Anatomy of a Good Thread Title

  • Thread titles are used in searching the forum, therefore, it is vital they be written to accurately describe your thread content or overall objective using ONLY search friendly key words. That is, your title used as search terms would return relevant results.


    The title must not use non-essential words such as:"Help needed", "Formula problem", "Please help", "urgent", "Code issue", "Need Advice", etc. Such words dilute the title/search results.
    The title should not contain VBA code or formula syntax or use abbreviations, jargon, delimiters (e.g. slashes, commas, colons, etc)
    The title should not assume or anticipate a solution as in referencing Excel functions or VBA methods - the actual solution is often quite different

  • Sam,


    With the NEW Forum, it seems to me your Thread should be ... in one way or another ... a LOT MORE VISIBLE ...


    May be a REMINDER within the Banner ...

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  • Hello Sam,


    Have recently noticed quite a surge in ' twisted ' thread titles ...


    Latest example : Help! I am asking out of desperation if you can throw some ideas my way on an excel VBA project that is baffling me!


    Is there a way to remind all participants - but especially new comers - of the 4-5 basic principles you have established ...?

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    Edited once, last by Carim ().

  • Just provide a link to this thread.

    Ali :)


    Enthusiastic self-taught user of MS Excel who's always learning!
    If anyone has helped you towards solving a problem, then you can thank them by clicking on the like icon bottom right.

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  • Hey Carim,


    I'm seeing if I can tweak the registration process to get some of this information to the users as they register.


    For current users - best thing to do is either point them towards this post as Ali says, or simply edit the thread title and let them know why you've amended it.


    An important note - as Roy mentions in another comment - thread titles themselves are not as important as they used to be in terms of SEO, but they still play a crucial part in the forums own search abilities and can certainly help in search engine results. So the focus isn't so much on SEO friendly terms here, but think more about what would a user search for on the forum if they had a similar problem....

  • Hello Sam,


    Thanks a lot for your comments


    Ali's suggestion is perfect ... will implement it ...:)


    My concern about thread titles is not about SEO ...


    but about their nature ... which is related to your fourth recommendation :


    The title should not assume or anticipate a solution as in referencing Excel functions or VBA methods

    indeed, the actual solution is often quite different ...!!!

    If you feel like saying "Thank You" for the help received, do not hesitate to click the "Thumbs Up" icon, below, in the bottom right corner:)

  • royUK

    Closed the thread.