600+ Power Words That’ll Pack Your Writing with Emotion • Smart Blogger


Power words are like a “cheat code” for giving your writing an emotional punch. Sprinkle in a few, and you can instantly transform your writing from dull and boring to sizzling with personality.

And the best part:

You can use them anywhere.

If you’re writing an article or essay, you can use power words to hook readers. If you’re creating a marketing piece, you can use power words to boost your conversion rate. Even in your personal life, using power words can make you seem strong or powerful.

It’s strange that a certain type of word can have such a profound effect, but they do, and here’s why:

Emotion.

600+ Power Words That’ll Pack Your Writing with Emotion

The more emotion your writing makes readers feel, the more engaged they will be. Power words are a shortcut to sparking that emotion.

And in this post, you’ll learn how to use them like a kung fu master. Specifically:

  • The definition of power words (and why they’re so powerful);
  • The 7 types of power words proven to make readers emotional;
  • Examples of how bloggers, writers, and businesses are using power words to supercharge their content with descriptive language;
  • 600+ powerful words you can use, bookmark, and reference (again and again).

Let’s jump in.

Clear as mud?

Let’s deconstruct an example from the great Winston Churchill. All the power words are underlined:

We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.

Inspiring, right?

Well, there was a lot on the line. Under attack from Germany, Britain was fighting for its survival, and somehow, someway, Churchill had to find a way to inspire his countrymen to greatness.

He chose words. Or, to be more accurate, power words.

Each underlined word makes the audience feel something.

In this case, Churchill intermixes words that cause fear, such as “struggle,” “tyranny,” and “terror,” with words that cause hope, such as “strength,” “God,” and “victory.” The last, in particular, is repeated over and over, practically drilling the emotion into the minds of the audience.

It’s no accident.

Power Words = Emotional Words Packed with Persuasion


Smart speakers, as well as their speechwriters, sprinkle their speeches with carefully-chosen power words drenched in sensory details, drawing the audience from one emotion to another as skillfully as any novelist or screenwriter.

And it goes beyond speakers and storytellers.

Emails, resumes, blog posts, sales copy, and proposals are all designed to influence the reader in some way. You want to pass along information, yes, but you also want the reader to feel a certain way about that information.

Maybe you want to impress them, get them excited, make them cautious, get them angry, encourage them to keep going, or any number of emotions. The better a job you do at making them feel, the more influential you are, and the better your chances of getting what you want.

So…

Looking for a quick way to give your writing more punch?

Maybe add a little personality or pizzazz — that extra little “oomph” that makes your reader pay attention?

Want to bring your ideas to life, to make them take up residence in the mind of the reader, lurking in the background, tugging, pulling, and cajoling their emotions until they think and feel exactly as you want?

Then you need to infuse your content with power words.

We’ve organized our power words into seven different types, which all accomplish the same goal: They inspire emotion in your reader.

Let’s go over each type and see why they work.

1. Fear Power Words


Let’s do a little experiment.

Just for a moment, stop reading this post, turn on the television, and go to a major news channel. Watch it for five minutes, listening for the words below.

Chances are, you’ll hear dozens of them. Here’s why:

Fear is without a doubt the most powerful emotion for grabbing and keeping an audience’s attention. To make sure you don’t change the channel, news networks load up with fear words, making you worry you might miss something important.

Granted, you can overdo it, but in my opinion, most writers don’t use these types of words nearly enough. They really do connect with people.

How to Crank Up Emotion with Fear Words

Here’s an example of a blog post headline here at Smart Blogger that utilizes three different fear words:

Fear Power Words in Headlines

Open it and you’re greeted by this fear-packed introduction:

I was in agony.

Waves of pain unimaginable shot down my spine, causing every muscle in my body to contract as if I’d been shocked with 20,000 volts of electricity. My back arched up at an unnatural angle. My arms and legs began to shake.

One moment, I was on a webinar talking to a few hundred people about traffic, walking them through exactly how to start a blog and make it popular. The next, everything went dark. I was still conscious, but just barely.

Pretty effective, right?

If you’d like to sprinkle fear power words into your writing, here are a bunch to get you started:

Agony Lunatic
Apocalypse Lurking
Armageddon Massacre
Assault Meltdown
Backlash Menacing
Beating Mired
Beware Mistake
Blinded Murder
Blood Nightmare
Bloodbath Painful
Bloodcurdling Pale
Bloody Panic
Blunder Peril
Bomb Piranha
Buffoon Pitfall
Bumbling Plague
Cadaver Played
Catastrophe Plummet
Caution Plunge
Collapse Poison
Corpse Poor
Crazy Prison
Cripple Pummel
Crisis Pus
Danger Reckoning
Dark Refugee
Deadly Revenge
Death Risky
Deceiving Scary
Destroy Scream
Devastating Searing
Disastrous Shame
Doom Shatter
Drowning Shellacking
Dumb Shocked
Embarrass Silly
Fail Slaughter
Feeble Slave
Fired Strangle
Fool Stupid
Fooled Suicide
Frantic Tailspin
Frightening Tank
Gambling Targeted
Gullible Teetering
Hack Terror
Hazardous Terrorist
Hoax Torture
Holocaust Toxic
Horrific Tragedy
Hurricane Trap
Injure Vaporize
Insidious Victim
Invasion Volatile
IRS Vulnerable
Jail Warning
Jeopardy Worry
Lawsuit Wounded
Looming

 

2. Encouragement Power Words


Let’s face it.

When they’re reading, most people aren’t exactly bouncing off the walls with energy and enthusiasm. They’re probably bored, maybe a little depressed, and almost definitely tired.

And they’re looking for something, anything, that’ll wake them up and make them feel better.

The good news?

Your writing can do that for them.

How to Crank Up Emotion with Encouragement Words

Here’s an example email from Mirasee:

Encouragement Power Words in Emails

With two encouraging words — life-changing and magic — in one subject, it’s an email that stands out in most inboxes.

Want to give your readers a pep talk and get them charged up again? Want to encourage them?

Use these power words:

Amazing Jubilant
Ascend Legend
Astonishing Life-changing
Astounding Magic
Audacious Marvelous
Awe-inspiring Master
Awesome Mind-blowing
Backbone Miracle
Badass Miraculous
Beat Noble
Belief Perfect
Blissful Persuade
Bravery Phenomenal
Breathtaking Pluck
Brilliant Power-up
Celebrate Praise
Cheer Prevail
Colossal Remarkable
Command Revel
Conquer Rule
Courage Score
Daring Seize
Defeat Sensational
Defiance Spectacular
Delight Spine
Devoted Spirit
Dignity Splendid
Dominate Spunk
Effortless Staggering
Empower Strengthen
Epic Striking
Excellent Strong
Excited Stunning
Extraordinary Stunt
Eye-opening Supreme
Fabulous Surprising
Faith Terrific
Fantastic Thrive
Fearless Thwart
Ferocious Titan
Fierce Tough
Force Triumph
Fulfill Tremendous
Glorious Unbeatable
Glory Unbelievable
Graceful Unforgettable
Grateful Unique
Grit Unleash
Guts Uplifting
Happy Valiant
Heart Valor
Hero Vanquish
Honor Victory
Hope Win
Incredible Wonderful
Jaw-dropping Wondrous

 

3. Lust Power Words


Like it or not, lust is one of the core human emotions.

Just look at the men’s and women’s magazines in the checkout aisle, and you’ll see what I mean. Nearly every headline on the cover is either blatantly or indirectly about sex.

And it works, not just for men’s and women’s magazines, but for anything.

As a writer, you can use words that inspire lust to make almost anything intriguing.

How to Crank Up Emotion with Lust Words

See if you can spot the lust words in this headline from Cosmopolitan:

Lust Power Words in Headlines

Okay, the orange underlines probably give it away, but my hunch is you didn’t need them.

Power words like captivating and love jump off the page. And if you use them properly, they can stir all sorts of emotions in your readers’ heads.

Here’s a lascivious list to get you started:

Allure Naughty
Arouse Nude
Bare Obscene
Begging Orgasmic
Beguiling Passionate
Brazen Pining
Captivating Pleasure
Charm Provocative
Cheeky Racy
Climax Raunchy
Crave Risque
Delight Rowdy
Delirious Salacious
Depraved Satisfy
Desire Saucy
Dirty Scandalous
Divine Seduce
Ecstasy Seductive
Embrace Sensual
Enchant Sex
Enthralling Shameless
Entice Sinful
Entrance Sleazy
Excite Sleeping
Explicit Spank
Exposed Spellbinding
Fascinate Spicy
Forbidden Steamy
Frisky Stimulating
Goosebumps Strip
Hanker Sweaty
Heavenly Tantalizing
Hottest Taste
Hypnotic Tawdry
Impure Tease
Indecent Tempting
Intense Thrilling
Intoxicating Tickle
Itching Tight
Juicy Tingle
Kinky Turn on
Kiss Unabashed
Lascivious Uncensored
Lewd Untamed
Lick Untouched
Lonely Urge
Longing Voluptuous
Love Vulgar
Lure Wanton
Luscious Wet
Lush Whip
Lust Wild
Mischievous X-rated
Mouth-watering Yearning
Naked Yummy

 

4. Anger Power Words


As writers, sometimes our job is to anger people.

Not for the fun of it, mind you, but because someone is doing something wrong, and the community needs to take action to correct it.

The problem is, with wrongdoing, most people are pretty apathetic — they’ll wait until the situation becomes entirely intolerable to do anything, and by then, it’s often too late.

So, we have to fan the flames.

How to Crank Up Emotion with Anger Words

The authors of this Forbes headline don’t pull any punches:

Anger Power Words in Headlines

I didn’t realize some people get angry over business jargon, but apparently it’s a thing. And this headline, undoubtedly, had such people frothing at the mouth.

If you want to connect with people’s anger and slowly but surely work them into a frenzy, use the power words below.

Just be careful who you target. Lawyers can eat you alive if you pick on the wrong person. 🙂

Abhorrent Money-grubbing
Abuse Nasty
Annoying Nazi
Arrogant No good
Ass kicking Obnoxious
Backstabbing Oppressive
Barbaric Pain in the ass
Bash Payback
Beat down Perverse
Big mouth Pesky
Blatant Pest
Brutal Phony
Bullsh*t Pissed off
Bully Pollute
Cheat Pompous
Clobber Pound
Clown Preposterous
Cocky Pretentious
Corrupt Punch
Coward Punish
Crooked Rampant
Crush Ravage
Curse Repelling
Debase Repugnant
Defile Revile
Delinquent Revolting
Demolish Rotten
Desecrate Rude
Disgusting Ruined
Dishonest Ruthless
Distorted Savage
Evil Scam
Exploit Scold
Force-fed Sick and tired
Foul Sink
Freaking out Slam
Full of sh*t Slander
Greedy Slap
Gross Slay
Harass Smash
Hate Smear
High and mighty Smug
Horrid Sniveling
Infuriating Snob
Jackass Snooty
Kick Snotty
Kill Spoil
Knock Stuck up
Knock out Suck
Know it all Terrorize
Lies Trash
Livid Trounce
Loathsome Tyranny
Loser Underhanded
Lying Up to here
Maul Useless
Misleading Violate

 

5. Greed Power Words


The legendary copywriter Gary Halbert once said, “If you want people to buy something, stomp on their greed glands until they bleed.” Graphic, yes, but also true.

Skim through good sales copy, and you’ll find a lot of these power words. Many of them are so overused they’ve become cliché, but that doesn’t stop them from working.

The truth is, nearly every human being on the planet is interested in either saving or making money.

How to Crank Up Emotion with Greed Words

Its explicit and implicit use of greed words makes this popular book from Dave Ramsey a great example:

Greed Power Words in Book Titles

Source: Amazon (affiliate link)

“Money” is hard to miss — it’s probably the ultimate greed word and it’s sitting there in capital letters.

But a title like “Total Money Makeover” also implies another greed word (even though it doesn’t directly state it): money-saving.

(It also gets bonus points for using the safety power word “proven”, which we’ll discuss in a moment.)

If you want to stomp on your readers’ greed glands, use these power words:

Bank Jackpot
Bargain Lowest price
Best Luxurious
Billion Marked down
Bonanza Massive
Booked solid Money
Cash Money-draining
Cheap Money-saving
Costly Nest egg
Discount Pay zero
Dollar Prize
Double Profit
Explode Quadruple
Extra Reduced
Feast Rich
Fortune Savings
Free Six-figure
Freebie Skyrocket
Frenzy Soaring
Frugal Surge
Gift Treasure
Golden Triple
Greatest Waste
High-paying Wealth
Inexpensive Whopping

 

6. Safety Power Words


Greed isn’t the only emotion you want buyers to feel. You also want to make them feel safe.

They need to trust both you and your product or service. They need to have confidence you’ll deliver. They need to believe they’ll get results.

Of course, building that kind of trust starts with having a quality brand and reputation, but the words you use to describe yourself and your product or service also matter.

How to Crank Up Emotion with Safety Words

On the landing page for one of our Smart Blogger courses, we use power words to make sure our customers feel safe:

Safety Power Words on Landing Pages

In addition to “legitimate” and “guaranteed” in the screenshot above, our landing page is sprinkled with numerous safety words:

  • Money-back
  • Results
  • Refund
  • Proven
  • Risk-free

They work for us, and they can work for you.

Help your customers feel safe by using as many of these power words as possible:

Above and beyond Privacy
Anonymous Professional
Authentic Protected
Automatic Proven
Backed Recession-proof
Bankable Refund
Best-selling Reliable
Cancel anytime Research
Certified Results
Clockwork Risk-free
Endorsed Rock-solid
Foolproof Science-backed
Guaranteed Scientific
Ironclad Secure
Legitimate Sure-fire
Lifetime Survive
Money-back Tested
No obligation That never fails
No questions asked Thorough
No risk Trustworthy
No strings attached Try before you buy
No-fail Unconditional
Official Verify
Permanent World-class

 

7. Forbidden Power Words


Remember when you were a kid, and someone told you NOT to do something? From that point on, you could think about little else, right?

The truth is, we’re all fascinated by the mysterious and forbidden. It’s like it’s programmed into our very nature.

So why not tap into that programming?

How to Crank Up Emotion with Forbidden Words

This Ahrefs article tempts you with its headline:

Forbidden Power Words in Headlines

What’s the “secret”? Only one way to find out.

Whenever you want to create curiosity, sprinkle these power words throughout your writing, and readers won’t be able to help being intrigued:

Ancient Lost
Backdoor Never seen before
Banned Off the record
Behind the scenes Off-limits
Black Market Outlawed
Blacklisted Private
Bootleg Restricted
Censored Sealed
Classified Secret
Cloak and dagger Smuggled
Concealed Strange
Confessions Tried to hide
Confidential Unauthorized
Controversial Uncensored
Covert Under wraps
Cover-up Undercover
Exotic Underground
Forbidden Under-the-table
Forgotten Undisclosed
From the vault Unexpected
Hidden Unlock
Hush-hush Unreachable
Illegal Unspoken
Insider Unveiled
Little-known Withheld

 

Now that we’ve looked at the different types of power words (and gone over a few quick examples), let’s go over all the different places you can use them:

1. Using Power Words in Headlines


Any blogger who’s been in the game for a while knows the headline is the most important part of writing your blog post.

Its purpose, after all, is to entice the reader to read the rest of your content. If your headline fails to get attention, potential readers will ignore it when it shows up in their social media feed.

And just one or two power words in your headline is usually enough to make it stand out.

Just look at this headline from BuzzFeed:

Put Power Words in Your Headline

The word “Unveiled” makes it feel like a secret is being exposed, and the word “Breathtaking” makes you curious to see what the photo looks like.

Here’s another example from BoredPanda:

Put Power Words in Your Headline - BoredPanda

People generally love anything adorable, so this headline will easily catch attention. (The fact that it refers to snakes will only make people more curious.)

The headline then drives it home by using the powerful verb “Conquer.”

Here’s one from BrightSide:

Power Words in Your Headlines - BrightSide

While one or two power words are often enough, this headline proves you can use more when it fits.

This headline has four powerful words, but they feel natural in the headline, which keeps it from feeling like over-the-top clickbait.

Last one:

Power Words in Headline Example - Money

This headline from our How to Make Money Writing: 5 Ways to Get Paid to Write in 2019 post incorporates two greed words: “money” and “get paid.”

It’s one of our most-popular posts, and its headline’s use of power words is a big reason why.

2. Using Power Words in Subheads


Too many writers overlook the value of subheads, which is a mistake. Once people click on your headline, most will scan the post first to see if it looks worthy of their attention.

Adding some power words to your subheads is a good way to make your post look like an interesting read.

For example, here are three subheads from our post on E-book mistakes:

Use Power Words in Subheads

See how the power words in these subheads grab your attention and make you want to read the text that follows?

Adding one or two power words to your subheads will compel readers to stick around longer, which will increase your dwell time — a big deal in Google’s eyes.

3. Using Power Words in Email Subject Lines


Having an email list is of little use if only a handful of readers bother to open your emails.

And these days, most people’s inboxes are flooded, so they’re selective in which emails they open.

You can stand out in their inbox and raise your open rates by including power words in your subject lines.

Just look at this one from Ramit Sethi:

Use Power Words in Email Subject Lines - Ramit Sethi

If this subject line would’ve read “The rules of learning,” do you think it would be as appealing? The word “unspoken” is what makes it interesting.

Here’s another one from Cal Fussman:

Use Power Words in Email Subject Lines - Cal Fussman

Both “Triumph” and “Tragedy” are powerful words full of emotion.

And finally, here’s a good example from AppSumo:

Use Power Words in Email Subject Lines - Appsumo

The phrase “Unleash the power” makes you feel this email is hiding something incredibly powerful inside.

See how that works?

When you send out emails to your list, try to add a power word to your subject line so it stands out in readers’ inboxes.

4. Using Power Words in Opt-In Boxes


As a blogger, one of your main goals is to grow a large and engaged readership, and the best way to do it is by converting readers into subscribers.

That means — unless you’re using a blogging platform like Medium which doesn’t allow them — you should have opt-in forms scattered across your website.

You can place them on your homepage, at the end of your posts, in your sidebar, in a popup, or anywhere else.

But no matter where you place them, your opt-in boxes must catch people’s eye and make them want to share their email address with you. Because they won’t just give it away to just anyone.

(Remember, their inboxes are already flooded, so they’re not necessarily eager to get even more emails.)

Fortunately, you can use power words to make your offer more enticing.

As an example, here’s an old popup from Cosmopolitan:

Use Power Words in Opt-In Boxes - Cosmopolitan

This popup had power words everywhere, but it avoided feeling like overkill. I bet it converted like crazy.

Here’s a slightly more subtle example from Betty Means Business:

Use Power Words in Opt-In Boxes - Betty Means Business

It’s understated, but still quite effective.

Again, you don’t have to overdo it with the power words on these. A little can go a long way.

Here’s one final example from Renegade Planner:

Use Power Words in Pop-Up - Renegade Planner

In short:

If you’re not using power words in your opt-in boxes, you’re missing out.

Big time.

5. Using Power Words on Your Homepage


Your homepage is the face of your website and it’s usually one of the most visited pages. Many people who visit your website will see this page first, so you want it to make a good first impression.

Some people use their homepage to promote their email list, others use it to promote one of their products, and others use it as a red carpet — welcoming new visitors and explaining what their site is all about.

In any case, your homepage is a good spot to add a few power words, as it can determine whether people stay (and take the action you want them to take) or leave (never to return).

Look at this value proposition on the homepage for Nerd Fitness:

Use Power Words on Your Homepage - Nerd Fitness

“Nerds,” “Misfits,” and “Mutants” are unusual power words that work well for the audience Nerd Fitness is targeting. These words immediately separate it from all the other fitness blogs out there.

But they push it even further with “Strong,” “Healthy,” and “Permanently.”

Here’s another value proposition from MainStreetHost’s homepage:

Use Power Words on Your Homepage - MainStreetHost

It’s quite minimal, isn’t it? They just wrote down three power words and follow it up with a service they provide.

Of course, you don’t have to limit your use of power words to the top of your homepage.

You can use it in other parts of the homepage too, as Ramit Sethi does here in his list of what you’ll get when you sign up for his email list:

Use Power Words on Your Homepage - Ramit Sethi

Go look at your homepage now and see if you can find any areas you can spruce up with some power words.

6. Using Power Words in Business Names/Blog Names


Having a forgettable name is poison to your website’s growth. So when you start a blog, you want to make sure you have a name people can easily recall.

If you haven’t chosen your blog name yet (or if you’re thinking about rebranding), you should use a power word to give it some punch. It’ll make you stand out from all the boring, forgettable brands out there.

Just take a look at the collection of blog names below and see how well they’ve incorporated power words:

Use Power Words in Business and Blog Names

7. Using Power Words in Product Names


Just like you can use power words to spruce up your blog name, you can also use them to make your product names pack more of a punch.

It can make the difference between your potential customers thinking, “Ooh, this product sounds cool!” and them thinking, “Meh.”

Just check out this subscription product from Nerd Fitness:

Use Power Words in Product Names - Nerd Fitness

It has such a powerful name that you’d almost want to sign up without learning anything else about it. Who wouldn’t want to be part of a community of rising heroes?

Here’s another good example from Pat Flynn:

Use Power Words in Product Names - Pat Flynn Podcast

It’s a powerful name for his podcasting course that instantly informs you of the benefit.

So if you’re about to launch a product (or if you’ve launched a product with a tepid name), consider giving it a power word to make it pack a punch.

8. Using Power Words on Sales Pages


You can also use power words to spruce up your sales pages and make them more effective at selling your products or services.

They will grab people’s attention when they arrive on the page, they will keep their attention as they scroll down, and they’ll help seduce readers before they reach your “buy” button.

Just look at this headline on Ramit Sethi’s sales page for his product 50 Proven Email Scripts (which also has a power word in its name):

Use Power Word on Sales Pages - Ramit Sethi

And as you scroll down, you see he keeps using power words throughout his sales page.

His headline is followed by emotion-packed subheads:

Use Power Word on Sales Page Subheads - Ramit Sethi

And he even uses power words in his guarantee:

Use Power Word on Sales Page Guarantees - Ramit Sethi

9. Using Power Words in Testimonials


Power words are also tremendously effective in testimonials.

Of course, I’m not suggesting you change people’s testimonials to include power words. But you can certainly select the ones that already use them to great effect.

Just look at this example from Betty Means Business:

Use Power Word in Testimonials - Betty Means Business

Or look at this one from Farideh’s blog:

Use Power Word in Testimonials - Farideh

And here’s another example from Renegade Planner:

Use Power Word in Testimonials - Renegade Planner

All these testimonials will lend extra credibility and excitement due to their power words and phrases.

10. Using Power Words in Bullet Lists


Many sales pages include a list of benefits of the product they’re selling. Many opt-in forms include a list of reasons you should sign up to their email list.

You can use power words in these lists to inspire more excitement in your reader as they read through them.

Here’s one example from Ramit Sethi’s sales page for his How to Talk to Anyone course:

Use Power Words in Bullet Lists - Ramit Sethi

And here’s another example from an opt-in form on Restart Your Style:

Use Power Words in Bullet Lists - Restart Your Style

Without these power words, these list wouldn’t convince nearly as many readers to buy or subscribe.

11. Using Power Words in Button Copy


Yep, you can use power words in your button copy too — even if you only have a few words you can fit in there.

One of the most common power words used in buttons is “Free” (as in the example below):

Use Power Words in Button Copy

But you can be more creative with buttons than you might think.

Takes this button from the sales page for the book The Renegade Diet:

Use Power Words in Button Copy - The Renegade Diet

“Immediate,”,“Money Back,” and “Guarantee” are all incredibly powerful words, and the author manages to squeeze them all into one button.

Here’s an example from Tim Ferris:

Use Power Words in Button Copy - Tim Ferris

He could’ve used “Send Me the List” as most people would do, but “Unlock” makes it sound a lot more intriguing — like you’re getting access to something that’s been kept hidden away.

Now take a look at the buttons on your site.

Do you see any opportunities to spruce them up with a power word?

12. Using Power Words in Author Bios


Your author bio is another extremely important part of your marketing.

When you guest post for another blog (or write an article as a freelancer), your author bio has the difficult job of making readers want to know more about you so they click through to your site.

That means your author bio needs to spark attention and interest. And you usually only get three sentences, so you need to carefully consider the words you use.

As an example, here’s the author bio from Henneke Duistermaat in her post on overcoming writer’s block:

Using Power Words in Author Bios - Henneke Duistermaat

Henneke’s author bio is full of power words. It shows her uniqueness and makes her stand out from other copywriters.

You can tell she has carefully picked each word for maximum impact.

Here’s another example from Sarah Peterson’s post on blog ads:

Using Power Words in Author Bios - Sarah Peterson

She opens strong immediately by mentioning her guides are insanely useful. And just the name of her report alone is full of power words: “Free,” “Reveal,” and “Begging.”

Makes you want to get your hands on that report, doesn’t it?

13. Using Power Words on YouTube Videos


If you’re publishing videos on YouTube and you want to get more views, you should use power words in your titles.

All the biggest YouTube channels do this.

They understand most of their views will come from their subscribers finding them in their feeds, and from people finding them in the sidebar of other videos.

In both cases, you’re competing with many other videos for their attention. If you want your video to stand out and be the one they choose to watch, your title has to be captivating.

See how Philip DeFranco does it below:

Use Power Words on YouTube Videos - Philip DeFranco

“Disgusting,” “Punishment,” and “Controversy” are all attention-grabbing words (and that’s besides the attention-grabbing names of Brock Turner, Star Wars, and Kim Kardashian).

Note also how he has capitalized “Disgusting.” It’s another smart trick many YouTube channels use to stand out more in YouTube’s lists of video suggestions.

Style vlogger Aaron Marino often does it as well:

Use Power Words on YouTube Videos - Aaron Marino

By capitalizing the power words “Don’ts” and “Stupid,” his title catches a lot more attention (as you can see for yourself by the millions of views it’s received).

14. Using Power Words in Book Titles


If you’re interested in writing your own book, adding power words to your titles will help it sell better.

With all the competition in the book market these days, you need a title that grabs people’s attention and makes them want to peek inside.

Here are a few quick grabs from Amazon’s list of bestsellers in the self-help niche:

Power Words Book Title - Stephen Covey

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I’m sure you’ve seen this title before.

You might say Stephen Covey’s use of power words in his title has been highly effective. (See what I did there?)

Here’s another:

Use Power Words in Book Titles - Mark Manson

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Mark Manson’s bestselling title is packed with power.

The power word “Subtle” juxtaposes well with the F-bomb in the title, and his use of “Counterintuitive” will spark some interest as well.

One more:

Use Power Words in Book Titles - Jen Sincero

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Lastly, Jen Sincero’s encouraging book title makes you want to flip it open and read it in one go.

The use of “Badass” alone will make it stand out in the self-development section, but her use of “Greatness” and “Awesome” in the subtitle truly seals the deal.

600+ Power Words and Phrases to Start Using Immediately

We’re not done just yet.

Before we wrap things up, here are the 7 types of power words in one ginormous list.

It’s an ever-growing, definitive resource for anyone looking to boost the emotion of their writing with powerful words.

Bookmark it, print it, and share it with the writers in your life:

FEAR ENCOURAGEMENT
Agony Amazing
Apocalypse Ascend
Armageddon Astonishing
Assault Astounding
Backlash Audacious
Beating Awe-inspiring
Beware Awesome
Blinded Backbone
Blood Badass
Bloodbath Beat
Bloodcurdling Belief
Bloody Blissful
Blunder Bravery
Bomb Breathtaking
Buffoon Brilliant
Bumbling Celebrate
Cadaver Cheer
Catastrophe Colossal
Caution Command
Collapse Conquer
Corpse Courage
Crazy Daring
Cripple Defeat
Crisis Defiance
Danger Delight
Dark Devoted
Deadly Dignity
Death Dominate
Deceiving Effortless
Destroy Empower
Devastating Epic
Disastrous Excellent
Doom Excited
Drowning Extraordinary
Dumb Eye-opening
Embarrass Fabulous
Fail Faith
Feeble Fantastic
Fired Fearless
Fool Ferocious
Fooled Fierce
Frantic Force
Frightening Fulfill
Gambling Glorious
Gullible Glory
Hack Graceful
Hazardous Grateful
Hoax Grit
Holocaust Guts
Horrific Happy
Hurricane Heart
Injure Hero
Insidious Honor
Invasion Hope
IRS Incredible
Jail Jaw-dropping
Jeopardy Jubilant
Lawsuit Legend
Looming Life-changing
Lunatic Magic
Lurking Marvelous
Massacre Master
Meltdown Mind-blowing
Menacing Miracle
Mired Miraculous
Mistake Noble
Murder Perfect
Nightmare Persuade
Painful Phenomenal
Pale Pluck
Panic Power-Up
Peril Praise
Piranha Prevail
Pitfall Remarkable
Plague Revel
Played Rule
Plummet Score
Plunge Seize
Poison Sensational
Poor Spectacular
Prison Spine
Pummel Spirit
Pus Splendid
Reckoning Spunk
Refugee Staggering
Revenge Strengthen
Risky Striking
Scary Strong
Scream Stunning
Searing Stunt
Shame Supreme
Shatter Surprising
Shellacking Terrific
Shocked Thrive
Silly Thwart
Slaughter Titan
Slave Tough
Strangle Tremendous
Stupid Triumph
Suicide Unbeatable
Tailspin Unbelievable
Tank Unforgettable
Targeted Unique
Teetering Unleash
Terror Uplifting
Terrorist Valiant
Torture Valor
Toxic Vanquish
Tragedy Victory
Trap Win
Vaporize Wonderful
Victim Wondrous
Volatile
Vulnerable
Warning
Worry
Wounded
LUST ANGER
Allure Abhorrent
Arouse Abuse
Bare Annoying
Begging Arrogant
Beguiling Ass kicking
Brazen Backstabbing
Captivating Barbaric
Charm Bash
Cheeky Beat down
Climax Big mouth
Crave Blatant
Delight Brutal
Delirious Bullsh*t
Depraved Bully
Desire Cheat
Dirty Clobber
Divine Clown
Ecstacy Cocky
Embrace Corrupt
Enchant Coward
Enthralling Crooked
Entice Crush
Entrance Curse
Excite Debase
Explicit Defile
Exposed Delinquent
Fascinate Demolish
Forbidden Desecrate
Frisky Disgusting
Goosebumps Dishonest
Hanker Distorted
Heavenly Evil
Hottest Exploit
Hypnotic Force-fed
Impure Foul
Indecent Freaking out
Intense Full of sh*t
Intoxicating Greedy
Itching Gross
Juicy Harass
Kinky Hate
Kiss High and mighty
Lascivious Horrid
Lewd Infuriating
Lick Jackass
Lonely Kick
Longing Kill
Love Knock
Lure Knock Out
Luscious Know it all
Lush Lies
Lust Livid
Mischievous Loathsome
Mouth-watering Loser
Naked Lying
Naughty Maul
Nude Misleading
Obscene Money-grubbing
Orgasmic Nasty
Passionate Nazi
Pining No Good
Pleasure Obnoxious
Provocative Oppressive
Racy Pain in the ass
Raunchy Payback
Risque Perverse
Rowdy Pesky
Salacious Pest
Satisfy Phony
Saucy Pissed off
Scandalous Pollute
Seduce Pompous
Seductive Pound
Sensual Preposterous
Sex Pretentious
Shameless Punch
Sinful Punish
Sleazy Rampant
Sleeping Ravage
Spank Repelling
Spellbinding Repugnant
Spicy Revile
Steamy Revolting
Stimulating Rotten
Strip Rude
Sweaty Ruined
Tantalizing Ruthless
Taste Savage
Tawdry Scam
Tease Scold
Tempting Sick and tired
Thrilling Sink
Tickle Slam
Tight Slander
Tingle Slap
Turn on Slay
Unabashed Smash
Uncensored Smear
Untamed Smug
Untouched Sniveling
Urge Snob
Voluptuous Snooty
Vulgar Snotty
Wanton Spoil
Wet Stuck up
Whip Suck
Wild Terrorize
X-rated Trash
Yearning Trounce
Yummy Tyranny
Underhanded
Up to here
Useless
Violate
GREED SAFETY
Bank Above and beyond
Bargain Anonymous
Best Authentic
Billion Automatic
Bonanza Backed
Booked solid Bankable
Cash Best-selling
Cheap Cancel anytime
Costly Certified
Discount Clockwork
Dollar Endorsed
Double Foolproof
Explode Guaranteed
Extra Ironclad
Feast Legitimate
Fortune Lifetime
Free Money-back
Freebie No Obligation
Frenzy No Questions Asked
Frugal No risk
Gift No strings attached
Golden No-fail
Greatest Official
High-paying Permanent
Inexpensive Privacy
Jackpot Professional
Lowest price Protected
Luxurious Proven
Marked down Recession-proof
Massive Refund
Money Reliable
Money-draining Research
Money-saving Results
Nest egg Risk-free
Pay zero Rock-solid
Prize Science-backed
Profit Scientific
Quadruple Secure
Reduced Sure-fire
Rich Survive
Savings Tested
Six-figure That never fails
Skyrocket Thorough
Soaring Trustworthy
Surge Try before you buy
Treasure Unconditional
Triple Verify
Waste World-class
Wealth
Whopping
FORBIDDEN
Ancient
Backdoor
Banned
Behind the scenes
Black Market
Blacklisted
Bootleg
Censored
Classified
Cloak and dagger
Concealed
Confessions
Confidential
Controversial
Covert
Cover-up
Exotic
Forbidden
Forgotten
From the vault
Hidden
Hush-hush
Illegal
Insider
Little-known
Lost
Never seen before
Off the record
Off-limits
Outlawed
Private
Restricted
Sealed
Secret
Smuggled
Strange
Tried to hide
Unauthorized
Uncensored
Under wraps
Undercover
Underground
Under-the-table
Undisclosed
Unexpected
Unlock
Unreachable
Unspoken
Unveiled
Withheld

 

Go Ahead and Tell Me. What Powerful Words Did I Miss?

They’re known by many names…

Emotion words. Good words. Strong words. Powerful words, creative words, fancy words, sensory words, trigger words, smart words, feeling words, descriptive words, impactful words, and even — yes, seriously — awesome words.

But whatever you call them; smart, attractive people such as yourself use “power words” every day to pack their writing with emotion.

Yes, this is an enormous list, but with so many power words available, nobody can possibly catch them all on the first pass.

What are some other words that seem to have that extra little spark of emotion inside them?

Leave your answer in the comments, and as time goes by, I’ll come back periodically and update the list. Eventually, I hope to have over 1,000 words here, separated and organized by category, making this the definitive resource for power words on the web.

Thanks in advance for commenting and sharing the post with your friends!

About the Author: Jon Morrow has asked repeatedly to be called “His Royal Awesomeness” but no one listens to him. So, he settles for CEO of Smart Blogger. Poor man. 🙂



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