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How I Get Over 100,000 Visitors a Month With Top List Articles

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Traffic to me is the simplest thing on the planet. It is so easy to get! All you have to do is provide people with a solution to their problem and they will come and read it & they will share it with their friends!

I have created over 100 ‘top list’ type posts which have been viewed by millions. They are so popular and well received that they have been featured on Reddit Homepage, New York Times, Yahoo News & one even became a Trending Topic on Twitter! The best part… I can get these types of posts created for just $25. Let me teach you how.

Why Creating Lists Wins You Traffic

When you Google, think what you are typing in, lets say you are looking for a cure for a health problem. Just for example, you are going to type in Cure Acid Reflux. That’s a big search term. Same with anything else in the industry that people are trying to cure. Firstly you would be surprised how many people don’t name the article what people are searching for in Google. This blows my mind. Why are you calling your article something fancy and using words people don’t ever use, just to make yourself look smart. No one is typing that in Google, so you shouldn’t be naming your posts that.

I’m no SEO expert, there I said it. But I do get around 200,000 visitors a month from Google alone so it’s kind of a big deal for me. Here’s what I believe: Google ranks sites which are naturally awesome. Forget everything about buying links and social love. Just imagine that your posts are so cool, people spend ages on your site and people love to share your stuff. That’s what GOOGLE wants! Great content because they are in the content industry. There job is to provide users with the right content and the best possible option, if yours is not that, then you don’t rank so well.

Back to my health post, I will call it :

10 Ways To Cure Acid Reflux

Somewhere I heard that odd numbers work better for open rates and marketing so I often will change the 10 for 7, 11, 13, 17 basically any odd number that looks good. I will decide how many I want before I even create the post.

But lets look at those silly people I love that make my life easy when I try to out rank their articles because they name their articles something stupid, for example:

Surefire Ways To Eradicate Acid Reflux

Are you freaking kidding me. I’m sure some idiot will type in Eradicate Acid Reflux every month or two but Surefire Ways? No Way!

You think this is an extreme example? Heck no, this is a nice example.

Tip 1. Name Your Posts Something People Search For!

Here’s where top lists dominate:

  • Firstly, they are quite long so people tend to spend a while reading them.
  • Each part is in section, for example, our Cure Acid Reflux post, its 7 cures, so we have 7 headlines with each option. Because of this, people can quickly decide YES, there’s something here I am willing to do, so I will read it all. I think a lot of articles don’t do well because people are not prepared to commit time to read a page if they don’t think it’s going to help them.
  • The title says exactly what you get, so you know what you are getting into.
  • When shared on social media, again, people know what they are about to get. I swear, people will retweet and share stuff just because of the title, not even knowing if the article is good or not.

Step 1. To Dominating Any Industry

Post a crap load of top posts. That’s what I do, I show up in dozens of industry’s and just do the same old top list posts but for different industry’s. Here’s some examples:

IncomeDiary (Blogging/Make Money Industry)

  • Top 30 Most Influential People In Blogger
  • 10 Reasons Why It Rocks To Be a Internet Entrepreneur
  • 10 Christmas Gifts For Entrepreneurs
  • 17 Tips To Cure Bloggers Block
  • 20 Bloggers To Follow on Facebook

ExpertPhotography (Photography Industry)

  • Top 30 Most Influential People In Photography
  • 10 Reasons Why It Rocks To be a Photographer
  • 10 Christmas Gifts For Photographers
  • 17 Tips To Fix Bad Photos
  • 20 Photographers To Follow on Facebook

WhyamIUnhealthy (Health Industry)

  • Top 30 Most Influential People in Natural Health
  • 10 Reasons Why It Rocks To Be Healthy
  • 10 Christmas Gifts for Super Healthy People
  • 17 Tips To Cure Acid Reflux
  • 20 Health Experts To Follow on Facebook

Retireat21 (Young Entrepreneur Industry)

  • Top 30 Most Influential Young Entrepreneurs
  • 10 Reasons Why It Rocks To Be a Young Entrepreneur
  • 10 Christmas Gifts For Young Entrepreneurs
  • 17 Tips To Stop People Treating You Different Because Of Your Age
  • 20 Young Entrepreneurs To Follow On Facebook

Are you getting the gist yet?

And it doesn’t stop there. Each post can be done in so many other ways. For example:

10 Reasons Why It Rocks To Be a Photographer… you could flip this on it’s head and do 10 Reasons Why It Sucks….

Tip 2. Turn One Top List Into a Series of Top Lists

Remember our post suggestion: 20 Bloggers To Follow on Facebook

How about doing that with every social network:

  • 20 Bloggers To Follow on Twitter
  • 20 Bloggers To Follow on Youtube
  • 20 Bloggers To Follow on Pinterest
  • 20 Bloggers To Follow on Google+

Instead of doing a post such as “20 Ways To Improve Your Website” – you could split it into a series and niche each one down, so for example:

  • 10 Ways To Improve Your Websites Load Time
  • 10 Ways To Improve Your Websites Useability
  • 10 Ways To Improve Your Websites Blog Layout
  • 10 Ways To Improve your Websites Conversion Rate

Step 2. Getting Articles Created (20 at a time)

So in order to achieve great success with my blogs, I need a crap load of content…. by doing basically no actual work. Want to know how I get articles written for $25 with a 24 hour turn around period, 20 at a time.

Just to confirm. I pay $25 for each article, I often buy 20 at a time and each article only takes 24 hours and can be written by thousands of different authors. The best thing is, if I don’t like it, I either get them to edit it or I can refuse to pay for it. Incredible?!?!!


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  • Daniel Adetunji


    This sis amazing bro! A Hundred thousand visitors is a huge amount. I’ll be creating this type of posts on my blog.

    Thanks for sharing


  • This is excellent Michael AND it makes perfect sense,

    It’s funny how we tend to make things that we don’t understand more difficult than they really are.

    This is the best explanation that I’ve seen on getting organic traffic and I follow hundreds of blogs.

    For the rest of 2013 you can call me list post Larry I’m using this advice, I’ll let you know how it goes.

  • Awesome post Michael. Absolutely love this strategy. I have pretty much being doing this, but what you outline in just two of 10 points is absolute gold! Looking forward to taking my sites to the next level with this strategy.

  • Kulwant

    This article is EPIC.

    I know every IMer either he is big or small is struggling for traffic and you just said, “it’s damn easy for me.” I loved the opening paragraph so I digged more into article.

    This is simply incredible way to write list article and by doing this you can attract attention of more people from your niche.

    After getting inspiration from you I wrote one article 1-2 months back and it was a big hit on my blog. The article was titled “Top 15 Internet Marketing Gurus Changing Peopleโ€™s Lives” and people just loved it.

    Thanks for being always there to teach us in best possible ways.

    • spence cater

      Hi Kulwant,
      I have a suggestion for your next blog title :

      7 signs that you will NEVER make any money Online!

      You can thank me later ๐Ÿ˜‰


  • Dr. Babs Yusuf @Edubabs

    I got the gist, Micheal. Thanks for this educative blog post. I just learnt an important stuff. More grease…

  • Hello Michael,
    Lovely and insightful post. i think you’ve just revealed a goldmine secret that could be worth $1000. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Although i have always know that list posts do well a whole lot. This just goes to confirm the point beyond reasonable doubt.

  • Anthony Santiago

    Awesome article Michael love your strategy in how you get 100.000 visitors a month

  • wayan

    Thank you very much for your nice post. You explained it in details and I will try your strategy to generate more traffics.

  • I want also the same, get around 200,000 visitors a month from Google. I tried as much as possible to make my site looks natural but i didn’t get what you had achieve. i think Google likes you, just saying. anyway thank you for sharing us this great post.

  • Varsh

    Itโ€™s been a while since a post has really resonated with me, and this post did just that.

    Thank you Michael !

  • Wow, that’s really fantastic,

    Your tips are just awesome bro, very precise and to the point talks.

    It impressed me, you have revealed a truth and I’m glad to find the post, I have gained much knowledge, and look forward to learn more form you.

  • One thing that I am not really very clear off. If you pay for some of the articles, what is your contribution to those articles?

    I think that you can get very good articles at that price, but how do you contribute to them when posting them on the website, because after all, I and many of us perceive Income Diary as the signature of Michael Dunlop

  • ifeanyi

    Nice one Michael. I think I have to go back and review some of the article titles on my site


  • This was very helpful. I’ve been trying to come up with some great post ideas for a long time. My subject is a time clock software. Sometimes it can be difficult coming up with creative, fun ideas for a time clock software that people are wanting to read! I think a list could be a great way to get them to want to read more. Any suggestions on lists I can create? What would you want to know about a time clock software?

  • Brilliant article Michael.. Thanks you very much for sharing with us… I am definitely going to try this! Thanks again for sharing!

  • Great information, thanks this has helped me a lot.

    My site is all about NFL Football.

    As for suggesting a top list I like to make list like this

    – 10 Mistake Every (Pick Industry) Makes That Successful (Industry) Avoid.

  • Aqib Shahzad

    Awesome post Michael. Absolutely love this strategy. I have pretty much being doing this, but what you outline in just two of 10 points is absolute gold! Looking forward to taking my sites to the next level with this strategy.

  • Chris

    great infos, THXs a lot, I’ m soaking up everything ๐Ÿ™‚

  • great way of showing that list articles work for any industry. The topics are there you just need to learn to create quality content fast.

  • Great post, to say it’s easy to generate traffic is an understatement or your not doing yourself justice if you can create so much traffic.

  • Its true that if you want to have many visitors in your site, be specific on what title you will choose for your article because people are more specific in terms of what they are searching. Now I know that odd number is better to open rates and marketing strategy than even numbers. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for this, I learned a lot from your blog.

  • bsmbahamas

    Wow, where do I sign up, this is the best post/article I’ve read for 2014. I’ll be sure to impliment. Thanks for sharing, this is killer.

  • Lonnie Z

    This is an awesome post, just what I needed to help me get my posts noticed by google. Thanks for the awesome content.

  • good job…i will try top lists for my website

  • Thanks

  • Emmanuel.c omachoko

    This is a wonderful blog post Micheal. i have been following you on how to generate good traffic to my blog and hope to get massive traffic soon. keep it up. Charles Emmanuel

  • That kinda of traffic would be awesome!