Don’t agree with the cleavage analogy but I am careful about the titles used for my blog posts.
Because I dont want to make my blog post titles into fap material, lol.
Hmmm, I think you are kinda missing the point as the cleavage reference is merely an analogy. Still I learnt a new word today, ‘fap.’
[…] read a blog post here a couple of weeks ago (by The Journal) about how enticing people to read your work involved reeling potential readers in with a catchy […]
I kind of do this already but now, I’ll take it to heart. Thanks for this and I’d like to get more of these tips
Yeah your blog is cool! Subject is riiiiiiight up my street.
Thanks! Means I’ll be coming by your street more often..
Grab ’em by the balls! Great advice – at muchly.
Hi Sophie Anne! And MmWaaa! to you! 🙂
Reblogged this on Sholstice.
Well, this advice is simultaneously common-sense and eye-opening. I intuitively practice what you preach – always a picture, and usually a clever or indirect title. But, short, tight titles are more my style. However, I might try to “grab eyeballs” with phrases as titles. Might work. Thanks.
Great stuff! 🙂
Great post, thanks for this. I always find it hard to strike the right balance between using an interesting title and one that’s misleading for attention’s sake. I guess it just comes with practice. Any thoughts?
Hi Jess, the newspapers are clearly not as conscientious as you as every day they print very misleading – but attractive headlines that grab readers who still return despite complaining about how misleading the headlines are – but that’s all to do with advertising and clicks so we’ll leave that for now. Once you get their numbers you can get away with it!
I think it is possible not to mislead but still find the killer headline for your post.
Just as an example, I personally would tune into ‘Why This Amazing Item Left Me In Tears.’ – The item is a mystery until I read the story, the adjective adds more intrigue and as a nosey human I would want to know what that item was, why it was amazing and how it could possibly leave you in tears. Plus it is slightly snappier than your title which isn’t bad by the way. That’s my humble on it. 🙂
Thanks for the feedback. I think I’ll take your advice!
“…start thinking about your blog title as your…er…cleavage! (Men too!)” Well that hits home! LOL.
Seriously though, very good point. I actually enjoy trying to come up with a good (but relevant) title.
Ha ha! I didn’t think of that! Loool!
hmmm..I got an email 🙂 were you the one who recommended me?
i’m seeing this for the second time today, hmmmm time to craft some catchy captions
Good on yer Seyi! A good example you yourself have provided is ‘No Poor Student Allowed Here!’ In the context it was used it was meant to get noticed and draw discussion about that headline.
I’ll remember it from now. 😃
So I need to put boobs in my titles? (joke) thanks for the reminder!
But of course! 🙂
With you, you can cheat a bit because you are image driven, the same principle applies though as I’m sure you know when showing your portfolio. You’d put those eye kissers right upfront!
I like the idea of attracting a community. Even an intimate group that engages with my content is more meaningful than a million views in which no one bothers to comment (or read).
I definitely agree with your Grab ‘Em theory. And to add to it I’d say:
brilliant title – better content
Both of these preferences can be hard to come by, but I guarantee you with a million views even 2% of those could give you the small community you wish for! It would be I think impossible to get a million views without connecting to some people more intimately.
And oh gosh yes, folk won’t stick around for a great title and boring content, but you don’t get to cook fish without catching it with bait.
So they have to land on your page before they know the content is rather wonderful. The title is key for that.
Thanks for deeming it not irrelevant. T’was an attempt to Grab Your Attention. Although perhaps it was irrelevant trying to grab your attention when I see you reply to every comment! Which is pretty amazing considering how many you get 🙂 . good on you.
Bless your heart! I try my damndest!
I want more it was amazing!!!!
Very good advice. But where I struggle is that my blog is aimed at getting parents to read my posts (stories) to their kids…what do I do about that?
Woah! I think you are restricting yourself a little bit for starters. Aim at getting PEOPLE to read your blog. Once they find it wonderful either you can tell / direct / cajole them to read your stories to their kids or they will work it out themselves.
Thanks. That is good advice and definitely something I’m going to take on board.
One addition to that is hang out with parents online also. Find where your desired audience hangs out and hang out with them and introduce your books /stories. But don’t have too strict a door policy in your head as I said before, as to get things going initially it will restrict your growth.
Thanks! Please tell me more haha
One of the first lessons we learnt in Journalism is that every story comes down to 2 things – money & sex, and in my experience, the first is often hiding the second somewhere or another! So as fickle as it sounds, I absolutely agree, in grabbing eyeball sexy wins hands down all the time, every time.
It’s kinda back to basics Mituri. It’s got to be eye catching. 🙂
Absolutely agree! Thank you for this very informative piece and reminding me of one of my first lessons, so needed a refresher course 🙂
Great Advice thank you for these post.
Hey Zak! And welcome to WordPress! 🙂
Thank u, 😀 and glad to read you’re advice’s.
Well, I won’t be retitling my book “The Shirtless Pauper Prince,” but I see what you’re getting at.
I notice that a lot of people add pictures in their posts, too. If I’m already following them, I’d read their stuff, anyway, but I can see that getting attention from others.
Yeah, you know what I’ve learned from NLP and other disciplines, is that people access information differently, so don’t be afraid to do you. That’s what keeps your stuff unique. These tips must be translated into the relevant, appropriate action for each person.
These are simply tips that work for me and they are quite general to try and cover the bases. I am hoping to do something more specific when I have time.
So thanks HHP!
Ok how do I sign up for your course on getting a lot of hits… I get a few.. I have man cleavage….
Looool! That’s twice you have made me howl this week! Yeseven!
It’s not a course per se but I’m going to hand your details to the Team and they’ll take it from there. It might take a good few days for them to get back to you as I’m told there is now a bit of a backlog.
…Plus I am totally feeling the Walmart post.
You are smart… I like smart… I could get a million hits if I posted pictures of kitties and puppies. I won’t do it! I could write poetry about my sexual whatever’s but no one wants that.. One time visitors mean nothing.. I want stead fast flying monkeys.. I mean followers… Can I tag along and see how you get the masses to read your blog?
You are most welcome. Follow the tips. Follow what the Members Division folk will hopefully be able to offer you – and if that doesn’t do it, well gosh darnit I don’t know what will!
Thank You 🙂
You’re welcome…you in a better place from ‘OPEN’?
Actually I am in a better place since that time but life has a habit of throwing us curve balls so I’m preparing myself for any event that might happen ( bit neurotic but yeah) .. didn’t know that “Open” would get attention but thanks for asking. 🙂
Being prepared = good. 🙂
It always is but get sometimes I realize how unprepared I still am 😛
Welcome to life! 🙂
And you are still one step ahead of those who aren’t even mindful enough to QUESTION their existence and their next step.
That’s true! 🙂 people can be so ignorant about why they are really here especially with how the next generation is acting.
An interesting analogy! Although I prefer to think of each post’s title as a rather fetching hat… Although to be fair my titles don’t always fetch as much as I’d like 🙂
Oh how very genteel! Lol! Yup – same thing though – albeit less racy! 🙂
Hhm . . . well the thing about me and cleavage is . . . I never had much when I was young . . . and now that I’m older, I’ve got some . . . but it hangs halfway to my knees . . . so where do we go with that? Hhm?!
Cheryl….you are just naughty! 😀
No . . . just tired.
Lady…get some (proper) rest. Come back fighting! Look in your email next few days.
Have you tried walking on your hands?
AJ – you KILL me! Loooool! 😀
So sex sells and maybe that striking image is the key to getting readers and followers?
Sex always sells. Even those who are against it’s usage to sell everything bring attention to a product by complaining about it!
But that’s not quite what I’m saying here. I’m saying use the analogy. Women don’t spend 4 hours getting ready to go out because they want to be ignored. Just think of every title as the thing that (should) turn heads.
Go Glenn! You know I love what you are doing and if I can help to make it…not sexy but as ‘appealing’ as sexy, we’ll be getting somewhere. Small steps.
Good advice. Thanks for the reminder!
Thank you Dana, as ever! 🙂
Thank you :^}
You’re welcome! 🙂
I would never be late with a “Thank You” note—so I should have been more prompt with: “Thank you for following my blog, “What to Do about Mama?” Since “everyone is a potential caregiver,” I hope that you find the information to be useful in the event that you need to draw upon it someday. I would not say caregiving is an “inspiring” topic, but I do think my book of the same name is a good addition to any reference shelf. Better yet: be prepared. Read it before you think you need it.
I once started a little charity for care givers. They are the secret unrecognized army of most societies, starting from alarmingly young to the upper ages and saving ungrateful governments be-doodles of money year in year out. The stats and their invisibility was quite astonishing.
You are right, no amount of dressing is going to make it a ‘sexy’ topic and folks don’t really care until they need to.
Thanks for your thoughtful response.
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