10 Easy Ways To Write A Powerful And Addictive Introduction


So, you’ve been writing and publishing articles on your blog for some time now with nothing to show for it.

You’ve always tried to put your very best in every article you write, but each time you hit the publish button, you’re often disappointed at the engagement it brings.

Could it be that you’re not good enough?

Or, is it that there’s a magic wand that Henneke, Jon Morrow, and Ana Hoffman are using that bring them lots of visits and engagement each time they dish out a new post?

Now tell me…

Assuming you are provided with an opportunity that would make you able to write articles that eventually increase your blog’s popularity and turn it into an authority site like The Huffington Post, Mashable, Cracked, Lifehacker, or Techcrunch, wouldn’t you grab it with both hands?

How To Write A Great Introduction anywhere

In case you don’t know, the introduction of your article plays a vital role in helping people decide whether or not to read the rest of the blog post. If your introduction is persuasive enough, the tendency is that the reader will settle down to see what else you have written.

But when your introduction sucks, the reader quickly brushes aside your post and moves on with life. That is the reason why you must pay proper attention to what you say in your introduction.

Now, how exactly do you make that happen? Here are a few things you can do.

1. Make Your First Sentence Stick

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If your blog post needs to make a positive impact on your reader, the first sentence should be able to do that. It should be able to stick in the brain of the reader and make them understand what the post is all about.

How do you create such an impact?

Use A Quote:

  • Somerset Maugham used to say, “If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.

Create A Story:

  • I was about to shut down my blog for its inability to generate income. Then, on my way to the café, I received an alert: I just made my first sale.

Ask A Thought-Provoking Question:

  • Do you want to know the number one reason why bloggers don’t take their blogs seriously as a business?

Quote Statistics:

  • According to Fevered Mutterings, 95% of bloggers give up on their blogs and look for something else to do.

Make that first sentence create such intrigue that the reader can’t help but read the rest of the post.

2. Give Reasons

Whenever you are writing, always remember that your words are significant. For someone to stop what they’re doing and give you their attention, you need to give them a solid reason why they should do so. And there’s no better place to do that other than in your introductory paragraph.

Ask yourself:

  • If I’m the one reading this article, what would grab my attention and keep me hooked until the end of the post?
  • Why should I abandon every other thing I’m doing and read this blog post?

Believe me, if you’re able to get this right, you won’t find it difficult to grab your reader’s attention.

Let me tell you this: People’s response to a request is usually higher when they are provided with a good reason why they should take a desired action.

Humans have curious minds, and as such, they want to have a reason behind every action or step they are about to take. One good way to persuade people to read your entire article is to give them a reason why they should do so.

To make them stick around, this reason has to be provided in the introduction.

According to Jon Westenberg in a post he published on Inc. – My time is finite. I run a successful coaching and publishing startup, but I don’t have an unlimited number of hours, minutes, or seconds left on this rock. So when people create content or communicate with me, they have to make it clear why I should give some of that time to them and not to my fiancé, my business, my family, my cat, or my damn Xbox.”

The chance to entice people to give you their time is pretty slim; it’s all about first impressions, and you only have one opportunity to make a first impression. If it’s not a good one, you’ll lose the prospect.

3. Make Use Of Comparisons

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Every reader already has their “truth”. Try and relate to that in your introduction and you will have them on your side.

Try to show a comparison that bridges what they know and what you want them to know.

For instance, comparing the cost of your blog coaching package to that of the salary of an online magazine writer can create a significant effect. The reader will be able to compare their investment vs. their potential returns.

You can also compare your services with that of your competitor. Explain why you’re different (and better).

Always have in the back of your mind that, as a writer, some of the best tools you can use are similes, metaphors, and comparisons.

4. Make Your Opening Controversial

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The human mind is programmed by nature to not swallow every piece of information hook, line, and sinker. We sometimes enjoy controversial issues. This is even more so when the controversy stems from someone we trust and see as an authority.

Persuading people to read your blog posts does not depend on just having several posts on your site; rather, it depends on the value the readers place on those posts. There’s nothing bad in disagreeing with other authorities, especially if you have contrary views that you can back up with stats or proof.

Opening your introduction with statements that are controversial, or writing on controversial topics can be a simple way to grab the attention of the reader quickly. Such openings make them pay more attention. They are more interested in getting to the end of the post to see if they’ve been persuaded.

However, as a professional blogger, it is advisable to not always be controversial, as this can easily make some of your readers lose their trust in you and abandon your blog for good.

So, when talking about a controversial topic, use caution.

5. Tell An Interesting Story

Who doesn’t like listening to stories?

… No one.

Most people enjoy stories, especially when they’re interesting, informative, and entertaining. One of the qualities of a good copywriter is mastering the art of storytelling. Look around the internet today, and you will see the impact of this.

While writing your introduction, employ the use of storytelling to empathize with your reader and spark up their curiosity. However, don’t be carried away and end up writing long, boring stories that will only succeed in pushing your reader away.

Master this and you’ll keep your readers hooked.

6. Keep The Introduction Short

People love reading shorter sentences which they can easily understand.

When writing, try as much as possible to avoid long, complicated sentences because a lot of readers find it difficult to comprehend them. Minimize the use of unnecessary adverbs, adjectives, and words that hardly help make your point clear.

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7. Use Simple, Exact Words

This is not the right time to showcase your grammatical prowess; excessive use of grammar or jargon can actually scare away a lot of your readers. Try and use words that can easily be understood without consulting a dictionary.

Your readers are not linguistics students, and they may never be comfortable if you try to talk to them in complex English.

There are always simpler synonyms you can use:

  • “Exert leverage” -> “Take advantage of”
  • “Peruse the book with precision” -> “Read the book thoroughly”

Even simpler versions of simple words:

  • “Purchase” -> “Buy”

Make it easy for your readers to read, and they will read.

8. Make Your Topic Unique

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It is almost impossible to see a topic out there on the internet that has not been talked about by someone.

Most things are simply being recycled from one blogger to another. You can avoid falling into the trap of doing what everyone else is doing by making your post unique, even if the idea is not.

Change the way a topic has been presented, and add in your unique voice or touch to it.

But here’s the trick: Make it unique right from the introduction.

For instance, a lot of people have written on the topic “how to make money from home”, but you can make it unique by writing on “15 Super Simple Ways To Make Money From Home And Enjoy An Early Retirement”.

Read: How to Make Common Blog Posts Unique When Writers Block Hits

Then, while writing the introduction, talk about that unique angle- what it is, why it’s important, and how to master it.

9. Agitate And Offer

It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t have a problem.

People are seeking for solutions to their various problems, and they will readily listen to anyone who understands their plight and perhaps has a solution for their challenges. You need to identify the trouble they are having, concentrate and lay more emphasis on the problem, and then offer them a solution.

When you lay emphasis on the problem, it’s not because you are cruel, it’s because you really want to show compassion. You simply let the reader know that you understand their plight and that you can solve their problem because of your experience in handling similar cases.

Read: How To Find Your Customers Pain And Use It As A Powerful Marketing Strategy

They then trust your expertise and read your post in order to get the solution the introduction promises to deliver.

You need to sound very empathetic, as if you know what your reader (singular) is going through. Write in such a way that they will feel as if you’re addressing them directly.

10. Make Predictions

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Just imagine telling your readers ten years ago that in the next decade, footballers would be earning up to $600,000 every week. You would then be one of the respected voices in the football world today because your prediction came true.

Make mind-boggling predictions in your introduction. Your readers will stick around and finish the post just so they won’t loose any insight into the industry you are so knowledgeable about.

However, be sure you have a thorough knowledge of the subject before making any predictions; otherwise, you will look stupid when you say something really wrong.

Making predictions comes from your ability to analyze situations and critically think far ahead into the future.

Learning To Write A Great Introduction

The next time you write an introduction, put yourself in your reader’s place and see if you would stick around and read the rest of the article. If you think it’s good enough to grab your own attention, then I bet it’ll also be good for your readers.

This is not rocket science; anyone can do it.

You just have to see things from your readers’ eyes and keep practicing.

Do you still feel like you aren’t writing better and more persuasive introductions? Let me know in the comments below and I’d be happy to help!

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

38 thoughts on “10 Easy Ways To Write A Powerful And Addictive Introduction”

  1. Amya

    Introduction really plays a vital role for any post. The tips shared by you are so useful to make any post attractive & create a interest to read rest of post.
    Really appreciated…

  2. Animesh Bansal

    Hi, Harsh Agrawal…Very great tips for introduction you shared…it is definitely helpful for us…keep it up the good writing


    Hi Harsh
    you’re right. that we need a compelling yet interesting headline for getting more traffic.
    I am trying to improve the headlines of my blog post so that I get even more readers through fb ads.
    Thanks for the tips
    it definitely help

  4. Rajdev

    I always lag in writing a attractive introduction, thanks for this article, hope this will helps me to attract my readers.

  5. Davinder Singh

    Very good and powerful article. Introduction leads to good start for any article, blog etc.

    Please do keep writing such fantastic articles.

  6. suresh jujjuri

    Great guide about Introduction of a Blog Post. Thanks Harsh for sharing it.

  7. Sayan Das

    Really awesome,
    First of all, I want to thank you for this blog. Shoutmeloud is an inspiration for me to create my personal blog.
    After that, I was little confused about article writing technique. Finally, thanks aging for it.
    Keep writing and keep helping others.

  8. Ranjeet kumar

    You are right with good introduction no is going to read the complete post. I always start my posts with saying, which is not great. I do mention that pain and problem of the users but I haven’t empathized paid and problem. In my last post, which was 22 mistakes that bloggers make, I had a great opportunity to catch the readers but I guess I didn’t a great job. I am going to edit the introduction of all posts. Thanks a lot. This can be game changing!

  9. Mintu

    Well, honestly I find myself in a problem when I start to write the first word of my blog post. What should I start with? Should I start with asking a question to my readers? and so on. The 10 tips that you mentioned here is amazing. I read it till the last and one of the best post I found till now.

    Thank you, Harsh Sir. Thank you so much for helping me.

  10. Hari Mohan Sharma

    Very true that introduction of an article is the first and foremost important part. Hence it requires its due attention.
    This article is very useful for new and even experienced bloggers. Congrats for this beautiful blog.

  11. Munna Hossain

    Hey Harsh,
    Highly appreciated the article. Powerful writing and fully informative article. Introduction is the first impression that all the people want better.
    If you write such an introduction that has the ability to attract the people it can take the readers to the next level. This article helps the readers a lot.

  12. Haneet Singh

    Hi, Haneet here

    I think Quality of your content is the most important thing to make your article powerful and addictive.

  13. DigitalDeepak

    Just as the topic of the post says, your entire article as well is powered with great tips for any blogger young or old.

  14. Ashutosh singh

    Perfectly described to how to make a unique blog. I likes the quote don’t bore your readers to death with long introduction.
    Nice article.
    Thank you.

  15. Jimmy


    Very nice Blog. A powerful article is always like a first impression.

    It should always be like a First and Last impression.

    A best shot at one go.

  16. salman

    hi, salman here, very nice to read your artical about introduction, which is the basic thing, and a way to go to your mind and personality and thought. so you have give much better idea that i feel for my self a better way for me. i am also a new writer and i can learn about introduction by your artical.
    keep it up, and give us more true information about an artical writing. next you have to tell us the body of an aritcal and the end of the artical.

    thanks and regards,

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