Are you stuck for ideas as to what to write about next on your blog? Well, there’s no need to worry. Below I’ve compiled a list of 18 types of blog posts to get your creative juices flowing.
As bloggers we all get moments when we just can’t think of anything topical to write about.
Even if you have a list of article ideas that you want to create, sometimes, sticking to the same type of blog post can become mundane and boring to write.
Which is why you have to diversify your content.
Your blog is a platform that can stage any type of content if you put your mind to it.
You can embed videos, images, infographics, podcasts, you name it.
OK, so below you’ll find a convenient list of types of blog posts to create for your blog. Pick one or two and go create something truly magical for your readers.
18 Blog Post Types For Bloggers Stuck For Content Ideas
#1. Strategy/Case Study Articles
Case studies articles can be very powerful, because when crafted with care, they can provide immense value to the reader.
A well-written and well researched case study has all the information, insights, statistics, resources readers need to learn anything and possibly everything about a given topic.
Some classic examples of successful blogs that create high-value case studies include NeilPatel.com and MatthewWoodWard.com.
#2. Data-Driven Posts
Data-driven articles are posts that contain a list of tips or methods for achieving a desired result. This list is backed by useful and relevant data and statistics.
If you want to know where to get relevant data and statistics for your blog posts, check out this post.
Here is an example of a well crafted “data driven” blog post on BufferApp: 5 Data-Driven Ways To Get Your Facebook Post Seen By Your Audience.
#3. Personal Insight Posts
I love writing posts that provide something useful and valuable based on my own personal experiences, knowledge, and conclusions.
Most people visit blogs and read articles to get the authors point of views or perspectives on a topic.
If there’s something on your mind that you want to share your opinions about or discuss with your readers, consider writing a ‘personal insights’ post.
Maybe there’s a hot topic with points that you don’t agree with, or, maybe you want to clarify something that’s been talked about elsewhere on another blog. It’s entirely up to you.
#4. ‘How To’ Tutorial Posts
I think this is by far everybody’s favorite type of blog post to create, and one of the great things about creating ‘How to’ tutorial posts is that it’s almost impossible to run out of post ideas for it.
You can write a ‘how to…’ post on pretty much anything in your niche these days.
It’s easy to assume that everyone knows how to do something specific, even at a basic level. Just remember that not everyone is an expert, so make sure that you write as many how to posts for your blog as possible. If you believe a how to post idea might help someone, write about it.
Here are some examples of ‘how to’ posts I’ve written on Magnet4Blogging –
- How To Use SEOPressor Connect To SEO Opimize Your Blog.
- How To Add Reading Progress Bar To Your Blog.
- How To Find The Best Web Host Provider For Your WordPress Website.
#5. Online Reviews
Writing a great online review is something every blogger should do as often as possible.
Consumers who love to purchase online are more inclined to be influenced by blogs, did you know that?
The most effortless way, in my opinion, to make money from blogging is by reviewing products and services you’ve used or are using and therefore trust.
#6. Video Posts
With video medium you can choose to create ‘screen casts’ such as ‘online tutorials’ or ‘online reviews’, or even ‘talking head’ videos.
I love putting myself in front of my blog audience using video content, check out my YouTube channel here to see how.
#7. Infographic Posts
Infographics are great attention grabbers.
You can either outsource someone to create an infographic for your blog, or create one yourself.
You can also find bloggers that allow other bloggers to re-publish and re-share their infographics. A combination of using all three strategies can be very useful for your audience.
#8. List Posts
Now, everybody loves checking out a good old list post now and again, right?
List posts are so easy to create, simple to read or scan over and can provide a lot of usefulness ‘quick-tips’ to your readers.
The bigger the number in a list post the better, that’s what I’ve found from publishing many list posts on Magnet4Blogging over the years.
Here’s an example of a great list post –
#9. Cornerstone Content, or Massive Value Posts (MVP’s)
These types of blog posts are huge, they’re not your average 800-word blog posts, but more like 2,000+, and, they require a lot of time and effort to create.
Again, like case study articles, MVPs can provide an incredible amount of value and education for your readers.
Cornerstone posts or MVP’s are made up using all kinds of content from various mediums, i.e. text form, video, visual content, graphs and charts, presentations in PDF form, screen-captures, and more.
Read this post to learn how to create a cornerstone content or MVP for your blog.
This post you’re reading right now is some form of MVP. Here are some other examples of MVP’s I’ve created on Magnet4Blogging.
- The Complete Beginners Guide To Starting A WordPress Blog
- 10 Best Digital Marketing Ideas For Bloggers
#10. Resource Posts
A resource post can be a list of useful links to other blog articles on a specific topic. It can also be a list of links to various online productivity tools and so on.
A great way to create a valuable resource post is to find a subject related to your niche, and then find all the best articles ever written on that subject.
You can use a tool like Ninja Outreach to help you find authority articles.
Additionally, you can add some of your own content to create even more value, then hit publish.
#11. Guest Posts
A lot of blogs accept guest posts these days, it’s the normal thing to do when you have a reasonably well established blog, right?
Accepting well-written, useful, and relevant guest posts on your blog can provide your readers with fresh perspectives and new ideas, whilst freeing up your time to do other things with your blog.
You can either create a guest post information page, or personally invite influential people to come and write on your blog, or you can hire a freelance writer to come and write for you (Outsourcing).
#12. Question and Answers Posts
These are wonderful posts to create for your readers.
First you have to listen to your audience, ask them questions and post surveys. Find out what they really want to know, and then create a question and answer post.
You can create a Q&A post on a specific topic or a variety of topics. Specifics often work best, for example – Email List Building: 20 Questions And Answers, or Driving Traffic From Social Media: 30 Questions And Answers.
#13. Story Telling Posts
Everybody loves to read an inspirational post. Whether you’re offering motivational tips, time management tips, or sharing a moving story, motivational posts can be great little traffic and comment pullers by themselves.
People can relate to good old story telling, especially if it’s relevant, or vibes well with them.
Writing a motivational post also demonstrates to your audience that you actually care about them, and respect their feelings, goals and ambitions.
If you want to read an inspiring story of how I almost gave up blogging and doing this online business thing, click here.
#14. Blog Series
Blog Series posts, as you’ve probably guessed, are blog posts broken down into a series.
One of the many advantages of creating a blog series is that you can really break down a topic and go into it in greater detail.
In addition, if you have a series that run with 10 or 12 posts, you can easily spread them out in your editorial calendar and publish one or two posts per week.
This is great because it means you don’t need to worry about what post to write about next, for a while at least.
#15. Blog Contests
If you’re looking for the ultimate way to get people flocking to your blog, host a blog contest.
Not only can you benefit from high traffic, a ton of social shares, and comments, but blog contests are great for bringing folks together in your community and reinforcing your relationships with your readers, subscribers etc.
If the prize is right, you can really reap the benefits of a great blog contest.
I recommend using something like Rafflecopter to help you host your blog contests. It’s an amazing free and paid service to help you organize your contests properly, and reach out to more people than you normally would. Go to http://www.rafflecopter.com/
#16. Podcasts/Show notes
Podcasting is really taking off in the blogging world, and there are plenty of online tools and services available to help you get your podcast set up.
iTunes is considered to be a very large and powerful search engine. Having a podcast listed in iTunes provides you with even more opportunities for your audience to find and consume your content, right?
#17. Progress Report Posts
I used to love writing progress reports for my blog, to me, it’s a great way to show transparency in your online business.
A progress report is a post where you write and share everything that you’ve been doing to achieve something specific with your blog or online business.
Here are some examples of the kind of progress reports you could create for your blog:
- Monthly income reports – Share what you’ve been doing to generate income from your blog each month.
- Monthly traffic reports – Share what you’ve been doing to increase blog traffic each month. You could even combine income reports with your traffic reports.
- Strategy reports – Share what you’ve been doing to make a particular online strategy work for your online business, or for reaching your goals.
- Niche / Website building progress report – A report you create each month revealing what you’ve been doing to build your niche website.
#18. Blog Interviews
Finally, if you haven’t thought about interviewing influential people or bloggers in your niche to publish on your blog, it’s never too late to make a start.
Blog interviews are the types of blog posts that can really draw a lot of attention, especially from social media.
Even better if you can create a podcast interview or even a video interview.
So there you have it, 18 great types of blog posts to get your creative blogging juices flowing.
Pick one or two of these and start diversifying your blog content to satisfy your audience and grow your blog. The very best of luck.