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8 Reasons Why Lists are Good for Getting Traffic to your Blog

Here’s a tip for how to get people to link to your blog.

Write lists!

I’ve been reminded by this again today by seeing just how many people are linking up to Piaras Kelly’s list of Tips on writing content for your blog. I must have seen 10 or 15 people link to it in the last few hours (including me). Even though I don’t agree with all of it there is something about a list that bloggers and blog readers love. Here’s a list of reasons why lists can be good for your blog:

  1. Lists are Scannable – online readers are notoriously lazy. A list helps communicate a number of points quickly and easily
  2. Lists keep posts succinct - there is something about a list that keeps you from rambling
  3. Lists look ‘neat’ - I don’t know about you but when I surf onto a site that is full of messily formatted text – I don’t tend to stick around long. Lists on the other hand can be quite visually pleasing
  4. Lists are easy to link to – most of the links to the link above simply summarize the list (giving the keypoints) – bloggers seem to like linking up in this manner
  5. Lists can be comprehensive – Piaras covered 12 points in the above list
  6. Lists are persuasive – if you want to mount a case for something quickly presenting numerous arguments in a list can be quite convincing
  7. Lists can add to the ease of writing – I like writing in lists because they break down my thoughts into bite sized pieces which is good not only for readers but me as a writer as I consider how to express myself
  8. Lists as Memes – I’m not quite sure how to describe this – but lists can start epidemics of ideas. For the above reasons (and others – bloggers seem to love linking to lists and as a result they have the ability to spread quickly

There is obviously a pretty good case for using lists in your blog writing. Of course you can use them too much – sometimes a topic calls for something a little more meaty and in depth than a list – but overall I’d recommend that using lists on your blog as part of your writing mix is an worthwhile strategy.

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Comments

  1. Sobhan says:

    Where can I find more information on the lists?

  2. Definitely listing distinctively highlight ideas in your post. Readers would just be concern of your ideas, not so with your lengthy explanation. They look upon your generalization and some basis.

  3. This article:
    1) is informative
    2) touched on aspects of lists I hadn’t thought about, such as the “lists as memes” philosophy
    3) has reminded me to use lists more often on my own blogs

    Thanks, Darren! :)

  4. uwak says:

    useful tips…..I learn more from this articles today…thanks

  5. Surender says:

    Thanks Dareen,
    Useful tips for Tech Blogger like me.

  6. wim says:

    Great Idea. I tried it in a post and immediately got feedback. Excellent.

  7. Happy New Year!

    We had several lists before about our niche that we submitted before to article directories but had not thought to use them for linkbaiting.

    Now that I understand that list can give you inbound links I will have those posted on our corporate blog and hopefully people in our industry will link to it as I believe these are premium articles on our niche.

  8. Of Course !

    Dot points are so much easier to read.

    This is why I do my posts in dot point form.

    Here is one example

    http://gerrywalter.com/tips-for-website-traffic/ten-golden-rules-for-getting-massive-website-hits/

    Hope it helps

    Regards

    Gerry Walter

  9. Tadukau says:

    Many many thanks Darren, very useful tips. Totally agree with you!

  10. Wow, this is definetly something that I needed as I am just starting up to earn online. Can’t wait to read more, thanks for your help, and keep up the good work.

  11. I agree…we try to use lists and numbered points as well. It seems clearer for the reader and tends to get a better response. Take a look at our blog or check us out on Twitter /trybpo

  12. List of ideas, points and resources are neat, detailed and more precise than reading an article delivered through never ending explanations and sequence of sentence sometimes circling round and round. Thats the big difference of it, so I guess it is better to have something thats straight to the point than reading something you don’t know where it’s heading.

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