Got writer’s block? Out of ideas? Sick of blogging about the same ol’, same ol’? Try these incredible blog post ideas to get you started.
A-Z: Write an A-Z post. If you are a recipe blog, link to a different recipe for each letter of the alphabet. Link back to your own recipes as often as possible, but mix in some others as well to share the love because your post is sure to go viral on Pinterest!
Tutorial: Teach a man to fish… yeah, you know the saying. People want to learn. Tutorial posts get tweeted like crazy, too. Be sure to include clear instructions and amazing pictures. How to Create a Media Kit is an example of a tutorial post I did recently. I used to do craft tutorials as well and those always did really well!
Vlog: A vlog, or video blog, is a great way to capture your audience. It takes a little bit of technical work if you want to make the video look amazing, but I’ve created lots of videos without any editing tools at all and they’ve gotten at least a few “thumbs up”s. How to Add a Watermark to Your Photos was one of my first videos. You can use your webcam and YouTube’s editor to create a pretty decent video, even without much technical knowledge. I recommend keeping a bulleted list of what you want to discuss in the video so you don’t forget anything.
Giveaway: This one is kind of obvious, giveaways always attract readers. But there are two things that you have to remember when posting a giveaway on your blog. First of all, make sure you put your best foot forward. Your design needs to be crisp, clean, and easy on the eyes, and your sidebars need to make it simple for readers to follow you via social networks, see your most popular posts, and subscribe by email. You don’t want your sidebars cluttered, but if the reader is just visiting your giveaway post you want to make them want to visit again. Secondly, teaming up with other bloggers is going to launch your giveaway from level 1 to level 100 if you choose the right prize, entry method (always use Rafflecopter), and bloggers. If you get a group of 4 or 5 bloggers together and you all post about it, it’s going to be much more successful than if you did it by yourself. On the other hand, you want to make sure you aren’t overloading readers by requiring 100 entries.
Guest post: Guest posts are nice because you don’t have as much work to do, and it mixes things up for your readers. You just copy and paste from the email the guest poster sends you. Need a guest poster? Email me: sadie.lankford.blog AT gmail DOT com. I love guest posting and can write about a variety of subjects.
Freebies: Give an ebook away. I know it seems counterproductive, but I promise it’s not. 279 Days to Overnight Success is an in-depth ebook that the author gives away. Why? Think of how much traffic you will get if you put the ebook on your blog. They have to visit your blog to get it. More visits = more ad clicks = more money. I wouldn’t recommend giving away an ebook that is hundreds of pages long, just give one away that will help people solve a problem and then they will come back to you for more in the future.
Definition: Create a glossary, or a definition post. If you are a coupon blogger, create a post explaining what “BOGO” and other acronyms mean. If you’re a techie blogger, explain some simple HTML codes.
Round-Up: I used to write these all the time on Randomosity. Think of a topic and link to other posts about it. If you are writing about Thanksgiving, link to posts that offer crafts, decor tips, and recipes for Turkey Day. Not only will you be link building, you’ll be spreading the love and the bloggers you feature may post about you.
Opinion: This one is iffy. If your opinion is very unpopular with your readers, you could lose them. However, if your readers are loyal, even if they disagree with you on one topic they will continue to read your blog. I posted about immunizations once and I remember a lot of my readers disagreed with me, but they still remained loyal readers. If you’re brave, choose a hot topic issue such as breastfeeding, abortion, or anything to do with politics or religion.
Inspiration: Posts with inspirational quotes and images do really well on StumbleUpon. They’re easy to compile, and are pleasing to the eyes. Just be sure to give credit where credit is due.
If all else fails, learn from the pros: 5 Ways to Never Run Out of Blog Post Ideas from ProBlogger, 101 Blog Post Ideas from The Back Light, and Top 10 Blog Post Idea Generators from Business 2 Community are all very informative!
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