Do you know what a blogger’s biggest challenge is? – Well, by the title of this post, you probably already know that the answer is, finding stuff to write about.
I struggle with this sometimes, and I figured that you’re probably having the same problem with coming up with blog post ideas. I’m writing this post to help you get your creative juices flowing, in order to come up with unique ways to provide more value to your readers.
Before I get into these 12 blog post ideas, I want to talk about my take on content creation. If you’ve been through my 8-part course, that you can get here, you know that I believe “Experience Sells”.
Let me explain:
We all know “Sex Sells”, right? Companies that use “sex” in their marketing are basically capturing the attention of the market they’re trying to sell to. But that can’t be applied to every situation (at least not to this blog) – so I stick with “Experience Sells” for my blog.
That means that I’m using my own experiences to capture people’s attention and give them what they really want; in our case, this is RESULTS.
Talking about your experiences will help you connect with your audience on a deeper level; plus it provides them with the do’s and don’ts (triumphs and failures) of any given situation. This is how I suggest you use these ideas.
When you’re writing, make sure to talk about the things you’ve done that worked (and recommend) and the things you’ve done that failed miserably. Now, let’s get to it.. :0)
12 Blog Post Ideas For Your Next 12 Posts
There’s a good chance you’ve heard of outsourcing tasks using virtual assistants. Crowdsourcing is the act of outsourcing tasks, traditionally performed by YOU to a large group of people or community – in this case, writing blog posts. A good example of crowdsourcing was my last post, “26 Unique Ways To Stand Out From The Crowd Online.”
What I did was reach out to around 30 entrepreneurs/bloggers and asked them one simple question, and then compiled all the responses in one big post for you to read. It’s fun and easily duplicated, so do it!
Here are some more great examples:
- 13 Entrepreneurs Reveal How They Would Invest in Their Business
- 19 Popular Bloggers Go Back In Time To Share Their Wisdom
- 17 Traffic Building Tips from Some of the World’s Most Popular Bloggers
2. Case Studies
Case studies are also a great way to add value to your readers. Remember that the overall concept if “Experience Sells”, so ideally, the case study should be about you, things you’ve tried, and stuff you’ve used.
If you don’t have any experiences to share, two things need to happen. 1. I suggest jumping in and experimenting with different things. If you’re starting a blog to help people be more productive, then writing about a particular time management strategy that you tried will be a great case study for your readers to learn from.
The same goes with products and services that you use. Check out this post I wrote to see how I used this post idea for my own blog.
3. Lessons Learned
As bloggers, marketers, online business owners – whatever you wanna calls us – we’re here to serve people. My job, essentially, is to help you avoid the mistakes I’ve made by sharing them with you, and taking you through the right path. You can say that every post is a “Lesson’s Learned” post but you can dedicate an entire post to this idea of sharing the things you’ve learned on your unique journey.
I wrote a post titled 5 things I’ve learned about blogging while blogging back in June based on this idea and the response was great. The best part is that you get to help your readers do what works, and avoid what doesn’t.
4. Prediction Post
This is a tough one. The reason I’m adding it on here is because these types of posts can really boost your credibility as an expert in your niche. Prediction posts are where you talk about the future of your industry as a whole; you give your opinion as to where thing are and where you think things are headed.
The reason they’re tough is because not everyone has the guts to put themselves “out there” due to the fear of “being wrong.” Those who do it are considered thought leaders, and thought leaders have a much greater influence in their market. I haven’t yet written a post like this, but I will soon enough…
5. Invite a Guest
The last post idea was tough, so let’s make this an easy one. If you don’t have any idea of what to write about next, find someone to write a post for you. There are sites like MyBlogGuest.com where you can connect with other bloggers looking for blogs to guest blog on.
You can also contact anyone who you’ve been in contact with online and ask them if they’d be willing to guest blog on your site and you on theirs. Next is…
6. The Budget Post
This post is all about saving your readers money (and who doesn’t wanna do that, right?). Find something in your market that your readers are currently paying for or would pay for and talk about the free (or low cost) way to do it.
For example, recently there was a launch for a service called Kajabi. Kajabi is $99 set up free and $99/month. The budget post would talk about how you can easily create your own Kajabi using 3 different and less expensive pieces of software. (because they’re non-recurring).
- OptimizePress – For squeeze pages, launch pages and membership site
- Amember – To protect your downloads and members area
- AmProtect – Plugin that integrates with WordPress and Drip Feeds content to members
The total cost would be $343 ONE-TIME. 2.5 Months of Kajabi would eat that up. So, the point is – find someway you can save your readers money or TIME and they’ll be grateful.
7. Questions & Answers
This is a two-part post. The first post is simply you asking your readers a question and explaining that you will be answering those questions (or most of them) on your next post. This will ensure that your readers engage with your blog AND that they’ll come back to your blog whenever you publish your responses.
Note that this is a time consuming process, and not many people do it. For that reason alone, it’s a great idea to implement right away because it will differentiate you from the crowd.
8. Interview an Expert & Up & Comers In Your Niche
Interviews, in my opinion, will NEVER get old. This is also a great way to get someone to help you create content. Contacting the person you want to interview is usually the place where most people get stuck. We think, why would this person want to interview with me?- when in reality, most people look forward to being contacted for interviews no matter how successful (or busy) you think they are.
I wrote a post on Nick’s blog detailing the 6 simple steps to killer email interviews. Check that out when you get a chance.
9. Link To Helpful Tools & Resources
This is an easy one to pull off, too. Link posts are extremely helpful and popular because of the TIME they save your readers. By simply creating a list of tools and resources that you use and/or recommend, your readers can avoid wasting time searching for them.
Some might argue that you already have a “Tools & Resources” page, but not everyone clicks on that page. Creating it as a post will put it in front of all your readers and it will also encourage people to link back to it.
10. Leave A Comment & Get A Free Product
This is done with the intention of increasing engagement with your blog. You’ll find that these posts get the most comments because your readers are being promised something really cool if their comment is selected. You can ask them to comment or answer a question but the point is that this will help you publish a post. You can repeat this post once a month and your readers will love you for it.
11. Three (3) Part Series
Three part series are great for creating content for an entire week. The idea is to come up with a topic and break that topic into 3 main points. Each day you write, record a podcast or a video, on each topic and publish it as a post. Not only is it organized, but your readers will learn more from it since the series feels like an ecourse on your blog.
To get a great example of this, check out Chris Ducker’s ‘Passive Income Threesome’ series going on right now.
12. Ultimate How To Guides
These are really cool. These guides are not your regular 300 – 500 word articles; these are MONSTER posts that cover an entire topic better than anyone has before. The point of this post is to give your readers a one stop ‘free’ shop for all their needs on any particular topic.
This will encourage links, bookmarks, retweets, shares and even requests for interviews. Even if you have covered a topic in the past on your blog, take it one step further and cover it in more detail. I’m sure I’ve covered content creation on other posts, but never in this much detail. Anyone can use this information and roll with it to create their next 12 posts on their blog.
Do this.. and trust me – You’ll be amazed at the results.
I would really appreciate if you would retweet this post, share it on facebook, submit it to stumbleupon and tell others about it. Not just because I want more people to see it, but because I spent hours on it. But I know I don’t have to beg you, because you’re cool and you’ll do it anyway :0)
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