This Is The Headline Formula That Can Generate 1000s Of Shares

This Is The Headline Formula That Can Generate 1000s Of Shares

Ever wonder why viral websites grow so fast?

Or…

How do news websites get huge traffic?

The answer is simple:

They write irresistible headlines.

The content they publish is good but it’s the headline that does the magic for them.

I’m not talking about click-bait headlines.  We’re past that.

The inspiration to write this article came to me when I was reading a blog and saw this:

BoredPanda Blog Post Headline 2 Views

That’s when I put my thinking cap on and dug a little deep to find out how this article got over 452K views and 62K Facebook shares.

I ended up discovering a very cool headline formula that can generate 1000s of shares.

This Formula = 1000s Of Shares

Here’s the formula that gets thousands of shares…

[Fact or Problem] + “So I” [Solution + Result]

This formula is used by many news and viral content websites and it’s obvious why they use it.

Here’s why this formula works.

First, you mention the problem.

Then…

You talk about how you solved the problem.

This persuasion trick works well because you already got the reader’s attention by mentioning their pain-point.

These are some headlines I found during my research that used this same formula.

Headline #1: Google says machine learning is the future. So I tried it myself.

The Guardian Blog Post Headline

This headline is perfect.

The number of shares of the post proves it.

Instead of mentioning a problem, the author used a fact.

You can use this formula for creating case studies or research-based articles.

Want some examples?

Here you go…

Example #1: Cold Showers Increase Your Energy. So I Took A Cold Shower Every Morning For 30 Days.

Example #2: Sitting Is Bad For You. So I Stopped. For A Whole Month.

NYMAG Blog Post Headline

Headline #2: I Just Turned 27, So I Guess It’s Time To Start Describing Life As A Journey

 

ClickHole Blog Post Headline

Another example of this formula is this headline where the author of the post just talked about him turning 27 and describing life as a journey.

The post is just 355 words long but still, it managed to get over 11.7K shares.

ClickHole Blog Post Shares

Headline #3: I Got Rejected by Apple Music… So I Redesigned It

Medium Blog Post Headline

This article on Medium got over 9k likes.

The headline first mentions rejection and then how to counter it.

This can work in instances when you failed at something it.

I can use this formula on this post where I shared 3 influencer outreach lessons I learned after failing to get a share from Chris Brogan.

Here’s the headline…

I Miserably Failed At Getting My Content Shared By Chris Brogan. So I Found Another Way And Made Him Do It. 

Some examples of how you can use this formula based on rejection.

Example #1: I Failed All My 2017 Resolutions. So I Didn’t Make Any This Year.

Example #2: I Was Told I Can’t Lose Weight. So I Got Slim Fit It In 3 Months.

Example #3: I Was Unable To Write Faster. So I Started Using This Tool & Became 5x More Productive.

Headline #3: I was tired of throwing kids in prison. So I built a place to help them out of it.

Washington Post Headline

This is the simplest form of this headline…

[Problem] + “So I” [Solution]

You can create dozens of attractive headlines with this formula.

One more example I found on the Internet:

BoredPanda Blog Post Headline

This post also got over 4k shares!

BoredPanda Blog Post Headline Shares

Don’t Use This Formula…

These headlines are not the generic “how to”, “X ways to” headlines.

Only use this formula when you have a story to tell.

You can’t just write a How-To guide and then use this formula to write your headline.

It DOESN’T work that way.

If there’s a story, then you can use this headline easily. Or else, you’ll fail.

 

So…

You can either keep writing headlines that suck…

Or…

Use this formula to write magnetic headlines.

13 thoughts on “This Is The Headline Formula That Can Generate 1000s Of Shares”

  1. Good article with a lot of research behind it. You are really talented and I like reading your blog. But you have actually just proven one side of the formula. Concretely: There are many viral articles that use this formula for their headlines. But does it really mean, that using this formula makes an article viral?
    Probably yes, but the proof is missing here. So let’s make it to the end: would you please try to write an article with a headline created according to this formula and post here results? I am sure many of your readers are going to try it, too. Sharing the results here would add an incredible value.

    But not to forget one last thing: I really enjoy the style of your articles. They are quite comprehensive, with many examples, but I can read them in 2 minutes. No blah blah, filled with facts and everything is well arranged.

  2. Really interesting article! It’s always great to optimize headlines. But I feel like a lot of news sites create click-bait headlines that have nothing to do with the actual content. Learning how to make irresistible headlines without click-bait is a skill. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Heading of any article is a very important part. It should be very catchy and impressive so that people can’t stop themselves to read it. Very helpful article. Many thanks for sharing this with us.

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