Five Great Places to Find Your Next Blog Post Title
Do you struggle to come up with titles for your blog posts?
You might not be short of topic ideas … but somehow, the actual titles end up sounding boring and bland.
Here are six great places to find the title for your next blog post:
#1: Other Blogs
Now, I’m definitely not suggesting that you should steal another blogger’s title … but you can definitely use one of their titles as a template.
This often works well with blogs outside your own niche (as then their title can’t work for you without some changes).
Let’s say you want to use a title from DailyBlogTips for inspiration. Hey, why not have the title of this post? Here are a few possible twists on it.
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To stay profitable, magazines have to come up with great, interesting titles – and they’ll print the best of these on the front cover.
If you glance over a rack of magazines, you’ll notice that they often:
- Use numbers (e.g. “100 Best Gadgets Ever!” from Stuff magazine)
- Ask questions (e.g. “Could a mentor change your life?” from Psychologies magazine).
- Use emotionally-charged words (e.g. “Lose your last 10 pounds! #1 secret inside” from Health magazine).
Grab any magazine that you have lying around the house, or head to the shops to see plenty of great examples. Grab a notebook and jot down any title ideas they inspire.
While some books might, like magazines, simply provide you with a good title idea, really well-known books can be a great way to tap into a framework that readers already have (and even borrow a bit of authority).
For instance, my post 7 Habits of Serious Writers draws on Stephen Covey’s famous book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
Obviously, you’ll want to pick books that your readers are likely to have heard of. (It doesn’t matter if they’ve not read them.)
Another option is to pick an idea from a book – e.g. Dante’s nine circles of hell, or
Note: While titles themselves aren’t copyright, part or all of the title may well be trademarked. You may prefer to use works that are out of copyright.
#4: Jon Morrow’s “52 Headline Hacks”
In this great, free ebook, Jon Morrow gives you 52 templates – plus examples – of all sorts of different headline (which, in this context, is just another world for “blog post title”).
This is a handy resource when you’re brainstorming, as you can simply work through the list and come up with headlines that would suit your blog. You’ll probably find that not all the different categories work for your style and audience, but you’ll definitely get a great list of posts to write.
You do need to sign up for Jon’s email list to get the ebook (you’ll get an email whenever he publishes a new blog post, and occasionally when he’s running a webinar or similar). Of course you can unsubscribe once you have the ebook, but I’d advise against it: Jon’s posts are always well worth reading.
#5: Comments on Your Blog
Sometimes, readers may leave a brilliant idea in a comment. Perhaps a particular phrase they use is one that you realise rings true for your audience as a whole – and you could use that phrase in a title, or even as the whole title.
One of my most popular posts, 7 Habits of Serious Writers (which I mentioned above) was a title that a reader suggested to me in a comment. I actually thought it was a bit of an uninspiring title but went with it anyway – and I’m very glad I did!
It’s always powerful to use the language your audience uses: it strengthens your connection with them, and it can even boost your search engine traffic, as the words you use match up better with the ones they use when searching.
So there you go – five places to find ideas. Which will you be trying out this week? Let us know in the comments … and if you come up with a brilliant title, share that with us too.
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12 Responses to “Five Great Places to Find Your Next Blog Post Title”
I am a big lover of reading magazines and novels. most of the times, I found great stories and amazing information regarding various things from magazines.
These magazines not only strike me with some amazing title but help me to make an outline too about the post. And if becomes too easy to write some great post with less efforts.
Further, I also find post ideas from yahoo answers too. I make a little bit online research and try to write post on topics which most of the people are looking for on yahoo answers.
From comments! What a great idea. So simple, and been sitting under my nose all that time. Thanks!
Thanks for the great ideas! Ali Luke – I’ve been struggling with several things as a new blogger, titles (one) and finding & condensing useful information to write & post (another). I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it soon, but I’ve saved MANY newsletter emails with articles I would like to use and write about. Excellent ideas and topic!!
Thanks everyone, glad these were helpful!
Yuli, if you’re new to blogging, one great way to create a useful post is to round up several posts in your niche from the past week or so. Link to each one, and give a short description or maybe a short quote.
how to make creative content for novice bloggers?
I uses questions on other blogs to create not only post’s titles but also posts.
It’s a great idea to use the best big blogger’s blog to get things to write.
Thanks for sharing, great info and definitely will put these into practise!
WOW, I am using all of them,
it seems I am doing great then. 🙂
Ali this is a nice article for the bloggers like me, every time I am facing confusion while writing an article. This helps me a lot in finding the best titles for my articles. I will follow directions you told. Thanks for Sharing.
Magazines gives us some intresting topic which will attract everyone.we must use these titles to our blog titles.Thanks for sharing wonderful informative information
Awesome creative ways to find new blog post titles and just write boring titles which no body wants likes to click instead just be creative My suggestion that using numbers in titles works best to get more click through rates for your blog post
But most bloggers use generic terms which results in low traffic and they neglect some of the above mentioned points
This is what my main problem is, searching title for my new post. Whenever I wan to write a blog post, I feel like what should the title be and then end up doing nothing.
Thanks for sharing this post, will going to try this, hopefully it will work.
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