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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

5 Reasons that List Blogs (Do Not) Suck - @DanielNewmanUV

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.

10 Reasons Why We Love Making Lists : NPR

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).

7 Reasons Why You Should Use List Posts On Your Blog! | @TheBadBlogger

(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. Blog: Listmania and Social Influence | @hrmarketer | @el4short

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.

List posts: Why people love and hate Lists. Curation Tips for List ...

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

Top 10 Reasons Top 10 Lists Suck

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...

21 Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic | @randfish

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.

6 Types Of Posts That Drive Traffic | @IncomeDiary

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.

65 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog | @problogger

This guest post is by Satrap of 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.

5 Top Reasons Why Lists Are Good For Getting Traffic To Your Blog | @MaheshKukreja

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.

A New Era For Social Interest Sites: Twitter, Tumblr & Pinterest Go Big In 2011 | @TechCrunch | @eldon

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.

5 Vital Reasons to Use List Posts | @Nicholas_Cardot

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.

Five Reasons You SHOULDN’T Use A List | @tweakyourbiz @Con_Keppel

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Reasons to use Lists « Geek Tales

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.

5 Reasons to Avoid Lists (& 1 Reason to Read Them) | @PickTheBrain

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?

The Top Ten Reasons I Won’t Use Lists

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.

Top 10 Blogosphere Trends + 10 Great List Posts | @problogger

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).

Top 10 Lists Suck. A Lot. | @goseewrite

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."

List Posts - 2 Tips for Creating More Popular Blog Posts | @brainzooming

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.

Your Top 10 Brainzooming Posts for 2010 | @brainzooming

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 Here are those which received the most page views throughout the year: 1. 7 Extreme Creativity Lessons from "Cake Boss" 2.

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Title Your Blog with Numbered Reasons | @PaulKiser

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.

5 reasons why list posts are crap | @margieclayman

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.

3.5 Reasons Why I Am Sick of List Posts | @WritingH

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.

12 Business Blogging Shortcuts for Time-Crunched Marketers

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.

How Not To Sort By Average Rating

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.