The Details Are In For the Magazine Headline Remix

Details Magazine

The Details Edition of the magazine headline remix for blogging inspiration (following the Cosmo challenge) has come to a close. As with last time, we’ve had a lot of great participation and interesting posts.

Also as with last time, some people have experienced a great deal of success with this simple technique, so I thought I’d lead with one of the more enthusiastic success stories. These great results happened to Tiffany Monhollon of Personal PR:

Wow. Just wanted to post an update on what an effective strategy this has been.

To date, since I posted my article for this activity, it’s become my site’s most popular content (now accounting for about 20% of the lifetime traffic to my two-month-old blog), hit StumbleUpon top business content pages, and added some great members to my community.

Coolness. Now let’s take a look at what others came up with.

27 Secrets to Interviewing Like Larry King – Part One, Part Two and Part Three

It’s Time To Break Up With Your Web Host

27 Secrets To Writing Like Hemingway

Could The Wii Make Chronic Pain Sexy?

Make Emotional Confrontations Fun

Make Your Inexperience Sell

It’s time to cheat on your publisher

It’s Time to Break Up with Your Brick & Mortar

One Email No Video Client Should Ever Write

Make Routine Activities Surprising

It’s time to break up with your word processor

Make Small Appear Big

27 Secrets to Avoid Internet Burnout

Make Compassion a Competitive Advantage

Is Your Relationship with Your Charity Going Nowhere Fast?

Obese Nation: Is Your Weight Causing You to Miss Out?

7 Secrets to Maximizing your Medical Practice

Five Things You Learned From Mom About Customer Service

The 5 mistakes that no blog should ever make in a blog contest

27 Secrets to Giving the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Foot Massage

Five Comments No Serious Blogger Should Ever Post

Thanks to everyone who played along!

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  1. Wow. I never expected to get linked! I was just playing along.

    Thanks for that. :-)

  2. Thanks again, Brian, for another remarkable opportunity to write a piece I never would have written.

    I always find myself stretching a bit further than normal with the help of your content and ideas.

    You rock :-)

  3. Thanks Brian!

    I was in line at the grocery store and noticed another good Cosmo headline to steal. This is such a good “whack to the side of the head” technique. My guess is it wouldn’t be nearly as valuable for a blog that actually had the same type of content as these magazines–what works about it is getting outside your own assumptions and habits.

  4. Thanks for including me in the mix Brian. I can’t say this is my most popular post, but it has drawn some traffic and links I believe.

    Hosting is a difficult subject for me to write about, though the title made it easier. The title instantly suggested an idea for a theme for the post.

  5. Thanks for the link, Brian – and next time, pick something that doesn’t have 27 on the cover ;)

    Looking forward to the next challenge!

  6. Thanks for the link Brian – the Cosmo Headlines is seriously a great idea.

    I’ve started looking at magazines I would normally never read just for the headlines.

  7. Thanks for spotlighting the stats on my post. Loved the challenge. I already have a few more ideas inspired from it.

    @ James – 27 was a challenge for sure, but I actually enjoyed having an excuse to post something that exhaustive. Made me really work for it!

  8. Hi Brian

    I enjoyed this challenge too, and have also found my traffic going through the roof now the post been well and truly stumbled – including my first ‘thumbs down’ comments – some kind of measure of success I’m sure :-)

    It also generated some valuable in-house teaching when the editor of the book I was quoting from called by and talked us through some other ways to learn from Hemingway’s techniques – including not losing sight of our own writing voice.

    I also found myself going back to the Cosmo list of headlines for a post I wrote to promote SobCon08. I don’t think I’d want to write in this style all the time but it definitely works for some cornerstone posts or times you really want to give things a push.

    Joanna

    PS I found 27 worked a treat, but it’s because I didn’t try and add anything to Hemingway’s beautifully succinct one liners

  9. Loved the “Five Things You Learned from Mom about Customer Service.” Do you think I should send that to Steak ‘n Shake Manager? :)

    http://putzworld.blogspot.com/2008/01/steak-and-shake-denies-service.html

  10. Thanks for including, inspiring and intimidating me ;-)

    Only you could get this many people to write what you want, when you want ‘em to and make ‘em like it !

  11. Brian, when I received the original headline challenge post, I visited every single site listed. I found Confident Writing through your post as well as several others that like you, follow up great headlines with great copy. Thank you for not only providing helpful info but introducing us to other talented bloggers.

    Karen

  12. Thanks for sharing this very pow-zinger secret.

    Man…many of those headlines above tickled my senses and piqued my interest enough to make me WANT to click

    …and that’s the point anyway, right? To design that headline spicy enough to make them want to click?

    Again…Thanks for sharing!

  13. Thanks Brian, Really enjoy these headline exercises that you conduct. Really great writing project