How to get more clicks on your Google listings

To have your blog’s post get listed on Google’s first page is great. Especially if it is for the right keyword that you intended to be. But that’s just the beginning of SEO process we work on. The next one will be very crucial whether our SEO efforts work or not. It is now how to get more clicks from Google’s first page listing. It’s not so great if nobody clicks on your listing because there’s something wrong with it. There are some easy and some not-so-easy things that you can do to get more clicks on your Google listings.

Easy: Make your blog’s page titles more interesting

The title of the listed blog’s post is the first thing that a searcher will see. For that reason, it is very important that your blog’s post use compelling blog’s post titles:

  • Words that match the search query will be appear in bold in the titles. Your listing will stand out if it contains bolded words so make sure that your blog’s post are so targeted that they contain the searched word in the title.
  • Make sure that the titles of your blog’s post are descriptive. It should be clear what to expect on the posts.
  • Add a call to action and benefits in your blog’s post title.
  • Put the most important information at the beginning of the title. Search engines might shorten the title in the search result pages and people might not see the complete text.
  • If you’re not a major brand name, avoid your company name in your blog’s post titles.
  • Do not use the same title for all of your blog’s post.
  • Avoid very short page titles. If the titles of your web pages are too short or only a collection of keywords, Google might rewrite them.

Not so easy: Try to influence the description that Google uses for your blog

Just like the web page title, the description should include a call to action and it should tell searchers why your website is better than others. Unfortunately, Google usually does not use the Meta Description tag.

If you want to influence the description of your website on Google, you can do the following:

  • Add the keyword to the meta description: If your meta description contains the searched keyword then it is more likely that Google will use the meta description.
  • Block your ODP directory description: for some websites, Google uses the description that is used on DMOZ.org. You can avoid this by using the following tag on your pages: <meta name="robots" content="NOODP">
  • Avoid duplicate meta tags: if you use the same title and the same meta description tag on multiple pages then Google sees little value in these tags.
  • Completely block your snippet: if you use the <meta name="robots" content="nosnippet"> tag then Google won’t display a snippet for your website.
  • You should only use this tag if Google uses a very bad description for your page.
    Usually, Google will create the snippet based on the text that is found on your web pages. If the searched keyword appears on your web page, it will be displayed in bold face in the snippet. Bold keywords drive click-throughs.

For that reason, the keyword should appear on your blog’s post. If you want to make sure that your web page appears on Google’s first result page for a particular keyword, it is important that the keyword appears in the right elements on a page.

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