This guest post is by Ahmed Safwan of To Start Blogging.
Have you read a post before just because of its headline?
Attractive headlines are enough to make your readers open and check your content. So DON’T MISS this opportunity.
Try to hook your readers with your headlines.
Remember: Most readers will see your headline in a feed reader, email, on social media, or in a link on another blog. In all of these cases, if the headline doesn’t hook them, they won’t read the post.
But how to write an attractive headline?
How to write a headline that gets people to open my post?
How do you hook your readers?
This is the reason I wrote this post, and I hope you like it.
1. Count the benefits.
If you are writing a post that shows 7 tips to blog as a pro, why don’t you show in the title that you are providing 7 tips?
Also, if you are providing 99 tips, why don’t you show it? You will prove that you have a lot to say about this topic.
2. Start with a How To.
To this day, how-to posts are still one of the most-read types of posts. If you are showing your readers how to do something like how to create a blog, start with a how-to, because this will show to your readers the benefits.
3. Shrink it.
Eliminate all the unnecessary words. Your readers are busy, so try to make it easy for them to read it.
4. Summarize the post in the headline.
Try to tell your readers the summary of your entire post in your headline’s words. Be sure that they know what will they get in your post.
5. Make your readers curious.
Attract the attention of your readers by making them curious about your content. You can write an attractive headline like, “The only thing you need to succeed online”.
Headlines like these will make your readers curious to check your post.
6. Solve a problem.
Try to post about a problem that your readers have.
If they have a problem and you publish a post which solves a problem for them, will they read your post?
Of course, yes.
But, make sure to let the headline show that you will solve a problem.
7. Check your headline twice.
When you start writing, write the headline first.
After you finish writing, check your headline twice.
Leave your headline for 2 days and then check it again.
Try to see it as your reader who will check it for the first time. What is their first impression?
8. Read some blogs for inspiration.
The way to write better is to read more.
So, if you want to write a better headline, check more headlines. Check a lot daily.
See what attracts you and what doesn’t.
Read a lot of blogs, even if they are not in your niche.
9. Cheat Cheat Cheat!
The last key is to cheat.
If you try to be original all the time, you will get less done.
Let’s face it: the best writers are also the best stealers.
So it’s better to cheat your headline.
But how to cheat?
You can cheat a headline that you read in blogs.
You can cheat a headline from a magazine.
You can check a guide that has the best headlines.
By cheating, I don’t mean you should write the same headline. Tweak it to make it best fit your blog.
If you want a guide that has the best headlines that I want to check, you should check Headline Hacks by Jon Morrow, the associate editor of Copyblogger. Yes, that awesome guy.
His headlines are really awesome. The reason why is because he “cheats” them.
So, check out his guide and see the best headlines that can help you to write your next headline.
The importance of your headline is to make people check out your post. Without a great headline, your post may be another post added to your archive that doesn’t do anything for you.
So, take action today. Apply the tips in this post, then see the change.
I am sure you will be amazed after crafting a great headline that attracts your readers.