[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.
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
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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
- 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