Have you ever thought, “What should I write now? Why can’t I think of anything.”?
If you’ve thought so, then you’re not alone. But don’t worry, there are many bloggers like you (who run out of ideas to blog about).
There are many times you just can’t think of what kind of blog post you should publish next. It’s challenging to come up with many different blog post ideas that helps in the growth of your blog.
It’s the infamous “Writer’s block”. (Even I face this problem sometimes.)
And also. sometimes if you only publish only one kind of blog posts then your audience may feel bored. After all, there must be some changes to keep the things interesting. Right?
In this article, I’m going to show you what kind of blog posts you should publish in order to get more visitors to your blog (and how to keep your blog interesting).
21 Types of Blog Posts that Drive more Visitors
#1 Beginner’s Guides
Perhaps, this is the most popular kind of blog posts because there are beginners in every niche who want to learn more and more. Creating a beginners guide help newbies learn more & also you get to publish great content on your blog.
You can see almost every blog posting beginner guides (can’t you?). Even I also like to post beginner guides (it’s fun to write them, it can’t be helped).
Example of a Beginners Guide ( & How-To Guide) – How To Start A Blog The RIGHT Way [ Beginner’s Guide ]
The beginner guides are also good for SEO. How?
These are informative posts, you need to explain and define new terms & also use synonyms for common words. You can put a lot of keywords in such a way which helps and informs the reader.
It’s easy to perform an interview in some minutes. You just need to find an expert in your niche or some influential person whom your readers have some interest in.
If you can land an interview with your niche expert your reader will get an interest in that interview (by default).
Your main goal should not be to have an interview (why?), you should talk to them about the things that your readers want to know about them. Ask them about what are their goals & what do they think will be the next change in your niche.
You can ask them about what lessons they have learnt, some insights about their work, their strategies & what message they have for your readers, etc.
What you can also do is to start an entire site like EOFire which only consists of interviews with successful entrepreneurs by John Dumas.
#3 List Posts
Everyone loves list posts. Right? (is it even a question?) The mere fact that you have come to this article proves that you love list posts. 😀
List articles are the most shared content on the internet. It’s easy to create a list post just about anything you like. They get viral much easier than the other kind of blog posts.
You can create a list post about anything and what your reader may enjoy. One of the examples of list post I have on this blog is (of course, this blog post and..) – 20 Reasons Why You Should Start A Blog
I am also a fan of list posts. Even if you (as a writer) may feel “why am I again writing a list post” they give results. And also, as a reader even if you see a list post (for the 100th time in a single day) you’re going to click on it. They are damn powerful.
It all depends on your niche. And it’s all up to want kind of list you want to create. (In short, create a list about your favorite topic.) Without a doubt, List posts are the most common kind of blog posts. You will see them on almost every blog.
#4 Tutorials & How-to Guides
The How-To Guides & Tutorials are the most powerful type of blog posts. They are just like the Beginners Guides but they aren’t only focused on beginners.
No matter what niche you are in, there will be people looking for how to do something. This is where the How-To Guides come to their rescue.
They are also one of the simplest types of blog posts that you can create. They are easy because you are teaching others how to do something that you already know about. This kind of blog post help in establishing your expertise & credibility.
What you must remember while creating a How-To Guide is that you must use the simplest terms to make it understandable for your readers (because it’s a tutorial).
Many bloggers are afraid to write these How-To posts as they think others can replicate their success and they will create their own competitors (this is where they are wrong!).
#5 Data-Driven Posts
Who doesn’t like blog posts that are backed by proper research? That’s the exact way Neil Patel has grown all his blogs ( which would be worth many millions of dollars ).
Data-Driven blog posts provide insane value to your readers. Your readers will come back again & again because your blog posts are not just random bluffs, they have actual statistics to prove them.
There are many ways to include statistics in your blog posts. One of the best ways is to – link out to research done by other authority blogs in your niche.
Now, some may think that linking out may be bad as it passes PageRank. But, Screw it. You must be writing to provide value to the readers which can only be given if you show others research & statistics.
Including research & statistics also help in proving your point. It makes your point more credible. Just make sure to double check that you link out to the right source (linking to the wrong source can be bad for you).
#6 Case Studies
We all love to hear what goes behind the scenes of someone’s success. Don’t you? Yes, we all like to hear them (even, I do), because it gives us something to learn and know the other person secret of success. (So, we can replicate it.)
Case-studies are a great way to get engagement on your blog. These type of blog posts get many social shares, comments & even backlinks.
Case-studies are also easy to write & they are also a great way to promote your products. (How?)
You can show your readers how you have used a product in order to get more sales, more traffic, etc. Whatever you do, your case-study must have some proofs. You can’t just bluff – “How I made $$$ in one month” without showing them your traffic screenshot & your earning screenshots.
Take some time in creating a great case-study & your audience will surely love it.
If you are not using video in your blog posts then you are missing out on getting much better engagement on your blog. People spend more than 30 minutes on their mobiles daily watching videos.
Most of the people just love visual content. And why won’t they? Many people (like me) are visual learners. It’s much easier to learn something when it’s visually presented.
Do you know? People spend 2.6x more time on pages which have videos in it. You can take advantage of this and start creating video content for your blog.
You can create a video about anything. For example – take your blog post and summerise it into a video and add it at the end of your blog post, create a how-to video and add it between your How-To Guide blog post, etc.
Also creating a video takes less time than writing a blog post. You can either write a 1,000-word blog post or create a 10 minutes video about that topic. By creating a video, you can save a lot of time (if you can do all the editing & finishing efficiently).
It happens with all of us, we ( even I ) always look for reviews before purchasing anything. You would have also done it before purchasing your favorite mobile phone or laptop. Right?
Why not take advantage of it? We bloggers are blessed with the knowledge of how search engines (like Google) work. You can write a review about a product that you’ve bought & used.
One thing you should remember is to – only write about the product which is related to your niche. You won’t have any interest if I write a mobile phone review on this blog.
Writing great reviews have benefits to you & your readers. How? You get great content for your blog, your readers get the knowledge about the product which they seek & you can also monetize them with your affiliate links. It’s a Win-Win situation for both.
Now, spend some time testing out a product, write its pro & cons, and recommend it if you find it useful. Write them while being unbiased, I’ve seen a lot of bloggers recommending Shit products just because they pay high commission.
Now, when you do a review post, you can go a step further and create a comparison post between two products. These types of blog posts are great for comparing two products which have the same features to some degree.
Think of a great product in your niche and its free alternative. There are always 2 products in a niche from which it’s hard to select one which is better. Like – Apple vs. Samsung, etc.
These comparison blog posts are almost similar to a review (but not completely). They are much more like a group review and won’t be an in-depth review. While not going deep enough, you will still be able to tell your thoughts about both of the products.
The best thing about vs. posts is that they can generate a huge income (bu using affiliate links) and also satisfy the need of your readers. And people also enjoy comparing two things. (It’s human nature to compare two things.)
Sure it takes a bit of time to create comparison posts as you have to use the products first. But when done right, it’s worth the effort!
Every blog reader love infographics (Yes! I also love them). Remember, I said that visual content is loved by many people. It’s also true in this case.
Infographics are the best way to present your blog posts in a visual manner. Sure, they take a lot of time and research to be created. But when you create a stunning infographic you get a ton of backlinks which are the one of the most powerful SERP’s ranking factor.
Here a study by QuickSprout, see how they grew their other blog with the help of infographics & video content (which got them over 2.m million visitors, which of course, isn’t a small number).
You can make an infographic about anything. The more good looking you infographic is the more shares and backlinks it will get. You can also create good infographics for yourself. (By using tools like Canva.)
Make sure that you use infographics in your blog posts. They are one of the best ways to increase engagement, shares, and backlinks to your blog.
#11 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
FAQs are one of the best types of posts because there are chances that your readers may have already searched for these but couldn’t find any good answers. These type of blog posts give answers to the most common question by your readers.
You can either create a long FAQs blog post or do a FAQs weekly series. Both are good options. I suggest you do a weekly series. Why?
Doing weekly FAQs series will be better for your blog & your readers. You will be able to create a log of content and your readers will get answers to their questions.
Or, you can also create a long FAQs blog post that will be useful for your bloggers. There is no harm in creating some FAQs blog posts related to your niche.
Some of the examples of FAQ blog posts are – FAQs about SEO, FAQs about blogging, etc. Whatever type of FAQs blog post you make it should provide complete knowledge to your readers.
#12 Checklists: Have you got what you need?
There are times when your readers want to know what they need to have to complete a task. This is where the Checklists come to the rescue. Checklists are just like list posts but different (as they tell what you need to have in order to finish something).
We make checklists all the time, like – when going to shopping (Note – only males make this list), when going to write a paper (do you have your id, pen with you?), making a list of things to do (to-do lists) etc.
The main aim of “Checklists” is to – make sure you (& readers) do things more effectively and don’t forget anything.
You can easily create a checklist by selecting a common task (that is to be completed) & break it into short items. That’s the perfect recipe for creating a great checklist.
#13 Links & Resources
These type of blog posts are almost similar to list posts. The difference being that in Links & Resources posts you include other people’s content. (Confused?)
Let me explain – Your readers need to learn something. You can easily collect the best content of others and put it on a list as – The best resources to learn about _____. (Understood?)
Whenever you try to learn something, you will see a lot of article form beginner level to advanced. Don’t keep all of them to yourself, put them in a resource post and share them with your readers. (After all, you can’t outsource & research all of the work.)
The best part about these kinds of blog posts is that – they are real & valuable content from experts.
Links & Resources help your readers to figure out how to learn something. This list will contain many links from other authority sites in your niche. Make sure only to include those articles which are really helpful.
#14 Guest Posts
Can’t you think of anything to write? There is an easy way to solve this problem. Let others write for you (for free!). How?
“Guest blogging on other sites is good for your blog”, you might have heard of this line again & again. But, you wouldn’t have been told the benefits of letting people guest post on your blog.
There are my benefits of letting people guest post for you, like – you get great content for free, you can give your time to other areas of work, you don’t need to write more often (this is the biggest advantage), etc.
Almost every big blog allows others to guest post on them. It’s a great way to build a large audience without putting much effort into writing daily. Make guidelines (on guest posting) so you can put your blog on autopilot.
It’s a great way to build a large audience without putting much effort into writing daily. You just have to make sure that the guest posts are of the highest standard.
#15 “Epic” Guides
These are my favorite kind of blog posts. Why? Because I can just write & write without worrying that it would be too much to read for my readers. The average length of these blog posts is around 2,000 to 10,000 words. You can say most of my content is Epic! (Just Kidding! :P)
They are a mixture of list posts, tutorials and everything else into one big blog post (that’s why they’re called Epic Guides). The “Epic Guides” are the most complete kind of blog posts.
In these blog posts, there isn’t any holding back. You just need to sit and write every single thing that you know about a topic & write till it doesn’t feel like it’s the best ever guide. There’s should be no worrying about giving so much information for free! Why?
Because “Epic Guides” get a ton of backlinks and usually get much higher ranking in Google. This kind of blog posts provide immense value to the readers that’s why “Epic Guides” are so much important.
There’s a reason why successful bloggers are always writing them, even if it takes a lot of time. You should never ignore the “Epic Guides” because everyone loves them.
#16 Controversial Topics
Do you You know what gets people excited? It’s Controversies! (After all, this is the only thing which keeps some people’s business running. Like, your local news channels! They are always telling you about controversies rather than the actual news.)
We people, love to gossip (not all, but most). And there isn’t anything which is better than gossiping about some hot topics. Some people even gossip about if the earth is flat or not! (The only thing I see flat is the brain of people who think the earth is flat.)
Controversial posts, when done right can drive many visitors to your blog. They are also fun to write but you should also be wise while writing them. With the perfect timing and promotion, your blog post can even get viral.
What you need to do first is – to find out some hot & trending topics in your niche. Then write an interesting blog post about it while adding some spice to it. It’s the perfect recipe to write about a controversial subject.
Remember – you should choose your words carefully. Some people are too much sensitive about some topics like religion, etc. It can even backfire!
There are many kinds of persons – some like to read, some like to watch videos & some like to listen. There are many blog posts for the readers & much video content around the internet for those who like to watch videos. But what about those who like to listen?
This is where the podcasts come to the rescue. You can use podcasts to give what the listeners want they want. If you don’t like to make videos then making Podcasts is a great option.
Your Podcasts should be amazing from the start. More than 79 million people in the U.S. listen to Podcasts monthly. (The market is great & it’s only rising.)
You can start by making 3-5 minute podcasts when you start. If you start to get a good response and your readers love your Podcasts, then you can also start to make long podcast episodes. However, make them as long as they need to be.
Another thing that you can do is to – turn your blog post into a podcast (or vice-versa). This way you can reap the benefits of both kinds of content.
#18 Latest News / Current Events
We all always want to learn what’s happening in our niche, what’s the new trend, etc. Right? I also take some time out of my busy life (most of which I spend in procrastinating something) to know what is happening in my niche.
Even you would be doing it. Keeping up with the latest knowledge is important as things change too fast in the world of internet marketing (or any market). One who can’t keep up with change will loose and it’ll be hard to come back. (That happened with Nokia!)
Now, why am I telling you this? If you are updated with your niche’s (or industry) events, you can also provide that news to your readers. It won’t take you much time to create a blog post about it.
In short, always look for the latest news and events which are happening in your industry. Put some spice (i.e, your thoughts & criticize or support them), and you’ll get a trending news. (It’s the same way news industry is running.)
News always happen. You just need to cover it before your competitors do. You can make the news better by adding your own product & service (this can help in boosting your sales).
#19 Monthy Reports
Monthly Reports are really popular in the blogging community. Many bloggers do these kinds of posts on a monthly basis. In these posts, they share their monthly income reports (how much money did they make), what they learnt, where the went, etc.
Monthly Reports are great for tracking your own progress. You can also get more engagement on your blog with them as they tend to get a lot of shares.
The monthly reports also allow you to share what you did (in the previous month), you can share anything with them. It doesn’t matter what’s your blog’s niche.
With the help of these reports – you can tell your followers what you’ve achieved this month whether it’s your email list growth or crossing the 100$ earning mark for the first time.
You can also tell them what has happened in the past month, it can be what kind of content you published, or what’s going on in your niche.
#20 Blog Series
A blog series is a great way to get the attention of your readers. These kind of blog posts are good in many ways as they increase page views, get great content for your blog. “Blog Series” also help in solving the bigger problem of your readers.
Now, you might be wondering how to start a blog series? It is not as hard you may think. What you need to do is to take a big topic & break it down into small pieces. Doing a “blog series” is good for both ( for your readers and for yourself).
Your readers won’t be overwhelmed by the amount of knowledge if you divide a topic into a blog series. (As they can go through the whole topic one by one, whenever the like.)
And for you, things will be easier to manage & you can create great blog posts every week without getting a writer’s block.
It’s up to you whether you want to create shorter blog posts or longer ones. An example of a short blog series can be something like a 30-day blog challenge. But if you make a shorter blog post you’ll need to publish them regularly.
#21 Advice from the Experts
This kind of blog post is similar to Interviews, but are much easier to create. There are also some chances that these blog posts can get viral.
It’s a mixture of List posts & Interviews. You can also get some backlinks and traffic with them, as some bloggers will be willing to share your blog post with their audience.
Like the Interviews, your readers will be interested in knowing what the Pro’s think & what’s their advice. They will also like to know what different opinion do multiple experts have on a single topic.
It’s easy to create this kind of blog post. You just need to contact multiple experts (through email, or any social network) and ask them a question. Since it only a single question, these experts will be willing to answer them as it won’t take much time.
In Short – on these “Expert’s Advice” post, you ask some experts a question & wait for their answer. After getting the answer, you put all of their advice in a single blog post.
Final Thoughts …
Now, Ask yourself a question. Do you really think that there are only 21 types of blog posts?
Of course, Not!
There are many other kinds of blog posts that you can write, such as Breaking news, Personal views, Facts vs. Myths Posts, Contests, Round-Up Posts, Free Giveaways, etc. This list is a long one (there are more than 100+ types of blog posts).
The main takeaway from this is – You should post each type of blog post once and see what gets the most engagement. Once you find out what kind of posts perform well for you, make more of them to break the “Writer’s block.”
Also, try to make things different at times by posting different types of blog posts. Next time, whenever you feel stuck at coming up with an amazing piece of valuable content – come here and find what kind of blog post performs the best for you.
What kind of blog posts do you like to write? What kind of blog posts does your audience like? Feel free to tell us in the comments below. 😉