It’s quite hard at times to think of a topic or subject for your blog post. When you find yourself in this position try making a list and writing your post around that. For example, Barry Wells recently wrote a great post about a timely topic – Twitter. His post is called ‘Twelve Twitter Tips For Generating Blog Traffic’. In this post Barry outlines his Twitter strategy and shares with us his list of personal Twitter traffic tips. Twitter is a really hot topic at the moment and Barry is able to use it to his advantage and has proved this with the increase in his blog traffic. His post is a classic ‘list’ post.
Another example of a great list post is on Brandon Connell’s blog and is entitled ‘5 Money Making Methods‘. In this post Brandon uses the list technique to outline his own personal ideas for making money online. It’s a really good example of how an idea can be turned into a list if you can’t think of another way of presenting your content. In fact it is often a better way of presenting your content in my opinion as it breaks your post down into easy to read sections, and using numbers or section titles draws the readers’ eye to parts you want them to read.
Adrienne Smith uses the list technique very well, as displayed in her post ’7 Ways To Kill Your Blog Quickly’. Adrienne uses both numbers and titles for each section, drawing you into the paragraphs and presenting each section almost as a post on its own. Adrienne has other great examples of list posts on her blog. Have a read through her past posts, you won’t regret it. Another great blog post to read that focuses on ways to do things is ’10 Ways To Brand Yourself For More Success‘, and you can read this post over on Alex Sysoef’s blog, WordPress How To Spotter.
Another way of presenting a list post is to have a list of ‘reasons’, as portrayed by Paul Wolfe with his post ’5 Reasons Why You Should Use Video In Your Content Marketing’, and another good example of a ‘reasons’ list is ’5 Reasons Why Captain America Should Be A Blogger’ written by Christine McCarthy. You can also use steps as in ’7 Simple Steps To Present A Profitable Newsletter In One Week’, which can be read on the Firepole Marketing Blog, or why not try a list of other blogs, as in ’20 Internet Marketing Blogs To Comment On For Traffic’ which can be read on Nicole Dean’s blog.
Of course you are probably thinking I could have made this post into a list. And you would be right, however sometimes your content reads better as a list and other times it reads better as a parable – the choice is yours.