^ ¢ £ ¤ ¥ § ¬ ° ± º ø þ Get More Blog Visitors with Symbols in Your Blog Post Titles - Which ones show up in Google serps?
I'm always on the lookout for ways to get more traffic to my websites -- and I still use the tip of putting symbols in my blog post titles that I learned from Blue Hat SEO years ago.
Since then, I've experimented with what symbols Google strips out of their serps and which ones they leave in.
Symbols like this, they leave in, thereby increasing the click-thru rate when people see the posts in Google's serps:
Symbols like the cute heart, I used get stripped out:
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The solid bars get stripped out of the post title, too, but I also put them within the post in header 2 tags and they show up in the Google search-engine results pages like this:
So that can draw some eyes, too.
BUT USE THIS TIP AT YOUR OWN RISK, BECAUSE I'M NOT SURE HOW GOOGLE READS THESE SYMBOLS FOR RANKING YOUR POSTS. I JUST LIKE TAKING RISKS AND SEEING WHAT WORKS -- BUT FYI: MY RISK-TAKING HAS GOTTEN TWO OF MY WEBSITES BANNED AND DE-INDEXED BY GOOGLE, BUT NOT FOR THIS REASON, I THINK...
On my WordPress.org websites, I use the All in One SEO plugin and put the ▷▷▷▷▷▷▷ symbols in front of the "post title format" and other formats listed so they'll automatically put those symbols in front of every post people see in Google. (Other search engines strip them out, like Bing and Yahoo and Ask and such.)
You'll know they are working right when you click on your own post and look above at the post title and you see the symbols in your top left-hand window.
On Blogger.com I put the ▷▷▷▷▷▷▷ code that translates into those symbols after the code that says title in the greater and less than symbols, but not WITHIN the greater and less than symbols, but the space in between.
And I put ▷▷▷▷▷▷▷ again before the blog page title code. In the space between, a shown in the above pic.
Make sure to save your template on Blogger before you go monkeying around so you'll have a good copy to go back to if you need it.
I'm playing around with more symbols to see which ones still work on Google. I'll update you on which ones do. I believe these help my ctr because the eye naturally falls on stuff that sticks out in the serps.