Churned your brain a lot…but seeing a blank image.
It is the most common scenario in blogosphere. It might happen one day or the other when bloggers just feel out of content ideas.
It is due to the lack of a proper content plan that makes blogger feel tired of writing posts.
A content plan – what’s that?
Nothing much, it is just all about cooking the right recipe (blog topic) with right flavors (content style) and attractive dressings (choice of social media to promote blog).
No matter what content you write which type of content you decide to write for your blog readers, quality must be the key ingredient. Simply throwing a post can add nothing to the shared knowledge. Similarly, if a post is purely derivative, then it will not gel with your audience and can cost your potential readers in the future.
Heck let us just stir a bit of your creativity to make your blog post more engaging and streamline your content development with ten amazing types of blog posts that get people talking.
Indeed this is an irony, beginning a list post with the very first tip tagged ‘LIST POST’. Well, the funniest aspect is, list post works incredibly. They are easy to read, slightly addicting and the fast way to get your content to the readers. You can make a list of top 20, 30, 50 or even more, and can churn out such posts once a week. In BuzzFeed and Digg, you will find list content more often. Since, list post works wonderfully over the social media, especially the one with catchy titles.
Posts such as 7 Reasons Why List Posts Will Always Work or 100 Tips &Tricks Professional Bloggers Use to Make Their Job Easier may not rank well in search traffic, but gives ample of boost to your digital connections.
QUESTION AND ANSWER POST
At times, it is not possible to collect the video or audio interviews. In such circumstances, the question-answer based post works. This helps to capture the rich content and keywords for Google and other search engines. Pose a question to your reader, which will make them think. Some question post ideas include:
- What are your thoughts on ABCD (a trending topic)?
- How will you overcome this XYZ situation?
Quite a bread and butter type of post that bloggers loves to use repeatedly. This is the subset of the Informative posts and works as a guide for your audience in using various tools offered by you.
You might be expert in some niche, share your knowledge and experience by writing a detailed how-to post including video, screenshot and photos wherever possible. Check out this post on Copyblogger to get started with How-To posts.
Sometime you come up with a product, or if you love to knock your audience on some topics, then you must opt for the reviews. If you have a unique perspective and enjoy a personal experience with the product, then review is the good way to add your anecdotal experience on the product.
Guest post, hottest trend in the blogosphere are bringing tons of new readers. As the guest author contributes his post, he brings in his own fans and community with them as he or she advertises the guest post on your blog and in their social channels. Here are some popular brands that engorged traffic with Guest Posting – Salesforce, Evernote, Intel, Xbox, Klout etc.
A post to tickle the funny bone of your audience is a good blog post idea. Humor post is something where you let loose yourself. Telling a story in an ironic and sarcastic manner can carry the message across making your audience has a hearty laugh.
Video posts help to streamline and let your audience visualize your topic. You can create a short video or can embed a video from other sources. Find a good YouTube video that synchronizes your viewpoint, and then write a short summary on your perception about the video. Check this post to get started with video blogging.
PRESENTATION, RESEARCH AND INFOGRAPHIC POST
If you are a speaker, then presentations help to ease out your explanations on topics. Why don’t you share them on your community? Collect industry based research statistics from reputable resources and make a compact list. Presentation related posts have some easy sharing platform such as SlideShare, Scribd, and Prezi. Well today, the most viral platform of presentations is Infographics that can help you to shift gears.
Sparingly use such posts, as this catchall type of post is definitely outside your typical contents. It can be on sharing about company’s charitable actions or brag about your achievements or may be raising voice against any local or governmental issue such as outsourcing vs. in-sourcing, Presidential Poll, Obamacare etc.
There are high chances of risk to ignite a fiery conversation, and you might alienate readers who oppose you. However, if used wisely you can reveal some neat truths about your interests, and might make your community receive a superfluous insight and quench the read-o-meter.
Inviting a niche expert and set up an interview to bring forward some great insights that could be of great interest to your audience. If the expert agrees for the interview, you can send them a list of questions. Your audience will appreciate hearing from a connoisseur and if the interviewee has his or her own set of followers, you can gain some extra traffic.
Note: Check Blogging Cage Interview Series here.
The perspective can be from thought leaders or you can figure out some thematic angles of your industry that you want to focus. You can also call on the people in the industry who encountered similar issues that your audience has or does. You might underline the points on how did they cope or share solutions they have put to use.
Just 10 ideas are not going to put an end to this list. You will come across many other killer blogging ideas that make digital media swoon. Walking en route to content marketing and establishing your style simple needs two things – Creativity and your Own Voice!