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Writing effective and catchy titles – templates to download free.

People read anything up to 400 000 words per day. If whatever they are reading, interests them of course.

It is extremely important and a good title is up there with the importance of having high quality content.

How do writers do that, time after time?

If you search around on the internet, there are a plethora of e-books on writing titles for blog posts, guides, courses, tutorials and videos on how to write a catchy title for anything.

Work-it

First of all, your title or headline must work for you, it mustn’t work against you. Start with your keywords.

What is your article about?
Who is your audience or who is it for?
What can your reader get out of reading your article?

What must your headline or title do? What is its function?

Why, why titles?

A good title could make your article or break your article – literally. It could shoot you to blogpost stardom or Instagram heaven or it could make your article plummet faster than the stock market crash of 1929.

No pressure, but your whole article – every written word – depends on your title.

Massively depressive, I know.

Like a ball and chain, weighing down your every word, till the title comes and ….lightens it up!

It makes people want to read your article or it makes them turn around and run away.

The latter is not preferred, by the way.

What titles should NOT be

Before we have a look at what characteristics titles should convey and the secrets to writing better ones, let’s have a quick look at what they should NOT be - our secret #1.

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I will write another article about what titles should not be, but the one I want to highlight is that there is nothing that really gets on my nerves like a misleading title.

The reason why it pisses me off is that it creates interest, piques my curiosity but then ultimately just wastes my time.

I get so pissed off, that I will actually take more time in order to tell the writer that he is an idiot.

Thereafter, I will also tell 16 of my closest friends that he is an idiot.

And I will never read a blogpost of his again.

Keep it real. Be honest.

What titles should be

Now that you know what readers don’t want, secret #2 is what they do want.

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The Perfect Model

Secret #3

Is there a perfect model for the perfect title – a perfect template you can use?

One that works every time.

It’s exactly like asking me how long a piece of string is.

Looking at the analogy of a frog measuring the distance to a specific leaf it wants to jump on, the frog carefully measures the distance, and pounces but while in the air, someone moves the leaf. That is how trustworthy it is to assume that there could be a permanent template, title model or a generic model bloggers and writers could use in order to write the perfect title – every time.

Any fill in the gaps?

Many articles claim to have the perfect formula but unfortunately, writing a good title takes practice – just like normal writing does. You need to do it every day, if you can. Practice it, just like a muscle.

I read an article a while ago regarding writers block and not knowing what to write. What I remember specifically is that the writer said that while staring at the blank page before you, see the blank page as being full of opportunity.

I can’t remember the title of the article though.

If it had, had a good title, I probably would have remembered it and would have been able to place a link to it here.

Thus, don’t try to look for a template, as there aren’t any good ones.

Practice, practice, practice.

Secret #4

Your article’s heart and soul

Probably the most important secret to writing the perfect title for anything, be it a blog, an article or a movie title, is that you need to wear your heart on your sleeve.

What is your article about? What is at the heart of your article?

Tell your reader about that.

Write your title to suit the heart and soul of your article.

It’s the only way to write a title that fits, that draws in the right audience and it’s the only way to make your reader actually read your article – because of it being-down-to-earth honest.

That is the only way to go.

Secret #5

Probably the most important thing about any writing, not only for a title.

If you have writers’ block once again, and are again staring at a blank page - this time full of opportunity, remember? Take the topic you want to write about.

Make a mindmap on a piece of paper. Draft and rough, just like this picture below. Make a block in the middle of the picture. Make blocks around it - in this case it amounts to 9 blocks. The perfect length for a title. Take keywords out of your actual article and write them into the blocks.

This might take an hour or so, but in the end you will have eliminated the words you won;t use from the relevant ones, if you stick to the tips I have mentioned above.

Remember - it’s a game. Play it!

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Simply click on the block below, copy and paste the title, fill in the gaps and Bob’s your uncle.
If you’re not a native English speaker? - Don’t worry, I have inserted descriptions and grammar needed, categorized by word for writing.

Some templates that I have found very useful, are the ones below. Once again, combine them with the tips above and you should be able to write a title to your writing or movie in good time.

Ready to Use Templates you can use for writing really good titles.

The Bold words shouldn’t be changed

Template 1
How       to       (1)_________________        (adjective)          (2)_____________________         that drives (3)_______________  (4)__________________.
1. Verb – action word e.g. write,
Adjective Describing word for the word that follows (noun)
2. Noun – name of a thing e.g. "blogposts; titles," etc.
3. Noun – name of a thing e.g. "people."
4. Preposition or phrasal verb, e.g. to your website; to visit your blog, etc.
How to write flashy titles that drives traffic to your website.
Template 2
How      to      (1)_________________   in  #  _______  easy steps.
1. What will the reader achieve by reading this article? i.e. what is your article good for? E.g. "write flashy titles"
# Number Insert a number here – make sure it corresponds with the number of topics and steps actually mentioned IN the article.
How to write flashy titles in 7 easy steps.
Additionally: You may want to add the year, 2019 or you may want to add what is in your post, other than text only – i.e. Infographics, videos, step-by-step instructions, etc.
How to write flashy titles in 7 easy steps 2019 - Infographics
Template 3 – Minimalistic Title
How     to     (1)_________________   (3)_____________________    at (2)_______________.
1. Verb – action word e.g. win
2. Noun – name of a thing e.g. "poker;" etc.
Noun and verb is also possible. = e.g. "learning English."
4. Preposition can be changed to suit your needs.
How to win at poker.
How to succeed in learning English.
Template 4
How     to     rock   (1)_________________.
1. Here, you could use a phrase or a single word, depending on what you have written about.
Adjective Use interesting adjectives that provoke interest and emotion.
Template 4
How     to     rock   (1)_________________.
1. Here, you could use a phrase or a single word, depending on what you have written about.
Adjective Use interesting adjectives that provoke interest and emotion.
2.
3.
4.
How to rock your social media strategy.
Template 5
How     to     rock   (1)_________________.
1. Here, you could use a phrase or a single word, depending on what you have written about.
Adjective Use interesting adjectives that provoke interest and emotion.
2.
3.
4.
Template 6
How     to     rock   (1)_________________.
1. Here, you could use a phrase or a single word, depending on what you have written about.
Adjective Use interesting adjectives that provoke interest and emotion.
2.
3.
4.
Template 7
How     to     rock   (1)_________________.
1. Here, you could use a phrase or a single word, depending on what you have written about.
Adjective Use interesting adjectives that provoke interest and emotion.
2.
3.
4.
Template 8
How     to     rock   (1)_________________.
1. Here, you could use a phrase or a single word, depending on what you have written about.
Adjective Use interesting adjectives that provoke interest and emotion.
2.
3.
4.
Template Four
How     to     rock   (1)_________________.
1. Here, you could use a phrase or a single word, depending on what you have written about.
Adjective Use interesting adjectives that provoke interest and emotion.
2.
3.
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Churn, churn churn. Some websites just post blogpost after blogpost and you want to read them.

Why?

Because of the title. Because the title pulls you in, it entices you and it leaves you wanting more.

Your blog post’s title makes or breaks your audience. It is the deciding factor whether people will stay and read or carry on to another website.

Work-It!

Be On Point and On Topic

Make it Sexy

Keep it Short and Sweet

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AuthorLucas Martley
Date29.05.2019
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