I often have trouble deciding on a title. It’s rare for me to think of the title first, I go to click publish and realise I haven’t titled the post, then head in hands I try to think up something quickly - but not any more!
In a recent thread I posted on the forums Creations by Juliann had this good advice about blog post titles.
“The title of your blog should grab your reader. I wrote a blog titled, "My Couch: The Monster" and I seemed to get more views that day. My guess is that an interesting title can greatly increase traffic.”
So how important is the title of your Blog Post?
I use google reader, and I have to admit the title really makes a difference to whether I click to read the post or just skip to the next on the list, the first photo and first paragraph are also important for this reason too.
But the title is important on a much larger scale than to appeal just to your existing followers. If your goal is to increase your readership then it is important that you include words in the title that are relevant to the content of your post as this is what will be returned in searches. It’s all about that abbreviation we see everywhere S.E.O. Search engine optimisation, for those new to this that's basically techno speak for 'how to get more people to my blog/shop who will actually be interested in reading my posts/buying my stuff'.
Gallery Juana who created the beautiful line drawing at the top of this post has lots of good SEO tips in her blog.
So take a little time deciding on a title for your next post, it could make a huge difference to how many people get to read it, but don’t forget the content is important too. You may be inviting people for a coffee but you’ll want them to stay for a three course meal, after dinner espresso and a quick game of charades.
If you treat your blog visitors like the bloggers behind etsy shop Quite Nice your visitors may even decide to move in! Apart from wrapping her blog readers up in lovely Afghans, here's what Sandy from We are Quite Nice had to say about her style of blogging -
I’ll be expanding upon lots of the great advice I was given in the thread I posted requesting blogging tips over the next few weeks, so please do leave your own ideas on there too and I may use them in the weeks to come. You will also find a lot more great tips there. All the pictures I have used today are clickable and from Etsy sellers that have posted on the thread, I'll include more next week (thankyou).
Here is the thread link - Blogging Tips - Please share and be featured!
What was your best blog post title - please share it in the comments!