Coming up with blog titles is admittedly one of my least favorite parts about writing. I want to make sure that it makes sense, is SEO friendly and most importantly, is eye-catching. It's not easy to nail all of these requirements down with such a limited amount of characters. The title is the first chance you have to make an impression on your reader, so try to make it awesome.
About two years ago I started getting magazine after magazine in my mailbox. My mailbox was literally full of magazines addressed to me almost every day. This was especially shocking being I haven't subscribed to a print magazine in 10 years.
I assumed that it was some kind of (lame) prank and just started piling the magazines up in my garage. From Cosmo and ESPN to Forbes and Teen Vogue; I literally had every category of magazine that I could think of.
They came in handy for school projects, and a (still) half-completed vision board. But, after reading 31 Days to Build a Better Blog by Darren Rowse from ProBlogger, I realized that there was a super easy and effective way to make these magazines into something truly useful. The best part is, you don't even have to be the victim of a mailbox assault to use this trick. You can peruse your dentist's office, library or local bookstore for ideas without having to have your own 6-foot pile of periodicals.
The headlines on magazines are written by professional copywriters, that are generally really, really good at what they do: creating headlines that draw people in.
So, while the magazines might not be my cup of tea, they almost always have catchy, professional headlines that provide great inspiration and ideas. I don't always use magazines to help with title ideas, but I do always choose my post title before I start writing. It sets the tone for the post and allows me to get my graphics and planning done ahead of time. I also like to think about the end-game for my post before I even start writing. What do I want my post to teach, state or ask? If there is a call to action, what is it?
Here are a few (fictional) examples of magazine titles used for blog post title ideas:
Magazine Title: 7 Game-Changing Party Dresses
Blog Topic: Fitness and Health
Blog Post Title Ideas: 7 Game-Changing Powerfoods// 8 Exercises That Will Change Your Game
Magazine Title: Sneaky Ways to Clear Your Clutter
Blog Topic: Kids
Blog Post Title Idea: 5 Sneaky Ways to Add Veggies to Your Kid's Diet
Magazine Title: Transform Your Shower Into an Act of Beauty
Blog Topic: Blogging
Blog Post Title Ideas: Transform Your About Me Page Into an Act of Beauty
Have you ever tried this "trick"? If not, I encourage you to give it a shot and let me know how it works out for you!
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