Here I will discuss 9 types of blog post to create if you don’t want to write much, or ways that you can still get content for your website that you did not create.
Some bloggers do not like to write. So they are always looking for ways to get content to their blog cause they know that content is king.
The problem is when you have a blog you will soon come to know the importance of keeping your blog updated with fresh content. For your audience to be interested in it you need articles, videos, graphics and audio that is relevant to the theme of your blog.
It can be challenging to access blog posts that will not keep your visitors interested enough to bring them back, especially if you find yourself writing more for Google than your readers.
People who blog for Google first are always trying to write long-form content. I am talking about articles of 1000-2000 words. I have read Google favors posts 1500-2000 words in length.
To that, I say it does not seem reasonable to me to do that all of the time. What if you just want to add a post that is shorter, one you do not have to spend all day writing?
It doesn’t matter if you blog for fun or to make money. If visitors are your goal write for them. Once you say all that you have to say and you get your point across, that all should matters.
if your readers need more information they will let you know in the comment section of your post. And that does add up dramatically and count as words for that particular post.
How Do You Write For Visitors?
I am always amazed at some of the content I see online. Some of it blows me away, but you know what else happens?
I click away from it because it is too long. The same thing happens with long videos.
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Unless I am really interested in a subject a long article or long video just does not interest me. I don’t know about you, but who reads long posts with 5,000 words? Just to give some feedback because you know the website owner.
The problem is Google is running the show on content. They are setting and always changing the rules if you want to rank on their search engine. I heard a few years back that “Google is God.”
To me, the way around that is to write for visitors sometimes as well. Keep the visitor with a short attention span in mind. Quality and engaging content would never go away.
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Of course, a short article combined with a sign-up form to never miss a post is a powerful combo. When doing this all you need is their email.
Now you do not care if they click away because you can keep in front of them over and over. I think this works great with shorter blog posts.
So with that in mind as well as other things…..
Here are nine types of short blog posts you can use to keep your blog enjoyable, encourage participation, short, increase followers, and encourage comments.
1. The Quick Tips Blogs
They are short and usually between 100 and 250 words. If you have ideas you want to share with your readers, but don’t justify a complete blog post, posting quick suggestions is ideal.
The edge should focus on the central area of its place. For example, “How to eat less when eating out” could be a “quick tip” ideal for a diet blog. Of course, you could always take this idea and develop it into a longer post, a report, or even an ebook.
The thing I like about quick tips post is how often you can make them. If you are actively researching your niche you are always coming across tips form other bloggers and websites.
I like to whip out my iPhone, open up an email, and just start talking. When I am done I email it to myself.
Then I copy the email and make a new blog post. A quick bit of editing and I am ready to publish and bookmark.
Here’s one other thing about quick blog tips. I will use these and make YouTube videos out of them for my YouTube Channel.
These are easy to create using Animoto. Then you can download them to your computer and upload them to your channel.
This is a simple way to get more out of a short blog post. Plus it is a great way to keep Google spidering your blog if you link back to it in the description area of your new video.
The quick tips blog post can be turned into just about anything you want it to be. With that in mind get busy adding these new short tips to your blog!
Another excellent way to create a valuable publication, without writing too much, is to link other people’s blogs. When I entered the world of blogging a decade ago many blogs did this regularly.
They would write a post every week that brings together excellent recent posts from other blogs related to the theme of theirs. This was a good way to get those bloggers to link back to them as well.
Amy Lynn Andrews of The “UseLetter” uses this strategy to create a newsletter. She also makes blog posts from them.
Her blog articles are full of outer-linking and inner-linking as well. It is no wonder Google likes her as much as they do.
3. The Corresponding/Interview Blog Post
People love interviews, especially if it is with someone they love and admire. Try to interview someone in your place and share the results of the interview with the readers of your blog.
That is also a powerful traffic generator in which the interviewee is likely to post the meeting on his blog and the web, increasing his traffic!
You can keep the blog post short by introducing the person you are interviewing and then posting the audio or video online for people to listen to. I like this because it adds good variety to a blog as well as adding quality content when done correctly.
4. Use Online Media Post
A source of the blog materials is essential. Sometimes readers leave very astute and clever comments on your blog that you may want to share with your entire audience.
If someone comments on your blog they are likely to assume that readers are happy to read this comment. You can use this feedback as a starting point for making a new post.
Sometimes I like to take a question from comments and answer it with a new post. These can be short and helpful to readers who might have the same questions.
Blog comments are viewed as new content by Google. Encourage them as a way to keep your blog updated all of the time.
5. List of Quotes
You should make sure to use these legally and ethically. That means, at least citing the author or speaker for each quote you are using.
Some bloggers do this with inspirational or famous quotes. You can find many on sites that will help you.
Quote Detective does a fantastic job tracking the source of several famous quotes. Brainy Quote has a quote of the day and archived quotes you may find useful as well.
6. FAQ Posts
Write a post answering the most frequently asked questions you get. These can be from emails you receive or in the comments people make on your blog post.
Here is another angle you could take to lengthen any blog post. Jon Dykstra of Fatstacks Blog recently did a fascinating study on whether adding an FAQ section to a blog post actually helps or hurts the post.
He calls them FAQ rich snippets. In reality in this study, the average FAQ section he added was 989 words.
He added them to 59 posts. Out of that 34 posts saw an increase of traffic while 25 saw a decrease.
Could you do this on a smaller scale and see a benefit? I think you could.
Your FAQ’s could be a new post. They could also be added to a post as Jon did.
Do you have an email list? How about emailing them and asking for their questions.
Take the questions and post them in a new post or find a relevant one and add them there. To me, this works because you have your reader in mind.
The added benefit is Google sees you updating your blog all of the time. If your goals are to one day be an authority blog this will help.
7. Outsource to a Freelance Writer
This is a way to get blog articles without doing any writing. I can’t think of a better way to create blog posts without writing than doing this! 🙂
Hiring a freelance blog writer makes sense in many instances. For example…
1. You do not like the niche. You are always taught to be passionate about the niche your blog is in.
I have nothing against this idea, but what if you want to branch out? Let’s face it. You cannot always be passionate about every niche.
To me, there are so many micro-niches that offer a great chance to make money. If you want to spend time researching them there are some great opportunities out there.
2. You are just too busy. If you have a full-time job writing blog articles can be tough.
I have found it almost impossible to get motivated if a 2000 word blog article is staring me in the face. I am busy and I am tired.
Time to hire a good writer. If quality is important to find a writer you can work with and let them help you. This is usually money well spent.
8. Ask For A Guest Post
I like this idea for blogs of all ages. New blogs can get more content faster. Older blogs can get targeted articles and you may even be able to charge the writer for them.
Finding writers can be done in a couple of ways.
1. Add a page on your blog menu where you may put exactly what you are looking for in a guest post.
2. Contact other bloggers. Send them an email offering them the chance to write for your blog.
This is a numbers game, but it will pay off. Some bloggers will do it just for the backlink you allow in their resource box.
9. Your Lengthy Keyword List
How long is your keyword list for your blog? Most bloggers will say 100-200 words, maybe even less.
In a Podcast recently Jon Dykstra talks about building large keyword lists and developing those into quality blog articles. Granted he is creating long-form content, but you could still copy him to a lesser extent.
Build a keyword list of 1000-2000 words or even longer. Go after longtail keywords and write blog posts around them.
Have a goal of doing 5 of these at 200 words a day. Over time you will have a very large blog of helpful articles you can go back and build out into longer articles.
Summary: 9 Types of Blog Post to Create if You Don’t Want to Write Much
Let me add one more thing I just thought of. Of course, you should not rely too much on what other bloggers have written.
Creating an occasional post based on the work of others is ok if you do not copy them. This is why I like to subscribe to the email list for blog post updates.
I got never miss a post idea from The Super Affiliate Rosalind Gardner. Although she is not as active as she once was her sign up form is just simply based on never miss a post. I see a lot of bloggers doing this.
OK, I hope you have enjoyed this article. I am a firm believer that more bloggers would stick with their blogs if they did not think every post had to be a long masterpiece.
Think about how much pressure you could get rid of if you just used these 9 ideas for creating shorter posts without writing much.
I know there are people who would start a blog if they thought this concept would work. It really helps when you begin thinking about blogging for your reader and not so much for Google all of the time.
Shorter blog posts let you do that. You might even find you love your blog again!’
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