Magazine Headline Remix: PC World Edition

Magazine Headline Remix: PC World Edition

Reader Comments (41)

  1. I think it’s interesting that PC World decided to do a list format. I’m a big fan of lists. I can’t live without them. I have found that my blogging efforts typically feature a list format with “Five Ways To…” or “Seven Steps For…” headlines. Thanks for posting this! I guess I’m headed in the right direction!

  2. When can we drop our links? I would like to participate…sounds fun…

    I really want to see Loren Feldman of 1938 Media to deliver something with the puppet:)

    Brian, good ideas for headlines…..Thanks

  3. Aw shucks, Brian. That’s a whole lotta (yes, I know that’s not a real word) fun. I’ll hand in my assignment shortly.

    On a side note, I find it interesting/telltale that print is looking online for cues. I think this ball is just starting to roll. The landscape of all media will barely resemble what we think we know, and it will happen sooner than we’re expecting.

  4. Everybody loves their lists. The next step from list writing is countdown writing. Everyone loves the suspense of a countdown and working its way down to number 1. I can see more content being written that way and in stages to allow for suspense to build and for a stage like writing process to draw readers in over a time period.


  5. Thats cool. I would pick up a copy, but PC world is EXPENSIVE if you by per issue. So I think I’ll save my $10 and use it for something a bit more useful.

  6. Ryan, no need to pick up a copy… the idea is to just take one of the headlines from the cover (which are in this post) and transform it into something appropriate to your blog.

  7. The theme with these headlines and many articles I’ve written in the past that are the most successful is that that they’re all lists.

    I suppose people fall in love with lists because it’s easier to take in information in that type of format and they know exactly how many items of content they’re going to get out of the copy.

  8. I have written articles using both list headlines and normal headlines. I can’t say that my list headlines pull better.

    So I have to ask: What is the difference between a successful list headline vs a poor list headline?

    Or, in other words: What makes a list headline flop?

    PS: I’ve read your related articles on list posts “7 Reasons Why List Posts Will Always Work” and “Five Reasons Why the List Post is Dead”.

  9. This is a great idea for writers like me. In my day-to-day life, I’m never without a mini legal notepad to make lists on, whether they be to-do lists, grocery lists, or lists of ideas for stories and projects. I never my lists could be adapted for articles, too – thanks, Brian!

  10. Interesting timing for me to come across this article. I happen to have that exact copy laying on my desk next to my keyboard.

    I noticed the lists on the cover as well and too that the issue was a special “lists” issue.

    The big list headline on the cover reads:
    100 Incredibly Useful Websites

    How about a remix to include a benefit at the end:
    100 Incredibly Useful Websites That Makes Your Life Easier

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  12. Would “8 Music Mastering *Methods* to Make Your CDs Sound Better” be even better, or overkill ? Is there such a thing as excessive alliteration ?

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