Making your headlines work for you and for your readers

I've written about this before but I think it can be said over and over again:

Make your post or article headlines clear and to the point. Use them to tell your readers what they can expect to find if they continue reading. Make your headlines work for you by bringing in new readers. Make them work for your readers by helping them understand what your articles are about.

I've been really bad at this in the past. I'd write an article and then come up with a cute headline that only a few people would understand. These days I try to follow my own advice and avoid clever phrasing and insider jokes. Of course there are times when I deviate from this, and there's still plenty of room for me to improve my headline writing skills.

For further reading on headline writing I suggest visiting Copyblogger and reading Brian Clark's articles Writing Headlines That Get Results and How to Write Headlines That Work.

Posted on April 27, 2006 in Quicklinks, Writing