How to Write Great Headlines Your Readers Can’t Resist

reading the newspaper

I can’t read the text, but that newspaper must be pretty interesting if he wants to read it while swimming. If you’d like your readers to be as hooked as he is, you’ll need a great headline to start your sales copy.

Here are some tips for writing great headlines for your posts, your ads, or your emails.

Make them curious

Curiosity is bad for cats, but good for people. Write something odd, or unexpected, and your readers will want to find out more about it.

One way to do this is to put two or three things together in a new way. Or, combine subjects that don’t seem to belong together at all.

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The Pajamas, The Lizard Brain, and the Employee Manual. Certainly a strange combination.  The only way to find out what it’s about is to click the title.

Ask a question (without a clear answer)

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Asking a question that the reader can’t immediately answer arouses both interest and curiosity.

What are those common marketing mistakes anyway?  If you don’t read the post, you’ll never know.

And what the heck do clients have in common with fish?  There’s only one way to find out.

Make a big promise

Tell people you’ve got secret, long-lost, or critical information about a topic of great interest.  Appeal to their desire for knowledge that most people don’t have.

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Appeal to self-interest

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The first headline sets up a contradiction. How can giving something away for free lead to more money?

The second two headlines work because they appeal to strong, common desires: to earn more, and  to beat the odds (make more money even when the economy is poor).

Try these on your own posts. You’ll get headlines so good, your readers will want to take your work everywhere—even swimming.

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