Please raise your hand if you’ve ever sat at your desk with a blinking cursor and an empty notepad.
When you click that Add a New Post button, you’re hit with that stark white, empty page and the familiar echo of “Bueller? Bueller?” If you don’t know what I’m referencing, you need to Google it now and put it on your to-do list, pronto!
It’s daunting enough just putting yourself out there – never mind trying to create quality content that will actually be read.
The good news is, creating content doesn’t have to be that challenging. With the right tools at your disposal, you can easily create high quality posts that will result in a greater amount of traffic.
Ready? Let’s dive right in!
Keep in mind that these are not blog post topic ideas – these are types of blog posts that will help you generate topics.
10 Types of Blog Post Types That Will Skyrocket Your Traffic
Why is it important to write different types of blog posts? Not only does it help you come up with more ideas for topics to write about, but it also changes it up for your reader and attracts different types of people to your site based on their personal preference.
1. List Posts-
List posts are posts just like this! They pull information from a variety of different sources to create one, simple source. Readers love list posts for the simple facts that they are both an easy read and quick to implement. Who doesn’t like quick and easy?
How-to’s show your reader how to do something. This can range anywhere from how-to create something like a farmhouse shelf to how-to do something such as creating a logo for your website. They usually contain several photos and step-by-step directions. Why are these so popular? Think about it. People turn to the internet to find answers to their questions. They have a problem and they need an answer. You can help them by creating a helpful tutorial that is easy to follow.
3. Personal Stories-
A great way to connect with your audience is to share personal stories with them. Personal stories allow your readers to get a glimpse into your life and use your experiences to help themselves. A great connection, after all, births loyalty and loyalty breeds trust.
Round-up posts are a super strategy for building your audience. Round-up posts are those that pull resources from several different contributors. For example, you may write a post about the 10 Most Successful Affiliate Marketers in the blogosphere. In your post, you share 10 other bloggers information and if you pitch it right, those bloggers may even share your content on their blog. This has the potential to reach a much broader audience.
Data-driven posts contain tips and proof of achieving particular results. Usually this proof is displayed using graphs, tables, charts, statistics, or history. People love seeing data that can back up specific claims. It adds a degree of reliability to the information you’re presenting. Using it effectively can supercharge results for you, creating a ton of success and growth.
6. Guest Posts-
I know. I know. This one isn’t necessarily for you, but it really is. Getting outsiders to write for your website can give it a fresh perspective, help you gain additional traffic, and take a little bit of the weight off you. To begin accepting guest posts, you’ll have to put some guidelines in place. Think about what you’re willing to accept and ensure the content received is original. Nobody wants a guest post riddled with grammar mistakes, discussing a topic that doesn’t even interest your readers.
Sometimes one topic is too broad to complete in one sitting. You may want to break it up into several posts. Not only does this help build anticipation, but it also improves your Search Engine Optimization by linking from one post to the next. An example of a series may be The Character Traits of Christ where you identify the character traits of God, one day at a time. If you’re a food blogger, you may do a series on summer picnics where you share a picnic pack a day for ten days. The sky is the limit!
Raise your hand in the air if you love free stuff! Everyone does! Contest posts are a huge opportunity to attract traffic, get lots of shares, bring together your community of readers, and build the relationship with your readers. Spend some time thinking about prizes you could offer that would appeal to your audience. Then, promote the contest and let your readers do some of the heavy lifting by sharing with their friends.
Another way to bring a fresh perspective to your blog is to interview someone. This could be someone in your community that you think your readers would find interesting, another blogger, or anyone else you think your readers would benefit from. Shoot a video, record a podcast, or just create a written transcript of the interview. Remember, keep it relevent to your readers.
People want to know what works and what doesn’t. Just look at reviews for items on Amazon and other big sites. By finding things you know your readers are going to love and providing honest feedback, reviews can help build on the relationships with your readers and strengthen trust. Just make sure your revew is honest. If there are negative aspects to your review, mention them! Your reader will appreciate your honesty. In contrast, not doing so can potentially damage the relationships you have built.
What are some other types of blog posts that have worked in helping you build traffic and generate blog post ideas?
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