200 visitors to your site in 5 minutes - or *I* will pay you $50!

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..got your attention? - so the thread title worked and that's your first lesson:

Make it stick out. Headlines that work are:

  • short, bold (or all caps) and totally weird (like "*[5MINRICHES]*")..
  • a question, plus urgency (like "You know how to get MAD traffic? Inside now, this offer will only last 15 minutes! ..14, ..13, ..")
  • an *irresistible* offer (like this thread's title)

Of course you'll have to deliver the promised things.. Which i didn't - i hope you forgive me. But you can always harass me on icq (16102829-SIX) and we can like brainstorm and such.
But those are attention-grabbers.

Well, that's just what i wanted to share, since i had great success with those kinds of headlines.. be it on boards, classified ads or social bm sites.

Cheers!
#brodda
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Hi Chris,

    Yeah, those headlines can work, but in this case I clicked because I thought there was another spammer in our midst.



    All the best,
    Michael

    p.s. Goes to show that there's another element a lot of people overlook: context.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
      Must be a Michael thing...lol
      Same reason I checked the thread out!

      Michael

      Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

      Hi Chris,

      Yeah, those headlines can work, but in this case I clicked because I thought there was another spammer in our midst.



      All the best,
      Michael

      p.s. Goes to show that there's another element a lot of people overlook: context.
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    • Profile picture of the author ChrisByrns
      Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

      Hi Chris,

      (...) but in this case I clicked because I thought there was another spammer in our midst. (...)
      I admit, i gambled a bit and those kinds of headlines surely aren't made for webmaster forums - but if you can deliver the things you promise (in newspaper ads, online classifieds and the likes), those things work wonders.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
        Originally Posted by ChrisByrns View Post

        I admit, i gambled a bit and those kinds of headlines surely aren't made for webmaster forums - but if you can deliver the things you promise (in newspaper ads, online classifieds and the likes), those things work wonders.
        No problem, your points are good. I included the p.s. to hopefully add a bit to the discussion, too.

        ~Michael
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      • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
        Originally Posted by ChrisByrns View Post

        ...but if you can deliver the things you promise (in newspaper ads, online classifieds and the likes), those things work wonders.
        I'd be interested to see the actual results of the
        tests you ran to back up that generalisation.

        Because, in my experience, that type of headline
        is proving to be much less effective these days.

        John
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    • Profile picture of the author zeurois
      Same here

      Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

      Hi Chris,

      Yeah, those headlines can work, but in this case I clicked because I thought there was another spammer in our midst.



      All the best,
      Michael

      p.s. Goes to show that there's another element a lot of people overlook: context.
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  • Profile picture of the author roosevelt
    haha nice catch, you tripped me right in your trap.

    Very good tips, thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hill
    LOL... The Mike's are on the clock around here


    Mike Hill
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisByrns
    When it comes to context (and if you're using eg. social bookmarking sites), it's crucial to put your links into the correct category.. it really doesn't make sense to bookmark a HealthCare site in the "Arts and Culture" category. And btw, talking SEO - Google likes backlinks from relevant sites, surrounded by content that's related to your site's topic.
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    • Profile picture of the author wassim
      Did you read what Chris said in the content of his thread?

      Thanks for the tip Chris
      Originally Posted by shiner View Post

      200 visitor in 5 minutes? You are nuts..
      i don't believe it, show me the power of your promise!
      Hope i'm wrong!
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  • Profile picture of the author envmar
    I'd be lying if I didn't say I feel a bit cheated by this thread. Nice advice for some I guess. Personally I feel Rick Rolled and the worst part is there is no catchy music in this one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Ayres
    I havent had 200 visitors to my site in the last 5 mins so where is my $50?
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  • Profile picture of the author Charann Miller
    Ha! I was curious to see this cheecky person get their beans. Got my attention.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mangozoom
    Yeah I totally thought it was a NOOB post spamming and just not getting it.
    Anyone know where I can get a job typing online for $300 a minute? ))))
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
    Anyone can craft a title that makes false promises that cannot be delivered get clicks.

    But the real challenge is to create titles that get clicks without making up fake promises and stories and pretending that its some sort of amazing feat of copywriting.
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    • Profile picture of the author nathanj
      Originally Posted by Josh Anderson View Post

      Anyone can craft a title that makes false promises that cannot be delivered get clicks.

      But the real challenge is to create titles that get clicks without making up fake promises and stories and pretending that its some sort of amazing feat of copywriting.
      snap!

      You're bad ass josh

      I think the subtitle under your name should be 'Straight Shooter'
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  • Profile picture of the author brandonhess
    I fell for it. Point Made.

    Next time you better have content though.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheRealDomainer
    Features and Benefits in Headlines and a great content Content converts. Pure and simple
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  • Profile picture of the author BigHef
    You might get views, but you won't get any conversions by lying to get someone's attention!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sam Rodrigo
    Fool me once, shame on you... Fool me twice - Well, that's not going to happen.

    Chris, you need to deliver.

    Sam
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  • Profile picture of the author MarioSotojr
    ok you got me. But I mostlikely click away as fast
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    • Profile picture of the author Charles E. White
      I'm with the Mikes on this one, I thought it was a spammer too!

      I most certainly agree with Josh! It's easy to write BS headlines and then not deliver but to be able to write great headlines and deliver is fantastic.

      Good post by the way! You made your point.
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  • Profile picture of the author Doctor Article
    I clicked simply because I thought there's a spammer around. If I was really shopping.....................no ways would I have clicked.
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  • Profile picture of the author BlackWaterBlog
    Like most people I only clicked to see if there was a spammer running amock.
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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    posts that offer "sucker money" on WF or "instant money" in
    any way always get a lot of attention. I seldom open those
    threads myself. Presumably the enthusiastic response to
    such threads with titles like:
    "Easy way I got $567 in one week with no list!" is because
    people like the promise - a specific amount of money that
    can be got easily.

    Such threads are usually some form of chestbeating I think -
    a veiled, or not-so-veiled form of self-promotion.

    People DO like EASY. And they love easy money.

    That's why they click.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
    Martin Avis was talking about this very thing in his newsletter today.

    I won't go into detail since Martin put it in his newsletter and did not post it here but I will say that he took this subject and made me see another level of "false advertising" in email that I had no knowledge of.

    Would love for Martin to post it here as I think it is a VERY important subject for us to talk about and this would be the perfect thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author GrantFreeman
    My question to the OP...

    What makes you 'think' that you must lie in order to get attention?

    Grant
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  • Profile picture of the author GrantFreeman
    My question to the OP...

    What makes you 'think' that you must lie in order to get attention?

    Grant
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