This is an open question to the community: do blog lists still have value? What do I mean by blog lists? I'm talking about the “50 best …” type blog posts that you see in abundance across the web.
This sort of post is particularly popular in the tech world and it sees a lot of action among WordPress bloggers too. I even posted a list of 15 trustworthy free WordPress themes on this blog some time ago.
The recipe for making a list goes something like this:
- Find a niche that's not overexploited.
- Pool together some sort of collection.
- Make sure you have at least 20 items. Though 50 is probably better.
- Add some nice eye-candy images and some short text snippets.
- Embed your affiliate links.
- Promote it like crazy across your social networks.
- Sit back and watch the traffic flow in.
The general psychology of the list (on the maker side) is minimum effort for maximum gain. Probloggers will readily tell you that the list is a staple ingredient in a successful money-making blog. But does it really work? Isn't it all a little bit too easy? And haven't lists been done to death?
More importantly, does anyone actually look at lists anymore?
Personally, I find myself less and less interested in them as a user, but there was a time when I had a whole bookmark folder full of my favourite lists.
What about you? I'd love to hear what you think. Whether you're a list maker, a list consumer or you avoid lists whenever possible, do let me know what you think and hopefully together we can take stock of the value of lists today.