Tips for Writing List Posts

Quick Tips for Writing List Posts
” If you’re stuck for ideas, head to a site like Digg.com or Delicious.com.
Check out their popular stories and take note of all the list posts and
articles.
” While you’re on Digg and Delicious, do a search for keywords related
to your blog and see what others have written that has performed well.
This could give you some inspiration.
” My personal style of writing list posts is to start by brainstorming as
many points as I can that are relevant to the topic I’ve chosen. I don’t
end up using them all, while some points merge and become one, but
starting with a bit list and culling it down to just the best stuff is often a
good way to start.

Examples of List Posts
I know some of our participants will find today’s task easier than others.
Some of you have successfully written a lot of list posts while others have yet to try. Some have topics where these types of posts fit better than others. I hope that in the following examples (both from my blogs and others) you’ll find a little inspiration to discover a type of post that might work with your blog.
” 21 Tips for Amateur Wedding Photographers—a general post listing a
lot of tips. The tips are brief but each could be expanded into a post of
its own at some point.
” Popular Digital Cameras and Gear—this is actually a series of four
lists of products that are popular among my readers. The lists rank
popular products from highest to lowest, which my readers have really
appreciated.
” 20 Types of Pages that Every Blogger Should Consider note the
technique of using a small picture for each point on the list in this
example. I’ve used this a number of times and it seems to work well at
drawing readers’ eyes to points. I first learned the power of this
technique in a post I wrote back in 2005 called—18 Lessons I’ve
Learned about Blogging.
” 10 Twitter Tools that Help You Work Smarter—a list of resources and
tools that have turned out to be very popular with readers. Note the
amount of re-tweets this post had on Twitter—lists can go viral!
” 10 High Fliers on Twitter—lists of people are another classic type of
post that often does well. They tend to cause debate, discussion and a
few vanity link-ins from those on the list.
” The Logo Design Process from Start to Finish—an example of a list
that really is a step-by-step process.
” Top 25 fictional ads in sci-fi movies—a little different but a good
example.

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