Do you know why nobody ever reads your posts? Because your headlines suck!
(I know that may sound a little harsh. Sometimes, you just need a little jolt to set you on the right path.)
The good news is that bad headlines can be fixed.
And the best way to learn writing excellent headlines that grab your reader by the collar is by looking at proven examples.
In this post, I’ll show real world examples of headlines that are so hard to ignore your readers won’t be at peace until they click your post and read the rest of the content.
But, Stealing is Bad . . .
Now, some of you might feel uncomfortable with the idea of stealing. Rest your worried mind, dear reader. The truth is, no one is original.
Sure, we here at steemit.com frown upon plagiarism. But this is what my good friend Mark Twain has to say about that:
“There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of colored glass that have been in use through all the ages.”
No steemian would accuse Mark Twain of plagiarism.
If you analyze newspaper and magazine headlines, you’ll notice that they’re really the same stuff used and re-used over and over. And there’s one good reason for that. It’s because they work!
Good for you because you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. You can simply fill in the blanks or repurpose the examples below.
Fair warning dear reader. These headlines are powerful. And as the wise Uncle Ben once said, with great power comes great responsibility.
Please, I implore you, make sure that you pair these headlines with content that are actually worth reading.
A Few Tips About Writing Headlines
Off all the eyeballs that see your title, only 8 out of 10 will read the headline. That’s not bad you might say.
But get this . . .
Out of those 10, only 2 will actually click to read more of the post you worked on for hours. Not so good.
However . . .
If you just spend a few more minutes on crafting the best headline you can come up with, your headline will be much better that 90% of headlines here on steemit.
Seriously, most posts here are so bad, spending literally just a few minutes polishing your headline should make you stand out.
Tip # 1. Make time to carefully craft your headline.
Now if I’m going to spend 5 minutes reading what you posted, I’m expecting to get something in return. It’s only fair. That’s 5 minutes I’m never going to get back if your post turned out to be crap.
That’s why it’s a good idea to let your readers know outright, in the headline, how they’re going to benefit from reading your work.
I want to know immediately what’s in it for me!
Tip # 2. Be useful.
But don’t tell everything in the headline. Just let your readers get an idea of the post is all about and spark their curiosity.
Marketers call it ‘content gap’. If you remember Upworthy, they became the experts in writing irresistible headlines. At their peak, they were generating upward of 80M visitors to their website. And that was because of their headlines.
So don’t tell all. Think of the headline as the advertisement of what you’re offering in the body of your post. It’s the foreplay if you will.
Tip #3: Ignite Reader’s Curiosity
Now here are the templates you can use to nuke your readers’ curiosity.
Who doesn’t love lists? Aren’t you just a little curious if your country is included in the top 10 happiest nations on earth? Of course you are.
Lists are simply irresistible. Here are few examples.
- The Top 10 (or whatever) Things Your Doing Wrong When (Insert Activity Here)
- The 50 Wealthiest (Whales on Steemit)
- 100 (Books/Movies/Places) To (Read/Watch/Visit) Before You Die
- Top 10 Excuses For (Not Submitting Your Homework)
- The 10 Most Likely Causes (of the End of the World)
- The Top 10 Hottest (Celebrities/Steemians/Bloggers) You Should Follow
- 10 Signs You are a (GenXer/Steemian)
- 10 Stupid Simple Ways to Improve Your Writing
- 12 Unusual Ways You Can Use Your iPhone to Make Money
- The 20 Worst American Presidents Ever
The Questions That Keep You Up at Night
- Will Steem Really Go Up in Value?
- Should You Still Update Your Steemit Post After 7 Days?
- What Kind of Posts Make the Most Money on Steemit?
- Are Voting Bots Worth It?
- Should Whales Self-Vote?
- Flagging VS Curating: What Should You Spend Your Time on To Make Steemit Better?
- Is Incentivized Posting and Commenting Really Working?
- How Can Steem Be Used to Make the World Better?
- Can Steem Really End Poverty?
- Long Posts or Short Posts? Which is More Profitable?
How to Headlines
- How to Write the Best Goddamn Headline for Your Steemit Posts
- How to Really Stop Spam on Steemit
- How to Make Money Posting Memes All Day
- How to Onboard More People on Steemit Without Compromising Quality
- How to Save For Retirement by Blogging
- How I Made $10,000 With Just One Steemit Post
- How I Taught My Autistic Kid to Read
- How I Reached 20,000 Followers in Just 2 Months on Steemit
- How I Earn Money Posting Selfies
- How I Sent My Kids to College by Writing Bad Poetry
Surprising Why Questions
- Why Bernie Sanders and Haejin Are Just Two Sides of the Same Coin
- Why Building Your Follower List is More Important Than Upvotes
- Why Spoon-feeding Minnows is Bad for Steemit
- Why You Should Focus on Getting More Followers and Not on Upvotes
- The Real Reason Why You Should Use Upvote Bots
Super Useful Guides
- The Simple Guide to Writing on Steemit for Non-Native English Speaker
- The Easy Guide to Reusing Your Old Steemit Posts
- The Noob Guide for Making Money on Steemit
- The Brief Guide to Building Your Followers on Steemit
- The Idiot-Proof Guide to the Steem Blockchain
- 10 Noob Mistakes When Posting on Steemit
- 8 Blunders to Avoid to Not Get Flagged Down
- 12 Mistakes Experienced Steemians Are Still Making
- How to Avoid Losing Money on Crypto
- The Top 10 Mistakes Committed by Crypto Investors
- 20 Surefire Ways to Get Noticed on Steem: A Noob Guide
- How to Buy Votes and How to Avoid Noob Mistakes
- A Complete Guide to Blogging on Steemit: How to Make Money Blogging
Congratulations on making it to the end of the list. Most of these are original and are actually good blog post topics. You are free to use them. I won’t mind. A mention would be awesome if you do.
It doesn’t end here. In fact, writing the headline is just the first step although like I said in the beginning of this posts, you have to spend more time on your headline.
Practice writing headlines. Don’t settle with the first one that comes to your mind. Discard the first headline you write. Rewrite it. Write at least 25 versions of your headline and choose one.
Stretch your headline-making brain cells. Don’t settle with just okay.
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