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May 19

Stuck For A Blog Post Topic? Make A List!

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.

 


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  1. Crystal

    You’ve started getting readers and you want to attract more. How do you keep coming up with creative ideas for your blog posts? Here are some things you can try,,

    1. mandyallen.com

      Hi Crystal, thanks for visiting. Keeping readers and attracting them back is the big need.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  2. Neil Jason

    You have discussed about some example for us which are very inspirational. Your thoughts may help us if we can follow it. thanks for your nice post.

    1. mandyallen.com

      Hi Neil, thanks for visiting. Glad to be of help.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  3. Jarvis Zack

    You have linked to many important blog posts in your article which are very helpful for internet marketers. So, your article is very helpful to me. Thanks for this useful post.

    1. mandyallen.com

      Hi Jarvis, good to see you back again, thanks fro visiting. Hope the other posts were helpful too.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  4. Adrienne
    Twitter:

    Great tips Mandy and thanks for using my post as an example.

    People do love lists but not if you don’t give them what you promise. Like some bloggers will make a list but then not go into any detail to share with you the tips included in that list. I’ve head a lot of complaints about that lately.

    But, the ones you’ve mentioned here definitely fit that bill. I love list posts because it gives me great tips on things that I’ve been searching for.

    Thanks so much for this great post and again, for including me.

    Enjoy your weekend Mandy!

    ~Adrienne
    Adrienne recently posted..How To Get Traffic To Your BlogMy Profile

    1. mandyallen.com

      Hi Adrienne, thanks for visiting. I agree, I love list posts too. I find a list breaks things down into easily digested chunks, and all of the list posts I included fitted that bill for me. Glad to have been able to include you in the list!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  5. Jonah Raul

    Thanks for your valuable advice. At the moment I” ll try to create a list as per your tips.

    1. mandyallen.com

      Hi Jonah, thanks for visiting. Glad to have helped, if you anything more, just ask.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  6. Terry Conti
    Twitter:

    Hi Mandy,

    Excellent advise and great examples. Making a list and writing in the details of each item on your list is a great way of writing a blog post that well just flow.

    Thanks for sharing some excellent example blogs with us and letting me have and Ah Ha moment. I’m sure I’m not alone. Great post.

    Terry Conti

    1. mandyallen.com

      Hi Terry, thanks for visiting, good to see you here. I love list posts, and I do like creating them from time to time, but it isn’t something that should be used all the time. Makes a nice change though.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  7. Liane Markus

    Making a list is really a great way to come up with a topic and i hope many will be able to benefit from what you have stated here on your blog.

    1. mandyallen.com

      Hi Liane, thanks for visiting. It is a quick and easy way to write a post and most would be able to accomplish it, I’m sure.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  8. Kathy Dobson
    Twitter:

    Wise advice Mandy. You are truly the pro blogger in my opinion…always have been.
    You are just a natural at it…and, you know what works.

    List posts are some of my favorite…to write and to read. As you said, making lists breaks the post up into readable sections…just more of that comfortable white space our eyes like online.

    Your blog looks wonderful. I need someone to switch over my blog into a new theme. Do you know anyone? I just don’t have time but would like to get it done.

    Keep up the great work Mandy…you’ve hit your teaching stride ;)
    Kathy xoxo

    1. mandyallen.com

      Hi Kathy, lovely to see you here! I think list posts are, as you say, very easy to read. I love them. And they really are easy to write too, a great way to break your idea down into much smaller chunks that are easier to write up.

      Thanks for your kind comments about my blog too. I like the new look although I’m having a little trouble with the header at the moment. It was fine but then moved across and pushed the right sidebar out creating a grey streak. Don’t know how that happened! I just changed over to this theme myself, Kathy, so not sure who to recommend, but if you know Igor Griffiths (he’s on my friend list on FB) he’s a pretty handy chap and he might help you out. I did a skill swap with him recently which was an ideal way to pay!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  9. Carl Picot
    Twitter:

    Hi Mandy

    I followed this post from a comment on Daniel Sumners Blog which I found really useful.

    This post is very helpful thanks. One of the issues I have is to keep my blog
    posts fluent so they dont just point to random subjects. Do you have any tips about this?

    This means making my posts flow so that they follow some kind of consistent pattern…. If this make sense??

    Awesome blog by the way :)

    cheers

    Carl

    1. mandyallen.com

      Hi Carl, thanks for visiting. Great that you followed a link to here and that you found both my comment on Dan’s blog and my content here helpful.

      Following a pattern in your posts is not as hard as you might think. Firstly does your blog have a purpose or theme? What is it you are trying to convey to your readers? Think about those two questions to find a direction to head in. After that you write around the topic you have chosen to address, finding a rhythm in your posts so they flow one after the other. A great way to do this is to refer to your earlier posts in your new post, which also helps with the search engines. Another great idea is to introduce links into your post pointing people to other helpful information. The purpose of this is not only to help the reader but to help you too. For example, you have come here from Dan’s blog via a comment I made. Dan might have used a link in his post to a blog post of mine and you might have followed that, then mentioned Dan sent you over. In return I would visit back and leave a comment. You will build relationships quickly if you hekp others, as it heps you.

      Hope that makes sense.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

      1. Carl Picot
        Twitter:

        Hi Mandy

        many thanks for the great reply. OK My blog I guess is about my journey and the position I am in now (which is about to release my first product and pretty seriously in debt) and my motivation for wanting to do this.

        I am also encouraging people to watch my journey but are educating them and providing content at the same time.

        I also do reviews and write about anything that I think may help that is relevant.

        I will follow your advice though thanks. So what would be the best way to implement what you have said? Just mention things such as I found this on Mandy Allen’s blog and make it a link in the post??

        Many thanks for the advice

        xxxxcarlxxxx

        1. mandyallen.com

          Hi Carl, making a comment like that and linking to someone’s blog is a great way to make friends in the IM world. It also let’s your readers know you read blogs that offer value, and it encourages other bloggers to visit you, even if it’s just to say thanks for linking! Commenting on other blogs is also a good way to get traffic back to your blog, however usually people on read/visit the top 3 commenters, after that they start scrolling down the page, so try to be in the top few commenters to benefit from this traffic. I use a tool to help me, it’s called Traffic Sponge. I put into the software all the url’s of the blogs I want to be first commenter on and the software let’s me know when they have published a new post so I can fly over there immediately and hopefully will get the first comment.

          Keep doing what you are doing, Carl, tweak it when you need to, and most of all make your business visible to others.

          Enjoy the journey.

          Mandy

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