Would you like to drive more traffic to your blog? In this article, discover 5 reasons list posts generate traffic and how to write an effective list post that will increase your art blog traffic and increase your art sales.
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5 Reasons List Posts Generate Traffic To Art Blogs
Here is an outline of why list posts do so well.
- Easy to Read
- To the Point
- Builds Your Authority
- Fix Problems
- Internal links
Generating blog traffic is something you will have to work on every day if you are hoping to sell art online.
The reality is that you will not sell paintings online if nobody is visiting your artist’s website.
Below are 5 reasons you will want to incorporate lists posts into your editorial calendar.
List Posts Are Easy To Read
There will be times people do not have the time to read an in-depth blog post but are interested in gathering some valuable information.
List posts are perfect for readers with limited time.
Your audience will be able to skim through the bullet points and gather the information they are searching for.
They can quickly skip past any information they are already familiar with and read what’s significant.
You can make a shortlist post more valuable by including links to other posts that contain more in-depth information.
Later in this post, I talk about internal links.
List Posts Are To The Point
List posts get right to the point without all the extra fluff.
You can easily get your point across with bullet points.
In most situations, it usually only takes a couple of sentences to get your point across for each bullet point.
Writing valuable blog posts that provides value fast is easier to write and allows you extra time to write pillar content that also drives traffic.
Builds Your Authority
You will be able to build your authority in your niche with list posts.
A list post example could be, “5 Reasons You Should Use Oil Paints.”
More list post examples:
- 7 Ways To Save Money Buying Art Supplies
- 4 Helpful Tips To Clean Your New Painting
- 7 Places To Hang Original Paintings
You will be known as an expert in your field by providing valuable information that will help your audience overcome their struggles.
List Posts Fix Problems
List posts work well for solving problems.
You can write a step by step solution to everyday struggles that your audience shares.
For example, “10 Ways to Keep Your Studio Organized.”
Provide inbound links to your list posts.
You will be able to add value to your list posts by linking to another post you wrote.
Your audience will be able to read more about a particular topic you were discussing at their convenience.
You will find that most bloggers use a couple of different types of list posts depending on the content they are writing about.
I will provide you an example of a Basic List post and an Ample List post.
Basic List Post
A list post contains nothing but the list.
The title is an introduction to the content.
You can add a short introduction before the list.
Your basic list posts will be short with no fillers.
Many people enjoy this style because it gets right to the point.
Some posts will contain a significant amount of detail and are similar to an essay.
These posts are generally “How to” or “Problem-solving” posts.
There will be a title for the subject then a few paragraphs following.
You can number the title, but it is not necessary.
List Post Ideas
Below are a few different ideas to help get you started with your list posts.
- Art Supplies
- How-to Tutorials
- Best-selling Art for the Year
- Supply Maintenance
- Inspirational images and quotes
- Favorite Artists
Before you start writing your post, write your title and jot down the bullet points that will support the title.
Do not be concerned with how many topics your list post has.
If your article only needs three items to support the title, that is all it needs.
You want to create value not quantity.
After you have your list of ideas, start filling in the details.
Keep the stronger points at the top of the post to encourage your readers to continue to read.
After you have finished writing the details for each topic ask yourself:
- Do I need to add more topics?
- Can I discard any topics?
- Does every topic support the title?
- Are the stronger points at the top of the post?
- Can I improve the title?
Today’s Action Plan
Write a list post about something you are passionate about that supports your brand.
Your post could be motivational, inspirational or educational.
Your goal is to write the best list post you can.
Do not strive for perfection.
Strive to do the best you can.
Every time that you write a post, you will learn from previous posts.
They will become easier to write, and you will start to find your unique style.
After you have finished, proofread the post for any spelling errors and simple grammar mistakes.
Go through the questions that are listed above to see if there is anything that you can improve.
You can become creative with list posts that you write in the future.
For example, instead of numbering them (1. 2. 3. 4. 5.) you might want to try numbering them (5. 4.3. 2. 1.). You can even use letters (A. B. C.).
List posts perform the best when they are intertwined with other post styles.
You might lose your reader’s interest if you only provide list content.
To get the biggest impact strategically schedule them throughout your Editorial Calendar.
For more information on Editorial Calendars read, How to Write an Editorial Calendar that will Generate Traffic.
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