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From the Editor’s desk: How to write an SEO-catchy headline

For press releases, the key to successfully getting your message across to your audience starts with a captivating headline. But, did you know that headlines must also be SEO-catchy as well?

 To exemplify this thought, let’s use this made-up headline for a press release that is intended to promote a line of chocolates: “Chocolate Bunnies Are Fun.” Though true to many, “Chocolate Bunnies Are Fun” is a bit boring compared to perhaps something a bit more descriptive and engaging, such as:  “IHeartChocolate Says, Give the Gift of Chocolate Bunnies on Easter.” But, what makes the latter better than the first version? A few things:

  1. Encourages an action
  2. Uses a holiday as a tie-in
  3. Company is mentioned

 Those elements make the headline reader-friendly. So how do you make it catchy to search engines as well? For SEO purposes, the headline should include:

  1. Company name (particularly for well-known companies and/or their brands)
  2. SEO keywords or phrases that are repeated in the body of the press release as anchor text that hyperlink to pages within the website (i.e.: “IHeartChocolate,” “chocolate” and/or “Easter gift” appear in the body and hyperlink to,, and, respectively)

 Other things to consider when writing SEO-catchy headlines:

  • Find one target keyword phrase that is most relevant to your release and your target audience and put it in the first 60-70 characters of your headline and the first 150 characters of the body. (Use Google AdWords to determine which keywords are the most popular ones that describe your product.)
  • Use this phrase as the first hyperlink; secondary phrases in subsequent hyperlinks.

These tactics are specifically for headlines. Read more to discover other ways that SEO and press releases work together to maximize effective communication:

 How do you use SEO to enhance press release headlines?

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