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:
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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