Angels Will Send More Readers to Your Blogsite

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So you want more visits to your site? Yeah, I’m with you. We don’t have to hire dump trucks to haul our overflow off either. Maybe I can help you… but you may not want the help after I explain.

Here’s the ticket! Simply use a word in your title that people are searching for. Okay, that didn’t really read as good as it looked in my mind. Sure, you could use some of that stuff that attracts really depraved minds and I’m confident all kinds of traffic would be heading your way. No, as believers in Jesus Christ that’s not our intent.

What I mean is using words within our faith that people are using search engines to find. Now… the problem. What exactly are people searching for?

Let me give you a hint. It’s not what most writers I follow out here are titling their posts. I try to follow solid Christian posts that either bring a usable message for application or simple Biblical studies that promote the gospel of Jesus Christ. From there I sometimes spend time with those who are writing about life adventures as a Christian. Pretty cut and dried. It seems many think the same way I do.

So obviously our titles should include things like… oh, I don’t know, Jesus? Or maybe a good title would include words like grace, mercy, love, peace, church, believers, or a title to a book of the Bible? Possibly we could choose a name of a specific doctrine of our faith? Maybe we would reference God or His attributes?

I’ve published many titles with these words during my brief adventure at blogging.

Recently, I offered a blog titled ‘He’s No Angel” over at Christian Blessings. You can read it here. It has by far been the most visited post ever for me. Yes, I mean here at my personal site and over there.

While it may be the best because it is almost entirely Scripture, it in no way offers anything from me (hmmm, said Karin, maybe that’s it!). I simply quoted passages from God’s Word, then reiterated it in a more common manner of speaking. Wham! Instant-lots-of-hits!

Why? Obviously, because people are more interested and fascinated by angels than the finished work of Christ at the Cross. That’s amazing! It’s amazing because that’s the reason the author to the Hebrews penned the words way back in the first century. I promise you I didn’t think this was still that big of a deal today!

I guess it is though. Look, I’m not knocking angels. They have their duty to do just like we do. Stop though for just a moment and remember what happened every time an angel showed up in the Bible and someone tried to give undeserved recognition. They were told to quit it!

Why? Because glory and honor belong to only One! His name is Jesus and He is God Almighty!

Look! I really appreciate the visits… I really do. Who wouldn’t want to look at their stat page and see a lot of hits? Prayerfully, I hope God used the work to touch someone in a life-changing way as only He can. But honestly, let’s look at the facts.

The majority of everything I write is Christ-centered (once in a while ol’ Pot Pie Possum gets some attention). I’ve never attracted that kind of audience before, so the math adds up to… it was the word ‘angel’ that attracted visits.

Maybe that old adage, “No matter how much things change, they remain the same” is truer than we want to admit. Maybe just like in the day when the letter to the Hebrews was written, our world still yearns to worship the created rather than the Creator.

Well, I promised to give you advice (like you really need that from me). Here it is. Write and title your posts as God leads. Don’t worry about how many read your words. Trust that the one who needs to hear… God will send to your post, and He will use your labor to touch the lives He intends to. Wow, did I say that?

Here’s a challenge. What if only one visit were to be acknowledged as a click on your post, and that one visit was by someone whose life was changed forever by your words (actually, God’s words)? What if they came to know Jesus and then lived for Him the rest of their life? What if their great, great, great grandchild became the foreign missionary who reached an entire Muslim community for Christ? Would you find contentment in that single visit to your post?

So here it is. If you just want numbers, then title every post you write from here on “angel.” But if you truly desire to see God glorified, then write as He leads.

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About mtsweat

Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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30 Responses to Angels Will Send More Readers to Your Blogsite

  1. granbee says:

    Writing as HE leads is my mantra, always and everywhere. The Holy Spirit has lead me to “tag” many of my own posts with “journey”, “friends”, “connections”, “discovery” “critters”–all of which I find many times over in Scripture. I have been blessed to receive several emails from former agnostics who are now professing Christ, they say, due to the inspiration and leadership of my posts. I just received an email from a clinically depressed personal who had been contemplating suicide saying that my posts had given new hope to their life. I truly feel lead to partcipate in building bridges over which newly inquiring folks can cross over to join us in our walk with Jesus.

  2. I don’t doubt that using ‘angels’ attracts attention. In general life the word crops up repeatedly, and many TV shows seem to use the theme (just going by advs: I haven’t watched any) I think a blog about what angels are *NOT* might be a good idea.

    I agree with you that the most important thing is that the one (or more) whom GOD wants to visit, does so – and using the deceits of man is not necessary to attract that one.

    I hope we all pray for guidance as we write the blog and for God’s use of it as we post it.

    We serve an amazing God!

  3. Sooo…..use the word angel in all my titles? I know what you mean though. I’ve witnessed similar results with similar titles and topics. The day I post The Passion of Christ, I more than doubled my all time high in views and it is still getting read numerous times a day.

    God Bless

    • mtsweat says:

      I wonder what would happen if everyone at WP all used the word angel in a title in one day? 🙂 That’s encouraging that “The Passion of the Christ” drew a lot of traffic! Thanks good friend and God bless.

  4. Jeff says:

    I think I’ll call all of my blogs from now on, “Jesus Bible Angel.” I tried put things that were “trending” in my tags to see if it would get more hits…but it didn’t work. I’ve also thought of putting “Kim Kardashian” in every title… I’m kidding of course.

    • mtsweat says:

      Hey Jeff! Great to hear from you, good friend! I’m with you… this is the only title to generate this kind of activity for me. I still play around with titles… you may be on to something with the KK option! 🙂 God bless.

  5. This is awesome advice. I try and make my titles a little creative but key terms help to build the traffic. Awesome stuff you’ve laid out here my friends. God bless you for this post.

    Sherline 😀

  6. Clark Bunch says:

    I was advised early on to sometimes blog things that are current. On Columbus Day, I’m thinking 2008, I wrote a piece on Christopher Columbus and his exploits in the new world. A few people commented. The next year my stats peeked around Columbus Day, and lots of people read/commented because the post had attracted search engines. October 11, 2010, is still my “best day ever” with over 1500 views, most of them of the Columbus post.

    The popularity of that post became, at least in my mind, the bane of my blog’s existence. It is not based in scripture and does not share the Gospel. I still write the occasional MLK, Abraham Lincoln and July 4 post, but nothing has ever pinged like Columbus.

    Finally – most of my daily views come from older material that search engines hit on. Very seldom does a recent post get included in my weekly top views. “Is Mitt Romney a Christian?” did though. That’s a topic that evangelicals are interesting in, as well as anyone following this election season.

    • mtsweat says:

      My mind is scrambling here Clark! I’m thinking my next title may be “Angels Led Christopher Columbus to America so that we could find out if Mitt Romney is a Christian!” 🙂 Thanks good friend.

      • Clark Bunch says:

        First, I really did laugh out loud. Well played, sir.

        But seriously, some people do that with tags. It’s not always spammers either. There are some bloggers that write a legitimate post and then add 200 tags, many of them unrelated to their entry but attempting to capitalize on every key word search possible.

  7. Rob Barkman says:

    Mike, another great posting. You have hit on a long time issue with me. Not just in the world of blogging but also in pastoring and other areas of ministry. How far do we go to attract unbelievers to our blog, church services or other ways we are trying to get the truth to others?

    It is not an easy issue that’s for sure.

    Some would say that we should do anything we can, short of sin, to attract others to hear is Word. That’s the justification many use to have clowns come to church services, giveaways and all sorts of enticements. After all, they say, the Lord Himself, offered fish and bread to His followers and He said they were following Him because of that!

    Or as you say, should we simply proclaim the truth and use no enticements and simply look to the Lord to bring in whom He will? It is a question of where does our responsibility end?

    Over the years I have, basically done as you suggest. I feel as if using the enticement of physical flesh to get spiritual gain is contradictory… Just as Paul said “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal”.

    However, I have tried to keep some sort of balance as well. Taken to an extreme… air condtioning, padded pews etc can be a type of fleshly appeal to make a persons flesh more comfortable as they worship. Is the Lord displeased with these? Or how about SS classes, they are never mentioned in the Scriptures… are they a type of fleshly appeal to children to make it easier on their flesh? What about using puppets to teach them? What about bus ministries?

    Trust me brother, I am not expecting an answer to any of there questions. I’m not sure if any of us know all the answers in issues like these. I am just writing to say that this was a great posting because the basic principles you have brought up can be applied to almost any area of Christian service there is.

    You are reminding us that, as we serve Him, we need to be constantly aware of all these types of issues and prayerfully seek the Lord’s face. After all, we will as individuals and leaders be held accountable for what methods we use to minster for HIm. All I can ask is for God’s mercy to be shown for the times I have made wrong decisions on issues like this.

    Lord bless and again, thank you so much for the posting, you blog and bneing patient with mu ramblings on this one. I have struggled with this issue my entire ministry.

    • mtsweat says:

      Thanks for letting me off the hook of answers Rob (I wouldn’t have any). You make very valid points that all need to be taken into consideration. Sometimes it’s not as easy as brief post about angels. Many more questions were probably created with this post than answers were given. Thanks good friend and God bless.

  8. SPTP2011 says:

    Great Great Great
    You are an angel!
    Writing “where God leads” was the beginning of my posting days
    that’s why we all started writing in the beginning, right?
    Praying for all the wonderful people out there in “cyber-land” who write for the Glory of our Precious Lord
    God loves you
    susie

  9. savedbygrace says:

    very catchy title 🙂

  10. Debbie says:

    Hello my friend!
    No one will ever find Two Minutes of Grace based on my titles since I generally only use one or two words. 😀
    At Fork, I had over 1500 hits one day when I wrote a post called Dead Man’s Hand – which was about a guy who came to the gate and worked for a company called Aces and Eights (I researched it and found out it was Wild Bill Hickock’s last hand). I just thought it wa a funny name for a company.
    I had no idea so many people were interested in reading about gambling (which of course, it wasn’t). If people really want to get traffic they could try writing something about Gambling on Angels! 😉
    Debbie

    • mtsweat says:

      Pot Pie says the Titles at the Fork rock! I love it! “Angel Draws a Dead Man’s Hand While Gambling at the Fork!”

      Seriously though Debbie… awww, it’s hilarious no matter how serious. Thanks, good friend and God bless.

  11. Eric Alagan says:

    Good pointers – many people are unaware of the importance of great sound-bites (titles) to drive traffic.

    By the same token – if anyone uses profanity in their title or post – I steer clear, I will not even tick a ‘like’ – if they use even one vulgarity.

    • mtsweat says:

      No sooner do I make mention (last comment on the importance of titles) and one of the aspiring writers I follow shows up! Yes, you’re right Eric. It seems the Title, much more than tags and categories, deliver visitors (both need to be thought out though). I assume the Title is what ends up in that massive amount of info scattered throughout the invisible land of Oz known as the internet in search engines. If that sounded like I have no idea what I’m talking about… rest assured, I don’t! Thanks friend for the input and God bless.

  12. Great post! For me, worrying too much about how many readers my blog attracts kind of takes the fun out of blogging. I mean, who wants to be a slave to numbers? I guess it would depend on what your goal or motive is for writing.

    Love the last two sentences of this post. Sums it up nicely!

    Blessings!

    • mtsweat says:

      Thanks Terrie! Yes, I agree. There are actually those out there blogging with the purpose of furthering their writing careers and readership helps them grasp what is working and what is not. In their case most of the blog gurus advise spending a lot of time developing attracting titles. God bless, good friend!

  13. Lady Deidre says:

    Love it! How about this title — Angel saves the airport again! 🙂
    God Bless You & Your little angels!

    • mtsweat says:

      Yes! Sister, you have an advantage on the rest of us! “Angel saves the Lady from the snake” “Angel on Airport Island” “Angel, the Matchmaker and the Sainthood Ghost” You’ve hit the mother-load! “Angel, Art, and Bill” I could keep this up all day! You might consider retiring and selling blog titles. 🙂

  14. Men of Mud says:

    Very true. Good post. I try to write Christ centered articles as well, maybe you would also like my blog. http//menofmud.org.

  15. I like your article! I do my best to write words that will uplift people!

    ASHE’

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