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.