25 Types of Blog Posts That People Love to Click and Read

Comparison and controversy blog posts always get traffic.

[This is part of the Developing Great Blog Content Series. Check out the other posts!]

We’ve gone through 20 blog posts in this series that have helped you create the strategy and methods required to get the best blog content in front of your viewers, readers, and community.

But, at the end of the day you still have to execute and you still have to write that darn blog post! Sure, you could shoot from the hip and just blog as any other person or you could add a layer of strategy and use a “type” of blog post that has been generally proven to drive traffic to your blog.

In fact, I’ve already shared 3 types of content that draw tons of traffic but I’ve decided to share 25 more!

Heck, it could just help you stir a bit of creativity in your content development that might just be all that you need. Read through these types of blog posts and see what you can come up with:

1. Best Of Blog Posts

“Best Of” blog posts are quite easy as it could be as simple as a blog post that covers the top posts in a category or a particular time limit. These posts could also showcase the “best of” a particular list of other blogs or topics that you might be interested in. Don’t limit it to just the content in your blog!

2. Video, Audio Interviews

This is pretty straight-forward and an obvious heavy-hitter, especially if you can get a popular, famous, or celebrity into your interviews. Unless you are absolutely terrible at interviewing (in which case you shouldn’t do interview posts) you should definitely consider doing one (or two) every once in a while.

3. Question and Answer

Sometimes you can’t get the video or audio interview but the text-based Question and Answer can do just fine. In fact, this one can help you even more long-term as you’ll get the rich content and keywords from the QA interview for Google and the other search engines to pick up on. A good idea is to actually transcribe your video/audio interviews as well.

Good for your readers and search engines.

4. Incredible Headliner

Sometimes the best type of blog post has nothing to do with necessarily the blog content itself (or at least the body of the content) and just an exceptional title that grabs the reader and pulls them in. I’m not a strong fan for these types of posts but sometimes a good headline and title is all that you need. And sometimes you just need one once in a while to grab a different bunch of keywords or viewers.

5. Dogmatic Perspective, Point of View

Come on strong and you can expect a influx of new visitors. Sometimes by strongly choosing one side of the fence in a particular hot topic can bring people in droves. Go in in hard shamelessly and you’ll come out a winner. Sure, you might get some arguments or even trolls in your comment stream but you’ll thank them for the traffic after all is said and done, right?

6. Practical Advice

I would argue that most of your posts, especially as you focus on a particular niche, should have practical advice all the time but not all blogs are like that. Sometimes you have to be explicit with your advice giving to make it a standout post. Be an expert and then show them what you’ve got!

7. List Posts

List posts is a strategy that just works. Just begin to list things out using bullets and ordered lists and you’re golden. In fact, this post right here could be considered a list post! The fact that you’re reading it means that I got you to click and read. Awesome.

8. Review Posts

Book reviews and product reviews are also great types of blog posts that bring lots of viewers, especially if you have a unique perspective that your community can expect for you to bring. I do a few review posts now and again and I really enjoy sharing my point of view on how I use the product and how to maximize its use.

9. How To Blog Posts

I do these types of posts all the time and it’s one of my “bread and butter” type posts – ones that I continually use over and over again. I consider myself an experienced blogger after more than a decade worth of experience and I love sharing how to be successful in the art and science of blogging. I’ll teach you as much as I can and I spend tons of time on my How To blog posts every single day.

10. Images

Sometimes a post that has tons of images is all you need to bring in a lot of traffic, especially if you’ve built your blog around image-based posts or if you do it very rarely. If you need a good blog post that covers how to use images well check this one out here.

11. Video Blog Posts

I’ve talked previously a few times about the importance and value of doing video blog posts now and then. Try one for yourself and see how you dig it – you might learn to even love it! Check this post out here to get started with video posts.

12. Screencasts

Screencasts are a hot commodity online as it’s somewhat the best of both worlds as you get great “How To” content mixed with a personal touch via the video. I’ve done a few here on this blog and it’s been met with some raving reviews. If you’re interested in knowing what I use check this post on Screenflow.

13. News Flash, Boiler Plate

Of course the boilerplate news and hotplate items in our culture always bring fresh eyes and lots of clicks. I wouldn’t do it too often unless you’re a news site just so that you can maintain and keep your content focus but every now and then it’s good to tackle one or two. I don’t typically cover any of those items here on TentBlogger because I believe it dilutes my overall blog promise that I’ve made to my readers but I don’t consider it completely off-limits.

14. Guest Posts

Guest posts can bring tons of new readers and even more traffic as the guest author that contributes his post brings his fans and community with him as he or she advertises the guest post on your blog (or at least they should make it known!). The art of guest posting is something I might cover in another blog series in a bit.

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15. Charity, Awareness Posts

Occasionally you might be asked to post about something that you would never post about unless someone tapped you on the shoulder and requested you to consider it. It might be for a real charity or it’s just something outside your typical content focus and is considered a “charity” post. Just make sure that it still applies to your current community and reader base!

16. Contests and Competitions

Contests and competitions can bring tons of traffic if done well. It doesn’t take much to create a content-related blog post and you don’t even have to necessarily offer a prize! People love to compete and even more than that people love to win.

17. Community Powered, Ask the Readers

Sometimes it’s just good to ask your readers some candid questions about content and/or your blog to see how they are feeling and to get some valuable feedback. I’d recommend asking your community at least once a month especially as you consider some significant changes on your blog.

18. Giveaways

I’ve done a number of Giveaways on this blog and it’s one of the more fun types of blog posts that I do. It’s fun to give stuff away to a very deserving blog community! But, don’t be fooled – you don’t have to always offer a cash prize; why not some of your expertise or free consulting? Be creative!

19. Off Color, Off Topic

An Off Color or Off Topic blog post is simply a catch-all type of post that is definitely outside of your typical content focus. Sometimes your community responds really well or they could be generally shocked. Use sparingly and use wisely but it could be beneficial and even reveal some neat truths about your interests and/or community that might surprise you.

20. Big Resource Post

Everyone loves to know the resources that you use and sometimes a simple blog post listing out a number of select resources is all that you need to do to bring a batch of fresh click throughs and visits. If you’re clever you can match it with a particular lifestyle or something that you do related to your blog. For example, what if you listed out everything you “touched” during your day as it relates to your blog? That’s fun one. A more serious one would share your entire list of bookmarks as it relates to blogging. Sweet.

21. One Time Announcements, Events

Every so often you make an announcement about a big change in your life or about your blog. Pretty obvious but it’s worth it to write it down explicitly. If you’re a big conference goer then you might have an entire category dedicated to events, conferences, and even blog meetups or tweetups. Awesome.

Laughs are good for the soul... and your blog.

22. Humor

Occasionally you’ll see a blog post or two that’s just a silly viral video that you want to share with your community. Sure, go for it, especially if you’re on an “off” day and struggling to publish something worth while. Laughter can be the best medicine for you and your community if done well with the right timing.

23. Testimonials

Some blogs won’t sport testimonial-related blog posts very well because they simply don’t fit but other types of blogs have testimonial blog posts all the time because it just makes sense. Blogs covering products and reviews oftentimes have these types of posts more than other typical blogs.

23. Research, Presentations, Infographics

If you’re a speaker, an educator, or do anything that requires presentations and powerpoints then why not share them with your community? I’m sure you already thought of it but sometimes some good research and a presentation-related blog post can shift gears a bit. Embeddable services like SlideShare, Scribd, and Prezi are just a few of these types of services that can offer some really neat content. Finally, Infographics (research showcased via design) is super popular now and just begs to go viral.

24. Compare, Contrast

Compare and contrast posts remind me of my elementary school days where I was asked to “compare and contrast” everything under the sun. The thing is that it still works! Sometimes all you have to do is add a “vs” in your title and you’re going to get a lot of traffic, even if it’s silly: “Mac vs PC” … oh wait, that’s serious…!

25. Long Form, Editorial, Journalism

Finally, long form blog posts and editorial and journalism-related blog posts are very common in news-related websites and blogs but perhaps you can have one or two every so often on your blog. If you typically post around 300 words per post then why not go for 1,500 every other week? Why not try to rock a 3,000 word blog post? Try it!

These are just a few that I’ve catalogued and used historically and is certainly not comprehensive. Do you use any other “types” of blog posts that I’m missing here in this list?

Let me know!

[This is part of the Developing Great Blog Content Series. Check out the other posts!]

  • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

    One that’s a great one is a “get to know me post”. You could do like “30 Things You Didn’t Know about Me”. I found those to be popular on the blogs I’ve seen them on.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      oh. wow. i love that! thanks!

  • http://lifexpresseddigitally.me/blog Brian Alexander

    I’ve done a few of these already. I’m going to try a few more in the coming weeks. Thanks John!

  • Jane | Find All Answers

    Wow that is an impressive list! For me practical advice and list posts go viral. You have given a lot of new templates to try out. Needs a bookmark. Thanks.

    Jane.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      lists definitely go viral…! but it’s getting a bit saturated recently.

  • http://www.sgwm.com/spencer Kristin

    Love this post, thanks for the info!!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      sure thing kristin!

  • http://www.davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

    John, you should create a desktop wallpaper or a bookmark of this post :) I for one will reference this in my writing quite often. Awesome.

    • Brandon

      For sure!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      haha! hmmmmmmm.

  • http://robshep.com Rob Shepherd

    This is some high quality blogging advice. Thanks!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      sure thing rob!

  • http://www.tillhecomes.org Jeremy Myers

    Great ideas! I sat down today wondering what I was going to write about today, and this post gave me plenty of great ideas.

    Thanks, as always!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      awesome. so let me know what the post is when it’s done!

  • Brandon

    Great tips!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      i hope it helps!

  • http://chrisvonada.com chris vonada

    John,

    Thank you for this very comprehensive list, exccellent!!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      sure thing chris! have a great week!

  • http://dustinstout.com Dustin W. Stout

    Very helpful list John! This is definitely getting added to my favorites!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      really? your favorite? awesome! that made me smile.

      • Brandon

        This post needs to be something all bloggers read!

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          ;) thanks bro!

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    Great list, John. I’ve found #7 (list posts) to be really effective. I refer to these as “brain dumps” as they only take me 15-20 minutes to write and sometimes are only 300 words, as they’re just a series of bullet points. But people love these!

    I also find that #20 (resource posts) can be really great for getting links and social media shares. They tend to be longer (and take longer), but they’re great resources to have on your blog for long-tail traffic.

    I’m trying to think of a category you didn’t list, but nothing’s coming to me!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ah… could i have covered them all…? ;)

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

        Hmmm… doubtful. ;)

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          ;) yeah… yeah…

  • Brandon

    Do you find that you have a little too much to write about? I sometimes feel like I could literally write way too many posts! haha

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      oh… no. i actually struggle pretty badly.

      • Brandon

        I guess I am cursed with so many thoughts floating through my head! haha…I’m glad I am blessed with it though!

        • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

          I’m the same way – long lists of stuff I’d like to write about. The challenge is choosing the topics that I can write about well and without doing tons of research.

          • http://john.do John Saddington

            ah. what a nice issue!

  • http://www.geekforhim.com Matthew Snider

    Great stuff brother – off to write a bit in a while. Once I get the kids down!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      how many kids you got?

      • http://www.geekforhim.com Matthew Snider

        Now I have 3 brother! Just had baby girl 3 yesterday!

        • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

          Wow. Congrats!
          By the way, what are you doing reading blogs?!? Hug that baby! :)

          • http://john.do John Saddington

            i know, right? ;)

            but i’m one to talk… i’m blogged the day after my 2nd came this year…

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          YESTERDAY?!?! CONGRATSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

  • http://www.pulpit2pew.com Frank Gantz

    John, again you added value to me. Thanks, bro.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      i love value! i am humbled.

  • http://kellysinging.com KellySinging

    Thank you for your awesomeness yet again. :)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      sure thing! tell me about your brand…… “kelly singing”…? i can’t find anything on your about page or anything that grabs me about the “story” of this name.

      • http://kellysinging.com KellySinging

        When I started blogging I only had part of a ministry vision, so I used my twitter handle. I am in the very early stages of recording my songs, which have the same message as my blog. I have much more of a complete vision for ministry now, which is helping people grow spiritually so I have been seriously thinking about changing the branding to reflect that. (I tend to get ahead of God in ministry, so I am praying this through first!) Thanks for checking my site, John!

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          ah! that’s awesome!

  • http://everydaysnapshots.com Dave Anthold

    John – these are great ideas. I’m already trying to implement some of these along with other great ideas from your blog. Gracias!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      cool! thanks dave!

  • Jacob Musselman

    This will definitely be a post I’m coming back to since I’m going to try and post once a day. Thanks for all the ideas.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      sure thing jacob! enjoy!

  • http://scatteredblogger.com Joshua Chase

    Wow, what a line-up. There are several that I focus on, the screencasts, how tos, and reviews seem to be a good niche’ for me but yo just opened my eyes to several others I may need to consider. Great post once again John.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      sweet! rock them josh!

  • http://www.johnmichaellane.com John

    How would you go about lining up interviews?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      hmm. that depends. it doesn’t have to be too complicated, right? ask the person, schedule a time, and rock it! get some questions before hand for them to review?

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      For my day job, I’ve interviewed tons of people. Remember that it’s a win/win situation: you get content, they get publicity. Most people are incredibly gracious and nice about being interviewed.
      It helps to interview people who would be as familiar as possible with you, your blog, or at least the idea of blogging in general.

      • http://john.do John Saddington

        thanks for this loren! what is your day job?

        • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

          I’ve written for newspapers and am currently doing P.R. for a small NASCAR track. Probably the most notable interview I’ve done was talking with Kid Rock back when I wrote for a newspaper – not really my style of music, but it was fun to interview him.

          • http://john.do John Saddington

            awesome! wow… that’s pretty cool!

  • http://jamesbrooks.me.uk James Brooks

    This is literally one of my favorite posts, if not my favorite post, that you have produced. Will be sharing this around a LOT

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      word up bro!

  • http://www.webincomejournal.com Chadrack

    Hmm, great post. I actually do a lot of the incredible headliner, practical advice and list posts. Thanks for this idea spinners!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      sure thing buddy! your comments got caught in spam.

  • Clay Morgan

    Great post John. I’m bookmarking this one! Very helpful to spark ideas.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      sure thing clay!

  • http://www.rickwsmith.com Rick Smith

    Great stuff John! My interview I did with you during my double popped series is my 2nd all time post! Everyone should check that out…John (Tentblogger) was super wise even all the way back in 2009….!

    http://rickwsmith.com/blog/double-popped-human3rror/

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      wah wah!

  • http://www.robertpickstone.com Robert Pickstone

    Wow!

    This is one awesome list!

    I compiled a similar list recently. Whilst mine is written in a far more boring way, there are one or two extra types of post.

    http://www.robertpickstone.com/2011/05/31/18-types-of-blog-posts/

    I hope you don’t mind me posting the link. I promise I’m not spamming! Just thought you may want to see.

    Once again, great post!

    Thanks

    Rob

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      cool rob. :)