Long time ago, everything on the web was black on white with not much interaction with readers. Blogging is the medium between websites and forums, you can read and you can discuss. Below, I will give you some examples of different types of blog posts.
Shorts posts usually are those that keep your schedule running well, few sentences with few facts, picture or a video and some random words of wisdom. Usually some of the latest news and trends are exactly short posts with an option to be continued later as there is not much information related to this yet.
Depending on the niche, this can be the evergreen, especially if you write about technology. You can write reviews on products or services. Even those posts build trust into readers, probably those are the most difficult to write. You need to check every fact, need to check other reviews, need to check what existing users or customers are thinking about this.
A small example of short review need to include several mandatory fields - "features", "pros", "cons", "support", "price". Of course this may depend on product or service that you review, for sure there is leverage and you can expand this section.
Almost for every blog niche, you can prepare a list of something. This could be a good resource and quite often list of something can become viral or achieve search engine rankings very fast. Always collect good and reliable lists, be sure that you have checked your competition, and write something unique and extended.
This category of blog posts may require additional graphic design skills. Probably you have seen some gorgeous huge images with a lot of information included and very little text. This is quite difficult type of posts - first graphic design, 2nd you need to find a lot of facts and third you need to write a short story related to this infographic. All this can be time consuming and probably have already done that. Infographics are getting viral very easy and are excellent way to get high number of links to your blog in short period of time.
Surveys and Polls
This is your journal! Interview somebody popular, may be a fellow blogger or a friend. It may be difficult for beginner blogger to get an interview from A-List blogger, but it is not impossible. Try to engage some popular people in your blog niche. Nowadays, it can be even much easier and it is not mandatory to be written interview, you can record audio or video through some of the top VoIP platforms, or simply use Google Hangout.
Guides and tutorials are always a good idea. Be sure that you are writing unique guide, or if somebody else have write the same guide, be sure that you will do it much better and comprehensive. You can write or you can record a video or audio. Guides and tutorials can bring descent amount of traffic, readers like that kind of blog posts.
Now, let's talk about blogging traps and I am quite sure that most of you have seen these possible obstacles, if you are already an active commenter. However, before I continue I would like to remind you again about your blogging plan and minimum words per day writing.
As everything else in life, there are consequences, so I will try to arrange the traps in chronological order as most likely you may find yourself in the same situation, already done some of the mistakes and you will know what may be your next mistake and prevent it.
Cynicism and Negativity
Ops, it happened! You are writing a great blog, but nothing good come out of it. Traffic is not stable; there are no high rankings, just few spam comments.
Cynical cycle is very common, I have few friends that are top bloggers and usually after latest search engine update, they become a bit frustrated and cynical, blaming everything and everybody. I can say that this period usually appear more often for experienced bloggers that for fresh ones. When a blogger write on a topic that understand very well, often don't open eyes to see that there is something new. There are too many personal points in articles, instead research and facts.
It isn't difficult to escape from this phase, just take a break for a day and in the next 2-3 days just write about latest events and news, this strategy should work like a charm and you will be back on track.
Certainly this is the most common and dangerous trap, probably one of the main reason most bloggers fail, if continue for longer period, you will lose the value of your opinion and probably most of the loyal readers.
The Swearing Trap
We are adult, but not all of us have mature mind. Your blog should be mature and casual. Swearing, well don't think that this is a good way to grab attention. This isn't the right way of blogging even for adult blog. Don't use it in the titles or content, I have done that in the past and the idea was extremely bad. Even if you are writing for the mainstream audience and trying to expand the number of your readers, not many of them will accept swearing, especially over the news.
Realistically, not all vulgarities are equal, just be careful with "F" word, especially if you writing about politics, I doubt that you will use any, if you are writing about hardware and technology.
The Context Trap
Often bloggers write a story and continue the story in another article, but forget about that and new readers arrive at blog in complete darkness. Context is very important, but rarely new readers know about your journey and may not have a clue what you mean. Without going into details, cross linking relevant content and article is recommended course of action by all major search engines, so you should clearly indicate, that topic continue from previous one.
In addition you may link to external resources like Wikipedia, online dictionaries or other online sources of information.
Other thing that is not directly related to writing is to properly categorize your content with tags and categories. Intuitive navigation plays very important role, not only for visitors but for search engines too.
Bad discipline and consistency trap
Previously we have talked about planning and consistency, probably the most important parts of blogging. Many bloggers break the schedule and break the rhythm of publishing fresh content for several days.
I think a good way to escape from this trap is to schedule content publishing and use the momentum. We are human after all and rarely are we able to follow the plan for very long period of time without holiday. So use the momentum, if you have an idea, don't leave it for tomorrow, continue writing and schedule the article this extra article to publish on the next day. Having content in advance will help you to be on schedule.
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Choosing post title is one very important part; definitely nobody would click on topic that doesn’t have interesting title. Now we are not talking about SEO purpose of well written titles, but about creating fast engagement.
Action words in headlines will give readers an excellent reason to read the post, descriptive titles give another reason to read the article. Remember that you need to lead the reader through the topic, but be careful putting misleading titles!
Now, I will give you some basic blog titles, which may work very well and immediately grab attention of readers!
Titles that include “secrets”
Particularly, I don’t like titles that talks about secrets as I am working more than a decade as online marketing expert and SEO, but many people fall immediately for title that include some secret, especially for some blog niche. Just few examples:
“The Secret of Passive Income Online”
“Secret of Looking Young at Any Age”
“Secret Guide to Get Your Ex Back”
Titles that include “numbers”
There are two approaches to include numbers, depending on the niche. The secret that I will share with you is that those titles usually get viral very easy, especially on social networks or bookmark websites. The first approach is related to money, the other one is related to information that is never disclosed before. Examples:
“How I make $1000 a Month Blogging?”
“AdSense Keywords than Pay More than $20 a Click”
“300Mph with latest …. Hybrid”
“Collect 500 tons of rainwater”
Even in first two examples, I have used questions several times. Questions always get more attention than any other kind of headings, especially if the topic is hot and your audience have already asking themselves about that.
“Is SEO Dead?”
“When is the Next Mission to Mars?”
“When is the Best Time of Year to Visit Eastern Europe?”
For this category of headings you need to be very careful, as I mentioned above, be careful with misleading titles. It isn’t very difficult to classify what is unusual and what is normal and what is weird.
“Men Gives a Birth of 4 Babies”
“Horses Never Get Sick”
“Fry Eggs on Your CPU”
Similar to the previous category, many times people can get amazed just reading the heading. Of course it is very important to supply the “amazing” information in the article too.
“Songs that Fly into Space”
“Top 10 Richest People in World without University Degree!”
“Scientist Have Found Water or Moon!”
Some of the most successful stories are about lists of top products or services, for sure this can be “top 10 best” or “top 10 worst”.
Rumors in the Title
This is dangerous way, but for sure can lead to a lot of commentary from readers; in addition I would say that if you write about rumors, be careful and be prepared to include some facts.
I suppose that this would be enough ideas about the titles. Again would like to remind to lead not to mislead in your titles or you will receive a lot of critics. Another last tip for this post – don’t capitalize all letter in particular title!
One of the goals that should be set by every blogger is to build good number of loyal readers. I am not going to talk about already established blogs that already have rankings and tracking tools installed, but for new blog that it is just established.
In planning and preparation stage you should ask yourself several question, why your blog is interesting and why readers would come back to read the new topic. There are many thoughts that can come to your mind, about humor, entertainment, quality of information or research, but first let’s stick to basics.
The number one question is “Is it new?”!
Quite important for almost any blog niche is to publish latest information, especially sensitive for news, tech, fashion, etc… blogs.
Is your blog content different?
Being different isn’t always the best solution, but being different in a good way, may win a lot of loyal reader very quickly. Many times even popular blogger publish absolutely misleading content, just because another popular blogger have published this topic. Don’t fall into this trap, the difference should not be only in style of writing, but the way you explain, research and supplying facts.
How many people would read about this?
You should know your audience well, many people don’t care about certain topics, and for instance Europeans like football but Americans like baseball. Knowing the location of your readers will support your blog. Sure, if they don’t care about topic they will move on.
Is it unique in a way?
Some stories can be very funny, ridiculous, interesting facts or just too difficult to believe. Even niche have some less known facts or myths that can be busted, sure there are not so many topics like that, but writing about something unique would grab attention.
Do you have personal experience?
Falling back to reviews idea, if you have personal experience about something could add great value to every article. If you are able to maximize the experience as blogger, your blog will perform really well.
Photos, Videos, Graphics
Especially images can tell 1000 words stories that don’t need translation. Support your content with images or videos, will reduce bounce rate and will improve content quality dramatically. Google talks many times about quality content, well post with images counts as better content that those that are just black on white.
Are you the first?
They haven’t seen this before; your article would be the first of a kind. This may work or may not works, but try to be original in every post, unique information may catch more readers and become viral very easy.
Is there a controversy?
Even this would not be the best content strategy, from time to time (better rarely), you should publish controversial information that will increase the number of blog comments and create great discussion. Those topics usually will come from the news and there will be always few sides to look at.
For sure there can be more questions that you can ask yourself. Brainstorming and creativity will be your best friends on the road to blogging success.