42 Fill-in-the-Blank Blog Post Headline Templates

[Last update: 2013/08/12]

I can see two possible reasons why you’re here on this page. You are either a regular reader, in which case, thanks! You rock! Or you’re having a nasty case of writer’s block right now and this is the solution you’ve found on Google. Either way, I’m here to help.

I personally love templates. I’ve always been a fan of finding some structured solutions for common problems or challenges that appear frequently in our lives.

Headline-Templates

For example, why would you try to reinvent the wheel, so to speak, with every headline you write, when you can just use a tested template, something that others have been using for years.

Of course, some of you might think that nothing innovative has ever been conceived on top of a standard template, but is that really the case?

When we really think about it, everything we do is based on some kind of template. All websites are built following basically the same structure (they have sidebars and content blocks). All articles have an introduction, the main part, and a conclusion. All good sales messages follow the AIDA principle. There are thousands of examples out there just like these.

So maybe headline templates can work after all?

…yes, they can. Or another way to put it; templates are the new black.

That’s exactly why I’ve decided to publish the following list of headline templates. I truly believe they will make your writing easier and way quicker, especially in tough times when you’re forced to fight writer’s block.

Also, the set is not accidental. I’ve actually been using these templates for many of my own articles.

Without further delay, here’s the list of fill-in-the-blank headline templates. You can use them to get out of writer’s block and get a new and unique idea for a blog post (well, headline templates are headline templates but writing the post itself is where the creative you comes into play).

(You can copy and paste these headlines straight into WordPress or other text processing software.)

 

The “worst in the world” -themed

- 1. -

X Steps to Being the Worst ______ on the Planet

E.g. 10 Steps to Being the Worst Guitar Teacher on the Planet

- 2. -

X Habits of Highly NOT Effective ______

E.g. 10 Habits of Highly NOT Effective Guitar Teachers

- 3. -

How to Totally Suck at ______

E.g. How to Totally Suck at Guitar Playing

- 4. -

X Unacceptable ______ing Behaviors

E.g. 10 Unacceptable Parenting Behaviors

- 5. -

Have a ______ Business? Here’s How to Mess Up Your Website in X Simple Steps

E.g. Have a Guitar Teaching Business? Here’s How to Mess Up Your Website in 10 Simple Steps

- 6. -

X Reasons NOT to Launch/Do/Go/… ______

E.g. 10 Reasons NOT to Launch a Website Now

 

Outrageous headlines (the provocative)

- 7. -

Here’s My Blog/Business/Site, So Buy My Stuff/Read Me Maybe

E.g. Here’s My Business, So Buy My Stuff Maybe

- 8. -

Everything I Know About ______ I Learned Inside a Nightclub

E.g. Everything I Know About Guitar Playing I Learned Inside a Nightclub

- 9. -

X ______ So Great/Ridiculous They’ll Make You Wanna Slap Your Momma!

E.g. 10 Guitars So Ridiculous They’ll Make You Wanna Slap Your Momma!

- 10. -

Double Your ______ in X Days/Weeks or I’ll Pay You $X Cash!

E.g. Double Your Salary in 8 Weeks or I’ll Pay You $500 Cash!

- 11. -

______ Technique That’s Ugly Yet Beautiful

E.g. Guitar Playing Technique That’s Ugly Yet Beautiful

- 12. -

X Idiot-Proof Ways to ______!

E.g. 10 Idiot-Proof Ways to Get Your First Gig!

- 13. -

Good News, Everybody! ______

E.g. Good News, Everybody! I’ve Just Mastered This Making-Money-Through-Blogging Thing

- 14. -

It’s Time to Break Up With Your ______

E.g. It’s Time to Break Up With Your Work Habits

- 15. -

Give Me One Evening and I’ll Give You ______

E.g. Give Me One Evening and I’ll Give You a Better Work-Time Balance

 

“Secrets Revealed”

- 16. -

X Things I Wish I Knew When I Started ______

E.g. 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Guitar Playing

- 17. -

X Surprisingly Simple Ways to Simplify Your ______

E.g. 10 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Simplify Your Lifestyle

- 18. -

A Shocking Thing X% of Guys/Chicks/Marketers/Bloggers Do ______

E.g. A Shocking Thing 60% of Guys Do in Bed

- 19. -

What ______/[someone] Don’t Tell You

E.g. What Your Real Estate Agents Don’t Tell You

- 20. -

The X Little-Known Secrets to ______

E.g. The 10 Little-Known Secrets to Becoming a Better Guitarist

- 21. -

______ Tricks, so Powerful They Can Change Your Life!

E.g. Guitar Playing Tricks, so Powerful They Can Change Your Life!

- 22. -

X Things Your ______ Needs That You’ve Never Thought Of

E.g. 10 Things Your Home Needs That You’ve Never Thought Of

- 23. -

X Most Overused ______ in ______

E.g. 10 Most Overused Methods in Marketing

- 24. -

X Crucial Components for Effective ______

E.g. 10 Crucial Components for Effective Job Hunting

- 25. -

The 10 ______ Commandments

E.g. The 10 Guitar Playing Commandments

- 26. -

The Still-Not-Forgotten Art of ______

E.g. The Still-Not-Forgotten Art of Complaining About Your Job

- 27. -

To People Who Want to ______ – but Can’t Get Started

E.g. To People Who Want to Learn Guitar Playing – but Can’t Get Started

 

Arousing curiosity and desire

- 28. -

Who Else Wants a ______?

E.g. Who Else Wants a Cheaper Mortgage?

- 29. -

30 Days to a ______!

E.g. 30 Days to a Fitter Body!

- 30. -

The X Best ______ Tips Ever

E.g. The 10 Best Guitar Playing Tips Ever

- 31. -

Strike the Perfect Work and Relaxation Balance as a [profession]

E.g. Strike the Perfect Work and Relaxation Balance as a Personal Trainer

- 32. -

If You Had Just $100 to ______ … What Should You Do?

E.g. If You Had Just $100 to Start a Business … What Should You Do?

- 33. -

Are You Tired of ______?

E.g. Are You Tired of Other Guitarists Stealing Your Picks?

- 34. -

Suppose This Happened to Your ______…

E.g. Suppose This Happened to Your Dog…

 

Useful how-to guides

- 35. -

How to Get Through Your First Day Of/as ______

E.g. How to Get Through Your First Day as a Father

- 36. -

How to Diversify Your ______ as a ______

E.g. How to Diversify Your Income as a Personal Trainer

- 37. -

A Beginner’s Guide to ______

E.g. A Beginner’s Guide to Guitar Playing

- 38. -

Your First Week as ______? Here’s What to Do

E.g. Your First Week as Personal Trainer? Here’s What to Do

- 39. -

Popular ______ and Their BETTER Alternatives

E.g. Popular Guitar Tools and Their BETTER Alternatives

- 40. -

If You Could Do Just One Thing to Promote Your ______ Services; What Would It Be?

E.g. If You Could Do Just One Thing to Promote Your SEO Services; What Would It Be?

- 41. -

How to Recruit ______

E.g. How to Recruit the Perfect Personal Assistant

- 42. -

X Ways an Excel Spreadsheet Can Help Your ______

E.g. 10 Ways an Excel Spreadsheet Can Help Your Blogging Business


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So … Where Are All The People At?

Here’s an interesting comic strip:

Where Are All The People

So the question is: Are you in the same situation as Richard? Waiting for an audience that isn’t there? Or providing a product that’s simply not attractive to an existing audience?

3 seconds to answer

This is actually a trick question because even if that is the situation you’re in, you’re almost certainly not aware of it.

Unfortunately, only time can tell if that’s the case or not. And I regret to admit that I’m speaking from experience here. I have a track record of releasing things that were nowhere near what the market needed. There was either no market at all or the market that was there wasn’t interested in the products. (This goes back to my web design business -related career.)

The cause of “boiled potatoes” -like failure

(“Boiled potatoes” -like failure … That’s a thing now, by the way.)

In my case, the cause of failures was the initial excitement about the projects. In other words, be very cautious of any situation where you start thinking something along the lines of:

“Wow this thing has to work, I mean, it’s the most brilliant thing ever!”

or

“Why isn’t anyone doing this?! If I get started now, I can take over the whole market!”

…or any other similar excitement-driven thoughts just like these.

Although excitement around anything you’re planning to do is a helpful success factor, oftentimes, it can blind our ability to have an objective opinion. Also, it can exaggerate our expectations and even make an average idea look like a winning lottery ticket.

So, here’s what you can do to avoid the aforementioned “boiled potatoes” -like failure. The following list is a result of some of my soul-searching, research, and current practices. Even though the sub-headlines might look fairly general, I urge you to bear with me and read on as some of the info inside might surprise you.

The power of research

Nothing, I repeat nothing is a more powerful tool/principle when building your online business than the habit of researching before anything else.

When you look at it, the whole thing is actually really simple. Here’s a cheat sheet:

So you have a brilliant new idea? Research if there’s any audience that could be potentially interested in it.

So you think you have a solution to a common problem? Research if there’s anyone who has already solved it.

So you think you know how to write articles with an interesting spin? Research if the crowd is right for this kind of content (something described by Greg in his post on freelance marketing).

So there’s no one doing what you are planning to start doing? Research if there was anyone doing it in the past, and if so, research why they stopped.

So you think you can do a given task better than someone? Research if there’s any actual need for doing the thing better.

Etc. Etc.

In a nutshell, don’t ever base your product/business decisions on your own impression or belief. Research is the tool that will answer every question with raw data.

Stealing ideas and executing them better

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I’m one of the few men who believe in stealing ideas and even openly admitting it. And no, this isn’t a clever intro that I’m just about to flip into a pretty standard advice. I really mean it. Steal ideas. Execute them better.

The reason why I don’t feel bad about my attitude is because the ideas themselves don’t matter. It really is the execution that turns an average project into a success.

And we don’t have to look far for examples. The most popular operating system out there – Windows – has been designed with an idea-stealing principle. Almost everything you see in Windows has been initially dreamed by another company/individual. What Microsoft did is took that thing and made it better.

And better is the real keyword here. Simply stealing an idea and executing it in the same manner, or even making it poorer will get you nowhere.

Stealing ideas that already proved to be good (ones that aroused some interest and so on) makes your research much easier. You can look into the current audience, find out what they really need, what they struggle with, and then design your improved solution.

Getting expert advice

Although an idea might seem great after the initial research, it can still turn to be very difficult to execute due to some technological limitations or budget-related ones.

If you just want to start your online business with a good yet cheap to develop product, you really have to get some expert advice on it.

Now, since you’ve done your research at this point, listing some experts by name shouldn’t be a problem. What you should do now is contact them and ask for advice.

Some common worries:

  • Why would anyone pay attention to me? Well, most people, even the brightest and most noble ones, still like to be referred to as experts in a given field. Most of the time you will get an answer if you ask a question from an apprentice-to-expert standpoint.
  • What if they steal my idea? No one will even think about stealing your idea, really. And even if they do, remember that it’s the execution that matters, so they won’t be able to do anything with it anyway.

Sniffing around

This step is about reaching out to influencers and your prospective high-volume users.

In short, what you have to do is some more researching and coming up with a set of contacts that are likely to enjoy the thing you’ll possibly be developing and then ask them some questions.

Mainly, ask them if they’d be interested in a tool/service/______ that would do ______ and help them with _______ for $X/free.

The exact tone of the message is up to you. But, the idea is to get a yes or no and preferably some feedback regarding the possible improvements or the things that those users would really need in relation to your product.

This phase – sniffing around – lets you arrive at the basic structure of your minimum viable product.

Developing a minimum viable product

mini-product

Basically, a minimum viable product is something that takes care of the main need of your average user. Just one need or problem. At this stage, it’s really not about developing something that will be all things to all people.

Personally speaking, not having a minimum viable product was the cause of my early failures.

Therefore, one important thing I want to emphasize here is the following. The minimum viable product is not about something that does one simple thing just for the heck of it. It’s about something that does one simple thing that is essential to your user base. Finding and solving this thing is where success happens.

Once you have this covered, you can build on top of it and end up with something that’s massively valuable to your audience.

There’s quite a lot of info on minimum viable products and their creation on the web already, but I promise to publish something of my own too. This will be a kind of a case study as I’m in the middle of building such a thing myself. I hope we can all learn during the process.

In the meantime, that’s all for now. Feel free to let me know if you ever found yourself in a “boiled potatoes” -like situation.


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