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Sleek, Sexy Titles For Massive Traffic

Updated on September 24, 2011

Did I hook you? Now that I have you reading I have to back up my sexy title and keep you aroused with some equally tantalizing content.

It has been said that you should eschew clichés when writing but even that is a little cliché, so here I go--you can’t judge a book by its cover and that may be true, but in this day and age of flashing screens and instant gratification one has to use all she’s got to attract attention. Without an eye-catching, interesting title you will get left behind like blockbuster(they got left behind).

I am new to hub pages, three weeks young, but I am learning fast. I have almost one thousand views, with my eight hubs-and that's exciting. It is fun to be read-- I am becoming a writer! Right now I am not focused on the commercial aspect although, I have to admit, I want to make money writing in the near future.

During my short time on hub pages, and my own experience, as a product of our fast pace modern civilization, I have seen that in order to attract a reader you have to start with a bang. I remember my tenth-grade English teacher giving a demonstration on public speaking. She nonchalantly walked to the front of the classroom with a large textbook in her hands. The class wasn’t paying attention, whispering, yawning--and then Bang! Mrs. Difrederico slammed the heavy textbook on the ground and all of our heads shot up, our eyes wider then an owl’s. She said, “Public Speaking!” In a booming voice, “you need to get the attention of your audience right away.” I think that advice very much transfers to article writing, especially in the way that Hubpages is set up.

As a newbie I find that most of my traffic comes when I first publish a hub. That means that most people see it while hub-hopping, I think, because the newest hubs are put into that system for a day or two. I enjoy hub-hopping, but I have to admit, there is a lot of smelly regurgitated manure out there. I have noted that when I am hub hopping I blast past the boring stuff only reading a line our two-- sometimes only the title. When I come across something interesting, I read for a bit, skim really, and then rate up or down, and sometimes on a rare occasion I read the whole article if it manages to tease and caress my fickle attention.

As we become more well known authors, hopefully, a fellowship is created by our good work and people come to trust us as a source of entertainment and stimulation. Thus, we can rely less on hub hopping and luck--but for now, in my case, and many cases, we depend on the systems that provide us with readers and we can’t take that for granted, we need every reader. We have to draw them in and keep them reading. That is why an incredible, sexy title is important.

My suggestion is simple. Really pay attention to your title, think about it, consider it. I am not talking about search engine optimization-I don’t know the first thing about that--yet. I am talking about making your title so good, that a reader, an actual person, is so intrigued by it that they have to follow up on your article and see if it is worthy of such an interesting, sexy title. And truthfully, if you come up with a great title, you should be able to follow that up with entertaining informative content, because obviously you are a creative person.

Here are some ideas and loose rules on how to come up with a good title:

It needs to be relevant- You could just put up an eye-catching title and then have an unrelated article. That is not fair to the reader. She will feel cheated and you will lose in the long run. So keep it relevant to your subject.

Alliteration- I love this word. Why do we remember the names Marilyn Monroe, Donald Duck, Peter Parker? Because they are alliterated they all start with similar sounds. They are easy to remember and fun. I considered this title-- Sleek Sexy Titles to Titillate Traffic To Your Hub! (I just changed my title, he he)

Keep It Short- Short, sweet and sexy! Keep it simple. I always try for less then ten words, preferably shorter.

Catchy/Sexy- Write down a bunch of titles, call up your little brother and ask him what he likes from your options, talk to your friends for their opinions, the more you talk about your writing the better it becomes. People are different and we have different tastes. Ask around, it can only help.

Take a Deep Breath- You have plenty of time to think about your title. Maybe it will come right away and the title itself will bring about the article. Or maybe you will write the article first and the title will come through your writing. Basically relax and it will come.

I hope you enjoyed this hub and that it was entertaining and useful. Please leave some examples of your good, eye-catching titles, and also, if you have any of advise of your own, we would love to hear it. Thanks for reading!

A link to another hub I wrote---is that what a backlink is?

How To Be More Original In 4.78 Easy Steps


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      Kathryn Kutny 

      6 years ago from New York State

      I agree having nice looking catchy titles works. People would rather look at a nice looking descriptive title than read some boring plain looking one.

    • Olaguma profile image


      7 years ago from Slovenia

      Great tips and tricks! Voted up ;)

    • cheerfulnuts profile image


      8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Wow, great tips and great hub Paul! Voted up. =D

    • T.Campos profile image


      8 years ago

      Great Hub! I'm a newbie too and still learning how to up traffic. Thanks for the title tips!

    • dearabbysmom profile image


      8 years ago from Indiana

      Great tip to get feedback on titles before going forth. If it doesn't grab your little brother (let alone any of your friends) chances are even worse for sparking interest from strangers. Congratulations on your nomination!

    • Deborah Demander profile image

      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination. I like your attention getting headline, and the informative hub that followed.


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      8 years ago

      Hi Paul,

      Congrats on your HubNugget nomination. Last time I wrote to you, it was to congratulate you on your Firefighter article. (Is there a theme here?)

      As it turns out, we're both now nominated for this current HubNugget contest. I've been to congratulate each of the other nominees and read their articles as well - which at least has had the calming effect of saving me the stress of pre-result anticipation. No chance of a win! But hey, it's all fun anyway.

      All the best.

    • PaulStaley1 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from With the wind---(or against it)

      Hotter then a red hot chili pepper, nice one! What a good feeling to be nominated! Thanks for stopping by guys!

    • tlpoague profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Welcome to HubPages Paul,

      Glad I found you thru the hubnugget nominations. Congrats by the way! I enjoy playing around with titles but have a hard time finding catchy ones that fit. This is a hub for bookmarking so that next time I get into a fix, I can look back at your tips. Thanks for sharing these. Voted up!

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      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Paul, welcome to hubpages and congratulations on your hubnugget nomination. If you haven't been contacted yet about this from Ripplemaker, you can read Redelf's hub: Friday the 13th and note that this hub is one of the 'tutorial' hubs that was selected for this week's contest.

      Interesting, funny and useful tips here. I like your writing style and look forward to reading more of your work.

      I also enjoy alliteration and even the way that word rolls off the tongue. I play around with titles and the one that comes to my mind, when you asked for examples, was my 'hotter than a red, hot chilie pepper' hub.

      Good luck with the contest-your article definitely deserves to be in with this week's group.

    • PaulStaley1 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from With the wind---(or against it)

      Hey Judowolf, I just went over to your page and was intrigued by your "what it is like working for hospice?" hub--nice hub by the way, as I am a fan of hospice- a wonderfully humane organization. Maybe adding a little alliteration--- Dealing With The Dying--What Is Hospice All About? But I like your title as it already was intriguing--thanks for stopping by!

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      8 years ago


      This might sound crazy but I have a brother named Paul. Just had to get that in. I enjoyed the article and felt it was informative. Sometimes I think my titles are not catchy. If you have any more suggestions I would like to hear them.

      Thank you.



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