Great answers answer technical questions helpfully, a necessity for answers that become reputation bedrocks.

But mother lode answers benefit from a near continuous stream of page views resulting in proportional upvotes. As far as I can tell, the best predictors of this kind of traffic are in the question:

  • Well formed title
  • Clearly written
  • Not localized
  • Will it be asked again?

With this in mind, how could one SEO their great answer to mitigate the effects of the wimpily-written question it addresses? I'm thinking of things like generically rephrasing the question, using <h1>Headings</h1>, etc.

It's frustrating to have some of your best answers collecting dust in oblivion. Any ideas?

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    Edit the question to make it better? – cdeszaq Jan 30 '12 at 21:21
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    ...especially the title of the question. Having a good title makes it much easier to find it in Google. – Robert Harvey Jan 30 '12 at 21:32
  • What @RobertHarvey said -- Casual googling for technical problems/questions will show that the question is what Google picks up on most of the time (probably because the person googling is asking a question themselves). Doing SEO on the question will naturally lead more eyeballs to it, and thus to the answers. – voretaq7 Jan 30 '12 at 22:30
  • @cde: that should have been an answer. It's a good one. – sarnold Jan 30 '12 at 23:05
  • @sarnold - Its a bit underdeveloped to be an answer, hence, a comment. But thanks, all the same. – cdeszaq Jan 31 '12 at 13:21
  • @paislee - thanks for that buddy :P I was actually really interested to hear what the community had to say... oh well :) – Lix Feb 14 '12 at 17:18

https://www.google.com/search?q=increase+answer+findability <-- your question is the first result :P Good title!

I found that this question is one that I have been asking myself a lot recently.
From a technical view point I would say that optimizing a question or answer for "findability" search engine optimization would require :

  1. A simple, short title including the main platforms/technologies/etc... that the post is referencing to.
    ( In an answer I think that your last suggestion would be perfect - wrapping relevant text with header tags [lets not go over-board here folks!] ).
  2. Updating the post with more information as you continue to research the problem or perhaps link to another SO Q/A that you came across mentioning a similar or related scenario.
  3. Ensure correct and accurate are in place ( provided you have the re-taging privilege ).
  4. Share links to the post.
    ( There's some badges in it for you too here! [Once again - lets not go over-board!] ).
  5. Spell check. Spell checking your posts is a matter of the the utmost impotence!

    This concludes my very first answer on MSO - I'll be here for a while... See you around!

    Note to self - remember to post search for a question on https://english.stackexchange.com/ about how to correctly use parentheses within parentheses....hmmm... wonder if they have a tag....
    Link to question - Is it acceptable to nest parentheses?
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    I'll be damned! I automatically parsed that as "See YOU around"... – Time Traveling Bobby Feb 6 '12 at 15:28
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    @Bobby - Mission accomplished ;) – Lix Feb 6 '12 at 15:29
  • @Lix Merging the answer into the question is kind of ... bad. It doesn't help anything and only makes it more difficult to track what's going on with this question. If a different answer turns up, it'll happen regardless of whether your answer exists. If not, your bounty will be lost either way. – Adam Lear Feb 11 '12 at 21:40
  • @AnnaLear - I understand. Thanks for the feedback! – Lix Feb 11 '12 at 21:44

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