In search of the perfect title, the title is one of the most important parts of any blog post and can be the difference between getting a couple of hundred clicks and a couple of thousand clicks.
Headline writing has changed a lot over the years but the hooks are still very similar to when there was printing presses creating newspapers, sometimes the better the headline the more chance there is that more people are going to be intrigued and find the impulse to click on your heading.
Important nuances that must know when writing titles
The mechanism has not changed much over time but always use some common nuances. Despite the magic of the titles you have to know where the limits are nobody wants to disappoint the user when there expectations isn’t reached when they click a title.
- The cultural context is important. What works in the western world can not be applied to the rest of the world without some changes. If your product appeals to the non English speaking world make your copy that will appeal to both and don’t use slang or colloquialisms.
- People’s attention span has decreased rapidly in the last couple of years, an experienced internet user isn’t going to click on the title unless it interests them, there has been a pure disdain for websites that try to push fake news sites.
- We cannot just change what works. The creation of titles has evolved. One of the pioneers in this regard has been the site of ViralNova and much copycat sites have emerged in the English speaking world. No one has been able to replicate the success of Scott DeLong, the owner of ViralNova.
Essentials for the perfect title
Over time I have been discovering “technical” aspects that have given good results. There are no accurate measurement and it is difficult to compare one title with another.Many of the best titles are are based on intuition. Luckily there are no absolute truths and each context at the end becomes different. The best results are from the experience.
Using powerful words and expressions
Great headlines contain powerful words and expressions that explain absolutely everything and a good title can catch a person’s peripheral vision and make them click the link. Here’s a list of 189 powerful words that convert and get the person’s attention every time according to Buffer Click here .
The anatomy of the title
It should also respect a certain order. It has to do with the fact that many processes occur in the unconscious so that decision making can be influenced with little tricks of usability. Create an action for the person to do, i.e. Click here to download the most powerful headlines. (But then don’t disappoint).
Ability to adapt and approach
Not everything works equally well on all sides. The titles also require adaptation to the environment and approach. E.g. on Twitter I usually use some of these tricks to create memorable headlines.
There is a basic rule you have to consider. It’s good to find a balance between attention and less aggressive post titles.
The most important thing is to fulfill what you promise. In the end it has to touch the little heart of the reader. These emotional reasons that work for Facebook Ads actually work for any type of content.
This is achieved mainly with first-person stories. Sharing experiences with others can be identified much attention.
Try it and you tell me what has worked best for you …