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15 Fantastic Resources for Creating Killer Blog Post Titles

Blog post title determines where your content will get shared or skipped

Struggling to create catchy titles for your blog posts? Don’t worry you’re not alone.

Coming up with catchy and engaging blog post titles can be challenging, even for seasoned bloggers like myself.  

But, I can guarantee you that if you get good at creating awesome titles for your posts, your content will get more shares on social networking sites, generate more traffic to your site and have the potential to go VIRAL.

Now…I want to state for the record that I still have a lotttttttt to learn when it comes to creating titles for blog posts, but… I can tell you from experience with blogging for more than 2 years, that this is definitely a topic that you should place a lot of emphasis on. 

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The Top 5 Characteristics of a Killer Blog Post Title 

I’ve mentioned before but want to keep reiterating that before I start writing out my blog posts, I put a lot of thought and emphasis on creating great blog post titles. 

Why?  

Because as stated in my quote at the beginning of this post, blog post titles can make the difference between a post that falls flat or one that goes viral. 

When I think about + see killer blog post titles via my social media networks and online in general, here are some of the characteristics that they have:   

1.  The title has awesome power words in it

Power words used in headlines + marketing copy that get people to take action – in form or another.

Jon Morrow the founder of Boost Blog Traffic is hands down one of the BEST copywriters on the web these days.  He does an excellent job of creating awesome titles for his content.

An Example of a Title with Awesome Power Words in It

Jon Morrow Blog Post on Power Words

It’s obvious…

Power Words, Instantly, Better Writer what write doesn’t want to learn how to use power words to  get better at writing? 

This is exactly why Jon Morrows headline is an excellent example of how power words can amp up a blog post title.

 

2.  The title evokes emotion + curiosity.  

Think about it for a second.  The last time that you clicked on a blog post title, what was it about the reason that you decided to read on?  

Nine times out of 10 it was because there was some word or phrase used in the headline that piqued your curiosity + made you interested in taking a closer look at the content.

Example of a title that evokes emotion and curiosity:  

My bud + dear friend Fabrizio of Magnet4Blogging.net knows that a lot of bloggers want to learn traffic generation strategies that dont involve Google + created a headline + title for a guide that shows bloggers how this can be done.

 

3.  The title makes you click to read the content

Great blog post titles and headlines make people take action.  It’s as simple as that.  In fact, if a title is appealing enough, it’s almost as if you can’t help BUT to click to read the post.

I mean.. who doesn’t want to learn more about social media advertising.

Example of a Title that Makes You Click to Read More:

Example of a Great Tweet from Hubspot That Makes You Want to Click

Hubspot’s Marketing blog is one of my favorites.  These guys have a phenomenal content marketing team in place and do a fantabulous job of creating titles for their content.

 

4.  The title encourages you to share the post with others  

This may or may not happen in every case, but more than likely, when a blog post has a great title, it will more than likely get more shares and engagement online.

An example of a Tweet via The NYT that has gotten reshared and great engagement:  

NYT Tweet with a Lot of Engagement

NYT Tweet with a Lot of Engagement

5. The title presents a benefit to your readers

The majority of the time, when I share content with my readers, there is something in the blog post title that reads to me >>> Hey Kim….“your audience will benefit from this post”.

An example of a post that I posted to Twitter that my readers loved:

Excellent Resources for Creating Killer Blog Post Titles 

If you are new to blogging for business or blogging in general and you need help creating blog post titles, I’ve rounded up a list of 15 resources that you can use.  

Free Tools for Creating Catchy Titles + Headlines

1:  The Tweak Your Biz Generator

This is an awesome generator that I’ve used in the past to come up with “attention grabbing” titles for my blog post content. It’s super easy to use and most importantly FREE!

You can add a verb or a noun to the generator, then hit submit to get a list of blog post titles that you can use for your content.

 

2:  Headline Generator

I’m not really sure who created this title generator but it is super awesome.  In the single click of a button, you can get a list of more than 700 blog post titles. 

Title-Generator

Dope right?

Soooo yea, this is a fantabulous tool that any blogger or content creator can use to create some great blog post titles.

 

3:  FatJoe.co

Not the rapper….(tee-hee) but this is another blog post title generator that I’ve found for creating blog post titles for your content.

Fat Joe Blog Post Title Generator

When you use this resource you can just enter your topic or keyword, then hit the “Generate Blog Post Titles” button to get the list of possible titles for your content.

 

4:  The Automatic Kickass Headline Generator, by Sumo Me

This blog post title generator is a great one from the folks over at Sumo.Me.  If you are not familiar with them they are the peeps that created the free suite of social sharing tools, list building tools and more.

Now…they have added a free blog post title generator to the collection.  To use this generator, you just need to click the “View in New Window Button”, then click on the different titles like “Numbered Lists”, or “How To”…then start adding words to the different sections (Topic, Desired Outcome, Undesirable Outcome, Points in Content

 

5: Article Title Generator

Sooo this is a super dope article title generator from the folks over at BacklinkGenerator.net 

Within minutes of using this tool, you will get back 200+ suggestions for titles that you can use for your blog posts.

CLICK HERE to download the PDF list and version of these tools

 

Free Blog Post Topic Generators for Writing Catchy Titles

Coming up with an article is one thing…but generating topics is another.  To get your creative juices flowing and help you find topics to write about for your next blog post, check out this list of blog post topic generators:

1: Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator

This is prolly one of the most popular blog topic generators out there on the web today. The folks over at Hubspot write some of the BEST content i’ve ever come across.

It made a lot of sense for them to put together a resource that helps folks like us create engaging content and blog post titles for our blogs.  

To use this tool, you need to add 3 keywords to the generator.

After adding the keywords there, you will be presented with a week’s worth of blog topics.

 

2: Answer the Public

I first discovered this resource last year while watching a Webinar hosted by the folks at Teachable.  When I first heard about it, I rushed over to the site to check it out.

To be honest…I was a little confused at first….

But…

After using the tool, I discovered that this bad boy is VERY powerful.  When you arrive on the site, you will need to add a keyword, change the “Country” setting, then hit “Get Questions”.

Answer The Public

After you enter your keyword, Answer The Public will give you an extensive list of blog topics to write about in Question, Prepositions, and Alphabetical order format.

The list that you get back is massive…and is sure to give you some blog topic ideas based on what your ideal audience is “searching for” and need help with.

 

3:  Portents Content Idea Generator

Portent’s Content Idea Generator is super easy to use.  As soon as you land on the site, you can just add a keyword to the generator, then click the Generate Topics button to get a list of recommendations back.  

Portent Blog Topic Generator

To get additional suggestions for blog topics, just hit the “Refresh” button next to the generator — and voila… you will see more results.

 

4: Inbound Now Blog Topic Idea Generator

This is a nifty little blog topic generator created by the folks over at Inbound Now.  Like the other generators mentioned in this post, this tool is very easy to use and is >>> FREE .99.

To use it you will need to:

Head over to the site, hit the “Generate Title Idea” button to find a list of blog topics for your content.

 

5: Soovle

This tool may not look like much…but believeee me when I tell you that it is.  Soovle has been one of my go-to resources in my content arsenal for a while now.

Soovle Tool

The tool pretty much does this:

It gives you a list of the most popular topics that peeps are searching for online about a specific subject.

Resources Featuring Power Words to Add In Your Blog Titles 

These are some of the BEST articles that have an extensive list of power words that you can add to your titles to make them even more appealing to your readers.

  1. 317 Power Words That’ll Instantly Make You a Better Writer (Boost Blog Traffic)
  2. The Big List of 189 Words That Convert (Buffer)
  3. 58 Online Copywriting Power Words & Phrases (mequoda.com)
  4. 238 Catchy Words List to Write Unique And Powerful Titles (MyQuickIdea.com)
  5. 20 Powerful Marketing Words & Phrases That Sell or Repel (Vertical Response)

CLICK HERE to download the PDF list and version of these tools

Bonus Tools: Blog Post Analyzer Tools

1. Coschedule’s Headline Analyzer
2. EMV Headline Analyzer

Some additional Tips for Creating Excellent Blog Post Headlines and Titles 

These are some additional tips that you can use to write great headlines for your blog posts: 

  • Use odd numbers in your list based headlines + titles.  Convince and Convert reported that list based content with odd numbers have a 20% higher click through rate
  • Write specifically for your audience + what will benefit them.  This is a matter of doing your research to figure out what they care about, what keeps them up at night, and what will benefit them.
  • Put a ton of effort into creating great blog post titles for your content.  I mentioned this earlier on in the post + cannot stress it enough. Really try your best to write the titles or at least some working titles for your content, then run them through title and headline analyzers to see get a feel for how they may perform.

Now…

I would love to hear from you guys…. What strategies and techniques are you using to create headlines + titles for your blog posts?

Please leave your comments below….

Kim
 

Kim, YourChicGeek is a tech savvy diva + founder of YourChicGeek.com. She is passionate about teaching small biz's how to create a web presence for growth + impact. Kim has created several online courses that help small businesses grow and flourish online. You can contact Kim to hop on a quick 15 minute call to chat about your online marketing goals.

  • Nice one, Kim! Thanks for sharing it! I know several people that can use this so I’m passing along the love!

    Bren

    • Heyyyy there Bren! Thanks soooo much for sharing this post. Glad that you enjoyed it. Cheers to ya 🙂

  • Heyyyy there Bren! Thanks soooo much for sharing this post. Glad that you enjoyed it. Cheers to ya 🙂

  • Hey Kim,

    I used to be SO bad with my headlines. I had such a great community though that I knew I could count on them to continue reading my content and sharing it. The problem with that is that if it’s not enticing enough for someone who is new then you’ll rarely get new readers.

    I’ve been working on my headlines for about two years now and some are much better than others. Recently I shared with you personally that I got two new clients just from them having seen my headline on Twitter. It grabbed at their emotions, they clicked through to my blog, read my post, checked out my services page and then emailed me for a consultation. They both hired me that same week.

    For anyone who thinks headlines aren’t that important I want you to read my comment again. I got two new clients because they saw my headline and it spoke to them.

    Bring out the emotion of what that post says and watch how well this works. Bingo!

    Love your tips and the resources you shared. I think I’ve been using them all for awhile now. Yep, I’ve had a swipe file for years for headlines. As Jon Morrow has always said, don’t reinvent the wheel. Use what already works.

    Off to share this one my dear.

    ~Adrienne

    • Well helloooo there Ms. Adrienne!

      You are absolutely and without a doubt correct about taking the time to really work on creating great blog post titles that capture the attention of your readers. Whenever I start writing blog posts, this is usually the first place that I start and one area that I spend the most time on.

      As you stated, creating great blog post titles and headlines (especially ones that evoke emotion from your readers) will definitely bring them to you. This is what you and coach Don do veryyyy well (I must say).

      And wowza… 2 new clients from your headlines (holy moly) you are on a roll Adrienne….seriously! 🙂 . Again thank you for your comments on this topic …as you can see it is one that is near and dear to my heart.

  • Hey Kim,

    Writing a catchy title is vital for your blog posts to get clicked on. Especially when you share your posts on Twitter. You want to be able to pique emotional interest that will put your audience to action.

    I’m not the best at writing titles but I use 2 different tools to help me. One I use Coschedule’s Headline Analyzer and Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer. With these tools they rate your headlines so you can make the necessary changes to improve them.

    I also wrote a post on headline formulas which I sometimes refer to. This has helped me focus on putting more emphasis on certain parts of the headline like Power Words for one. I’ll check out the other sites you recommended here also.

    Thanks for sharing Kim! Have a good one!

    • Hey there Sherman! You are spot on regarding blog post titles and getting folks to click on them. A great title will definitely determine whether your posts are skipped or read for sure. I totally forgot to add CoSchedule and the EMV Headline analyzer tools to the list as these are definitely resources that I use to analyze my titles to make sure that they are on point.

      Thanks for the suggestions. Off to check out your latest posts 🙂

    • Definitely going to have to check out both headline analyzers. Thanks for sharing!

  • Enstine Muki

    Hi Kim,
    That’s a wonderful post and I like the way you teach us on crafting attractive titles. One thing I always say is that post titles are like the main door that leads into a room.

    If your title is not attractive enough, it means your door is closed. If you have a very attractive title, your door is widely open and many people can come in.

    It’s fruitless to write a killer post with poor title. Remember that a good title also brings in visits from search engines. Being on Google page #1 with poor title leads to very poor CTR and that alone can cause Google to shift your entry off that page.

    I think we have the obligation to write good titles in order to stay in this business and thanks for suggesting these resources to help us out.

    Do have a wonderful weekend and congrats on your ongoing 30 program

    • Amen to that Enstine! Hows it going for ya this week. I always tell peeps that your headlines/titles will make or break whether your content is read or skipped so you want to spend as much time as possible putting a lot of emphasis on them.

      And I loveee your point about Click through rates as your titles will help or hinder those.

      As always, thank you soo much for the well wishes on the 31DayPRO Challenge. We cant wait to get the next one started up in May. There’s something else in store with the challenge that I am excited to introduce after my partner and I iron out all of the deets on it. 🙂

  • Power words are so important in marketing. It’s eye-catching, short and there is no guess work. It zeros right in to the audience that would benefit from your content if your title is good.

    • Heyy Natasha! Yes, you are correct. Your titles have to make folks click on them or else, your content will get skipped. Thanks for chiming in 🙂

  • so much info in once post. thanks for sharing. 🙂