In this blog exercise, I want to focus on the content within those links, the real reason people love those link lists.
I’d like to cite my friends at Daily Blog Tips for their post “How to Put Together a List Post That Readers Will Love” to inspire you.
Author Ali Luke lists the tips to consider when creating a powerful link list. In summary, they are:
- Choose a popular topic
- Gather ideas for your list
- Organize the list
- Write the post
- Format the list
Notice that the emphasis is on the content, collecting the information and building a post, then styling the list. This is the perfect recipe for creating powerful content of any kind, including link list posts.
The power in a link list is the content, the intention behind the list, not just the list itself.
Part of the success of sites like Smashing Magazine and Mashable are their list posts. Huge articles featuring lists of the best or top whatever, highlighted with huge screenshots and information that just compels you, the reader, to click through to all these resources. The posts become resources, they are that powerful.
Your blog exercise is to create a list post that begins with an idea, includes research to find the best resources and references for your list rather than just whatever you stumbled upon that week. Cultivate and craft your link list post.
Find a topic of relevance to you, but consider your readers. What would they like to know from you directly or as a resource? Search using a variety of search terms, digging deeper. Don’t settle for page one search results. Go further.
Really read the posts you find. Do they really offer the insights and information you readers want and need. Leave filler content posts alone. Let less dedicated bloggers link to those. You go for the good stuff.
Organize the content in order. From most important to least important. From beginner to advanced. Whatever order works best for your readers to enjoy the learning experience.
Edit this thing. If you’ve been with me since the beginning of this year, you should have editing down. You know what to look for. Go for the guts of this thing and edit the hell out of it. Make it a work of art.
In other words, make your readers love this list.
Then dig into it and format it. Consider using some of the tips I offered in the blog exercise on pretty lists.
When you have published it, include a hat tip link to this post to generate a trackback and drop back in and post a note with a link to the post in the comments so we can marvel at your brilliant link list post talents!
Here are more blog exercises to help you with your link list exercise this week.
- Blog Exercises: Top X Tips – The Numbered Post
- Blog Exercises: Making Lists
- Blog Exercises: List Your Resources
- Blog Exercises: The Art of List Making
- Blog Exercises: When Will You Not Link?
- Blog Exercises: Weekly Link Roundups