A recent post on blog-trends.com made me think about how many posts are titled haphazardly, spending those few precious words in unproductive ways.
Titles are important— they can draw readers into a blog or send them off to the next one, so they should be written carefully not tossed off like an afterthought.
The author suggest three ways that blog post titles can be crafted more effectively:
Keyword research is a great search engine optimization tool that allows you to find which terms people enter into search engines most frequently. Knowing which terms have the highest ranking and putting them into your post title allows you to have a better chance of improving your own post/ page ranking in a search engine as well. For example, if writing a post about floral tops, you will want to search for similar terms and phrases to see which variations are getting the most search traffic. The search term “floral shirts” gets much more search traffic than “floral blouses”, so you should consider using the first term in your post title. Everyone uses different words and phrases, so it’s important to know your audience. Think of what you would be typing in Google if you wanted to land on a post related to your topic, then see if the terms have good rankings or if a better term would fit. Edit your post title accordingly.
Consider using numbers in the title
People love lists. Post titles such as “5 Ways to Speed your Software Implementation” or “3 Ways to Better Manage Inventory” have a more powerful with the numbers included. Consider, for example, the success of the content on Buzzfeed: a high percentage of their articles use numbers and lists in their titles and are shared thousands of times on social media sites such as Facebook and Stumbleupon.
Two aspects of effective blog titles are the length/number of words— and the words themselves. A title that’s too short can be too broad of a search term to get any benefits Adding more substance to the title, will yield more specific search results. You should also keep in mind that a title that’s too long would make your permalinks look silly, especially if you have the date or something else before the title. Choice of words is critical. Any word that can’t be pronounced or defined by the average reader is going to turn them away from reading your post. As a blogger, it’s good to be creative, but keep in mind you want people to understand what you are posting about.
Whether you’re addressing a broad consumer or specialized business audience, these tips make sense.
As Shakespeare said, “Oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.” As far as I'm concerned, there’s no excuse for weakening your blog post by titling it badly.