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Want To Write Better Headlines? These 4 AI Headline Analyzers Get You More Reads

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Make AI work for you without being a cheater or traitor.

Oftentimes, when I come across a headline on Medium, I look at it for one millisecond and scroll right past it.

What can you do to guarantee that no one will read your story?

Come up with a dull headline!

Ever heard of the 80/20 Rule when it comes to writing online?

In fact, there’s a rule that (online) writers should spend 80% of their time on headlines and the remaining 20% on article writing.

Whether you agree with that or not, it is undeniable that your content is meaningless if a reader can’t get past your headline.

BuzzFeed for instance has an internal rule: every writer must write 30 versions of a headline in order to find the right one.

If you say: sorry, Kristina but..,

  • I suck at titles
  • I’m a busy part-time creator, not a professional writer
  • My time is limited

I’ve got you covered!

Let me show you 4 of my favorite headline analyzer tools.

They are AI-powered and really helpful.

And no, you’re not a traitor, if you let one of these tools help you create and optimize your headlines as a new writer.

You’re doing your readers a favor because your amazing content will finally get clicked on and read!

1 — Sharethrough Headline Analyzer

Sharehtorugh Headline Analyzer is the number 1 headlines analyzer I recommend to my writing students.

Why?

It’s free to use and the website design is intuitive and clean enough to understand and use.

When you type in your headline, you get a Headline Quality Score.

See? Mine was 70 at first — this is average.

Sharethrough Headline Analyzer

The higher the score, the better so based on the feedback I got I tweaked my headline a little and scored 71 — above average.

Sharethrough Headline Analyzer

The cool thing: this score is based “on a multivariate linguistic algorithm built on the principles of Behavior Model theory and Sharethrough’s neuroscience and advertising research”.

Here are more benefits you need to know about:

  • Free to use and user-friendly interface
  • Offers strengths, weaknesses, and suggestions for headlines
  • Provides suggestions on headline elements like length, context words, and passive language
  • Offers engagement and impression scores
  • Stores headline testing history for comparison

Click here to give Sharethrough Headline Analyzer a try!

2 — Headline Analyzer by Capitalize My Title

I love the Capitalize My title tool because it provides scores for…

  • Readability
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • Sentiment

Let’s see how my headline scored:

Headline Analyzer by Capitalize My title

56 is mediocre but Readability is great with 69. This means my title gets easily understood by 13–15-year-old students.

The sentiment score of 100 is awesome.

In general, titles with a strong emotional connection, whether positive or negative, tend to get more clickthrough rates, meaning more people click it and start reading.

My SEO score is bad but when writing on Medium, you can create an SEO title for Google and Bing, so no need to worry about this score.

More benefits to know about:

  • Identifies common and “weasel” words to improve clarity. Mine is “help” which I changed into “get”. You should limit your usage of weasel words as much as possible.
  • Offers suggestions for enhancing SEO in headlines
  • Helps users incorporate power words and positive word counts for more impact

Try the Headline Analyzer by Capitalize My title now!

3 — Answer the Public Headline Analyzer

Recently marketing guru Neil Patel acquired Answer the Public for an undisclosed amount. I admire Patel. He’s always on top of things.

The beauty of Answer the Public is that you can type in any keyword and it will generate hundreds of headline ideas from a single keyword.

My search result with “Headline Analyzers”; Answer the Public

The cool thing, it helps you brainstorming ideas for future blog posts and lets you find popular topics to write about.

Here’s more awesomeness:

  • Free to use
  • Ideas based on popular search results
  • Data visualizations categorized into comparisons, prepositions, and questions

Go here to experience Answer the Public.

4 — CoSchedule Headline Analyzer

I know writers such as Hudson Rennie or Linda Caroll are using this tool.

Here’s my writing pal Hudson using it:

photo credit: Hudson Rennie

I used to use CoSchedule Headline Analyzer but then stopped because I find the other tools much better.

The first hurdle for you may be that you have to log in to use it.

Once logged in, you can use it for free.

More benefits:

  • Logs headline history for comparison
  • Provides a total headline score based on word types (emotional, powerful, uncommon, and common)
  • Categories headlines as generic or emotional
  • Analyzes headline length using character and word count
  • Offers previews of headlines on search engines and social media platforms
  • Provides tips and links to articles for improving headline writing

Bottom Line

I highly recommend taking the time to make your headline clickable.

I recommend testing all 4 headline analyzer tools and deciding which one to use.

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