Log into twitter and you’ll find tons of tweets. Even thousands, depending on the number of people you are following. Of course, it is humanly impossible to read every tweet. There are conversational tweets, noise tweets and links. We just skim through all the tweets. If the headline or the title seems interesting, we go ahead and click on the link and read the post.
Now, if your headline/title is not interesting enough, people wouldn’t click on it no matter how interesting and well written your actual post is. When people read your headline, you can expect two kinds of responses:
– Oh wow, sounds interesting. I want to know more.
– Ah, boring.
If the first response is what you want from a reader, catchy headlines are a must! Not too long, not too short. SEO experts say that not more than 7-8 words and not less than 4 words should be used. Google shows up to 69 characters for blog headline length.
Let’s take an example:
“Twitter Abbreviations: Do You Know Them All?”
“Twitter Abbreviations – ReTweet (RT), Direct Message (DM), TT (Trending Topics) and more!”
Obviously, the second one is too long. The first title makes you curious. “Do I know all the abbreviations? Let me check this post out.” That’s the difference.
But make sure not to mislead the reader just to grab attention. I read one post which had a completely different headline and when I saw the post, the first line actually said, “Sorry for the unrelated title, just wanted to catch your attention, but hey – I was successful, right?” No, no, no.
What you should do is – give the potential reader an idea of what the post is about and how it will help them, through the headline. Basically, pull the reader towards your post.
And for me, list posts always work. List posts make it easier for the reader to read and understand the points instead of just writing in paragraphs.
So, here are 20 title ideas which always compel me to click on the post link. Let’s take a list of 8 things as an example.
1. 8 Unique Ways To______.
2. 8 Sure-Fire Ways To _______.
3. 8 Quick Tips To ________.
4. 8 Things You Might Not Know About ______.
5. 8 Must Have Traits Of A _______.
6. Why I Chose To ______.
7. 8 Useful Tools For ______.
8. 8 Reasons Why _______ Is Like _______.
9. 8 Little-Known Secrets/Shocking Facts About _______. *OR* 8 Secrets About ________ Revealed.
10. How I Do _______ Differently.
11. Top 8 Benefits Of ______.
12. 8 Things I Learned From ________. *OR* 8 Things You Can Learn From _______.
13. Ask A Question: Can You Imagine Life Without _______?
14. Add an Exclamation: Mom, Somebody Stole My Tweets!
15. The 8 Types Of _______.
16. How I Went From ______ To ______In ______ Days/Months/Years.
17. A To Z Of _______.
18. How To Easily Reach ________.
19. How Not To Be A ________.
20. 8 Myths About ________.
I like to write apt titles after I finish writing the post, but I do keep a working title in mind before writing the article as well.
Hope you found these ideas useful and interesting! If you feel that I have missed out some important points, please do let me know through the comments!