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Phenomenal Tips on Making a Great Post Title

October 10, 2007

cut out letter writingPreviously 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.

  1. boosted – “10 Tips to Get Boosted Traffic”
  2. dirt cheap – “Amazing Quality Advertising, Now Dirt Cheap”
  3. enormous – “Create Enormous Profits by Using Google Adsense”
  4. foolproof – “8 Foolproof Tips on Gaining More Comments”
  5. guaranteed – “Guaranteed Methods to Increase Site Traffic”
  6. phenomenal – “Phenomenal Tips on Making a Great Post Title”
  7. skyrocket – “Have Your Earnings Skyrocket in 3 Days”
  8. surefire – “5 Surefire Methods to Increase RSS Subscriptions”
  9. turbo-charge – “How to Turbo-Charge Your Traffic in One Week”
  10. unbeatable – “Fantastic Advertising for Unbeatable Prices”
  11. 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!

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14 Responses to “Phenomenal Tips on Making a Great Post Title”

  1. Jerad Kaliher on October 10th, 2007 3:54 pm

    Hi Tay,

    That list at the end is great for creating catchy titles. I tend to have a problem with my titles being too long and am working on it. I just bookmarked this post and will refer to it for my next post.

  2. Tay on October 10th, 2007 6:10 pm

    @Jerad – I’m glad you found the post useful! Good luck with creating your own great title articles, and if you ever need anything just ask. :)

  3. Kathy on October 10th, 2007 7:08 pm

    Tay — Beginning today, I’ll be capitalizing all of my post titles. You’re right. I just browsed through a bunch of my RSS feeds and noticed how the ones who capitalize their titles catch my eye better. Great tip! Thanks.

  4. Tay on October 10th, 2007 9:25 pm

    @Kathy – I’m happy that part of my post could help you out. Yes, I’ve noticed that too, ones that are capitalized properly just look more appealing. It’s great that you’re making the change. Best of luck with future ventures and happy blogging! :)

  5. Crystal on October 12th, 2007 1:46 am

    This is one of the biggest problems I have on my blog that I overlook too often. I’m going to try to apply some of your tips. Thanks :)

  6. Tay on October 12th, 2007 3:23 am

    @Crystal – Glad that this post could help, and best of luck to you. Happy blogging! :)

  7. Website Design on October 13th, 2007 11:40 am

    Hey, I really apprecaited this post. I suck sorely at writing blog titles. They never capture what I’m trying to convey. Great advice here , I’m going to put it into practice.

  8. Tay on October 14th, 2007 1:19 am

    @Website Design – I’m glad you could find the article helpful. Just by reading your comment I can tell you are clearly a good writer, so creating great titles shouldn’t be too hard! Good luck and happy blogging. :)

  9. Ruchir on October 15th, 2007 11:00 am

    Also, having an adjective or an adverb definitely adds to the overall appeal of the title…

  10. Tay on October 16th, 2007 1:27 am

    @Ruchir – You’re exactly right, that’s what I meant by an exciting vocabulary as well. Like the title of this post contains the adjectives “phenomenal” and “great”. A post is a lot better off with enthusiastic words and adjectives than none at all, or sometimes worse, bad ones.

  11. draven on October 23rd, 2007 2:05 pm

    yay. cool.

    the hardest thing for me is thinking of a title. LOLz.

  12. Tay on October 23rd, 2007 6:56 pm

    @Draven – Glad you liked the post, hopefully making titles will become easier for you. And it should naturally as time passes anyway. Practice makes perfect! :)

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