Monday, January 17, 2011

How to make Catchy Titles

The title of your article, blog post, or novel is often times the first thing people see. Good titles spark interest and make you want to read what it's about. Bad titles are skimmed over. I've got four good suggestions when creating your titles.
First, create a How To or guide to something. People like being able to see step by step how to do something. They also like guides and manuals because they get this image that they'll get everything they need to do what ever it is your article is about(weather they do or not isn't the point of this post. It's to make them click on your post in the first place.)
Second, people don't know it but they love alliterations. An alliteration is the repetition of the same sound or letter(come on you know this 7th grade English) Like Peter Piper Picked A Pack of Pickled Peppers. At lunch me and my friends came up with an alliteration for every day of the week. Why? Because It's fun and easy. If you need practice write try coming up with an alliteration for every letter of the alphabet and you'll be an alliteration activist. ha ha see?
Third, Everybody knows three is the magic number. Keep your titles as short as three words. Make the most important words stand out. Ex. The Turtle Times. T T T all caps. now if you title is longer like 'How to make Catchy Titles' notice I didn't Cap 'make'. It draws your eye to the more important things of the title like How Catchy Title. Go look on quizilla story section for examples of bad titles. They're long and give away the entire plot of the story. For fiction and short stories your title should provoke wonder and make people question what your story is about. For non-fiction people are looking for information quick and easy. If you tell them your article is 'the Clarification of the usage between 'Affect' and 'Effect'' your possible readers are going to jump to the next link in their blog list. Of all the suggestions I think this is the least used. If you can't come up with an alliteration or How to guide try this one.
Fourth, Try making titles subjective. Example 'Why your blog isn't a hit' There are a bunch of people out there that think their blog isn't a hit and plenty who do. The thing is the term HIT can mean different things for different people but everyone thinks their blog being a hit is a good thing. Another example 'Make Your stories Sparkle' (OH I'm good!) Subjective and an alliteration. It might take some practice and some work on but coming up with titles is the easy part and you shouldn't stress to much about it. If your Content is good Readers will come.
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