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How to A/B Split Test WordPress Post Titles to Get More Clicks

Have you ever found yourself stuck choosing which title to use for your post? Having a good title is important for getting more clicks and shares. However often people just publish their posts without ever knowing how their other title would have performed. What if we told you that you can test different titles? In this article, we will show you how to A/B split test WordPress post titles to get more clicks and increase your pageviews.

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First thing you need to do is install and activate Title Experiments Free plugin. Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Title Exp Settings to configure the plugin.

If your site uses heavy caching, then you can choose to use JavaScript for post titles. This will ensure that the plugin works as intended instead of having the same title being shown to everyone due to caching issues.

For SEO purposes, by default the plugin shows the first title to the search engines. However you can change this setting if you want.

The plugin recalculates display probabilities every 5 minutes to ensure maximum results. You can increase or decrease this time if you want. However please understand that setting it below 5 minutes may cause our site to slow down.

Once you are done, click on the save settings button to store your settings.

Now you need to head over to Post » Add New to see the plugin in action. On the post edit screen, you can add multiple post titles for your post. Try creating different variations of SEO friendly post titles with different keywords.

After you have added a few titles, you can save and publish your post.

Once your post has attracted enough traffic, you can see which titles performed better by editing the post. The plugin calculates the click probability based on how many times a title is displayed, and how often it is clicked by the users.

For busy websites, you will instantly start noticing which keywords trigger a more positive response from your users. You can then start using those keywords creatively into your post titles to write more effective headlines. For smaller sites, this kind of micro-testing might not be as useful because of the small sample size.

We hope this article helped you A/B split test WordPress post titles to get more clicks. For more comprehensive split testing, take a look at our guide on how to do A/B split testing in WordPress using Google Analytics.

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How to A/B Split Test Featured Images in WordPress

Do you want to run an A/B split test for featured images in WordPress? Featured images play an important role in increasing pageviews and engaging users. A/B testing featured images can help boost your engagement. In this article, we will show you how to A/B test featured images in WordPress.

What is A/B Testing?

Featured images in WordPress posts act as the main article image. They are displayed prominently on your website and are often displayed on social media feeds when you or users share an article.

More engaging images are likely to get more clicks and will bring more users to read the article. But how do you know what kind of featured images your users find more engaging?

This is where A/B testing comes in. You display two or more variations to different audiences and track how users react. The version that gets more favorable reactions from users becomes the winner.

Site owners use A/B testing to test different landing pages on their site. See our guide on how to run A/B tests in WordPress with Google Analytics. You can also run A/B split tests for post titles in WordPress.

Having said that, Let’s see how we can run A/B tests for featured images in WordPress.

A/B Testing Featured Images in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Featured Image Optimizer plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, simply create a new post or edit an existing one. Below the featured image meta box, you will find two new boxes named Featured Image A, and Featured Image B.

You need to add two different images in each featured image box by clicking on the Add featured image link. Next, under the featured image performance meta box, check the box next to ‘Activate Featured Image Plugin For this Post’ option.

Now simply publish your post and visit your website. The plugin will randomly show either one of the two images to your users.

You can see how each image performed by visiting Settings » A/B Image Settings page.

You can also view test results by editing the post and scrolling down to Featured Image Performance meta box.

It will show you which image got the most clicks. This box will also have a checkbox to deactivate the A/B testing for this post.

After running the test for a while, you can select the image that performed better and set it as the main featured image for that article.

Once you have selected the winner, don’t forget to deactivate the featured image testing for that post.

That’s all, we hope this article helped you learn how to A/B test featured images in WordPress. You may also want to see our list of 14 best featured image plugins and tutorials for WordPress.

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