How to Write Powerful Catchy Headlines and Killer Blog Titles

Have you ever suffered writer’s block? I’ve experienced it numerous times. Both in terms of titles and content. I guess many writers know what I’m talking about and recognize the feeling. It’s not particularly fun to sit gazing at an empty line in a document. Your brilliant post that should get the perfect headline, a lot of audience engagement, and furthermore, of course, go viral. Boom! Not going to happen! Cannot even think of a title, let alone the content! 

Stop Right There! There Are Solutions

When it comes to writing titles and content for your blog or website, there are diverse approaches, and none is really right or wrong. Some people start writing the title, and the content later, and some do the opposite (i.e., the content first and the title later). This is something that is very individual, and if any of the alternatives work for you, go for it. But for winning attention, one thing is especially required.

 An Inviting Headline or a Killer Title

Did you know you don’t have a lot of time to get a potential visitor who sees your blog post title? It’s just the matter of seconds. There is differing information about how many seconds it takes to grab someone’s attention. Some interesting articles dealing with this issue are: You Have 2.7 Seconds to Grab Someone’s Attention and You Have 7 seconds to Grab website Visitors. In other words, it’s all about getting an inviting headline or a killer title to capture your potential visitor’s interest in seconds to actually click, visit, and hopefully read your post.

Let’s see how it can be achieved

The problem is not really coming up with a title; the problem is coming up with a great title. But by combining and using the different techniques I describe in the article, I’m convinced that attractive titles and headlines will improve and increase your chances of occupying higher positions in search.

There is certainly no magic formula for a viral headline. But Buzz Sumo Analysis of 100 Million Headlines can really point out the direction you can use to distinguish your titles. Therefore, I hope the tips featured in the article can help you create awesome titles.

Within this article, I have focused on four points that can actually help you create really better titles. (Note: I use the keywords Popup Builder and WordPress Plugin in all inquiries as you can see the pictures below.)

Let us take a glance at what they are, and then go into details, right?

 

  • Title Generators
  • Magic Words / Magnet Words
  • Fill-in-the-Blank Headline Templates
  • Headline Analysis

 

Title Generators

Totally out of ideas? It doesn’t help to bang your head on the wall even if you want to! Making use of title generators is definitely a good idea. Certainly, a post title plays an essential and major role in the success post will have. As Copy Blogger points out: “8 out of 10 people will read the headline, and only 2 out of 10 will read the rest”.

Why not try tools for generating titles? You need is just a few keywords. Title generators are very easy to use, and within minutes, you can get surprisingly great and striking titles for your oncoming blog post. Let’s take a look at some really great title generators, shall we?

 HubSpot’s Blog Ideas Generator

This tool is very straightforward to use. Fill in the blanks with one to three nouns and click ‘Give Me Blog Ideas!’ Simple, right? HubSpot presents five suggestions, but if nothing feels suitable, just click on ‘Try Again’ to continue to find the perfect title.

 Portent – Content Idea Generator

This is another tool that also can simplify gaining great titles for your next blog post. Enter one subject or phrase to generate both fun and valuable titles. I used the phrase ‘A Popup Builder WordPress Plugin,’ and you can see the result in the image above.

There are a lot of title generators to choose from. So try which title generators you like and get the best results by either searching for a headline generator on Google or trying the mentioned tools;

Blog Title Generator by IMPACT, SEOPressor, TechSini, Blog Post Title Idea Generator. FATJOE, by Prozely and the same tool by Kiss PR

 Magic Words / Magnet Words

Another possibility to boost your titles is to use so-called magic words or magnet words. What in the world are magic words? you might think. Simply explained, they are Powerful Words That Convert. If you use title generators we just mentioned, you can take advantage of magic words as well for your titles. If you have created one or more titles for your next post, replace some words with ‘magic words’ to create better search engine optimized titles.

 Use These Magic Words for Fascinating Headline Solutions

Image source – bevisible.co

For more inspiration, there are fortunately many articles written about this topic. A ‘cheat sheet’ that I have benefited from many times is included in one of Betsy Kent’s articles on how you can Use These Magic Words for Irresistible Blog Headlines.

 189 Powerful Words That Convert

Image source – bufferapp

Another must-read article was written by Kevan Lee and published on the Buffer blog—189 Powerful Words That Convert. The mentioned article includes lots of great tips and the ultimate list of converting phrases and words. Did you know the 5 most persuasive words in English are You, Free, Because, Instantly, and New?

These are just two brilliant examples, and as I mentioned, there is much more excellent information available; just do a search on Google for Magic Words or Magnet Words, and you’re ready to rock and create magic titles.

 Fill-in-the-Blank Headline Templates

Fill-in-the-Blank Blog Post Titles are simply known as templates. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel over and over again? For those having experienced the writer’s block, this is another perfect solution to kick-starting your title production again! With this procedure, it will not be a conundrum to offer new and unique ideas. Just go ahead and fill in the blanks.

I have selected some articles with impressive fill-in-the-blank templates you can use for your next blog posts.

This is a great post with 42 Fill-in-the-Blank Blog Post Headline Templates from NewInternetOrder. Simple as it is, just fill in the blanks and create engaging headlines.

10 Fill-In-The-Blank Headlines That Convert

The next tip is an article on the Crazy Egg blog by Jacob McMillen—10 Fill-In-The-Blank Headlines That Convert. In the article, he lists 10 Fill-In-The-Blank Headlines that convert. Simple yet fun to use. Use the templates in the post to grab your target audience’s attention.

 

Of course, there are other Fill-in-the-Blank Headline Templates you should take a closer glance at to boost your titles. Look at some other suggestions

 Headline Analysis

Last point of the list: Headline Analysis. It’s time to summarize everything we’ve discussed in the article and move on with all our titles for analysis. How good are your titles? We do this with two tools that I suggest you can use:

 CoSchedule Headline Analyzer

This analyser is one of the best title analysis tools (my opinion) to improve the quality of a headline and rate its ability to result in social shares, increased traffic, and SEO value.

CoSchedule analyzes a headline’s grammatical structure. In addition, it also controls the keywords; sentiment shows a Google Search Preview, etc. This is a must-use tool for analyzing headlines and titles.

 Share through Headline Analyzer

This tool is another very beneficial tool for analyzing headlines. Share through measures and reveals the results for Headline Quality Score and makes suggestions.

Engagement and impression score.

Follow the recommendations, and you can easily boost this score just by replacing or adding one or two words.

 In Conclusion

There are various ways to increase the power of appealing headlines and killer titles.  Four of them you can check out in today’s article. Use either one of the tips, or combine them to in order to improve performance. From my experience, I recommend trying to spend more time to write better headlines, you notice its worth and paying off when you see your titles appearing in search results, a little bit higher than before.

Please share your reflections or suggestions in comments on how to write better titles and headlines for websites or blogs.

Peter Nillson
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Peter is the founder of WP Newsify. When he is not working with WordPress you can find him walking, running, canoeing, camping, and other nature-inspiring experiences places in the world. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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