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    Ultimate Guide to Blog Post Ideas (2017)

    In this ultimate guide to blog post ideas, we are going to cover everything you need to know (or ever wanted to know) about coming up with ideas for your content. Take a look at the table below to jump to the piece that interests you or start from the top, grab a cup of coffee/tea/water, and join us for awhile.

    Are you having trouble coming up with ideas for what to blog about? Or, do you not know what to write about in a blog?

    Every blogger has to deal with the exhausting battle against writer’s block at one point or another. It can be stressful trying to think of new ideas that your readers will love.

    As a blogger, you are going to spend a lot of time writing and promoting the content for your blog. That is all the more reason to make sure that whatever you do is in the best interest of your site.

    First, take a step back and understand why you are writing another blog post in the first place. Because that is what bloggers do… right? Because you need more content? Because you are bored and want to write? Because it is Thursday?

    It is common for bloggers (especially new bloggers) to churn out blog posts because they think that is the best way to blogging success. There is something to be said about having a blog that is full of content for your readers but makes sure that everything you write is purposeful.

    What do readers want out of your blog post?


    We have found that the best way for us to ensure we are writing blog posts for the right reasons is to put ourselves in the shoes of our readers and understand their wants, needs, and why they are visiting our blog in the first place. Let's look at what they want out of you and why they might visit your blog.

    Something new that adds value


    diamond in rough

    Whether they come to your blog through social media or organic traffic, they are probably there because your title was eye-catching and they want to see what value you can add to their life. Have you ever gone to a blog and seen the same recycled content that you saw somewhere else? It happens all the time and it is a good way to turn off your readers and have them looking for the exit signs.

    Always ask yourself “is this post going to add value to my readers”. If the answer is no, you may want to rethink your topic.

    It is also important to note that you aren’t going to add value to everybody equally with every post. Some of your posts will be directed at people unfamiliar with a certain topic, and others will be directed at the experts. You don’t have to please everyone, but make sure you write with intention so your audience is able to get something out of your post.

    Entertainment (fun, stress-free)


    readers want fun

    A large portion of the blog reading community reads blog posts for fun or so they can forget about the real world for a bit and lose themselves online. If your blog is built for this type of audience, embrace it and make sure that some of your blog posts are fun, lightweight, and entertaining. Want to write about an awkward experience you had to make people laugh, great!

    If you are writing a post with this type of reader in mind, it is a good idea to take down your walls a bit when you are writing. If you are too uptight or worried about perfect formatting, grammar, or structure it will show up in your words. Take a chill pill and it will show through your words making your post even more entertaining for your visitors.​

    To Learn


    To Learn

    A lot of people use the internet to learn something new or get help with something they are having trouble with. How many times have you typed in “How do I X” into Google? How about today? This reality means there is a huge audience for blog posts that teach people something new and it might be the perfect idea for your next blog post. The internet is a fantastic way to spread information and knowledge and we always recommend that you use these types of posts on your own blogs.

    Tutorial and how-to articles are a great example of blog posts that are geared towards teaching something. I always recommend putting on your “teacher” hat before writing. Your words will be a lot more instructive.

    Another technique that I use all the time is to have one of my friend or family members (a lot of the time Anna) go through my article before I publish it on my blog. Since this third part usually doesn't have prior knowledge of the topic, they can give great feedback on which pieces were easy to follow and which pieces need some work.

    Try Something New


    try something new

    Some people will be visiting your blog because they want to see what sort of tips, tricks, and techniques you are using in your own life. If they like what they see, they will try them out for themselves. It is common for people to take ideas from others and adapt them to their own life and your blog might be a great way to cater to this type of visitor.

    Make sure to talk about your own experience, your thoughts behind doing it, and things to watch out for if someone wants to do it for themselves. That way, someone else can recreate what you did and see if it works for them.​

    It is also a great way to engage your visitors because they will be doing some of the same things you are writing about. You will find that these types of posts attract a boat-load of comments and discussion.​

    Motivation


    Do Not Give Up (Motivation)

    This often goes hand in hand with entertainment and trying something new. People look to others to help show them the way forward and an example of what success can look like. Visitors who visit your blog looking for this experience are going to love posts about your own successes, how you overcame failure, and how great you feel because of your journey.

    Some of the most prominent examples of this are the “Income Reports” that you see from successful bloggers. They display their finances to the world. To some, it might just be showing off, but for many, it helps people understand how successful they can be if they put in the time and effort into their blog.

    People who visit your motivational posts are more likely to get in touch with you through email or comments and congratulate you on your accomplishment. They are also going to ask about your "secret sauce" so they can use it for themselves. The takeaway here is that if you are successful, don’t be afraid to show it off a little on your blog, but make sure to do it with a sense of modesty so you don’t come off as a show-off.


    What do you (or should you) want out of your blog post?


    Once you have an idea of the type of visitor you want to target with your blog post, it is important to make sure that your own needs are a priority, too. Do you want to make money with your blog? Are you looking to increase the number of visitors to your site? It is important to figure this out first so you can make sure your blog post idea matches the goal. That way, you will feel confident writing the entire post knowing it is going to help grow your blog. Here is a great list to get you started.

    Increase blog authority or resources


    Increase Blog Authority

    Blog posts like this will be information focused with the goal of making your blog or website a complete resource on whichever topic you are focusing. You may end up attracting more visitors or making money from the post, but the main goal is to beef up your site so that visitors can find everything they need from you (the authority).

    If you have a small blog or are just starting out, this type of post is a great place to start. There will be a ton of content options and you can focus on rounding out the information that you provide and not necessarily worrying about how many visitors it will add or what sort of money you can make from it.​

    Make money


    make money

    If you intend to make money from your blog (no shame in that!), it is always good to take a step back and figure out if the post you are going to write can be monetized and what needs to be done to make it happen.

    It is very common for people to start at the money part and then figure out how to write a blog post about it. That can work well as long as the product, service, or affiliate program you are promoting fits in the general theme of your site. If not, I recommend starting at the blog post idea and then trying to figure out what sort of monetization options are available. If you can't find anything good, it might be a bad fit.​

    Attract more visitors


    More Visitors

    Every blog should be trying to increase their audience base as much as possible. This could be through organic traffic (searches on Google or other search engines) or through social media. The most successful blogs and bloggers have millions of visitors every month and it is because they have a wide variety of topics that cater to many different readers.

    Just starting out, a large portion of your blog posts should be focused on increasing the number of people that visit your blog (or stay on your blog). The more visitors you have the more opportunity you have for connections, making money, and helping others. Look to write about something that you don’t already have on your blog, but still fits in your blog’s general theme.​


    Keeping Track of Blog Post Ideas


    The best advice we can give you is to stay ahead of your work and you can do this by keeping a list of ideas and never letting it run out.

    Keeping Track of Blog Post Ideas

    If you have less than 10 ideas in your backlog, then you’re behind and it’s time to brainstorm!

    An easy way to keep this list stocked is to take notes all the time. It may sound daunting, but once you get in the habit of it, you won’t think twice.

    Whenever an idea pops into your head, document it. It doesn’t matter where you are (at the doctor’s office, on an airplane, in bed, at the gym). Put it in your phone or carry a notepad. When you get the chance, add those ideas to your list.

    Keep in mind that an idea doesn’t have to be a completely thought out blog post topic. It can be as vague as a fleeting question or a feeling. If you write it down and look at it later, you’ll find that you might find inspiration for a post. But, you don't have a full backlog which is why you are probably here. So, let's dig in and help you get started.

    What are the different types of blog posts?


    Next, we’ll take a look at the common types of blog posts to help get your creative juices flowing. There are numerous types of articles to write and more are being invented every day. Use this list as a starting point and make sure you understand the basic types of posts.

    Purely informational


    As the name suggests, these are posts that are just used to share information. There is no “catch” or “upsell” and they are used to help increase the authority of your site and keep your readers engaged. Not every post you write has to try and make money. If you do it too often, you may even lose some of your visitors.

    List of something (Listicle = List + Article)


    listicle

    It turns out, people love to read lists online. That is why most of the popular posts these days are 50 ways to do X or 5 things to avoid when doing Y. These can be a great way to add content to your site because they don’t necessarily need a ton of content to be popular.

    Find a topic that you are familiar with and come up with 20+ items you can put in a list. Then, add a few sentences to each item to round it out and you are done. People can browse it quickly and scan for what they want.​

    Bonus points for incorporating it with social media. Since it is easily consumable, your readers don’t need a ton of attention span to get through it. Great for slacking off while at work!


    Case Studies


    These are a great way to show off some test you have been running on your blog or in real life. You come up with a hypothesis and strategy for what you want to accomplish and document the whole adventure on your blog. Try doing it while you are running the test instead of post-mortem. It will keep your readers more engaged.

    Case studies are also great marketing tool because people love to read success stories and try things out for themselves. In addition, you can post updates every day, week, or month depending on what you are doing and you will give your visitors a reason to subscribe to you and keep coming back.​

    Cast Study Examples


    Checklists


    Example of Checklist

    This is pretty self-explanatory, too. Find a topic and write down everything that needs to be remembered in order to do it successfully. It is a great way to help your readers copy the process and make sure they don't forget anything.

    Checklists are also a great way to get social shares and links to your website because they can be extremely useful if you choose the right topic. Everyone has a lot going on these days and if you can make things easier by creating a simple list that they can go through every time they want to do something they will love you for it.


    Ultimate Guides


    This blog post is a great example of an ultimate guide. You want to stick to something where you can put a lot of information and give a complete overview on a topic. Try to aim for 5,000+ words to start, but I have seen ultimate guides in the 10k to 20k word size be very successful. More words = more keywords = more traffic.

    In an ultimate guide, want to put all other information and guides to shame with the depth of your information. It is called an ultimate guide for a reason.

    Although these posts may take a long time to write, they provide a ton of value to your visitors which make them easy targets for social sharing and backlinks. As you probably know, there is a ton of low-quality information online that is pretty shallow. If you can create a resource that gives a ton of information for free you are going to get new visitors and keep your current visitors coming back.

    If you want to try out writing ultimate guide articles, it is always a good idea to create a strong outline and plan as you go along and see what sort of links (external, internal, and affiliate) you can sprinkle in. Research the other resources on the topic too and make sure you cover everything they do.

    Lastly, it is rare that someone is going to read the entire thing top to bottom so make sure to include a table of contents and make your content scannable (good use of header and font sizes) so your visitors can find what they need quickly.

    Interviews


    Interview

    An interview is pretty self-explanatory. You find an expert or prominent blogger on a specific topic (ideally one in the same space as you) and sit down with them over Skype or email and have them answer a laundry list of questions.

    Then, take the transcript of the interview and write a blog post about it. Try to add a little more than just the questions and answers to keep your readers engaged. Feel free to add your own opinions or comments as you go along.

    Everyone loves to hear what experts have to say and if you can get an interview it can be a great way to grow your blog readership and add a lot of valuable content.


    Expert Round Ups


    A roundup article is similar to an interview article except you get multiple sources and include them all in your post. The goal is to provide your readers with a few different outlooks and opinions on a certain topic. Then, start a conversation with them and see what they have to say about it. I recommend coming up with a pretty specific question that you want to ask so you can get similar answers from all of your interviewees.

    A great template for these articles is ‘Tell me about your biggest mistake doing X’. Everyone has something they would do differently in hindsight and it is a great way to get a conversation started and provide valuable information for your readers.

    Round Up Examples


    Inspirational


    Inspiration

    Everyone loves a good motivational pick-me-up during their day. If you have had a personal success or have seen one that is worth sharing, it can be a great starting point for new content. Like we mentioned above, a lot of people read blogs to hear about success so they can try and mimic it themselves. You will actively engage your visitors and build an audience that is happy for you to succeed. It is truly a win-win.

    When writing these types of articles, try to focus on achievements that are rare in order to attract the most attention. Business successes are a great starting point. If you have put in a lot of time and effort and are finally seeing some dividends in either income or traffic, share it with your visitors and you may help push them along through your success.

    Inspirational Examples



    Behind the scenes (day in the life)


    These types of blog posts are great because there is very little research or work that needs to be done to come up with things to write about since you are writing about your own life. If you have a specific work schedule, meal plan, or other “secrets” that you use to stay disciplined and be successful, this can be a great topic for a blog post.

    In the post, you walk your readers step-by-step through some process of your day. This could be a full breakdown from the minute your get up until the second you fall asleep, or a more specific subject like your workout or work schedule.​

    Readers love a glimpse into what it takes to be successful and are always looking for ways to model their own life after someone they admire. Help them out be letting them know what works (and doesn’t work) for you.​

    Product Reviews


    Product Reviews

    Do you use products every day? Of course you do! If they fit into the topic of your blog, creating reviews for some of them can be a great way to help your readers find a great new product. First, find a product that makes sense for you readers and creates a detailed review of it including the pros, cons, what to watch out for, and your personal experience with it.

    These types of articles are great places for affiliate links as well. Since you have used the products you can honestly recommend that your readers purchase it.

    Always use the products before making a recommendation! You don’t want to start off on the wrong foot by giving your readers a dud.


    Comparisons


    This is a more advanced version of a product review where you are taking multiple products or services and comparing their good and bad traits. Your readers may be struggling to decide between a few different options and are looking for advice on which option is going to be best for them. By breaking down their traits (as well as what matters the most to you), you are helping them make a decision.

    These posts are great candidates for affiliate links as well. Ideally, you have used all of the products and have chosen the one you like more than all of the others. Your comparison will be genuine and more likely than not your readers will take your advice and may purchase the same product you are using.

    I highly recommend using all of the products before writing a comparison post. Remember, you want to become an authority on the topic and you don’t want to lead your readers astray by recommending a product that doesn’t meet their needs or isn’t worth their money.

    Income Reports


    income report

    Many blogs are created to try and make money. If you are successful through your blog or even your offline work (such as investing or businesses), it can be a great way to connect with your readers. This type of post is usually recurring on a monthly or quarterly schedule. In each post, you share line-by-line how you made money and how much you made with your readers.

    This can be pretty scary for new bloggers since you are putting your own finances and personal life for everyone to see, so we recommend limiting it to only a subsection of your income. To start, try focusing on just your blog or one specific money-making venture you are pursuing. Write down how much you spend on hosting, content, advertising, etc and then write how much you made through affiliate programs, display advertising, or other opportunities. That's all it takes.

    It is good to stay on top of these type of posts and always make sure you publish them on the right schedule. These posts tend to get a lot of subscriptions because your visitors will want to see how you are doing every month.

    If you are making money, this can be a great way to build authority and will cause more of your readers to take your other posts that are promoting affiliate programs more seriously (thus increasing your conversion rates).​

    If you feel comfortable having your life online and are successful, this is a great way to add a whole new set of readers to your blog.​


    Challenges


    Challenges are a great way to not only keep yourself accountable through your readers but also a creative way to make viral content. Come up with something that is challenging for you and where you need to find your inner self-discipline or work harder than you usually do to achieve some goal. Then, post your challenge online and encourage your readers to join in with you.

    It is usually a good idea to post daily or weekly updates. This will keep you accountable because you won’t want to disappoint your readers by failing, and it will keep your readers coming back to see how you are doing. I always recommend using something that you are having trouble with on your blog. Maybe you are having a hard time staying motivated to generate content or keep up with social media. Put those challenges on a podium and share them with your readers.

    Contests


    contests

    Who doesn’t love a chance to win something? If not, the lottery sure wouldn't exist! Creating a contest for your blog is an excellent way to attract new visitors that may not usually find your site. It will also generate some positive PR for you and your blog because you are giving something away.

    Come up with a meaningful prize that is related to your blog. Ideally, you want to attract people to your blog who will come back again once they know you exist. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but a $50 or $100 prize can attract hundreds or thousands of visitors and it may well be worth the cost.

    You will want to create a dedicated page for the contest that has the entry rules, some information about the rest of your site, as well as an opt-in form for the contest. I always recommend collecting at least an email address so you can grow your list at the same time.

    As a word of caution, always consult your tax advisor before giving away stuff for free. There may be specific laws or tax consequences that you should be aware of before starting it.

    Resources


    There is a ton of good information on the internet, but it can be really hard to find sometimes. By putting all of the best information in one place you can add a lot of value to your site and attract readers. Who wants to search Google for hours when they can go to one place that links to all of the great resources available? Find a topic (types of tools, services, and products are great candidates) and research the best 10 or 20 great posts and information related to it. Put them all on one page and give each link a few hundred words of supporting information.

    By compiling all of the links in one place, you will be doing your visitors (and the people you are linking to) a huge service in matching people with their needs.​


    Problems and Solutions


    A lot of the people that search on the internet are trying to find answers to questions. In fact “just google it” it a common answer when people ask a question in real life. Cater to these visitors by identifying a problem and compiling a list of solutions and answers that they can read through to save them the trial and error.

    Try to pick a problem that you run into all the time or have a lot of knowledge about. That way, your answers will have a better shot at solving the problem for good.

    Start your post with an overview of a problem and why it should be fixed. Then, walk through the potential solutions, your own missteps, and the final success that you had. If the solution is related to a product or service, see if there is an affiliate program that you can join to make some extra money if you readers decide to use your solution for themselves.

    FAQs (Personal Questions)


    FAQ

    As you grow your blog and readers, you will find that you get a lot of questions. These could be about how you got started, what products you use or recommend, or what diet you use. As you get these questions (and hopefully answer them personally through email) write them down.

    Once you have enough, creating a blog post that lists your most frequently asked questions as well as your answers is a great way to connect with your readers. It will also turn into a great resource that others can use (and will help cut down on the number of emails you have to read every day).​

    Each answer doesn’t have to be lengthy and liberally link to your other blog posts if they answer the question more in-depth. As an aside, user questions are a great signal for what content you should make next.​

    FAQs (About Your Topic)


    Slightly different than a FAQ that is focused on personal questions, this type of blog post can be sort of Table of Contents for your blog. As you continuous blog for months and years, your blog will pile up with a ton of useful content. But, unless you are a master planner and have the perfect website layout, it may be hard for your readers to find what they are looking for.

    List the common questions that people may have about your topic and answer them with either a link to a blog post that you have written or an external resource that has everything they need. You want to help your readers as much as you can and giving them a good solution to their question (even if it isn’t on your blog) will go a long way in promoting you and your brand. If you find yourself linking to external content schedule that topic in for one of your future posts.

    FAQ (Your Topic) Examples


    Cheat Sheets


    Everybody loves a quick way to remember information or make sure they have all of their i’s dotted and t’s crossed. Come up with a topic that may have a lot of lengthy information and condense it into a quick and easy summary, checklist, or infographic. You want to aim for quick and easy with this type of blog post since it is supposed to be a way for people to “cheat” the long information and get right to the good stuff.

    These types of blog posts are a great candidate for social media as well as infographics since you want to condense the information as much as possible to help out your reader. If you can’t fit it in 1-2 pages it probably isn’t a cheat sheet.

    Always do a quick google or social media search before you create these cheat sheets. It will give you a good idea of what other people have created (and what works) as well as show you the quality bar you need to achieve before you publish your post.

    Tutorials or How-To Posts


    If you are an expert at doing something (everyone is an expert at something), creating a tutorial or how-to guide can be a great way to share it with your readers. Remember, they are coming to you because they want advice from an authority so make sure your post is thorough and answers as many of their questions as possible (before they have them).

    This could be as simple as a walkthrough of how you use a specific tool (don’t forget to insert your affiliate links) or as large as how you stay disciplined on your diet. The point is, you want to hold your reader’s hand as they go through the same process. If you are successful, you will win a new fan and have readers come back for every new post.

    Narratives


    Do you feel strongly about something? If you wrote a blog post about it, would it be interesting and persuasive? Then do it! It is a great way to share your personal experiences with your readers and teach them something new.

    A travel blogger may have something like “Why I’ll never go back to the Arctic.”​


    How to Research Blog Post Ideas


    You can’t expect yourself to continue to produce great ideas forever without a little outside help. Here are some great ways to research ideas and inspire yourself.

    Your Readers


    Your Readers

    Your readers know you and they know your niche. They are a great resource for ideas. Read through the comments on your other blog posts. What are people saying? Are they asking questions? Look for themes.

    Or just ask them directly. Send out an email campaign. You can simply ask them what they are curious to read about or you can be indirect and ask them what other blog posts they’ve read lately.

    Your Content


    Go through your old blog posts. Some posts are very general and you’ll be able to find a subtopic that you can write a new post about and go more in-depth.

    Some posts open the door for sequels, like “How to Plant a Maple Tree” could follow up with “Pruning and Maintaining Your Maple Tree.”

    If you have a positive post, write a negative post. But make sure it’s still fun to read! Remember “The 5 Best Beaches in Southern California” example? Well, what about “The 5 Worst Beaches in Southern California”?​

    Other Bloggers


    Check out your competition and see what they’re writing about. Don’t go as far as stealing their content, but feel free to use them as inspiration. Think about what they’re missing; what could make their post better or more complete? And if you can write a better post on the same topic with a different point of view, then go for it!

    You can also read the comments on their posts. See what their readers are saying and you may find some ideas.

    The Net


    Write about trending topics. What’s exciting the world today? Search social media. Twitter is especially useful since you can see what’s trending. Google Trends is also a great option. Play with these and see what you find.

    Use a Tool


    use a tool

    There are tons of amazing resources right at your fingertips. Hubspot and Portent have topic generators you can use. Simply Google searching for “blog post ideas” will offer you tons of results.

    Keywordtool.io is very helpful and it’s easy to use. Just type in a topic and you’ll get a list of what people search for specific to that topic.


    50 Blog Post Ideas to Get Your Started


    So, we gave you information on how to think about your posts as well as the common types of posts that you can write, but you may still need a little help getting started. Here is a list of blog ideas that you can use, steal, and modify to help you plan out your content.Informational Blog Post Ideas


    List Blog Post Ideas


    Top 10, 20, 100

    Everyone has a different take on what goes into a good blog post and everyone is always in need of better information. Come up with your own list of ideas and share it with your fellow readers.

    Top 10 low (carb, fat, protein) meals

    Everyone has to eat. Come up with a list of foods or meals that fit into a specific category and share them.

    Top 50 bloggers to follow

    Connect with 50 bloggers in a specific niche and write an article that profiles them and their blog. Your readers will love you for helping them find other great resources.

    Case Study Blog Post Ideas


    How emailing my subscribers once a week impacted my engagement

    If you already have an email list, try changing the schedule of your outreach. Then, track how it affects your income, comments, or other interactions. Hypothesis, Trial, Results.

    How does getting up 30 minutes earlier affect my productivity

    We can all get stuck in a pattern of eating, sleeping, working. Try breaking the habit with a specific difference (such as getting up slightly earlier) and then track how it affects your mood, productivity, health.

    Does adding more affiliate links in my posts increase conversions?

    If you already have posts with traffic and affiliate links, try changing up their density or add a call to action button or images to try and get more people to follow them. After a few weeks or months, reflect on the results and share them.


    Checklist Blog Post Ideas


    Blog Posting Checklist

    Have a set of steps you go through before your post goes live? Write them down and turn them into a checklist that your readers can use to make sure their blog posts are ready for the real world.

    Email campaign

    Write down all of the things that you should check on your template emails before sending them out to your list.

    Camping/Outdoor Checklist

    Write down everything you need before you go camping, hiking, or any other outdoor adventure. You could save your readers from mishap by helping them remember something they would otherwise forget.

    Ultimate Guide Blog Post Ideas


    Everything you need to know about Pinterest

    Are you a social media expert? Or, can you do enough research to become one? Write down everything that someone needs to know to tackle the Pinterest beast and bend it to their will.


    The only guide you need to camping with your animals

    Camping with your pets can be a rewarding experience, but it shouldn’t be undertaken if you don’t know what you are doing. Come up with everything someone needs to be safe and successful with their pets and put it all in one place.


    Ultimate guide to staying productive while working from home

    Many of your readers may work from home or may be self-employed. It can be hard to stay on task and disciplined when you don’t have a boss telling you what to do all the time. Write down all of the secrets, things to watch out for, and techniques that can be used to stay productive.

    Interview Blog Post Ideas


    Interview with an industry expert

    Track down a successful blogger, a teacher/professor, or business owner and ask to sit down with them for 30 minutes or so to answer a few questions. You don’t need a ton of content for your blog post to be successful so don’t over-do it.

    Interview with a newbie

    Interview someone who is just starting out in your area of expertise. It can be a great way to not only become a mentor but share some of the challenges that your readers might expect to have if they want to do it themselves.

    Interview with a kid

    Everyone loves learning what kids have on their mind and some of their answers can be pretty adorable. Find something that relates to your blog and ask your kids (or find someone else’s) and ask a few questions. Wrap it in a blog post and your readers will go wild.

    Product Review Blog Post Ideas


    Review of your website theme

    Every blogger has a theme they use for their blog. Whether or not it is paid or free sharing your experience along with a tutorial (and affiliate links if possible) makes for a great post.

    Review of your email list software

    Every blogger should also have a way to gather emails from their visitors and some way to send periodic letters to them. Review the products you use so your readers can use them, too.

    Review a hiking trail

    You don’t have to limit reviews to things you use to make money. If you had a great experience at a concert, theme park or hiking trail share it!

    Comparison Blog Post Ideas


    <Insert City> Dog Parks Compared

    You can also use playgrounds if you have kids, but people are always looking for better information on the best place to take their children (or fur-children). Write down the options in your area as well as a comparison between them.

    Best credit unions or banks

    If you have a personal finance category on your website, you can compare banks and credit unions to help your readers find the best ones for them.

    Best blenders

    Everyone has to eat and kitchen appliances are a great place for comparison. Find something you use all the time and also find a few of its competitors. Pit them against each other and help your readers choose the best one.

    Challenge Blog Post Ideas


    Post Every Day Challenge

    If you are having trouble keeping up with Social Media, this challenge is for you. Trying making at least one post on social media every day. After you complete an entire month it will become a habit and won't seem like such a chore.​

    Don't Eat Out Challenge

    Eating out can cause stress on our bodies and our wallets. Try making 30 days worth of meals for yourself and document it all online. Who knows, maybe you are a great chef and never knew it.​

    2000 Words a Day Challenge

    Steven king has a famous quote where he mentions that he won't finish his day until he gets around 10 pages of his most recent book written. This amounts to about 2000 words/day.​ Try it for yourself if you are having trouble publishing content consistently.

    Contest Blog Post Ideas


    Top Referrer Challenge​

    If you have a product or service that you sell, try starting a contest with your promoters. The person or company that refers the most sales to your website wins a prize.

    General Raffle

    Raffle some product or service in exchange for an email address. It is a great way to build your community and give something free to people who want to follow you.​ Don't skimp on the prize or people won't be interested.

    Retweet Challenge

    Have a great article that you want to share on social media? Create a contest around the number of retweets that it gets. The person with the most retweets wins something special. It can be a great way to get the word out about your new post or article.​

    Cheat Sheet Blog Post Ideas


    Social Media Cheat Sheet

    Write a list about everything that needs to be done before you post an article to social media. Make sure to include the image sizes as well as the title and descriptions.​

    On Page SEO Cheat Sheet

    Do you have a special list you follow to make sure you posts are ready for Google? Share the steps you take so your followers don't forget anything on their next post.

    Slumber Party Cheat Sheet

    If your readers have kids, they will certainly be spending some nights away from home. Share a list with them to make sure that they have everything prepared for that first night away from home.

    Narrative Blog Post Ideas


    First Trip Outside the <Insert Home Country>

    Everybody loves a good travel story. Talk about how you decided to make your first trip away from your home country and how it turned out. You may inspire some of your readers to do the same. Or, they may visit the same place you did.

    Child's First Trip on an Airplane

    We've all been a part of those wonderful experiences where a child is screaming on a 4 hour flight. Talk about your first trip with your child and what you did to prepare for it.

    The Time you Faced Your Biggest Fear

    Sharing your scary experiences is a great way to connect with your readers. Share a story with them about how you were afraid to do something and how conquering it (hopefully) made you feel. It is a great way to inspire them to do the same for themselves.​


    Let’s Wrap It Up


    At this point, you know more about blog post ideas than anyone else who hasn't already read this entire page. Take some of our ideas and mold them into your own to keep your backlog full. Writer's block sucks and the best way to avoid it is to stay ahead of your content. Remember to always take notes, keep a list of ideas, and never let it run out.

    You can find inspiration in the most unlikely of places so always be ready for it.

    Thanks for reading! Have any more questions? Comments? Share what has worked for you or what we left out. We'll add them in to keep this post the best resource on the net.

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