7 Ways to Write Super Catchy Headlines

by Meghan Keaney Anderson

Date

July 29, 2011 at 1:09 PM

This is a guest post by Marissa Lowman.

Headlines are the lifeblood of web and landing pages. Ever since the <h1> tag was invented, they’ve been the most important copy on a page…making or breaking the story or idea being communicated. If there is one consistent finding in landing page testing, it’s that headlines play one of the most crucial parts in conversion. A good headline pulls readers in to learn more while a bad headline fails to resonate and loses readers instantly.

But writing great headlines is easier said than done. Unless you’re a professional copywriter, writing headlines is  hard . It can be difficult to say exactly what you want while staying interesting at the same time.

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To help make writing your next web page headline easier, we’ve rounded up a bunch of powerful headlines and categorized them  for you so that you can start to see the inherent patterns in them. Sometimes all it takes is to find out which pattern works for you, and then writing becomes (ever so slightly) easier. Think of these headline categories in terms of personalities.

7 Types of Headlines

 

1.  The Know-it-All  – These headlines offer practical advice or tips.

2.  The Teacher  – These headlines teach you something you didn’t already know.

3.  The Gossip  – These types of headlines stir up controversy, pique your interest, and often have you asking “and then what happened?”

4.  The Instigator  – These headlines make bold statements, which may or may not be true, but they make you want to click to find out.

5.  The Nay-Sayer  – These headlines convince you that what you don’t know will hurt you.

6.  The Campaigner  – These headlines provoke people who have similar problems or issues to click on the articles and connect with other like-minded people.

7.  The Connector  – These articles show the connection between two seemingly unrelated things.

Have you come across any effective headlines lately? What category were they in? Why did you click on them?


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