Warning: If you aren’t doing this one thing right, you’re losing readers faster than Frosty the Snowman melts in the summertime sun…
If your potential reader gets past your headline… you’ve got to GRAB them with your opening line before they click away to all the other shiny objects competing for their attention!
So how do you craft an opening that draws your reader in?
What do you say that makes your reader think, “and then what happened next?!”
Here are 10 attention-grabbing ways to open your next blog post:
1. Ask a Question
Have you ever…?
2. Begin with Dialogue
She told me I’d never succeed, but then…
3. Share a Quotation
Famous person said shocking thing…
4. Start With a Sound
WHOA!… Thud!… SPLAT!…
5. Invoke a Feeling
Warning:… evokes caution, fear…
6. Get Descriptive
Thick black smoke rushed out of the kitchen as I ran to open the door in a futile attempt to silence the piercing sound of the fire alarm taunting me for my attempt at…
7. Break Out the Humor
Googlebot walks into a bar and…
8. Make a Bold Statement
99% of the bloggers reading this will fail… but could succeed if they did this one thing differently starting today…
9. Quote Fact or Statistic
86% of people skip TV commercials *source
10. Reveal a Personal Experience
I sat on the floor holding my crying, hungry toddler, in tears myself… and made a promise that day that no matter what it took I would never be in that situation ever again.
Do any of those 10 make you want to keep reading to see what comes next?
These are all simple but effective. They can be fun to combine, as well. Test them out!