We all know the importance of  blog titles.

If we optimize them with keywords or keyword phrases, we could possibly attract more search engine traffic. If we make them catchy sounding, others may click to read more.

When I published the Lose Weight While Blogging?” post, I later said on Facebook, “maybe I should have named it, “Can’t Stand Blogging?”

Today’s Lesson

The above mentioned post links to an article which states how sitting more than six hours a day can possibly cause health problems plus lead to an earlier death. As a solution, I shared how I decided to build myself a work walk station for my treadmill even though there are prefab ones available.

My comment on Facebook made me wonder, “If that same topic had been written by other bloggers, what would they have named it?”

Here’s what I’ve come up with based on what fellow bloggers blog about, and how they could formulate their titles.

I know my outspoken blogging friend Cath Lawson would chose:

“Get Your Rear In Gear”

And she would include the acclaimed photo of  Betsy Wuebker’s derriere (which can be found on Cath’s homepage)

Friar, who is also an artist and cartoonist would include sketches of Vikings and name his post:

“Don’t Say the Vikings Didn’t Warn You”

Patty of “Why Not Start Now? might  name it:

“Why Not Start Now?”

Public Speaking Expert and blogger Keith Davis,

“Step Up To The Podium”

Chase March, teacher and hip hop blogger,

“Hip Hop Your Way to Health”

Proofreader and writing coach Davina,

“Treadmill Walk Stations – Rendering The Right Impact”

Vered, professional blogger would use keywords:

“Use A Work Walk Treadmill To Extend Your Life”

Patricia of Patricia’s Wisdom would keep it simple.

“My Review: The TrekDesk Work Walk Station”

Debbie, mommy blogger and author of Three Weddings:

“Who needs a treadmill when you have three kids?”

Silly Girl,  a reporter in real life,

“Reporting Live From The Office of the Future”

Tom Volkar, author of Delightful Work and life coach might use:

“How A Treadmill Could Improve Your Life”.

Barb Hartsook likes to serve imaginary coffee on her blog.

“Sip, Standing”

Singer, songwriter Jannie could write a poem or song titled:

“The Wedgie Work Walk Station Blues”

Hilary, our resident historian,

“How the treadmill was invented.  How it’s helping people to stay fit. And its Place in the Office”

Colleen, blogger and Realtor from Washington State,

“Kennewick Realtors Stand Behind Their Listings”

Julie Walraven who provides a resume writing service:

“Stand Up For What You Believe”

Heather Villa, business coach and blogger,

“Don’t Take It Sitting Down”

The Bold Life author Tess, being true to her blog name might choose:

“Be Bold – Take A Stand”

George Angus, writer and author of Tumblemoose.com could title the post,

“We’ve Got A Standing Date”

Lori Hoeck, martial arts expert and author of Think Like a Blackbelt,

“Kick it Up A Notch! “

Sara Healy of Sharing Connection would include a photo and a challenge.

Story Photo. What Does This Look Like To You?

Tracy would tie in a link to her post which went viral.

What Does A Chicken in a Can Have To Do With a Treadmill?

Raul of Alien Ghost might title his,

“Don’t Just Sit There”

J.D. Meier of Sources of Insight would go all out.

“2000 Lessons Learned While Using The TrekDesk Treadmill Desk*”

Tony Single  of Trottersville would  include a cartoon in his post,

“How I Killed My Treadmill”

Evelyn Lin’s blog concentrates on abundance, awareness and self alignment:

“Forge Your Own Path With A Walk Work Station”

Mike Goad blogs remotely as they travel.

“Put Some Miles Behind You”

Linda, our resident  “green blogger”,

“Environmentally Friendly Desk Option Could Save Millions in Health Care Costs”

Joy over at Unfolding Your Path To Joy,

“Find  Joy, Stay Fit While Blogging”

Joella helps new bloggers on her blog,  Blog with Wings,

“Stand Up For Your Writes”

Zeenat of Positive Provocations always has encouraging words for her readers,

“Positively The Easiest Way To Take A Stand”

Lisa does intuitive readings and blogs at Practically Intuitive,

I See You Standing”

Mandy Allen likes to ask questions on her blog.

“Is Your Job Killing You?”

John Hoff, author the fabulous blog security book and video series WordPress Defender*,

Stand Up To The Bullies

Junk Drawer Kathy would come up with something funny.

“What I’ve Gained From Blogging Besides Thirty Pounds”

Kelvin Kao, is a puppeteer who also likes to make videos, He might make a video of a puppet on a work walk station and title it,

“It’s So Easy, Even A Puppet Can Do It”

Jay Schryer of Porsidan is in a wheelchair, and since a treadmill work walk station wouldn’t be conducive for his life style, he might teach others with disabilities how to stay fit.

“Alternative Ways To Incorporate Exercise Into Your Day”

Patricia Singleton of Spirtual Journey Of A Lightworker would share more of her knowledge,

“How To Stay Fit As You Journey Through Life”

Jodith of Administrative Arts could teach office managers,

“How To Improve Productivity In The Office”

Walter of Lionslinger shares life lessons on his blog,

“Another Lesson In Life. Don’t Sit. Get Fit”

Chania Girl shares happy thoughts at Living Happiness,

Don’t Worry! Be Happy! Work Standing!

Julie is always so cheerful as shares her thoughts from Italy. She might title hers,

“Hello Gorgeous, Wanna Go For A Walk?”

Miguel de Luis could do a post in Spanish.

“Si Si” (Sorry Miguel, that’s all the Spanish I know 🙂 )

Lance might turn this into a “Sunday Thought For The Day”,

“Embrace Life, One Step At A Time”

Lori at Jane Be Nimble shares wonderful stories on her blog,

“Be Nimble. Be Quick. Blog Your Way To Fitness”

Wendi Kelly at Life’s Little Inspirations blogs to inspire others,

“Latest Innovation Sparks Creativity”

From Roses to Rainbows author Linda might title hers:

“From Flab To Fab – Stand Up And Blog”

Julie, author of Random Meanderings enjoys hiking.

“Take A Hike”

Evita at Evolving Wellness would share her wisdom on health.

“Easily Fit Fitness Into Your Day”

Eliza of Silver and Grace who writes for women over forty, might title her post:

“Stand and Stop That Middle Age Spread”

Angela Sims at Living, Loving, Laughing… might say,

“Don’t Laugh, It Works”

So, there you have it. How one blog title could be written fifty-two ways.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Today’s Assignment

How do your choose your blog titles?

Do you try to use catchy ones? Or do you prefer using keywords?

Care to share?

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  1. Keith DavisNo Gravatar says:

    Absolutely brilliant – how long did it take you to come up with the titles?
    Like you I have considered Catchy titles versus SEO titles and I’ve generally gone with the catchy title in order to attract comments.

    Since my post title is my H1 tag, it’s important for SEO that it contains keywords. So I wait for comments to dry up and then change the title to fit SEO.

    “A splash of colour” will become “Using imagery in speeches and presentations”.
    Check out Keith Davis’s awesome post.A splash of colourMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Keith,

      Some of the titles were very easy for me to come up with, others not. After the idea hit me, I spent three days off and on working the post. It was actually a lot of fun.

      I like your idea of making changes to a post after it has lost its luster. I use a All in One SEO plugin which allows for an alternative title, but have also found that’s the title that shows up if I link to it on Facebook – and sometimes that’s not what I want.

  2. FriarNo Gravatar says:


    Okay…this has got to win First Prize, for the most work-intensive post ever written! Must have taken you days to put this together!

    But again, I’m flattered to have made the list. 🙂

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Friar,

      Although this post did take days to put together, I enjoyed reminiscing about what I know about the bloggers I listed and how I think they might title a post.

  3. Wow! What an outstanding capture of everyone’s essence with a title! LMAO that mine’s about that photo of my butt! I always did have trouble with titles . . . 😀

    I love the one you did for Jannie the best! Perfect!
    Check out Betsy Wuebker’s awesome post.Knowing What We Know NowMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Betsy,

      That’s true. Ever since you behind showed up on Cath’s blog, there’s no living it down. Enjoy the spotlight. 🙂

  4. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Well, if this post does not get someone moving, nothing will! So, let’s get moving! 😀
    Check out Linda’s awesome post.Why We Scream GreenMy Profile

  5. ColleenNo Gravatar says:

    In our niche, it is critical to include keywords in our title. Generally, we either blog about real estate, or a community event. Both need local keywords to be found in search.
    Check out Colleen’s awesome post.Tri Cities Washington New Real Estate Listings July 31- 2010My Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Colleen,

      That’s true. When you’re in a specific market, keywords which describe that market become imperative.

  6. Chase MarchNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    That was very creative. Maybe we should all include other possible titles at the end of each post as opposed to related articles. On second thought, I don’t think that would work so well.

    I’m not sure how I come up with titles for posts. Most of the time, I title it before I start writing. Sometimes after I have finished writing, I realize that the title doesn’t quite work so I change it.

    I personally don’t worry about using keywords. I pay no attention to SEO either.

    I find that I need a working title to help me write. Whether or not I change it before I hit publish all depends on how I’m feeling about the piece.
    Check out Chase March’s awesome post.Chasing Content – August 2009My Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Chase,

      I know what you’re saying. A title gives us a start. Even though we may change it prior to posting, it gives us the direction we need to reach the end result.

  7. Barbara:

    Enjoyed going through all the diverse titles. I am curious, like many others, how long did you take to do this? I always try giving catchy titles. Remembering titles of books, movies, newspaper headlines and short-stories come in handy. I always start a post with a title. Sometimes the title does not sound right so I tweak it a bit after the post is done.

    A wonderful topic to explore.

    Have a splendid weekend.

    Joy always,
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Susan,

      Like I mentioned to Keith, I spent three days off and on working on this – in between work and my home life.

      I like you idea of looking at books, newspapers, etc to help with constructing a title. Those who wrote the articles usually have lots of experience so we can definitely learn from them.

  8. I tend to go for catchy titles because those tend to make me want to read not only that post but, if the author seems cleaver, I will check out for more eye catching titles. Great variety up there in the post. So very many ways to say just about the same thing and yet they would all have different impacts on me and whether I would read the feature. Best to you this sunny Sunday. 🙂
    Check out Clearly Composed’s awesome post. Graceful BalanceMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Clearly Composed,

      Like you, catchy titles grab my attention. On the flip side, I don’t know about you, but if I’m researching something, then I prefer a title which spells it out. All in all, they probably both work well; just depends on the reader.

  9. EveNo Gravatar says:

    Great list! I try to pick mine based on keywords and if I just like it. LOL, no real method- just want to try to make it have a clue about the content and a little SEO value doesn’t hurt
    Check out Eve’s awesome post.Can You Really Lose 10 Lbs A Week Some TipsMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Eve,

      That’s true. Using some degree of SEO can be beneficial for attracting search engine traffic, but like you said, we have to like it, too.

  10. Lori HoeckNo Gravatar says:

    Love your twist on this topic — so you — graciously giving while teaching. Thank you.

    I consider SEO in most stuff these days since I’m using Scribe, but sometimes ya just gotta fly with something fun. This week’s post title has some of both.
    Check out Lori Hoeck’s awesome post.This time baby- I’ll be bulletproofMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Lori,

      I hear you. SEO can be so beneficial, but having fun with our titles is important, too.

      I like the title of yours CommentLuv is linking to. I’ll be by to read the post and find out how you’ll be bulletproof. 🙂

  11. DavinaNo Gravatar says:


    You must have had a ball doing this. You have given your creativity a workout while on that treadmill :-). These are wonderful! My favourites were: “The Wedgie Work Walk Station Blues” and “Sip Standing”.

    I like to invent creative titles or titles with attitude, and try to use keywords at the same time; I like the challenge of playing with the words. Otherwise, I put key words in subtitles and at the beginning and end of the post.

    Thanks for the link luv.
    Check out Davina’s awesome post.I’m Not Blogging You AreMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Davina,

      Yes. I did have fun doing this post. It gave me a chance to really think about how others blog, how they word things and how even though we may all blog differently, we all have a story to tell.

      Being creative with titles is a fun exercise, isn’t it? We get to play with words and then guess how our readers will interpret them. 🙂

  12. Jay SchryerNo Gravatar says:

    Ha! These are all great. However, I almost always choose a song title for the title of my posts these days, as I’m delving more deeply into the connection between music and spirituality. So for this post, I think I’d choose Olivia Newton-John’s “Let’s Get Physical” 🙂
    Check out Jay Schryer’s awesome post.Play the GameMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Jay,

      Now I’ve learned more about you. How fun will that be to delve into the music/spirituality connection.

      I like that; “Let’s Get Physical”. We’ll make that your “subtitle”. 🙂

  13. Barbara,

    I’m gob smacked. That’s British I believe for my jaw just hit the ground and I’m speechless. My compliments, girl, well done. How you managed to come up with SO many names and include so many bloggers. 52. I see a connection coming with 52 weeks? Hmmm.

    Thank you for including me in the list. You are so creative. How long did this post take you to write? What impresses me most is how good a handle you have on bloggers who follow you. I have a vague idea, still learning though.

    Check out Julie @ jbulie’s blog’s awesome post.whoosh and it’s all new- she saidMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Julie,

      And thank you for your kind words. In answer to how I have a handle on the bloggers who follow me is I also follow them. Although I may not read each post they write, I do take the time to learn a little about them. 🙂

  14. How great, Barbara! You are so creative and to honor all of us with mentions in this post, is wonderful! I still like the one that you spun this list off of… Standing up to blog… or whatever the title might be… It reminds me not to spend my day at the keyboard.

    As far as the titles of my own posts, a post by Brent Peterson of Interview Angel talks about the post effect ways of sharing. I alternate my posts between instructional posts about job search or social media and personal stories that connect somehow with job search and resume writing. I feel like I am an education source for job seekers so 10 tips for… and I also try to provide inspiration so Stand up for what you believe would be a title I might use.

    I am always looking for ways to help others so I wrote a second post today to let people know why I think they should go read and by doing so vote for Kimba Green as she competes in the Job Mob blog contest. This way I can help Kimba at the same time.
    Check out Julie Walraven | Resume Services’s awesome post.AN Extra from Kimba Green – a Job Mob Contest PostMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Julie,

      I like your idea of writing within your niche, but yet expanding to include other aspects which can affect the job seeker. It not only gives your readers an idea of your knowledge, but makes them responsible for their actions, as well.

      You’re right. We bloggers often become educators.

  15. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    Titles really do make a difference.

    Actually, my title would be more like “3 Take Aways from the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk” (I’m a fan of the Rule of 3) I tend to use the Rule of 3 for movies or reviews, and 25 for lessons learned from people and heroes (but subject to change 🙂

    In terms of lists, I think the most effective lists are one of the following: 3, 5, 7, 10, 21, 25, and 101

    I haven’t seen a list past 101 sound appealing, and it’s interesting that 101 ways is more interesting than 100 (but I don’t know why — it’s just a success pattern on the Web.)
    Check out J.D. Meier’s awesome post.30 Days of Getting ResultsMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi J.D.,

      I couldn’t resist making your title outrageous. Anyone who has read your blog knows how when you write a post, you not only cover all the bases, but then add in even MORE valuable information.

      That’s true about 100 vs 101. Just that extra one makes all the difference.

  16. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara (and Friar, if you’re listening)… RE: “Don’t Say the Vikings Didn’t Warn You”…

    I couldn’t help but wonder what a Viking cartoon might look like in regards to this concept *hint, hint; nudge, nudge*. Maybe they’d put some poor villager on it and turn the speed up to maximum and stimulate a chase. And then, I have visions of Vikings swinging treadmills from a chain screaming “Nyarrgh” 🙂
    Check out Davina’s awesome post.I’m Not Blogging You AreMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Davina,

      I agree. As I was thinking of Friar and the Vikings I also envisioned one of his fabulous cartoons.

      @Friar. Are you up for the challenge?

  17. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – These are awesome. It must have taken you ages to come up with them all. And I would definitely have written something like that – including the pic of Betsy’s ass.

    You did really well at choosing them, because I could guess many of the bloggers by just looking at your titles first.
    Check out Cath Lawson’s awesome post.How I Made My Knowledge Sell &amp You Can TooMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Cath,

      Haha. I knew you’d include Betsy’s photo had you done this post, and although my version of what you might say is “mild”, it was fun thinking about how you pick your blog titles.

  18. Silly GirlNo Gravatar says:

    Excellent post! My design editor would be envious of all the great titles you came up with. Good job! I loved mine. My blog titles come from what I’m feeling or music I’m listening to. You really put some work in this.
    Check out Silly Girl’s awesome post.New things I learned about my momMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Silly Girl,

      With you being a reporter it was fascinating to read how you pick your titles. I like your idea of using music as inspiration.

  19. JulieNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, you astound me! What fabulous imagination and so cleverly wrought. 🙂 What a lot of work; that must mean you had a ball with this.

    Not knowing a thing about SEO or much of anything else technical, I admit my titles just sort of make themselves known, sometimes even announcing the topic to me before I’ve had a chance to form my own ideas. That means I’m sometimes taking orders from my titles. 😉
    Check out Julie’s awesome post.Love SongMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Julie,

      Yes. I did have a grand time putting this together.

      Isn’t that amazing how the titles we choose can guide us? Sometimes we never know what our muse has planned. 😉

  20. Yup. You did not disappoint with this one Barbara. 🙂 (Referring to your comment on FB that all these links were a lot of work..

    How do I choose my title? Mostly as you said, I try to use keywords. But I also try to make them at least somewhat catchy. Of course, incorporating both isn’t easy!

    Thank you for the link. 🙂
    Check out vered | Blogger for Hire’s awesome post.The Hourglass Figure Is In Yay But Wait- Is That Good NewsMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Vered,

      That’s true. When we use SEO it can be difficult to make our titles sound catchy, too. It’s a fine line, isn’t it?

  21. LoriNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, Barbara, this must have taken a long time. I admire your creative spark and the time you expend to get to know your community.

    I’m floored — this is really great. As far as titles go, I usually try to make them catchy with a hook. I hardly ever think about keywords — I just let ’em rip. 😉

    Thanks for the link and another great topic.
    You’re a great blogger buddy and I’m honored to be here.
    Check out Lori’s awesome post.Front Porch- Dreams- Laughter- and Comic InspirationMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Lori, and thank you for your kind words,

      Catchy with a hook is a great idea. Even though they may not be SEO friendly, hopefully our readers enjoy them.

  22. MikeNo Gravatar says:

    Very cool and imaginative!

    Thanks for the link and including Exit78.

    Another version for my title might be, “Lose weight without trying while you blog and travel.”

    I don’t know how much I’ve lost — no scale — and I haven’t been trying, but my belt is down to the last hole before I have to start punching new ones. That’s about 2 to 3 inches from my waist line in a month…, without trying. 😉

    Right now we are 50 miles north of Yellowstone.
    Check out Mike’s awesome post.Ayers Natural BridgeMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Mike,

      I like your choice of title, too. And…how wonderful you’re losing weight without trying. Must be all that site seeing. 🙂

      50 miles north of Yellowstone? You’re headed to more beautiful country. Happy travels!

  23. Tony SingleNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, I feel honoured to have been included in this list of bloggers, all of them far worthier than I! It must have taken eons for you to put all of this together! A true labour of love indeed! 🙂

    I try to choose catchy blog titles because it’s always my hope that that’s what will draw folks in over and above anything else. Having said that, it can be a constant battle trying to choose something that’s somewhat descriptive, but not too artily vague or drearily normal. Not easy! 😛

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Tony,

      Yes. It was a labor of love, but truly a lot of fun.

      I agree. It is tough to find just the right title. And…what we think sounds great, may be construed entirely different.

  24. I try to go with catchy as opposed to keyword rich. Sometimes, it comes to me much easier than at other times. Either way, I try and start with the title first before moving on to writing the rest of the post.

    My rule is to have one point (per post) and stick to it.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Ricardo,

      I hear you. Catchy titles seem to draw in more readers. And…I like your idea of having one point per post. It makes it easier to write, plus doesn’t overwhelm our readers.

  25. Barbara, I appreciate the mention and the link. You are an amazingly creative blogger of the first grade. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Patricia,

      Thank you for your kind words. It’s a pleasure having you as part of this community.

      Happy Blogging!

  26. Hey Barbara,
    You are one fire cracker! Such an awesome fun post..and how beautifully you have captured each and every blogger buddy here. And I am one of them…yippee!
    You ahve truly gone way high up in m mind with this genius post 🙂
    Much Love,

  27. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you Zeenat,

    I’ve never been called a fire cracker before. 🙂

    I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the post. For me it was a fun project although it did keep me from reading other blogs. 🙁

  28. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    What a FUN post!! I love the creativity you’ve shared in putting this together, and looking at one post in so many different ways! A title can surely make a big difference – and WOW!!! have you highlighted just how different that can be, and how a part of that is really based upon our personalities!!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Lance,

      Yes. With all of the different personalities, it was fun putting this together, thinking of how each of you project yourselves in blogosphere.

  29. Barb, I’m so impressed with this list! I met with some bloggers this weekend and we were all talking about how our post titles were the last thing we thought about. Too often, we are just so happy to have a post written, that we all but forget about a good title. We just want to hit PUBLISH! I really must do better at that.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Kathy,

      That’s true. Titles can be very important no matter if we use SEO or are just trying to attract readers with a catchy on.

  30. Bravo! Wonderful example of an entertaining post along with meaningful link love. Thank you. You keep saying it and after reading this I believe you. You really do love blogging.

    Of course I must suggest a couple of alternatives for my title.

    Any Movement Works

    You Can’t See What Doors Will Open Until You Get Off Your Ass and Walk Down The Hall
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  31. Debbie YostNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. That is dedication! Thanks for taking the time to do this. It was a lot of fun to read. I was going to say something about Cath’s title being a little tame but I guess you were going for the rhyme. She, of course, brought her personality out in her comment, though! 🙂
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Debbie,

      Haha! Yes. The one for Cath is on the tame side; maybe a little tamer than what she’s write, but like you said, she came through in her comment. 🙂

  32. TracyNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara! How neat! I’m so flattered to be included.

    I’m all over the place when it comes to titles. Basically though, I go for catchy unless I think there is a chance that I could rank for a keyword and my post is actually relevant to what most people would expect if they were doing a search for the keyword.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Tracy,

      That’s the hard part isn’t it? Go with a catchy title or include some SEO? But like you said, we also want the post to be relevant to the keyword(s).

  33. Alien GhostNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    That was funny to read and see the different perspectives that different bloggers have related to the same element or idea. Maybe the next step is the “Unnamed Post” with the challenge of giving it a name and why 🙂

    For me, I don’t choose the title, rather is that what comes to mind and click and if it is catchy, even better. I still don’t have a clear idea of keywords, what they are and how they work, so don’t bother with them 🙂

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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Raul,

      I LOVE your idea of having my readers name the post. That would be a great lesson in titles, and the variety would be fun to read. I’ll put that on my list. Thank you. 🙂

      Keywords can be confusing. In a nutshell, let’s say your post is about a certain brand of shoes. You’d want to include the name of the shoes in your title, and then scatter it throughout your post. That way the search engines KNOW to send readers who are searching for that topic to your blog. There are other variables such as who else is writing about the same topic; with each one wanting to have their post on the front page of Google or not too far down – competing for the traffic.

  34. Kelvin KaoNo Gravatar says:

    Ha, I would, but they might protest, so maybe I won’t. 😉

    I tend to do it one of two ways. For posts that are more about me or something goofy, I would write a title that’s there to catch your attention, and does not necessarily spell out what’s really in the article. (Sometimes it’s part of the set-up for a joke.) These are mostly written to make an RSS reader read it. On the other hand, if it is a tutorial/information kind of post, I will use more keywords and have the title just directly spell out what info is given. This is so that the people looking for the info on a search engine can more easily find it.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Kelvin,

      I know what you’re saying as I do that too. Some posts aren’t conducive to SEO, whereas others are worth adding keywords to. I think by combining the two we end up with a nice blend since I don’t think readers would appreciate landing on our blog posts and every time they’re littered with keywords.

  35. George AngusNo Gravatar says:

    Fun list.

    My titles are catchy, humorous and actually serve as the foundation for 90% of my posts. A title roars into my head and then I build a post around it.

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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you George,

      Don’t you like when that happens? Just a few words can inspire us to write value based post. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I end up changing the title after I’m done.

  36. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    This is an extensive and impressive list. I’m happy to have made the list. To answer your question, I go for a title that I think will be eye catching and pull in readers. Maybe I should occasionally use key words. Often I will type in a title to have something to focus on, and after it’s written the real post title emerges. Come to think about it, I don’t know that many of my posts would lend themselves to key words.

    Thanks for putting this together. It was very interesting.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Linda,

      I have that problem too; posts that don’t lend themselves to keywords. For us, hopefully we have other posts which are attracting search engine traffic and brings us readers who are willing to dig a little deeper.

  37. FriarNo Gravatar says:

    Since you wrote this link post, I’ve had two new commenters visit my blog (which has almost doubled my readership!)

    Who says link posts don’t work? 🙂

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Friar,

      That’s great to hear. Although link posts don’t always work, I like that I can showcase other blogs in case my readers are looking for new ones to visit. Yours is always a fun/funny one to read.

  38. LOVED this! 🙂 What a creative idea! I had to laugh at how you got people spot on.

    Since I learned that blog post titles are important, I’ve really had to work on mine. Over at my personal blog, no one cares what I name my posts although I do try to be somewhat creative. But at PI, I actually give it some thought (don’t anyone tell me they suck, please!).

    Well done.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Lisa,

      Yes. Blog titles are important since they’re the very first thing visitors and search engines see. Although titles do not have to be optimized for search engines, if they’re catchy sounding we have a better chance of having the post read.

  39. EricNo Gravatar says:

    I love this article!
    I can understand the health issues due to working from home and staying in front of my computer for more than 8 hours. That’s how I got a really nice and rounded belly. I Need to get back in shape 🙂
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Eric,

      I agree. The article I linked to hits home with a lot of us especially when we’re sitting in front of our computers for long periods of time. Rounder bellies and wider butts are often the outcome. 🙁

  40. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    Oh this was so fun Barbara and I can tell a lot of detailed work went into this…

    I have forwarded you treadmill link to my whole family because my birthday is coming up…and even if I just had a standing deck to use my laptop on – and I know my hubby and daughter could design and build one..

    I write now on a old wooden door that my husband made into first our dining room table and now my desk…it is beautiful…

    My titles just come to me….I am working on learning SEO – again ( hunting through your archives again and again!)

    Thank you for the link….yes! I hope Friar does a Viking post/response

    You are just the best…you blogging lover you 🙂

    Thank you
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Patricia,

      You’re desk sounds beautiful. Now maybe your family will build you a treadmill desk, too. One of the articles I linked to shows how they can be built out of a plank of wood plus some brackets. They make it look real easy, as was mine to put together.

      SEO can be a little tricky. For those who aren’t used it it, at first it feels like you have to chance your way of writing (which you do to some degree), but if we want search engines to find us, SEO is required.

  41. Hi Barbara,

    What a nice surprise to come home from vacation and find! Thanks and what a great post idea. I loved all of your creativity and you were spot on with so many that I had a great chuckle!

    This was a lot of brilliant fun to read!
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  42. […] One Blog Title – 52 Ways […]

  43. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    You’re welcome Wendi,

    Welcome back. I hope you had a fun and relaxing vacation. And, thank you for your kind words. This was a fun post to write. 🙂

  44. I always try to give equal weight to both the human and search engine factors. After all, ideally we write for both.

    It certainly can be a challenge though, to come up with title that are clever, catchy and search engine friendly.

    How about this title?

    Blog Success And A Shrinking Butt?

    I can dream!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      LOL Joella,

      I was just thinking, if we could find a way to blog AND reduce our butts or weight, we’d be rich. 8)

      P.S. I like the title you came up with and do agree, it’s tough to get our titles “just right”.

  45. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara .. couldn’t miss out on this one – though been tempted to bypass all reader input … with so much going on in my life .. but am attempting to get back to some degree of normality.

    Thank you for including me and saying I’m you’re resident historian .. that’s a great title! Love it …. coming after the wedgie lady from Funsterland!

    You’re probably right .. I tend to mix and match at least three things into one – probably discover the Romans had a treadmill .. the waterwheel turned by horses or donkeys …

    Re my titles .. I get an idea … write the post – change my mind and adapt the post .. the title then comes .. sometimes during the writing .. sometimes later .. and sometimes I forget a brilliant title & that upsets me .. SEO isn’t a factor .. as I don’t understand it – not sure how I’d adapt it to the blog .. etc etc .. now when I have a brand that’s different!

    Enjoy Friday .. the day of Venus?! … byeee Hilary
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Hilary,

      It’s good to see you here even though I know you’re super busy these days. Thank you for making the time to share your thoughts.

      Isn’t that frustrating when we forget a great title? Like you, my titles can change from when I first come up with an idea to when I hit the publish button. Oh what fun…..:)

  46. JackNo Gravatar says:

    Very true. I’ve once read that the same book was selling much better when the only thing that wad been changes was title.

  47. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Jack,

    Amazing. What a difference a title can make. I’ve also seen publishers use different covers. I wonder how that works.

  48. Mandy AllenNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara, I’ve been flicking back through posts I have missed during August while I took part in the ‘100 blog post comments challenge’. I just reached my 100 unique visitors today, and I have visited the 100 and left comments too, so time for reading returns! Thanks for the mention. I do indeed like to ask a question in my posts. I feel it encourages comments.

    Enjoy the journey.

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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Mandy,

      That’s sounds challenging – 100 blog post comments. What time frame did you have to do that in?

      Yes. Asking a question at the end of our blog post does help to get participation from our readers.

      • Mandy AllenNo Gravatar says:

        Hi Barbara, the challenge is for the month of August, but I got my 100 unique visitors in 2 weeks, probably because I visited everyone else as soon as they joined in, so they returned the favour, plus a lot of my regular commenters visited too. I’m now curious to see how many unique visitors I can achieve by the end of August! A few more each day…

        Enjoy the journey.

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  49. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara and Mandy .. Mandy – well done for your 100 unique visitors .. and I like what you say about asking a question in your posts .. it certainly encourages dialogue ..

    Happy days .. Hilary
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    • Mandy AllenNo Gravatar says:

      Thanks, Hilary, it’s been terrific fun. We’ve bought a few domain names and intend to run the challenge on a regular basis, starting off by providing a report on how this one has gone.

      Enjoy the journey.

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