Please suggest revisions to these two titles

@scheng1 (24970)
Singapore
August 22, 2009 10:53pm CST
I have another two titles rejected by Helium. The emails from Helium say, "Thank you for submitting your title suggestion "How to respond when you are asked on a date?". However, we ask that you take a crack at revising it. Is this a meant to be a question or a statement? The title itself does not lend to much extrapolation. Further this googles at 50,700,000 which has little value for us. Your title was not written in the Helium style. Please review how we title pieces (for example: Book reviews: War and Peace; Movie reviews: The Great Escape; Recipes: Chicken in wine; Product reviews: Apple iPod; Poetry: Love; Short stories: Walking on the beach, etc.)." "Thank you for submitting your title suggestion "How to get over a romantic rejection?". However, we ask that you take a crack at revising it. Was this meant to be a question? Is it meant to be a statement to a guide of some sort?" Nearly a quarter of the suggested titles this month are rejected for some reasons or others.
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@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
23 Aug 09
Perhaps something like: "How to respond when asked on a date". And as for the second article I would remove the question mark to show it's a statement. Should it be a statement or guide of course.
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@scheng1 (24970)
• Singapore
23 Aug 09
Hi Diamania, thanks for the suggestions. I will resubmit the titles and hope they dont reject again. Someone in the forum in Helium also makes some great suggestions. I hope some of these titles can pass. If all pass, that will be even better, we have more titles to write to.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
23 Aug 09
1. Dating: What to say when someone asks you out. 2. Relationships: How to handle rejection.
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@scheng1 (24970)
• Singapore
23 Aug 09
Thanks Canellita, I'm trying to get as much titles as I can. Hopefully we can create more titles for writing. These are the popular topics, I think many writers will want to write to the titles.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
24 Aug 09
How long does it take for helium to respond to a title suggestion?
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@scheng1 (24970)
• Singapore
24 Aug 09
Hi Canellita, the fastest is an hour. The slowest is about a week. I think they have a few persons evaluating the title. When someone rejects a title, and I resubmit, it can get approval. Sometimes I think a few of them dont know anything about seo, putting a category in front does not help in seo. There is no need to put "relationship" or "dating" when the title is so obvious.
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@mommaj (22726)
• United States
23 Aug 09
WOW! I didn't know they were rejecting so many titles. I guess you could always resubmit as Dating: How to Respond. I've always thought some of their titles were a little silly. Heck, most of their titles are confusing. You couldn't get any more accurate on your title. I don't know what to think about that. Maybe they are using a computer to kick out title acceptances and rejections. How to's are really hard to title. Sometimes with Helium you have to leave off the How to. For your two titles - Responding to a date request, responses to a date resquest, or (even better) date request responses, getting over a romantic rejection,ways to get over a romantic rejection, or romantic rejections - getting over. Hope you figure it out. I wouldn't use my suggestions because you know how much Helium loves me. LOL Good luck.
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@scheng1 (24970)
• Singapore
23 Aug 09
haha Mommaj, you suggest so many titles to keep you busy writing for the next three days! I dont know how come Helium has become this kind of title crazy. Those older titles are very funny too. And the title splitting has resulted in many mad titles too. I also dont see what's wrong with my titles. I think if I post the title and article elsewhere, it will not create any problem. "how to" is a very good start to a title, because many people use "how to" to search for information.
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@mommaj (22726)
• United States
23 Aug 09
I agree and I think the how to should be used in the titles. I don't think helium likes that idea though. If you write to anywhere else, you are right that you will get the titles approved. Helium is just DIFFERENT in a big way. LOL
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@scheng1 (24970)
• Singapore
24 Aug 09
Hi Mommaj, one channel steward helps to suggest some titles, and his titles are accepted immediately. I dont know how to write to his titles oh, I just submitted to test water. "the best way to say yes when asked on a date" "how to gently say no when asked on a date" Think you can come out with some Stone Age practices
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