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Bullet points on your blog

| May 8, 2009

Bullet Points to the End
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Bullet points on your blog add graphic interest and organize content.

The result is an overall more readable experience and mored likely to win over readers and future links from other bloggers–thus more traffic.

Though some platforms provide easy-to-use tools that automatically create bullet points for your blog, these distinctive elements can also be created on any Web document using simple HTML.

To insert this feature simply:

  1. place the <ul> tag before the section where you wish your bullet points to appear or the <ol> tag if you would prefer a numbered bullet list
  2. use the tag <ol TYPE="A"> to substitute capital letters for your bullets or to insert Roman numerals, lower case letters etc. insert the character type of your choice into the quotes in the tag remembering to always use the first letter or Roman numeral in the series when using this technique
  3. add the <li> tag in front of each line, sentence or paragraph you want to set off as a bullet point but do not use the <p> tag for paragraphs and no closing tag is needed after each line 
  4. set off the first part of your bulleted item with the tags <strong> and </strong> to make that portion of the text stand out in bold adding greater interest
  5. Add a closing </ul> tag or </ol> tag signifying the end of the bulleted section and the return to your page's regular text format.


Using the above technique the bulleted list nearf the beginning of this post might appear like this:

<P>Bullet points help to:</P>
<ul>
<li><strong>organize key points</strong> in the information provided on your web pages.
<li><strong>break up great clumps of text</strong> that may be daunting to readers when looking at the information on your page
<li><strong>provide visual interest working</strong> with photos and other elements to create a pleasing overall design
<li><strong>provide great <A title="link bait, Web design tips link bait</strong> attracting bloggers to link to your page as an online resource thus drawing more traffic to your site. </li>
</ul>

While the second numbered series might appear:

<P>To insert this feature simply:</P>
<ol>
<li><strong>place the <ul> tag</strong> before the section where you wish your bullet points to appear or the <ol> tag if you would prefer a numbered bullet list
<li><strong>use the tag <ol TYPE="A"></strong> to substitute capital letters for your bullets or to insert Roman numerals, lower case letters etc. insert the character type of your choice into the quotes in the tag remembering to always use the first letter or Roman numeral in the series when using this technique
<li><strong>add the <li> tag</strong> in front of each line, sentence or paragraph you want to set off as a bullet point, but do not use the <p> tag for paragraphs and no closing tag is needed
<li><strong>set off the first part</strong> of your bulleted item with the tags <strong> and </strong> to make that portion of the text stand out in bold adding greater interest
<li><strong>Add a closing </ul> tag</strong> or </ol> tag signifying the end of the bulleted section and the return to your page's regular text format.</li>
</ol>

For more on the benefits of using bullets and lists on your Web site or blog see "Creating a stickier professional blog with lists" at PostRanger.com.

(How have you used bulleted items in your Web sites to add interest and what other tips would you like to share? We'd like to hear from you. Leave a comment and add to this post. All comments will be held for approval.)

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