A/B testing for titles/blurbs

Reisinling

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We want more readers. @Tony wants us to have more readers. You know what we could do to get more readers?

Perform A/B testing with blurbs/covers/titles

What is A/B testing? Let's take an example of title. Page would split users into two groups (they wouldn't know which group they are). You could set up 2 versions of the title, and then, the site would show some people version A of the title and some version B on the title. Then, it could tell you which version had more engagement.
 

Zirrboy

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Nice for authors perhaps, but shit for readers.

A: "You read xxx?"
B: "Read what now?"
The same goes for content, if you want to include that.

And once you've determined the better one?
Force one group to readjust to whatever you have decided on?
If you allow the same for content, they'd need to straight up re-read the "better" version.

Sure, at the end you're left with the more popular, but at the cost of inconveniencing half of your readership up until that point.
 

Reisinling

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Nice for authors perhaps, but shit for readers.

A: "You read xxx?"
B: "Read what now?"
The same goes for content, if you want to include that.

And once you've determined the better one?
Force one group to readjust to whatever you have decided on?
If you allow the same for content, they'd need to straight up re-read the "better" version.

Sure, at the end you're left with the more popular, but at the cost of inconveniencing half of your readership up until that point.
That's why I'm only suggesting the A/B testing for marketing stuffs. And you can already change the title, and many people do (including myself)
 

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So, its basically like volunteering proofreaders?
 

Ddraig

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It should be alright with covers - maybe even summaries, not too sold on titles.
 

Piisfun

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Honestly, I can't see this working. That isn't because of system limitations; rather the reader base is just too small for it to be practical. It isn't uncommon for a chapter on a story to not get a single comment, and even polls often get less than 50 votes. the value of the data would end up being marginal at best.
 

Reisinling

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Honestly, I can't see this working. That isn't because of system limitations; rather the reader base is just too small for it to be practical. It isn't uncommon for a chapter on a story to not get a single comment, and even polls often get less than 50 votes. the value of the data would end up being marginal at best.
It would be useful mostly to the "power users" so to speak. But this data would work with far more users then these that take part in polls, or interact with the story in any way.
 
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