65 Headlines to Jump Start your Linkbait

Culled from World Weekly News and the Sun, this collection of headlines is a good way to ingest the essence of a good headline and write some killer headlines for your own articles.

Especially if your blog is about Baby eating Alien Vampire bats who look like Elvis

I?M GOING TO CLONE THE WORLD?S UGLIEST DOG!
BIGFOOT VS. ALIENS! HAIRY HERO DEFENDS HOME TURF AGAINST SPACE INVADERS!
Was Dubya?s granddad a grave robber? BUSH FAMILY STOLE GERONIMO?S SKULL!
COWARDLY MATADOR ONLY FIGHTS RABBITS
WORLD?S FATTEST BIGFOOT SHOCKS SCIENTISTS
6-LEGGED HORSE BANNED FROM RACING!
Maggots are good medicine
SUNFRANCE?S NEW FOOD FAD: ESCARGOT SMOOTHIES
MAN ARRESTED FOR WEARING ZIPPER IN ?NO FLY? ZONE! ?
CHENEY ARRESTS MAN FOR MAKING HIM LAUGH
BUSH HIRES DUMB BLONDES . . . so he?ll look smart
SATAN HIRES PUBLICIST TO IMPROVE HIS IMAGE!
MAN INVENTS ROTARY CELL PHONE
JUDGE WHO BARRED WITCHES FROM ADOPTING CHILDREN TURNED INTO GUINEA PIG!
CURSE OF THE ICE MAN!
PHANTOM OF THE IVORIES Liberace?s ghost haunts Vegas nightspot
GOD?S AUTOGRAPH SELLS FOR $500 MILLION
JILTED BRIDE ASKS FOR VOLUNTEER FROM AUDIENCE
BLOOD SUCKING DRACULA SQUIRRELS INVADE U.S.
Was medieval ?demon? a giant squirrel?
ASTRONOMER DISCOVERS PLANET MADE ENTIRELY OF NOODLES
Man sets lard-eating record!
WOMAN DELIVERS OWN BABY WHILE SKYDIVING!
Noah had dinosaurs on the Ark!
MULTIPLE PERSONALITY MAN CHARGED TRIPLE ROOM RATE!
Giant Mexican monster skull proves? OGOPOGO IS ALIVE!
MAN RUSHED TO EMERGENCY ROOM AFTER MONEY BURNS HOLE IN HIS POCKET!
New hope for the dead!
SPEND IT WHILE YOU CAN! U.S. currency accidentally printed with disappearing ink!
Taco vendor turns tiny visitors? abandoned spacecraft into an . . . ALIEN SOMBRERO!
Iraqi madman?s pantyhose secret!
VAMPIRES ATTACK U.S. TROOPS Army of undead taking over mountains of Afghanistan!
550,000 Elvises can?t be wrong!
Charles Bronson?s brain is for sale!
THE WORLD IS RUNNING OUT OF VAMPIRES & GHOULS Monster rights groups blame President Bush!
126 reasons you should never get drunk at a tattoo convention!
ONE ANGRY WOMAN, A SHARP KNIFE & 13 men whose lives will never be the same!
It?s like Oscar night for terrorists . . . WHO WILL WIN THE OSAMA?
GNOMES OF DEATH LURE DIVERS TO DROWNING HORROR
VAMPIRE POODLES GO ON BLOODY RAMPAGE!
Man with large fuzzy slippers creates enough electricity to heat his house
MUTE DRIVER HONKS OUT A ROAD RAGE IN MORSE CODE
JESUS WAS A JAPANESE GARLIC FARMER!
JUDGE FIRES BAILIFF FOR USING ?MOBY DICK? INSTEAD OF BIBLE TO SWEAR WITNESSES IN!
Michael Jackson wants to live with leprechauns
MAN REINCARNATED AS HIMSELF!
MAN-MADE TORNADOES ESCAPE FROM CIA LAB
TOWN SAVES MONEY BY BURYING LOVED ONES IN QUICKSAND
ALIEN MUMMY GOES ON RAMPAGE! Trick-or-treaters terrorized by undead E.T.
SPANISH ARMADA WAS SUNK BY UFOs
Cat found with hoard of over 200 TONGUES!
RESEARCHER DETERMINES DEER AND ANTELOPE NEVER PLAYED TOGETHER!
FRENCHMAN JAILED FOR TAKING BATH
Scientists prove Paris Hilton is more intelligent than Bush
INNOVATIVE REAL ESTATE COMPANY OFFERS NEW LEASE ON LIFE!
BEACH PARTY TERROR! DEADLY MANFISH EMERGES FROM THE OCEAN TO ATTACK PARTYGOERS!
OBNOXIOUS KIDS DRIVE GHOSTS FROM HAUNTED HOUSE
Coyotes protect alien baby from government agents
FIREFIGHTER FIRED FOR FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE!
MAN HITS SNOOZE 892 TIMES?and strolls into work 5? days late!
SCIENTIST FINDS WOMEN?S ASKING-FOR-DIRECTIONS GENE
SPACE ALIENS GIVE EARTH ULTIMATUM: FEED US YOUR GEEZERS OR ELSE!

Comments

  1. says

    Is the Sunday Sport still being published in the UK?

    I can remember when that was first launched, I was working in a popular pub and reading it as a group over a few pints and heavily salted roast potatoes (sold more beer that way) became a new tradition.

    I still remember some of the first few headlines they published, such as “Woman gave birth to a 4lb trout” (maybe it was a different weight), and there was one about a “Double Decker Bus Spotted on the Moon”

    It seems like things have continued down the same path.

  2. Lyndoman says

    Andy, that fine publication is still distributed to more erudite memebers of our nation.

    What about “Double Decker bus missing from Moon”.

    Thanks for the Stumble Maki

  3. Lyndoman says

    It’s hard to pick a fav, but the one that COWARDLY MATADOR ONLY FIGHTS RABBITS always makes me laugh.

    I think it’s because I picture in my mind a dressed up Matador, his cape fluttering in the wind. Standing in front of a rabbit.

    We know it’s ridiculous and yet it creates a mental representation, which is a powerful thing. If you can get your headlines to do that then you have won 80% of the battle to get your blog posts read.

  4. Lyndoman says

    Daz, the stories are not online, get down to the dentist/doctors/chiropractor and you might find them in the wating room.

    But that is the sign of a great headline, wanting to read the text.

    BTW Daz, thanks for the link, I tried to leave a comment but don’t have a blogspot account, or at least not one I can make public. ;)

    You need to get your arse on WordPress, you will get more comments and have more conrol.

  5. says

    Hi

    Yup I have plans to move over to WordPress – though I’d not thought about the comments and getting more of! Thanks for the heads up… I’ll check out the implications of setting up WordPress on my own domain asap (I had planned this a while ago and not got round to it). :)

    Daz

  6. Megan says

    “Linkbait is content that’s irresistible to link to…”

    I personally wouldn’t link to any article just for the shock factor or entertainment value; and that’s not because I’m a stick in the mud. Don’t people want to provide their audience with value? Helpful, relevant, meaningful information that enhances or improves something, etc etc…? I’m all for catchy headlines / headlines that are Irresistible to CLICK on… but I’d sure hope the content inside was worthy of the click, yeah?

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