We recognize that we shouldn’t judge things based on a quick first impression. However, we are victims of our human nature and make quick judgments as a result. The bottom line is that it is increasingly important for us to write catchy blog post titles so that people choose to read our articles.
Your best content will remain undiscovered if you don’t make the effort to write effective titles.
I’ve put together five suggestions for creating eye-catching titles for your legal blog posts:
1. Ask a Question – A provocative question creates curiosity. People want to find out the answer and feel inclined to click through to read more. This is especially true when the question addresses a specific need or concern and promises to answer a problem the reader identifies with. For instance I wrote a popular post a little while back titled: “Lawyer Marketing Definitions: What are RSS Feeds and Why Should I Care?”. People who didn’t know what RSS feeds were clicked through to find out and have the question addressed.
2. Titles on magazines are a great resource – Magazine copywriters are competing with hundreds of other magazines on the rack for your attention. Online articles often work the same way. You can learn from people who have been doing this successfully for a long time. Browse through the titles of articles on magazine covers for ideas.
3. Use Numbers in Your Title and Lists for Your Posts – I’ve said it before and it’s worth repeating: People on the web love lists. It creates concise, bulleted information that can be digested quickly and easily. If you are reading this post right now, you are seeing an example of using a number in the headline to capture a reader’s attention. There is a funny, comedy site called Cracked that does a nice job of using this technique with many of their posts.
4. Solve a problem – The readers of your posts often have a problem or curiosity they are trying to solve. By offering a solution to a problem that a reader identifies with, you will entice them to read your article.
5. Explain to the reader the right way to do something – Offering practical advice about a common situation or event can be a great way to formulate a good title. People are looking for solutions to problems they have. If you promise to offer a solution in your title and follow up on that promise in your article, you will be well on your way to increasing your readership and writing effective titles.
Be sure to keep your titles short if possible. A good length is in the neighborhood of 7-9 words. In addition, capitalizing the first letter of each word is important.