4 Basic Tips to Write a Great Headline for Twitter

First impression is the last impression. The saying holds true for headlines too. A catchy and mind blowing headline is a sure fire way of attracting readers to your blog, article or news item. In this age and time when there are numerous websites and countless articles and blogs, drawing readers to your website and luring them to read is not only very important but also quite difficult. Be it Facebook, Twitter or any other social media site, where you post content links to gain significant traffic to your site, writing an attractive headline is imperative to say the least.

Twitter is now a great social medium to promote and share your content to people from all across the globe. According to statistics, the number of Twitter users is now over 105 million, with Twitter witnessing a growth of more than 1300% last year. Writing an influencing headline in Twitter is hence paramount. Unlike other social media sites, Twitter does not disclose the contents of the text in totality but only offers 140 characters through which you can spread your message when the link is clicked. Twitter has thus brought back the importance of writing an influencing headline like none others.

There is a ton of information online which will guide you on how to write headlines on Twitter and what words to use to lure readers. Some of these are really useful and can help you considerably in your pursuit to generate more free traffic and leads to your website. Below given are 4 important tips that will help you get started with writing strong headlines on Twitter.

 

1) Using Lists and Numbers

Readers love to click on links that give them a list or number of ways to do things. Lists and numbers not only draw readers but are also easily scannable and readable. For example: “25 Things to Do Before Going to Bed” or “10 Ways to Improve SEO for Your Blog” or “10 Worst Errors That Bloggers Make” are sure to spike interest among readers.

2) ‘How To’ Articles or Headlines that Let out Secret/s

Statistics have time and again shown that headlines using ‘how to’ or articles that let out secrets of the trade, make people click on the link a lot more than normal headlines. For example: “How to Plan a Stress free Holiday” or “5 Secrets to Make Good Money Online” are headlines that spark interest and curiosity among readers to know what is written.

3) Headlines that are Easily Searchable

Headlines should be SEO friendly so that they can be easily searched online. Since headlines are the face of the article, keywords should also be appropriately fitted within it. For example: Titles like “Homemade Ice Cream Recipes” or “Make a Customizable Google Map” are headlines that not only express usefulness but are also easily searchable in search engine sites.

4) Headlines that Share Knowledge 

With growing fears and problems, people are always on the lookout for ways to deal with them.  Headlines that offer suggestions or share knowledge to deal with problems are quite useful for readers. Readers are more interested in gaining information on overcoming their problems and obstacles and hence would go about clicking the link and reading the article. For example: “Get Rid of Depression by Actively Avoiding 10 Things” or “Know How to Upgrade to a Professional Blog”, are headlines that not only share knowledge but also express usefulness of the article.

Learning different ways to write a good headline will help you immensely in improving the traffic of your site and blog. Remember, all these things do not cost money, but only a little patience, effort and practise on your part. So why leave them behind? Use them and see the difference.

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My List of 26 Trusted Freelance Job Sites Online

 

A lot of people are into freelance work these days. Be it content writing, programming, website designing and development, logo creation, etc. a number of freelancers and freelance job sites are flourishing online. In the quest to work from home and earn good money from online resource, housewives, students, retirees and even people who are bored of a 9-to-5 job find online freelancing quite lucrative.

However, just as millions of people from all around the world are working online, there are also thousands of websites that claim to offer freelance work to people wanting to work on a full-time, part-time or freelance basis. Trusting these sites blindly, without much research on them can although leave you with a bad headache. To save you from all that trouble and also for the benefit of readers, I have listed 25 reliable websites that offer freelance work. As a beginner or a pro freelancer, you can definitely sign up with a couple of these sites to find work as a freelancer. However, before working with any of the clients you meet on these websites it is also advisable to know about their work background and reputation.

Below given are freelance sites for content writers, data entry operators, website designers/developers, programmers and graphic artists. Some of these sites also offer freelance work for marketing professionals, virtual assistants and people in engineering and multimedia fields.

1)      www.elance.com

2)      www.freelancer.com

3)      www.oDesk.com

4)      www.guru.com

5)      http://jobs.problogger.net/

6)      www.craiglist.com

7)      www.ifreelance.com

8)      www.peopleperhour.com

9)      www.gofreelance.com

10)   www.demandstudios.com

11)   www.project4hire.com

12)   http://fiverr.com

13)   http://allfreelancework.com

14)   http://www.online-writing-jobs.com/

15)   www.freelancewritinggigs.com

16)   https://talent.hubstaff.com/ (Fairly new site, applicable for freelancers/agencies, No registration cost involved)

17)   www.journalismjobs.com  (Great for people in journalism)

Programmers, web designers and logo/banner creators can also look into these dedicated websites:

18)   http://www.rent-acoder.com/

19)   www.getacoder.com

20)   http://99designs.com

21)   www.scriptlance.com

22)   www.logomyway.com

23)   www.programmermeetdesigner.com

24)   www.projectspring.com

25)   www.eprojects.co.in

26)   http://www.ejobs4pros.com/

The above list has been compiled after referring several sites and comments from freelancers. Hope you find my list useful.

Also, please feel free to add on to this list, provided, the site you are referring to is trustworthy.

Top Tips for Healthy Cooking, Eating and Living

‘Health is wealth’. This is not only the most appropriate quote to start this blog on but also explains the importance of health in the most lucid way.

Healthy cooking, healthy eating and healthy living are all phrases, directing at the topic of good health. In today’s fast life, where a large number of the world’s population is overweight and obese and is at a high risk to a number of related ailments, the urgency to follow a healthy diet and live an active life is all the more. Vegetables, fruits, meat, dairy products, whole grains, etc. are all needed for good health. However instead of cutting down on carbohydrates or good fats as suggested by a number of online sites and dieting plans, it is actually wise to eat all of them in moderation and gain required nutrients. This can only be done, if you are assertive, alert and informed about healthy cooking practices and eating habits. To help you with this, I have listed down a few tips that can come in handy in while selecting, cooking or eating food. Implement them and follow a regular exercise plan to live a long, healthy and active life.

Selecting Healthy Foodstuffs:

  • While selecting grains like rice, wheat, etc. look for whole grains. They are more nutritious and healthy.
  • Always read food labels. Pick packaged foods that have clear mention about less fat, good cholesterol, less saturated fat, low or no sodium and low sugar content.
  • Likewise, try and use skimmed milk and yoghurt and non-fat/low-fat dairy products as much as possible.
  • While choosing meat, select lean varieties. While buying poultry get the skin off. This will lower its saturated fat content.

Healthy Cooking:

  • When it comes to cooking, always add less salt than required. Taste your food and then add little salt if needed. This will not only prevent your dish from getting salty but will also help you cut down on sodium content. Also keep your salt shakers away from your dining table to train yourself and your family to eat food containing less salt.
  • Oil is another ingredient that needs to be used less while cooking. To consume less saturated fat, lower the use of oil, butter, cream and cheese during every cooking expedition. Olive oil is the best among all oils.
  • Salads containing vegetables and fruits are quite healthy. Do not make them unhealthy by adding fatty dressings like mayonnaise, sour cream or cheese. Instead add lime juice and/or herbs to enhance its flavour.
  • While cooking, a lot of people use packaged foods like ketchup and sauces of different varieties to make their dish tasty. These processed and packaged products contain high amount of sodium. Instead you can add a dash of lime juice, use tomato sauce prepared at home, sprinkle oregano and herbs, spices, vinegar, tamarind, etc. to pep up the taste of your dish, while making it healthy.
  • If you are buying canned vegetables, pulses or fruits, always rinse them.
  • Overcooking vegetables can rob them off their nutrients. Instead, wash your vegetables, dice them into small pieces and steam them in your steamer basket or microwave. Note the time. This method is better than frying, blanching or even boiling vegetables.
  • Fried food uses a lot of oil, which is really unhealthy. However, if you are really tempted to eat fried stuff, then avoid the pan. Spray oil on the oven (as it uses less oil) and try frying/grilling/baking in the oven.

Healthy Eating:

  • Wash and eat fresh fruits and vegetables regularly.
  • Avoid eating processed and packaged food, fast food like pastries, burgers, pizzas, hot dogs, chips, sweets, etc. as much as possible.
  • Never skip your breakfast. In fact have a filling protein rich breakfast. Include a cup of skimmed milk or yoghurt in your breakfast to add calcium in your diet.
  • If you feel hungry quite often and want to have snacks, then have a fruit, munch some almonds or eat some light crackers. Do not go for a burger or pizza.
  • Drink at least 6 full glass of water daily. This will keep you hydrated, flush out toxins and wastes from your body and avert unnecessary hunger pangs.