Making a list on Ranker is fun and easy. Making a really GREAT list, one that people will discuss and share with their friends, requires a bit more effort but has a big payoff. Ranker lists that are provocative and interesting can get 250,000 views or more in a short span of time, particularly if they find an audience on social networks or aggregation sites like Reddit or Fark. It's a good way to have hundreds of thousands of people reading what you have to say, if you're into that sort of thing.
When you're making your list, you'll see two buttons at the top of the page: List View and Blog View. This determines how visitors to Ranker will see your list displayed, so it's pretty important to choose the best option. Here's how:
List View displays your list like a grid. It's good for when you are making a straight-forward list of facts or items that don't need a lot of individual explanation.
Blog View makes the list more readable and visually engaging. It's good for when you're including a lot of commentary on individual items (which you should!) or putting in a lot of great photos or videos.
Strong Opinions Are Strong
Don't just put a few items in order and call it a day! People are reading your list because they want your opinion, so give them some commentary! Let us hear the logic behind your decisions.
Just click the thin text box next to any item on your list, and write away. Whether your commentary is funny, informative or a little bit of both, adding some context to your list items makes them even more interesting, and makes your list 100,000,00% better. Trust us. We did the math.
Oh, and if you're really proud of your commentary, go ahead and switch your list to display in blog view (use the handy buttons up at the top of the list editing page).
Build It Up
Sometimes, size does matter. And, we here at Ranker have found that people tend to prefer slightly longer lists. So, don't be shy. Add all the items you can think of. And, feel free to keep on adding them forever and ever and ever and...well, you get the idea. You can update your list as much as you want after it's published, and the more current you keep it, the more it will keep showing up all over our site.
If you're having trouble thinking of enough great items to add to your list, remember that you can go in through "List Options," click on the "Settings" tab and turn it into an Open List, where readers can make their own suggestions for list items! Hey, you might even learn something...
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
Photos make your lists more visually appealing and inviting. People on the Internet aren't crazy about big uninterrupted blocks of text. (Maybe it reminds everyone of school?) Throwing some pretty visuals around will make everyone want to spend more time on your list and scroll through all your selections.
By the way, if you're really proud of the pics on your list, try switching it to 'blog view' via the buttons at the top of the list editing page. Trust us, it will really make your pics pop.
A Video is Worth A Thousand Pictures! That's Just Math...
Pictures are cool. Moving pictures are even cooler.
To add a YouTube video to your list, just click the little "Add" button next to any list item on the editing page, and select "a video." Then we'll automatically search YouTube for videos that match your item name, and let you run searches of your own without ever leaving Ranker. One 'select' button later, you'll have a brand new video on your list.
As with photos, try switching your list to 'blog view' via the buttons at the top of the list editing page.