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Blog Exercises: A Link List Post to Dazzle Readers

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.In blog exercises on making lists and making your lists pretty, we worked on the links, understanding how they work and formatting your styles.

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:

  1. Choose a popular topic
  2. Gather ideas for your list
  3. Organize the list
  4. Write the post
  5. 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.

Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.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.

You can find more Blog Exercises on . This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles.

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  1. Manoj Keshwar
    Posted October 31, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Lorrelle, your posts are very helpful for a blogger novice like me ..

  2. John Smith
    Posted November 4, 2013 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorrelle,
    Thanks for such a informative post, it is really going to help the beginner writer or blogger to improve their writing and blogging skill.

  3. Posted November 5, 2013 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,
    I recently used the display posts shortcode to create a list of my list posts on my blog. I blogged the how to’s in three posts Create a Featured Posts Page with the Display Posts Shortcode, Create List Posts with the Display Posts Shortcode,
    Use the Display Posts Shortcode to Effectively Feature Content. You will find the final result on my static page titled Featured. Truth be told I was surprised how many list posts I have published.

    • Posted November 7, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

      Wow! I didn’t know these shortcodes could do that. Brilliant. Thanks!!! I feel a related blog exercise coming on declaring your brilliance again!

  4. Bashir Ahmed
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorrelle,

    Really nice post you’ve shared with us. I’ll follow your tips for list posts.

    Thanks for sharing – really appreciate it!

  5. Posted November 10, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    I’m really pleased I found your blog Lorelle. I look forward to reading back through your posts and putting your tips and hints to good use. Many thanks 🙂

  6. Mati
    Posted December 13, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Lorelle, I like this

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