As much as Upworthy and Buzzfeed get grief over their titles, you can't argue that their 'curiosity gap' titles work.
I Thought It Was a Travesty, But Then I Saw This Illustration.
I'm kidding. Seriously though, those types of headlines are incredibly effective, but they're not the be all that ends all. In fact, they work really well in social stories, but will just annoy people if you're blogging about your business and related topics.
So what's a run-of-the-mill blogger to do?
Develop a bank of catchy titles you can draw on to ensure you have lots of ideas to draw from and your titles aren't an afterthought.
Listicles--articles based on a list of items or ideas--are hugely popular and make for great titles. In fact, an analysis recently showed that of 60,000 of the top articles on Buzzfeed, 26% are listicles! These posts are titled, "X Ways..." or "X Things..." or "X Reasons..."
You get the idea.
How-to articles are another perennial favorite and while titles here can be pretty self-explanatory, don't be afraid to get creative with them.
Check out these 74 awesome, proven blog titles templates from Twelveskip--read them, print them off, make this the start of your blog title bible or repository of kick-ass titles just waiting to be built out.
Infographic from Twelveskip.
Essay questions for the topic of technology. A common topic in both IELTS speaking and writing.
Many things that used to be done in the home by hands are now being done by machines.
Does this development bring more advantages or disadvantages? (Reported 2017)
Some people argue that technological inventions, such as mobile phones, are making people socially less interactive.
Do you agree or disagree? (Reported 2017, GT Test)
Modern technology is now very common in most work places.
How do you think this has changed the way we work?
Do you think there are disadvantages to relying too much on technology?
Some people think that the range of technology currently available is increasing the gap between rich people and poor people. Others think that it is causing the opposite effect.
Discuss both views and give your opinion. (Reported 2017, Academic Test)
New household appliances have resulted in more free time for women and has enabled them to both work and run a home with dependent children.
What are the advantages for a family when the mother works?
Do you think the disadvantages outweigh the advantages?
With the development of technology children are now living in a world that is completely different to what it was 50 years ago.
What problems does this cause for society and the family?
An increasing number of people are now using the internet to meet new people and socialise. Some people think this has brought people closer together while others think people are becoming more isolated.
Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
More and more children as accessing the internet unsupervised and at a younger age. This can sometimes put children at risk.
What problems do you think parents face when dealing with their children using the internet?
How can this problem be solved?
Nowadays children watch a lot of TV and play video games. However, some people think that these activities are not good for a child’s mental health.
To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Reported 2017, Academic Test)
It is common nowadays for each member of the family to have their own piece of modern technology. Some people think this will lead to a break down in family relationships and communication.
To what extent do you agree?
Reported essay questions are from students who have taken their IELTS test. These questions may vary slightly in wording from the original question.