Be honest. You’ve asked yourself many times what are the types of blog posts that folks read.
After all, you’re doing this because you do want your words to matter, right? You do want folks to read your words and ideas and maybe even act on them.
So, what are the types of blog posts that always get read? Oh, and can you use these powerful types of articles on your own blog?
Let’s find out, shall we?
1. Lists, lists, lists
Example: 50 Ways to Become a Better Blogger
Writing a great list post demands two main ingredients: time and patience.
Lists are attractive to readers because their headlines explain in just a few seconds what they’ll receive in return for their attention.
You see them everywhere — and that’s because they work.
2. Good advice that helps your readers solve a problem
Your readers are struggling with a certain issue. You know how to fix it. You provide them with the kind of advice that will help them solve this issue.
What’s even better than this?
Writing about a problem your audience doesn’t even know exists. That right there’s a recipe for success.
3. Arguing against a popular point of view
Example: Are You a Blogger or Just Blogging?
People don’t like to have their world-views shattered. Jordan does a wonderful job destroying the myth that anyone can blog right from the opening lines of his post.
If you are good enough and confident in what you have to say and you change someone’s mind, you’ve got yourself a reader for life.
4. Any post with a killer headline
Here’s the thing: your readers don’t have much time. They’re busy. They do not want to spend too long trying to figure out what your post is about. In fact, they’d like to know right away what your post is about.
Your headline should do most of the work for them. Sometimes a phenomenal headline is all it takes to get traffic and comments.
Of course, you’ll receive much greater rewards if the headline is matched by a great post, so always aim not just to deliver on the promise you make in your blog post’s title, but to over deliver.
5. A rags to riches, defeat to victory type of story
Example: The Story of a Writer
We all love the underdog winning. The buzzer beater. The guy who gets punched over and over again, yet doesn’t give up.
If you can share such a story, your readers will love you for it.
6. Best-of lists
Example: Are You New to The Art of Blogging?
To be honest, I’m a bit sneaky about this type of posts. Yes, you could do a classic best-of, hall-of-fame type of blog posts, or you could write a post that serves as an excuse to link to your best blog posts.
For instance, this:
This post allowed me to share what I considered to be my best blog posts across all my three blogs.
The truth is that people are constantly searching for the ‘best’ of everything; it’s a promise of quality. It also generates interest because ‘best’ is subjective — what’s best for you might be mediocre for others.
Ranked lists always seem to generate lots of traffic and comments.
What do you think are other types of blog posts that always seem to get people reading them?