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    10 Ways To Write An Irresistible Intro To Your Blog Post

    write an irresistible intro

    Imagine you’ve been invited to a party where you don’t know anyone.

    You’ve come through the door, grab a drink, and stand there feeling like a pony with five legs.

    Nobody seems to pay any attention to you.

    After a while, you start sidling to the door in order to escape. Or maybe you tough it out and start ‘making conversation’.

    Ok, so  this scenario isn’t much fun.

    Here’s another scenario: You go to the same party. But this time, the host spots you hovering on the doorstep, guides you into the room, hands you a drink and shows you around, introducing you to the other guests.

    That would feel a lot better, right?

    The difference lies in the introduction.

    In the first scenario, you didn’t feel welcome. Whereas in the second scenario, your host connected with you.

    When you think of visiting a blog and reading a post, the experience is quite similar. If there is no introduction to the post you’re about to read, you may feel unwelcome and leave.

    Why?

    Because the headline promised a wonderful experience, but the start of the post didn’t match up.

    What makes the introduction to your blog post irresistible?

    1. Invite the reader in.

    The reader will feel at home if he or she feels that their concerns will be met here. And that your blog is a friendly place to visit. One way is to address the reader directly.

    Example 1

    Do you feel insecure, anxious and doubtful about your writing? 
    From: 
    Do You Worry About Your Writing?|WritetoDone

    Example 2

    Does it ever seem like you have more adversity in your life than other people do?

    As if everyone around you is having an easier time of things than you are?

    You begin to feel sorry for yourself and think, “Why does this stuff always happen to ME?”

    From: How to Overcome Adversity and Steal Its Power | RebootAuthentic

    2. State a commonality.

    When you state something that you have in common with your readers, you create an immediate bond.

    Example 1 

    We all seem to be getting more self-obsessed by the day. Turn on your TV or open a web browser, and narcissism hits you smack in the face — everything screams ME! ME! ME!

    From: How To Teach Your Kids To Be Compassionate |MindBodyGreen

    Example 2

    Everyone agrees that fitness is good. It boosts your health, brightens your soul, calms your mind, and allows you to do more with your life.

    From: Want to Be Fit – or Even Ultra-Fit? |Goodlife ZEN

    3. Be personal.

    Address your reader like a friend. A great way to do this is to tell a personal story.

    Example 1

    “Just one big idea. One big idea, and we can change the world.”

    I made the mistake of uttering those words in the back seat of a car many years ago in the company of some older, wiser colleagues.

    4 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me in My Twenties |Relevant Magazine

    Example 2

    I’m a big subscriber to using whatever you can find to work out: pullups on trees, throw big boulders, flip logs or big tires, jump over things, sprint up hills.

    From: Minimalist Gym| Zen Habits

    Example 3

    Blogging has been very good to me over the last twelve and a half years, but it’s come at a personal cost that I’m sure many can relate to.

    From: Hey Bloggers! Is it Time to Focus a little Less on Your Blog and A Little More on YOU? |Problogger

    4. Be exciting.

    Create a mystery in your introduction that then unfolds in the main part. When you use this strategy, you create a bridge from the headline (which should offer a promise) to the middle part – which delivers the promise.

    The key is to intimate to your readers in the introduction what are you going to reveal to them in the rest of the article.

    Example 1

    I’m a psychiatrist… in training at least. The stories I have heard within these walls could fill a book, but there is one particular case that has caused me to lose sleep.

    This story has plagued my mind for far too long. Typing this out is my feeble attempt to make sense of something my rational mind refuses to comprehend.

    From: My Creepy Psychiatric Patient Practiced Voodoo, Here’s What Happened To Me When I Investigated Her |ThoughtCatalog

    Example 2

    Your headline is the first impression you make on a prospective reader.

    Without a compelling promise that turns a browser into a reader, the rest of your words may as well not even exist.

    So, from a copywriting and content marketing standpoint, writing great headlines is a critical skill. Here are some interesting statistics …

    From: How to Write Magnetic Headlines | CopyBlogger

    5. Offer the ‘why’ of your post.

    Write about what triggered this topic in your mind, or in your life.

    Example

    When I started the 8-Week Fitness Challenge, I had no idea what the response might be. I was amazed when about 100 people joined the Challenge! It seems that there is a quiet revolution in progress.

    From: Fitness: 5 Things that Make Exercise Enjoyable| Goodlife ZEN

    6. Lead with a story.

    A personal story can be a great way to draw your readers into a post. Of course the personal story needs to focus on the key issue of your post.

    Example 1

    Naked emotions?

    Like I felt when I finally gave up screaming for help.

    When I sank to my knees and wept by the side of the stream, watching my horse about to drown–and unable to rescue her.

    From: How to Write Better: 3 Secrets of Transmitting Naked Emotions |WritetoDone

    Example 2

    When a young Turkish boy named Celal Kapan first began to speak, almost the first thing he said was: “What am I doing here? I was at the port.”

    Later he told his parents that he had been a dockworker who had fallen asleep in the hold of a ship when a heavy oil drum fell on him and killed him instantly.

    Was he remembering a previous life?

    From: Is there Life After Death?| Goodlife ZEN

    7. Ask questions.

    A question that is unanswered feels incomplete. Questions intensify the reader’s curiosity. The key is to ask questions that the reader can’t answer without further information.

    Example 1

    Why is your prospect on the fence?

    From: Deadly Conversion Busters: Turning ‘Yeah, But’ Into ‘Yes, Please’| Copyblogger

    Example 2

    Could it really be possible that almost everything you are doing to promote your website is a waste of time?

    From: 11 Traffic Techniques That Are a Waste of Time for Beginners |BoostBlogTraffic

    8. State facts.

    Details increase the value of your post and boost your credibility. Use exact numbers if you can. Readers tend to trust numbers.

    Example 1

    In 1995, authors, experts and influencers sold $10 million worth of eBooks through Amazon. 18 years later that number has grown to $1.6 billion.

    Despite the growth, something is changing…

    From: New Facebook Tool: How To Use It To Convert Comments Into Sales |JeffBullas

    Example 2

    Sex may be a common topic in the US, but there are some facts about sex that most of the American population is unaware of.

    For instance, cold feet is probably the reason for a lack of orgasm. A UK study found that 80% of couples wearing socks during intercourse were able to reach orgasm, but only 50% of those who were sockless were able to reach orgasm.

    9. Use quotes.

    Quotes are a great way to lead into your post. Everyone loves quotes. They are usually by well-known authors and through using their quotes, you are borrowing their authority.

    If you use quotes supporting the main points of your post, this will increase the reader’s trust in you.

    Example 

    What unites us as human beings is an urge for happiness which at heart is a yearning for union. ~ Sharon Salzberg

    From: Unraveled? Here’s How to Knit Yourself and the World Together| Zen Habits

    10. Anecdotes.

    If you can find good anecdotes, the introduction is a great place to place them. Anecdotes are short, punchy stories. Speech writers often lead in with an anecdote because it help the audience to pay attention.

    Example:

    Google just introduced customizable background images on their site.

    Here’s what happened: “I need to search for someth…. wait, huh?

    What is Google celebrating today, the guy who invented transparency? A background image, oh weird, it’s like a mountain view. Oh I get it… Mountain View!

    I wonder who that woman on the dock is? Not a huge fan of big, busy images… too distracting. What other pictures are there? Yuck. Yuck.

    Nice for a photo album, but too busy for this page. Meh, the colored background is ok, red… no, gray, yeah, gray.

    Actually, maybe I want—Wait, I was supposed to be searching, how do I turn this off?

    Wait, why does clicking remove background image just return the original picture of the woman on the dock, I just want nothing to be there. Argh!”

    From: A Google Background Image Anecdote| Plastic Mind

     

    Conclusion

    The introduction is a crucial part of a blog post. It’s a chance to connect with readers and encourage them to read your post. You may think that it’s common knowledge how to write a good introduction, but about 60% of all guest posts that land on my desk lack an introduction.

    It’s not a difficult skill to learn; it just takes practice. A great way to learn how to write good intros is to try out all of the eleven ways above in turn.

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    About the author

      Mary Jaksch

      Mary Jaksch is best known for her exceptional training for writers at WritetoDone.com. Grab her latest all new course Blogwriter's Bootcamp 2.0 or a copy of her free report, How to Create an Irresistible Lead Magnet in Less Than 5 Hours. In her “spare” time, Mary’s also the brains behind AlistBlogging.net. and GoodlifeZEN.com, a Zen Master, a mother, and a 5th Degree Black Belt.

    • Daniel Smith says:

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    • Alex says:

      Great post, bookmarked it!.

      Will definitely experiment each of the examples on my next post.

      Thanks Mary.

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    • Soumya Roy says:

      Brilliant post and I am really thankful for these tips and examples. This article helped me a lot to ideate how to develop my intro part being a Digital Marketing coach.

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      Soumya Roy

    • Alex July says:

      Amazing tips.
      I am an experienced blogger. I had a lot of blogs in my first language.
      Now I’m starting my jorney as an English writing blogger.
      Yes, it’s difficult, and I make mistakes. But I have so many interesting tips to share.
      What I would like to add is that there are a lot of blogs in Russian language, and in my country blogs are a little bit different.
      You see, we don’t tend to write titles like “10 ways to do something” or “How to do something”.
      It’s a common situation when the title is “I just woke up”, or “Depressed”.
      And then the blogger starts to tell about “10 ways to do something” mixing it with his personal information.
      I would say that our bloggers are less professional but much more personal.
      If you were a Russian speaking blogger, you would add the photo of your breakfast to this article and so on…
      You are a professional writer, and I would like to know your opinion about this situation.

    • Daniel says:

      I love your tips! Thanks for sharing them with us. Today blog post writing is nearly an art. It is not enough anymore just to write, you have to be sure that it will be interesting to the audience, which becomes more and more demanding.

    • Gail says:

      Thanks, Mary!

      I’m a new blogger (i.e. haven’t posted yet) so this information is perfect.

      Gail

    • Richard says:

      Great post.

    • Andre Hugo says:

      A very excellent article that I will use as a reference in my own work. Thank you.

    • Karen says:

      Great tips. Hopefully my blog incorporates all the above!

    • Sue Bergin says:

      Super tips! I also printed a hard copy for my reference file.

    • RobinLK says:

      Hi Mary,

      Great post:
      – Useful Topic
      – “Easy-to-See” Examples
      – Lends itself to replication
      – Transferrable to other writing as GutsyWriter mentioned

      Like many commenters, I’m bookmarking, but I’m with Brian: printing a hard copy to tack above my desk(s)! I’ve been working on a rant about education and its recent events, and have revised the draft several times. Your post helps me refine the intro (and title).

      Thanks, much!

    • I love your party analogy! I would be the one trying to make a break for it, *snorts. I completely agree with all of your points on the importance of your blog post’s introduction. I always go for the ones that have either a humorous or personal analogy attached to them–I enjoy connecting to those who are writing the blogs, as it helps to inspire my own writing. Thanks for the excellent examples too!

    • Absolutely wonderful blog post! I’ve actually tested my blog with two writing styles – “white paper” and “human”. When I turned off the geek and let the human shine, my readership and web traffic increased dramatically. It’s amazing how many people just want to connect with the writer on a basic human level.

      Given that we are a feeling species, this only makes sense. Increase emotion in the writing style and make human connections.

      Thanks for a great read!

    • Outstanding and helpful article. I’m printing a hard copy and tacking it to the cork board above my desk. Thanks for the practical and well-illustrated advice.

    • What’s great about this detailed post with its links to other great articles, is the fact that writers can apply this to so many other aspects of writing: How to get the attention of an agent when querying, how to write a dynamite book proposal, and how to get editors to listen to your pitch. Thanks for helping us grow as writers.

    • Hi Mary

      Thank you for this interesting post. It really has me thinking about the introductions to my blog posts now. I will definitely be putting these great ideas into action in my future posts. I have a feeling this is going to be a article I will regularly refer back to, to make sure my blog oost introductions are hitting the mark.

      I appreciate the fact that you have included examples for each point.

      Thanks again.
      Cheers
      Thea

    • So thorough, Mary! I’ve definitely bookmarked this post. I’ve used some of these intro styles, but I’m excited to try some new strategies. =) This is exactly what I love about writing — there are so many different ways to express oneself!

    • Hi Mary,

      I really liked this post because you provided so many wonderful examples that came to life while I was reading them. Most people do not realize that it’s better to show and not tell. I often rush right into my posts, and your welcome-to-a-party example did it for me. Your blog is supposed to be inviting, this is simple and resonated with me. I have saved the post to practice with.

      Thank you so much! Avil Beckford

    • This is gold! I bookmarked it straight away. I think I’ve been relying on three or four different ways to introduce a post, so I’ve just tripled my repertoire by reading this.

      I came across a great opening this morning on Kelly Diels’ blog ‘Cleavage’:

      “My daughter wants to be a girl detective.” It’s intriguing, it’s fresh, and it promises a personal story.

      It hits a couple of the approaches you set out in this post, and illustrates a great strategy to employ when working from your list–combining two or more of these approaches for added effect.

      Thanks for the great post, Mary.

      Cheers

      Kelly’s post is here:

      http://www.kellydiels.com/2011/02/28/all-good-worms-go-to-heaven/

    • Samar says:

      I love how you’ve given examples, Mary! Somehow they drive the point home better than any verbal explanation.

      This post is a treasure to bookmark. I know I’ll be coming back to it every time I’m stuck with an intro.


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