If you use an aggregator or visit sites like Buzzsumo for your social media news, you probably saw multiple news stories today about a single event that seems important but actually isn't. Actually, this happens every other day on the internet, but I'm using today's example as a jumping off point, so here we go.
Your headline is the first—and possibly the only—chance you have to attract attention to the content you’ve written. That’s the writing on the wall. And it turns out that some kinds of headlines attract attention better. How should you write your headlines? “Your title will directly impact your click-through rate,” writes Jonathan Long for SEJ. “A horrible blog title will pull a low CTR, while a compelling title will pull a higher CTR. Makes sense, right?”
A good headline can make or break an article. Any Buzzfeed reader can tell you that. Any website that A/B tests their headlines knows it to be true. Check out the infographic from QuickSprout below to get you writing headlines like a champ in no time.
Readers use your headline as their first selection criterion when deciding what to spend their time on. Just like a book is still judged by its cover, each content piece that you produce gets evaluated by your readers in a few seconds based on its headline.
If my subject title hadn’t intrigued you or been prominent enough on the webpage you would not be reading this. Crazy aye! This puts into perspective just how important subject titles really are, whether they be on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, email newsletters or just in generic emails to your channel partners. Everyone wants their content to be read, but what is the best way to achieve this?