My children have children of their own, all older than kindergarten age, so what made me feel compelled to read that Indianapolis Star article about teaching kindergarteners? It was the number that aroused my curiosity: "9 Problems We Must Overcome".
The O Magazine title this month is "100 Things That Are (Actually) Getting Better". Somehow
I doubt that, minus the number 100, the title would have been as much of a grabber. I know it was the number 100 that made me pause (It’s hard, these days, to avoid the perception that a lot of things are actually getting worse, not better, and I just had to know what 100 things I might be missing!)
To freshen up blog post content, start with one idea about your product or service. Then try putting a number to it:
- 2 Best Ways To Eliminate Unpleasant Room Odors…
- 3 Discipline Problem Fixes to Try First….
- 4 Simple Home Remedies for Headache…
- 5 Home Décor Tips…
- 6 Knottiest Financial Issues in a Marriage….
The point of the "lists", of course, is to demonstrate ways in which your product or service is different, and to provide valuable information that engages readers, helping them see you as a go-to guy or gal to solve their problem or fulfill their need.
Who’s on your list? Ted Demopoulos suggests you ask yourself, referring to other blogs and online resources in your "space". Listing different viewpoints or tips from others, then clarifying your own position is one way to make your blog be the go-to site.
"4 Different Viewpoints on Rearing Money-wise Kids…" is somehow more enticing than just "Viewpoints on Rearing Money-wise Kids", wouldn’t you agree?
To top off the positives of using numbers in blog post titles, at least some SEO experts believe bullet points and numbered lists earn "Brownie points" with search engines.
Just one more reason to count the ways…