When you create any kind of content, the most common way to get people to read or watch comes from writing an engaging title and choosing the right image for your content. For example, in social media your followers or people you are relatively related can only see the title of the content, thumbnail image, and a short excerpt. We can say that your greatest chance to get views and attention for your content may be the time (probably just a few seconds) between those posts above and below.
There are a few tricks that call for attention easily. The best thing is, when you create your content according to your well-thought title and image, you will get people reading your content and avoid creating a clickbait impression.
Do Not Write Clickbait Headlines!
If you clickbait people to your content and cannot answer their expectations, you will not get a second visit from that visitor. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice… Rather than writing a wrong title to get people to your content, write an engaging title that your audience may be interested in and then shape your content.
There are some keywords that you may focus on for easy attention. As we talked about wearable technology in the earlier post, I will use that as an example. People read the content that adds value to them or teaches them something they don’t know about. “How to choose the right wearable technology device” is a good title that engages people who are interested in buying these new “things”. The real keywords here are “how to”. People get the message that there are new, clear directions to learn something new in that content.
Write A Title with Numbers
Another formula to write a title is to include numbers. “8 genius wearable technologies” is a great title to get attention. When I was working in PC World Turkey magazine, our main focus in cover was the number. Years have passed, and nothing has changed in that concept. You can still see most of magazines with a title including a number (or count) in their cover.
The main cover topic was usually something with a number in the title like “10 software to make your everyday life easier” or “7 MSN Messenger tricks you should know”. (Yeah, there was a thing called MSN Messenger when I was working for PC World.) And the thing is, our issues with a number of the main title sold more than the ones with a normal title. You can still see the effects of that strategy in websites such az Buzzfeed, or ListeList and Onedio in Turkey.
You can’t write your title always with a formula to use “how-to” or numbers. Where those two are not applicable or you have written so many articles recently with that formula, you need to be more creative. But keep in mind, it is not always about getting clicks to your content. It is about getting the “right” clicks. So, please don’t be that clickbait guy in major news websites. Also, don’t be afraid to write the keypoint of the article in title, if needed.