Blogs are extremely popular nowadays but it can be boring to read the same blog post types over and over. Here are 10 blog post examples that will keep your readers engaged and coming back for more. Read them all and see which blog post type best fits your blogging business.
You may be wondering “what is a listicle?” It’s actually content that is delivered in the form of a list, like this article. If you’ve ever surfed the net for “the best of” anything, chances are a listicle popped up in the search results.
Listicles or list posts are a great way to provide your reader with the information they’re looking for right away. Some go in-depth on a topic and some are no more than a list for quick reference. If you’re a beginner writer this is a great way to get valuable information out there while improving on listicles that are already out there.
If there is a list of the 20 best restaurants in Seattle, you can improve on that with an article on the best 30 restaurants in Seattle. This blog post example can offer real value when you’re sure to add to what’s already out there.
Anchor blog posts cover your blog’s main topic extensively. These articles encompass your blog’s overarching theme so thoroughly and completely that you could (and should) create other posts from its subtopics.
For example, if you have a blog about podcasting you could write an anchor post that includes how to start blogging, how to create a podcasting studio, the best equipment to use, and so on. Each of these subtopics could then become the topic of another post, linking back to the anchor post. This post type must be thorough so a 500-word blog post won’t cut it. Dig in and give the most value you can while helping define your blog’s purpose for the search engines.
A round-up post gathers related information from various places for your readers. Save them from having to visit many different resources by providing one easy-to-digest article.
These article titles often start with “these experts say, think, practice, etc…” where you would offer your readers input from experts in any given field. With a round-up post, you’re sharing information provided by or created by other people. So instead of just sharing things you find awesome, you may be sharing what other people find awesome.
If you created a post titled “10 Best Ways to Write for SEO” you could seek out other bloggers and get their recommendations or if you like an article they wrote on the subject showcase that and give them attribution.
With this blog post example, you include other bloggers in your round-up and link back to each contributor, helping you build relationships with other bloggers. Hopefully, they’ll share your post with their audience, helping you gain readers and maybe even backlinks to your blog.
A response post is simply a response to a question you received from a reader or an answer to a commonly asked question that could benefit your readers.
Response posts do not have to be in-depth tutorials, but a thorough answer so your audience will not have to go back to Google for further information. If you have other posts related to the topic, be sure to link to them so readers can stay on your site longer.
This blog post example is just what you’d imagine, an instructional post that walks someone through a process. A how-to post can explain how to use a product or service and address commonly asked questions around one thing.
If you can think of a process that people in your field tend to need help with, you could write an article explaining step by step how to get through it, anticipating the questions they may have along the way.
Related infographics go extremely well with this blog post type. They can be used as lead magnets to your blog or as a content upgrade in the article.
An ultimate guide is a thorough how-to post that gives your reader everything they need to get from A to Z. A guide can cover a narrow topic or one that’s broad, as long as you provide whatever they will need to accomplish their goal.
Depending on the topic, an ultimate guide would make a great pillar post for your blog.
Review posts allow you to share your thoughts on a topic, product, service, or experience. They fully explain the subject of the review and give your pros and cons, concluding with your final recommendation.
Just be sure that you have tried the product or service yourself and are not relying on a review that you have read or heard about. Review posts are more engaging when it’s clear the writer has actually had first-hand experience with the product.
An affiliate post is similar to a review post. The distinction is that a review post can include reviews for products you like or dislike, without any affiliation with the brand. With an affiliate post, you are sharing your thoughts on a product or service but you do have an affiliation with the brand and will be compensated should the reader make a purchase.
There’s nothing wrong with affiliate posts that share your thoughts on a product, as long as your review is honest. Some bloggers use affiliate posts as a way to push products they have never used, just to make the sale. The problem is your readers won’t trust you if you come across spammy and push products that are of poor quality. Be sure to only make affiliations with quality products or services that you yourself have used or would use.
A case study is a post that reveals the results of an experiment or trial you’ve conducted to determine how well something works.
You would choose a subject to write about, try it out for a set period of time, document your results, and share it all with your readers. Case studies can be the most interesting and useful types of posts because they save your readers tons of time and they demonstrate your expertise.
The more detailed you are, the better. Be sure to show before and after images and images of the whole process.
10. Guest Posts
A guest post is only different in that you are writing for a publication other than your own. To submit your writing you would search for blogs or websites in the desired niche and make sure your content would be a good fit.
Once you find one you may find submission criteria on the website or you may have to contact the owner or editor of the site. You will have to ask for permission to submit an article, either via email or a form on the website. If they agree to post your article they will review your submission, make sure it fits with their criteria, and either agree to publish it or decline.
If you want to be able to link back to your website or include a bio, be sure to ask whether this is permitted first. Each website has its own rules so be sure you’re familiar with them before you start writing. Website owners and editors receive these types of requests all the time so it could take a while to hear back, or you may not hear back at all.
So there you have it. 10 blog post examples your readers will find useful, especially if they are beginner bloggers. If you’re just starting out as a new blogger as well, try to include a variety of blog post types. This will keep your audience interested and engaged.
Which blog post examples are you most likely to add to your blog? Share it with us in the comment section below.