Top 3 – Reasons I hate Top 10, Top 5 and Top 3 lists
Ok… ok… OK.. I know…
My blog has Top 10, Top 5 AND Top 3 articles in it.
Yes I am a total hypocrite… BUT that still doesn’t mean I like them.
And as you’ll see below, there’s a reason I host Top 10, 5 and 3 articles on my site.
In summation… if you come across a Top ‘X’ or Top ‘whatever’ article online – don’t even bother reading it.
Here’s my Top 3 reasons why
Reason 1: It’s all a load of crap
And the reason why it’s a load of crap… well I can almost guarantee that somebody or some weblink in that Top ‘whatever’ list is paying for it to be written!
Any Top ‘X’ list is simply about advertisement. Therefore don’t believe a word they say as most Top ‘X’ lists negate any actual ‘fact checking’ or ‘quantifiable evidence’ that makes them a top purchase or a top place to go.
Someone out there is paying a website to influence you into buying something, going somewhere or doing something in that Top ‘whatever’ list.
Reason 2: Laziness
Top ‘X’ lists are a really, really, really, really, really lazy way of writing.
Making an article about the ‘Top 5 places to visit’ is an insanely easy way to bash out 400 words for an article.
There are 5 basic steps to writing any Top ‘X’ article:
- Step 1 – Go online
- Step 2 – Look at Wikitravels, Lonely Planet etc…
- Step 3 – Pick five locations or products (none of which you particularly really care about)
- Step 4 – Write some drivel about each one. A single paragraph will do
- Step 5 – Post it online
Then comes the laziness of the reader.
People who read Top ‘X’ articles really don’t care what you write. They just want the headlines to see if they’ll be missing out on something that they should’ve done or buy something they shouldn’t have.
Reason 3: Pure opinion
Let’s face it, people love lists and they love advice.
But what is AMAZING is just how much people trust them, even if they don’t have a clue who the author is, why they’ve only reviewed certain products or locations and how they’ve quantified or qualified their assessment of how each place or product made it onto their Top ‘whatever’ list!
Have they really spent time looking at ALL the different products out there, produced comparison criteria for each one in order to figure out what makes them better than others???
No of course not!
There’s no way they’ve done all there is to do in ‘Country A’ or tried out every computer product known to man.
Chances are it’s just things they done, products they’ve been paid to advertise, or what is more likely, it’s someone else’s list which they’ve water down or a shortened version of a Wikitravel article!