by Edie Melson
But spend even more time passing over valuable posts because my followers would have no idea what the post was about. So today I want to give you the basics to help with blog post titles that DON’T confuse your social media followers.
I pay a lot of attention to my blog post titles, and I often spend almost as much time composing them as I do writing an entire post.
They are that important!
It’s also important that your blog post titles contains your keyword phrase AND you use your blog title in the first fifty or so words of your post. I don’t want to get sidetracked on SEO so here’s a post I wrote on How to Use Keywords Effectively.
- The first thing to consider is that your readers will evaluate your post’s content based on the title. If your title is misleading or even ambiguous your reader can walk away feeling cheated.
- The second thing to consider is to think beyond your blog post setting. What makes sense when a reader is already on your site is way different than what makes sense without visual clues and context.
Social media is a great thing for growing blogs, if you don’t allow blogging and social media to work at cross purposes. They need to compliment each other, and reinforce your message.
Remember, with a compelling title, a browser becomes a reader. Without a compelling title, the rest of your words might as well not be written.
We are writers, and we love words. Even more than that, we love to be clever. I get that.
But a blog post title isn’t a place to just be clever. For example, this blog post title is clever, but it’s also very specific. The first part:
What’s That Mean?
Is play on a popular tagline found at the end of many current television shows. But that alone wouldn’t tell a reader what to expect. That’s why I have a subtitle:
Blog Post Titles that DON’T Confuse Your Social Media Followers.
So go ahead, and play with words, but don’t stop there. Give your readers and potential readers the information they need!
If you’re still not quite sure what I mean, I’ve compiled a list of ambiguous blog post titles. We’re going to play a little guessing game. I’m posting the titles and I want you to guess what the blog post is about.
Tomorrow, in the comments section of today’s blog post, I’ll share the answers.
And don’t forget to join the conversation!
Blog Post Titles:
The Summer of Success
When Things Go South
In the Mood
I Live Next Door to a Cemetery
Choosing Joy Instead of Jealousy
Hooptedoodle and You
Perseverance Pays off
Three Steps to Prevent Overfiring
Not Quite What I expected
Take a Deep Breath
Keep your blog post titles from confusing your social media audience? (Click to Tweet)
Answers to the quiz above:
Answers to the quiz above:
The Summer of Success – about what writers can learn from the career of Donna Summer
When Things Go South - the fine line between showing enough of our characters life to immerse the reader and make it realistic without boring them to tears.
In the Mood – writing with determination
I Live Next Door to a Cemetery – odd places to find writing inspiration
Choosing Joy Instead of Jealousy – don’t be jealous over other WRITERS’ successes
Hooptedoodle and You – writing styles and how to pinpoint yours
Perseverance Pays off – becoming a published novelist isn’t the end, but the beginning.
Three Steps to Prevent Overfiring – comparing the warning on a wood stove with writing overload
Not Quite What I expected - If a craft project seems intimidating, don’t let it stop you. Give it a try anyway.
Take a Deep Breath – don’t get overwhelmed with the NaNoWriMo writing marathon