Why Blog Headlines Matter

Darren Rowse at Problogger hosted the final Group Writing Project of the year last week. I have no idea how many entries there were. Let’s just call it “a lot” and leave it at that! You can view the entire list below. Clearly, the only way to get noticed in this list is to have a great headline. I don’t.

My headline, Evolving Times: The Year In Review, has appeal only to those who know Evolving Times. And even then, it’s sort of…”yawn.”

The idea of the group writing project is to get the list and begin reading through the entries and pick your top ten. Well, I sure have not had extra time to read through very many of these entries.

So I’ve decided to pick out the ten best headlines, according to me!

I make absolutely no claims about the content of the entries, although, in my experience, folks that write good headlines usually write good content as well.

Here are my top ten thirteen titles from the Problogger Group Writing Project. Enjoy:

To Think a Lost Cell Phone Started it all by Mama Duck

5 Technology Discoveries That Changed My Business in 2006 by Desiree Scales

The Biggest Blogging Mistake I Made In 2006 by George

The Year in Review: The Best Websites You’ve Never Visited (and some you have) by Erin

Only You Can Write Your Life’s Coming Attractions by Tony

The Top 7 Writing Contests to Enter in 2007 by LearningNerd

How I Made It Through 2006 As A Newbie Blogger Without Losing The Rest of My Hair by Robert

I’ll blog naked throughout 2007 by Andréa

Fart Queen and Other Princess Stories – Year End Review by E.B

Public Speaking Disasters of 2006 by Charlie

2006 Was a Very Good Year to be a Willie Nelson Fan by Linda

Six Moments That Changed My Foodie Life in 2006 by Sarina Nicole

Saving the Planet One Lunch Break at a Time by Lorna
And in case you want to create your own top ten list, here are the rest of the entries. You’ll also notice, down at the bottom, a list of all the folks that donated prizes to the project. Definitely check out those sites!

The Prizes

  • DeveloperCube – a forum for web developers – is offering a $100 Amazon gift voucher.
  • eMoms at Home is offering two free passes (worth $349 each) to a 12 week group coaching program that she’s running in January. The course (via phone) is about how to be more productive and build a business. Read more on it here.
  • Thrive Web Marketing are offering a medium level webhosting package for a year that includes 100MB of webspace, 4000MB data transfer a month and more (worth $240).
  • Rob Schaumer is offering a $100 gift card (of the winners choice) at GiftCertificates.com.
  • The Blogging Times has offered $100 cash to their winner. Thanks to Minic for this prize.
  • Information for Her Australia for Australian Women is offering $100 cash (via PayPal). This is a site for Australian women giving information on health issues, rural women, indigenous women and more.
  • Poker on a Mac (a poker site for Mac users) is offering a 30gb video ipod to their winner.
  • Dave Taylor from Ask Dave Taylor Tech Support and The Intuitive Life Business Blog is offering a copy of his book ‘Growing Your Business with Google‘ and $100 cash as his prize.
  • 451 Press is offering one lucky winner a Nintendo Wii (worth $250). 451 Press is a blog network.
  • bloglinkr is offering $100 cash or $500 in advertising credit on their service when they launch in the first quarter of 2007. bloglinkr is a new ad network exclusively for blogs and sounds like an interesting project to watch in the next few months.