Here’s my notes on Darren Rowse’s Problogger Free Podcast on 31 Days to Building a Better Blog. You can listen to Darren Rowse’s free podcast here Day 2 List Posts. The complete list can read here on Day 0 – Welcome and Introduction.
In order for us all to get the full benefit of this series, I’m going to go at a slower pace posting on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. I hope with this challenge we are all able to improve our blogs and websites.
So lets do this together! Day 2 here we go! Subscribe and check back often! #31DBBB
Day 2: The challenge today is to write and publish a List Post! For example: “The 10 Most Popular…” or “15 Habits Everyone…”
I. Why Make a List Post?
1. Lists are Scannable. People are more likely to scan than read content. They may go back to read it. More digestible as you get the main points.
2. Lists keep the blog more succinct. There’s a focus that keeps the blog concise.
3. Lists look neat. Messy formatted text tend to make the reader hit the back button.
4. Lists can be quite comprehensive.
5. Lists can be quite persuasive. The argument is built bullet by bullet or point by point.
6. Lists can add to the ease of writing. Tackling a massive topic can be difficult. This makes the post flow better and the reader isn’t overwhelmed.
7. Lists tend to be shared. The most shared posts tend to be lists.
8. Lists have the potential to break down really complicated arguments. Lists help people learn and grow.
Read also: 7 Reasons Why List Posts Will Always Work
II. Three Types of List Posts
Type 1. The post itself is just a Simple List. It’s short, sharp, and typically has no introduction. Here’s some examples of Type 1 list posts I’ve created recently:
Type 2. An Extended List. Typically, there are two or three paragraphs of introduction. Then there are one two three paragraphs per point. This can include sub points such as A, B, C, and D… Sometimes these extended lists can be quite long. Can be one thousand to a few thousand words. Here’s an examples of a Type 2 list post I’ve created recently:
Type 3. A list in the middle of your essay post. Here’s an examples of a Type 3 list post I’ve created recently:
III. Further Observations
1. Links. Include links to older posts and content that goes more into detail. If you have 21 points Darren suggest 21 links for example.
2. Images. Include images throughout the post to draw people into the content further down of the post. This keeps the reader engaged and inspired to keep reading. A good image will illustrate the post and make your post more comprehensive.
3. How To. Another list you can do may not have a name identifying it as a list. For example, a “How to…” post. Offer a step by step process. Perhaps a DIY project for example.
4. Curated content. Develop lists of other good, useful content on the internet. Shows that you read wider than your own blog and easy way to create content.
Remember to develop and create a brand for your blog. A logo, image, and theme is key to reaching your target audience or niche. Create and develop your elevator pitch.
See also Darren’s 10 Steps to Creating a Perfect List Post
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What will be the title of your list post today? Leave a link below in the comments below! Let’s improve our blogs, websites, or businesses together!