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The Elements of a Good Headline (Infographic) Clickbait is ruining the art of headline writing.

The Elements of a Good Headline (Infographic)

As a budding young web editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, one of my colleagues and I would compete to see who could get his clever headline printed in the paper version. All that SEO stuff was boring to us. The real challenge was whether we could best the paper’s ace headline writer, which we rarely did. When it happened, it was a triumph. For headline nerds like us, there was no better feeling than hitting that pinnacle of pith. But some point, we as content providers and journalists evolved from “Men walk on moon” to “Man Tries to Hug a Wild Lion, You Won’t Believe What Happens Next” (Don’t bother clicking—the lion hugs him back.

Where was I? Of course headline writing has had to evolve as the days of readers staining their hands with ink is a thing of the past. [RELATED: Revive your writing chops, grab the attention of a distracted audience, and tell great stories across media channels.] But where do you start? The Most Viral Content of 2016: Thirty Examples of Insanely Shareable Content. How was your 2016?

The Most Viral Content of 2016: Thirty Examples of Insanely Shareable Content

Yes, it was a little crazy. The volume of social sharing reflected that. The act of social sharing became mainstream news itself in 2016. There were many stories about echo chambers, the sharing of false news and the impact of social sharing and news feeds on politics. We have analyzed the most socially shared content this year and set out below 30 examples of the most viral content from across the different social networks. Research Note We have excluded from our analysis games and forms, such as sign up forms to support the Clinton campaign. The Most Viral Content of 2016 The top viral posts are dominated by content shared on Facebook, which is by far the largest and most used social network (see latest data from Pew Research). 1.

The majority of the top viral posts on Facebook are made up of reports on the latest research findings from scientific studies. 22 Headlines That Went Viral. Have These Marketers Cracked the Code? Headlines were the key tactic to make people buy newspapers, buy books and magazines.

22 Headlines That Went Viral. Have These Marketers Cracked the Code?

Now they make people click and share on the web and your mobile phone. Bloggers, publishers and marketers are always on the lookout for attracting attention to drive traffic, engage with their readers and customers and make money. 10 Tips for Writing Viral Titles. Are you having trouble with traffic or clicks?

10 Tips for Writing Viral Titles

If so, it sounds like you need a little help with your title writing. The title of your video, article or other piece of content is by far the most important. Along with the image and introduction, the title of your piece will get noticed first in most cases. If it's really good, a title alone can entice a click (and thousands more, for that matter). How to Write a Catchy Headline in 1 Minute and 7 Seconds. Guest post from Nick Marquet If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

How to Write a Catchy Headline in 1 Minute and 7 Seconds

If you are a writer, your goal is probably for your work to be consumed by an interested audience who will rave about it to their friends. Yet, if you write the most insightful, thought-provoking, earth-shattering blog post or newspaper article — and no one reads it – it’s not very likely that your writing will resonate with a wide audience. Learning how to write a catchy headline can be the difference between a well-distributed piece of writing, or a dud. So, let’s take a look at the steps required to write a headline that will attract the readers you’re looking for. Know your audience. 100+ Attention-Grabbing Blog Post Title Templates That Work. You’ve probably heard this a lot of times.

100+ Attention-Grabbing Blog Post Title Templates That Work

But YES. Having a catchy title is the key to grabbing people’s attention. It's your golden ticket to increased traffic and wider audience. You need to elicit interest, emotion, and curiosity in your potential readers to make your blog post title as irresistible as possible. Plus, it plays a crucial role in improving your search ranking. For example, you're writing an article about starting a website, instead of using "Creating A Website" as a blog title, you'd want to write "How To Start A Website in 3 Easy Steps" or "How To Start A Website in Less Than 20 Minutes" instead. Not only it's more attractive, your post also get a higher chance of landing in the first pages in the search results since it's more specific and there's less competition for the latter phrase (a.k.a long tail keywords) than the former. Seven Easy Tricks to Write Catchy Headlines. Catchy headlines can make or break you content.

Seven Easy Tricks to Write Catchy Headlines

There are infinite ways to write a headline. You can combine the principles of headlines to get even more possibilities. In the following post I will give you tips and tricks have proven themselves for many years. 5 Easy Tricks to Write Catchy Headlines. 4 Ways Copywriting Can Boost Your E-commerce Conversion Rates.