4 Tips for Writing a Blog Post Opening that Turns Heads and Keeps Them There
Lynn Whitley, July 9, 2013
On average, 8 out of 10 people will read a first paragraph, but only 2 out of 10 will read the rest of a blog post. So if you've gotten to this point, you are part of the 80% of people who read the headline copy. Now, with the tips below, you can ensure your readers join the 20 percent who enjoy the entire blog post.
Regardless of how good your content is, if the intro doesn't grab the attention of the reader, it’s no use. You have probably wasted your time writing a complete post that your audience simply won't finish reading.
While blog posts are ideal for SEO purposes, as well as ways to spread interesting and engaging content, your opening statement should leap off the page and get readers engaged. As the first thing readers see, it should give readers a clear idea of what to expect to read. To ensure your posts are being read, here are a few tips on creating unique and captivating blog posts openings.
Have you ever found yourself completely caught up in an article? What was it that grabbed your attention? See what I just did there? I got you thinking by asking a question.
Questions engage readers immediately as a way to get them thinking while setting the tone of your blog posts as well. By asking a few questions, readers already have their wheels turning and have a good idea of what the blog post may be about.
- State Facts
79% of people scan web content rather than read it word-for-word. By stating a fact such as statistic as an opener, you are showing readers that you're giving them well-researched and therefore reliable information. You can use facts to give readers a better idea of where the blog post is going.
- Quotable Quotes
"Blogging is good for your career. A well-executed blog sets you apart as an expert in your field." Capture your readers' attention with a quote and set forth the overall theme of the post. Whether you quote an opinion or words of wisdom, the quote you choose should set the stage for the rest of your content.
Writing a unique and captivating opening for every blog post is important, but it is only half the battle. Engage your audience by creating user-friendly content including bullet points, lists, subheadings, relevant links, white space, and various forms of media. Blog posts are ideal not only for SEO purposes, but for solidifying your stance as a thought leader in your specific industry. Ensure that your blog reflects this by creating appealin