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Listicle Wizard: best practices to suit your goals

The Listicle Wizard is easily built through our entry editor, allows for customization through the Layout & Design tool and offers different degrees of monetization (per item/slide or even globally placed ads with async reload).


Below you'll find different best practices according to what goals you're aiming for:

1) The Listicle Slideshow: setting pagination to 1

To set up your listicle like a slideshow, you have to set the Pagination to 1.
You can do that globally, in the Layout & Design tool:

Go to Post Page > Body Text > open the properties in the right rail.

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Or per post, in the Entry Editor:

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Here is a live example:
http://doitforthedemo.rebelmouse.com/9-gorgeous-chemical-free-swimming-pools-to-dive-into-this-summer-2099944582.html?rebellistbreaks=1

You can also customize the pagination buttons so they make your listicle/slideshow more appealing:

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Here are examples of the CSS we applied on the URL above:

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2) The Clickable Listicle: perfect for 30, 50 or 100 pages

If you're interested in creating items with more text in each item, or just prefer a different view and user experience, we recommend the Clickable Listicle version.

Same as above, you can set the pagination to whatever numbers you want.
We suggest setting pagination to 2 or 3 items per page.

The idea is to focus on creating an eye-catching 'Next Page' button so users keep clicking ahead.

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Here's a live example:
http://doitforthedemo.rebelmouse.com/9-gorgeous-chemical-free-swimming-pools-to-dive-into-this-summer-2099944582.html?test=3&rebelltpage=2

And, again, here are examples of the CSS we applied on the URL above:

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With this design, you can create longer listicles with amazing content. We keep seeing stats where users click through 30, 50 or more pages, so rest assured: listicles are the way to go!

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