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10 Types of Blog Posts That Should Bring You More Page Views

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Inbound marketing can be hugely rewarding for a business, and one of the best ways to achieve it is through a blog. According to Hubspot, companies that blog have 97 more inbound links than those that don’t.

But in order to reach that kind of numbers, you need to generate a blog that customers actually read. Don’t worry, though; if traffic is low on your page, there are things you can do to boost your total views.

You can start by changing up the style and content of your blog posts. Here’s a few ideas for how.

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1. How-To Posts and Tutorials

How-tos are the most powerful and timeless of blog posts, assuming they’re well done. Most people go to the web in search of instruction from tutorials. Whether they’re wondering how to change their oil or how to decorate their living room, the love to find how-tos that show them the way. A great example of this can be seen in our how to create guest posts article.

But you have to make sure these kind of posts are of very high quality and offer unmistakably valuable information. Be aware that you’ll probably be competing with many already-published articles but most of them just skim the surface.

The ones that really sink deep into the topic or process will provide the most value to readers, so you want to make sure yours is one of them.

2. Then-and-Now Posts

Thanks to Facebook’s throwback posts, online consumers have become more interested in then-and-now posts. They revel in the contrast.

For instance, describing the look of furniture placement in the 70s compared to now is a great way to offer that contrast and display how far things have come in terms of interior design.

3. Lists and Rich-Text Articles

Lists and rich-text articles make it easy for page visitors to pick out information quickly without having to read the entire article. This type of blog piece typically offers a variety of actionable tips and advice, and it’s a form of blog post that never gets old and always performs well.

4. Cheat Sheets

People love tips and tricks that make their life a lot easier. As people prepare for Thanksgiving, for example, a cheat sheet can provide reminders of guests to invite or checklists of food to make. Go the extra mile and offer these cheat sheets in the form of a printable PDF.

5. Controversy

This is one you have to be careful with. Only post a controversial article if you feel you’re ready to handle the backlash that is likely to follow — and that’s if you’re successful.

It’s a great way to generate interaction, but you have to keep up with the engagement, and reply to posts in a timely and consistent manner, as well as try to keep things from getting too ugly.

Controversial posts don’t have to center on politics, though that’s what people think of most often. You could simply disagree with a popular opinion.

For example, web designers have all been going on about how responsive design is king. Writing a post about why it’s not so great will stir up a debate.

6. Infographic with Blog Post

Infographics come in handy for all sorts of reasons. They can help writers escape writer’s block, improve a presentation, add depth to research, and even assist people in deciding on what to eat for dinner.

Creating an infographic that goes with your niche and attaching it to a short blog post can add solid value for readers and boost your SEO.

7. Long Lists of Resources

Have you ever read a blog post entitled something like “50 Blogs You Should Be Reading Right Now”? Some people avoid these kinds of lists, but others find them incredibly useful if they’re just starting their research on a particular subject.

Some bloggers avoid doing this kind of article because it includes links that navigate away from their page, and that makes the author nervous, but really, that’s totally okay. Many readers will remember where the post originated and will back-page to your site. You can sneak your own links into the list of resources to maximize page views.

Here is a great resource for freelancers to illustrate an amazing example that has helped me.

8. Image-Contrived Posts

BuzzFeed is currently the most popular blog on the Internet. The majority of its posts are composed of images with clever captions.

People love images, particularly if they help to illustrate useful tips or offer entertainment. You can’t always achieve the effect on a personal or business blog, but if you can, it’s a great way to generate new followers.

I personally love Visme to create stunning graphics, infographics, etc.

9. Video Posts

Even more than still images and graphics, videos have the power to catch attention better than words alone. Most people who open a video online watch it in its entirety, which increases the amount of time they spend on your page.

You could do vlogs, the term for when someone talks about a certain topic directly to the camera, or they could be how-tos and tutorials. You could also simply do a video that entertains, if you’re up to it.

No matter how you approach the video blog post, you’re sure to increase the time people spend on your sign as long as you can maintain good quality.

10. Interviews

Talk to a satisfied customer, ask an industry guru to appear on your page, or walk around town and ask questions of people on the street at random. Such interviews can often be just entertaining or of potentially high value to viewers.

If you can promise to do further interviews in the future, this is a great way to retain a blog following.

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How Do Blogging and Fitness Relate?

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I spend 3 hours daily honing my mental and physical fitness.

In truth, you can and will succeed online following simple fundamentals from a generous, detached energy. No need to be fit to go full time blogging. But if you feel bad because your body feels bad and your mind fears losing it all, have you succeeded? I do not believe so.

I wrote an eBook sharing my daily regimen to explain what many of you readers want to know: how do I do it all? I am no blogging god. I am just human. But I write and connect quite a bit. People wish to know how I wrote 100 plus eBooks in addition to all the other stuff I do while circling the globe. Well, blogging and fitness are 2 peas in a pod for me. Both play a big role if you desiring leveling up and feeling good predominantly as you enjoy the ride.

Blogging and Fitness

Let’s say you wake up on a Monday morning as a full time employee who blogs part time. Feeling terrible and dreading work, why write and publish a post? Too busy. Do it later. Put off the post until tonight. But you feel too tired that night. Repeat this cycle for 3 months. 90 days passed. Still no blog post. Why? You filled your mind with fear and pain. Manifesting as blogging loss, backburnering the post for 3 months indicates fear in mind. Why fear? 100% of the time, fear dominates minds of people who spend zero time on mental fitness, never meditating or doing deep yin yoga or observing their thoughts and feelings. Most of the time, these same folks dominated by their own fears never commit seriously to being physically fit through exercising.

Feel good by caring for your mind and body. Vibe higher than fears crippling most bloggers. Imagine the above scenario with one difference: you devote 1-2 hours daily exercising and raising your energy via mindset training. Devote 30 minutes to power walking and 30 minutes to deep yin yoga. On waking that Monday morning, either a blog post idea finds you and you write the post, or after a few uncomfortable moments and feelings, the idea flows to you and you write the post.

I cannot explain this process logically because it flows 100% emotionally, feelings-wise. Visualize yourself in moments you feel really good. All seems possible. Ideas flow to you. Opportunities flow to you. Why? Feeling good magnetizes you to freeing, success-promoting ideas. Being fit mentally and physically is the easiest way to feel good most of the time. Plus in those moments you feel bad mentally and physically, you face, feel and release the bad feelings, quickly, because you feel mentally and physically fit, predominantly.

Gratitude

Being fit naturally alerts you to the success-promoting idea of gratitude. Gratitude builds blogging success because seeing every penny of income, every blog comment and all interest in your blogging courses feels awesome to you. Feeling awesome inspires you to blog for years generously. Blogging generously for years makes you successful.

Corey at the Good Oil Marketing retweeted my blogging course recently. I feel grateful he spread the word for me considering he is a successful, high level marketer. I feel these feelings and build on my success because I feel grateful. I feel grateful because I trained my mind and body to feel good, through being fit daily, in order to tune into appreciation easily.

Get fit.

Don’t quit.

Be a successful blogger by being mentally and physically fit.

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Why Doing this Works Better than Asking for Business Referrals

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After I released my flagship eBook – How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging – I noticed something neat. My sales increased 12 fold the day I published a guest post for a highly successful blogger.

Seeing this spike clued me in to the quickest, easiest way to increase business: help people for free. Being generous improves skills, increases exposure and expands your business. Greater traffic and profits follow generous bloggers because helping people for free helps you be skilled and see, two qualities in every prospering blogger who reaps sweet blogging profits.

A large set of bloggers goes in another direction. Some ask for business referrals from trusted blogging buddies to drum up business. Feel free to take this route but know referral fishing is an ineffective way to drive profits because of two clear reasons:

  • referral-seeking seems to be time-wasting
  • referral-seeking rarely inspires trusted bloggers to take clear, business-building action, for you

I know 20 plus web developers. A few trusted blogging web developer buddies have reached out to me, seeking referrals. Two issues arise:

  • the referral seeker has no idea if I know bloggers needing web development; non-targeted campaign
  • I already know 20 plus developers, trusted buddies all, so I could never choose one to refer to someone if 20 seem qualified

Top Bloggers Become Ruthlessly Effective with their Time

Versus seeking referral business by asking blogging buddies if they know someone requiring your service, spend 20 minutes to write and publish a quality guest post for a blogger in your business niche. Instead of pitching 1 human, show off your web development skills for free, via a guest post, for 1,000 people. Do you see what I mean? Leverage. Do not ask for business. Serve for business. Although time needs pass and generosity needs inclusion in blogging business-building, helping for free is the quickest, simplest way to increase blogging business because you reach large, targeted audiences of clients with your attention and energy versus asking 1 person for business in non-targeted, ineffective fashion.

12 Times Daily Sales

I recall the day vividly, 5 years ago. I created and launched Blogging From Paradise. Before writing 100 plus eBooks, I wrote one. I did drive some sales through my blog but guest posting woke me up; why not leverage my presence and grow business by helping people for free, via different platforms? Eye-opener for me. Instead of asking, I gave. How easy? Giving freely is the easiest way to get freely. I observed a 12 times daily sales eBook increase for good reason that day: helping people generously through sites other than your blog is a simple way to grow your blogging business.

The simplest, direct, effective way to grow your business is to help people for free. Asking for referrals leads to a client or customer here and there, but full time bloggers are not in the “here and there” business as far as growing your venture. Pro bloggers drive steady profits through their blog by being generous on their blog and on other platforms.

Be helpful for free. Publish posts. Submit guest posts. Run a podcast. Broadcast live on Facebook. Help people for free to help people for pay. Versus untargeted referral-seeking, this is the effective way to grow your blogging business from a generous, genuine energy.

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Why Does It Take Time to Be a Successful Blogger?

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Successful bloggers implore you: it takes time to succeed.

I advise following your fun, helping people generously, trusting the process and seeing the blogging journey through. I mention in my eBook how time saving tips make your journey easier.  But in the same regard, this journey takes time. Impatient bloggers weed themselves out. Generous, patient, persistent bloggers succeed. Sometimes, successful bloggers realize not the time element and how it works, and never explain in detail why it takes time to succeed. Why do you need to be patient? Why does it take time to succeed? I uncovered 3 reasons why it takes time to be a successful blogger.

1: It Takes Time to Practice a Skill So You Become Really Good At It

Today, I can write 10 to 20 blog posts daily if I so desired. I could easily create 20 videos daily.

10 years ago, I could write 1 blog post weekly and feared doing videos, to where, I never recorded videos as a newbie blogger.

Generous practice plus time made me prolific. Nobody gains skills in 1 day. Humans gain skills practicing 1 craft daily for months, then years. I love basketball. A handful of NBA players disclose how terrible they played after picking up a ball for the first time, 5 or 10 years, prior. Patient, persistent practice and time polished their skills to the point they became successful enough to go pro. Blogging is no different. Successful bloggers practice daily for years before being skilled enough to become a pro.

2: It Takes Time to Gain Big Exposure

Gaining big exposure for success takes time. Every creative act expands your presence a little bit more but those little bits add up over time. New bloggers blind themselves to this concept, believing 1 day and 1 blog post gives them successful exposure enough to make money and gain clout. Nope. Time reveals persistently generous bloggers because getting massive exposure requires months to years of generous, patient, persistent service.

No human can begin blogging at 8 AM as a new blogger and land a Forbes appearance by 12 noon. Nobody knows you. You have no exposure. Humans require time to create and connect in enough spots to gain success promoting exposure. Relax. You are on the way. But allow for time and generosity to leverage your presence. Time is required to be seen in many places.

3: It Takes Time to Uncover and Feel and Release Fears

Do you want to know why I wrote this post? I uncovered this reason a few moments ago. I noticed one income stream yield lesser amounts over the 2 days prior and felt a tiny but palpable surge of fear. Aha! I got you. Feeling fear, I released it and proceeded. I blogged for 10 years. I still feel tiny fears if an income stream yields less money, day to day, based on my expectations. But I needed to face this fear to make more money. New bloggers generally have deep fears concerning money, success and freedom. It takes time to feel and release fears concerning making more than $1 a day until you vibe at the $100, $1000 or $10,000 monthly – or more – level of blogging income.

Time unearths fears for feeling and releasing, to reach the next level of blogging success.

Be patient.

Time is a great blogging ally.

All you need flows to you over time.

Generously create, connect, follow your fun and nudge into fears.

Success is yours.

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