3 Eye-Opening Techniques to Wake Up Your Readers with Your First Sentence

3 Eye-Opening Techniques to Wake Up Your Readers with Your First Sentence

Reader Comments (28)

  1. Great Tips Sean!
    I opinion first paragraph is much important than the rest of other content. Because of the readers just read the first line, and if they don’t like it they will leave the website.
    again thanks
    Mohsin Arif

  2. The first thing that gets your reader’s attention is the headline. If the headline is terrible and the content is amazing. No one will see it.

    After a good headline, make it personal, use emotion and maybe a little bit of humor. Even a powerful quote can help. Make it short and relevant.

    Great tips!


  3. This is very helpful, I am learning new things and new techniques each day and working hard to improve my blog.

    Making great content isn’t enough, writing engaging content and make them want to read more is very important as well to enhance the great content.

    I need to improve my techniques for my blog and I’m doing my best each day to get better. Thank god I can find awesome content like this one where I can learn and leverage new knowledge.

    I love how you are ranking #1 like a snippet even the same day you upload this content, I hope to be able to do it in the future! Thanks for sharing.

    • Yes, the past and the present is about story telling. It’s always been that way. And the future, that’s about storytelling too. Good luck with your blog. But you don’t need luck. You just need to keep working at storytelling.

  4. I am always trying to find new ways to grab the readers attention whether I’m sending out a newsletter or writing an article. You have offered a couple good suggestions here.

    Shocking them into wanting to read “what happens next” has always been a favorite!

  5. To write a good headline, take a tip from the ancient Romans. This guy stands in front of a huge audience and says: ‘Friends, Romans, countrymen. Lend me your ears..’
    Grabbed everyone’s attention.

  6. I totally love the first 2 methods and they are something I really need… I am running a health blog in a country where people are more interested in increasing their pockets than getting fit and healthy..

    It is like you are dealing with a market (blog readers) that barely exists and the ones that exist are barely interested in your article ..

    I have totally saved this page to my computer..

    Stay Healthy, Stay Wise

  7. Hi, Sean!

    One of the most fascinated things I’ve learned over the past few years is ‘storytelling’. I absolutely loved it when I read your method #1. I’ve learned the hard way. People get curious to know the stories (of people) they can relate to or to get inspired from. It was definitely a fantastic piece of content.

    THANK YOU so much!

  8. I’ve heard of the case study approach before but never thought about using a demonstration method. That’s such a fresh way of drawing people in!

    -Jason Andrews

  9. Sean,
    You’ve certainly kept me glued to your article—even after I had read other articles until my head hurt. It is concise, easy to read, and to the point. Paragraphs are short, sometimes only one sentence in length, and sentences are relatively short as well. Beautiful.

    Placing Rosling’s demonstration at the beginning of this article actually prepared the reader for your demonstration of peeling a clove of garlic. The latter, for a lack of words to describe my feelings, felt so real. It’s as if I was watching you doing it.

    Actually, using all 3 techniques in one article—if not a difficult thing to do—would be quite interesting to try, just as you have done here. In all its simplicity, that article is quite skilfully written. Thank you for the lesson.

      • Sean, I certainly will try that way of peeling garlic from now on—I hate peeling garlic the traditional way. More importantly, I will put your 3 techniques to work in my blog posts. I am in the process of starting a new blog, and these techniques are truly valuable as is your way to writing. Thank you.

        As soon as I have some free time (from starting a blog, etc…) I will register for your membership “cave.” Until then, thank you again.

  10. Thanks Sean. Great article and I definitely like the demonstration method. That seems like a great way to draw people into your world right from the start.

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