Do you know these 10 types of blog posts?

About to start blogging?

Can’t decide what kind of blog you want to open?

Want to know the types of blog posts that will bring the most attention to your site?

If so, you will definitely want to read this “blog” to the end.

At times, writing a blog can most certainly be annoying. We have all been there. There will undoubtedly come a time when you will get stuck and not come up with anything to write, no matter how much you love your blog and love blogging. As a result, you won’t be able to put together a quality blog post.

When you hit that point, you should refer to this list of post types that outlines some of the most common types of blog posts available. I put together this list as a reference and have it on my desktop for easy access when running out of blogging ideas.

Here is our list of the 10 types of post you really need to know:

Lists

When I tell you people love lists, believe me. They just do. Put together lists of things in your niche like :

  • “Top 10 Best Ukrainian League Goals Of All Time”
  • “Top 10 Most Handsome Actors Of All Time”
  • “Top 10 Thanksgiving Recipes to Prepare”  

 

These types of blog posts are very similar to resource blogs. Lists can be brief, effortless to stay on topic, and great when it comes to attracting interest. This explains why lists are one of the most common types of blog posts used by bloggers.

Additionally, list post types provide an easy way of linking to other relevant articles and products.  These types of blog posts can be very beneficial for everyone.

While researching, you may have gathered a significant amount of data for your article. Relating this information and composing it into a list blog post could benefit your readers a lot. The list could be about anything, as long as all the items on that list are related. This page is an actual list post type.

 

“BEST  Of” Blog Post List Type

 

The “Best Of” type is basically a subtype of the List post type. These types of posts are usually after the event that is being written on has concluded.

For example, let’s say you are a soccer fan. You want to highlight a player’s performance from last season. To emphasize his season performance, you could make a list of his 10 best scores of the season. Furthermore, you could also create a post on your blog highlighting your most popular blog posts of that year.

Whatever your niche, look back and create a post around your best posts throughout the years. This can be wowing, mainly for sentimental readers.

Checklists

While similar to regular lists, checklists are intended to help the reader complete a set of tasks or act as reminders. In essence, these types of blog posts are here to help you to achieve something.

Example of checklists you could make:

  • 8 Things to Buy before your wedding. (Some people actually ignore the ring – what were you thinking!)
  • Top Five Things to Pack Before Travelling Business Class.
  • List of Barbecue Ingredients. 

This type of article should contain:

  • A title that includes keywords relating to the kind of checklist you’re creating plus the word “checklist.”
  • 1 or 2 paragraph opening that explains what and why the list exists.
  • The actual checklist of items. 

 

Remember, your checklist is only a list. Ensure that you correctly structure your post using brackets, bullet points, and/or a numbered list. Try and keep in mind your checklist should be short and laidback.

Try to avoid making the following mistakes:

  • Avoid using conjunctions at the beginning of your article.
  • Avoid overuse of keywords in your checklist.
  • Avoid long wordy titles. Make your titles short and to the point. 

 

So when you want to make sure your readers have everything they need or have completed all the necessary tasks, then a checklist is one of the best types of blog posts to use. Readers tend to like checklists and relate to the presentation well.

cooking tutorial types of blog posts

Tutorials/How-To

For these types of blog posts, you’ll need to provide your readers with instructions on how to complete a specific task. This means you’ll be creating a tutorial on how to accomplish something. Almost anything would be appropriate for you to share with your readers. Not only does this benefit your reader, but it also helps boost your reputation as an authority with others.

People, almost habitually, turn up to the World-wide-web and search engines like Google when they want to learn a new skill or hone an old one. You will find this can be a simple as “How to drive a stick shift” or as complex as “How to rob a jewelry store.” (Check the popular video platform Youtube. You will be surprised).

DO NOT sell short the power of teaching what you know. Just for illustration, let’s assume you are an expert with software like Adobe Photoshop and AutoCAD. Go ahead and make up training modules on the basic principles for your potential readers. While there is abundant material on these, your aptitude, along with the collation method, may make you a top-notch teacher.

Tutorials are excellent, solely for the reason that they can be beneficial to just about anybody. Providing detailed instructions demonstrates that you’re an authority on the topic that you’re teaching. Your expertise becomes more noticeable when you write on issues that are less generally known. (like the earlier example, most people do not know how to drive stick shifts).

Not all tutorials have to be detailed exhaustively. Sometimes, you may just want to provide more general guidance to your readers, too; In either case, your audience can determine the flow.

To help you generate some ideas on ‘how-to’ posts and tutorials, try exploring some of the forums in your niche topic. You can also investigate other related blogs to see what others ask about doing certain things. Well-thought-out “how-to” types of blog posts are usually well accepted and can help distinguish you as an expert in your niche.

Today visual training videos are becoming very popular. These recorded videos could be an excellent opportunity to expand beyond the written tutorial. Additionally, they can fit in and work well in combination with these “How-To” subtypes.

 

The eCourse

 

eCourse can be a very compelling way to attract high-quality traffic. A few steps are involved with setting this up correctly. Basically, what you are doing is teaching someone how to do something over a series of blog posts or lessons. Your title may end up being something like “The 9 Day Course to developing an app.” While this can be done through text posts alone, online sources are typically released as videos now.

 

Quick Tips

 

Quick tips are great intermediate posts. They are short and generally two hundred words on average. If you have ideas that you want to share with your readers, it doesn’t justify an entire blog post; posting quick tips is ideal. The tip should be fixated on one critical area of your niche. For example, “How to inhale hotdogs faster than you think” is an excellent ‘quick tip’ for a parody blog.

The Interview

People love interviews, especially with role models and admirers. Try interviewing someone in your niche and posting the interview results, whether in text format or in the video, with your blog readers. This is known to increase blog traffic. Most likely, the person you interview will post or tag it on their blog. Additionally, they may share it on social media, undoubtedly increasing visits to your blog!

Blogs can actually help promote brands or supply quality information on a particular topic. Most hospitals in the United States have online blogs where their staff take turns writing about specific issues and educating the public. Interviewing someone better than you in a particular niche can broaden your knowledge. Furthermore, it can give your readers a new perspective on the topic.

You may not be one of the best in your field. However, you can always ask to interview that person. Make the interview unique by asking questions no other interviewer has asked.

review types of post

Reviews

Reviews of services and products are beneficial to your readers because it helps make decisions when buying. It’s also an excellent way to make money from your blog. This is particularly beneficial to affiliate marketing professionals. When you review a product and attach your affiliate site, you earn commissions from each sale you create.

The key to writing a reliable ‘review’ blog post is not to go over the product’s merits but to also indicate things about the product that could be made better. This keeps your review sensible and gives your reader an objective view. Your blog followers will appreciate your honesty and will be more likely to believe your endorsement. Listed below are types of review blog posts:

 

Product Reviews

 

Authors are offered a financial reward for reviewing merchandise or services. The review should have photos of that product, a description of the product, a section on what you think about it, and tell them how it can help them benefit from it.

 

Event Reviews

 

Share your thoughts and impressions from a game conference, past event, or government seminar. There exists something attractive about bloggers that attend particular events and blog about them. Attach pictures and personal opinions, and discuss it all on your blog when you get to the base.

Comparison Articles

 

Comparison articles are actually review articles, but this time you’re writing about two products or services. The whole purpose is to compare the strengths and weaknesses of two or more similar products. These articles are intended to help to make potential buyers make a good decision and reduce the chance for regret.

 

Writing Comparison Articles

For newer bloggers, writing comparison articles can be a bit challenging. Usually, this is because they are not sure what exactly makes up a good comparison post. However, it’s not too complicated when you look at other comparisons. Essentially, comparison articles are divided into two slants:

  • Pro and con comparison articles.
  • Category comparison articles.

When tackling these types of blog posts, the most challenging part for you will probably be fully understanding what you are comparing. Without really understanding what you are comparing, it can be challenging to provide a quality, detailed article. So do your research and get to know your products, and you should be fine.

Now, you just need to organize what you learned and structure your content, and you’re ready to go. Don’t worry. You can go online and search for examples. I won’t tell if you won’t.

So are you still with me? Let’s fly!

“Pros and cons” comparison articles

 

As transparently and honestly as possible, pros and cons comparison articles show all known strengths and weaknesses of both products or services. You want to provide an honest and fair assessment. Don’t be afraid to be critical, especially if it’s warranted. And don’t overreach to provide balances. Being open and straight with your readers will boost their trust in you and your recognition as an authority.

 

Category comparison articles

 

Category comparison articles are similar to the pro and con articles. However, instead of discussing the benefits and drawbacks of two products or services, you’re comparing similarities and differences by category.

Here is an example. Let’s say you were to compare a Ninja blender to a Cuisinart blender. This would be a good Pros and Cons article. But, what if you were to compare the differences between Blenders and Juicers? Well, that would be a category comparison. As you can see, one method focuses on comparing the details of specific products or services. But categories correspond to higher-level concepts to help focus the reader in a more specific direction.

Essentially, category comparisons are relatively similar to pros and cons. Both types of posts are aimed at helping to guide the reader, just at different levels and with somewhat distinct structures.

So, what are you planning to make your first comparison article?

white paper post type

White Papers

A White Paper is a detailed report or guide on a specific topic and the problems surrounding it. Its purpose is to educate readers and help them understand and solve the problem.

In the world of marketing, a white paper is a long-form content, just like an e-book. The difference between a white paper and an e-book is that the reports are generally more technical and in-depth. The facts and opinions expressed in the White Papers are often based on original research or statistics gathered by the publisher from reliable sources. They often include tables, charts, tables, and other ways to visualize data.

The term “white paper” comes from the color-coding of government documents. This stated there allowed distribution of the document. White, i.e., white paper, indicated the record was for public access. (1)  A famous example is Churchill’s White Paper, commissioned in 1922 by Winston Churchill.

Today, this term is most commonly used in “in-depth” publications. Companies – especially in the consulting, financial, or B2B sector – use them to communicate their organization’s philosophy on a given topic, justify the superiority of their product, or simply present the results of research related to their field.

White papers are no less editorial than other forms of content, but the depth of their research gives them a genuine tone. For this reason, they are good candidates for thought management support.

 

Types of white paper articles

There are many different types of white papers that a company might publish.

One form is the backgrounder, which explains in detail the benefits of their product, service, or process.

Another form of white paper is the problem-solving technique. In this form, the audience is guided by the solution to an issue prevalent in their business.

Other forms of white papers merely provide an overview of relevant statistics and data about the state of a given business or industry. The Content Marketing Benchmarks Budgets and Trends from the Content Marketing Institute is an example of this.

Regardless of the format, the content of your white paper should demonstrate your experience in a specific field. Your target audience is looking for information and will seek an authoritative source. This company, they believe, has an in-depth understanding of a topic.

Your white paper’s content should demonstrate your competence in a specific field. 

The purpose of a white paper article

 

White paper articles help you establish credibility with your target audience. They demonstrate to the readers that you are dependable, competent, and knowledgeable in a particular field.

This sense of power can also help an organization increase sales. More than half of poll respondents said they read a white paper before making a purchase decision. Buyers like to buy from companies they know and regard as experts in their fields.

News Articles

Every day, something newsworthy is happening. In fact, you should be able to find something news-related for any niche. Keep your eyes and ears open to what’s going on. Then find a newsworthy item and write your personal comments. News articles are one of the types of blog posts that are easy to create and quick post; Additionally, they have the added benefit of encouraging feedback from readers. Be sure to link to the post you are referring to, along with your comments.

Try and be the one to break that news if possible. Being the first, or one of the first, to break a news story links your site in your reader’s minds. People will begin seeing you as somebody on top of what’s going on. This will boost your recognition as an authority in your niche.

Personal Stories

Everyone loves hearing about personal experiences. Why do you think reality shows are soo popular? Anyone that follows your blog will surely be interested in your unique life experiences, primarily if they are related to your niche. Did you go bungee jumping? Were you close to a crash site? Without getting overly thorough, sharing a blog post on personal activities draws interest and feedback.

Believe me, blog followers love posts like this. It makes them feel like they know you and can relate to you. You become more personal to them. To help give you some ideas, discover some of our suggested personal story types below.

 

Personal opinion posts

 

Talk about something from your personal life. This type of post helps your readers empathize with you and feel like you are one of them. Don’t overdo it as it can backfire – people can get tired of hearing about your pet turtle every week.

 

Rant posts

Rant posts are where you rage and scream at the world, especially when something has recently upset you. People thrive on the emotional and negative. We see it on the news every night, along with all the protests. People can be very passionate about issues. 

When people read this, they might agree with you immediately, or they will disagree with you. Either way, both of these responses will often draw various comments, which is what you want.

Rant posts are a trendy type of blog post seen throughout the web. They are a great way to let out some frustration in a blog post! Since we are not machines, sometimes you just need to let out what’s bugging you.

You’ll find this is often an easy post to write, especially when you are already fired up. That’s how most bloggers end up writing their rant posts.

Remember these when writing a rant post(checklist, check) :

  1. Write in the heat of your anger – Strike while the iron is hot. It’s better to compose when you are excited. Words will definitely come, howbeit in an angry tone. If you delay, you could risk losing the stimulus of your rant.
  2. Stay on point – Try to stay on topic while you’re still angry. It is doesn’t take much to get off-topic but focus on the target of your frustrations. In fact, angry debaters almost always forget what they were arguing about, so stay on point. By remaining focused on your goal while you write, you should avoid going off-topic. Start writing with the end in focus. You will write clearly, and by extension, get good reactions from your readers.
  3. Step away from the keyboard – Once you get through the first draft, go take a break and cool off. Go play some video games, take a walk, do whatever you do to cool off. Then come back, go through what you wrote with a clear mind, and click. Post it. Then go to bed and sleep like a baby.
personal letter post type

Personal letter

Have you ever written a letter to somebody before? A personal letter? Ever? Why? Wasn’t it in your curriculum in school? Or were you too lazy to work on that? Well, sorry to say, but your laziness has caught up with you. Oh yes, it has. Because eventually, you will decide to write a personal letter to your readers.

Most people don’t typically write letters to communicate anymore. However, we still write personal letters for specific events. Such events can include an interview, making an announcement, or thanking friends and family for their gift after a wedding. Let’s start, shall we?

On your blog, there will come times when you may want to address your readers directly. Perhaps you wish to tell someone your thoughts on a significant event, share some good news, or make an important announcement. Of all the types of blog posts available, a personal letter is a perfect way to address these and similar communications.

So what makes up a personal letter post, then? Well, it really is pretty simple. There really are only 3 essential components needed:

  1. A recipient – a person or group that the letter is speaking to.
  2. An author – who the letter is being written from. This could be directly from you or on behalf of a group.
  3. A personal matter – this is the purpose the letter is being written. This can be almost anything. A new office policy, a complaint, an important announcement

That’s all that is really needed for these types of blog posts. However, you can still follow a more standard format like you would in a more traditional letter:

  • Greeting or salutation
  • Introductory paragraph
  • Body of the message
  • Conclusion paragraph
  • Complimentary close
  • Signature

Depending on the letter you want, the desired feel may determine how traditional or casual you wish to make it. But no matter how formal or relaxed, the personal letter is the way to address a specific group on behalf of another.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many different types of posts available to you. While we covered 10 different types of blog posts, there are many, many more you can learn. However, we believe these 10 are the essential types to getting a new blog writer started and will be your go-to list for quite some time. So now that you are ready to write some blog posts, we would like to know, what is your favorite blog post type? Let us know in the comments. Happy blogging!

(1) https://www-cdn.law.stanford.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Definitions-of-White-Papers-Briefing-Books-Memos-2.pdf

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