Write and Publish a List Post [Day 2 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog from Problogger]

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

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.

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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.

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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

3 Types 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:

35 Free or Inexpensive Activities Activities… That Won’t Break The Bank

27 Money Making Tips For People in Debt 

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:

3 More helpful Money Saving Tips Part 2

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:

Reduce Your Stress With Sinking Funds

III. Further Observations

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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.

5. Formatting. Pay attention to the formatting of your post. Use bullet points or better yet use large subheadings.

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!

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

112 Comments

  1. List post are what I use sometimes and I can see a difference in the interaction of my followers. This blog post was informative and I will try to implement some of your tips to move my blog to the next level. As to Darren Rowse at Problogger, I learned a lot just reading his website I have to check out this challenge further thanks for sharing.
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  2. I’d like to pause for a moment and say I love the meta aspect of a list post about making list posts. That’s beautiful! Wonderful information here. Lists provide a lot of variation and they’re great for getting your point across quickly! Thanks so much for putting this together!

    • Candia I love the term “meta aspect” lol. It is pretty fun to go through this series and list posts are my favorite. Glad you stopped by you made my day. Follow along with the challenge and subscribe! What’s your favorite list post you’ve written?

  3. I like the whole process that you are sharing with us. I am only a few months into blogging and have not yet done a list post. The types of things I have felt led to write have not sparked an idea as yet, but your information is stirring the pot and I look forward to the next post.
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    • Thanks for posting Pam! Yes, list posts can be very useful. After reading some of your blog here’s some list post ideas you could write about “My 10 favorite qualities of God…” Or “10 tips for journaling…” Or “15 tips to draw closer to God” or “My 10 favorite books of all time.”

    • Amanda I hear you. Maybe practice improved the quality of list posts over time? Adding commentary can be useful to your audience.

      My problem is the opposite. I love thinking and writing in lists so it comes natural for me. Personally, I need to write more book reviews, product reviews, interviews, how to posts, topical, opinion, seasonal, and giveaway posts.

    • I’m glad to help Nikki! I started my first blog in March 2014. I’ve learned some things since then and hopefully the 2nd launch will be better. Always room to learn and improve! Thanks for commenting

  4. Learning all the time on how to make my blog/writing better. I did discover I’m not a “humor” writer. I don’t fit just in the “mommy blog” category either. Like the name suggests, we’re “growing up in the Lord” and I write about the journey, in real and simple terms.
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    • Angie I understand what you’re saying. I’m not much of a humor writer either and certainly don’t fit the Monmy blogger category. My interests are in helping people reach financial freedom and improve their blogs. Everyone just have to find their niche and determine their interests. Thanks for commenting!

    • That’s great Pamela! Yes, it’s good to try to learn something new everyday. Looking forward to growing and learning together! Subscribe if you’d like to receive the articles directly to your email. Thanks again!

    • It’s something I find very useful Shannon. Adding onto precious posts with series seems to attract people to return to the site. It also creates expectation for the next article coming out. What series of posts with a similar theme could you do? Thanks for commenting!

  5. Yes, list posts are a tried and true writing golden ticket. Along with so may others. Seriously, just look at the past and what was successful is for a reason. Create a great swipe file. How To headlines, list headlines, question headlines etc. It works, no need to reinvent the wheel but you can put your own spin on it!
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  6. List posts are perfect for putting in between long posts. You know, to shake the fear of boring your readers. These tips are so useful, thank you!

  7. I love this. This is a great reminder to me that I don’t need to spend hours crafting a crazy essay. Keep it simple Say it, and get it done.

  8. I do like list posts because they help me simplify complicated steps. However, I only use them when I write about practical things. I find list posts don’t work as well when I want to connect to my readers’ hearts.

  9. I loved Darren’s 31 Challenge. I took it and it completely changed my blog! I specially loved the list post idea. I published one during the challenge and that’s when my Spanish-language blog really began to take off! It’s great that you are also publishing these tips. They’re extremely useful!

  10. List posts are so easy to read and I often prefer them over other posts…if I have a choice between 2 posts and 1 has a list and 1 doesn’t ….I go for the list post

  11. thanks for sharing your notes from the series!! I just did my first list post: Top 8 Brunch Places in Seattle. I think I’ve got the most traffic than any other post! Certaibly helps keep me focused and to the point 🙂

    • True Rachel. It’s important to keep your niche in mind. Maybe a list post about how to treat your kids when they’re misbehaving or a checklist for new mothers? Might be a few off the top of my head. Thanks for stopping by and commenting

  12. I never tried this method and I wasn’t even familiar with this type of post!
    Thank you for sharing! I have to try this out to see if I see any difference in the intereaction!

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