Last Updated on February 25, 2021 by scottkandh
Once in a while, you might sit down in front of your computer to start working on a post. Hopefully, you’ve developed your master blogging content log. Most bloggers that are doing very well have detailed blog plans that are scheduled six months in advance (that permits them a lot of time to research their articles). However, if you don’t have the luxury of having a blog content plan, here’s the next best thing for you to peruse and see which type of blog post will work for your next article.
This post is a revamp of an earlier post – Hints on how to structure a blog post – that has been majorly rewritten to focus on looking at 52 different types of blog posts whereas before I only looked at 6 different types of posts.
I realize that some of the descriptions for the various posts are a little vague. They’re provided to give you ideas. Some of the various posts are more often used than others, so dependent on the post being provided some have little description where there’s not too much information that I can easily research on the Internet.
What I might suggest is to try and see if you can write at least one type of every post to give your blog a lot of variety and to entertain your readers.
The world of blogging requires a little experimenting now and then. So get creative, pick a blog post type and challenge yourself to write at least one new type of post per week and carry it out for a month to grow some traffic and then move on to the next topic in the same fashion.
This list will come in very handy if you ever decide to partake in a Blogtober Challenge or other monthly blogging challenge. What is a Blogtober Challenge?
52 Types of Blog Posts You Can Start Using Today
Awareness/Calls to Action/Cause Posts
Here are some suggestions to build awareness posts:
- Initiate a referral program.
- Publish impressive guest content
- Create infographics.
- Pursue local partnerships.
- Run social media contests. … Start with a social focus.
Here are some steps to promote a cause post:
- Create a new cause and choose to have it support your campaign. …
- Invite your friends and network to join and support your cause. …
- Tell others about your cause with photos. …
- Use your cause to get media coverage. …
- Involve your friends and supporters. …
- Promote awareness about your fundraising events.
Write a post that lays out a beginner’s guide for a specific topic.
(how you do/make something, how you got to your first 100 fans on FB, how you look when you wake up and how you style your hair on a bad hair day, etc. ). Behind the scenes posts are anything that will enlighten what is not widely known that happens in the shadows and you bring it to the forefront. a good example of this for the blogging community is the hidden costs that are associated with starting and running a blog that you don’t see these types of posts too often.
Best of / Top xyz post
I like to write these types of Top 10 or Top 20 posts for my Blogtober Challenge. What I tend to do is to pick a topic and depict my Top 10/20 Favorite things about xyz.
Facts and figures make you look even sexier than you already are, so do some research and give takeaways, key findings, ways to implement the new information, etc.. Add an infographic to provide some stats.
Including study guides, tips, tricks, methods, shortcuts, rules, etc.
Cheat sheets and checklists (below) are pretty helpful for people so that they can readily refer to the information to have when they need it at their fingertips. For example, a cheat sheet for Microsoft products (Word, Excel, etc.) or an SEO cheat sheet.
To help your readers complete repetitive/difficult/important tasks completely and efficiently. The checklists will vary slightly from the cheat sheet because it’s normally laid out in a fashion of a to-do list with checkboxes to check when you’re done with the task.
Other resources around the Internet. Very much like a round-up post but a shorter condensed version of an expert round-up post.
Contents and/or sweepstakes to give away small prizes. I personally haven’t done this one, except for one time and it was a complete bust. I didn’t get any responses, so it’s not high in my pecking order of posts.
Current Events/Hot Topics
Including controversial topics, news related to your industry parallels between events and your work, ex: 5 Lessons Lady Gaga Teaches Us About Twitter.
(unique ways clients are using your tools, exciting customer achievements). Things to show off how customers are using your information for their benefit.
Explain industry jargon–after all, how many times do you search “what is a _____” online and expect/desire more than a simple Merriam-Webster definition? This is very helpful if your a new blogger and you’re trying to picking up the blogging jargon.
To help establish your expertise. Inform people and provide the material to teach a topic/ subject. Personally for educational posts, I like to provide step-by-step details to walk you from Point A to Point B.
Artwork, paintings, favorite Pinterest Pins, etc. One of my favorites is to create pins for Star Trek – The Next Generation for all of the 7 season episodes. I’m nearly done. I only have 1 season left to do and a couple of more pins for episodes that I’m not familiar with and I’m hoping to see the particular episodes so that I can recollect what transpired.
Events/Announcements/Updates/Self Reflection on weekly or monthly basis
1-yr blog anniversary, upcoming party, new product releases.
Ask experts in your field to comment on a certain topic and collect their responses to create one helpful, seamless article.
I like to write a self-reflection blog post once a month. It helps me to focus on the goals and objectives for where I need to shift my blog’s focus on growth in the coming month.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ’s)
A list of commonly frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) on a given subject.
Much like a contest but you have giveaway or a drawing to give away a small prize. I haven’t partaken in creating one, but it’s on the drawing board.
A guest post is a way for you to get exposure and traffic to your blog from someone who will let you post your blog on their website. This is extremely helpful if you can find a blog that permits this to help send traffic your way. What I would suggest is try to find someone in the same niche as you to see if they’ll let you write a guest post.
Guest bloggers who want to pitch unsolicited posts should follow these steps:
- When a freelance writer wants to publish a certain magazine article, the writer starts researching good magazines that might publish the work. …
- Contact the editor. …
- Wait for approval. …
- Submit your guest post. …
- Publish your guest post.
How To Articles
DIY posts, recipes, quick tips, etc. – Right now, you are reading a “How To” article. As the title suggests; “How To” posts show people how to do something. You can draw from your own experience, or do some research and construct a valuable piece of information that helps to enrich your readers’ knowledge.
Example: “How to Combine Profitability With Passion When Choosing a Blogging Niche”
“How To” posts are structured in a step-by-step guide or tutorial. For example, start with #Step 1 and build it up from there. Offer a conclusion in which you let the readers know what the end result should look like.
Find a balance between giving too much information and giving too little information. Write from the reader’s perspective. If your blog is focused on beginner writers, don’t use too much writer jargon. Provide clear instructions, preferably with pictures. If you skip a step, it will only confuse your reader.
Just what the post implies. A humorous story. Make fun of an odd situation.
Image Collections or Image Collages
A collage of your pictures from your recent trip/vacation, your favorite pins, favorite paintings, etc..
In-depth answers to reader questions
Take a question and make a whole post/series from it. Long articles of 2,000 words or more are good for your Google ranking. But you’ll still need to ensure that the post contains quality content, not just a rambling of words.
Share important statistics or messages graphically. These are good for Pinterest’s growth.
Develop a post that is nothing but inspirational, faith-filled, or motivational quotes. I did this and it’s one of my best boards. Please visit 300+ Motivational Quotes to help achieve your goals that contain much more than 300 quotes to brighten your day.
Interview posts are a great way to increase traffic to your website as the people you’ve interviewed tend to share your post amongst their network. It links you to big names in your industry (provided they cooperate).
When you have a set (8-10) questions, it’s easy to just send it around to as many people as you like. Be careful not to generalize though. You can have some general questions, but include some questions specifically at the person you want to interview.
To include in your post:
- Introduction of who your interviewee is and what he/she does.
- General questions about their work and specific questions about their life. Try to avoid using boring questions.
- Round off with involving your readers, asking them to leave a comment.
Emotional help, relationship advice, life coaching, personal development.
People love reading lists. The list post is the best way to present your ideas in a digestible format. The structure makes it super easy to scan through and easy to share.
Example: “5 Tips For Bringing Blogging Into Your Daily Life”
List posts have a bigger chance to go viral, which will drive up traffic to your website.
There are different orders you can use to present your ideas:
Numerical: for example 1 to 5 for “Top 5” posts. This can either start with the ‘best’ or the ‘last’. From easiest to hardest: when you’re writing a “10 Ways To” post.
Alphabetical: when you’re writing about a number of things that are all equally good e.g. “5 Books That Help You Become a Better Writer”.
I wrote a lot of list posts for my Blogtober Challenge – Blogtober Challenge 2020 – Grow your Blog’s web traffic.
Manifesto definition is – a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer. If you’ve seen the movie Jerry McGuire you should be familiar with a mission statement that he wrote at the beginning of the movie. Ranting – although I wouldn’t personally use this venue (ranting), it’s available to use: To suddenly give a long speech that usually results in rambling and repeating of nonsense.
Meet The Team
Introduce readers to your staff or bloggers–one per post or multiple people per post.
What is a good meme?
Simple memes are easy to understand, and when people understand and relate to a certain meme, they will be more likely to share it. … According to respondents, a good meme must be short, witty, relatable, and unique. According to respondents, a good meme must be short, witty, relatable, and unique.
How to make a meme
- Open Canva. Download Canva for desktop or mobile. …
- Search for a template. Browse through Canva’s library of meme templates for every theme. …
- Explore features. Canva’s library has millions of stock images, photos, icons, stickers, speech bubbles, and other graphics. …
- Personalize your meme. …
- Save and share.
Here’s one more meme so that you get the idea.
(“What type of _____ are you?” Choose topics that are fun/helpful for your readership).
Use these to establish connections and show similarities between you and your readers.
It can be scary writing something personal and sharing a part of…well, you. You might feel a little bit vulnerable and think that everybody is going to judge you. This is a normal thought, but try to see the bigger picture. When you connect with your readers on a personal level, it will help to increase their trust in you.
Example: “The Secret to Attracting More Clients to Your Blog”
When readers feel like they know you, like you’re a friend, they come back because they like listening to you. They most likely will share your posts, and start buying from you if you have something to sell. Be careful not to promote what you sell in your personal stories though. Self promotion in a post makes you sound like a desperate sales man.
Instead of trying to hit your reader in their wallet, try to hit them where it matters; the heart and the mind.
Write from the reader’s perspective. What do they gain from your post? Is it educational? Is it showing your human side? If your post isn’t valuable to your reader, it’s not worth publishing. You don’t have to share your most intimate private life. Although sharing an embarrassing anecdote works really well, you can look for small stories to accompany your business lesson. Try to think of unrelated personal experiences and connect them to your business tips (see the example above).
Start Building Your Skeleton
Getting a good structure isn’t that hard, but it does require a little thought and planning. Just use the examples above and start building your skeleton!
Pick of the Week or Month
Clothes, books, blogs, resources, etc. The possibilities for this type of post are endless.
Portfolio/Share Client Work
(just finished a batch of invitations/a website/a photo shoot? Share.). If you’re hoping to use your WordPress.com site to show off your portfolio separate from your blog posts and pages, the Portfolio content type will let you manage all your portfolio projects in one place. It also gives you a number of different ways to display them on your site.
Here are the eight basic steps you’ll need to follow in order to make a portfolio site:
- Choose a good WordPress host.
- Install WordPress.
- Find and install the right theme and plugins.
- Build a header.
- Build a project gallery.
- Put together an About Me section.
- Set up a contact form.
How new legislation or product releases might affect your readers, etc..
What are the examples of prediction? Some examples of real-world predictions are:
- It is raining and the sun is out one could predict there may be a rainbow.
- A college student is studying hard for their final exam really one might predict they will get an A on it.
- A child has a fever and a sore throat, one might predict the child has strep throat.
Present a common problem your reader/industry may have, then offer solutions.
Product Use Tips
Your own products, others’ products–how to get the most out of _______.
On a person, business, organization, or movement.
Status, _____ gained so far, future outlook.
Invite your readers to complete a goal/project with you–ex. go vegan for 30 days, start a blog, etc.–then post regular updates and encourage community interaction.
Questions and answers (Q&A), Office Hours
or quote/pin roundups.
Reader Feedback Posts
Surveys, specific questions, etc.)
Resources You’ve Created
eBooks, manifestos, special reports, freebies, etc.
Has a lot changed on Twitter since you wrote that post 3 yrs ago? Did you reach the three goals you set out to achieve in that blog post from a month ago?
Restaurants, events, software, movies, books, music, gadgets, and other products of interest to your readers.
The review post discusses your experience and opinion of a certain item or trip. You can review anything you wish, from a book to a 3 day sailboat adventure. Just give your honest opinion about it and list both the positives and the negatives.
Example: “Apple iPhone 7 Review”
The review post can also be used as a promotional post and marketing tool. Businesses offer bloggers free items or services in exchange for a review. When you have a promotional post, it is better to actually tell your readers that it is a promotional post, so you don’t lose credibility. Readers may think you got bribed into writing any positive feedback.
Things to include in a review post:
- Overview: what is the product or service that you are reviewing?
- Your experience: sum up the good points and the bad points.
- Price: readers need to know.
- Rating/conclusion: what do you think about the product or service? You can use numbers, stars, or other symbols to show your verdict.
- Links to more information: share website links for your readers to get more information if they need it.
Round up posts / Expert Round tables/Panels
In a round-up post you can bring together expert knowledge on a particular subject in your field. Round-up posts can be used for links to big names or blogs, and contribute to your credibility. It shows that you’ve done your research and know the most important actors in your niche.
Example: “20 Monthly Blog Income Reports That Blow Your Mind”
You can do this for your own blog as well. For example, you can make a blog post about your 10 most popular blog posts and link to each one of them.
When you write a round-up post, make sure you:
Put the experts in alphabetical order. This way you don’t step on anyone’s toes. Or, put the responses in the order in which they arrived, and mention that in the post.
Can be pre-recorded or live.
Step by step instructions
Testimonials/Client Achievement Videos
Text, images, screencasts or videos, audio instruction.
Your Response to Other Posts/Videos/Content on the Web
October 1st – What is Blogtober? Blogtober Challenge 2020
Oct 2 – Blogtober Day 2 – Halloween Movies Bucket List
Oct 3 – Blogtober Day 3 – Top 20 Lighthouse Photos
Oct 4 – Blogtober Day 4 – Fall Colors in the State of Wisconsin
Oct 5 – Blogtober Day 5 – Top 10 Favorite Cartoon shows as a kid
Oct 6 – Blogtober Day 6 – Top 10 Norman Rockwell Paintings
Oct 7 – Blogtober Day 7 – Top 10 Jack Vetrianno Paintings
Oct 8 – Blogtober Day 8 – Top 10 Favorite Time Travel Movies
Oct 9 – Blogtober Day 9 – Top 10 Big Bang Theory Favorite Episodes
Oct 10 – Blogtober Day 10 – Favorite Big Bang Theory Character
Oct 11 – Blogtober Day 11 – Top 5 Reality TV Shows
Oct 12 – Blogtober Day 12 – Top 10 Favorite Television Shows as a kid
Oct 13 – Blogtober Day 13 – 15 Pinterest Boards = 1,178 Group Boards – Sneak Peek – published early for you to enjoy! Happy Pinning.
Oct 14 – Blogtober Day 14 – Top 10 DC Super Heroes
Oct 15 – Blogtober Day 15 – Top 10 Marvel Super Heroes
Oct 16 – Blogtober Day 16 – Top 20 Great Images from around Pinterest
Oct 17 – Blogtober Day 17 – Meow! Cats Only
Oct 18 – Blogtober Day 18 – Favorite Funniest Moment that makes me laugh
Oct 19 – Blogtober Day 19 – Mary Ann or Ginger?
Oct 20 – Blogtober Day 20 – Favorite Place I ever visited Cairo Egypt
Oct 21 – Blogtober Day 21 – Top 50 Greatest Movies
Oct 22 – Blogtober Day 22 – Thomas Kinkade Paintings – The Painter of Light
Oct 23 – Blogtober Day 23 – Top 10 Favorite Faith pins
Oct 24 – Blogtober Day 24 – Top 10 Favorite Chess pins
Oct 25 – Blogtober Day 25 – Top 20 Favorite “Viral” pins from Pinterest
Oct 26 – Blogtober Day 26 – Top 20 “Creative” photos from Pinterest
Oct 27 – Blogtober Day 27 – 50 Free Tips and Tricks for Bloggers
Oct 28 – Blogtober Day 28 – Top 50 Best and Funniest Coffee cup pins
Oct 29 – Blogtober Day 29 – Top 20 Ways to manage your money
Oct 30 – Blogtober Day 30 – Top 40 Fall Decor pins for the upcoming Holidays
Oct 31 – Blogtober Day 31 – Happy Halloween
Pro-tip: Once your done with this task and have identified the blog posts that you want to write. There’s one remaining task that requires you to organize them. Here’s a helpful blog post – How to plan a year’s worth of content in a day – to make your blog post content for an entire year. With the help of this blog post, I was able to make my suggested blog posts (created from The Hoth Blog Post Generator) to suffice me for at least two-three years broken down into six main pillars:
- Grow a Blog
- Monetize your Blog
- Start your Blog
- Pinterest (Grow your followers)