10 Tips for Writing Traffic Driving Blog Post Titles

September 12, 2017 20 thoughts
Penang, Malaysia.

 

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Different blog post title styles. But all traffic drivers. Because if you go colorful or practical or plain ask a question, inquiring minds will want to know.

 

Writing effective, traffic-driving blog post titles increases your traffic (I had to write it), positions yourself to increase blog profits, grows your community and connects you with your readers.

 

All worthy outcomes, right?

 

But beware, my little sugar bears: the blog post title is the packaging, and the blog post itself is the gift. Writing effective titles but following up with a crap post is like wrapping a pet rock in a Bloomingdales gift-wrapped masterpiece.

 

Create an inspired title. Then build a blog post outline. Then write a thorough, helpful post that delivers on the title.

 

Today’s post will be shorter than usual because I shrunk last week after running 30 miles.

 

Let’s dive into the tips.

 

1: Have…..FUN!

 

If you have fun, all fear-based mental blocks to blog post titles disappear, allowing a flood of creative, traffic-driving titles into your mind.

 

Enjoy this process. If you feel tense, step away from the laptop, do the worm, or laugh like a sinister cartoon villain. Lighten up. Return to title selection from a fun, relaxed space.

 

2: Dump Your Ideas

 

Have you ever seen Tokay gecko poop?

 

Dooky Maker, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

 

We see these large house lizards – up to 13 inches in length – all over the tropics. Tokays are apex predators in their niche, eating roaches, scorpions, spiders and even massive centipedes. When one eats frequently, one poops frequently. Tokays dump all over the house.

 

I encourage you to dump blog post ideas onto paper or cyber paper like a Tokay dumps last night’s tarantula feast all over the crib. Or for more vivid imagery, puke your ideas. List 5, 10 or 15 ideas. Let your imagination run wild. Whittle down your list.

 

This practice increased my creativity dramatically, in the blog post title selecting department.

 

3: Practical Please

 

Create practical tips laden titles. Follow up with a robust blog post.

 

Practical drives traffic. Readers want to know how to do something in many cases. Like how to create traffic-driving blog post titles.

 

Scour:

 

  • Quora
  • Facebook Groups (Elizabeth Bradley has a gem of a blogging group within that link)
  • Google Plus Communities
  • your blog comments
  • top blogs from your niche

 

to spot pressing problems. Or to ID how to empower your readers to live their dreams.

 

Craft titles based on these “how to” ideas.

 

4: Go Flair and Leave Nothing to Spare

 

Sometimes ya really want to let it all hang out with a colorful, funny title.

 

Think the most colorful picture possible. Paint the picture with words.

 

Reading skilled authors helps in this regard. I dig George R.R. Martin, James Patterson, Lee Child and Nelson DeMille.

 

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Himalayan Sea Salt.

 

6: Go Big or Go Home (Numbers)

 

Use double figure number titles. People seem to dig double figure numbers. Over-delivering thing.

 

10 tips. 11 steps. 12 reasons. 13 is an unlucky number.

 

7: What? How? Why?

 

Or…ask questions via your title.

 

Works like charm.

 

Or does it? (This is called a joke.)

 

Humans are curious beasts. Train-wreck-effect. Ask a probing question related to your niche. Follow up with a helpful, thorough answer. Watch blog traffic flow in.

 

8: Beware News-Jacking

 

If I write about Hurricane Irma today – prayers and loving energy to those in Florida and the Caribbean, including a handful of my readers – guess what happens 3 years from now? People find the post after Googling for a stripper who became popular in the not too distant future.

 

Beware news-jacking. Topical fades. Evergreen lasts forever.

 

9: Keep it Short

 

Barring the colorful, vivid titles I craft, that go long form, I keep titles short and curt.

 

For whatever reason, these suckers drive traffic like shell-shocked tourists migrating through Times Square.

 

Keep titles short. Sweet. Or sour, depending on your palette.

 

10: Go to The Amazon

 

Get malaria shots. Bug repellent. Bring a tent….no wait. Jungle Flashback.

 

I mean, go to Amazon.com. Research eBooks related to your niche. Model blog post titles on eBooks you peep.

 

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If you need 100 plus eBook/blog post title ideas page through my eBooks on Amazon:

 

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You can get some title ideas there. But you need to do due diligence on the titles. Right? So you will need to see the content inside the eBook. Wink, wink. Buy a few on the way out. Especially this one:

 

6 Tips for Writing Attractive Blog Post Titles (Amazon eBook)

 

 

6 Tips for Writing Attractive Blog Post Titles (audio book)

 

Bonus Tip: Beware Manipulation Madness

 

No link bait titles, please.

 

This is when you intentionally lie. Meaning you create a title solely to get clicks on the link. Then readers see the title and post do not match up.

 

Help people. Don’t manipulate them. Ensure your title matches 100% with the content you deliver. Build quality traffic that loves what you have to offer. Create the foundation for a rocking blogging business.

 

Your Turn

 

How are you crafting enticing, traffic-driving blog post titles?

 

Or are you struggling in this area?

 

What tips can you add to the list?

 

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20 Comments

  1. Patrick Says:

    Thanks for the post, Ryan!! These are some extremely helpful tips especially for bloggers who are new to the blogging game. I also love the examples you posted at the very beginning of the article; hilarious stuff.

  2. Awesome Rajinder, thanks for the heads up. Blog commenting – the right way – works wonders, really. I believe I saw you on Harsh’s blog too, publishing a comment, no?

    Amen on the titles. A bit tough as a newer blogger but the clearer you get, the neat ideas flow in, as does the traffic.

    Thanks much for the Twitter follow.

  3. Way coo Deepak. I am happy you dug the post. An enticing title really pulls folks in.

  4. Good to know Manish, thanks bro.

  5. LOL on your younger brother Hassaan.

    Awesome point on energy. Thank you for that rocking share. If I feel resonant, I go with it too. So much of what I do is based on energy-work; doing the inner clearing, relaxing, and allowing ideas to flow my way. It is the way to go, to follow these tips and to nab those super duper helpful blog post titles.

  6. Hassaan Khan Says:

    Hi, Ryan!

    First of all, thank you for writing this blog post. We all struggle time to time when it comes blog post titles or email newsletter subjects. I used to write 10 to 15 titles in advance and choose from the list whenever I sit down to write a piece.

    What happened is that I felt more energy towards the blog post ideas that come randomly into my mind. So I started going with the flow because I didn’t want the ideas to slip away forever. It’s working for me. I thought to share it with you.

    P.S. That frequent pooping lizard reminded me of my younger brother’s childhood. He used to do the same. lol.

  7. Hi RYAN,
    Thanks for Sharing,
    Very useful and informative article,
    Very Helpful for New Bloggers, keep it up work,
    Thanks
    Manish

  8. Deepak Tyagi Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    One word about this post it is awesome. Title is the most crucial part of a blog. In fact, it is the first element a visitor encounter while browsing for your website. If the title is not good you will lose the chance to impress your audience.

    However, I knew how to make an engaging title but the tips you have mentioned will help me more.

    Thanks,
    Deepak

  9. Hi Ryan,

    I followed your link from ShoutMeLoud.

    Yes, there is no doubt that eye-catchy titles drive massive traffic to your blog. Most of the top bloggers and marketers using this technique.

    But writing a great post title is not easy for beginners blogger. I’m also doing a lot of work on writing title before publishing a post.

    This article will be very helpful for those users who are struggling for drive traffic. Thanks for sharing an informative and amazing article with us.

    I just started following on Twitter.

    – Rajinder

  10. Awesome Jessica so happy you are digging the post. Welcome to the blogging world.

  11. Thank you so much for sharing! I am really working on this! My blog is brand new (about a month) and I really struggle in this area! I’m going to check out some more of your blog because it seems like you have a lot of great tips. Thanks again!

  12. Thanks Prince for the rocking comment and the Tweak tool.

    Dead on; no way a post stands out unless you create an attractive title. Start with the title. Create something attention-grabbing. Build the outline from there.

  13. I am always happy to share insight and make ya chuckle in the process Bappa.

  14. Bappa Chy Says:

    Hi! Ryan, I like your articles so much because some articles make us boring your ones gives me ideas as well as give me pleasure with your fun. Such a good post with helpful ideas for bloggers.Thanks for sharing.

  15. Hi Ryan,

    Writing SEO friendly posts and title that drives traffic can be a daunting task for some bloggers. Writing good post title as a beginner may not be easy. Truth is, it takes a lot of practice and probably a lot of testing to see what works and the big change it brings to your blog.

    Many bloggers toil over their posts to craft the best content they can and assume that the post will stand on its own without a good title. The reality is that it doesn’t. Because, every blogger needs a strong blog post title to lure readers into reading, sharing and connecting with their blog.

    I’m glad you shared some tips here to help other bloggers who have been neglecting the importance of driving blog post title as it has to do with SEO and their readers. Sometimes, I use the “tweak your biz” free online tool created by Liam of Online Sales Tools and Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends to curate outstanding blog post titles with a little tweak. Using this tool can increase your tweets, Facebook Likes, and visitor traffic by 50% or more.

    Thanks for the amazing tips here, Ryan.

  16. “How to” post titles – followed up my helpful articles – draw in readers because we generally seek how to do something via a blog post. Lay it out, title the post with a simple, clear subject line and traffic will flow your way. Thanks as always Prosper.

  17. Haha Awogor. I like tossing humor in there sometimes. Lightens things up some. I am happy you enjoyed the read and as noted, good content reels in readers just fine.

  18. Hi Bryan, your article is very interesting but funny.

    I almost got confused with this part “Go to The Amazon

    Get malaria shots. Bug repellent. Bring a tent….no wait. Jungle Flashback.”

    And not until I completed the paragraph.

    This amazing. Getting people to read your blog doesn’t require any kind of articles but good and great content.

    Thanks a lot for your tips

  19. Prosper Noah Says:

    Great Post Ryan!

    Readers come to a blog for one main thing: To get their problems solved

    I strongly agree with writing “How to’s” blog post titles.

    They work, and still work.

    Hever it would do more good if you actually offer users what the title says rather than practicing link baith as you said.

    The other tips are awesome.

  20. I left a thought.

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