Your headline is the first thing people see when they view your blog post or article. Don’t let it be the last thing they see of your writing though. By paying attention to your word choice and crafting the best headline possible, you’ll inspire your future readers to click and keep reading. Just follow these steps and you’re well on your way to making the best first impression possible.
Make it Catchy or Create a Hook
Creating a catchy headline is about more than just using fun adjectives. Rather, try using word play that incites an emotion, and that includes laughter or intrigue, like the headline: “Big Rig Carrying Fruit Crashes on Fruit, Creates Jam.” While puns like this one aren’t necessary to create a hook, it can be a great way to initially grab your reader’s attention.
Keep it Relevant
While you’ll often be rewarded for your creativity in a headline, make sure that the headline is still relevant and that it, above all, makes logical sense. After all, readers want to know what they’ll be reading when they click open your article. Headlines that simply state, “New Study Shows Health Benefits,” tells nothing new to the reader.
Promise Valuable Information
Headlines, and in turn your articles, should offer something that the reader wants to know or learn about. With that in mind, think of headlines as a way of introducing the new skills someone will learn about when they read your article, or perhaps teach them a new way of looking at the world, or simply, a way to make their business better. For example, this headline from Maxwell Systems — “Best Practices Guide: Optimizing Your Construction Business for Profitable Growth” — hits on a number of things that will intrigue people in the construction industry: learning new skills, making a profit and making process improvements. In other words, the headline gives people in the industry every reason to click.
People love lists, in part because they’re often quite memorable. Plus, since numbers promise a list of sorts, readers will know exactly what kind of format the article is in even before they open the article. When using this tactic, try focusing on just three to seven as the number to use, as its quick and to the point. Then again, short lists aren’t required, which Buzzfeed proves every day with its lists and reliance on numbers in its headlines.
Take a Stand
The best way to inspire a conversation is to build a controversy. Take a stand in your headline, and it’ll immediately make people agree — or disagree — with you. Crafting your article using either what, why, how or when is often a good start to doing this.
State the Facts
If you ask a question in your headline, you run the risk of someone saying, “Nope, that topic doesn’t interest me,” and you’ve immediately lost a reader. Rather, state an interesting fact that will appeal to a wider audience.
Demonstrate What You’ll Teach
Again, this goes back to providing a value to your readers. If you share what you’ll be teaching from the get go, your readers will know exactly what they’ll learn by clicking through to your article. How-to articles are particularly successful at this, and you can use this “teaching” method for a whole slew of topics, like “How to Break Up with Your Boyfriend” or “How to Tie a Tie.”
Utilize Celebrity Names and Brands
Name recognition is a wonderful thing when it comes to headlines. As long as the name is relevant to your topic, use it. It doesn’t hurt that using well-known names — whether of brands, celebrities or even current trends — can also help your article in the search rankings as well. For one, “CAT Machine in Skyfall Movie” ties a well-known brand to a timely movie. It keeps the brand relevant, while also linking two things that people wouldn’t normally realize were related.
Keep it Short
Headlines should be easily digestible and easy to share, but those aren’t the only reasons to keep them under 65 characters. That length is also the maximum amount of characters that Google shows in its search results. That means if one of your keywords happens to fall after those 65 characters, then it’s doing you no good.
All nine of these tips are important to consider when you write your headline, but they’re not the only considerations. Make sure you’re using an active voice in your headlines, because passive is bland and doesn’t inspire action. Lastly, read the headline out loud before you publish to make sure it has a natural flow.
Still need inspiration to craft a stellar headline? Get started with these template headlines:
1. The Secret of [Blank]
2. How to Create a [Blank]
3. 5 Ways to Jumpstart [Blank]
4. Scam Alert: Don’t [Blank]
5. The Truth About [Blank]
6. Why [Blank] is Wrong, and [Blank] is Right
7. Is [Blank] Shortening Your Life?
8. Discover Award-Winning [Blank]
9. Finding Your Perfect [Blank]
10. 10 Things Not to Share With [Blank]
11. Why You Should [Blank] Before You Die
12. When [Blank] Isn’t Good Enough
13. Can [Blank] Help You Beat [Blank]?
14. How to Take Charge of [Blank]
15. Thousands Have [Blank], Why Not You?
16. The [Famous Person]’s Guide to [Blank]
17. Do Not Visit [Blank] Until You Read This
18. End Your Struggle to [Blank]
19. 5 Tips to Help You [Blank]
20. Where [Blank] Found His [Blank]
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Having said this, it is time consuming keeping the content of your blog up to date yourself. Letting your readers know the latest on what’s happening in your industry. It can also be extremely time consuming writing articles, finding new and interesting topics to write about and then having to spend hours submitting them to social sites and letting the world know that you have a new article online.
Of course, you can always use share tools and send your content to others via twitter, facebook, digg, friendfeed, etc.
Writing articles and submitting them to article sites such as Ezine Articles, Go Articles and hundreds of other article sites is one way to create organic traffic generation. The great thing about organic marketing is that it’s virtually slap proof! However, the best thing about organic traffic is that it keeps on keeping on. Content that you post on the web today will keep growing month after month, year after year.
But like I said keeping up with this is a never ending job and is sometimes best to outsource this time consuming task. This brings me to the reason for writing this article, outsourcing! Content Divas, Shelby and Heather are exceptional at taking care of your content needs, such as content for your article submissions and your blog site, press releases and in-depth keyword research and much more.
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Mistakes to Avoid
Many marketers online today are giving up on email marketing thinking it is no longer effective. Part of the problem is that small businesses are making common mistakes when using this popular form of digital marketing, that when used correctly can still be effective when orchestrating your email marketing campaign. Listed below are common email marketing mistakes to avoid.
Avoid these common mistakes when planning your next email campaign.
Misleading subject line
This is your first point of contact between you, your business and the reader. Don’t mislead or trick the reader into opening your email as this will only lessen the open rates and build mistrust for future opens. You headline needs to promise the reader that they have something to gain by opening your mail.
A lot of thought should be put into your headline to assure a high open rate. One way to ensure that your headline has success is to test a small percentage of your subscriber list by sending two different headlines with similar wording and then check the open rates. Most email marketing tools have this key feature mainly used by sophisticated marketers and frequently ignored by others.
Always make sure that when emailing your name or business name appears in the same place every time. Not only does this brand your business the reader will become familiar to your branding and know what to look for when browsing their email. When you are providing your reader with valuable content, they will keep their eye out for your trademark brand in your email.
Does Size Matter?
Many mailers’ think it’s the size of the data base that makes the difference to an emailing campaign. However, the level of engagement the ability to understand your target market and their preferences and behaviours is far more important that the size of the list. You could have a large list of thousands and only 10% of this list may be active then you will have a small audience. However, you may only have a list of 1,000 people where 75% are active and your responsive is higher. So, is not all about how big your list is but how responsive those are who are on your list.
You have probably either seen this happen a lot or have been guilty of doing this sometime in your email/marketing life. A big mistake when emailing is to cram the body of the email with too much information and too many links. You must remember you aim is to have your reader follow through on a call to action, not to be distracted while reading your mail. After all, you managed to get them in with your awesome subject line so now you want to give them the information they came for and turn them into a prospective qualified lead.
Wrong Call to Action
The key to good email content is to elaborate on the promise you made in the subject line while continuing to withhold just the right amount of information to encourage your recipients to click on the call to action. Many small business owners make the mistake of not having a clear call to action. Email marketing is still a cost effective sales driver and so it’s important for the business to drive their traffic via the call to action into their only store or to relevant content on their landing page.
Tacky Email Design
Many marketers tend to get carried away with the design of an email. This can be time consuming and also this can be a barrier between the reader and your business.
Avoid visual elements or animation within your email design, which can actually make your email hard to read and/or obscure the value proposition. This is especially valuable information for those using Solo Emailing systems. More times than not when you see a Solo email from a business that has been given special effects to make the email stand out, such as different coloured text in each paragraph.
Really, all you are achieving by doing this is making your email look tacky and unprofessional and not worthy of reading.
Too much of a bad thing
Sending many emails during the day can be one way to have people unsubscribing from your mailing list. This is a big no no when using email marketing as an effective marketing strategy. A comfortable mailing rate is one that is not too disturbing to your reader, after all they have subscribed to receive your emails, you just don’t want them to be overwhelmed. I would say a comfortable rate would be one every day for a week or so after sign up and then perhaps once or twice a week. This of course is if you are only emailing your personal list.
Emailing TOP TIP
Email marketing is great for building your business, introducing yourself to the online community in your niche and building and gaining more visitors to your blog. I really wouldn’t suggest that you send your business opportunity to an email list through an email marketing company. You should be building a business relationship with these large email lists and you can invite them to your blog to gain the valuable information you have to share. Once they see the valuable information you are offering, they will keep coming back and eventually may even become long term customers.
It’s still very cool to practice email marketing methods these days….. just stick to the rules and you’ll be on to a winning marketing strategy.
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If you are new to article writing you might find it a chore to write lots of articles per week.
By following the tips I give you in this article, overcoming your article writing challenge should be a breeze. It won’t be long before writing becomes routine and you’ll be writing 10 or more articles a day.
To some of us writing comes naturally but for others it can sometimes be a difficult task. For successful article marketing you need to adopt a strategy and learn some tricks for your content to flow naturally.
The best way to illustrate this is with an example.
Every time you have an idea for an article you need to jot it down in an ideas journal. You then pick one idea from your journal and use it for the core of your article. Your best results will be achieved by writing your article in a list format. Perhaps it could be a list of how to information. Write down each tip step by step, and then expand on each tip with about 3 or 4 sentences about each one. This will act as a skeleton for the 10 articles you are going to write and you can even use this outline for an article on its own.
After you have made your list take each point in your list and turn each point into an individual article. Add an introduction and a summary at the end to add up to about an extra 150 words. If you are having trouble finding the words you can always use an example if it is appropriate to the article or a story that explains what you are trying to say to your reader. Use stories from your own personal experience, as stories also make good articles.
So, now you have an article about the first tip on your list. All you do now is rinse and repeat for your second tip until you are at the end of your list. I never run out of ideas for writing articles because I always jot down every idea that comes to mind in my ideas journal.
Another way to resource article ideas
I’ve been doing this for a while now and you can also use this method. When you are waiting for a doctor’s appointment for example most people have a flick through a magazine…. right? There is an endless supply of article ideas you can find in magazines and then adapt them to suite your niche. What I usually do is just put them into the notes section of my phone and put them into my ideas journal when I am at my laptop next. This way you will never run out of ideas.
Now that I’ve given you my secret to article writing, you should give it a try. You will be amazed by the results. You will start getting unique visitors to your website in droves just by using this step by step method. This simple tool will save you loads of time when submitting your articles to directories.
What exactly is Article Marketing?
Article marketing is the process of writing small to medium size articles about your niche. You then go through the process of submitting your articles to article directory sites to promote your article. This in turn brings targeted traffic to your website. This is one of the easiest ways to generate free online traffic to your website.
How long should your Article be?
As a rule I generally write articles between 300 and 500 words. If they are much longer than this you can make the mistake of boring your reader to tears and find they will click off your article before they get to the punch line and will miss the opportunity to send them to your website. Make your article interesting and take your reader all the way to the end. The punch line is also known as the author’s resource box. This is where you will drive your traffic to your blog or website to promote your product and is a crucial part of your article writing and marketing.
How to drive your traffic
One of the best ways to drive traffic from your recourse box to your website is to offer your reader a free eBook. Many online marketers offer free eBooks for you to give away through your resource box. Everyone likes something for free! A good idea is to start a collection of eBooks targeting your niche. i.e. Internet Marketing, Article writing, traffic generation, whatever is specific for your niche. Also available for you to promote yourself even more is a branded eBook. This is an ebook that someone else has written that gives you the opportunity for a small fee to put your own name and websites in. So when anyone clicks on the link in the book your business or website is promoted.
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