10 Attention-Grabbing Blog Post Openers #infographic

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:

Blog Post Openers

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Here’s a little more detail about each of the openers:

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. Evoke 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!

What’s the best blog post opener you’ve seen recently?  What your favorite way to open a blog post?

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  1. OOh awesome ideas Michelle, loving the infographic – Thanks a mil! My fave = #4. Start With a Sound WHOA!… Thud!… SPLAT!…

    Defo bookmarking this for future reference! x
    Emily la Grange recently posted… How to get Unlimited Blog Title Ideas Even If You’re Brand New to Blogging [Part 2]My Profile

    1. This is golden. Thanks!

      1. You’re welcome, thanks for reading and commenting Jessica.
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    2. Isn’t that one an interesting idea? Makes me curious to keep reading… :)
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  2. love the infographic. thanks for sharing
    Louise Behiel recently posted… Don’t Bother Making New Year’s ResolutionsMy Profile

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Louise.

      I skipped resolutions this year, too. Clicked through and left a comment on your post. :)
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  3. This infographic is really entertaining, especially the WHOA!… Thud!… SPLAT!…. I’m going to use that somehow.
    I’ve added it to Pinterest so I don’t lose it and others can use the info too. Thanks!
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    1. Thanks for reading, and for sharing, Linda!
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  4. I was thinking about infographic for my blog website. this article could not have come at a better time. thank you now I understand about infographic.
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    1. Hey Patrice, check out http://www.piktochart.com and http://www.visual.ly for more infographics. :)
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  5. Great tips here Michelle! I absolutely agree that you must grab your audiences attention from the beginning. This is something that I strive to accomplish for each blog that I post on my website.

    1. That’s great, Eric. It’s key to keeping our readers engaged. So always a smart move. :)
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  6. As a former news reporter, I know how essential it is to compel a reader to pay attention.
    One of my favorite blog post titles I came up with is:
    “Why Dating a Divorced Man is NOT like a Holiday Lifetime Movie”
    Nancy Kay recently posted… 5 Things to Let Go of in 2015My Profile

    1. Oh that’s a GOOD one, Nancy! Excellent example.
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  7. Thank God I found your blog! I am starting a new website and your input is very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Michelle, thanks (as always) for the great information. I like the hook of this post, it is what made me continue reading. :)

    You example of you crying on the floor with your toddler is also one I would continue reading as I’ve been there before.

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