Would you like to generate more traffic to your blog? In this article, discover 5 reasons list posts generate traffic and how to write an effective list post.
5 Reasons List Posts Generate Traffic
Today you are going to write a list post. Using lists is an effective writing technique used by bloggers who are interested in generating more traffic.
Using this type of headline has been around in advertising for many years, and will continue to be used for many years to come because it works.
What makes a list post so intriguing? People are attracted to these titles because they know what they will be reading. There are no surprises. If you provide quality content, you will see an increase in your traffic.
5 Reasons why List Posts Work
- Easy to Read
- To the Point
- Builds Your Authority
- Fix Problems
- Internal links
Easy to Read
Most times people do not have a significant amount of time to read in depth content. They will try to gather some information whenever they have a few extra minutes here and there.
List posts are perfect for the reader with limited time. They 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.
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. It usually only takes a couple of sentences to get your point across for each bullet point.
Builds Your Authority
You will be able to build your authority in your niche with list posts. For example, you could write, “5 Reasons You Should Use Oil Paints.”
You will be known as an expert in your field by providing valuable information that will help your audience overcome their struggles.
List posts work well for solving problems. You can write a step by step solution to everyday struggles that your audience share.
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
Here 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.
List posts generate traffic write one today!
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