I’m sure you’ve read a lot about writing catchy headlines that drive traffic to your blog.
You probably know that listing a number of reasons, secrets, types, or ways, works the best. Someone even say that headlines should be short.
In this post, we will talk about three rules you don’t come across too often.
To understand their importance, you first need to grasp the purpose of your headlines!
The basic goal of any blog post title is nothing but to target those who might be interested in your products or services (or simply your content) and to “force” them to read your copy.
So let’s start with the tips!
1. Optimize Your Headline For Search Engines
To get a click and a visit, first you must reach out to your audience. You can do that with several channels, but search engines are the most rewarding source.
Your title is the first and most important aspect search engines consider to understand what your write-up is all about. Make a mistake while optimizing your blog post title and you’re dead in the water.
Follow these simple tips to write headlines that are search engine-friendly:
- Write 60 characters at most
- Use relevant keywords and if it’s possible, start the title with them
- Be sure to not stuff too many keywords
- Don’t write duplicate or irrelevant titles
2. Target Your Audience in Your Headlines
“On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.”
~ David Ogilvy
Why so many people don’t read your body post, even if it has a highly magnetic headline?
Mostly, because they feel your content is not relevant.
When writing headlines, you need to target your audience, and the headline is how you do the targeting.
Untargeted headlines are either too silly or too clever. In either case they’re of no use.
Take a look at the following clever headlines: Go For The Gong – Your Face Will Be Red If You Don’t
What on earth is this headline selling? It’s neither a sex scandal story nor a TV game show, but a pitch for you to advertise in a suburban newspaper.
Here’s a better alternative: Free Report – How To Reach Customers Spending 1.9 Billion Dollars With Effective Newspaper Advertising
Here’s another clever and confusing headline, trying to sell office furniture: Just What A Slab Of Seasoned Wood Needs. A Little More Seasoning!
And here’s the alternative: Every Piece Of Raymond’s Office Furniture Is Made From Salvaged Timber… And Is Guaranteed For Life!
See how clearly the alternate headlines point out their ideal readers?
3. Use Successful Templates (And Power Words)
Do you know almost all the writing greats copied someone else’s work?
Even the mighty Shakespeare used to steal plots from Roman and Greek dramas, Thomas Jefferson copied John Locke’s Declaration of Independence,and so did the others.
Guess what, the successful bloggers also do it – especially when writing their titles. They have swipe files containing nothing but successful headline templates. These templates are time-tested, and have always worked.
Yes, they’ll work for you today, tomorrow and every day after tomorrow.
To download such templates, just Google the keyword “headline swipe file pdf”(pdf files are usually more trustworthy).
Ok now,what are the power words?
These are words that carry more ‘weight’ and act as attention grabbers.
John Caples – the head of a famous advertising agency in the US – tells us the ten most used power words in one hundred most successful headlines:
Look at you – no, not you, the power word you – it was found in 31 of the 100 titles. That shows the importance of putting your audience in the headline.
Here are some other power words you can (and should) add in your headlines:
- What If
- Do You
- At Last
- Little-Known Secrets
- The Truth About
- Inside-Secrets of
- How to
I also want to share with you a great resource, I often consult when I need to find a killer headline:
Keep in mind these simple tips when you write your next blog post title, and see what happens.
What rules do you follow when writing your blog headlines?
Please share your views in the comments below, thanks!