Coming up with a great headline for your content is essential. That’s easier said than done. Sometimes tumbleweed rolls in that space between your ears where your brain should be. Whatever combination of words you come up with are terrible. Well, rest assured it happens to the best of us…
When this happens I normally use a title generator. While they normally don’t come up with that unforgettable headline, they’re a good starting point for inspiration. To get you thinking on one of those days when your brain feels like it needs an injection of caffeine, we came up with a list of the best headline generators. There’s a summary of the list in the table below.
|Software||Starting From||Best Thing About It||Biggest Problem|
|Headlinr||$27 lifetime||Great selection of headline ideas to inspire you.||Premium plugin.|
|Tweak Your Biz Title Generator||Free||Great range of headlines.||Nothing.|
|Sumo Headline Generator||Free||Has some good headline formulas.||Limited number of headlines.|
|Impact Blog Title Generator||Free||Simple system to cycle through headlines.||No way to choose the headline formula.|
|SEO Pressor Blog Title Generator||Free||Nice user interface.||Confusing interface.|
We reviewed each of the headline generators in this post. It means the article took a little longer to write, but then our articles are a bit more in depth. The reason we do this research is we run special deals on the best software, which we promote to our email list (you can get access to our special offers here).
Anyways, here’s what we found after a few hours of research online (unfortunately it’s a small list). To help you write some kickass headlines we’ll start the ball rolling with our favourite headline generator.
Headlinr is a premium title generator that works as a web plugin on Chrome and Firefox. Once it’s installed just insert your keyword into the search box, hit enter and scroll until you find something you like. There’s a list of 300+ potential ready to use headlines generated from popular title combinations as well as swipe headlines.
The title generator creates headlines that work across any niche and for any purpose (blog title maker, for PPC advertising, create email headlines, FB advertising headlines, Amazon affiliate articles etc.). In addition to the web based plugin they created a WordPress plugin that lets you A/B test your headline to see what gets more clicks. You can purchase this through the upsell for Headlinr.
Tweak Your Biz Title Generator
Tweak Your Biz is my favorite free title generator. You enter your phrase in the input field. Let the title know if it’s a noun or a verb and a few seconds later you’re overloaded with ideas for your next blog post. You’ll find a bunch of headlines listed under categories like, love, secrets, sex and a bunch of other topics. The results range from the bizarre to the awesome. A few of my favorites for Facebook Marketing:
- Congratulations! Your Facebook Marketing is About to Stop Being Relevant
- How to Pick Up Women With Facebook Marketing
- Joseph Stalin’s Secret Guide to Facebook Marketing
- 5 Facebook Marketing Secrets You Never Knew
I’m a big fan! Tweak Your Biz is the best freemium title generator out there. If you’re stuck for ideas, or just want to laugh at some silly suggestions I’d recommend this headline maker.
Sumo Headline Generator
Sumo Headline Generator is an online title generator with a UI that looks like an XL sheet. The app generates headlines in five different categories; numbered list, how to, controversial, why, fun and with DIY headline formulas. You select your category, enter the information in the relevant input fields and the title maker generates a headline.
The headline generator is clunky and doesn’t give you much inspiration. For the ‘how to’ headlines for example you have to fill in seven input fields before it generates title options for you. It’s a hassle and the current XL Sheet style format leaves you feeling like a frustrated accountant.
Impact Blog Title Generator
The Impact Blog Title Generator is what the Sumo Headline Generator UI should have looked like. The title maker logically onboards you. There’s no feeling of frustration. Just pick your topic and cycle through the different headline options until you find the one that’s right for your content. Unfortunately this can take some time…
The headlines the app generates are pretty generic. For example “5 Beliefs that Will Eventually Lead to Customer Service” doesn’t grab your attention like an English fried breakfast after a night out on the town. That said it’s a starting point to get your head into the copywriting frame of mind.
Blog Title Generator by SEOPressor
SEO Pressor have created a nice Blog Title Generator. The user interface is simple. Describe the keyword you want to use (this could be a skill, person’s name, location, etc.) and the software will generate 5 different blog titles for you. Unfortunately you’ll need to hand over your email to get the full list of headlines that the software generated.
Bonus Headline Tool
Any of the five title generators listed above will help you create attention grabbing headlines. To make sure the headline pops copy and paste your creation into the CoSchedule Headline Analyzer. The software breaks your headline down and analyses it according to character length, the kind of words you are using and how positive or negative your headline is.
More importantly the bastards give you a score out of 100, which means you’ll be fighting the algorithm to come up with better results. Or just cheating and coming up with such unforgettable headlines as “Awesome Heartfelt and Covfefe 11 It” which came out at an unforgettable 71 out of 100 (the headline for this article got a measly 68).
Few Final Thoughts
Title generators are a good way to come up with dozens of title ideas quickly, without much thinking. My favourite app is Headlinr. The UI is simple and provides you with hundreds of headline ideas that you can add your own twist to. It’s definitely a good starting point when your brain feels like it’s been swallowed by a black hole.
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