Capitalize Titles with the MINTS Acronym

If you don’t have time to use our super simple title capitalization tool there is another simple way to capitalize titles quickly. The “MINTS” acronym will give you some set rules to capitalize titles correctly:

M – Months, days, holidays

I – The pronoun I

N – Names of people, places, etc.

T – Titles of books, movies, etc.

S – Start of sentences

Here’s a great image overview of the acronym at work courtesy of Teachers Pay Teachers:capitalize titles with the mint acronym

How to Capitalize Christmas Song Titles

 

‘Tis the season to deck the halls with boughs of holly, but it’s also the time of year to capitalize your Christmas song titles correctly so that you’re not embarrassed when your musical program contains the wrong capitalization. Here’s a list of some of the most popular holiday songs with their appropriate capitalization.

 

Deck the Halls

Joy to the World

Jingle Bells

O Come All Ye Faithful

All I Want for Christmas Is You

Little Drummer Boy

White Christmas

Do You Hear What I Hear

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Silent Night

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

Sleigh Ride

O Little Town of Bethlehem

 

Title capitalization courtesy of CapitalizeMyTitle.com

5 Ways to Write Killer Blog Titles

Use these five tips for creating blog titles that make readers want to stick around and read your content.

1. Start with a working title

Maybe you have a general topic in mind, but haven’t started writing yet. Who knows where your blog post will end up? A working title helps point you in the right direction. Your working title is not going to be perfect the first time, but it will help guide your writing. As you continue to write, iterate on your working title so that it correctly outlines what your post is about.

2. Hook your audience

Have you ever noticed those advertisements that grab your attention by luring you to read more? Often a simple sentence with a captivating lead will be enough to grab your audience’s attention. Use a question that hooks the reader and entices them to read further. Reviewing a list of options? Include the number of options in your title (i.e.: 10 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Writing, 5 Ways to Lose 10 Pounds Now)

Use Teasers

Use lead-ins such as “How to…” or “10 Ways to…” These sorts of titles beg the reader to read further. Another great trick is to end your title with an ellipses (…) so that your readers are forced to at least start reading your article in order to feel complete.

Be Provocative

Including controversial topics in your titles will certainly get people to read the rest of your article. Who wouldn’t want to read about sex, drugs, and rock and roll? These topics are sure to get readers and even if your blog post doesn’t really relate to any controversial topic, find a way to work some in anyway. Warnings are another great way to get attention.

Use Questions

“Which…?,” “Who…?,” “How…?,” “Should…?,” and “Why…?” are all great ways to begin your title. Not only does it cause the reader to pause, but if you include something controversial in the question, readers will be curious to read how you responded.

 

3. Use correct formatting

Capitalize Your Titles Properly

No sooner will your blog comments be filled with jokes about how idiotic you are if your titles are not properly capitalized. Don’t be humiliated when your article is broadcast to your thousands of blog followers by checking your capitalization before you post. A great tool you can use is Capitalize My Title.

Word Count

Readers are more likely to notice short titles as they’re scrolling through lists of articles and other things on their news feeds. Short title are also great for social media (think about Twitter’s 140 character limit). Every word in the title should have a part to play. Short and sweet is best; an ideal length is 6-7 words.

 

4. Do your research

Optimize Your Titles for SEO

Although SEO is on the decline, Google searches are still a popular way for readers to find your content. Make sure you do your keyword research anyway to make sure search engines rank your content well and potential readers will actually be captivated by your title. A great tool to check how powerful your title is the Headline Analyzer.

Be Accurate and Back Up Your Claims

The advent of the internet brought information to the masses. No longer were experts the exclusive holders of information. Now anyone could learn about any topic with a few clicks. With this easy availability though, anyone could also verify claims made by content creators. Make sure you do your research beforehand to avoid making far-fetched claims that turn out to be inaccurate or your readers will certainly let you know.

 

5. Make it sexy

Just because you want to have a professional, accurate title does not mean you can’t make it catchy. Use some of these tips to make your titles sexy, yet classy.

Have Fun with Alliterations

Although subtle, alliterations can play a huge role in making your blog titles catchy. Isn’t a title such as “Follow this Foolproof Formula” or “5 Super Simple Ways…” much more fun to read than “A simple formula to..” or “5 Ways to…”? Sprinkle an alliteration or two into your titles, especially when sharing on social media.

Use Strong Language

Just as a controversial title will lead to more click-throughs, using strong language will bring in the readers. Strong phrases (and, frankly, often negative ones) like “Kick-Ass,” “Things People Hate,” or “Brilliant” pack quite a punch. However, these must be used in moderation.

 

For more ideas on how to spice up your blog titles, check out Words that Sell.

Top 12 Most Common Title Capitalization Questions

Ever wonder what the most common title capitalization questions were? I took the top searched title capitalization questions from Google using keyword research and have answered them below.

Top Questions


Do you capitalize hyphenated words in a title?

Hyphenated words are complicated and depend on which style you are using.

Using The Chicago Manual of Style:

  1. Always capitalize the first element.
  2. Capitalize any subsequent elements unless they are articles, prepositions, coordinating conjunctions
  3. If the first element is merely a prefix or combining form that could not stand by itself as a word (anti, pre, etc.), do not capitalize the second element unless it is a proper noun or proper adjective.
  4. Capitalize the second element in a hyphenated spelled-out number (twenty-one or twenty-first, etc.) or hyphenated simple fraction (two-thirds in two-thirds majority).

Source: http://alcts.ala.org/ccdablog/?tag=chicago-manual-of-style

Using APA:

  1. Capitalize the first and second element of a hyphenated phrase

Do you capitalize “internet” in a title?

When referring to the Internet as a proper noun (ie you are referring to the World Wide Web), then Internet should be capitalized. If you are referring to a general network of computers, then you can use the lowercase internet. Most of the time, Internet will be capitalized. Learn more about this on-going debate here.

However, you should always follow the standard title capitalization rules for capitalizing titles.


Do you capitalize nouns in a title?

Generally, you should capitalize all nouns in a sentence if you are using title case (Chicago, APA, AP). However, if you are using sentence case in APA, you should only capitalize the first word in a sentence and only proper nouns ¹.


Do you capitalize days of the week in a title?

The short answer is yes. You should capitalize all days of the week (Monday, Tuesday, etc), months (August, September, etc.), and holidays (Christmas, Halloween, etc.).

Thanksgiving in November, Christmas in December, and New Years in January: North America has a lot of winter holidays.

Your birthday is in March, right?

– More examples


Do you capitalize “the” in a title?

No. The word “the” is always lowercased in all title capitalization styles unless it is the first or last word in a sentence.


Do you capitalize “university” in a title?

When the word is referred to generically, “university” is not capitalized. When used as a proper noun, such as “Florida State University,” the word is capitalized.

The Florida State University offense could use some work this year.

The board of the university elected the new president.

– More examples


Do you capitalize “it” in a title?

Generally, you should capitalize the word “it” when using title case (Chicago, APA, AP). However, if you are using sentence case in APA, you should only capitalize “it” if it is the first word in the sentence.


Do you capitalize “with” in a title?

The word “with” should always be lowercase in a title unless it is the first or last word in a sentence.


Do you capitalize “you” in a title?

Generally, you should capitalize the word “you” when using title case (Chicago, APA, AP). However, if you are using sentence case in APA, you should only capitalize “you” if it is the first word in the sentence.


Do you capitalize “world” in a title?

Generally, you should capitalize the word “world” when using title case (Chicago, APA, AP). However, if you are using sentence case in APA, you should only capitalize “world” if it is the first word in the sentence or is part of name (such as “World Wide Web” or “World Wildlife Federation”).


Do you capitalize “is” in a title?

Generally, you should capitalize the word “is” when using title case (Chicago, APA, AP). However, if you are using sentence case in APA, you should only capitalize “is” if it is the first word in the sentence.


Do you capitalize “in” in a title?

The word “in” is always lowercase unless it is the first or last word in a sentence.

Should the word Halloween be capitalized?

Short Answer: Yes

Long Answer: Halloween is a holiday and proper noun, so it should be capitalized according to title capitalization rules.

What about capitalizing the word “night” after Halloween?

While Halloween is a holiday and proper noun, the word “night” right afterward is not capitalized in a sentence, but will be capitalized in a title if you are using any of the styles in title case such as when referring to the movie “Halloween Night.”

Did you know…

that Halloween actually comes from the original phrase “All Hallows’ Even” referring to the evening before All Hallows’ Day (Nov. 1). According to Grammar Girl,

The “all” and “s” were dropped, “hallows’ ” and “even” became a closed compound, and the apostrophe took the place of the “v,” giving us “Hallowe’en”—just one of many transitional spellings along the way to “Halloween,” which the Oxford English Dictionary shows as first appearing in 1786. Other spellings before “Halloween” included “Hallow-e’en,” “Alhollon Eue,” and “Halhalon evyn.”

If you want to, you can still refer to Halloween as Hallowe’en to give your Halloween party an olde-timey feeling. It’s up to you!

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