You’ve probably heard this a lot of times, but I’ll say it again – a good headline is what gets your readers interested in browsing through your post. The opening paragraph is what makes them stay and read through the entire post.
With that said, it’s important that you remember to keep your headlines as catchy and attention-grabbing as you possibly can. However, this is easier said that done because most people tend to have a problem coming up with clever titles.
Don’t worry, you can always find inspiration lying around on the World Wide Web. Here are some sites which may help you come up with catchy headlines:
Search your inbox. If you’re one who’s subscribed to a lot of newsletters, you can browse through the ones you saved in your inbox and look for clever ideas for a headline. It’s not necessarily a post about headline-making that you’re looking for, but rather a headline style that appealed to you so much so that you saved the actual newsletter.
Skim through magazine covers. You know how they try to squeeze a handful of headlines in the cover of magazine? Those can be helpful in giving you ideas on how to make a title just as catchy.
While you’re at it, go read through the magazine and look for advertisements. You know how they advertisers need to make the most out of their tiny ad space in magazines? That means they need to make attention-grabbing titles for their ads for people to notice that they exist. Learn from such ads.
Visit social bookmarking sites. A good example would be Digg. You’ll find that their front page is full of eye-catching titles that will draw you to visit those links and read them. Use those titles as a guide to formulate your own unique and clever headline.
These are some of the things I do when I can’t think of a headline to use. I sure hope this helps you out where you’re in a tight spot.
If you’ve got ideas or suggestions that you’d like to share, please don’t hesitate to post them over at the comments section so we can discuss them further.