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Visitors Love “Lists” Posts

Posted by on Aug 11, 2009

Once again, it’s been proven, at least to me; folks just love posts with lists of things they can comment on, whether they agree or not.

My most recent post on sci-fi movies proves that it’s a great way to get visitors engaged. And it’s gotten lots of visits also, which is why I paused a bit before writing a new post here.

Of course, the other side of that is that list posts are popular if people know about you to begin with. I started getting more buzz about this blog around October or November, so a few posts from a period before that didn’t get quite as many visitors or comments. I want to highlight some of both types, if I man, just to bring them back to the forefront for one more go round.

Let’s start with this one, as it’s probably the one that’s not quite a full list. It was actually my commentary on another blog post giving reasons why some people should stop blogging, and I commented on a few of the points the originator brought up.

The next one to talk about was in response to something similar I saw on another blog regarding the top five presentations in history. It has to be since you’ve been alive, which knocked out Franklin Roosevelt’s speech and, of course, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, since I not quite THAT old. lol I think it would have been interesting if someone had shared their thoughts on this post and given some examples of their own; it got nothing. It might be a bit too deep, but so be it.

This next one was another I thought would get a lot of attention. Once again, I was inspired by something on another person’s blog and wanted to give it my shot. The soundtrack of your life idea was to find three songs that explained your life to others. I also added the videos to each song, which the original person did too. Was this one too scary for most folks?

This one did get a lot of attention and comments, as I basically talked about my favorite blog posts for my first year in existence. This one brought back some good memories, and helped to highlight other posts that might not have gotten much attention, but I felt deserved it.

And finally, one of my most visited posts ever on this blog, where I gave my own top 100 singers of all time opinion, based on a Rolling Stone poll that I thought was way off the mark. I mean, if they’re not singers, they shouldn’t count. There’s certainly lots of things to debate on here.

And there you go. And look, a list post about lists; what could be better than that.

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Jacob Yap:

That’s true. List post make readers feel more comfortable actually. Or you can add in some pictures within the paragraph. 😉
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August 11th, 2009 | 11:24 AM

Thanks for your comment, Jacob. Actually, when I think about it, I guess I like those types of posts myself, if only because I have my opinions about so much of it.

August 11th, 2009 | 4:06 PM


These are some great ideas for posts. I see a lot of potential for converting to traffic in these. I particularly like the top 100 singers. Why? Simply because it is sure to stir up controversy between readers. Controversy = comments.
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August 11th, 2009 | 7:19 PM

Exactly, Gooroo. These things can be a lot of fun, but they also can take a lot of time to do if one does it right.

August 12th, 2009 | 1:43 AM
George Serradinho:

List posts are great and very easy to read. They show a lot of info in an organized manner.

You have given me some great ideas about my next posts.
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August 12th, 2009 | 5:23 AM

Glad to inspire you to some new things, George. Be interesting to see what you come up with.

August 12th, 2009 | 10:47 AM

I like list posts because they are easy to tackle. I’d read a good list post even if it’s about something I know nothing about – like sci fi movies! 🙂 I’d know I’m not going to get 10 sentences deep into a paragraph where I’m totally lost. Lists make easy bites.
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August 12th, 2009 | 8:45 PM

Thanks for your comment, Christie. I’m drawn to list posts myself, and luckily, most of the time I know at least a little something about it, so my comments are on point. Every once in awhile, though, something comes up that I just say “what”, and have to leave it alone. But it’s still fun to see.

August 12th, 2009 | 8:56 PM
Doug Dillard:

I have always been told that list posts are a great way to go, and they are some of my favorite to read… I just never create them (well hardly ever). I think that is going to change now! Thanks 🙂
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August 13th, 2009 | 12:50 PM

No problem, Doug. I’ll be looking for a list post from you so I can comment on it; at least, I hope you write on something I can comment on. 😉

August 14th, 2009 | 2:48 AM

I like list posts too, and I am trying to implement this!
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August 14th, 2009 | 9:10 PM

Have fun with it, Hesham; I’ll be interested in seeing what you come up with.

August 14th, 2009 | 9:24 PM

Listing the top most post is a good idea. You have given me an idea to write a new post on it. Thanx for the mention. By the way this is my first visit to you blog and it looks interesting. Keep up the good work.

August 14th, 2009 | 10:55 PM

Thanks Ricky; I hope you stop by often. And I’ll be looking for that post, although, I’m wondering if you have a blog, since CommentLuv didn’t seem to find it.

August 15th, 2009 | 12:54 AM
Chris Peterson:

I believe people like simplification, Mitch. Can’t help it, can you?
Its anyway overcomplicated. who wouldn’t want it?
You caught an fantastic principle to light. Congrats!

August 19th, 2009 | 6:36 AM

Thanks Chris; hadn’t thought as much about the over-simplification angle.

August 19th, 2009 | 9:41 AM