I’m sorry to disappoint all you list fiends out there but I will not be writing a top 10 list in this post. Instead, I want to discuss the ‘Top X’ blogging phenomenon!!
If you check the posts with the most incoming links at Blogging Tips through Blog Storm you will see this list.
At the very top of the list is the ‘Top 10 mistakes new bloggers make’ post with 135 incoming links. Since the June 2007 competition post cannot be considered a regular blogging post the difference between the top 10 post and the next highest is considerable.
You may be asking why I’m talking about all this? Well I believe the ‘Top 10 mistakes new bloggers make’ post to be a good post but it is not a groundbreaking post. I didn’t write about anything that hadn’t been covered elsewhere at some point or other in the last few years. Granted this post was my view on the subject but I was still surprised to see this post at the top of the list in front of other posts I spent more time writing.
Bloggers Love Lists
I strongly believe one of the reasons my ‘top 10’ post did so well was because of the title. Most bloggers already know how important a good post title is but even I was surprised at how much a ‘Top X’ type post could encourage other bloggers to link to a post.
I’ve noticed that ‘Top X’ type posts do very well in Digg too. I think there are two main reasons why these posts are so popular.
- The title of the post quickly lets the reader know what the post is about.
- The list format of the post makes it easy for bloggers to digest the information ie. imagine my top 10 post was called ‘Bloggers mistakes’ and the information was not in a list format (eg. bullet points).
Write a top X list
Like anything in this world, moderation is the key. If you write a top list type post every few days your readers may get tired of your writing style but it is worth doing a top post every now and then.
- Top 5 reasons I ……
- Top 10 ways to ………
- 50 classic wordpress themes
- Top 100 movies of all time
- and so on and so on
Have your top list posts brought you a lot of traffic? I’d love to hear how about the success readers have had with posts like this