The Details Are In For the Magazine Headline Remix

The Details Are In For the Magazine Headline Remix

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  1. Thanks again, Brian, for another remarkable opportunity to write a piece I never would have written.

    I always find myself stretching a bit further than normal with the help of your content and ideas.

    You rock 🙂

  2. Thanks Brian!

    I was in line at the grocery store and noticed another good Cosmo headline to steal. This is such a good “whack to the side of the head” technique. My guess is it wouldn’t be nearly as valuable for a blog that actually had the same type of content as these magazines–what works about it is getting outside your own assumptions and habits.

  3. Thanks for including me in the mix Brian. I can’t say this is my most popular post, but it has drawn some traffic and links I believe.

    Hosting is a difficult subject for me to write about, though the title made it easier. The title instantly suggested an idea for a theme for the post.

  4. Thanks for spotlighting the stats on my post. Loved the challenge. I already have a few more ideas inspired from it.

    @ James – 27 was a challenge for sure, but I actually enjoyed having an excuse to post something that exhaustive. Made me really work for it!

  5. Hi Brian

    I enjoyed this challenge too, and have also found my traffic going through the roof now the post been well and truly stumbled – including my first ‘thumbs down’ comments – some kind of measure of success I’m sure 🙂

    It also generated some valuable in-house teaching when the editor of the book I was quoting from called by and talked us through some other ways to learn from Hemingway’s techniques – including not losing sight of our own writing voice.

    I also found myself going back to the Cosmo list of headlines for a post I wrote to promote SobCon08. I don’t think I’d want to write in this style all the time but it definitely works for some cornerstone posts or times you really want to give things a push.


    PS I found 27 worked a treat, but it’s because I didn’t try and add anything to Hemingway’s beautifully succinct one liners

  6. Brian, when I received the original headline challenge post, I visited every single site listed. I found Confident Writing through your post as well as several others that like you, follow up great headlines with great copy. Thank you for not only providing helpful info but introducing us to other talented bloggers.


  7. Thanks for sharing this very pow-zinger secret.

    Man…many of those headlines above tickled my senses and piqued my interest enough to make me WANT to click

    …and that’s the point anyway, right? To design that headline spicy enough to make them want to click?

    Again…Thanks for sharing!

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