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5 Reasons that List Blogs (Do Not) Suck

Source: http://millennialceo.com/social-media/5-reasons-list-blogs-suck/

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They generally are easy to skim and point out relevant information in an easy to consume format

They generally are easy to skim and point out relevant information in an easy to consume format

We are busy people, at least some of us. While I would love to say that I read everything cover to cover, I don’t. Time is money and a quick list is something I can skim and check for content. At that point I can decide if I want to dig deeper.

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They capture your attention and properly set up expectations (even if you only read the title)

They capture your attention and properly set up expectations (even if you only read the title)

The titles (usually) tell you EXACTLY what to expect and therefore make the decision to click through easier. If it is interesting then yes, if not then no. I see so many cryptic titles these days trying to provoke you to click. While every so often something creative wields me in, for the most part I pass because my attention hasn’t been caught.

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They are fantastic for curating

They are fantastic for curating

If you are trying to curate some good content for your readers, what better way then to give them some good list type blogs. For the same reason most of us click on them, so will they. With that you gain friends and followers.

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They are great for starting the conversation and generating comments

They are great for starting the conversation and generating comments

Since most list blogs are comprised of opinions, (especially of ratings of some sort) they tend to provoke discussion. when you put something in order people tend to want to agree or disagree. That is the sauce that comments are made from. Comments are a good way to continue the conversation and drive meaning from our time in social media.

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They often provide a ranking and in Social Media that is a big deal!

They often provide a ranking and in Social Media that is a big deal!

People love anything that is ranked, whether what city to live in, college to attend, or the fastest shellfish on land. If you rank it, people will read it. After all, isn’t that why we write, to have people read it, share it, comment on it, and help you learn? If not, I’d love to know why you do?