article. Thanks for the comment and taking time from
  • 19. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 19/28 your day to read the article. Have a good weekend! REPLY Jake J. says: May 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm Didn’t know SEJ was still around REPLY Kelsey Jones says: May 21, 2014 at 4:37 pm Welcome back! Glad to have you as a reader. REPLY Takeshi Young says: May 21, 2014 at 8:01 pm You use the words link bait and click bait interchangeably in the article, but the two are not really the same. Upworthy/Buzzfeed style titles are “click bait”, they entice users to click on their articles in the Facebook news stream and maybe share it with their friends. “Link bait” is content that is created specifically to attract links, things like expert round-ups or useful resource pages. Link bait is often less cringeworthy than click bait because it takes more than just a quick emotional response for people to link to something, it takes time and effort to add a
  • 20. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 20/28 new link to a website vs just clicking on an article. REPLY Jesse Aaron (@JesseAarone) says: May 22, 2014 at 10:25 am ^ nailed it. REPLY Bernadette Coleman says: May 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm Takeshi, you are right. they are not the same. Click bait is probably the right term but the point of the article is don’t lure me with bad titles and unrelated content. Clickable titles are good if I click and get what I expected, which should always be good content. REPLY Sandeep Dahiya says: May 22, 2014 at 1:50 am I read the whole article and learned a few things I dint know. Confirmed – Link bait works. REPLY Bob Jones says:
  • 21. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 21/28 May 22, 2014 at 2:04 am Yep, pissed me off. Skimmed through to see what it was about and did not get what I was promised. So to an effect it worked, getting me to the page – but I didn’t read the article. Guess that works for some site who sell CPM advertising. REPLY Rajan says: May 22, 2014 at 2:25 am You got me. That title sure did the job. I just wonder if Cutts fell for it too. Maybe he read your post too hehe. REPLY David E Carey says: May 22, 2014 at 7:48 am Did I click through to your posting? I certainly did as I love to hear and see MATT CUTTS tells the world. Is this approach an original link bait tactic? doubt it. Does it make me want to leave? Mmm well yes unfortunately it seems to be the case and not bother reading the article. In the nicest possible way sorry Bernadette no doubt you had a genuine reason for running the experiment – hope it works out
  • 22. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 22/28 for you. REPLY Bernadette Coleman says: May 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm He probably would not wast his time with my article, I did tweet him though and let him know it was there to read if he wanted. haha REPLY Edward says: May 22, 2014 at 3:54 am Hi Bernadette, that was a perfect example of link baiting from you! REPLY Gemma says: May 22, 2014 at 4:28 am Hi Bernadette, I have mixes feelings. As long as its related I don’t mind. however I did only Click due to the “Matt Cutts” inclusion. Don’t forget many people still use Google alerts to keep up to speed with industry specific people, so you will be sure to get traffic from there also. ALSO Your link to Mozworthy doesn’t work :(
  • 23. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 23/28 REPLY Charak Patnaik says: May 22, 2014 at 4:37 am Bernadette, your trick worked. The title did made me click. But, as a author, if someone comes up with such titles…won’t it hamper credibility. REPLY Bernadette Coleman says: May 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm It will hamper credibility. That’s what this article is about. Thanks for commenting. REPLY Praveen Kumar BK (@praveenkumarbk_) says: May 22, 2014 at 6:02 am Yes, i agree. ‘TITLE’ is the first impression you create on any reader. For instance the above post created below interaction and engagement. I am sharing it now ! let me see how many such i can pass-on … REPLY Bernadette Coleman says: May 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm Thank you Praveen, I appreciate the sharing. Have a good
  • 24. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 24/28 weekend. REPLY Sean Kavanaugh says: May 22, 2014 at 7:31 am Well done Bernadette, I’ll admit I did click on it to see what Matt Cutts had to say however once I started reading I didn’t stop. REPLY Bernadette Coleman says: May 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm Thanks Sean. I’m glad you enjoyed the article. REPLY Abhinav Dabas says: May 22, 2014 at 9:44 am Hook, line and sinker!! Totally fell for the headline… But considering the article was on link baiting, I think that drove the point deeper on how it can be more effective…. I wouldn’t have read the article had it been titled ‘To bait or not to Bait’ and would have missed the information it offered all together…. so all in all i think link-baiting is fine as long as you provide value to the reader and keep it relevant….. Interesting article…. Quite informative…. But i was really really hoping to find what #5 was…. :)
  • 25. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 25/28 REPLY Pawel Kontek says: May 22, 2014 at 11:00 am Great article Bernadette. I like that you presented the concept by using bait title. I am not piss off at all, because you delivered valuable content. Thanks! REPLY Bernadette Coleman says: May 22, 2014 at 12:52 pm Thanks Pawel, it seems I pissed a few people off but it seems that they just didn’t get the point of the article. Have a great day. REPLY chris says: May 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm or perhaps you could be wrong? doesn’t seem you are willing to consider that. rather we can just “seem to not get the point” and our opinion that this was a waste of time is irrelevant. Glad to know you are so important.
  • 26. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 26/28 Bernadette Coleman says: May 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm Thabnks Sandeep REPLY Don says: May 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm Enjoyed the article, and the interaction after…I’m a newbie and didn’t know who Matt Cutts is (but I do now) I’m reading up on how to drive traffic as I’m just getting ready to start that process…Did Matt ever check out the post? I’d be curious as to his reaction. REPLY Alex Ion says: May 22, 2014 at 2:49 pm I get the point of sensationalizing your titles. If done right, it really makes people click. However, mentioning something and not being able to find references to it inside the article, totally breaks it for me. Lies get punished! But you’re getting another chance, Bernadette, for such a great post ;) Link bait works. Finesse for it, is the word! REPLY Bernadette Coleman says: May 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm
  • 27. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 27/28 Finesse is the word! I agree… Thanks Alex. REPLY William Forrest says: May 23, 2014 at 2:37 am I agree, I would say that link baiting is one of the effective ways to promote a website or to make a post go viral. I’ve been a victim of these intriguing titles too and my hot little hands just couldn’t resist them…some posts were empty, some were really good and fun to read. Evoking high arousal emotions I think is a big factor too..& intriguing images that spoon-feed the readers will definitely make a post worth it. REPLY Bernadette Coleman says: May 23, 2014 at 1:02 pm You hit the nail on the head William. Link or click baiting is effective. It just needs to be done right with good quality relevant content. Thanks for the comment. REPLY Ayas Mishra says: May 23, 2014 at 8:03 am Damn you are good. I took the bait too many times.
  • 28. 5/23/2014 See What Matt Cutts Did After Reading These LinkTips | SEJ http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wrote-article-seo-tips-wont-believe-matt-cutts-next-especially-saw-tip-5/105985/ 28/28 Digital Marketing Agency b2bconsulting.com Low Cost Digital Marketing Services Promote Your Business Today SEJ HAS BEEN FEATURED IN Search Engine Journal "SEJ" is helping marketers succeed by producing best-in-industry guides and information while cultivating a positive community. We cover the marketing world daily with in-depth subject guides, breaking news, argumentative and observational posts by expert guest contributors.        Home Jobs Write for SEJ About Contact Privacy Policy Advertise Copyright 2014 Search Engine Journal. Published by Alpha Brand Media, all rights reserved. Managed WordPress hosting by Pressable. REPLY