To expand on this article, I wanted to just show a screenshot of how the “top 10 songs” format worked overtime again. I still rank first page & top 4-5 spots for “songs to wake up to”. I tried going for the variant: “calming songs to sleep to”. Here are my results over the past few months:
If you look at the category in the navbar “Mashups” and click on “Songs” in the dropdown, you’ll see about 7 posts that I’m trying out this strategy with. It hasn’t worked for all of them – remember, I’m not link building at all with these posts – this is purely basic on-page SEO that’s aligned with Google’s recommendations. And yes, the competitors for these terms are super authoritative (ie: Huffington Post).