Most writers of blogs, articles or press releases are aware of the importance of starting strong. They work on a strong lead that sets up the reader for the rest of the piece. But do they work as long or as thoroughly when contemplating a headline?
Online readers can also be called "scanners," because they are likely to scan many headlines before settling on something they want to read. Brian Clark, CEO of Copyblogger Media, notes that, on average, 8 of 10 people will read headlines, but only 2 of 10 will read beyond. If a reader doesn't click on your headline, your stellar opening paragraph will never get the chance to lure him or her to read further. You need to hook that reader with the headline. Here are some tips:Read More >