5 tips for you to write catchy titles
Surely you’ve heard the age-old question, “If a tree falls in the forest but no one hears it, did it make a sound?” In somewhat of the same spirit, here’s another question: “If you write a great blog post but the title isn’t compelling, will anyone read it?”
It shouldn’t be a surprise to you that titles are of great importance to get people’s attention and ensure they read what follows. Think about your own behavior—it’s likely you look at articles with catchy titles and bypass those without them.
Is there a secret to writing great titles? There are actually many valuable tips, and one of them—#6, a bonus—already worked since you’re reading this: consider starting titles with a numeric number. According to an article on dreamgrow.com, numbers as digits get double the engagement of the same numbers spelled out.
Here are five more title-writing tips:
1. Keep it short and to the point. Focus on answering “what’s in it for me?” to entice people to read your work.
2. Ask a question. Think about what your audience wants to know, and format your title as a question that encourages them to read for the answer(s).
3. Make it a command. Tell people what they must do to gain value from your expertise so they want to discover the specific details.
4. Promise valuable information. Allude to quick fixes, steps, tricks or tips—like I did—since people are always looking for better ways to do things.
5. Personalize it. Use you; titles including that word are more likely to resonate with people because it seems like you’re focused on their needs. Yes, I did this too—and you’re still reading.
Given that so much writing ends up online these days, you might also wonder about the value of including keywords in titles. Yes, that’s also an important element of writing titles to increase the odds that your content will appear high in search engines—but that topic deserves its own post.
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