A List of 7 Reasons Why List Posts Work

List posts are the blogosphere’s favorite for a good reason — “list” content works, in large part due to the attention-grabbing power of the headline, but also because of the shortening of attention spans due to instant access to information.

A headline that lists a number of reasons, secrets, types, or ways will work because the reader knows exactly what to expect from the post. As long as you deliver on your promise, everything should work out great.

Plus, these type of posts and articles are perfect for building your authority and demonstrating a mastery of your area of expertise.

With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at seven classic “list” headlines that you can adapt and use on your blog when you’re looking to boost readership.

1. Do You Recognize the 5 Signs and Symptoms of High Cholesterol?

This type of headline demonstrates the expertise that only comes from knowing your business or niche. People love to get a “heads up” on potential problems.

2. 8 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

This type of post can only turn against you if you fail to deliver. Concentrate on writing brilliant content, and your readers will be grateful not only for knowing what you’re talking about, but also for communicating it so well.

3. 5 Simple Steps To Drastically Improve Your Writing

Offer people solutions to their problems. Simple, right?

4. Six Types of Investors — Which One Are You?

Brilliant way to let your readers figure out who they are in relation to a certain topic or niche. Also, a great chance to use the word “you.”

5. Here’s How to Write a Brilliant Sentence: 5 Easy Ways to Develop Your Writing

A “how to” headline mixed in with a list… good luck beating that.

6. Book Tells You 99 Ways to Get Inspired

Use this style of headline to promote a book you’re trying to sell, and you should get wider circulation.

7. 10 Reasons why you should read a young adult novel

Reasons, right? We all want to know why we should do something, because “because” is one of the most effective and powerful words in the English language.


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5 thoughts on “A List of 7 Reasons Why List Posts Work

  1. Lists posts are cool, but I think they need at least a sentence, or even phrase, to elaborate on each point made. How you’ve done it here is fine. I’ve seen literal lists, sometimes with no spaces between items. To me, they need to add something. It isn’t just about length of post, either. Someone could make a list of 100 or more things on a particular topic. But it’s just a list, if they don’t add anything – and not a post.

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