Do you find yourself always heading back to writing the same few types of blog posts? Here’s a list of 17 different types of posts to help you shake things up!
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01. The How To/Tutorial Post
This can be done in a lot of different styles, for example informative or jokey. Examples could include things like, “How to make brunch for under $5” or “How to survive Disneyland with four kids”
02. The Long Form Post
A super long post (3000+ words) is perfect for targeting organic search engine traffic. Pick a broad topic, such as “Things to do in Bali” or “How to clean your home.”
Add jump links or a table of contents so that visitors can browse easily.
03. The Q&A Post
An FAQ style post is great for answering SEO queries and positioning yourself as an authority on a topic.
Use a question-based service such as Quora or Answer The Public for inspiration.
04. The Shopping Post
An easy way to introduce affiliate links or brand sponsorships is to create “shop the post” links and images or use your own phots and do mini reviews. Pick a specific theme or talk about what you’ve been buying lately.
05. The Comparison Post
This works great for affiliate posts. You could do Brand 1 vs Brand 2, or a table of different product/company options. Outline clear pros and cons of each option, and finish up with a summary of your recommendation.
06. The Rich Media Post
A blog post based around video or images is perfect for those social media followers who prefer visuals to lots of text. Remember to optimize your media before and after uploading to avoid slowing down your page too much. If you’re using video, you could also include a transcript for better accessibility and SEO.
07. The List Post
Also known as a “listicle,” the list is a classic. It’s an easy way to break up a long post into manageable chunks, and it’s perfect for readers who scan.
08. The Interview Post
The most important thing is that the person you interview is interesting to your readers. This could be because of their advice, story, or simply who they are. Be sure to ask insightful, open-ended questions, and give your interviewee a rough total word count to avoid short answers.
09. The Guest Post
Guest posting on other blogs can be an effective way to gain new readers and spread the word about your site.
And welcoming guest posters on your own blog takes some of the pressure off posting!
10. The Roundup Post
Whether you’re rounding up your own posts or other people’s, a roundup is easy read content for your readers and low commitment for you. Quote a sentence or two from the posts you’re linking to for even speedier round ups.
11. The Time-Based Post
While most of your posts should be applicable all year round, having some time-based posts in the mix is good for variation. A time-based post could be seasonal, for example a Christmas gift guide or an event. Or it could be a list of goals you’re planning to achieve and you’re checking them off. Or it could be your weekly, monthly, or quarterly goals, or a summary of your week, month, or year.
12. The Collaboration Post
Ask other bloggers for quotes of 100-300 words that you can paste into a post with a link back to their website.
This works best for topics people where people have strong opinions or valuable advice.
13. The Throwback Post
If you have a lot of posts, this can be a great way to add more internal links to them that’s different to a regular roundup post. If you don’t have a lot of posts, this works for sharing memories or old photos from before you started blogging.
14. The News & Updates Post
If you’re a business, what’s new with you lately? Or what’s new with your site or your life? This is a chance to talk about rebrands, new themes, achievements, offers, new products and services, and so on.
15. The Follow Up Post
If an initial post did well, find a new angle and create a follow up post. This could be building on the original post, or a very closely related topic.
16. The Giveaway Post
Running a giveaway or contest can help you build up subscribers and followers quickly. You could get a brand to sponsor you, run a joint giveaway with other bloggers to extend your reach while splitting the cost, or simply go it alone.
Use a tool like Gleam or Rafflecopter to make managing your contest easier.
17. The Multi-Part Post
Creating a series of posts encourages your readers to come back for more. It’s also great for interlinking your posts naturally. A blog series can be easily repurposed into an ebook, PDF, or email series too, for even more benefits!
What’s your favorite type of blog post to write? Let us know in the comments!
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