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Remember that hilarious article, “20 Weird Things You Can’t Believe Happened”?
The story (or ones like it, anyway) went nuts on Facebook, says Carolyn Shelby, director of search engine optimization at Tribune Co. But now when you search for it on Google, it seems to have vanished.
Well, no wonder. That headline tells you nothing. Twenty what things? Happened how?
Are your headlines and descriptions like that? In a Ragan Training video, “SEO: A communications pro’s guide to crafting rankable content,” Shelby offers tips for avoiding search-engine clunkers and writing in way search bots can find.
All right, class: Raise your hands if you don’t know what SEO is. OK, to recap: SEO is a way of packaging content so that Google, Bing, and other search engines understand what you’re looking for.