Monday, February 3, 2014

Coming Up With Content For Your Blog Isn't Hard With These Blog Post Ideas

Coming up with content for your blog can sometimes seem difficult, especially if you're not aware of all the different types of content you can create into a blog post. These 13 ideas can spark an idea for your next blog post the next time you're stuck!

1. "How To" Posts. Teaching jobseekers a tip or technique is a great type of post to create. If you're not sure where to start, always choose to start at the beginning. You can offer "how to" tips about resumes, LinkedIn, cover letters, interviewing, finding employers to contact, and more.

2. Lists Posts. Creating lists is a great way to create a useful blog post. A list can be anything from a resource list, to a list of do's and don'ts. Even a list of products that you like to use (using your affiliate links of course) is a great way to put content on your blog. Your readers will be interested in any relevant lists that you can create.

A list post can also position you as an expert. For example, you might identify the top Twitter resources in the niche you serve (be sure to include yourself!).

3. Long Blog Posts. Most blog posts that you create will usually be 500 words or so, but on occasion, it's good to write a really long post. A blog post that goes very in-depth and is about 1,500 words long is a great way to include hard-hitting, relevant content on your blog.

4. Tutorials. This is kind of like the "how to" post but it goes more into it by using photos and maybe even video to demonstrate how to do something within your niche. Make sure it's something your audience wants to learn to do. A great example would be a video about how to customize a cover letter.

5. Videos. All blog posts don't have to include text. You can create a two or three minute video blog instead of a text blog post. Include a text description, post it on YouTube, and embed it into your blog for more traffic possibilities via the YouTube audience. You can also use your videos in other places, like in your LinkedIn profile.

6. Images with Commentary. Infographics are a great way to provide interesting content for your blog. You can create images using stock photos or you can make them yourself using a quote in attractive text. It's a good idea to include some commentary because search engines do not pick up text that is on an image. Use both the "alt" tags as well as some text to describe the image. Another great idea is a "before-and-after" resume case study.

7. Short, Focused Posts. Create a very short post — 300 words or so — about one very focused issue or topic for jobseekers. If you have a short update, it's okay to put a short blog post on your website.

8. Blog Post Round-Ups. You can collect blog posts from other people who write about job search, or you can do a round-up of blogs that were on your site during a specific time period (such as "most viewed" posts this month) or important bits of information that you don't want your audience to miss. Be sure to only put a short blurb and a link to the blog posts that you did not write, because you don't want to steal someone else's work.

9. Product and Book Reviews. If you get paid or get a product free in exchange for doing a review, you must disclose it. But if you can, also purchase the products yourself and use affiliate links to earn some money for products you review and recommend. Reviewing books within the job search niche on Amazon is also a great way to get traffic to your blog, by the way.

10. Critiques and Commentary. Some of my most popular blog posts have been on controversial topics. Read something that you want to comment about online? You can give a short synopsis of the blog post, and then link to the actual blog post or article, and then you can comment on it on your blog. Be careful if your commentary is negative or critical, though, because people can get quite upset.

11. Surveys and Polls. Not sure what to write about? Make a survey or poll right on your blog to ask your readers what they'd like to read about. You can also ask their opinion about a topic in question. You can use a service like SurveyMonkey.com to create simple (free) to complicated (paid) surveys with statistics. (I personally use QuestionPro, but it's a paid service.)

12. Case Studies. This works especially well for resume writers. Collect stories about how clients succeeded taking your advice and post them on your website in a blog post. You can also conduct interviews using Skype or FreeConferenceCall.com and record it and post it as a podcast.

13. Q & A.You can answer questions sent to you via social media or email right on your blog. It's a great way to create a new blog post and help fill in your FAQ. (You'll see that a lot of my blog posts start as an answer to a question I've received from a resume writer.) If no one emails you yet, you can still find questions to answer about your niche by checking out Groups on LinkedIn and questions asked on social media.

Using these types of blog posts as ideas, you can have a never-ending stream of content for your blog.

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