How to Write Headlines for How-to Articles
Want to write a how-to article but can't come up with a topic?
Start by naming the three biggest problems your customers or clients face. You've just come up with three ideas for three different articles. Be sure the topics tie into a service you provide, a product you sell, or a cause or issue you want to promote.
Once you've chosen a topic, it's time to select a title. Here's a list of possibilities. Simply fill in the blank, depending on what you've decided to write about.
A Part-Timer's Tactics for a Full-Timer's ______________
A Quiz: Test Your ______________ Smarts
Cash in on _______________ Trends
Chasing the Right ______________
Cool Tools for Today's ______________
Common Errors That Kill ______________
Discover the 7 Essential Elements That Guarantee ______________
Finding the ______________That is Uniquely You
Good News for ______________
How to Bounce Back from ______________
How to Get Other People to ______________
How to Handle ______________
How to Make ______________ Work for You
How to Make Your ______________ Dreams Come True
How to Turn ______________ into ______________
Mastering the Art of ______________
No More ______________
Part-Time ______________, Full-Time Success
Questions and Answers About ______________
Straight Talk from a ______________
The Great _____________ Dilemma
The Most Beginner-Friendly ______________
The Last Word on ______________
The Amazing Solution for ______________
The Best and Worst Ideas for ______________
The Complete Guide to ______________
The Worst Mistakes You Can Make When ______________
Top 10 ______________ Do's and Don'ts
What's HOT and NOT in ______________
When Not to ______________
Your Must-Know Guide to ______________
_________________ with Pizzazz!
_________________and Grow Rich
______________ on the Cheap
5 Ways to Get More from Your ______________
5 No-Fail Strategies for ______________
6 Secrets to Successful ______________
7 Ways to Keep Your ______________ Dreams Alive
7 Ways to Avoid the Most Deadly ______________ Mistakes
8 Ways to Avoid the Worst ______________ Mistakes
9 Formulas for Fantastic ______________
10 User-Friendly Facts for ______________
10 Tips to Jump-Start Your ______________
11 Questions You Must Ask When You're ______________
12 Tactics to Open Up ______________
13 Tips That Will Make a _______________ Smile
10 Time-Tested Tips for Becoming a ______________
25 Quick ______________ Tips to Use Now
26 Holiday Gifts for ______________
Nos, start writing! Somewhere out there, there's an editor just waiting for your story.
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