You could rearrange any of these items on the list and the post would still make sense. If that’s not the case for what you want to share, then this isn’t the right template to use.
How to use this template
Follow the steps below.
1. Create a numbered title
Use one of these templates and fill in the blanks.
- XX Ways to [Desired Outcome]
- XX [Topic] Tips
- XX [Type] Tools
- XX Reasons Why [Problem]
- XX [Topic] Techniques
- XX [Products] For [Audience]
Just make sure it’s readable and aligns with the content that you’ll be sharing in your blog post. If your post is about weight loss tips, don’t call it “13 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight.”
Beyond that, feel free to make your title more compelling by adding a benefit or including relevant power words. For example:
10 Ways to Get More YouTube Views
10 Easy Ways to Get More YouTube Views (Even If You Have Zero Subscribers)
If you’re struggling, look to the titles of the top-ranking pages for inspiration.
Recommended reading: How to Craft the Perfect SEO Title Tag (Our 4‑Step Process)
2. Write a short intro
Most people skim list posts. That’s the beauty of this format; it’s non-chronological. If one of the tips on the list doesn’t appeal, the reader can keep scrolling until they see one that piques their interest.
For that reason, there’s no point in writing a long introduction. You just want to do two things:
- Establish trust in as few words as possible.
- Include a linked table of contents.
Here’s a good example of establishing trust from our blog:
Adding jump links below this just makes life easier for the reader. They don’t have to scroll through the entire list to understand what they’ll learn. They can just skim the contents and jump straight to the tip that interests them.
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