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One of the very first posts that I published on Site Sketch 101 was titled “14 Ways to Increase Your Blog Traffic.” Within days that article had received dozens of twits and quickly began to rise in page hits. I felt that it was quite successful considering the fact that this site was only days old when it was published and that I had very few followers and subscribers at that point.
In that article I created a brief overview of 14 methods of increasing visitors to your website or blog. It was at point number six that I touched on this very subject. Let me re-share that point with you here and then let’s explore this topic in more detail:
Make list posts – This post is a perfect example of a list post. List posts are food for search engines like Google and yahoo. They allow readers to gain information on a subject in a quick, concise manner.
1. They have explosive, attention grabbing headlines.
Having creative headlines on your blog is an incredibly important aspect to getting visitors to view your content. Quite often readers will browse through your list of posts until they see a headline that really grabs their attention. If after browsing through your articles they don’t find any headlines that really stand out then they will most often leave and not return.
When combined with a little bit of creativity headlines for list posts can be the perfect way to grab the attention of your readers. Consider the attention grabbing power of these headlines: 14 Ways to Increase your Blog Traffic, 5 Websites That Look Divinely Inspirational, 4 Useful Things You Could Do Tomorrow, 9 Amazing Hand-Sketched Websites, 5 Sure-Fire Strategies for Better Blogging.
2. They are a skimmer’s delight.
Let’s be honest for a moment. When you’re reading articles from other bloggers, how often do you read every word from start to finish? And how often do you skim through the article and read the portions that seem the most relevant to you? If you are like most people, you probably do the latter of those two options. You probably skim for the highlights and then hone in on the key concepts.
When you create list posts, you are making this process that much easier for your readers. You are allowing them to see large bold headings for each of the core concepts of your article. At their leisure they can then grab the information that they want and move on to the next point.
3. They allow readers access to a quick overview of a subject.
Due to the very nature of list posts, they tend to cram a lot of information into a post in a concise manner. Your readers can take in your expertise on a subject simply by looking at each point’s headline. If they want more information they can read into that point…if not, they can move on to the next point.
4. They Demonstrate Clarity and Organization.
Organization is one principle that will help you gain success in nearly every area of life in which you apply it. When you become more organized in the office then an increase in your personal productivity often follows. When you are more organized at the workplace then a promotion often follows. Organization helps you get more done and it looks good to those who see you. As you work to demonstrate your expertise in your niche it is always good practice to be able to put your articles into blocks of information that are very organized and easy to sort through. In a way, this increases your credibility as a blogger and inspires people to return to your site searching for more.
5. They are perfect food for search engines.
List posts are great for getting hits from Google. Really this point goes hand-in-hand with our first point. If a user queries Google for something that they are interested in and a dynamic headline for a list post appears in the top ten listings, there is a very strong possibility that it will be that headline that gets clicked on. It’s like promising to give the searcher several points about their query instead of just one.
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What do you know about list posts? No, really. Leave some feedback on here and let me know what you believe are the pros and cons of list posts. I’ll see you in the comments!