Jun 15, 2010  •  In Books, Web

Classic Books Retitled to Boost Web Traffic

Mike Lacher of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency has a list of great works of literature that have been retitled for SEO purposes. I’ll tackle the first — can you figure out the rest?

7 Awesome Ways Barnyard Animals Are Like Communism – “Animal Farm”

The 11 Stupidest Things Phonies Do To Ruin The World

8 Surprising Ways West Egg Is Exemplary Of The Hollowness Of The American Dream

6 Shockingly Evil Things The Turn-Of-The-Century Meatpacking Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know

5 Insane Ways London Could Become a Dystopia (And How It’s Not That Far From Reality)

1 Weird Thing Caddy Smells Like

I personally do not take much stock in SEO, so just reading these overly descriptive, list-centric titles makes me gag. However, you can’t help but admit that they sure sound intriguing!

Via kottke.org.

8 Responses to “Classic Books Retitled to Boost Web Traffic”

  1. 8 Surprising Ways West Egg Is Exemplary Of The Hollowness Of The American Dream: The Great Gatsby

    I’m stumped on the rest.

  2. Julie:

    6 Shockingly Evil Things The Turn-Of-The-Century Meatpacking Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know – "The Jungle"

  3. Susan:

    The 11 Stupidest Things Phonies Do To Ruin The World Catcher in the Rye

  4. The 11 Stupidest Things Phonies Do To Ruin The World – The Catcher in the Rye
    8 Surprising Ways West Egg Is Exemplary Of The Hollowness Of The American Dream – The Great Gatsby
    6 Shockingly Evil Things The Turn-Of-The-Century Meatpacking Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know – The Jungle
    5 Insane Ways London Could Become a Dystopia (And How It’s Not That Far From Reality) – Brave New World
    1 Weird Thing Caddy Smells Like – The Sound and the Fury

  5. I had three of them down! But I see I’ve been beaten to the punch :-)

  6. Geek in Heels:

    Wow, we have a lot of smartypants here! You guys did better than me — I was only able to get 3 off the top of my head!

  7. Vee:

    I thought 1984 for "5 Insane Ways…" but I see someone else picked Brave New World. Hmmmmm…..

  8. sonia:

    1984 is set in Oceania, so it has to be Brave New World

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