Top 5 Ways To Write a Top 5 List
Ian Lurie Jun 26 2007
The ‘top 5’ list attracts readers to your blog. No question about it. If you’re looking for inspiration, read on:
- Follow the keywords. Check your web site traffic report. Find the most common phrase used by folks to find your site. If your own site keywords aren’t useful, try Ask.com. It shows you a list of phrases related to any keyword search you perform. Base your list on that phrase.
- Check the Answers. Look at Yahoo! Answers. Lots of folks ask questions there, every day. It’s a great source of inspiration.
- Check the tooth-grinders. If you get asked the same question again and again, maybe that’s worth answering with a list.
- Keep it brief. Each item in the list should be short and sweet (my #1 here is a lousy example).
- Include some tools. Know any great, relevant online tools? Include them in the list.
Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint. He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle. Read More