Why Every Blogger Should Create Resource Pages (Plus 5 Good Examples of the Same)

Feb 23, 2012   //   by Obaidul Haque   //   blogging, SEO Blog  //  13 Comments

A resource page gives your blog readers one more reason to come back. But do you know what a resource page is? A resource page is actually a blog post that contains links to several other posts around a specific topic. Creating resource pages has become a habit with professional bloggers. First, they try to write posts on every useful aspect of an issue (or problem). Once they have written several blog posts addressing a similar topic, they go on to create a resource page that their readers can return to over and over again.

A resource page brings several benefits to bloggers –

It increases time spent for a single visitor.
It compels readers to visit a blog again and again.
It establishes a blogger’s expertise on a specific topic.
It works as an excellent link-bait.

Whether you want to get lots of organic backlinks or earn the trust of your blog readers (so you can convert them quickly), creating multiple resource pages on your blog is just the perfect way to go.

Think of ‘Resource Pages’ as Your ‘Biggest Hits’
Readers love to bookmark and share resource pages. Though you may have a lot of other top quality articles on your blog, packaging multiple top quality articles into a single post can prove to be the biggest hit. Such blog posts have the capability of going viral within a short span of time, attracting lots of traffic and generating lots of unsolicited (natural) backlinks for your blog.

How to Create a ‘Resource Page’
The best part about writing resource pages is that it doesn’t take as much time as writing a full blog post does. If you have multiple best posts around a similar topic, you can have a resource page up and running on your blog within minutes.

Here are the basic steps that you need to follow –

Browse all the categories on your blog
Pick those categories that have a lot of top quality posts
Select the best posts under those categories
Create the resource page(s)
Give the resource page a keyword-optimized heading
Write a brief but compelling introduction for the same
Add the titles of all selected posts to the resource page
Link the titles to their corresponding pages
Publish the resource page

It’s really important to package your resource page well. Make sure you optimize the resource page for the keywords you want it to rank for. Also you should remember to arrange all the posts in proper order, so that the resource pages looks like a useful guide or tutorial.

5 Good Examples
Since examples can quickly give you an idea on what a good resource page should look like, I gathered five of them you can have a look at.

How to Blog: Blogging Tips for Beginners (Problogger.net)
How to Write Magnetic Headlines (Copyblogger.com)
Growing a Blog (About.com)
How to Build an Email List 101 (TrafficGenerationCafe.com)
Search Engine Land’s Guide to SEO (SearchEngineLand.com)

So, are you going to create resource pages on your blog now? Please let me know in the comments section below.

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Obaidul Haque

Obaidul works as an SEO manager handling client projects. He focuses heavily on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Social Media Marketing (SMM). Also a passionate blogger and freelance writer, he shares his insightful views regularly on HelloBloggerz . You can follow him on Google Plus or Twitter.

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  • Jim Jenks says:

    Are resource pages sometimes called something else? I’m not utilizing these and would like to look more into it. I want to say I’ve heard people call them something else.

    • Not sure if resource pages have another name. Yes, you should start leveraging them, as they can bring you a wide range of benefits. In fact, these pages can prove to be the best navigation tool for visitors.

      Let me repeat that you should never list just any post or all the posts (around a similar topic) in the resource page. Select only those posts that are superior in quality, because you’re going to create a ‘great resource’ for your readers.

      Thanks for your comment, Jim.

  • GelliAnn says:

    Now I am more familiar about resource pages and how it works for us…Good thing you have the examples too…Thanks!

  • Ray says:

    I actually have a resources page on the main part of my site, which is more like webmaster resources but in the form of tutorials I wrote myself. I probably should add a resources section to the WordPress part of my site. I imagine if it is done right and well it would benefit everyone.

  • Richard
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    says:

    Resource pages have allowed people to learn a lot about various topics. I agree that it doesn’t hurt to add a resource page to your blog. People will feel that you know how to find great and helpful information.

  • Great topic discussed here. I have a blog for my website but yet not created any resource page. As you told that it will also create some link bait, i will definitely make this on my blog.

  • Josh
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    says:

    I will eventually create a resource page, but for now I don’t think I have enough content to create one that would be fluent from start to end (For example: Problogger has his set up like a book with chapters). But for now the related posts feature in my theme should be a enough.

  • Micorosft says:

    If you would like to get a good deal from this piece of
    writing then you have to apply such techniques to your won website.

  • Dana Loiz
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    says:

    Good point, Obaidul! Collecting your blog’s best content and ideas into a free resource (e-book or guide) is indeed a great idea, thus giving your audience quick access to your best work.

    Also, I’d add that these resources are great landing pages for beginners as you can easily optimize them for specific terms such as: “How to…” or “Complete guide to…” .

    These are definitely a must :)