Would you take action today if I show you how to fix your blog post headline in simple and practical ways?
If you answered yes, then welcome. Writing catchy and reader-friendly headline is an art. I like revealing my secrets.
I spent 30 minutes figuring out how to catch readers’ attention via headline on this post.
Why Great Headline Is Vital
Apart from the clicks you would get, a great headline would help the reader envisage how the content is. If the content is weak, generic and quirky, it usually shows up in the headline.
On the other hand, I’ve seen clickable headlines, got hooked to it but was disappointed because the information on the article didn’t live up to expectations.
But that’s not what we’re aiming for. Our goal is to write a catchy headline and also make the article itself interesting and valuable.
I’ve been blogging for a while now, and I use these simple ways to fix my headlines. Enjoy and implement the tips.
Ask Close-ended Question
This concept is quite new to blogging and I’m confident you’ll like it. There are two types of questions you could ask readers in your headline. The first is open-ended question and the other, close-ended question.
What’s the difference between the open and close-ended questions?
I’ll illustrate with two examples each. But first, when you ask an open-ended question in the headline, you’re giving the reader the opportunity to think-out-of-the-box. It’s an open field where they can choose whatever they want.
This type of question is not ideal for your headlines – it breeds confusion. It’s not concise. See example:
“Do You Want To Make Money Online?”
“How Do You Setup A Small Business Online?
Although these headlines might seem good at the surface, but it lacks objective. If someone asks if you want to make money online, is there any business model he’s chosen for you? Are the steps to make extra money well-planned?
Use Close-ended Questions Instead
Yes, close-ended questions are the best when it comes to blogging and writing good and clickable headlines.
This type of headline tells the reader how to achieve a particular thing. It’s specific, focused and memorable – it commands action. It works because the human brain processes one idea at a time – first come first served!
When you ask a close-ended question in the headline, the reader or prospect has no other choice than to click. It speaks directly to their needs and how to solve them without digressing. Consider these examples:
“Do You Want To Increase Affiliate Income By 203%?”
“How Can I Create A WordPress Blog In 15 Minutes?”
As you can see from the examples, the close-ended doesn’t permit readers to stretch their thoughts. It’s a direct response to the problems they face. Always use this type of questions when writing your post headlines.
Add Figures To Your Headline
The best way to fix your headline right now is by adding a figure to it. A figure can be numbers (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9…) or percentage (%). Would you like to read 50+ Funny Ways To Dazzle Blog Readers? Click here
If you observed carefully, most headlines that piqued your mind were written with numbers or a percentage. The vital thing to remember is that blog readers and prospects have problems, and they’re counting on you to solve at least one of them.
When you specifically write a headline and include “7 ways,” or a number, something strong will start moving inside the readers’ mind. Also, having “75%” or similar percentages in the headline can speak so much volume to the reader.
So, instead of writing, “Best Ways To Improve SEO Ranking,” add a number or a percentage to make it specific. Thus:
“Best Ways To Improve SEO Ranking” becomes “7 Best Ways To Improve SEO Rankin” or “Best Ways To Improve SEO Ranking By 87%.”
Go and fix your headline now
What are you waiting for? Are you satisfied with your headline writing skills? As I said earlier, you’ve to keep writing headlines and learn from experienced copywriters to see what they’re doing right. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel – join the chariots baby.
How do you write powerful headlines for your blog posts? Please share your secret with us by leaving a comment. Thank you so much for reading.
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How to Ride out Traffic Swings
Traffic swings occur for every single blogger who ever blogged.
Literally, nobody is immune from seeing traffic stats swing high, low, back, medium and all over, in between. How do you ride out these swings? Blog for the love of blogging and see traffic as an extra, a bonus, or some add on to your blogging campaign. Make the blogging work, the reward. See all else as extra, or a bonus, and you become totally chill in response to inevitable traffic swings. Way too many bloggers become obsessed with traffic stats. Even more make the foolish mistake of obsessing over traffic stats on a daily basis. Guys; this is nuts. How can you focus on daily traffic swings when you know all good, lasting things take time, energy and a willingness to have a vision? Relax. Slow down. Calm down. Trust in yourself. Trust in the blogging process. Good things take time and generous service.
Imagine if Jeff Bezos panicked over day to day traffic and sales numbers on founding Amazon over 2 decades ago? Imagine how doing so would have crippled his campaign? Everybody experiences swings – usually, wild swings – as a newbie entrepreneur and blogger because no growth is perfectly linear. Over time, with generous effort and a blanket trusting in the blogging process, you traffic increases month over month. But day to day analysis is a silly way to assess how you are doing. How in the heck can you honestly make a blanket assessment of your blog over a 24 hour period? It’s only 24 hours! We measure success in thousands and tens of thousands of hours…..not 24 hours. Come back down to earth. Get your head out of the clouds. Nothing of meaning, of lasting value, unfolds in 24 hours. Please be gentle with yourself and be even more gentle with your silly mind because the mind wants fast results but your heart knows; successful blogging is a long term gig.
Check Stats Infrequently
Do you have an absolute blast checking stats? If so, check stats monthly. Allow momentum to gain by generously helping people daily, over a monthly period. Observe your traffic stats to iron out any kinks and to not be swayed by the day to day fluctuations leveling most bloggers, creating a roller coaster wave of emotions in mind. I barely check metrics because if I love what I do, trust in the process and trust myself, the more generous service I put into blogging, the more blogging generously serves me. Simple equation here. Why in the heck would I assess my success based on 24 hour increments? Blogging success hinges on thousands of hours of generous service, not 24 hour blogs of work, right?
Pump your breaks guys. Get uber busy helping your readers by creating as much quality content as humanly possible. Be generous. Focus heavily on giving, not getting, to allow your daily stat checking obsession to dissolve just a wee bit. Blogging become uncomfortable here and there but does get easier and easier the more often you give freely of your time and talents. The challenge is not to panic when you resist checking stats for a few weeks as most folks go bonkers mad, ready to explode, once they try to detach from frequent stat checking.
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But I do know this; if you ask this question you think like employees. Bad mindset for a blogger. Employees think putting in set amounts of work or reaching some specific goal results in receiving income. 100% of the time, this is NOT true as a professional or amateur blogger. Nobody has any idea how your traffic behaves. Is it targeted, or general? How did you attract your readers? Drilling deeper, it is impossible to surmise that a specific amount of traffic leads to some set amount of income.
Traffic and blogging income are only related in that, if you drive titanic amounts of targeted traffic to your blog, you will make some coin. But other than driving monstrous amounts of traffic – and any blogger asking this question is 10,000 to 20,000 hours away from this type of traffic – you need to understand that making money blogging is about generously helping people, building bonds, creating value, trusting in the process and developing your money mindset diligently, vibing abundance.
Do you want to make money blogging? Stop looking at traffic stats. Nobody pays you like an employer if you register 100 visitors daily to your blog. Stop thinking like an employee. Begin thinking like an entrepreneur. Help people generously. Make friends. Trust in the blogging process. Trust yourself. Think abundantly. Keep helping people. Develop your money mindset. Open multiple streams of income. Money will flow your way if you focus less on traffic stats and things, and more on generously helping human beings. Help people generously, patiently and persistently. Make money. This is the secret to successful blogging. But most bloggers fall lost in a world of stats and employee-level thinking, falsely believing generating a specific number of daily blog visitors results in some blogging employer paying them a set salary, a paycheck, for a goal achieved.
Do not fall prey to this common blogging mindset error in error. Money flows to you based on your generous service and based on your trust in the blogging process. Money can and will arrive but only after you relax, detach, help folks and give little or no thought to money, traffic and other blogging outcomes. The less you think about making money through your blog, the more you help people. The more you help people, the more money you eventually make. Successful blogging and making money is simply about helping tons of people for free to increase your blogging skills and exposure. Open multiple streams of income through which to prosper. Eventually, money flows to you.
Do not get distracted by ideas consistent with the blog post title question. Do not get caught up in blogging money and traffic outcomes. Stop looking for your blogging pay day and get busy helping people freely to learn the secret of effective blog monetizing. Money finds generous servants and money sprints away from bloggers routinely obsessed with making money. Sure you want to promote yourself at every turn. Goodness knows, I am always promoting my 100 plus eBooks and 2 blogging courses in all I do. Plus I promote my audio books and paperbacks, too. But my intent is mostly about helping as many bloggers as possible through guest posting, posting to my blog and via podcasting and broadcasting live. Prospering grows easier the more I help folks freely.
How to Develop Super Human Confidence in Your Blog
Baby steps, my Young Blogging Padawans.
New bloggers, baby step your way to being super human confident in your blog. Being wracked by doubt, with a little wild excitement mixed in, you cannot gain unreal confidence in your blog today. But slowly and steadily gaining clarity gives you the foundation upon which to become a highly successful blogger who feels bold, knowing your blog rocks.
I am about super human confident in my blog. I am developing the same level of confidence in my eBooks and courses, too. Why? Believing in my blog and premium offerings helps me to help more people and I also make more money too, which is neat, considering I live a worldly life.
Follow these tips.
1: Feel and Release Fears-Doubts Aligned with Your Blog
Before you become confident, you need to purge any lack of confidence. I know this feels bad but tis a necessary step to become super duper confident in your blog and in your premium offerings, too. Sit with doubts, those nasty traitors. Be with your fears about self, your writing ability and your blog presentation. Feel these unpleasant energies. Clear the energies. Proceed from a clearer, more confident, space. Confidence is borne of clearing a lack of confidence. Do messy energy work to become uber confident in your blog and in your blogging abilities.
2: Surround Yourself with Loving Bloggers
Loving, caring, compassionate bloggers see brilliance in you when you cannot seem to see it in yourself. Although all confidence issues flow inside-out, you need a network of supportive people around you who believe in you, versus being around haters or negative nellies. Never, ever, ever surround yourself with poverty conscious, failure conscious bloggers. Are you running a cyber charity? Are you a therapist? No! Negative people stuck in fear and failure throw negative cross currents into your being, shaking your already fragile confidence in your blog.
Hang with folks who believe in you and who believe in your blog. Pros share where and how you can improve but they always believe in someone who follows their dreams, and will instill that faith in you, and in your blog, too.
3: Write Your Butt Off and Publish Content Like the Dickens
Writing and publishing content is like breathing to me. I do not lose confidence in my ability to breathe because this is an automatic, auto-pilot, process. I just breathe without thinking about it. Ditto for writing and blogging. I wrote and blogged for 20,000 to 30,000 hours so now it is an automatic, easy process I have super human confidence in. I do not even think about it because I do it routinely, automatically, on a type of auto-pilot borne of making writing and blogging a habit.
If someone criticizes my blog, it is like someone criticizing my breathing; sounds weird, or funny, but it stirs me not, because I have equal confidence in each.
4: Do Energy Work
I do not play around; 3-4 hours of energy work daily allowed me to face, feel and release blog doubts, to become the clear, confident blogger I am today. Consider meditating, or doing yin yoga, or doing Kriya yoga, and power walking. Or do it all. I spend 3-4 hours doing each – collectively – daily, to expand my awareness so I can feel and clear doubts and so I can blog mainly from an abundant, generous, relaxed, detached vibe.
Be confident guys. Believe in your blog. Follow these 4 tips to succeed and to become super human confident in your blog.
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