Year in Review Article Template

A simple & effective template that works great for almost every niche.

The holidays just wouldn’t be the holidays without the performance of certain rituals, like re-gifting Aunt Susie’s fruitcake, getting shameless at the office holiday party, or wearing a red and green sweater and the accompanying reindeer headband.

If you’re an Expert Author, you are almost obligated to sum up the year in article form. In fact, the ritual “year in review” list is so expected that you can be predictable and still get great reviews. For some reason readers love them – no matter how much they say otherwise.

In fact, your real challenge with this article template is going to be deciding what to highlight first!

The Year in Review Article:

  1. Create a Benefit-Oriented Introduction – In your first paragraph, tell your reader why they should care about your list. What’s in it for them to keep reading?
  2. Pick Your List Items – Let’s say that you write about cooking. You could write a review on the top 5 chocolate recipes of 2009 or the 7 hottest (or most useless) kitchen gadgets introduced in the last year. Writing about a very specific area in your niche will allow you to later write many “review” articles in this topic area.
  3. Expand on Each Item in Your List – Each paragraph should be numbered and include a headline or highlighted title as well as a short summary of the item – i.e. the reason(s) why it made the list.
  4. Conclude by Looking Forward – In your conclusion, get the reader excited about the upcoming year by sharing what you expect to see happening in your niche in the next 12 months. Go ahead, make some predictions! Or challenge your readers to partake in one or more of the items you included on this year’s list.

Tip: Going through a year’s worth of information may seem overwhelming. To avoid this, when you’re surfing the Internet or doing research for a different article, keep a folder on your desktop for items you think are extra-special and might make a great list item for one of these articles at the end of the year.

This template is versatile and can also be motivational for other list-based articles. You’ll be amazed at how many article ideas you get for the future, simply by reviewing the past.

The end of the year is near and time is short. So get your “Year in Review” article(s) written and submitted today! Then leave a comment to share your list ideas with the rest of us.

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Ivo writes:

Thank you for this great post about Year in Review Article Templete. I think that this is a very good way how anybody can start to build their articles, as we all use some items, which we think is the best.

Comment provided December 9, 2009 at 1:22 PM


Dr. Ofra Keinan writes:

I would like to thank you for this usefull tamplet. It gives us, the writers, new way of thinking about our articles.
Dr. Ofra Keinan

Comment provided December 9, 2009 at 1:51 PM



Absolutely and totally agree. Now is the right time to do this, because soon the “Year in Review” segments will start playing on TV and everyone loves to watch them. Each article writer should write at least one article in every category they specialize in. These are VERY popular with the readers. Smart thinking here.

Comment provided December 9, 2009 at 1:58 PM



Interesting idea, Chris. I started doing it, but it takes some time… Do we have to give each article’s url?

I don’t know when I will be able to do everything…

Comment provided December 9, 2009 at 2:30 PM



Lance Winslow? I need your opinion for a previous discussion, but never mind. Let’s discuss about today’s topic. Will you follow the Review article template?

I think it’s somehow long, and perhaps complicated… I liked it only when I first red about it. But as I started looking for articles in order to make it, I suddenly realized that it was not such a simple matter…

Comment provided December 9, 2009 at 2:37 PM



Christina, my thinking is this, and something I always take into consideration with regards to Templates. You see, templates help one get started, once started, you can jump out of a template, merge it with another template, or finish it off as seems most likely or natural. So, in this Template that Christopher has presented, I believe it to be “Simple” in concept, as you do, and yes, I agree it might be somewhat complex for some topics, but, I also know for many topics it is very easy to do, and could produce some brilliant articles.

I’ve written 100s, as in like 500 articles on Future Trends for the coming year, I have done this for each year, and this is looking forward, and I do not want to spoil it for Mr. Knight, because he might post that Template soon, but this is another excellent idea, to think backwards and “re-cap” the “year in sports” so to speak. A re-cap of the year in any industry.

Since you are the expert on dreams, dream research, psychology, along with a host of other things Christina, I’d think that throughout the year there have been at leat 50 superb research papers come out that hit the science news and also major magazines like Scientific American Mind, and Psychology Magazine, were you could make a summary. And who says it has to be for 2009? That was only the suggestion by Christopher here.

Remember we are ending a decade, so expand it, to 2, 3, 5, 10 year re-caps. Actually one for each, for each of your areas of strong expertise. Further, there is nothing wrong with a little hard work anyway, right? So, it’s a little complex, still, it will make a GREAT article, and definitely target your prefered reader. So, it’s worth it, if it becomes a dissertation and over 700 words, heck make it two articles with an extra paragraph lead in and a different conclusion, and you’d be at (2) rather cool 400-450 word articles.

You can always email me Christina, you know that; any time; Lance (AT) carwashguys {dot} com.

Not every article can always be simple, some are more than that, most of yours are anyway. And, besides, this is a very important article, you are re-capping the previous period, it’s literally “Chronicling” an era, a year in review. It’s maybe good that it is not spectacularly easy in that regard, because it is so important for the Internet, history, and the human written record. You could focus on.

What We Learned from Psychological Research on Dreams in 2009?

2009 The Year of Dreams and the Research that Opened that Door

What Scientists Confirmed About Dreams in 2009

2009 – A Year in Review on Dream _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Re-Cap of 2009 Psychology Research; What We Learned About _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Anyway Christina, I think you have a lot of potential here, since you are so knowledgeable with your subject matter, and since you study it so much, you could make quite a number of GREAT articles this way. Easy? No, perhaps not a “walk in the park” but definitely worth doing of course.

***** BTW – anyone wishing to email for quick pointers, feel free. – Lance

Comment provided December 9, 2009 at 3:00 PM


Adam Rodgers writes:

Great idea. I’m a real estate agent in Charleston, SC and it has been quite a year. Your template is an excellent way to succinctly tell clients about Charleston’s real estate market in 2009. Thanks!

Comment provided December 9, 2009 at 3:18 PM



Thank you, Lance. I was thinking about writing something much simpler and shorter… I don’t have time for so much research and etc…

As a matter of fact, I’m not so sure I’m going to follow this template. Unless I can prepare something very, very simple. Is it possible?

Comment provided December 9, 2009 at 3:49 PM


Christina, it would appear to me that “you” personally are so knowledgeable about your topics that “you” wouldn’t have to do research for this template because you know it “hands down” and all the information you’d need is already in your brain and mind’s memory. So, anyone writing on a topic which specializes in and are “truly” an expert ought to be able to do this. I know I could on many topics, without question, yet on some of the topics I write on, I would have to refresh my memory for accuracy. Still, the reason I do not recommend using this Template “without research” for persons with less than your abilities and knowledge is because, I agree with Christopher here, that some research should be done to make it “of value” to the reader. Why you ask? Well, I know that “many” online article marketers in this are NOT experts, Christina, they are NOT like you. Although some are, I wouldn’t want anyone to get the idea that I advise to write articles, especially a “year in review” or “Re-cap” of a year’s events, because it is a historical thing, it’s very important. And I believe that writing “important” articles of value is a worthy thing.



Thanks so much, Christopher, for this idea and template.

It is simple yet highly effective.

In fact, I am off to go start mine right now!

Keep up the excellent blog work.


Comment provided December 9, 2009 at 4:11 PM


Nicki Goff writes:

Great idea, and I also like the idea of a forecast or prediction for 2010 also. Will get on it tomorrow.

Comment provided December 9, 2009 at 7:21 PM



How about instead of promoting templates the generate more dollars for you

Post about the changes in the Most view section from 90 days to 60 days.

Post about how articles with 500 words only appear there.

I’m out of EzineArticles and going over to articlesbase

Comment provided December 9, 2009 at 7:36 PM



It’s true that we made a change to the Most Viewed articles to 60 days instead of 90 and 400 words instead of 250 or more.

It was announced here and it’s a response to disincentivize those who are gaming our systems by sending PPV (Pay Per View) or other artificial means to get their articles into the Most Viewed section. In addition, we are beginning to send a message that 400 words is the new base that attempts to define where a quality article might start. It’s rare (but not impossible) to create a high value article in the 250-399 word count range.

On a related topic, I’m curious what your thoughts are on sites that make all of their links rel=”nofollow”? We’ve studied this since nofollow as a concept was introduced and currently have nofollow on all links in the article body, but don’t have it on links in the Resource Box. Are we wrong for doing that if we are thinking about what’s in our members (and our) long-term best interests?


It would appear to me that links in the resource box should absolutely ‘follow thru’ as this is of benefit to those posting articles, even a reason why they’ve posted the articles in some cases. Even if it may not be a huge value to google search engine rankings, google is not the only search engine, and it is apparently important in rankings.


Jones writes:

The only reason people post article here are for traffic and backlinks.

-Traffic is now gone because you want us to write 400 words which makes the pages longer and drops the CTR.

-Now backlinks are nofollow so whats the point of posting articles here now?

And also hire some proper editors who know where the articles belong, some clown keeps putting my articles in the wrong sections.


Steve Benedict writes:


You have a huge following (surprise?) and I like the 400 word count. I am also a fan of “don’t change the formula” of something that works. (New Coke?) People who jump ship over no-follow links in the article body are kind of short sighted. We all want the world to follow us, but abusing the article body may kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Until there is a good solution, stay the course with no-follow in the body. EzineArticles is a brand that needs TLC and a steady hand at the tiller.

My 2 cents..

Steve Benedict


Roy Gol writes:

Another great idea from the house of EzineArticles, I am looking forward to see what my article that I just finished would yield as a result of that.

Comment provided December 9, 2009 at 11:13 PM


Robert writes:

Humm, quite nice. Simple, straight forward, and to-the-point. Yes, this is something I’m learning how to do. Your template is great. I’m going to use it for my first article to EzineArticles!!

Comment provided December 10, 2009 at 2:55 AM


Geoff writes:

I like the `end of year review` idea. Thanks for the suggestion, must get working on it…

Comment provided December 10, 2009 at 4:03 AM


Frans Panday writes:

Interesting idea, let me think about it……

Comment provided December 10, 2009 at 5:44 AM


Grant Gerver writes:

My first reaction to the Year In Review request was defensive. But, only for a little while. When I reread the email and the directions, I was soon won over to this idea. I just looked back at the year from a national-political-economic perspective (which is often what I write about), and it became very easy. Using the template was very beneficial and will be very useful for my future articles. My title for this exercise was: “Happy New Year, Maybe.”

Though I’m new to article publishing, it’s the perfect vehicle for my love of writing. And, after submitting many articles in just a few weeks time, I am really starting to get it. EzineArticles truly helps the writer focus on their subject matter, keywords, and the entire process of getting the message out there to the masses in the best way possible.

I might just might be addicted! Enjoy the Holidays, everybody. Thanks a million, Grant

Comment provided December 10, 2009 at 6:13 AM



I may write something simple following this template in one of my blogs. It’s a good idea.

Comment provided December 10, 2009 at 6:57 AM


David writes:

Great article Chris, I was wondering how I was going to tackle my Christmas blog for my new midlife quest blog and your article dropped into my email box. Thanks

Comment provided December 10, 2009 at 1:23 PM


Steve Benedict writes:

Stellar article, Chris. What I don’t understand is how the comments slide off track. This is a simple process that can be adapted for any type of site. Lot’s of things happened this year that change the shape of life’s landscape, whatever the topic. Maybe the word template gets the raised eyebrow. Everyone wants to write an original piece. Your point was the outline to format the article. One suggestion from an old buzzard! Start with the summation and work backwards into the article, down to the “look forward”. It grabs more attention.

Steve Benedict

Comment provided December 10, 2009 at 3:32 PM


Interior doors writes:

Thanks so much, Christopher, for this idea and template.

It is simple yet highly effective.

In fact, I am off to go start mine right now!

Keep up the excellent blog work.


Comment provided December 10, 2009 at 9:12 PM


Interior doors writes:

Another great idea from the house of EzineArticles, I am looking forward to see what my article that I just finished would yield as a result of that.

Great article Chris, I was wondering how I was going to tackle my Christmas blog for my new midlife quest blog and your article dropped into my email box. Thanks

Comment provided December 10, 2009 at 9:13 PM


Brian Campbell writes:

EzineArticles has extremely high Alexa rating and page rank so I feel you’re justified to set parameters. If the 400 word count negates trickery then it should help human writers with good quality to rise higher.

I also like the idea of an end of year review list and is giving me ideas for a 2010 goal list. Thanks.

Brian Campbell

Comment provided December 10, 2009 at 9:47 PM


Beth writes:

Being a new EzineArticles author, I appreciate the template. Thanks. Looking forward to writing many more articles in 2010.

Comment provided December 11, 2009 at 9:41 PM


Herman writes:

Thanks for idea..I used my article reports in the members area for my “year in review” article and began forming a plan for effective article marketing in 2010.

Comment provided December 14, 2009 at 10:44 AM



Thanks for the inspiration. It is an effective template to streamline several end of year articles. Actually, because of it, I have decided to break up one big article into shorter more ‘readable’ ones.

Comment provided December 17, 2009 at 2:39 PM


Wende Sanders writes:

Thanks, so much! I appreciate that you make it easier for us to write quality articles.

Comment provided December 17, 2009 at 4:48 PM


Frans Panday writes:

Can someone please tell me how I can upload my photo?

Comment provided December 18, 2009 at 9:21 AM



Hi Frans,

Follow these steps to upload your author photo:

  1. Log into your EzineArticles Expert Author Account
  2. From the Author’s Area, click on the “Profile Manager” drop-down menu
  3. Select “Edit Author Photo”
  4. Click on the “Browse…” button and select your picture file
  5. Click the “Upload Photo” button

You can find out more here:

Comment provided December 18, 2009 at 2:52 PM


Geoff writes:

I finally got round to writing my end of year review. More a case of my plans at the beginning of 2009 and how they`ve worked out over the 12 months.

Comment provided December 28, 2009 at 8:32 AM


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