By: Julianne Bautista
A lists about lists! From magazines to entertainment websites, listicles have come a long way in showing that having lists in articles can be useful, effective and pleasurable. Here are five reasons why listicles are the best way to write articles.
1. It’s easy and fun to read
The first listicle I have ever read was on Buzzfeed. I remember it being colorful, funny and informational. Buzzfeed is known for bringing their listicles to life by including up-to-date memes and moving images called “Gifs.” Listicles that use memes and gifs are always so easy and fun to read, it makes the reader understand and relate to the topic. Having images in an article also makes the message of the story more interesting. Visuals are key!
2. Readers do not have to read the whole article
Whenever I am sick and paranoid of whatever it is I caught around the public, I immediately read an article with the five home remedies I could use to cure my illness. The listicles that provide the home remedies highlight titles that simplify all the points of the subject. The list is straightforward and simple, telling me what I needed to do to cure my sickness. I did not have to read the whole entire page since the content was direct.
3. The format is organized
Listicles are pretty! It’s like having a nice, organized planner. It’s absolutely pleasing to read articles that have everything listed out for you with no trouble at all. In a listicle, every content and message of the subject is sorted out for the reader from beginning to end. Listicles are definitely pleasing to read by knowing when the article is finished.
4. It makes readers understand and remember the topic
Whenever I am reading an essay, a book or an article, I always have to highlight the key phrases to help me remember the important points. In a listicle, readers can easily remember and understand each given point on the subject. The points in listicles repeat in the reader’s minds which helps replay the details of the subject over and over. For me, reading an article with lists helps me memorize the subject in an uncomplicated manner.
5. Three Words: Search Engine Optimization
Search Engine Optimization otherwise known as SEO is a process that makes a website or web page more visible to the audience who are looking for a specific brand. Competition! Listicles are important in SEO because being the first article to be seen on the first page will get you more attention. The quality of a listicle needs to have all the informational facts that the audience needs. Also, using key words and creating intriguing titles can help your article to rank higher in search.
The journalism trend of listicles has changed the way of writing in columns and articles for the better. What’s on your next list?
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