Phenomenal Tips on Making a Great Post Title
October 10, 2007
Previously I published the article 10 Tips to Writing a Successful Blog Post. Tip number one was to come up with an eye-catching title. Today we’re going to go into detail on how to do just that. When you’re done reading this article, your posts will never be ignored again because of a bland headline.
First we’re going to state the obvious. Tell me, would you be more inclined to read a post with a title that is easy to read, enthusiastic, and contains numbers, or one that is dull and doesn’t use an exciting vocabulary? Which title do you think is most appealing: “10 Foolproof Ways to Gain More Readers” or “How to Get More People to Visit Your Site”? The first one, of course! A title should excite the reader and pull them in, making them want to read every single word you have to say.
A good title should be the appropriate length, not too long but not too short either. Around four to ten words is decent; the title of this article contains eight. The title should look good with your design, and it should not be long enough to create multiple lines of text. After all, a title is a summary, not a life story.
One other important thing to making a good title is capitalization. “Phenomenal Tips on Making a Great Post Title” is acceptable. First and last words should always be capitalized, no matter what they are. Major words are always capitalized, and little ones like ‘the’ and ‘a’ aren’t. Another acceptable method of capitalization is using uppercase for every word, like so: “Phenomenal Tips On Making A Great Post Title”. What’s not acceptable? “Phenomenal tips on making a great post title” is definitely not.
Another thing to take into consideration is that many successful posts have titles that contain numbers. Take the example from above and look at “10 Foolproof Ways to Gain More Readers”. If you can make your post into a list, do so! List posts are proven to be more popular and generate more backlinks. They are easy to scan through and read, and all around very attractive. A title with numbers looks great and sums up the article very well.
Then vocabulary has to be taken care of. Why use the word “good tips” when you could use “phenomenal tips”? Why use “good prices” when you could use “dirt cheap prices”? Why use “big value” when there’s always “enormous value”? Awesome words generate an awesome response from your readers. But please, don’t overdo it. If you use too many of these “enhanced words”, you might just give someone a heart attack. So you can get some ideas, scan the list of words below that you could use to boost your titles or writing, and examples of how they could be used.
- boosted – “10 Tips to Get Boosted Traffic”
- dirt cheap – “Amazing Quality Advertising, Now Dirt Cheap”
- enormous – “Create Enormous Profits by Using Google Adsense”
- foolproof – “8 Foolproof Tips on Gaining More Comments”
- guaranteed – “Guaranteed Methods to Increase Site Traffic”
- phenomenal – “Phenomenal Tips on Making a Great Post Title”
- skyrocket – “Have Your Earnings Skyrocket in 3 Days”
- surefire – “5 Surefire Methods to Increase RSS Subscriptions”
- turbo-charge – “How to Turbo-Charge Your Traffic in One Week”
- unbeatable – “Fantastic Advertising for Unbeatable Prices”
- whopper – “Tips to Gain Readers with Whopper Results”
And those are just eleven out of hundreds of eye-catching words you can use to create a headline that won’t be skipped over. Use your brain and your imagination and think of some more, because I’m leaving the rest to you. Happy blogging!