Do you scan the headlines, your Facebook feed, or even the section headings in your Bible before choosing what to read? So do your blog visitors. You’ll discover that the blogs you stay on the longest have the most intriguing headlines.
In a world full of noise, how do you get people to actually read what you write? It takes more than good content or great design. The most important part of writing an article is the headline. ~ Jeff Goins
A Headline Tool and Word Lists from CoSchedule
I discovered CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer during a course from Debi Stangeland. This tool both delights and frustrates me. Before you begin using the tool, I recommend that you download and save (in a place you’ll remember) the bountiful word lists. The Analyzer categorizes your words into four types: Common, Uncommon, Emotional, and Power. As you try different phrases and word combinations, you receive a number grade, a letter grade, and an analysis of the balance of word types. This is where the word lists come in handy. You can scan the lists to find your missing word type and revise your headline as you seek your A+.
50 Catchy Headline Formulas
Syed Balkhi’s blog is a delightful resource for every blogger. He is a successful entrepreneur and founder of the WordPress tutorial site, WPBeginner.com. His list of 50 headlines and examples serves as an idea generator for headlines and blog posts. It is a post you’ll want to bookmark as vast source of inspiration.
Infographic: Perfect Headline Formula
If you are a visual person, then download this infographic from Neil Patel of QuickSprout. He provides The Formula for a Perfect Headline in bite-sized images as a gentle guide through the process.
These three links will likely appear near the top of the any Google search results list mixed in with many other resources. Take my advice to print and save your CoSchedule word lists and bookmark these three sites to alleviate the stress of headline writing.