Sometimes the plain old blog post, seems well, plain and old. Spice up your blog with a variety of posts.
1. The List Post
Nine times out of ten, if my post has gotten a ton of hits, it’s a list post. 10 favorite buildings, 15 ways to eat organic, 100 places to find a deal on sustainable home supplies, ABCs of mental health, and more.
2. The Long Post
Everyone writes a short post. Today, write about something in great detail. Post a long task or idea that will really inform and help your readers like how to install LED lights to gain the most benefit. Just be sure to hit enter. Long is fine. Long with no breaks is torture.
3. The Link Love Post
Create an entire post around other great blogs. Link to people who have linked to you. Link to the people who have linked to you AND brought you lots of traffic. Combine a link love post, with a list post – like “10 top cooking blogs you should read.”
4. The Classic Post
Re-post a popular post from your own blog. If it got many hits call it a, “Classic Post.” Re-visit the topic with some new insight or just let it stand on its own. This is the perfect post for when you’re short on time. A twist on the classic post is the classic list. For example, at my pregnancy blog, I’ll do a list post that highlights the best nutrition posts in the last few months.
5. The Review Post
You can review anything at your blog from products to people. Just be honest because people will take what you say and possible purchase said product. Review books, movies, other blogs, hair care supplies, or any other item you enjoy.
6. The Interview Post
Interview someone cool, significant, or helpful. Interview your 80 year old neighbor who goes sky diving or the 17 year old kid who lived in a treehouse. You can interview just about anyone.
7. The Careful Rant Post
Got issues? Blog it. Tell the world why you’re angry, why they should be angry, and what everyone should do about it. The “careful” is there to remind you to rant on topic. For example, bad dates are rant-worthy, but not if your network blog is about soccer.
8. The Guest Post
Put out an email to blog pals saying you want guest bloggers. I love guest posts because I get a day off and my readers get to hear from someone new and cool.
9. The Series of Posts
Write a series for a week – or each week. Example, for a while I did a weekly green audit series at one of my green blogs; each week a new room. It gave me something solid to write about each week and was useful. Plus people come back for the next post. You could also do a series on a project like organizing your kitchen; start to finish, each day a new task. Or count down to back to school.
10. The Quick Question Post
This is the ultimate post for lazy bloggers. It works best if you already get good blog traffic. Ask a question, just one. Say, “What in the heck do you make of global warming?” Ask more eloquently than this of course, but, you get the picture. Give a very quick answer yourself, and then tell everyone to leave their thoughts in the comments.
11. The Poll Post
If you have a poll on your blog, make it a poll you can use. For example, in your poll ask, “What room do you need help organizing?” As people vote, you’ll have something useful to blog about; something that you’re sure people will want to read.
12. The Unfinished Post
For some reason people love it when I have no idea what to do about something. I always get more comments on posts where I say, “I have this issue – I’m lost. What would you do?” People like to help. Just make sure it relates to your topic.
13. The Reader Question Post
If you’ve got comments, instead of answering them all in the comments, you can pull one and answer it in more detail in a post.
14. The Video Post
A video that pertains to your topic can almost stand alone; just add some thoughts, and post the video. In my experience video posts don’t get great page views too often, but if you’re dealing with quotas, one here and there is useful.
15. The Weekly Review
Once a week round up all your posts from the week previous and post them as a, “In case you missed it” deal. Personally, I like reading weekly round-ups (I do miss stuff) so I’ve been trying it out at one of my blogs. However, the jury is still out on how successful these posts are at directing traffic to other posts.
16. The Fun & Creative Post
Once in a while do something totally different. One of my most favorite network posts ever was written in free hand. It was such a nice break from typed text. I never forgot this post, and to me that’s a sign of a great one. Today, why not try something that will make people remember your post for a long time to come.
What other kinds of posts work well at network blogs?