How To Quickly Create An Automated Headline Stealer For Content Ideation (for FREE)

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Who here has had trouble coming up with great headlines?

Or topic ideas?

*raises hand*

“On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.” – David Ogilvy

One of the biggest sins in creating content is making the actual content world-class but having a half-assed headline. Thankfully, there’s a FREE solution to help you with your headline ideation woes.

I like to pull my inspiration from blogs that a.) I like b.) write consistently good headlines.

I also like to take the manual work out of processes.

I’m going to show you how to automatically pull headlines from your favorite blogs and push them to a Google spreadsheet for future reference.

It’s very easy to do and the spreadsheet you create will ultimately help you come up with better ideas faster.

Enter IFTTT

IFTTT is a free web application that connects other apps with each other; basically automation that anyone can set up. For a non-technical marketer like myself, it’s a huge timesaver because I have so many apps that I use for my business. If a sales lead comes through my WordPress blog, I can push it to a Google spreadsheet automatically. If a new blog post is up on our blog, it’ll go to a chatroom so everyone knows that it’s time to help promote that post. I can even connect my mobile device with my Google calendar so it automatically enters an event when I enter a certain location (like home).

Here’s a video to help explain it better:

1. Make a list of your favorite blogs

First, decide the category that you’re writing for. Then make a list of your favorite blogs in that category. For this example, I’m going to use one of my favorite copywriting blogs – Copyblogger.

2. Find the RSS feeds

The next thing you need to do is find the URL for the RSS feed. If you don’t know how to find the RSS feed for a URL, click here.

In this case, I’d use http://feeds.copyblogger.com/copyblogger:

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Note: you’ll have to repeat this process for each website that you add. I recommend no more than 3 to start with.

3. Connect with Google Drive

Next, you need to connect the RSS feed with Google Drive:

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4. Edit the columns you want

Almost there! Now it’s time to figure out what columns you want to appear in your spreadsheet. I prefer the following:

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Viola. All set.

Now you will have topics from your favorite blogs populating a spreadsheet where you can pull headline inspiration from or future topic ideas from.

Conclusion

I like the flexibility of everything sitting in a spreadsheet because i can easily delete, highlight or bold anything I want.

Using this process has helped me shave off a few hours each month.

What is a few hours worth to you?

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