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5 Out-Of-The-Box Introduction Ideas For Your Blog Post

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Remember seeing an old & famous advertisement by Fevicol?

Two fishermen were trying to catch fishes on a riverbank. One fisherman used a normal hook with fish food and sat patiently but wasn’t successful. The other fisherman acted smart and added a few drops of fevicol on his fishing hook and BAM! He caught many fishes in no time.

Well, the advertisement nailed its purpose and brought great attention to its product’s strength but why am I telling you this?

Because you need to act like the smart fisherman too!

You have to figure out a smart way to glue your audience to your blog post. Just think and work on some creative and evergreen blog post introduction ideas that can make your audience stay.

In one of my recent blogs, “Is Blogging Dead in 2020?” I mentioned that the reading audience will always exist but you need to adopt new methods and learn different writing styles to keep your audience interested. I believe, writing creative and out-of-the-box introductions is one of the ways to hook your readers.

So go ahead and work on your captivating content because your job as a blogger is to hit the sweet spot and find your way in. 

The introduction of a blog post is the spot where you can add a spark by mentioning a recent trend, an interesting fact or a personal experience and slowly make your way in by asking a question to your audience or make a personal comment to engage your reader.

Let me show you how you can pull off your introductions in the most happening way!

5 Blog Post Introduction Ideas That Will Instantly Make Your Audience Intrigued

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1. Find A Common Factor

Connect with your audience by mentioning something you both have in common. It could be a challenge, a solution, a question or an experience. Your audience will get interested immediately.

For instance, in my previous blog, Top 5 Micro-Niche For Blogging I Recommend In 2020”, this is how I opened my introduction.

“What Niche Should I Choose For My Blog? Have you reached out to several mentors and watched YouTube videos to get the answer to This?

Well, I know I did all of this when I started.

I mentioned a challenge “niche selection” and immediately told my audience that even I struggled with the same when I started. I made my reader comfortable by connecting with something in common.

2. Speak To Them Directly

Engagement will spark only if you talk to your reader directly right from the start. Imagine you have walked into a party and your host is addressing all the guests and didn’t meet you in person. How would you feel? Not welcomed, unimportant, uncomfortable?

Your reader should immediately feel that you are addressing them directly. As I always suggest, it’s best to use “You & I”

For instance, in my blog Who Else Wants To Know About Blogging Trends For 2020?” I started:

Blogging is getting tougher by every year due to rising competition and to achieve success, you cannot treat it as side hustle anymore!

I usually write my blogs to address and inspire new and upcoming bloggers. Here I’m telling my reader directly not to treat blogging as a side hustle anymore. I’m giving a suggestion and also telling them why. Anyone who is going through that phase can relate immediately and will stick till the end of the post.

3. Mention A Personal Experience

I love this trick where I get to mention something that I have experienced because I don’t have to research anything but just write about what I went through. Also, I usually narrate the incident to intrigue my readers.

For instance, in my blog Here’s Why You Need To Build Pillar Content For Your Website?” I narrated a true incident from a Sunday morning. 

I was traveling to Gurgaon once to have a family brunch. It was a sun-kissed Sunday of a winter morning and we decided to ditch the regular places and instead go for some different restaurant or try a different ambiance for a change!”

The reason I love this blog post introduction idea is first, it’s a storytelling format. Second, the reader is getting a sneak peek in my life. This can create a small bond between them and me. You can leverage this bonding into building a list of loyal readers.

4. Mention A Relatable Story

Few concepts can be best explained with the help of a good story. 

Let’s assume you wish to write on a general topic related to your niche. There are high chances you won’t get clicks because your readers have read enough about it.

But if you take a different approach to describe the same generic topic that everybody knows about, your audience will show interest.

habits of successful bloggers” is one of my generic blogs.

When I chose this topic, I knew it would get boring for my audience to read as so much already exists so I decided to start my blog with a story. 

Have you heard the story of two tadpoles & how their habits impacted their future?

Well, let me share it with you!

I think everyone loves reading stories. Therefore you should find a way to mention them in your blog introduction to hook your audience.

5. Start With A Controversial Statement

This is one of the most important blog post introduction ideas.

Controversy attracts. There is no denying. 

Just write a tweet on a current political situation or who will be the winner of the next big boss reality show and see the havoc it creates in the next few minutes. 

Controversy exists because of the difference in opinions.

I’m usually careful when I decide to write my blog post introduction by stating a controversy out loud. It’s because, as the nature of controversy states, it will spark out reactions, which you may or may not handle well.

For instance, in one of my blogs, I started with:

“The rumor says, “Blogging Is Dead”

Now those who practice blogging will not like it because they are into it and someone is questioning their industry or are speaking negatively about it. For those who are running Podcasts or doing Vlogging now will immediately agree to it and will tell you 10 reasons to switch.

Any statement that can create a debate or let your audience express an opinion is worth trying in introductions. It’s because it will let your reader pause for a min. If they agree to it they will read in support. If they don’t they will be filled with ego to find things to point out. Either way, your job was to make your audience stay.

10 Hooks for Writing Killer Introductions For Your Blog Post

If you are a blogger who loves experimenting with your blog posts then these 10 hooks mentioned here are worth trying:

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A. Start With A Mystery

Begin with a bit of mystery and draw your reader in. Unfold your story part by part.

For instance, “I’m a psychiatrist… in training at least. I am completing my residency to be 100% truthful, but I am almost there. The stories I have heard within these walls could fill a book, but there is one particular case that has caused me to lose sleep.” 

(Source: My Creepy Psychiatric Patient Practiced Voodoo, Here’s What Happened To Me When I Investigated Her)

b. Ask questions But Not Obvious Ones

For Instance, “What’s your personality? Can your friends describe you in one or a couple of words? And can you describe, let’s say your colleague that way?”

(Source: 6 Steps to Create a Unique and Memorable Brand Identity)

P.S. Avoid asking, “Do you want more Instagram followers?” “Do you love getting likes on Facebook?” etc.

3. Make Use Of Cliff Hangers

Cliffhangers mean “what will happen next” or “what has happened in between?”

For instance, “With the first international payment of 103$ to owning 5 blog sites, a YouTube Channel and two Podcasts, Bishnu Mahali, the founder of BloggerSelf, is going to spill all his secrets with me today in this interview series.” (This is an in-between scenario)

(Source: Here’s How Bishnu Mahali (Founder- Bloggerself) Makes $5000 With Blogging & Digital Marketing?)

4. Begin With The End

A great way to write a creative introduction is to start by telling your end.

For instance, “ 5000 people registered for our digital marketing event, and the ad team felt victorious. All thanks to our all-time mentor Jeff Bullas”

5. Start With A Fact/Statistics Or A Quote And Relate

This is quite common and still, a lot of bloggers use it. But you must remember that simply presenting a fact or quote won’t suffice and therefore you must connect with it instantly.

For instance, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. –Bruce Lee”

During my early days of blogging, even I use to struggle with my inconsistency. I kept making excuses in my mind such as “let me find more information” or “let me try for more perfection” or tomorrow I will start blogging let me take care of my social media today”, and I missed out on so many tomorrows that even I couldn’t count.

(Source: How To Achieve Consistency In Blogging Like A Pro?)

6. Sum Up Your Blog

In the first 3-4 lines specify everything that you will cover in your blog post.

For instance, “I have three things for you today. A strategy for an Instagram story, a formula for growing your reach and a case study on how I reached from 0 to 20 million followers.

7. Confront Your Readers With The Truth

Confrontation is tricky. It might upset people or make them angry. But we cannot deny that’s effective too in getting your audience’s attention. So try doing it gently and respectfully.

For instance, “You made a detailed course online on email marketing and thought your email list alone will get you conversions. But you were wrong, and I’ll tell you why.”

8. Try Your Hand At “Ego Bait”

As per James Agate (Skyrocket), ego bait is content or rather an asset that boosts the ego and attracts the attention of a reader/individual.

For instance, “Bloggers like you are meant to be successful but there’s a new statistic in blogging that needs your attention immediately”

9. Try “Fear of Missing Out”

Here you will make the reader feel that if they don’t read your blog they will miss out on some crucial information. It’s also known as FOMO.

For instance, “I know there is no fact in blogging left that you don’t know already but still I wanted to make sure if you know that the ideal length of a blog post has a new number”

10. Strike An Emotion

It could be happiness, the sadness of not trying something or excitement, etc. It should not strike negativity though.

For instance, “Growing audience on your website is a challenge but you don’t have to do it alone. I’m here to walk you through my success journey so that you can avoid the mistakes I did.”

Conclusion

The introduction is the first thing your reader connects with. Therefore you must invest time in finding great blog post introduction ideas and execute them. Writing effective introductions is no rocket science but simply a skill that comes with practice.

If you write blog posts every week then try for a new introduction every time. You can also check which blog post introduction idea is performing better and is successful in attracting more readers.

Try using some of the ideas and hooks mentioned above and make your blogging journey even more exciting. Have you figured out an out-of-the-box idea that works really well every time? Please share it in the comments below.

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