Create Traffic Pulling Blog Post Headlines Every Time!

blog post headlinesAre you stuck trying to create traffic pulling blog post headlines?

Don’t stress over this. I know it’s not easy figuring out how to write headlines that attract attention, generate curiosity and pull in readers; but I’ve got something that will help you create blog post headlines without the headaches.

My Secret?

Use what’s already out there!

Why reinvent the wheel? Simply use the blog post headline ideas below and plug in your blog post criteria to create traffic pulling headlines every time.


Use these traffic pulling blog post headlines

How To headlines – Always a favorite in any niche

How to [blank] in [desired time]

“How to become a speed reader in a few short days”

“How to build a website quick and easy”
“How to lose 20 pounds in 20 days.”
“How to write a blog post in just 30 minutes”
“How to potty train your dog in 3 days”
“How to build a dog house in an afternoon”

How to [blank] even if [obstacle]

‘How to write buy a car when you don’t have credit”
“How to save money when you’re on a tight budget”
“How to find a good job without a college degree”
“How to have an elegant wedding on a tiny budget”

How to [do something] while you do [something else]

“How to blog while traveling”
“How to blog when you have a day job”
“How To Get Fit While You Sit”

Mistake headlines

[Thing] Mistakes that [undesirable result]

“Typical Blogging Mistakes that rob you of traffic
” Shopping mistakes that hurt your credit”
” Car buying mistakes that cost you money”
” Common mistakes parents make that spoil their kids”

Headlines that offer a benefit

Have [something desirable] and [benefit]

“Now you can get your degree and not spend a dime”
“Learn how you can drive farther on less gas”
“Now you can lose weight and eat dessert too”
“Find out how you can get less sleep and have more energy”

Headlines that Piggy back off a popular figure

[Do something] like [a popular figure]

“Write like a best J.K. Rowling”
“Dance like Fred Astaire”
“Cook like Emeril Lagasse
“Grow a Colorful garden like Martha Stewart”

Results Headlines

[Things] that bring [Desired Result]

” 10 Blogging tips that will make you money”
” 5 Things that will Make You Happy Right Now”
” 7 books that will make you rich”
“10 Blogging tips That Will Make You A Better Blogger”

[Things] that [Undesired Result]

“Popular diet tips that actually make you fat”
“10 Things that turn women off”
“5 Things you never want to blog about”
10 retirement tips that will send you to the poor house”

List Headlines – Tips, Steps, Secrets, Ways

People love lists that give them the information they need in manageable chunks.

Here are several ways you can work them into great headlines.

[x] ideas for…

[x] triggers for…

[x] resources for…

Top [x] [things] for….

[x] laws of…

[x] remedies for ….

Get more [of something]: [x] surefire ideas that work

[x] things that will …

[x] reasons to …

[x] secrets to….

[x] Ways to [do something]

[x] Steps to [blank]

A few final tips.

When describing tips, ways, remedies, ideas, etc. use descriptive words to describe these things in a desirable way.

Here are some examples you can use.

  • [powerful, killer, effective, easy, surefire] tips
  • [effective, simple, killer, sexy, uncommon] ways
  • [healthy, home, natural, age old] remedies
  • [popular, latest, new found, privileged, best kept ] secrets

With a little creativity and practice, you’ll be writing headlines that your readers won’t be able to resist.

Just remember, keep your headlines simple, make them desirable and keep them coming.


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  1. Wow!

    What a totally awesome how to list Liz! This headlines totally rock! i’m definitely bookmarking this page!

    please forgive me for saying this!

    Because I realize that you’re already an experienced full time marketer! But you could have just as easily converted this excellent “how to” post into an ebook special report that you could have sold!

    Or given it away as a free bonus for every customer and or client that gives you a testimonial! this is really that good! As i was reading your excellent examples my creative mind started exploding with tons of ideas! great job! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Mark recently posted..Ever Notice How The Most Profitable Marketing Ideas Seem To Multiply Your Results!Part FourMy Profile

    • Hey Mark,

      Yes, I could have created an ebook in fact I have a free ebook that has many of these in them. I’ve been working on a paid ebook but my standards are pretty high so it’s taking me a lot longer than I’d like. My new life with a grandbaby has taken up a lot of my time. But it’s coming one of these days LOL!

      Thanks for your praise and support.

      Have a wonderful day Mark.

      Elizabeth McGee recently posted..Create Traffic Pulling Blog Post Headlines Every Time!My Profile

  2. Hi Liz,

    Wonderful post indeed. This is very-very needy and helpful for amateur bloggers. Even, sometime I stucked with this problem that at what topic should I blog or write for any other blog?

    This resource is very helpful for me. You know, I was thinking about the topics to write on other’s blog and got your mail about this post. And wondering, now I can easily create lot of topics.

    Thank you so much Liz for sharing with us.
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  3. Hey Liz,

    Another awesome post you have shared. Headlines are very delicate. In fact I remember spending some time when deciding on a headline to give any of my posts. This is very vital because there are headlines that traffic pulling themselves.

    I really like your style Liz “Use what’s already out there!”

    It’s no secret content are over time recycled and so using this strategy and using well will help to get the work going. Those were all awesome headlines one can start using now to pull in some traffic to our content.

    Great read Liz.

    Have a nice day.

    Jackson Nwachukwu recently posted..12 Most Stubborn and Fearless Female Bloggers!My Profile

    • Hey Jackson,

      I’ve actually written a few pieces on titles and headlines because it can be such a headache to create good ones. But I’ve quit agonizing because I’ve realized we’ve got headlines out there already that we can use, simply plug in your own topic. You can mix and match as well, it’s kind of like a little game and can be fun.

      I’m glad you like them Jackson and hope you can use them.

      Have a wonderful rest of the week :-)

      Elizabeth McGee recently posted..Create Traffic Pulling Blog Post Headlines Every Time!My Profile

  4. Kevin J Railsback says:


    This is a nice template for headlines. I really need to print this out and keep it handy in my office.

    I think not only is this good for headlines but I think it’s also good for developing content.
    So many times I’m stuck trying to think of the topic for a post. I can use this template to plug in some terms and I’m guessing I’ll get some ideas for content out of them as well.

    One thing that’s really been turning me off on headlines is when people don’t deliver what their headline is claiming. The worst offenders are the link baiting headlines on Fecebook.

    “This baby crawled over to a huge pit bull. What happened next was totally unexpected!” and the video shows a pit bull licking the face of the baby.

    It’s gotten tot he point where when I see headlines like that, I just ignore them totally.

    I guess if I did do a headline like “The Top Ten Things You MUST Have In Your Camera Bag!” I could use a call to action in the body of the post saying if you think there’s something that should replace one of these ten things, let me know in the comments below to get a dialog started.

    My goal is to make my headlines a draw to get people to read my posts but not so blatant that they’re just fabricated fantasy.


    • Hey Kevin,

      You’re right, some headlines are over the top and the pit bull example is a good one. What disturbs me is that the title implies something horrible and people jump right on that to have a look. Says something about human nature doesn’t it?

      The fact is writers do whatever it takes to get you to take a look and if it’s deceiving they don’t care. But on the other hand readers are a lot like you they become desensitized to these types of headlines and don’t even look anymore. So you have to be careful and be sure you know your audience.

      For me it’s about knowing what my readers want to see and provide the kind of information that helps them. In my business I’m here to help not sensationalize. So to get the attention of my readers I want them to see a benefit from the get go and if you can squeeze that into your headline that’s perfect. But the key is to offer what will interest them first. With so much of the same information out there you need a good ‘hook’ and that’s often the hardest piece of your headline.

      Thanks so much for your feedback Kevin. Great to have you here :-) Have a wonderful rest of the week.

      Elizabeth McGee recently posted..Create Traffic Pulling Blog Post Headlines Every Time!My Profile

  5. Hi Liz,

    The main part of any blog post is the headline. I have read a lot about creating great headlines but after reading this post it seems you have summed up every aspect about writing an effective heading for your blog post.

    Bloggers try to attract their readers through making an effective heading which help them a lot. Heading with “how to” is awesome and bloggers try their best to do that. You have explained about many variants here.

    Thanks for writing this article.

    Hope you are having fun this week.

    Ravi Chahar recently posted..How To Set Default Category For Your Posts In WordPress?My Profile

    • You’re welcome Ravi and I’m glad it helped you.

      Actually I could have gone on to create even more headline ideas but the post would have been really long. Like Mark said I probably could have created an ebook, and maybe some day I will. But for now it’s just an example of headlines folks can use and perhaps it will spark other ideas for readers.

      Always a pleasure to have you here commenting Ravi. Have a wonderful rest of the week. :-)

      Elizabeth McGee recently posted..Create Traffic Pulling Blog Post Headlines Every Time!My Profile

  6. Hey Liz,

    Great collection here and great post. Funny enough, I’m working on a guest post that touches on this similar topic but if you know me, I’m one that has to put a creative spin on it. So that’s what I’m going to do.

    I like alot of these ideas here and headlines are really important for any blogger, entrepreneur. Mainly because they’re the thing that draws people into the rest of the articles. That’s why those people that write the gossip magazines and Cosmopolitans you find at check out lines, get paid the big bucks. People get drawn in by the headline and impulse buy.

    That’s how our headlines have to be as well.

    Great post here.

    Which one is your favorite on this list?

    Mine is “How to [blank] in [desired time]” because once you have a desired time there, it screams precision. I feel people like to know precisely when something will be done or how long it’ll take.

    Anyway, hope you have an awesome upcoming weekend.

    – Andrew
    Andrew M. Warner recently posted..5 Disturbing Truths Readers Won’t Tell You About Why They Leave Your SiteMy Profile

    • I don’t know if I have a favorite here Andrew. I guess I use what I think will draw the most interest depending on the topic.

      I have found though that if you offer a benefit in the headline it seems to get the most attention. For example, “How to drive farther on less gas” The benefit? Less gas. If you can offer a benefit you’ve got a captive audience — generally. Of course the benefit has to interest your audience. That’s where knowing our audience becomes important as well.

      Anyway, glad you found the post useful. I look forward to reading your guest post on headlines :-)

      Thanks so much for your feedback Andrew.

      Elizabeth McGee recently posted..Create Traffic Pulling Blog Post Headlines Every Time!My Profile

  7. Hey Liz,

    When it comes to attracting people to your blog, the one thing that’s really going to stick out is a headline that’s going to benefit them. This is why you must know your target audience in order to a headline that not only is attractive but more so engaging.

    These are some great templates you have here for attractive your of your target audience to your blog. There isn’t just one I like. I really like them all and anyone can definitely bring more people to your sites just by using these types of headlines on their blogs!

    thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend!
    sherman smith recently posted..9 Online Marketing Automated Tools That Can Instantly Save You TimeMy Profile

  8. Hi Liz,

    I love this post because it highlights what all great marketers and bloggers do, which is to cultivate what they call a ‘swipe file’, as you’ll know.

    These headline template suggestions will definitely be great for anyone’s headline swipe file. As you say, it’s pointless always trying to reinvent the wheel when with some modification and adaptation, a completely new headline can be formed from old structures.

    Of course, it’s never good to steal, word for word, someone else’s headline. This would not benefit the stealer anyway as Google will prefer the original and the thief would be caught and shamed.

    Great post Liz, it’s reminded me I need to do some brainstorming of new title formats and also look for inspiration elsewhere too.

    Edward Beaman recently posted..10 Benefits of Encouraging Your Employees to BlogMy Profile

    • Hey Edward,

      Thankyou for stopping by Homenotion. Headlines do make great swipe files and they’re good to keep on hand when you just don’t have any more creativity left to write good ones.

      I’ve been known to spend longer on crafting titles and headlines than the blog post itself. I think sometimes I just try to hard or try to be ‘too’ creative and it just leaves me stumped. That’s where the swipe file or a good headline file helps. But as you said it’s not a good thing to steal someone else’s headline but using the same format with a few good adjectives can make all the difference in the world — and you’ll do it a lot faster :-)

      Thanks for your great feedback and have a wonderful rest of the day Edward.

      Elizabeth McGee recently posted..Create Traffic Pulling Blog Post Headlines Every Time!My Profile

  9. Hey Liz,

    Excellent tips! I am big on headlines. I know that they can make or break a quality post.

    There are just some topics that drive tons of traffic and some that don’t. Even though blog security is important, it will never be as attractive as a post on driving thousands of visitors to your blog type post.

    I enjoy taking risk. I have come so much farther by taking some risk with my headlines. I have a good idea of the things that really attract people.

    These outlines will come in handy for sure. Sharing now!

    Have a great weekend Liz!
    Steven J Wilson recently posted..The Recipe Needed To Build A Successful Blog [Infographic]My Profile

    • Hey Steven,

      That’s so true, some topics just drive more traffic, but also if someone is interested in a topic such as security it’s best to have the most alluring title to assure your post or article is the one that gets read.

      …and yes you do have a good grasp on titles. We all can see that from your blog titles. All very good :-)

      Thanks for your feedback Steven and always a pleasure to have you stop by.

      Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

      Elizabeth McGee recently posted..Create Traffic Pulling Blog Post Headlines Every Time!My Profile

  10. Hi Liz, Yes, blog headlines can be instrumental in drawing readers to your blog. You can have the world’s greatest article but if your headline is a snoozer, chances are very few people will read it.

    You do a great job of not only telling us what to do but showing us as well, Liz!
    Carolyn Nicander Mohr recently posted..HBO and CBS: Stand-Alone Subscriptions Changing the TV LandscapeMy Profile

    • Thanks Carolyn,

      In the past I have gone the route of trying to lay out a pattern for good headlines showing how to construct them using descriptive words, including a benefit, etc., but that’s a lot harder than simply giving some examples which I really think is better and easier for my audience. Just pick a headline that you like and insert your topic, easy peasy! I’ve spent hours on headlines that struck a chord but as I said in the post, why reinvent the wheel?

      Glad you liked the post Carolyn and I hope this helps you with your headlines.

      So glad you stopped by, always nice to see your smiling face :-)

      Elizabeth McGee recently posted..Create Traffic Pulling Blog Post Headlines Every Time!My Profile

  11. Hey Liz,

    I think I have about 8 or 9 PDF’s, reports and blog posts saved that have these attention grabbing headline examples in them. I remember reading some time ago that we shouldn’t reinvent the wheel, just use what already works. All you have to do is add your own keywords in place of what’s already there. I finally quit beating myself up trying to come up with attention grabbing headlines and I just took their advice.

    I love the fill in the blanks and I honestly do just that. Hey, it works right!

    Great share and I’ll be sure to share this as well.

    Hope you enjoy your week now, great to see you again.

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  12. Great tips Elizabeth.
    Such headlines work very well because we have so many needs that we want to be fulfilled, and now. Curiosity also, for the same reason.

    I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and have already prepared headline for future posts, based on those reasons.

    Thanks for your article,

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  13. Hey Ms. Liz,

    Great stuff, No one can deny the importance of blog post title.
    You’ve shared such an awesome post with fantastic ideas about how to create a blog post title that quickly grab visitors attention.
    Love the way you teach love the way you explain. Thanks for sharing this post :)

    Unfortunately, it’s my first visit on your blog. I’d found your blog through my blog where you had left comment. I feel amaze to find your blog :)
    keep in touch always :)
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  14. Hey Liz,

    Great list you have there dear friend! There are just too many to give credits to and just bookmarked this for future reading.

    Thank you for sharing and have a great week ahead!
    Reginald Chan recently posted..3 Easy Ways To Find Target Marketers Using Twitter AnalyticsMy Profile

  15. Hi Liz,

    Sorry for hopping in late this time – just been overwhelmed with guests coming in for Diwali (festival our end) and my Dad too, who’s visiting us for a few days. Just glad I managed to make it :)

    I am going to be bookmarking this post because it has some wonderful ideas for creating some great post headlines, something we always take time in if we want to make them stand out from the rest. I think the ones that work well are the How-To’s or the list headlines, though something different and unique, sometimes even controversial works well, isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice weekend :)
    Harleena Singh recently posted..10 Proven Ways to Create a Social Media Plan for BloggersMy Profile

  16. Gurwinder Singh Bhinder says:

    Hello Liz,

    Headlines do have the potential of driving the attention of public.

    It was not until when I saw a case study of ViralNova somewhere on the internet that how it used headlines to become one of the most popular blogs in short period of time.

    I already have many ebooks, articles bookmarked on how to write attention-pulling headlines. And I think, I’m doing much better now than when I started.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this list of your all-time fav. headlines. These definitely can help all of us a lot to drive attention plus traffic without thinking much. And have a great day as well.

    ~ Gurwinder Singh Bhinder

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