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Absolutely honest tool tells you if you need a better headline

14th January 2016

There’s a heck of a lot of information out there about how important it is to have a good headline for blog posts. Many people will make their decision to read or not, based purely on the headline.  So, headlines count.  A lot.

While there is a ton of practical advice about making your headlines stand out, there is also an online tool that goes one step further:  CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer actually takes your headline and tells you what’s wrong with it, in a fairly scientific way.  To test this tool, I tested several versions of the headline for this post. Here’s my testing history, with each version’s associated score:

My headline testing history

My headline testing history

 

The tool breaks down the words in your headline into several types, and, if a category is missing, mentions that so you can up your score:

List and categories of words in my headline

 

And, of course, you get a comprehensive, easy-to-understand score.  It took me several revisions to get a headline that scored an “A+”:

Final headline score

 

What does this mean to me, Laura?

  • The analysis also provides a word and a character count.  and will make minor recommendations to make those counts better. A tip sheet is also linked for further information.
  • It also provides a Google search preview, as well as an evaluation of the sentiment of the headline. Headlines with positive sentiments tend to do better.
  • Overall, a fairly thorough analysis for an automated tool. Lots of information and links to even more, to help you to craft effective headlines.
  • The only thing I don’t like (and this is not really about the tool), is that I wonder if this is just another step towards creating yet more headlines that qualify as “clickbait.” What did you think of the headline of this post?  Too clickbait-ish, or fine as-is?