As more stories are being published on theorion.com before they're published in the paper, I'm noticing that the percentage of Web-friendly headlines is increasing at the same time.
Dogpile. If the headline on a story includes those three words, the more likely it is to show up near the top of the search results along with a link to story.
The more good keywords a headline contains, the more likely it is that a searcher will find his or her way to the story under that headline.
Often, that means that a headline written to match space requirements in the paper newspaper or that's built around a pun or a play on words is a bad headline for the Web (search engines really have no sense of humor). That should also mean that editors who are putting a story that has already been published in the paper should rewrite the headline to make it Web friendly.