How to Come Up with Great Headlines – Doable 4
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Today is all about, great headlines! One of the biggest things that can stop people is coming up with a headline for their free offer. The title is sometimes the only thing that people see, so having a title that grabs their attention is important. On the flip side, you don’t want to get so caught up in writing a great title that you don’t get your free offer up. It is better to have something up than nothing.
A few things that work well in headlines are:
Using a number – 7 tips to, 5 ways to, 9 mistakes – odd numbers seem to be used the most, but there isn’t a rule about it. I think five or seven is a good number, as it isn’t too many to get through.
Using adjectives – free, incredible, essential, simple – to describe what they will be getting.
How to – everyone is looking to learn how to do certain things so ‘how to’ headlines are good to use.
Result/Benefit – what is the result they are going to get from an action you recommend?
Powerful Verbs – these are your action words.
Here are a few examples:
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Spend some time looking at what other people have used for titles. You can also search for articles on writing headlines. Search Google for – ‘How to write great headlines’ – and a plethora of information will appear.
In this video, I take you through a couple of ways of coming up with headlines.
Also, refer back to the blog post – How to Decide on a Free Giveaway as what we cover in that video will also be useful for thinking of a headline.
I sometimes come up with my headline first and other times it comes to me when I am writing, or at the end. Don’t get stuck thinking you need to have the headline before you get going.
How do you come up with your headlines? Share in the comments below.
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