Sometimes the title or headline for content that pops into my mind, just doesn’t work. It may not work for the people I want to attract to read my blog, it may not work for getting my post found online and it may not work for me.
In addition to the title dilemma, it can be the frustration what do I write about today?
Yikes. Either nothing comes up or too many ideas noodle around in my head.
Feeling compelled to systematize my blogging subjects (so many of my readers have blogged about how they do this and it inspired me) was my first step toward making the idea and title part of the process easier.
While the topic list is ever evolving, one of the top factors most things have to include for me is, it has to be fun. I’m too old to do anything which excludes having fun. Fun is one of my top five values.
Presuming you might have similar thoughts about blog post ideas or blog post titles, these tips might help you streamline crafting your blog title or even email subject.
You want to hear tip number one: find yourself and then use, a useful headline generator.
The benefit of using such a tool is the multipurpose they have: it can work for blog posts, headings in the blog post, email subjects, book titles, chapter titles – anything that is remotely close to a – title. They can even spark a subject idea in you.
Here are two I use:
This one suggests one title at a time, which stays visible until you spin the wheel to the right of the entered subject. Taking just enough time to think about – does it work for my audience, would it be more easily found, does it work for me, get ready to spin again. You’ll find a new title. Here are a few it generated for this post using the subject – blog titles:
• 9 Problems with Blog Titles – this is easy and could work with any number you might want at the beginning.
• How Blog Titles are Like a School Bully – this one is just plain silly. Although it might work with something like, How Blog Titles are Like a Magnet or some other word.
• What Jezebel Should Write about Blog Titles – nah, not for me. But you could creatively make it work with a few twists.
You get the idea about that little tool?
Here’s another title tool tip to consider:
This one is often overwhelming for me. It generates a list of dozens of titles all at once! As you can see from this screen shot, it starts with – lists, moves on to Best.
It goes further on giving – “How to” titles, Questions, Love, Sex, Celebrities, Secrets, Snark, Business, Motivation, Problem, and where a title didn’t fit it went into a category titled The Kitchen Sink.
• Fascinating Blog Title Tactics That Can Help Your Business Grow
• 7 Ways a Blog Title Will Help You Get More Business
Final step is to rate the title value:
One of my pet peeves about posts I am asked to read: they often have titles that suck. These are usually one-word titles that tell me nothing about why I want to read the post, what’s in it for me. Please. Help me want to read your post! If I come over to read it I might actually comment!
Originally the title I chose from one of the above tools for this post was, Too Busy? Try These 3 Tips To Streamline Crafting Your Blog Title.
But would it have any emotional value? Meaning, while it might be good for search engine optimization, would it appeal to people enough to want to even read it?
Test your title’s emotional appeal:
In this tool, as in the above tool, I have to give myself a time limit to be on it. Tweaking is never done, is it?
The original title mentioned above had a score of 41.67%. That’s just okay because while the English language supposed contains 20% emotional value words, my score was double that.
But, the appeal was mainly to our intellectual side. I wanted to reach either of the other two sides: empathetic or spiritual.
The changed title ranked higher at 44.4% and better than that, it ranks it as appealing to both the intellectual thinking and the spiritual feeling sides of us.
By the way, a perfect 100% score – supposedly it’s rare but possible if you aim for a five-word title!