Looking for blog post ideas? You’ve come to the right place.
These useful blog post formulas will endear you to your market and establish both you and your business as the authority in your niche.
We’ve got a content mapping bonus with this post to help you map blog posts to each step in the customer journey.
List posts are everywhere and for good reason… they flat out work. Create a list of books, tools, resources or any other thing that your market will find useful.
- The Great Automation Land Rush (And 68 More Inbound Trends)
- 7 List Building Hacks That (Almost) Always Increase Revenue
- The 112 Best Email Marketing Subject Lines (So Far) In 2015
This is another staple blog post idea. Describe how to execute a process and use images, video or audio to enrich the post and make it as easy as possible for your visitor to take action.
- How to Choose a Marketing Technology Vendor for any Business
- How To Leverage User Behavior To Predict A Path To Purchase
- How To Create A Product Launch Campaign That Converts [Checklist]
Case Study Post
The term ‘case study’ carries more perceived value than the term article, blog post or video. Outline and unpack the details of something like a project, event or process.
This type of post has an easy format:
- Define a problem
- Present the solution
This blog post formula can cross over into the territory of other blog post types such as the FAQ Post, How-To Post or Checklist Post.
Conducting your own primary research around a topic in your niche is one of the best ways to build blog content that gets attention.
- Top 50 Niche Markets to Launch a Product [FREE REPORT]
- 1500+ Niche Markets to Launch a Startup and Make Money Now!
That said, you can also simply curate research from third-parties and pull it together into an article, infographic, etc.
If you get repeat questions from customers or prospects there is a good chance they are typing these same questions into Google and other search engines. Create content around these topics. If you like this post … you’ll love this Strategy Template … check it out below.
If the content you are delivering can be broken into a “checklist” it will often perform better. On average, people like the checklist format because it’s easy to digest and take action when the content is itemized in this way.
- How to Create a Product Launch Campaign that Converts [Checklist]
- “Borrow” all 50+ of my Growth Hacker checklists …
Ultimate Guide Post
The ultimate guide post is just what it sounds like — a detailed, comprehensive post on any one topic in your niche. Don’t skimp here — take your time and deliver the most definitive blog post on the topic.
In niches where the market needs to be educated, the definition post is an absolute must-have in your content strategy.
Consider creating a series of posts that define aspects of your niche. You’ll get bonus points if you can logically define something in your niche in a way that is unique, unusual or controversial.
Look for opportunities to break a topic into a blog post series that can be released each day over the course of a week or every Monday over the course of a month. Link these articles together as you publish them.
- The Digital Revenue Engine: How to Build a Better Online Business
- Master this Conversion Hack and Dominate ANY Digital Market
- How to Maximize the Number of Transactions per Customer [DRE, Step 7]
- Digital Revenue Engine: What is a Revenue Maximizer?
This post (like the Research Post) works best when you can use statistics that you have produced.
That said, consider possibly curating and pulling together stats from multiple locations to create a good statistics post.
Bring multiple influencers together to answer a single question in short form. When you get 10 influencers to give you 100 words each on a single idea or topic, you’ve got a powerful blog post.
The content is top notch, easy to put together and will be shared by many of these influential people.
It’s surprising how willing even the most influential people are to give you an interview — even if you have a small audience on your blog. Remember that the easiest way for an influencer to give you an interview is through audio — all they have to do is call you and start talking.
This type of post can work well as a series that publishes once a month or once a week. Curate, link to and provide a description of multiple pieces of content that your audience will find valuable. Remember to notify those that you link to via email or social media to give yourself the maximum opportunity to get the post shared.
People love quotes from influential people. Pull together quotes from multiple influencers across a specific topic to create a ‘Quote Roundup’ blog post.
Again, if applicable — be sure to notify those that you quote that you have included them in your post.
Best of the Web Post
The Best of the Web Post often includes content, tools and other resources that you have curated, linked to and described in previous articles or ebooks.
Pick of the Week
This is a popular type of series post and is usually a relatively short blog post that describes a single piece of content, tool or other resource that you have curated, linked to and described.
People to Follow
Curate a list of influential people, describe them and provide links for your audience to connect with them via their website, blog, email, social media channels, events, books, etc.
Tell a Story
Create content that tells a story that would be entertaining to your market. Some blogs only produce this type of content and others create a series around this type of blog post.
- Authentic Unperfection, when Bad Design Beats Out No Design Online.
- Startups in 2015: A Free Lesson in Business Negotiations
Be humorous through the use of irony or extreme exaggeration. This kind of blog post works well where there are timely issues such as politics or sports.
- Buyer persona’s role in the “Inbound Methodology”
- Creative Director or Creative Entrepreneur?
- Introducing SERP Madness: A 2014 Bracket of Google SEO Ranking Factors
This type of post works well as a series. Create weekly or monthly cartoon posts that make your audience laugh and think about issues and events in your niche.
- Real Personas that Put the B2B in Marketing Bullshit – uFlush, Ep. 1
- ABCs of B2B Personas – the uFlush web comics are coming [INFOGRAPHIC]
Meme’s are humorous pieces of content that spread virally across the web. Create your own meme’s or pull together a curated set of meme’s from across the web.
Create a post that imitates a well-known person or media property in your niche. Be sure to exaggerate their strengths and shortcomings in your blog post’s content.
Review a product, event or anything else you have access to while it is newsworthy. For best results, be as honest as possible in your review rather than painting everything you review in a positive light.
Choose a newsworthy / trending topic and survey your audience about it using email, social media or in-person events. Then, pull the results together into a blog post.
Look to create content on your blog about events as they are happening. You don’t need to “break” the story but, for best results, be sure to add a perspective that your audience will find valuable or entertaining.
Some content creators are able to predict trends as they are happening. If you’re a trendspotter, create content on your blog that rides that trend as it becomes popular.
Choose issues that affect your audience and create content about them while they are timely and relevant to them.
Some of the most effective content on the web is neither informational or entertaining — it simply inspires. This kind of post can work well as a Story or Quote Post – among others.
Some blogs go dormant on popular holidays while others use the opportunity to deliver well-wishes to their audience and display their humanity.
- Thoughts of an Agile Holiday Work Scrooge
- Un-Holiday Marketing Campaign: Rewards All Year Long
- Holiday Hangover 2015: The Secret to Improving your New Year’s Resolution
Guard Down Post
Some of the best content on the web is created by a content creator that lets their guard down by delivering a deeply personal experience that the audience can relate to…
Behind the Scenes
If you have a loyal following they will want to see what goes on behind the scenes of the content that you can create.
This can be risky, but if you have a loyal following that has become accustomed to you covering a specific set of topics — this kind of post can shock them and receive a great response. Test it!
The Classic Rant
The rant post shows your human side by revealing your passion and anger about a topic that is relevant to your audience. It’s not for everyone but the right blog and the right audience will respond well to a rant.
- Buyer persona’s role in the “Inbound Methodology”
- Giving Birth to a Startup – What’s Your Real Investment? (infographic)
Create a post that compares the features and benefits of your product to competitive solutions. For best results and to build trust, include cases where your product IS NOT the best solution.
Use your blog to outline a specific project you or your organization is working on currently or has completed. Show the process and share results if possible.
Open the books and show your audience a breakdown of the money you and your organization are making. Here’s an example from Pat Flynn at Smart Passive Income…
Use your blog to let your customers and prospects know of new employee hires, acquisitions or major contracts.
Slideshare / Presentation
Publish presentations given by employees that contain interesting and valuable content for your audience.
- [MEMBERS] Digital Citizen University Recording Now LIVE!
- The 2015 Website Optimization Playbook [Slideshare]
- A Business Case for Social Intelligence Tools [Slideshare]
- Content Mapping the Customer Lifecycle [Slides + Worksheet]
- 10 Useless Marketing Tactics to Cut Today [SlideShare]
The “Best Of” Post
Create a blog post that pulls together the most popular blog posts you have published over a period of time.
If you have rabid fans of your products and services you might be surprised at how well a post on new product/new feature announcements will do on your blog.
Product Usage Tips
This post type is both promotional and useful and is very powerful for the right blog and audience. Create content that helps your customers be more successful with your product or service.
TIP: Prospects will read these too.
“What If” Post
This type of blog post speculates on what would happen if… The success of this type of post rests on your ability to choose a “what if” that is interesting and debatable.
Use your blog to present one side of a debatable argument… or find someone that disagrees with you and present both sides in the same post.
Be careful with this one but picking a fight with the right person/ organization/event, etc will force your audience to choose sides and draw lots of attention. This type of post, when done right, will create enemies of some and die hard fans of others.
If you take a debatable and speculative approach, a prediction post can get a great response.
Post a Reaction
Use your blog to react to content created by someone else. For example, the content might be a blog post, book or presentation.
Curate and answer questions your audience asks in social media, on forums or in the comments section of your blog.
The Answer Post is the sister of the Question Post.
In this blog post type, you will simply ask a question and allow your audience to answer it in your comments section. This type of post is generally very short, allowing your audience to create the bulk of the content.
Use a blog post to pose a challenge to your audience. This post can work well as a series with updates being made that feature audience members that are participating in the challenge.
This blog post type is partly promotional but also builds engagement with prospects and customers alike.
Use a blog post to allow your audience to get access to a relevant giveaway…
- The 112 Best Email Marketing Subject Lines (so far) in 2015
- Local SEO Strategy – The Only Guide you Need
- 5 Phases of Sales Growth Automation [Email Workflows]
Announce a contest on your blog. This post can work well as a series as well with updates being made featuring contest results.
If you don’t have a podcast, you should if you care about ranking in Google search results in 2015. Why not post a teaser to the podcast while you’re at it?
Same with podcasting, try posting one or even a series of relevant YouTube videos (Google owns YouTube – so yes, I meant just YouTube) …