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What If Famous Movies Had SEO Optimised Titles?

Over the last year, our movie-watching habits have drastically changed. And with the Oscars creeping up, most of this year’s nominees were exclusively viewed via the world wide web.

After all, that’s the only way we can currently access them. 

This means SEO and film are becoming a bit of a thing.

Even before the pandemic, we saw the Birds of Prey movie change its title so that it could improve its SEO. 

So with even more movies hitting digital platforms this year, we thought we would have a little SEO-related fun ourselves. 

Behold! Our amazing list of Famous Movies With SEO Optimised Titles!

Jurassic Park Still

© 1993 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

1) Jurassic Park – “Dinosaur Themed Parks Near Me”

Even though it’s an insurer’s worst nightmare, that hasn’t stopped the Jurassic Park owners from giving it a go twice. If at first you don’t succeed, try and die again.

Wolf of Wall Street Still

© 2013 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

2) The Wolf of Wall Street – “Unethical Life Hacks”

While some people may have learned the moral behind Jordan Belfort’s famous biopic, the film’s producers certainly didn’t. Even the main man Leo couldn’t avoid being wrapped up in a hare-brained money-laundering scheme that screwed billions of dollars out of the Malaysian people.

Shawshank Redemption Still

© 1994 Columbia Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

3) The Shawshank Redemption – “How To Escape Prison on a Budget”

One of the all-time greats, Shawshank Redemption has fans across the world. It taught us many things about life, such as the importance of freedom, friendship and the power of a well-placed poster.

© 1983 Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

4) Scarface – “Things to Avoid When Starting a Drug Empire”

A drug-dealing, grenade-launcher wielding masterpiece – Scarface is just about as ‘80s as it gets. You can’t deny the impact it had on popular culture with the film’s poster adorning the walls of every rapper who appeared on MTV Cribs.

The Big Short Still

© 2015 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

5) The Big Short – “2008 Financial Crisis for Dummies”

I’m not going to pretend that I fully understand the ins and out of the 2008 financial crisis. And try as The Big Short might to enlighten me, concepts such as subprime mortgages and collateralized debt obligations, however sexily presented, will forever fly over my head. All I know is Diamond Hands ✋💎, Tendies and To The Moon! 🚀🚀🚀🚀

Fight Club Still

© 1999 20th Century Fox. All Rights Reserved.

6) Fight Club – “Toxic Activities For Men”

In today’s “Filmbro 101” class we will be discussing the deepness of Fight Club, Plato’s allegory of the cave in the Matrix and why the hell did The Dark Knight not get all the Oscars!

X-Men: Days of Future Past Still

© 2014 20th Century Fox. All Rights Reserved.

7) X-Men – “Hugh Jackman Shirtless” 

Doesn’t Disney own the X-Men now? Keeping track of all this superhero nonsense is like trying to keep Hugh Jackman from taking his shirt off. 

No Country for Old Men Still

© 2014 Miramax Films & Paramount Vantage. All Rights Reserved.

8) No Country for Old Men – “Creepy Hair Ideas for Men” 

Javier Bardem delivered one of the best villains to ever grace our screens. He was cold, calculated and had hair so full of sheen it would put head and shoulders to shame.

SEO vs Content

While it has been great fun ruining iconic film titles, there is a lesson to be learned here. Simply, don’t let SEO get in the way of great content! 

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Don’t get us wrong; it’s essential to use SEO as a tool to give your content a fighting chance in today’s endless stream of information. However, in the war between valuable content and keyword-stuffed nonsense, you really need to pick your battles.

At Digivate, we know what we’re doing when it comes to carefully balancing SEO and Content Marketing (as much as this article says otherwise).

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Nicholas Turner

For over 12 years, Nick has been conjuring creative experiences that entertain and - most importantly - resonate with users. He holds a Film and Television Production bachelor's degree from the Cambridge School of Art as well as a degree from the University of the Arts London for Brand Strategy. Whenever he's not willing creative ideas into existence, Nick spends his time travelling, consuming comics and movies as well as writing his own scripts, short stories and novels.

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