Did you know that on average, 8 out of 10 people will read headline copy, but only 2 out of 10 will read the rest? Your headline is the first impression you make on a prospective reader. An eye-catching headline is a key factor in getting readers to click through to your article.
An attention-getting headline will capture the reader’s attention right away and compel them to want to find out more. Clear, concise, and original content is important, but words that appeal to their emotions is the magic ingredient to giving your visitors a reason to want to diver deeper.
Trigger words can entice readers to your content, but use these words with caution because they can also trigger skepticism and distrust. Make sure your content carries through on the promise in the headline and always avoid click-baiting. Clickbait headlines typically aim to exploit the “curiosity gap”, providing just enough information to make the reader curious, but not enough to satisfy their curiosity without clicking through to the linked content. Always craft a headline that links to authentic and relevant content.
Download a list of 90 headline power words here.
For a deep dive into which words and phrases drive the most shares and engagement, Buzzsumo analyzed 100 million article headlines and reported their findings here.
Further Related Reading
- How to Increase Conversions Using Power Words in Your Social Media Marketing
- How to Write The Perfect Headline: The Top Words Used in Viral Headlines
- Emotion Marketing 101 – Harnessing Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions
- 15 Ways To Crack Captivating Headlines