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How to Write a Good Headline That Will Consistently Get More Clicks

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    Key Master

    Quick, what’s the point of a headline?

    Is it…

    A.) Get people to click?

    B.) Make a promise to the content?

    C.) Pique curiosity?

    D.) All of the Above?

    Obviously, the answer is D. But the question is, how do we get a headline to do all of that?

    Well, the short answer is practice, and research.

    But if you’re looking for a shortcut, I’ll let you in on a little secret…

    The most effective headlines are rehashed versions of classic newspaper and magazine advertisements from the early days of copywriting.

    In other words, a good majority of the most traffickedmost ReTweetedmost shared articles, are using headline templates passed down through various generations of copywriters.


    Key Master

    The “How To” Headline

    How To Grow An Embarrassingly Large Readership

    How To Launch A Million-Dollar Business

    How To Earn 7 Figures By 2014

    Millions of “how to” articles exist, but it’s never enough.

    We crave instruction, whether we know it or not.

    There’s a reason entire websites exist to teach people how to do something: when it’s put in front of us, suddenly we’re curious.

    A “how to” title is your opportunity to learn something in five minutes or less.

    Free education is highly valuable,and the opportunity for it never gets old.

    The trick with the “How To” headline is to make a strong and clear promise, then deliver.

    Bonus: Add a power word into your headline to make browsers think twice about skipping your article.


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    The “Be Afraid” Headline

    Is Your Girlfriend More Likely to Cheat With A Friend?

    Warning: Your Grades May Be Under Attack

    5 Mistakes To Avoid When Networking

    News outlets use this religiously as a lead-in to bits about everything from gun safety to hair-salon hygiene.

    While we’ve all rolled our eyes at a fearmongering headline, you also know you’ve clicked on articles offering a warning or the exposition of a hoax… just in case.

    You want to know you’re safe, whether it’s related to physical health or professional well-being.

    When your sense of danger is triggered even briefly, you imagine the worst possible scenario and feel obligated to learn more.

    Better safe than sorry, after all.



    Key Master

    The “Calm Down” Headline

    The Zen of a Good Study Session

    Ten Ways To Simplify Your Work Load

    3 Ways to Work Less, Produce More

    We all worry we’re not doing enough. We all feel like we’re just trying to keep our head above water.

    The “Calm Down” headline is a way to throw your reader a life jacket.

    This type of headline signals “It’s OK.”  You’ve figured out how to ease that burden and you’re more than happy to share how.

    Whenever you help someone simplify their lives, they’ll remember you and be forever grateful.


    Key Master

    Don’t Stop There… Do the Research.

    There are many more categories of headlines out there.

    The domain of headline-writing has been filled to overflowing for decades, but these three types of headlines are a solid start to grab more attention for your blog.

    Watch for articles that get the most retweets. Look at what makes the front page of Digg, or Reddit, or other social news aggregation sites. Use Topsy to see what gets shared the most from top websites like Mashable or Huffington Post or any of your other favorite websites.

    Watch for patterns to see what consistently does well, then write epic blog posts.

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