- Lists prove were smart – “Knew that!”
- Lists make us smarter – “Didn’t know that – Do now!”
- Lists are addictive. List rewards are variable & random!
- Lists add strucuture to life
- Lists are a hack.
- Lists are a metaphor for simplicity
- Life begins with a baby name list
- Life ends with a bucket ist
- Life is a list of lists
- Lists are an abstraction
- Lists are a wrapper
- Lists are a lens
When the tough get going they make lists – lots of lists. Then they manage their chaos from a list of lists. Lists play a serious role in simplifying life.
What keeps us coming back for more lists. Simple. Lists reward us by proving were smart. Who doesn’t wan to know that. Lists fill in gaps, so make us smarter. Are all lists born equal? No. So the reward is random. There is nothing like a random and variable reward schedule to make us want more.
Life isn’t simple and simplicity isn’t simple either. Lists give you strategies to remove, organize, hide and displace complexity. These are outlined in this list from GetFinch.com
- Remove: Get rid of anything that isn’t essential to the application. This could mean content, too; like the language you use in the navigation labels.
- Organize: Arrange the elements of the interface so that they fit into logical chunks. This might mean based on a person’s mental model (how they think), or tie in to a more familiar interface pattern.
- Hide: Place the most important elements within reach (make them obvious), and hide the others, making them accessible through navigation.
- Displace: Pushing some of the functionality to another device, or feature, so that the one interface isn’t responsible for displaying every possible interaction.
No apologies if you know this. We just have to keep telling the world.
30% of all published content are lists.
The most viewed posts are list posts. Period. Bloggers know this. Publishers knows this. But what are your doing about it? Why arent you using lists are a type of content marketing?
Lots of bloggers have written on the value of lists. Here’s a collection of posts explaining why people love and hate list. Yes some people hate lists.
List of why people Love Lists & why people Hate lists
A Collection of posts and research on the value of list-based posts.
Some love lists, some hate them
Just recently I ran across or should I say stumbled across (Social Media Joke) a few posts and/or Twitter dialogues that were lashing out against list blogs. You know these blogs, they start with a topic and then list them off in order. For example, The 5 best, 10 worst, or I dunno 12 Most.
Why is it that everywhere you turn there's a list for this or that? On Facebook, friends recently began posting 25 Random Things About Me - which bloggers have been doing for years. Now some people are lambasting the listiness while others are shortening it to a more manageable 3 Random Things (3 Places I Have Lived or 3 TV Shows I Watch).
(Left Photo Credit to: jirvinphotography) There's been some debate in the blogosphere about whether or not list posts make for good blog posts. On one hand, you have the advocates, who say that list posts earn them more traffic, and on the other, you have bloggers saying that list posts are boring and lazy.
Last week the HR Twitter world was ablaze with the release of John Sumser's latest "Top 25 Online Influencers in Recruiting" list. It's the fifth edition of John's popular ranking, but the first time he's used our Social Ears to compile it.
This is a work in progress. I've curated a lot of posts and research in Lists Posts. I want to add to it, but figured it's better to share than not My active r
It's that time of year again. Everyone that publishes content and is looking for link bait is publishing a top 10 list of 2011. I'm getting asked daily to contribute - I finally decided to create a blog post so I could simply refer to it instead of saying "sorry - I hate top 10...
A considerable portion of my consulting time has recently revolved around the optimization of corporate blogs (or the addition of blogs to revamped sites). As usual, I find a pattern emerging in the strategies that need attention and the pitfalls that must be avoided.
I've been experimenting for some time now on different types of posts, to see how they drive traffic to my site in different ways. From the use of Google Analytics and my experience, I've managed to compile a list of the 6 different types of posts I write, ordered by the amount of traffic they drive to my site and I have to say, I was a little surprised by some of the results.
This guest post is by Satrap of BlogStash.com. What is the best way to drive traffic to my site? What's the fastest way to generate traffic to my site? What's…? We all want to know the best way to drive the greatest amount of traffic to our sites.
This is a guest post! If you want to write for us, check out the Guest Post section. Do you want an innovative method to get people to link to your blog? All you have to do is write lists. There are several reasons why lists are a great method to get renewed traffic to your blog.
One of the most interesting trends in comScore's 2011 social networking report is the new growth of social sites that cater to users' interests, rather than their real-life social graphs. In particular, according to comScore data, microblogging platforms Twitter and Tumblr have had break-out years, and they've been joined by new online pinboard site Pinterest.
One of the very first posts that I published on Site Sketch 101 was titled "14 Ways to Increase Your Blog Traffic." Within days that article had received dozens of twits and quickly began to rise in page hits.
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Generally bloggers agree that writing posts in a form of lists is a good idea, as it can improve your traffic. How is it possible? Well, here is a list of reasons: -Lists often make it easier for a writer to express his thoughts.
Have you ever noticed how common lists are? Why does it seem that almost every blogger in the blogosphere churns out list after list after list? How many times do we need to read “12 Ways to Have a Great Day”? What if you didn’t read this list?
Every single time my web browser opens there is another list. The Top Ten Reasons You're Going to Lose Your Job. The Top Ten Reasons People Get Fat. The Top Ten Reasons My Dog is Better Than Your Dog. The only reason that we are provided a list for every day of the year must be because we want them.
This column is written by Kimberly Turner from Regator (a great tool that gathers and organizes the world's best blog posts). - Darren Each week, Regator brings you a list of the ten stories bloggers have been writing about most during the previous seven days (click any trend to see a list of posts about it).
Take the pledge with me, please. "I hate top 10 lists. I will never do a top 10 list. I will never re-tweet, share on Facebook or otherwise positively review a top 10 list ever again. I will cast the appropriate amount of scorn and derision upon them, because I realize Top 10 lists are a tool of the Devil."
Numbered list posts are popular with blog readers according to both internet discussions and my own experience on the Brainzooming blog. Analyzing recent posts with PostRank demonstrated nearly all the most popular blog posts on Brainzooming incorporate a numbered list and feature the number in the blog title.
Yesterday, I gave you my top 10 favorite Brainzooming blog posts for 2010. It prompted me to look at the most viewed articles for 2010 on Brainzooming.com. Here are those which received the most page views throughout the year: 1. 7 Extreme Creativity Lessons from "Cake Boss" 2.
It seems that bloggers are discovering that using a blog title with a number in it attracts attention. Here are some that showed up in an email alert from SocialMediaToday: I guess that readers want to know that there is a limit to what any given author is going to say.
And other blog subjects that drive me nuts. I've been conducting a little experiment on my blog for the last month or so. I've been hearing a lot of uproarious criticism about certain kinds of posts, specifically how a few cookie cutter post styles seem to be taking over the internet.
Lately I have been noticing a tendency on my part to skim rapidly with most blog posts. Every post looks like it has been churned out by the same machine. They all feel the same. I wake up to an inbox full of emails that I get as a result of subscribing to many, many blogs.
After a very successful HubSpot Twitter chat on Tuesday (join us for the next one on January 24th at 3:30 PM EST!) about business blogging and content creation, one discussion point stood out among the rest: everyone we spoke with acknowledged the importance of business blogging for inbound marketing success, but many people said that, despite their best efforts, it's really hard to find enough time to do so on a regular basis.
PROBLEM: You are a web programmer. You have users. Your users rate stuff on your site. You want to put the highest-rated stuff at the top and lowest-rated at the bottom. You need some sort of "score" to sort by.
I don’t think anybody disputes List posts attract more eyeballs.
All these are the reason listly exists.
Listly appeals to people for all the same reasons with the added bonus that Listly involves the crowd. Listls lets your scale, but better than that it brings in people who care about your domain. Listly cultivates emotional engagement/community on the Web and in the real world.
Listly is connecting people with passion. Lists help you create, curate and moderate great content. We let you build community around your content by fostering a deep sense of emotional engagement.
So why aren’t you using lists? Why aren’t you using Listly?
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