Everyone knows that the success of an any work of writing is dependent on its title. Without an intriguing title, no one will want to read what you wrote. Depending on what you're writing, it's not always easy to come up with a good title, and even when you do, you're not always sure how it will be received by your target audience. That's why I've gathered 11 headline templates that have already been proven, along with an explanation of when to use them!
1- Give me [short amount of time] and I'll give you [desired result]
When to use: When you have a how-to article and are able to guarantee results within a short time period
Example: Give me ten minutes, and I'll teach you everything you need to know about getting back in shape again!
2- If you don't [important action] now, you'll hate yourself later
When to use: When your article is regarding an urgent action your reader should take right away or face severe consequences later.
Example: If you don't fix your article titles now, you'll hate yourself later.
3- The lazy [target audience]'s way to [desired result]
When to use: Use this when you're writing an article about an easy and efficient way to do something that is normally tedious and time-consuming.
Example: The lazy student's way to writing a great essay
4- Do you recognize the [number] early signs of [something bad]
When to use: The title is self-explanatory for this one: use this kind of title when you have a list of items that are early signs of something undesireable.
Example: Do you recognize the 5 early signs of diabetes?
5- See how easily you can [desired result]
When to use: This is the same as number 3, except that this one is better for learning new things and other long-term endeavors and number 3 is better when you're teaching your readers how to get something done quickly and easily.
Example: See how easily you can learn Spanish
6- You don't have to [an extroardinary act] to [desired result]
When to use: There are often people who have false preconceived notions about sertain topics, and these notions stop them from wanting to act. When dealing with such topics, you can use this kind of title when writing an article that removes such false assumptions.
Example: You don't have to be a genius to start a blog
7- Do you make these mistakes with [something important]
When to use: You're writing an article about common mistakes that people make that aren't recognized as mistakes.
Example: Do you make these mistakes with your blog?
8- Little known ways to [desired result]
When to use: This one is also pretty self-explanatory; You use this when you're writing a how-to article and you want to create intrigue in the reader.
Example: Little known ways to save money on everyday expenses
9- Now you can [a desireable act] and [another desirable act that seems to contradict the first one]!
When to use: The idea behind this is similar to number 6. People may carry a precpnceived notion that, for example, you need to give up tasty food if you want to lose weight. In that case, I'd title my article...
Example: Now you can enjoy tasty food and lose weight!
10- [Do something] like [famous example]
When to use: When you have a how-to article and are able to explain how a famous person (who is famously good at the topic) does it.
Example: Run like a marathoner
11- What everyone should know about [important subject]
When to use: This is very effective because it can be used in almost any circumstance and creates a want for the reader to see what information everyone should know that he/she may be missing out on. Just make sure that you follow up with really good content that lives up to the high expectations created by the title.
Example: What everyone should know about being an effective blogger
It may seem a bit tedious at first to take the time to come up with the perfect title. But over time as you make it a habit, you'll be able to do it with minimal effort and it'll pay off.