List Article Creation Checklist

101314_2108_Checklist241.pngIf you want to create “list” articles for promoting your business, product, or ebook, here’s a checklist to help guide you through the process so you don’t miss any steps.

List articles are about the easiest type of articles to write and people LOVE them!

You can literally check off each step in the process and, as long as you don’t clear your cookies, when you come back it will show you where you left off on this checklist.


List Article Creation Checklist


format_pdf11Click Here for printable PDF of This Checklist

74 Comments

  • BigJim

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Please let me know here in the comments on the blog if you like the idea of checklists and if you want more.

  • jeanne

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Jim I do find checklists helpful. Thank you!

    • BigJim

      Reply Reply October 20, 2014

      Jeanne – thanks for the feedback ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jeanette Cates

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    I LOVE checklists! Since you create excellent checklists, Jim, I would love to see you post more checklists. Thanks for sharing your expertise in this format.

    • BigJim

      Reply Reply October 20, 2014

      Thanks Jeanette ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Helen Wilkie

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    I’m with Jeanette, Jim — I LOVE checklists. Sometimes I think I need to make a list of my lists! Yes, please do more.

    • BigJim

      Reply Reply October 20, 2014

      Hi Helen,

      Thanks for the feedback ๐Ÿ™‚

      I appreciate it!

      Jim

  • Wil Wooten

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    “VERY Helpful” Jim…Thanks and “yes” I’d love to see more useful checklists such as this!

    • BigJim

      Reply Reply October 20, 2014

      Wil,

      What types of checklists / topics do you want?

      Jim

  • Herman

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    I’m a checklist guy..they boil the info down to easy, quick, actionable steps without adding a lot of fluff…keep em coming.

    • BigJim

      Reply Reply October 20, 2014

      Hi Herman,

      Any specific requests?

      Jim

  • Bruce Arnold

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Jim, I love checklists also. I’ll be using this one a lot. More please!

    • BigJim

      Reply Reply October 20, 2014

      Excellent!

  • Cathy Goodwin

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Love checklists and the wizards – I got a bunch when I purchased one of your writing products.

    • BigJim

      Reply Reply October 20, 2014

      Cathy,

      Anything you need specific help with?

      Jim

  • Nancy Saunders

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    LOVE the checklists! Leave it to you to take all the essentials and drive it down to something simple. I feel less overwhelmed and less spinning my wheels with checklists.

    • BigJim

      Reply Reply October 20, 2014

      Nancy,

      Great! Any requests?

      Jim

  • Frank

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Hi Jim,

    Love checklist blog posts.

    Can we have a Wizard for this please!

  • Ellie

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Love lists – they especially help me to focus. As always, yours are well thought out. Thanks, Jim. Feel free to share more lists! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • John

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Hi Jim,
    Great Idea!
    One of the many aspects to your personality is that you think things through to the end. This effort results in a cohesive approach to getting the job done with out any missing pieces.

  • Jim Scott

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Yes, check list is very cool.
    Thanks

  • Virginia

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Jim – good checklist and reminder abut the wizard. The PDF was most welcome. As others stated, the bare basics is often more useful than extra data we already “know” but don’t necessarily practice on a regular basis.

    • BigJim

      Reply Reply October 20, 2014

      Well said!

  • Phillip Paris

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Your article tips are always top notch. That’s why I really got a ton of value from your “Turn Words Into Traffic” and all the great bonuses covering top 10 list articles and a lot more.

  • Albertine Schoen

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    The checklist is very useful and specially the fact that it is printable via PDF. Thanks a lot for this help.
    Please give more!!

  • Yes, this is wonderful. I especially like one line of text per check. Thanks so much!

  • Ann

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    This checklist will make writing blog posts much faster. Thanks!

  • carol

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Hi Jim, I love checklists. I need to use them more often. Another question for you…do you do any private coaching. You may not remember, but I took a kindle class with you and was writing a book about using free vacation homes to travel around the world. You said you loved the idea and I am so ready to find a coach to help me launch it! Long range plans would be a whole web-based business based on the concepts of the book.

    • BigJim

      Reply Reply October 20, 2014

      Hi Carol,

      Yes, I do. You can contact use through the help desk http://ebookfiresupport.com I chareg $500 to do 2x 45-minute consultations via GotoMeeting.

      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

      Jim

  • Russ

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Hi Jim,

    Perfect. If only everything in life could be a checklist. Well worth the time and effort from a “this customer’s satisfaction level.”

    Need more,
    Russ

    • BigJim

      Reply Reply October 20, 2014

      Russ,

      any specific needs?

      Jim

      • Russ

        Reply Reply October 21, 2014

        Well as long as your asking, Jim ๐Ÿ™‚

        How about one for everything you’ve ever done on the internet?

        OK, ok maybe we can narrow it down to Bait / Product creation and the FB marketing that you’re showing us at TNR right now?

        If that’s still too much then maybe a checklist on creating checklists for those of us that should but don’t but still like to think they do?*

        *Not that I know anyone like that. << Distancing quietly from myself.

        Russ

        • BigJim

          Reply Reply October 21, 2014

          Russ,

          Those are great suggestions!

          I’ve been noodling how to do that for the FB one… will give it some serious thought ๐Ÿ™‚

          Thanks!

          Jim

  • Kevin Utt

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Hello Jim,
    The list is great. Thank you. I as well would appreciate additional help with your process and lists.
    Very useful.

  • Ariel

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Love it – I can scoot the tab for this page up into my Bookmarks toolbar in Firefox, then I have not just another list, but a list on your site which reminds me this is something coming from a teacher I respect.

    Like having you perched on my browser asking, “So how’s the checklist going?” (:

    • BigJim

      Reply Reply October 20, 2014

      Ariel,

      I’m watching your success! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Jim

  • Judy Helm Wright

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Jim and friends, Always good to see familiar faces on the comments. Yes, I do value checklists. Especially since I use a lot of interns, it is an easy way for them to follow and make sure they don’t forget a step.

    Thanks for sharing and caring with us.
    Judy Helm Wright aka “Auntie Artichoke’

    • BigJim

      Reply Reply October 20, 2014

      Judy,

      Anything specific you’d want them to be able to do that needs a checklist?

      Jim

  • Bob Moore

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Thanks, Jim,

    I find checklists very helpful.

    Bob

  • Barbara Morris

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Jim, every thing you offer is solid gold. Furthermore, you are never wrong.

    • BigJim

      Reply Reply October 20, 2014

      Barbara,

      Can I get you to tell that last part to my wife?!!

      Jim

  • Karen Baillie

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Am just setting up my website! This checklist will come in handy for sure. I miss your Wed. webinars! Thanks for the helpful info. Will be visiting your Wizard website soon and hopefully will be able to sign up for the paid monthly subscription. Thanks for the email.

    Karen

  • LaDene

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    I like the checklist. It makes a task so much easier to tackle if all we have to do is check off what needs to be done–rather than reading through several paragraphs of dialogue.
    Keep more checklists coming!

  • Mike

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Jim, This is priceless and the timing is awesome! Many thanks!!!!

  • Sandra Lee Aldis

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    I find checklists useful when I can remember where I put them. Your checklist looks particularly useful. Thank-you, Lee.

  • Phoenix

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    You should embed your logo and contact info into the pdf

    (which I just downloaded)

  • Charles Moorehead

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Big Jim,
    You hit another home run. It was a great checklist. Keep them coming.

  • rupa

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    I loved the list. I will use it next time i write something ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lynne Carey

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Hey Jim,

    Checklists are awesome… always helpful, so more of them would be great…

    I should really qualify that and say “Good” Checklists are awesome, and of course yours are excellent!

    Lynne

  • Dennis

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Excellent, Jim, and thanks for sharing.

  • Kym Kirk

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Nice one, Jim.

    Checklists work for me.

    Kym

  • Jan B

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    I find the way you organise thinking around a topic so helpful, especially as my brain is not so good at that. What about ideas for organising a blog calendar?

  • Jan B

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Checklists for the other types of blog posts would be great too.
    And calls to action, the various kinds.
    It helps to get unstuck when the ideas don’t flow.
    Thanks a lot.

  • Han Zomerdijk

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Wonderful idea.
    Definitely want to see more like this.

    Can we brainstorm a little?

    I seem to be stuck in a rut concerning my artist daughter’s business website and how to promote it. Instant target: the 2750-plus art students that graduated from Portland university with bachelor of science in fine arts; a new type of degree that doesn’t have available resources to help them get started.

    Han Zomerdijk

  • Marge Piatak

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Definitely like the checklist idea. Easy to follow and a good snapshot of what has to be done.

  • Kymmberly

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Loved the post and I know it sounds lame, but just about anything you post would be valuable to anyone trying to build a business. LOVE LOVE LOVE your easy online wizards and use them constantly

  • Denise Humphrey

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    I fully agree with all the comments posted about the value of checklists. They are helpful and can guide anyone to get their act in order with a provided “path” to perfection!

  • Tim Floyd

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Well BIG Jim I think you’ve hit it out of the park once again ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Deborah Miller

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    This is a great checklist. I love that you also provide a link to a wizard to use. I do use checklists and find them very helpful.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Deb

  • Wolfgang

    Reply Reply October 21, 2014

    Hello Jim,

    Check list are the way to go, better than long winded text.

    Wolfgang

  • Patricia Weber

    Reply Reply October 21, 2014

    Most of us like some lists Jim. Have you tried putting lists on List.ly? It’s a wonderful platform for this kind of thing.

  • Patty

    Reply Reply October 21, 2014

    Yes, I also appreciate the check list. A perfect compliment to the Wizards.

  • James Wilson

    Reply Reply October 21, 2014

    Right on target Jim, this will be help full

  • Mike Carr

    Reply Reply October 21, 2014

    Hi Jim,

    I like your checklists. I tend to lose focus and they help me a lot

    Mike

  • John Wigham

    Reply Reply October 21, 2014

    Thanks Jim.

    Your list is great. The concept of checklists is brilliant and definitely helps me with both clarity (organising points into the correct order) and progress (getting it done).

    John

  • Thea Westra

    Reply Reply October 21, 2014

    I like it. I also loved Helen Wilkie’s comment, regarding making a list of lists. My issue is not remembering that I bookmarked a list and then finding it after the job’s done. I have a bookmark folder in my browser which houses my most often used online tools. One single list of lists like this list, would be super. Especially with a quick index or drop down menu at top of its page. The next list I’d love see done is that, of course, plus a list of daily “must do” actions that we all know work, with regard online marketing (especially those that you know work, Jim!). ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Thea

  • BigJim

    Reply Reply October 21, 2014

    Thanks everyone for all the comments…lots to think about… will definitely take it all onboard and keep your eyes peeled for more soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Margy

    Reply Reply October 21, 2014

    Thanks, Jim. Checklists are vital. I like the idea of a checklist for blog articles.

  • David

    Reply Reply October 21, 2014

    Jim, like most other commenters here I like checklists and need to use them more often. The problem I find is that if it’s a process that I know it is relatively easy to list out the component parts. The problem is with an unfamiliar process – that’s when the mist comes down! “The Unknown unknown’s” I think?

    • BigJim

      Reply Reply October 21, 2014

      David,

      Great point… I think that also extends to things you need to do, but don’t do frequently enough to make them a habit.

      Jim

  • Coach Kevin Trumpfeller

    Reply Reply October 21, 2014

    Thanks for the checklist. I would suggest an additional step immediately after posting to blog – Ping Post Title and URL to Google, Ping-o-matic! and Mass Pinger.

    • BigJim

      Reply Reply October 21, 2014

      Kevin,

      Excellent suggestion… thanks!

      Jim

  • Cynthia Charleen

    Reply Reply October 24, 2014

    Yes, simple and to the point. I love checklists. They help me organize and progress with clarity. Thanks Jim!

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