Want The Shocking Truth About Your Blog?

headlines and titles for blog postsThe core truth about your blog…

Knowing this is the only way to survive >>>

You need to know how to write and have headlines ready quickly.

But, I’m thinking you already knew that truth about your blog. Right?

I’ve heard that the best writers often have hundreds of headlines ready – either saved to a file on their computers or occurring swiftly from their experience at writing.

  • These headlines are then referenced by them at a moment’s notice to help develop their a winning headline for their content and doing this fast so that post can be written more quickly.

>>> Writing more easily from the inspiration provided by that headline.

How do you become a better blogger by knowing, and understanding, this truth about your blog?

  • Using headlines that will influence search engines, sales, and success.

As an example of writing enticing headlines quickly:

  • Take a careful look at any great headline, you can break them apart into your own fill-in-the-blank “template” that works for almost every subject, no matter what your niche.

You’ve gotta know that there is no secret going on here.

The same ideas for getting attention from headlines have been used for the past 150, even 200 years, and still are working for us bloggers.

It’s the same process used by every copywriter and great blogger.

The truth about your blog is that your headlines need to appeal to one of these most basic ‘what’s in it for me’ benefits:

1. Be entertaining

– “The Zen of Writing Entertaining Blog Posts’

2. Be part of a community

– What’s It Like to Feel Connected? (With family, friends, online, at a party.)

Got a Blog With a Community?

3. Be informed

– What makes your readers want to read more of your blog posts?

The Secret to Being a Successful Blogger 

4. Solve a problem

                That could be: Potential or a real problem Headline – What Keeps Your Readers up at Night?

– How to Stay Healthy and Still Look Fabulous at 50

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snippet of search engine box by yoastI know that my audience doesn’t just search using random words online, they search for a specific type of information, an answer to a question, or a solution to a problem they want or need help with, more information about.

  • My audience scans the headlines, like I do, in the search results as they are checking out the BEST MATCH to what they are looking for right now.

To make sure that your headline grabs your readers attention in search engines the way you want it to?

– Check out the plugin WordPress SEO by Yoast where you can have a second chance, right then and there, to hook with your headline and description using your title keywords.

The truth about your blog is that it all begins with the headline.

And do let me know what you thought of this post in the comments below!

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Social media training and promotion for entrepreneurs, professionals, and business bloggers.
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105 thoughts on “Want The Shocking Truth About Your Blog?

  • March 4, 2015 at 8:20 am
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    I work hard on my site and I think I finally have it all figured out. BWAHAHA, just kidding. Things are always changing, so it’s hard to keep up sometimes.

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    • April 10, 2015 at 5:47 am
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      I so understand that – just when I think I have it going on – well – you know what happens! Thanks Robin for you note 🙂

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  • March 4, 2015 at 8:41 am
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    I’ve been much more intentional with titles the past two years. Some of my titles still aren’t search worthy, and I’m ok with that. I cringe at older posts, though. Oh, my….
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  • March 4, 2015 at 12:06 pm
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    Weird enough, a lot of my searches have to do with Kanye West and I’m no gossip blogger! I scratch my head often at that one. LOL!

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  • March 4, 2015 at 12:11 pm
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    The headline can be tough when you are posting a recipe in my opinion. For non recipes, that is where it is fun to create a catchy headline.
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  • March 4, 2015 at 12:22 pm
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    I can see how a headline would be important. This I great information, I will be sure to share it with my sister.

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  • March 4, 2015 at 1:22 pm
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    You are absolutely right about putting the right title. Sometimes, I would get a heavy traffic from a post that has a “searchable title” . I have to pay attention to this one cos sometimes, I just care about the content and not the title.
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  • March 4, 2015 at 1:57 pm
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    Having the right title is really important. I want my titles to be eye-catching but not clickbait.

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    • April 9, 2015 at 10:03 am
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      I agree it is important. I know if I see an interesting title I tend to click on it.

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  • March 4, 2015 at 3:38 pm
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    I have to admit that when I started blogging my headlines/titles made absolutely no sense sometimes. I have gotten better over the years and choose mine based on keywords now.
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    • March 7, 2015 at 10:49 am
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      Thank you for you comment, Ricci – and yes it’s taken me awhile to ‘catch’ on the the catchy and SEO relative headlines, also 🙂

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  • March 4, 2015 at 5:36 pm
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    Writing titles can be a pain! It has to be catchy enough to attract readers…

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  • March 4, 2015 at 5:37 pm
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    I have to put so more time and effort into this. Sometimes I waste way too much time trying to figure out a good title.

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  • March 4, 2015 at 8:05 pm
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    Running a blog is hard! There are things you must keep track! Lucky I have the passion for it! 🙂

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  • March 5, 2015 at 1:56 am
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    Heck, I don’t know if my headlines are good enough for the search engines, but I think they’re catchy. Somehow Google uses them. Yesterday and the day before, I got 700 hits on an old post from 2013. Just goes to show you should write good, permanent content after your catchy headline.
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  • March 5, 2015 at 4:04 am
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    A very relevant topic for me as titles can be the most difficult part of writing. Content flows, but often the title just doesn’t pop. Thanks for the great information!
    Diane recently posted..I Want YOU to be Happy!My Profile

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  • March 5, 2015 at 10:09 am
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    I agree completely with you about the headlines. I read somewhere that you should try out 25 headlines before you decide on the right one for your blog post.

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  • March 5, 2015 at 12:09 pm
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    Hey Donna,

    Headlines is the doorway to your blog. If you want to generate traffic to your blog then you have to craft your headline to your audiences’ liking. As you said this is why tuning into WIIFM is vital for your blog’s success. Find out what your audience want through comments or how the respond to your post through analytic is a great start!

    Thanks for the share and I hope you have a great weekend!
    Sherman Smith recently posted..How To Write Eye-Catching Traffic Generating Blog Post HeadlinesMy Profile

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  • March 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm
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    Just when I think I know pretty much everything I need to know about my blog I learn something new! Such is life eh? lol!

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  • March 5, 2015 at 1:48 pm
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    I had no clue about anything seo at the beginning and omg… Some of my blog titles… Eeekkk…. Now I trying to keep things alittle more search worthy 😉

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  • March 5, 2015 at 7:32 pm
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    I very much agree with the truth on how the attentions of most readers expire in few seconds. And I understand, the headlines plays a major role in appealing users as well as getting crawled better in search engines as well.

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  • March 6, 2015 at 6:45 am
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    Hubby always suggests that the headline or title to be cute. I also like it cute for as long as it is also SEO friendly. 🙂
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  • March 6, 2015 at 7:49 am
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    I change things up all the time and I’m never satisfied. I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing. I’m still trying to find the flow of things.
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  • March 8, 2015 at 12:39 pm
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    Awesome tips! A blogging community is SO important to have – it’s so nice to have people that know what you’re talking about!

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  • April 8, 2015 at 3:58 pm
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    A great blogging community is certainly a great start. I also believe in developing relationships within your blog niche which helps out.

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  • April 8, 2015 at 5:07 pm
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    There will never be a person who has this all figured out because it is all in constant motion! All we can do is try our best to keep up.

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  • April 8, 2015 at 6:20 pm
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    Maybe that is what I’m doing wrong? I will have to work on that and see if it helps. Thanks for sharing.

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  • April 8, 2015 at 8:52 pm
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    I really work hard on my business blog, thank you for sharing it this is a good info.

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    • April 9, 2015 at 6:27 am
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      Thank you, Ron – and you are certainly right about this – I agree with your suggestion also use them 🙂

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  • April 8, 2015 at 11:52 pm
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    This is awesome information and tips for any blogger for sure. The headlines are what they see first or it is what I see first. I have yet to start my own blog but reading stuff like this truly does help. Thanks for sharing.

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  • April 9, 2015 at 12:53 am
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    This is a great post for those who really want to utilise their blog. I just blog to express myself so I don’t worry about these things personally.

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  • April 9, 2015 at 7:24 am
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    What a cool idea to create a bunch of catchy headlines to use as needed. I wouldn’t mind doing that, my headlines are usually off the cuff and not all that exciting.

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      • April 10, 2015 at 5:41 am
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        I know Liz – I get that – sometimes I am right on it and then other times it takes me a bit longer – it can be frustrating! 🙂 Thank you for your note!

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      • April 10, 2015 at 4:22 pm
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        Your ‘7 Reasons’ example that coincidentally shows up here is a good one. I remember reading once that giving a number of reasons for something is very popular for catching people’s attention.

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  • April 9, 2015 at 10:35 am
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    I am so very new to this but I am really loving it so far. You are absolutely right it is all about the headline/title. I am still learning that. I will be contacting you soon for hopefully help because I love everything about writing and blogging and would love all the advice I can get to successful at it! 🙂
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    • April 10, 2015 at 5:44 am
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      Isn’t that just right, Maureen – we have our constant thinking cap on each time we write – thank you for your note! 🙂

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  • April 9, 2015 at 12:35 pm
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    Naming something is definitely one of my simultaneously favorite and least favorite things to do! There’s a lot of thought that I put into my titles, but sometimes I’m tired and over it so I enter the first thing that comes to mind. Maybe I’ll start titling posts first so that I’m not trying to think of one when I’m all written-out 🙂
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    • April 10, 2015 at 5:43 am
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      That’s a great idea, Liz – I’m in the habit of creating my title first and then I know my key words and what I want to write about – that’s just my style – thank you for your note!

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  • April 9, 2015 at 12:50 pm
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    I’ve actually started using Co-Schedule – Headline Analyzer to help me with my titles. I’m still working on making sure the headline is what I want, what potential readers would search for and what my current readers would like. I’ve been spending a lot more time on it lately.
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  • April 9, 2015 at 1:38 pm
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    Titles are hard for me. I know they’re important, but they never seem to get easier to come up with.

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  • April 9, 2015 at 3:17 pm
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    I always struggle very badly with headlines and making them sound exciting. One thing I have wanted to do is introduce weekly or bi-weekly segments to my blog, I think it will bring in a fun factor.
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  • April 9, 2015 at 5:29 pm
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    Interesting! I really need to learn more about SEO and I had no idea that headlines were so important!

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    • April 10, 2015 at 5:39 am
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      Thank you, Jacqueline for your comment and glad that this might give you some new things to think about! 🙂

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    • April 10, 2015 at 5:39 am
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      Great point, Heather – sometimes it’s the same things that keep us up at night – that’s a starting point to think about 🙂

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    • April 10, 2015 at 5:37 am
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      I get that, Veronica – but for me, the more I work with the tips and cheat sheets – the more it starts to come together more quickly – thank you so much for sharing 🙂

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    • April 10, 2015 at 5:36 am
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      Thanks, Ricci! I so appreciate that you are here 🙂

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    • April 10, 2015 at 5:35 am
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      Well, Debra – that’s fun to hear! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    • April 10, 2015 at 5:35 am
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      Thanks so much, Myrabev – and so it continues 🙂

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    • April 10, 2015 at 5:35 am
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      I know, right! Thank you for your note! 🙂

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    • April 10, 2015 at 5:34 am
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      You are so welcome, Stephen and thank you so much for your comment and I am glad that you found is helpful! 🙂

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    • April 10, 2015 at 5:33 am
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      Thank you, Lynndee – I think you’ll discover the plug in is easy and very helpful once you get a handle on it – so glad you commented 🙂

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  • April 10, 2015 at 6:42 am
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    This is a sad subject for me. I so wanted to write cutesy headlines that contained wit or humor. But I soon found that writing for the web isn’t even remotely similar to the media of old. Now my headlines are really boring, but at least they’re fairly searchable.
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  • April 10, 2015 at 7:46 am
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    I totally agree! When I first started blogging-the headline was the last thing I thought about when posting (which meant I often did not put much thought into). I now make sure my headline and URL are a very important part of my blog post creation.
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  • April 10, 2015 at 7:41 pm
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    This is great advice – I think the only thing I’d add is make sure you have content to back up the headlines, or you’ll get a few clicks but no one will come back. Few things irritate me as much as click bait headlines that are links to slide shows with a few words under each picture.
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    • April 10, 2015 at 8:17 pm
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      Thank you, so much, Linda! Glad to know that and happy that you commented here! 🙂

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