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That’s just way too many tips. Read my blog post, you dolt!

5 Tips on How To Write “5 Tips” Articles

Listicles.

1. Start with the first point first, then work your way down from there

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s worth repeating: “Don’t begin your ‘5 Tips’ article with Tip #38”.

2. Write an obnoxiously long intro that takes forever to get to the actual tips

Make sure to write a preamble that’s long enough to put the Gettysburg address to shame. If you have a long personal story that has little to do with the topic of the article, this would be the place to put it.

3. Make sure your tips are vague enough to encourage people to continue reading

Who wouldn’t want to continue reading a section that begins with something like “Just do it”? Not I!

4. Always make sure your tips are really obvious

I’m pretty sure the Writer’s Bible says “Thou shalt not let thy reader feel stupider than thou.”

5. Throw in at least one shocking tip that’s really not that shocking when you explain it

This is especially useful in articles that are about something completely innocuous and wholesome.

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