Title Basics for Bringing the Best of Your Articles on Medium: 3 Mistakes to Avoid
A short guide for beginners
First of all, Merry Christmas 🎄⛄. I hope I am not late.
With the holidays already here and the chill that’s in the air, it’s the best time to sit back and relax a little.
Maybe reflect a little because 2023 is just around the corner.
That is why today’s issue will not be a heavy one—for both of us.
I was feeling a little lazy yesterday and didn’t write a single word.
But with New Year fast approaching, I think it’s high time I built some momentum to be regular in 2023.
Or that’s what I hope.
Let’s not waste a single moment and jump on to the title of the article.
Again, happy holidays. See you in 2023!
P.S. I’ll try to keep this one short as it’s time to celebrate.
Capitalise the title.
This is a terrific tool that will get this work done for you.
This website can format your title in all the different styles available.
That makes this website a one-stop shop for all the titles you write. Not only on Medium but everywhere.
Some pointers to keep in mind:
#1: Keep your title as precise as possible
This not only helps you convey your message effectively but is also SEO-friendly in most cases.
I have seen many writers put all sorts of creative titles while being light on word count.
It is effective in making sure your readers get to read in the article what they had expected after reading your title.
#2: Ask a question or be assertive
These are two of the best ways to grab a reader’s attention in the shortest possible time.
The former helps you sound more relatable while the latter displays you as one step ahead of the reader trying to add some value in their lives. Use it as you find fit.
#3: Set the stage for what readers should expect
Setting your reader’s expectations right should be one of your top priorities. Try to cover them in the title and subtitle of your article.
Make your first line interesting. Make it feel like a random dot forming part of a story later on. That was just a random idea. You can play with this part.
Start delivering from the second line.
Take for example the title of this very article: Title Basics For Bringing the Best of Your Article on Medium: 3 Mistakes to Avoid
It sounds assertive
“3 Mistakes to Avoid” sets the stage for what readers should expect from this article.
There are no jargons.
Use these strategies to craft the best title for your article. After all, all of your efforts to craft a perfect title will go down the drain if no one clicks on your story after seeing your title.
Here are the 3 mistakes you should try to avoid:
Don’t over-complicate things for your readers.
It’s the internet and people have an even shorter attention span. Don’t stuff all you have to say in one go. Take it slow.
Avoid big words. Go plain English as much as you can.
Use of Boswellia serrata ❌
This lesser-known herb will help you cure arthritis ✅
Don’t try to sound smart at the trade of sounding clear.
What I Published on Medium This Month
Twitter shut down Revue. Meta is going to shut down Bulletin, its newsletter service company. Where is this all heading?
If you write on Medium, this is a friendly call to reflect on how this year was for you. And maybe write an article about the same.
See you soon in 2023. 👋😊