Don't forget to bookmark this post so you can read it later. Oh and make sure to share it on social media, leave a like, add a comment, subscribe to my newsletter and send me a postcard.
People will comment on your listicles and may have some great ideas. But you can't have people thinking that you listen to other people or that you don't come up with everything yourself.
Just use their suggestions without thanking or acknowledging them.
People won't realise if you repeat yourself, so save yourself some effort and just copy a point from a previous listicle! More content recycling!
Don't release the new article too soon. People need a few days to forget the first one so they get amazed with your new "innovative" listicle.
Just make sure to thank people for reading. It takes too much time to respond properly to comments that people leave.
So "Thanks for Reading" should be your only response to all comments.
Click bait titles are essential. Make sure that the content you write has nothing to do with the title as then people might actually get an answer they are looking for!
If you need help you could use the "[PRIME NUMBER] reasons why [framework or css-feature] is awesome" format...that really seems to do well. Be careful though as you might accidentally write something useful if you do any research!
Make sure you use 100 emojis in your article. They really help with legibility. (see point 2)
Notice how I opened this article with a request for likes, comments etc. We don't want to give the reader any time to actually read our article, we just want praise and acknowledgement of our work straight away!
Oh yeah, listicles are such a valuable resource that people need to bookmark them. Don't let them forget to bookmark your amazing listicle as it will change their life.
Realistically nobody will actually read the article again once they bookmark it but it makes you feel better knowing people saved it and cluttered up their bookmarks so they can't find the actually useful posts they want to reference.
If someone spots a mistake in your article, be sure to thank them but do nothing about it. It isn't like you can edit an article once it is live to correct a mistake, you might lose your SEO rankings! Plus don't forget that a listicle isn't meant to be factually correct.
People forget to bookmark your page, even if you followed the advice to pester them and remind them to bookmark it I mentioned earlier.
To make sure they don't miss out, release the same article in a few weeks (with some minor amends). Your readers really like repetition and it is great for SEO!
Beginners need to learn and you don't have time to explain things to them.
They have access to Google like everyone else so why spend the time explaining abbreviations, acronyms etc. Just get them to Google every other word as it makes reading your article super engaging and really easy to follow.
Bonus points if you use ambiguous acronyms.
For example I like to start my How To articles with "LGTBQ" - Lets Get To Building Quickly"...somebody said it was confusing for some reason?
If you are doing a top 10 movies list be sure that you write the entire synopsis for the movie under each entry, along with the life story of each actor.
In fact, you should grab a copy of the transcript and add it under the movie, you can never give people too much irrelevant information and remember that word count is all that matters.
Your readers have short attention spans remember (or maybe you don't as your attention span didn't last that long)?
Make sure there are lots of pretty moving pictures to distract your readers. Don't worry if the GIFs are relevant or help emphasize a point, they just want something to make the page load slower so your content jumps around etc.
You don't want to actually have time to research or make sure what you are saying is true.
Spit out your listicles every day so that you can maintain a low quality level and avoid writing purposeful content.
If possible publish listicles on subjects you know nothing about. Don't find the best examples, just any example will do. Bonus points if your example is over 10 years old and reinforces a bad practice.
Keyword stuffing is essential!
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Be sure to link to other articles at the end for "read more"
Don't make them relevant.
In fact just link to any random article that you want more traffic to, just so it looks like you do link to other items.
"Above all, if you are writing listicles make sure they are easy to share so people don't miss out on the amazing knowledge you have copy pasted!"
Read the previous article to know how to write a good conclusion.
Get people excited about a competition.
For example if you share this article on Facebook 3 times, Twitter 8 times, email it to 20 friends, read it every day for a month, take a picture of you reading the article on a phone, a tablet, a mac, a macbook, a PC and on your TV you will be entered into the draw to win an iPhone 6.
Important never announce a winner, in fact, don't even actually buy a prize, just pretend that somebody won.
"congratulations to Leahcim Nosnikrap for winning last months competition".