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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The List Article

The “List” article is one of the most efficient kinds of articles you can write. The top 5 or 10 best of something, worst of something; 10 reason to do or have something; tips for doing something better; ideas, etc., are all great “list” articles.

The reason I say “list” articles are most efficient is because you can make the most of your research for a list article with the least amount of work. Write out the top 10 ~ whatever ~ then you’ve got the background for 10 more articles: just write more about each of the items in your list focusing on one item for each new article. Post them in article directories with trackbacks to your blog or website, and trackbacks all to the original article, and you’ve got a total of 11 articles out of one basic research session. And all 11 articles will work for you. Each of those articles serves as “free ads” for you, your work, your services and products.

Here are some great examples of list articles. Read them and consider how each item in the list can easily be written into another whole article.

Top 10 Wii Games
Top 10 Worst Movies of the Decade: Romantic Comedy
Tips on Creating a Great Resume
10 Reasons Why I've Decided to Get an iPad
50 Great Date Night Ideas

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