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101 Content Generation Ideas: Create Top 10 Lists
I was just going through my box of content generation tricks and looking at what I could pull out, spit on and and shine up and talk to you about and in my juggles and shakes this one floated to the top and up pops like the biggest rocks usually do, for creating Top 10 lists for content
. And I'm surprised I didn't do a post on this one before actually because it's probably one of the most suggested and common methods of them all that people can use for creating killer content with!
According to List.ly, lists rule!
- Up to 99% of blogs use lists.
- And up to 57% of blog posts use lists.
And everyone loves a top 10 list
! And it doesn't even have to be a top 10 list. It could be a top 5 or a top 3 or less and people would still find it almost irresistible to see who comes 1st! And it gets better because another thing about lists is that every niche industry or business can easily brainstorm some top 10 or even top 5 lists etc that are related to your niche/business.
Just look at and think of those things that are trending trends and insights in your niche, to-do lists, tips lists, tips on where to shop, buy, eat, wear, sleep, travel, experience etc etc. What is it about your niche/business that your targeted clients use? Where would your business rate in a top 10 list with another? The top lists you can create are practically endless.
How to Create Top 10 Lists?
Here is a top 10 list of tips for putting a killer top 10 list together!
- Structure Data by Importance
Every list starts by listing the points by least order of importance or significance where the least important fact/point/thing comes first and builds up to the most important.
- Make Lists Related
Every good top 10 list is a list of related things. Your readers will want to know that there will be 10 different things being listed and they are all related in some way.
- Don't Overload Information
If you give your readers TMI (Too Much Information) you'll make it hard for them to focus and they'll be off to read another one of your posts, or someone else's!
- Have a Great Headline Hook
Research has proven that list headlines that start with a number have a 36% response rate compared to lists that start with a traditional title.
- Make Your Top 10 List Stand Out
Every point/thing in your list that you do list should be unique and distinct to the next while always relating to the core theme that your top 10 list is for.
- Make Your Top 10 List Easy to Read
Don't just slap top 10 lists together, they suck! Take some time to put one together that readers can easily read and where applicable add photos, images etc to boost the attention they get.
- Make Your Top 10 List Highly Shareable
Every top 10 list you make should be shareable if you want to maximise how much it does get shared - break each point down into a separate tweet by using ClickToTweet service (optional).
- Help Readers Make a Decision
Instead of providing a long a list of things you want people do buy, this will put people off and they'll grow confused and skip out of there faster than lightening. Make it easy for them.
- Make it Easy to Make
Putting together a good top 10 list is no mean feat. It takes time, organisation & structure. Make it easy for the content creators who can't just jump in and start making it quickly.
- Make a Top 10 Calendar
You could fill in your content calendar with a top 10 list for every popular category on your site. Just know that you wont always be able to make a top 10 list for every category though.
And that is a top 10 list on how to make a killer top 10 list. And that also completes today's lesson for 101 Content Generation Ideas: Create Top 10 Lists
Do you make top 10 lists for content generation purposes on your site?
What other ways do you come up with top 10 lists?