100 of the Best Digg Headlines

Do you want to create magnetic headlines that grab your reader by the eyeballs? If so, there’s no better place to learn about creating compelling headlines than Digg.com.

Yep, read through just a few of Digg’s headlines and you will find that they are laden with emotional triggers, covered in benefits, and flowing with psychological triggers.

Headlines come in many forms. They include the typical “how to”, the list, the question headline, the news headline, and the curiosity headline.  Here are 100 of the best Digg headlines that you can model after…

“How To”:

How to Trigger Green Traffic Lights
How to Make a Wifi Extender
How to Break the Internet
How to Answer the Door to Your Daughters Date
How to Order Pizza from Domino’s by Using the Command Line
Lifehacker: How to Track Down Anyone Online
How to Build a Sweet Gaming PC for $538
A Big List of Sites That Teach You How to Do Stuff
How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube!
How to Become a Gmail Jedi Master
How To Teach a Kid How to Program
How to survive a 500 foot fall
How to Build Muscle and Lose Fat

Lists/Resources:

42 Unusually Brilliant Business Card Designs
10 Killer Firefox Extensions You Probably Don’t Know About
Top 10 Freeware Software Nobody Knows About – But Should
15 Ridiculously Useful Websites
Top 100 Essential Mac Applications
10 Stunning *Ultra-Geeky* Home Cinemas
9 Useful Websites You Should Know About, But Probably Don’t
20 Websites That Made Me A Better Web Developer
Top 10 Obscure Google Search Tricks
25 Skills Every Man Should Know – Ultimate DIY
100 (Legal) Sources for Free Stock Images
40 Unusual Websites You Should Bookmark
7 Confessions of An Apple Macintosh Specialist
The Top 10 Dirty Little Secrets You Should Know about Working in IT
The Twenty Most Popular Sites for Bargain Hunters
450+ Designer Business Cards for Inspiration
Top 100 Undiscovered Web Sites
15 Ways to Extend Your Laptop’s Battery Life
7 Clever Google Tricks Worth Knowing
35 Absolutely Essential Mac Apps
10 beautiful iMac setups worth a look
Lifehacker’s Top 10 Things You Forgot Your Mac Can Do
Top 15 Websites To Feed Your Music Addiction
30 Photos That Inspired Me to Learn Photography
10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Cell Phones
Top 10 Google Products You Forgot All About
11 USB Toys Your Boss is Sure to Hate
5000+ Resources to Do Just About Anything Online
5 little-known Gmail features
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Linux Users
10 things you can do when Windows XP won’t boot
10 Amazing Tree Houses from Around the World
Top 10 Unofficial Gmail Apps and Add-ons
10 Office Gadgets That Will Get You Fired Before New Year’s
Top 10 Geeky Websites: Where Real Geeks Gather
Top 10 Ways to Clean Up Your PC
8 Geeky Ways to Save Gas
20 Things I Wish I Had Known When Starting Out in Life
The 10 Most Worthless College Majors
7 Abandoned Wonders of America
110 best books: The perfect library
8 Ways Soda Fizzles Your Health
60 Photography Links You Can’t Live Without
6 American Made 35 MPG Cars That Americans Can’t Buy
10 Accidental Inventions that Changed the World
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Google
20 Dates for Under $20
16 Incredibly Unconventional Hotel Rooms
10 Universities With Free Online Courses
8 Foods That You Should Eat Every Day
10 Habits of Highly Effective Brains
10 of the World’s Most Luxurious Private Islands
7 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Questions:

Will it Blend? – iPhone
How much sleep do you *really* need?
Life’s little mysteries, like: Why do women wear high heels?

We’ve Got Secrets:

Little-Known Tweak to Boost Hard Drive Performance!
7 Little Known Ways To Drastically Improve Your Learning
9 Little-Known Facts about Abe Lincoln
14 Hewlett-Packard Company Secrets From A Former Employee
How To Boot iPod Into Secret Diagnostic Mode!
Super Secret Recipes from Major US Restaurants
Hidden Wii Secrets
The 25 Secret Perks of Working at Google
The missing secrets of Nikola Tesla
The 20 Biggest Tech Secrets
5 Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires
Incredible Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts You May Not Know About
New iPhone Images Leaked

News:

iPhone 3G is finally Official!
Amazing new Gmail feature!
Bill Gates Retires Today
Apple Reveals iPhone SDK
Apple Sells 1 Millionth iPhone
Apple Tops $200 Per Share

Curiosity:

Kid Gets Detention for Using Firefox
Leaked Media Defender e-mails reveal secret government project
This is what happens when you run over a Macbook Pro [PICS] Confessions of a Linux Fan: 10 Things We Don’t Tell You
The Whole Internet on One Page
Interesting License Plates (Pics)
Awesome Lego creations (Pictures)
How the Room Color can Affect your Mood
New “Leaked” Pictures of the supposed 3G iPhone
What happens when you stay awake for 11 days straight
Repair CDs With A Microwave!!!
What Kills More Than 8,000,000 People Every Year?

  • Excellent article. I have used many of these phrases in my titles, without even realizing their importance.

  • Great post Kim. SO now, even if marketers don’t fully understand what makes a compelling headline, makes it hypnotic or enticing … there is a ready-made resource available.

    The trick is … if it is working for others (and getting attention, hits and Diggs) … you can ‘steal it’ tweak, adjust and adapt and make it work for you too.

    Instant, available and auto updating cheat sheets just a mouse click away.

    Great tip….

    John Gordon
    The Infotainer

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  • It’s amazing that I accidentally got here, but now I got me a new list of 100 Hot Headline Swipes I can customize on demand. Thanks, Kim, for sharing.

  • Randy

    Awesome stuff, wow!

    thank you
    Randy – starbuck man.

  • Wing9x6

    Thanks for sharing. Bumped into Digg once and stayed on for almost 2 hours. So, be careful as it’s almost as addictive as crack.lol

  • TWhite

    Hey Kim AS usual your info is top notch and well helpful is an understatement!! I saw so many things that I want to read … to bad the titles aren’t links as well. Thanks again Kim.Oh yeah I am now following you on Twitter. Peace TWhite