Do you find yourself getting stuck when it comes to content ideas?
I know I fall into a rut when it comes to generating content for my blogs. Sometimes it just feels like I’ve written about everything that I possibly can!
And sometimes my brain just stops working.
When I get in the funk where content ideas are not pouring forth from my gray matter, I turn to looking at the different types of blog posts for inspiration.
This gives me ideas for both articles and headlines! Plus, using popular blog post types will help with traffic.
There are 6 types of blogs that I’m going to talk about in this article. Are you ready to get started?
6 Types of Blogs You Should Write
Who doesn’t love avoiding getting up the morning by diving into some good ol’ listicles on their phone?
Or maybe it’s just me.
Either way, list posts are super popular! Don’t believe me? You’re reading one right now!
Lists are a great way to streamline information in an easy-to-read and easy-to-share format – which is why list articles tend to go viral all over social media. Many people don’t have time to sit down and read a full article. With a list article, they can easily skim the information and are more likely to share it with their friends.
List posts are also super easy to write since you’re basically, well, listing stuff instead of sharing a mouthful of information. And they are great for word count! Is your article too short? Add to your list! Too long? Take something away!
Here are some examples of list posts (other than this one):
- 20 Stay At Home Jobs for Moms (To Make Money Fast!)
2. How-To Guides
You may not believe me, but the internet was designed for more than checking your Instagram feed! Seriously, though, many people hop online to learn stuff and ask questions. If you have the answer they are looking for, they’re more likely to click on your content!
How-to articles are a great way to share your knowledge while building trust with your readers. If your information is good and helps them, they will view you as an expert and keep coming back to your blog and share your articles on social media.
Because how-to guides include a lot of information, make sure you are organizing your content in a way that is easy to read. This means using headers and images as well as breaking up your content by writing smaller paragraphs.
Here are some examples of how-to guides:
3. Checklists and Cheat Sheets
There’s something so satisfying about checking items off a list and knowing that you’ve accomplished a task.
The heart of my freelance writing business lies not in my hands or within my deep-seated passion. It’s contained in my schedule and Google sheets where I can cross off and check off articles as I complete them.
Provide a checklist for your readers by giving them a step-by-step breakdown of what they need to do to achieve a goal. This could be anything from a checklist for Spring cleaning to a cheatsheet for making the perfect bread dough (also known as a recipe…shut up).
The difference between a checklist/cheatsheet post and a how-to guide is that checklists/cheatsheets don’t leave room for interpretation. They provide clear and easy-to-follow steps that readers can use as a quick reference when they are trying to achieve a goal.
Examples of Checklist/Cheatsheet Posts:
- Blogging Cheat Sheet: 18 Things to Remember in Your WordPress Blog
4. Guest Blogs
Too lazy to write? Get someone else to do it for you!
Well, guest blogging is more than that. It’s beneficial because you can give your reader’s a fresh perspective on your niche as well as connect you to a new audience when the guest author shares the post.
It also benefits the guest blogger by increasing their exposure and adding to their credibility. Wins all around!
Just make sure you clearly outline your guidelines before you accept guest posts. Think about things such as how many backlinks you’ll allow to their site, the style and tone of the article, and its length.
Instead of giving you individual examples, check out my blog SpiritSoul.Me. It’s a contributor blog where the content is written by multiple authors!
Writing newsworthy articles can be a bit tricky since the information is only relevant for so long. However, people are constantly looking to be in the know so they are more likely to click on your article to learn the latest in your niche.
Plus, showing that you’re hip to the latest trends in your industry makes you look more like an expert and authority in your niche. When readers have this perception of you, they are more likely to continue visiting your blog, share your stuff, and buy what you’re selling.
6. Personal Stories
There’s a fine line between solely providing information on your blog and getting into personal stories. Don’t forget, people are coming to your blog with a purpose and it’s usually to learn something or solve a problem.
That doesn’t mean you can’t share a personal story from time to time! A personal story can be engaging and informative while helping your readers feel more connected to you.
And, if they connect with you on an emotional level, they are more likely to trust you which means they are more likely to continue visiting your blog, share your stuff, and buy what you’re selling.
(Hmm, that’s sounds familiar…)
Anyway, when you share a personal story try to stay away from self-promotion. You’re not trying to sell yourself, you’re simply trying to build a personal connection.
Examples of personal stories:
Get Writing, Mama!
I hope these blog post types help you get started on generating some amazing content for your blog!
If you ever find yourself in a rut, you can always check out my 7 Day Content Writing Challenge to get your brain juices a-flowin’.
Question of the Day: Can you guess why I left the number “6” off of this post’s pins? Leave your answers in the comments!
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