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nghialv
nghialv

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Stop Using Eye-catching Words in Your Title, Please !

I (/We ?) must admit that your post becomes super sexy with just some words in the title:
Top
Best
Must
...

But, please, remove them or use normal ones:
My
My team
My company
Some company

Many thanks.

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naveennamani profile image
naveennamani
  • You must do this
  • You shouldn't do this
  • Stop doing this (right now)
  • 5 things you must use
  • 50 things developer must know
  • Everything you need to know
  • Only things you'll need
  • You'll be in ❤️

There are even more titles to grab your attention, and I cringe when I see this titles. But every post is just a personal list which is a subset of what we already know from awesome lists on GitHub. (There is an awesome list for awesome lists)

And everybody knows that top 7 posts of dev.to are just discussions and I personally witnessed that. When I posted a non-technical discussion oriented post, it reached a lot of engagement within a short time (half of my total reactions for one post). And all my other posts are just dead.

Honestly I suck at coming up with catchy titles and instead I tend to make it a summary of my post. But who cares?

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egotr profile image
nghialv

Sometimes there are "list of collections", or just another approach to PR something (they may own that one 😷)

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egotr profile image
nghialv

Absolutely, we MUST use "STOP USING..." 🤣

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egotr profile image
nghialv

I HAVE AN IDEA 💡
Should we either BAN those posts or REMOVE those killing words from the titles ?
Instead, we will build the lists, TOGETHER !

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Maddy

It's called "SEO" (Search Engine Optimization).

A good SEO title has a sentiment element in it.

I don't see anything wrong with using those words, as long as you provide helpful content and it's just not click-bait.

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egotr profile image
nghialv

Yeah, I know, your words really come from the point of a non-tech person.
But, I really hate advertising stuff.

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K-Sato

Always get tempted to use those words.....😅