MikePaetzold
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Drive Traffic to Your Blog by Making Top 10 Lists

Sep 10th 2010 at 12:55 PM

Ever wonder why Letterman is always using top 10 lists on his show? It is a regular feature for a reason. The reason is that people are always interested in lists. If they were not it would not have become a signature part of his show.

Now Letterman does it with off the wall jokes but as a blogger you can take advantage of creating lists to get additional traffic.

You know that people like lists. Providing people with weighted lists of the best topics in your niche makes it much more likely that others will share your lists.

It becomes newsworthy. People like to share newsworthy items.

In this age of social networking it is easy for people to share your list with others. (You can make these easier for them too by having your blog set up to allow them to do just that.)

They may tweet it to their followers on Twitter, like it on Facebook or share it on their blog.

Each time that happens your blog can get exposed to new readers. The more people you get that share your list the more new readers you can get.

Now the key is to take advantage of those new readers and give them a reason to get involved with your blog. This may be an ethical bribe for subscribing to your update list or making it easy for people to subscribe to your feed.

The initial traffic from creating your list and generating back links is great but getting people to become regular readers is the big advantage of using a Top 10 List to generate new visitors.

Take advantage of top 10 lists to get your content shared and then make sure you are set up to convert those one time visitors to regular readers.

For more tips on generating blog traffic and getting more visitors to your blog check out 15 Minute Blog Traffic and follow my blog at WordPress Made Easy.

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Nov 14th 2011 at 9:35 AM by LonnieG
Curiosity can be a strong motivator! ~LonnieG
   
Feb 21st 2011 at 4:23 AM by Nordichuks
This is recommended thanks blog traffic.
   
Feb 21st 2011 at 4:22 AM by Nordichuks
This is recommended thanks blog traffic.
   
Oct 23rd 2010 at 2:24 PM by judyhwright
Hello from Montana, Thanks Mike. Always count on you for good info on Word Press. Writing the blogs are easy for me, the hard part is the marketing. But it is getting easier with ideas from others. jhw
   
Oct 23rd 2010 at 1:58 PM by drkelp
Top 10 Reasons for reading this article, 1. It is useful, 2. It is easy to read, 3. It talks about lists lol...
   
Sep 27th 2010 at 1:45 AM by lulubel
Great article, Mike. I'm always clicking on links to see the top 10 something-or-other. Now I need to start making some of my own!
   
Sep 25th 2010 at 8:18 PM by thompsonwd40
Great article. I have created several WP blog sites myself, and am a dedicated follower of WP. I share your enthusiasm for WP, and am glad to have a fellow WP addict to associate with :)
   
Sep 10th 2010 at 6:02 PM by jerryreeder
Thanks for the article Mike. You just provided with impetus to get this idea that has been lying dormant way back somewhere in this thing I call a brain into traffic getting reality
   

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