She Kicked Me Right In The Funyuns

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747


Some Tricks, Some Treats, Welcome To Real Estate Life


That Egg Didn't Hatch


There's No Such Thing As A Sure Thing


Okay, before you think I'd done gone and lost my mind, there's a reason for the ORs above.

Consider this a bonus Ask An Ambassador post, a treat to offset a night of tricks (in the space of a 3 hours I've had a "sure thing" listing go POOF, a tree fall across our driveway and one of our cats do a Linda Blair impression).


And back to the point of this post.

Titles.  Everything above could be used for the EXACT same post, or a half dozen other different ideas.

Titles are the curb appeal of your blog post. 

They're the first thing a potential reader see and hopefully an invitation that says "come on in, you're going to like what's inside!"


We're in a competitive world.  Realistically in a given day I probably read less than a half dozen posts in the Rain.  Nothing personal, it's just a wicked bad time constraint managing my dual career life AND being a part time zookeeper to our furry herd.

So as I scroll through a blog roll,  one of two actions is going to happen.

I'm going to click to open or I'm going to keep on scrolling.


What pushes that decision point?

1.  The title


2.  The writer's established reputation  (if someone has a well established track record, I'll probably click no matter how great or not great the title is).


As I mentioned before, I'm REALLY tight on time most days, so I'm primarily looking for blog posts that do one of two things:  Educate or entertain.

The title is the key to telling me what to expect and if I'm likely to find one of those two things inside the post.

Now true, there's sometimes bait and switch.  Those clickbait masters are out there, fool me once, fool me twice....

Now there are times I'm not seeking to create a big hook of a title.  If I'm writing something VERY factual, I'm not going for pizzazz.  I'm going for SEO.

Patio Homes For Sale In Cincinnati

New Construction Homes in Mason's Crooked Tree

What's My Springboro Home Worth?

A consumer looking for these topics is probably typing in a Google query VERY close to those titles, and the closer I can get to those queries, the better my odds of ranking and being found.

So spend a little time on your titles, it may be the difference between being found, or just being scrolled past.

Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz


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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Those were three interesting hours - I'd laughed at the cat comment!

I agree, titles can be the difference between being read and not being read - but they have to relate to the post being shared.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Nov 03, 2019 06:42 AM #9
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Yep, titles are the "sizzle" in your steak.

Ruth's Chris Steak House brings your steak to your table on a metal platter, sizzling in butter.  It makes such a loud sizzle (think Sizzling Rice Soup) that the entire dining room turns to watch its delivery... (and I'm sure there's a whole lotta "I'll have what he's having" going on shortly thereafter).

Ya gotta have some sizzle.

Nov 03, 2019 08:00 AM #10
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Well, BLIZ you caught me with your title. And the fact that Kathy Streib highlighted it this week. You did both: entertained and edge-em-uh-cated. 

So, did you have to clean up the Linda Blair cat "stuff"?? 

Nov 03, 2019 09:42 AM #11
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Better than a kick to the bunions Bill. Your title grabbed and pulled me in, congrats on another stellar post!

Nov 04, 2019 05:13 PM #12
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

You had me at "She kicked me right in the FUNYUNS" ... ROFL

Nov 04, 2019 05:40 PM #13
Greg Mona
Faira Homes Corp - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate in the 21st Century!

Your blog post title drew me right in like a moth to a flame! Good, common-sense tips here. Thanks for sharing!

Nov 04, 2019 06:40 PM #14
Monica Hill
RE/Max Associates - Wilmington, DE
the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware

Great reminders! Thanks.

Nov 04, 2019 06:42 PM #15
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Wonderful advice. I wish those click-bait people wouldn't take it! Over time, we learn which emails are going to be bogus, so can send them directly to junk.

At least there aren't many here in the Rain who employ that nasty tactic.

Nov 04, 2019 07:27 PM #16
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Well your title certainly got me. Glad it did...great post. Title is very important and many writers don't give it the thought they should.

Nov 05, 2019 04:47 AM #17
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

We Ad - men write copy its called the "Hook" the title gets you to read the post, thanks as always for drawing us in.

Nov 05, 2019 08:36 AM #18
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Titles are key... the SEO from a good long tail title can be awesome.  Speaking of tails.... how's the demon possessed kitty doing?

Nov 05, 2019 05:00 PM #19
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

I liked the title, that's why I'm here. I also like Funyuns. I recently had a bag & now am addicted again.

Nov 07, 2019 10:59 AM #20
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Okay, I have to know how the Linda Blair kitty is, Bill. 

My Charlotte is not doing well. I've spent the better part of the day with her - at the vet - or trying to help orient her and help her walk.

I am so worried she won't make it through the night. At 17, she can check out - it's okay but, I'm going to be lost without my sweet, little princess!

As to the rest of the post - LOVE the title! And, yes, that is almost always what draws me in - and I expect the post to deliver if the title did! 

Now you and Lyn Sims have me craving Funyuns...and it's after midnight here!

Nov 07, 2019 09:23 PM #21
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I love coming up with and using fancy or crazy titles. It is when i get a ocmment base don my title that has nothing to do with what i actually wrote that i know some one did not read my blog. BUT the whole point of eye catching titles is to get people to read my blog. 

Nov 08, 2019 04:56 AM #22
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Good reminder, thank you, need to work on my titles.

Nov 08, 2019 06:14 AM #24
L. Scott Ferguson
Ask4Ferguson - Your House-SOLD Name in Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Sunny Florida Real Estate Professional

Hilarious read with VALID points.  Thanks for making my Friday!



Nov 08, 2019 10:40 AM #25
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Good ideas for post titles and the whys.  Thanks Bill!

Nov 08, 2019 11:06 AM #26
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Bill:

Well your title did what it was intended to do (besides serving as a great example), and that was to draw people in to read and be educated.

I suspect many of us worry more about keywords in our titles, and SEO, than about writing titles that will capture interest and readership.

Thanks for a great read, and have a terrific weekend. Hope that cat settles down!


Nov 08, 2019 08:28 PM #27
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Thank you, Bill. Today is Day-6 of no food and I have NO idea how she is still with us but, she's still drinking and using the litter box. Go figure. I have a smorgasbord laid out for her and we are following her around the house with it but, she had zero interest in food, even with appetite stimulants at the vet. 

I read your comment aloud to Ray - we got a good chuckle out of the 3rd floor condo throw-up...reminded us both of stories of roommates from college who had a little too much to drink!!

Nov 09, 2019 07:11 PM #28
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

This post reminds me of the attention grabbing headline


which is always held up as so much more interesting than


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