I know that everyone loves list posts, like "5 reasons your pet is trying to murder you" or "7 sexual positions that include wrapping paper." Here is why:
1. They are cheap and easy to throw together. They require very little research. Did you know that 99.7% of all blog posts don't include any original content? It is true. You can look it up on the internet (you won't).
B. People love them. They drive the page views. Even better are the meta "top 10 ways to get page views" posts. Spoiler, reasons 1 - 10 are write content for people who needed a break from farmville.
III. People love to fight about them. Throw comments on that shit, and watch the same 20 people argue about your post, "5 vegan water recipes." Advertisers love serving thousands of ads to the same 20 people who won't ever click through, unless it is an accident. You did disguise one of your ads as a list item right?!?
Four. If you really have a good list like, "17 photos of that make you forget you will die one day," you can break it up over 17 page views (18 if you can do an intro page). This is the ultimate in list making, because you can claim your page views are necessary because it saves your readers time. Don't worry about the fact that your readers get to download all your shitty html and ads 18 times, which will probably double or triple the total payload.
As you can see lists are awesome. Some people worry that by dumbing down their content they will only attract dumb readers. You won't have to worry though you will be too busy cashing your affiliate marketing and ad sense checks.