headline writing

Writing Headlines: 16 Wicked-Smart Ways to Attract More Readers

Writing Headlines the Wicked-Smart Way. Makealivingwriting.com

What’s the secret to writing headlines that engage readers, drive traffic, and get more clicks, likes, and shares?

It’s part art. It’s part science. It requires great writing skills. And if you have the ability to look inside the human psyche to figure out what keeps your readers up at night, even better.

Writing great headlines doesn’t happen by accident.

In fact, the smartest blogger in the world typically spends 2 to 3 hours writing a single headline, crafting up to 50 variations to get it right.

Ever struggle with writing headlines and just slap something together? Don’t do that, OK.

Learning to write better headlines is a valuable skill that can help you move up and earn more…a lot more.

For example: Smart Blogger CEO Jon Morrow can command $5,000 per blog post, because he knows how to write irresistible headlines that generate millions of views.

Want to learn how to write better headlines? Check out these 15 tips from the most wicked-smart blogger in the world:

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Get Paid to Write About Writing: 15 Markets That Pay Up to $1,500+

Get Paid to Write About Writing. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to get paid to write about writing? If you know a little something about the business and craft of freelancing, you can cash in on your ideas and experience.

Here’s what I’m talking about:

It’s no secret that finding a niche is a smart strategy to grow your freelance writing business. Everyone should have a niche, or two or three. And writing can be one of them.

In fact, there’s a number of online and print markets that serve freelance writers and some pay up to $1,500 per assignment. Pitch these places great story ideas, and you can get paid to write about writing. For example:

You’ve got some insight on how to write great headlines.
You’ve learned a few interview tricks over the years to get sources to spill the beans.
You’ve some great connections with thought leaders in writing and publishing you can interview and write a feature about.
Or maybe you’d like to write about the art of the pitch and interview pros who know how to do it.

Want to get paid to write about writing? Check out these markets that cover the business and craft of freelance writing, and start pitching.

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15 Tips to Make an Editor Fall in Love with Your Query Letter

Query Letter Tips That Get You Noticed. Makealivingwriting.com

Is your query letter good enough to make an editor fall in love with you?

Admit it or not, you’re probably at least a little emotionally invested in that query letter when you send it off to an editor.

You work hard on it, interview sources, research, and chip away at writing the perfect lede and headline.

And it would be nice to get a little something in return. Right?

An email. A phone call. A text message. A letter in the mail. Smoke signals. Anything that let’s you know your query letter hit home when the editor read your pitch. Or even better than that…a contract.

But let’s face it. Sometimes the writer-editor relationship is, well, complicated. You put your heart and soul into a story idea, send it off, and nothing happens.

So how do you write a query letter that gets you noticed? Here are X ways to make an editor fall in love with your pitch:

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Watch Me Write a Headline That Goes Viral

Sometimes I’ll see a top blogger comment on social media and boast, “I just wrote a blog post that’s going to go viral!” When I was a newbie blogger, I would think: “How do they know that?” Now that I’ve …

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An Inside Look at 10 Classic Headline Writing Fails — and Their Fixes

There’s one big problem that holds freelance writers back from earning more. It doesn’t matter if you’re pitching a big magazine’s editor a story idea, or a top blog’s editor a guest post that could bring thousands of new readers …

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How to Write Headlines so Irresistible that Big-Money Clients are Begging You to Write for Them

Do I have your attention now? That headline was pretty grabby, huh. Sort of made you have to click on it to find out how to get good clients. That’s the magic of a well-constructed headline. It works like a …

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