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When it comes to dominating search, especially when it comes to blogging and publishing, you need to always write your headlines and copy first for Google, then for people. Humans (and their flexible brains) are very forgiving when it comes to reading possibly stilted, "robotic," keyword-explicit headlines and articles, but Google is not.
How often have you read a headline, deduced the content and moved on? Sadly, that’s something you have in common with about 80% of people who read through articles. Writers put a lot of thought and time into writing articles, but it’s the headline that should be able to hook the readers in. In fact, without a good headline, the contents you’re promoting may be left neglected and ignored, lost in a sea of Google results.
So when I’m fighting with a heavy case of writer’s block, here are a few free tools I’ve found that have helped me. It’s important to note that tools like these ideas shouldn’t always be taken literally, as it can lead to “viral title overload” for readers (seeing Upworthy-style headlines everywhere you look does get a bit old, after all). I usually use the generated ideas from these tools as a springboard to create my own more engaging or unique title.
In an effort to help you understand a variety of headline approaches that perform well for bloggers, I’ve created a cheat sheet that spells out nine tips. Following each tip, I offer two examples. The first example comes from ideas for a would-be blog about pets; the second draws from my area of expertise, online marketing.