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101+ Popular Blog Title Templates That Work (Just Fill In The Blanks!)

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Finding great blog title ideas (and then writing one that is attention-grabbing and actually works in getting people to click) is hard! Instead of stressing, use these 101+ free blog title templates -- just fill in the blanks and voila: catchy headlines! (This post also comes with a printable booklet for free download!)

 

Tell me: how many times do you go to write a magnetic title for your blog post and instead come up with something so insufferably dull that it gives you honest-to-goodness nightmares?

 

(You get ’em, right? Those dreams where all you do all night is think about writing — and re-writing — the best gosh darn headline in the entire history of headlines?)

 

Well, whether or not writing blog titles keeps you tossing + turning all night like an scary-obsessive blogger (I wouldn’t know anything about that, by the way), I think that, actually, it should.

 

Until you read this post and swipe all the foolproof, fill-in-the-blank headline formulas I listed for you, of course!

 

BUT until you do that, yes. Headline writing should preoccupy you, my friends.

 

Here’s why:

 

8 out of 10 people will read your headline copy.

 

But on average, only 2 out of those 8 people will be interested enough to go on and read your post.

 

Your content could be mighty, remarkable, heroic — more heroic than any other blog post for miles clicks around — but if your blog title can’t lure them in?

 

It just sits there.

 

Unread. Unappreciated. Unloved.

 

All that hard work, wasted.

 

As a blogger + someone who depends on blogging to help me make a living for my little kids and I, that depresses me. I’m sure it depresses you, too.

 

That’s why, above everything else you do for a blog post, it’s your job to make your headlines as click-worthy as possible.

 

But hey, I’d prefer this task didn’t give you nightmares. Like other people I know. Ahem. That’s why I did the work of surveying smart, popular blogs like Hubspot, Copyblogger, Inc., etc., and created over 100 fillable blog title templates based off their most effective, compelling headlines.

 

The blog title formulas are easy to customize no matter what kind of blog you run, plus they make headline writing a heck of a lot faster; I think you’ll love using them.

 


 

Oh, and at the end of this post I’ve also included dozens + dozens of adjectives and descriptive words that you can use in your headlines to make them POP like they’re supposed to. Make sure to check them out and refer to them the next time you write a blog title!

 

P.S. There’s also a PDF download with all these headline templates at the end, too. (So you pencil + paper types can print it off and use it to brainstorm titles.) It doesn’t require your email address or the promise of your firstborn female kitten. It’s just free.

 

THE GINORMOUS LIST OF FILL-IN-THE-BLANK BLOG TITLE TEMPLATES TO USE FOR POPULAR POST HEADLINES

 

Key:

# = a numerical value of your choice

___ = a word OR phrase

 

 

___ : The ___ No One Is Using!

How To ___ Without ___

___ vs. ___ : Which One Is Right For ___ ?

The # Most Effective Ways To ___

___ Shouldn’t Be Complicated

___ Your ___ In ___ Days or Less

Everyone ___ . Here’s Why I ___

# ___ Inspired By ___

What’s Better: ___ or ___?

# Things That Trip You Up In ___ (And How To ___)

The Ultimate ___ Guide

The Only ___ You Should ___ Today

# Things ___ Says About You

How To ___ Even If You ___

If You Aren’t ___ You Aren’t ___

Can You ___ ? Test Your Knowledge Of ___

# Simple ___ That Will ___ Improve ___

 

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Why ___ Is Really Worth ___

Triple Your ___ Without ___

How To Give (And Get) ___

# Ways To Master Your ___

What’s The ___ Of ___?

Why You Should ___

Indispensable ___ From ___

Is Your ___ Causing ___ ?

# ___ That Explain ___ Perfectly

How To ___ : ___ Tips The Experts Swear By

What’s The Difference Between ___ and ___ ?

Why People Hate ___ (And How To Make It Better)

How To ___ : A ___ Survival Guide

Use ___ To Delight ___

The ___ Rule That ___

# Insanely ___ Reveal The ___ That Matter Most

Stop! ___ Is Not ___

Jumpstart Your ___ With ___

 

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What I Learned ___

# ___ Everyone Should Steal From ___

How Long Until You ___?

I Will Teach You To Be ___

How To ___ : My ___Advice To ___

Confessions Of A ___

Why Being ___ Is Not ___

# ___ That Get ___ To ___, ___, and ___

Best Tip Ever: ___

# Questions You MUST Ask Before ___

The Guaranteed Method For___

# Juicy ___ That Will ___

Your Essential ___ : # Things You ___

Why ___ Equals ___

The ABCs Of ___ That Work

Want To ___? Now You Can!

The Art Of ___: How To ___

 

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# ___ That Rock  ___

Improve Your ___ By ___

Should You ___, ___, Or ___?

How To ___ Like A Pro

# Terrific Reasons To ___

Brilliant ___ To Make Your ___ More ___

This Again? ___ Myths You Need To Ignore

Here’s The Perfect ___ For Anyone Who ___

Why I’m ___

The Best ___ I’ve Ever Gotten

The # Things ___ Need To ___

Never Worry About ___ Again

# ___ That You Need Immediately

The Real Truth About ___

Why I’ll Be Using ___ To ___

Everyone Focuses On ___. Instead, ___

 

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Why Your ___ Isn’t ___ And How To ___

# Tips For ___

If ___ Then ___

# Quick Ways To ___

This Secret ___ Will Change Your ___

# Stunning Examples Of ___

The One ___ That Is ___ Your ___

Is ___ Affecting Your ___?

How To Apply ___ To Your ___

No More ___

I Thought ___ Was ___… And I Was Wrong!

# Irresistible Benefits Of ___

How To Create ___ To Explode Your ___

# Little Known Ways To ___

___ Secrets From A ___

# Ways To ___ On A ___ Budget

The Proven Method For ___

Get Rid Of ___ For Good!

 

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___ Detox: How To ___

The Science Of ___ : How To ___

# Things To ___ In ___

The ___ Secret Sauce? ___

One Thing Is  ___ And Everyone Is Ignoring It

The Best Step-by-Step Guide To ___

The # ___ That Helped Me ___

Is ___ Making You ___?

My ___ Shortcut To ___

Beginner’s Guide: ___

# Quality Free ___ For Your ___

Understanding ___ — Before You ___

Turn ___ Into ____

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On ___

The Complete Guide To ___

When ___ Backfires: How To ___

Create A ___ That Gets Results

# Top ___ To Follow On ___

 

 

Brainstorming great blog title ideas from scratch is hard! Instead of stressing, use this list of the best, most popular blog titles -- just fill in the blanks and voila: perfect headlines!

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ATTENTION-GRABBING DESCRIPTIVE WORDS FOR YOUR BLOG HEADLINES

 

Blog titles get dull — and passed over — unless you add in some pizzazz. Use at least one descriptive word in every headline you write.

 

“Positive” or “Neutral” Descriptive Words:

 

Accomplished  /  Adaptable  /  Adorable  /  Ambitious
Assertive  /  Astounding  /  Beaming  /  Bewitching
Breathtaking  /  Breezy  /  Bubbly  /  Candid
Canny  /  Crafty  /  Crazy  /  Critical
Crush  /  Cunning  /  Cutting-edge  /  Dashing
Decisive  /  Delicate  /  Divine  /  Dramatic
Dynamic  /  Dynamite  /  Effortless  /  Eloquent
Enterprising  /  Epic  /  Exceptional  /  Exhaustive
Exhilarating  /  Fabulous  /  Fearless  /  Flawless
Gargantuan  /  Geeky  /  Genius  /  Gratifying
Gutsy  /  Handy  /  Hilarious  /  Influential
Insane  /  Invaluable  /  Inventive  /  Irresistible
Juicy  /  Legit  /  Lively  /  Lucrative
Luscious  /  Magical  /  Massive  /  Mesmerizing
Modest  /  Monster  /  Nerdy  /  Nifty
Nimble  /  Obsessed  /  Old-fashioned  /  Peaceful
Persnickety  /  Playful  /  Priceless  /  Provocative
Punchy  /  Rare  /  Refreshing  /  Remarkable
Resourceful  /  Revered  /  Ridiculous  /  Sassy
Satisfying  /  Selective  /  Shameless  /  Shocking
Sizzling  /  Skillful  /  Sneaky  /  Splendid
Striking  /  Stunning  /  Stupendous  /  Suave
Superb  /  Sweet  /  Tactful  /  Terrific
Tidy  /  Transformative  /  Trustworthy  /  Uncomplicated
Unforgettable  /  Universal  /  Unusual  /  Versatile
Vibrant  /  Wild  /  Witty  /  Zany

 

“Negative” Descriptive Words:

 

(Note: these words bring up strong emotions in people; use them when appropriate on powerful, passionate posts…but use them sparingly.)

 

Abusive  /  Annoying  /  Arrogant
Beastly  /  Bombastic  /  Boring
Bothersome  /  Broken  /  Careless
Caustic  /  Chaotic  /  Clueless
Clumsy  /  Cowardly  /  Damaging
Dead  /  Deceptive  /  Detrimental
Dirty  /  Disgusting  /  Dull
Frightful  /  Fussy  /  Greedy
Gross  /  Grouchy  /  Horrible
Icky  /  Illogical  /  Inadequate
Inexperienced  /  Lazy  /  Lousy
Nasty  /  Naughty  /  Noxious
Offensive  /  Ostentatious  /  Pathetic
Peevish  /  Putrid  /  Puzzling
Risky  /  Salesy  /  Senseless
Severe  /  Shameful  /  Slimy
Sloppy  /  Snobby  /  Soulless
Strange  /  Suspicious  /  Terrible
Ugly  /  Wasteful  /  Worthless

 

 

Download these popular blog title templates as a free printable PDF booklet!

 

 

Don’t forget to save the 10-page free printable PDF above to your computer (it includes all 101+ fill-in-the-blank blog title templates, all 150+ of the descriptive words, plus a few extra headline writing resources around the web), then tell me what kind of headlines make YOU click — and the kind you absolutely despise.

 

I know I definitely have my headline pet peeves. But you won’t believe what I have to say next.

 

(Har har. Get it? Oh I’m so clever, I know.)

 

 

Erika Madden

(Chief Olyvia)

 

 

Finding great blog title ideas (and then writing one that is attention-grabbing and actually works in getting people to click) is hard! Instead of stressing, use these 101+ free blog title templates -- just fill in the blanks and voila: catchy headlines! (This post also comes with a printable booklet for free download!)

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  • Jennifer Lutz

    An amazing list! I love following your blog with all the helpful resources. Thank you! How to consistently come up with great content?

    And what are your thoughts on using blog post templates to help writers?

    • Hi Jennifer. 🙂 Thanks for reading, I appreciate it! If you’re asking how I come up with content, that’s a really great (and hard) question. I generally look to write about things that A) my readers want to know about/are struggling with, B) I know and can teach, and C) help establish my expertise in my particular niche.

      Are you asking about entire blog post templates? I think that could be helpful for many people; my friend Regina has something like that over at http://byregina.com/share-worthy-blog-post-template/. 🙂

      • Jennifer Lutz

        Another amazing resource. I’m trying to get a sense of if a lot of blog writers use templates in their blog post process…. I have a feeling they are, which would make sense to create consistent and great content.

        I’m in the software development world and wonder if an interactive blog post template where writers can create their guided templates or use other cool blog templates (created by you and other awesome bloggers) to help them write different kinds of blog posts. Hmmm. Would love to hear your thoughts 🙂

        • That’s a really fascinating idea, Jennifer! I like where you’re going with this…!

  • This is awesome!! Pinning for reference, too. Thanks so much!!

  • These are amazing! I definitely feel like I hit a wall sometimes when it comes to titles and creating consistent content. I am definitely saving these title ideas!

    • Awesome Libby; I’m so glad to hear these are helpful to you. I know that I hit a wall, too — so this post was def a self-serving activity as well. 😀 Thank you for reading!

  • Leila

    These are great! Pinned for use later! I always get stuck on descriptive words so this will be a fabulous reference!

    • Oh me too, Leila! I always think of the same 3-4 words (‘epic,’ ‘irresistible,’ and ‘amazing’) and it drives me nuts. I thought it was about time to find something better! 😉

  • malia

    Wow this is incredible. Thanks so much! I pinned it.. really appreciate this!

  • Are you serious right now??? EEERRRIIIKKKKAAA…. I don’t know how you do it, but you do it!! Your lists are incredible and this one takes the cake!! Seriously… Just take off the free pdf and send us all to your GUMROAD, because that’s how good it is!!!

    If no one told you today, you’re amazeballs!!! I hope you have a fabulous night.

    • HAHA Oh Aukele, have I ever told you how much I love your comments? (And you!) You make me smile. A lot. <3 Thanks for helping me feel so good, lady!

      • Oh thank you!! It’s just really easy to write them because your content says it all…

  • What an amazing guide! Thank you for sharing!!

  • heather@swellcondition

    Woah that was sooo cool!! I struggle sometimes, like REALLY struggle for a great post title – thanks and Pinned this for keepers!!

  • This is such a great resource! I bookmarked it to use later. Titles always stump me.

  • Love! Seriously amazing! I was just begging my hubby a few hours ago to come up with a catchy post title for a post I was working on. Bookmarked and headed back here to check every post title from here on out. Thank you so much!

    • PS I was going to pin it but then I selfishly didn’t want others to find your post so I closed the window. I guess that’s the point of sharing awesome content though, right? Headed to go pin it now. 🙂 #spreadthelove

      • Yay Amanda — I’m glad you came across this post at the perfect time! (It always seems to work like that, doesn’t it? :)) And your comment on not wanting others to find this post made me LOL. I can relate — I feel that way when reading certain blog posts, too! Thank you for going ahead and sharing, though. 🙂 I am grateful!

  • Niamh Gallagher

    Really helpful post – thanks so much, Erika. It’s so easy to get a total mental block on headlines!!

    • Yes it certainly is! Thanks for reading, Niamh!

  • Jenn @ HomebyJenn

    That is the thing that keeps me up at night on some of my posts. You know the paragraph long title…I totally love this and how kind of you to have a download available! Thank you so much!!!

  • This is so wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing! Pinned!

  • Christie A., wedding lawyer

    This is awesome. Thank you so much. I really struggle with creating savvy titles. Sometimes I sneak a peek at Oprah’s magazine to get a feel for what works for them to draw in readers. Because, Oprah. 🙂 But, this is really great as well!

  • This is SO SO SO helpful! WOW! Thank you so much for this great blogging resource!!

  • Thank you, thank you! This is such an amazing list and so helpful. I’ll be pinning it like crazy and using it for my new site http://www.forkidsandmoms.com Misty @forkidsandmoms

  • Wow, this list is huge! Thanks for sharing, I’m going to have to look into some of these more.

  • Thank you so much for this! I am terrible at writing headlines, they are always kinda dull and matter of fact. On the one hand it’s good to be clear, but on the other you also need to pique people’s curiosity right? I’m excited about titling my next blog post now!

  • Wonder how long this took to curate, because this is an amazing list. I’ve seen some of these used by industry leaders as well. Love the template format because I can use one for the content itself and use a different one for promotion (Twitter/FB/LinkedIN).

    This is incredibly helpful! Thank you!

  • Tonya Denmark

    Fabulous. Just fabulous! Downloading and printing (the pen and paper girl here!)

  • grace

    that’s a major list! i’ve been given grief over the years about my titles. as a food blogger, i’m told to post the recipe title as my blog title, but there’s NO creativity in that! i’m still refusing to give in, whether it’s losing me readers or not. 🙂

  • I knew something wasn’t right in my life- I’ve been missing my Olyvia.co blog post and emails! Lol. I still get them but have been so busy and haven’t had the chance to devour it. ?

    And you know, I am using the heck out of those descriptive words list. You’re adding to my collection, which I don’t mind at all.

    Thanks, Erika!

  • What an AMAZING and EXTENSIVE list! Thank you!!!!!

  • Erika this list was exactly what I needed. I sat down tonight after the kids were in bed and said I’m going to start on one blog post, at least one, tonight. Well…. about 20 ideas later, thanks to your post I’m back to not knowing which one, but that’s a much better problem. Valuable stuff thank you!

  • Linda Lockman

    Ok, you’ve outdone yourself with this post. 🙂 This.is.awesome! Thank you for such an in-depth and helpful “how-to” post that will certainly help so many…like ME!

  • OMG!! I so needed to read this post! I struggle with coming up with headlines. Thank you so much for this amazing list! You rock!

    Siobhan
    http://www.befreeproject.com

  • Thanks for the great ideas! Can you share more titles that would be good fit for food blog posts or movie or tv series review posts?

  • Such a HUGELY helpful post – love this so much, Erika. I’m definitely working on creating more dynamic post titles so I’ll be referring back to this to help me out!

  • This is such an awesome list! I’ll be trying some of these out soon – thanks so much for sharing, Erika! 🙂

  • sheismelrose

    this is amazing so happy i found this

  • Rick Ross

    Wow. It’s my first time when I serfed and found something that really works! Be gracious, tell me, please, what template was used for your blog? Did you find it among these WooCommerce themes http://www.templatemonster.com/woocommerce-themes I really don’t like other sources. To be exact I really hate theirs guts.

  • Lisa @ The Drifting Desk

    Erika, this is hands down one of the best blogging posts I’ve ever read. And I’m not just saying that – I am in the midst of some crazy writer’s block and cannot thank you ENOUGH for this post. Off to the drawing board, with your awesome post title templates in tow!!!!!

  • So thorough work and so much to take from this list – thank you 🙂

  • Super post, Erika! Thank you for this! Pinned it…

  • Aino Hyyryläinen

    Thank you so much for sharing this post! I keep coming back to it over and over again when I’m working on my blog post titles. Titling works of fiction has never been a problem for me, but for some reason I find titling blog posts really difficult. This has really helped me (and I expect will continue to do so), so thanks again!

  • trish burton

    You are some brilliant magical unicorn Olyvia! This is one of the most avoided areas of my business that brings about some of my best procrastinations. Thank you a million times,
    Trish xo
    Sit Stay Go Design

  • Vanessa Christie

    OMG this is so amazingly helpful! I love your blog and am super grateful for all the smart tips and tricks you are sharing here. Thank you!

  • Before I write a headline for a blog post, I find myself checking this list first. Thank you so much for this; it has made this task so much easier for me! -Elizabeth Gilbert

  • Hi, Jumping over from Regina’s blog. This is really great, the titles are always the hardest for me. Appreciate all the hard work that went into this post!

  • Epic list, Erika! Can’t believe I haven’t come across this post until now. Bookmarking for sure!

  • You should charge money for this post Erika!

  • Kayleigh Falcon

    Wow these are awesome! I’ll def be going through these again for my next blog post!

  • Chell Bee

    This post has been my go to before posting any blog post. Thanks for always giving simple and easy to follow tips!

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    You’re a genius! Totally pinning this post 🙂

    Blessings,
    Edye | Gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  • AMAZING LIST. I’m ‘Pocketing’ this for future use!

  • Wow Erika! I’ve seen similar posts with headlines but this has to be THE best! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • I must admit I speed read this, I was too eager to download your tips right away ???. Thank you so much! You are so right. Vagueness isn’t interesting. I tend to be too cryptic!

  • Great post and resource! Thank you.

  • Thank you Erika! This is exactly what I need. I’m so glad I found your blog. ~Kristi

  • Hola!!!
    This post is like every blogger have to bookmark it or pin it to their browser.
    Also i appreciate your research your this post.
    Thanks for sharing this post.

  • Lil

    These are awesome.

    Thank you for sharing!

  • Thank you a lot! These look impressive lists and I am going to save them right away!