Why Are We Taking The 31 Day Challenge
The Finance Guy is taking the 2015 Problogger 31 days to Building a Better Blog Challenge. We hope that this challenges helps us improve our site and deliver better quality posts for our readers.
Writing list posts is an important skill for any blogger. If written well, they can be a great source of traffic, and bloggers love good traffic. After listing to the PBBBC Day 2 Podcast.
How Do I Structure a List Post
When it comes to writing a list post, you have some flexibility. It comes down to your content, and how you want to convey it. While a post may contain more than one, lists can be categorised into three formats:
1. The post is List
A quick fire list of bullet points, which resembles a table of contents.
2. An Extended Lists
This post is following the extended list format. These posts open with an introduction, then have lengthy subsections. These posts can be very lengthy, as there is scope to include vast amounts of information in a single pose. We recently used this format in our list post about Bitcoin, so it's no secret, we have some room for improvement.
3. A List Within the Post
This is a quick list of bullet points which appears in the body of a post. It covers key points, without going into too much detail. Again an area we need to work on as seen in our post about Mortgage Pro-Packs. Although that was more of a list within an extensive list
What Makes a List Post Great?
As bloggers we write for different reasons. It could be for fun, for passion, or any number of motives. One thing we all have in common is that we want our content to be read.
Lists can improve your content in many ways, but we will go over the 7 we learned in today's podcast:
1. Lists Are Easier to Scan
A list post makes it easy for readers to get a very quick overview of what your post is about. This is important as readers are more likely to stay on a page if they get the main points quickly
2. Lists are Succinct
A good list will be well structured, and stick to the points. It keeps us on topic and helps reduce rambling. We hope this works out for us as The Finance Guy is prone to rambling
3. Lists Look Neat
List posts allow you to present your information in a neat easy to read format. Topics can be broken down into sub sections which readers can follow easily and choose which sections they want to read further.
4. Lists Can Be Comprehensive
Just because you are writing a list post, doesn't mean it has to be short. If you have a lot to say about a topic, an extended list is a great way to present it.
5. Lists are Persuasive
Are you trying to get your point of view across? Do you want to convince your readers? Are you making a call to action? Lists can help you persuade your readers. With a list, you can drum your key points into them, and break it down into detail with sub sections.
6. Lists can be Easier to Write
On our website, we often deal with topics where we have too much to say. A list is a great way to brain storm your ideas, and focus on the key points. Using a list also keeps you on topic. You are less likely to go off on a tangent if it isn't relevant to your sub heading.
7. Lists Get Shared More
Research found using Buzzsumo, has found that lists get shared more. As a blogger, more shares means more more exposure. More exposure means more traffic. More traffic makes bloggers happy
Our Closing Remarks
Day 2 of the challenge has taught us the value of list posts and given us some great insights into how to write them. It has inspired us so much, that our next post in our lending blog, will be a numbered list post. Hopefully it will be posted over the weekend, but The Finance Wife and Kids, usually take priority over these hours.
It's only been two days, and we've already had two great outcomes. Day 1, inspired us to work on our elevator pitch. We are thoroughly excited about what is in store over the next 29 days, and will keep this blog updated.