Writer’s block is dangerous when your sole income relies on making money blogging –it’s a slow death. Here’s 33 blog ideas to beat it.
This list of blog ideas is ideal for:
- Overcoming writer’s block
- Adding a little structure to your posts
- Writing quality guest posts
- Link building strategies
- Planning your content calendar
33 Blog Ideas that Will Destroy Writer’s Block
You got into blogging because of the creative freedom, and you’re likely here because that freedom feels more like a fist around your throat today.
I’m not too sure what your number is –but everyone has that number of blog posts they write before they get “blogger’s itch“. A number of posts where you find yourself bored, frustrated, or guessing if you made the right choice to start a blog in the first place.
Well, don’t give up. We’ve got plenty of “right place, right time, right when I needed it” resources to help you write better blog posts. This one is designed to provide enough blog ideas to make writer’s block history.
People love to read listicles because they’re sheer dopamine enjoyment –readers don’t have to think.
Listicles make for easy, digestible content that’s perfect for users who like to read and scan content quickly. Find an interesting topic in your niche that you can break into smaller points and turn it into a listicle.
2. How-to Guides
Similar to the ‘For Dummies’ series, you can create simple manuals that are useful to your niche.
At the end of every chapter, be sure to include actionable steps, and/or a checklist. The sooner you help your readers do something that brings them some form of positive result, the sooner they’ll be hooked on you.
You don’t necessarily need to be an advanced, tenured authority in your niche to be helpful. As long as you’re able to blow their minds a little, they’ll love you for it.
Your voice is important for this one; anyone can make a how-to guide. Your personal voice matters almost as much as how useful the information is.
Aim for anything that helps make day-to-day activities easier or makes your reader feel smarter. If you have a blog idea that relates to performing a challenging task which you think might be helpful to your reader, deliver it simply, clearly, and concisely. Use images or descriptive language.
If you’re really feeling adventurous –syndicate it as a slideshow or audio “blogcast” on search engines like iTunes or Slideshare. Google isn’t the only game in town, and you’ll get more traffic pretty quickly with this type of easily digestible information.
“Why” content answers a question users could possibly have about your industry. Think of an aspect in your niche that could warrant the question “Why” and create content around it.
5. Q and A or a FAQ
Create a Q and A based on your site information or common questions readers ask you. This helps users become more knowledgeable of your products, services, values, or process.
If you’re not getting enough questions to generate blog ideas or need to do a little research to dig up questions for your niche –try going to your favorite online community of choice and type “who”, “what”, “where, “when” or “why” into its search box. The article you’re looking at right now is a product of that very action.
6. Comparison and Contrast
If your blog discusses products, places, or services that cater to different kinds of needs, you can create a comparison and contrast article.
Executed properly, this blog idea should help your audience learn more about each option and help them make a better choice depending on their need. Attractive-looking charts, spreadsheets, or graphs are always popular on an infographic.
7. Book Reviews
If you just finished reading material that holds significance to your industry, create a book review and share it to your audience. And of course, this blog idea is also a great opportunity to plant an affiliate link.
8. Personal Stories
Think of a good anecdote in your life that you can relate to one of your topics. Information sticks better in the reader’s mind when it comes with a story that tugs at the heartstrings or makes them laugh.
Ann Handley says that “Storytellers have empathy for their audiences. They understand that the more they know about the audience, the better their chances for clear communication.”
How can you apply a personal story to a lesson you can teach?
9. What Not to Do
Find an idea that is generally accepted as true and challenge it.
Audiences love reading controversial topics to see what a person has to say about the other side, even if it’s purely sarcastic.
Do your research and make sure to back up your article with lots of facts, photos, or data.
10. Press Releases
Keep your customers in the loop with what’s happening in your online business through a press release. It can be about the latest changes to your website, a client case study, or the newest addition to your list of services. It shows that you are dedicated to providing them with better service every day and it’s a great way to build backlinks while reaching a lot of people.
11. Industry News
Update your customers with the latest news in your industry. You can do this through newsletters or press release. People will notice and see it as a sign that you are always on your toes when it comes to the latest news that may impact them and they’ll appreciate it.
12. Weekly Roundup
Subscribe to your favorite authority blogs in your niche and compile the best of them together in one post or newsletter. Audiences love having a ready-made list of content waiting for them to be consumed.
13. In-Depth Blog Posts
Users appreciate content that had a lot of time and effort put behind it, and Google gives in-depth articles preferential treatment with a new search result feature that highlights them. Go for 2,000 words instead of the standard 500-600 words.
14. Online Courses
Online courses are more extensive forms of content that require a lot of time and research. Once done, you can use them as a repeat source of income and recommend to anyone who wants to have a deeper understanding of your niche.
Even if you’re not making online courses, sites like Udemy are a great place to qualify good content topics and content –there’s a lot of inspiration to be found in the trending courses section.
An eBook can be an extensive discussion of a topic that’s relevant in your industry. Look for trending topics in Amazon or in Google Trends. Once it’s published, include it as a freebie in one of your marketing campaigns or you can give it in exchange for an email subscription.
16. Audio Book or ‘Blogcast’
Take it a step further by making an audio version of your eBook or blog posts available. It’s a great format to have for audiences who like to use their time efficiently by listening to audiobooks while doing mundane tasks.
And as previously mentioned, it’s a great way to game more search engines than Google.
17. Case Studies
Case studies are a great way to showcase how you have helped customers in the past. Find your best work and create a case study about it.
Not only will it help your audience understand how you work, they also serve as a display of how effective your services are for social proof.
18. Guest Posts
Collaborate with other experts in your industry through guest posting. Talk about something that both your user bases will like. Not only are you establishing yourself as an expert but you also widen your audience reach.
19. Compilation of Facts
This is similar to a weekly roundup where you compile a list together for your audience except it is more in-depth since it contains information from existing studies. We did this with our Millennial Marketing Statistics post and infographic.
It requires a lot of research and cross-referencing different studies to make a balanced conclusion based on the information you have just gathered. Great material for an infographic, too.
User or Peer Generated
This can be done in two ways: (1) By responding to comments of your own post or (2) by commenting on a post that’s relevant to your niche an a way that is valuable to the reader.
The first method keeps your users engaged which in turn makes your content look fresh in Google’s eyes. The second allows you to share your insights as well as optionally plug your site at the bottom section of your comment.
Quotes can come from your existing content or from an influencer in your industry. Integrate into your off-page campaign and encourage social sharing. Weave your own quotes into the public vernacular. Become a ubiquitous authority in your niche.
Reviews can be as short as two sentences or as extensive as five pages. Encourage past customers to leave a review on your Google+ or Facebook page.
Testimonials are similar to reviews except they talk more about the stories that happened during the time a customer received your service. It doesn’t have to refer to the product or the service itself but about how your customer feels about your company or the experience.
Giving your peers a thoughtful testimonial will also improve your reach, and they’re a great way to get a back link.
Encourage your users to create a rant about a pervading issue in your industry or write your own. Rants tend to be controversial so it’s a great way to keep users engaged while gaining insights on the problems that you may have solutions to.
25. Forum Postings
Go to your favorite online discussion site and create a thread discussing a relevant topic in your industry. Encourage users to engage and reply to posts with links in your signature. This is crawlable by search engines which is good for your search rank.
26. Broken Link Building
Perform a quick backlink analysis and find relevant websites with broken links. Create an appropriate piece of content for the broken link and contact the website owner to inquire if they would like to link to your content instead.
You’re solving more than one problem; the website owner is grateful you helped them identify an issue, you get a valuable backlink, and website visitors won’t be sent to a 404 page –everyone wins.
Share every little piece of content that you create via your site’s Google+ page. Since it’s Google’s own social media platform, it’s likely to use it as a signal for ranking content. The more +1s you get, the stronger the signal.
We use the Jetpack WordPress plugin to do this automagically whenever we hit Publish.
28. Email Marketing
Email is one of the key vehicles to remarketing your content since it’s a tool many people use every day. In a survey conducted by eConsultancy, they found that “(76%) see email communication completely personalized and 74% sees it still being one of the channels with the highest return on investment. Only a 9% sees email being redundant as a channel.”
Your email should contain only a preview of the content prompting the user to visit your site if they want to read more.
Infographics are a fun way to present information that users may typically find boring. This format is ideal for audiences who love visual content. If you know graphic design, you can create one yourself or have someone do it for you at Dribbble or Visually.
Infographics, slideshows, audio clips and explainer videos are all a great way to repurpose everything. We did this with our YouTube SEO tips infographic.
Speaking of videos, they’re a great variation to add to your existing campaign. Take advantage platforms such as YouTube, Facebook Live, or Periscope to talk about topics that are important in your industry.
Videos can also come in other forms, such as:
Walkthrough – take your viewers on a tour giving them a preview of a first-person experience.
Tutorial – do a tutorial that helps readers better understand how to complete a task.
Webinar – host Q & A sessions with your peers or have a roundtable with leading authorities in your industry.
Product review – if you find a product that you know might be useful to your customers, you can do a product review. This is an exceptional way to do affiliate marketing.
Animation – got a complex idea you want to simplify? Animated explainer videos are the best modality for ideas that are difficult to explain.
31. Data Visuals
If you’re writing an article that’s research-heavy and with lots of figures, adding data visuals is a great way to boost your content. Post the visuals together with the text content or share them on social media.
32. Podcast Interview
Do a podcast interview with an influencer in your industry. Talk about the latest topics and you can even ask for some insights that you can use for your online business.
Convert your podcast interview into a transcript and boil it down so that it only has the most important points. Post it together with the podcast so listeners can have notes of their own once done listening to the interview.
Try out one or several of these blog ideas. Depending on the type of online business you run, some of these blog ideas may work better than the other. Experiment with the ones which you feel will benefit your site best.
No matter what type of blog ideas you decide to run with, usefulness and quality are everything.
Ever since the Google Panda update came onto the scene, quality is something that you simply cannot compromise on.
This is a great opportunity for bloggers because it puts deserving websites who regularly put out quality content on top of search engines. You can accomplish this if you are dedicated to creating content that provides value to your audience.
I hope you found this list of blog ideas useful and you’ve got at least one or two actionable steps to move on right now.
Do you have any of your own blog ideas you’d like to share with our readers? Let everyone know in the comments.
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