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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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Every Blogger Walks a Different Path

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Neil Patel walks a different path than I. I walk a different blogging path than you. Just like no two snowflakes are alike, no two bloggers walk the same exact path. We take different routes. Different journeys require different strategies, detours, tactics and strategies. Neil walked an SEO-rich path. I do not. I chose a prolific, SEO-free path. No one mimics a fellow blogger perfectly because no two humans have the same experience. We succeed by differentiating. Never believe you need to walk the same path as some blogging pro to succeed. Of course, doing so proves fruitless because no two bloggers walk the same blogging journey. Never try to do the impossible. Stop believing you need to do the same things top bloggers do to succeed like top bloggers. I broke many traditional blogging rules to circle the globe as a pro blogger. Of course I created a blogging course, eBooks and audio books. Content? Check. Connections? Check. I honored fundamentals to succeed but never tried mimicking the same journey as any top blogger.

Walk your blogging path. Take your blogging journey. Your blogging path separates you from the herd. My travel stories and blogging lessons make me different from any blogger. Ditto for you. We all have different experiences to call upon for becoming a successful blogger. Respect your uniqueness. Find your blogging flow. I do not enjoy doing SEO to drive Google traffic. Why would I force a blogging journey trough some strategy I disliked working?  I should just work a job if I did something for money versus working for passion. Of course, I never took a path like Neil Patel because I do not enjoy SEO-optimizing posts. I succeeded through another strategy. Never believe you need to walk the same path as pros to become successful as pros. New bloggers swing and miss daily by believing success is writing 4,000 word, SEO-optimized posts dominating competitive keywords on Google. Are you nuts? Neil Patel dominates competitive keywords on Google after 10,000 plus hours of practice-work-creating-connecting. You have 5 or 10 hours or maybe 100 hours of practice-work-creating-connecting. Relax. Slow down. Calm down. You have another 10,000 hours of blogging work to do before being skilled, creative and connected enough to dominate page 1 of Google for 1 – let alone 20 – competitive keywords.

But you may dislike SEO all together. Take a different blogging path. Find tactics resonant with you. Perhaps building bonds with bloggers and creating helpful content feels fun to you. Take that route. But know your path differs from any blogging path because we each fly solo and learn different lessons for specific parts of our blogging journey. No two bloggers walk in the same blogging shoes. No two bloggers walk the same blogging path. Two bloggers may walk similar blogging journeys. Bloggers sometimes walk similar blogging paths. But nobody walks identical paths because bloggers have different experiences to learn from during our blogging journey.

Respect your path. Honor your progression. Accept how you blog in the perfect place, at the perfect time, now. Do not resist your blogging path. Everything brought you here to this point now. Accepting your present state of blogging growth reduces resistance to future growth. Surrender serves as a powerful concept. Be completely at peace with your blogging growth now. Hug your progress. Walk your blogging path. Of course, note wins. Celebrate success. Avoid comparing yourself to bloggers. Bloggers experience different situations to benefit from different circumstances. We all have different lessons to learn on our respective blogging journeys. Honor this truth. Cultivate peace of mind. Position yourself to succeed. Walk your one-of-a-kind blogging path to experience your greatest success.

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Hobbies Change for Habits to Change

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Over a decade ago, I woke up, watched TV, grabbed breakfast, hit the gym for bodybuilding and returned home to watch a DVD movie. At 2:30 PM I prepared for work. I drove to my security guard job. By 10:30 PM on most nights I drove home. Evening movie. Sleep. Rinse, wash and repeat the following day. I worked a security guard job. My hobbies consisted of lifting weights and watching TV. But my hobbies and habits changed the moment I became a blogger. Morning breakfast vanished. I stopped going to the time-consuming gym. Watching movies every day? Fat chance. My bodybuilding workout and movie hobbies had to change for me to begin the habits of meditating, doing yoga and expanding my awareness daily. Hobbies change before habits change.

New bloggers often struggle because newbies cling to old, worn out, failing hobbies like:

  • watching TV for hours nightly
  • mindlessly cruising the internet for hours nightly
  • mindlessly gossiping on the phone or with family for hours nightly

These low-energy hobbies need to change pronto for you to develop fun, freeing, higher energy habits like meditating, doing yoga, blogging generously and engaging in some form of exercise. Picture those 4 hours you waste on watching TV each evening. How do you find time to engage in different habits? Change your hobbies. Out goes TV, or, TV just consumes 45 minutes per evening. Enter 20 minutes of meditating. Release some hobbies. Fill the time with different, empowering, freeing, sometimes uncomfortable habits. Imagine watching the idiot box for 3 hours nightly. 3 hours pass. Nothing profitable, productive or empowered happens watching the television. But for you to be a pro blogger you need to spend those 3 hours meditating for perhaps 10 minutes and blogging for the remaining 2 hours and 50 minutes. Change your hobbies to create space for changing habits. Changing habits accelerates, colors and influences hobby changes too. My hobbies went from watching TV to circling the globe on meditating more deeply, doing more yoga and spending more time in serious introspection. Life became more uncomfortable but far more fun and freeing as my hobbies and habits changed. I preferred to wander around Ubud, Bali versus watching an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. My hobbies changed for the better. I respect how we all travel different paths but if your hobbies and habits never changed, you are either enlightened, and never needed to change your meditating and yoga habits, or you have been making fear-driven, comfortable, confining choices wasting your life.

I have yet to see a genuinely happy, peaceful, powerful, prospering person who watches more than 2-3 hours of TV every single night. People call TV the idiot box because television makes you an idiot. Mindless, bland, non-stimulating TV watching does nothing for your growth, happiness, fulfillment, peace of mind and overall abundance. Empowered bloggers cannot spend 5 seconds on idle, mindless, dingbat-style activities. Stop spending hours watching TV each evening. Start spending hours blogging and working on your abundance mindset. Buy a blogging eBook. Surround yourself with pro bloggers. Learn from these pros. Mimic their ways. Gain inspiration from their example. Fill time not with garbage but with goal-achieving, fun, freeing and sometimes scary blogging actions. First, the hobbies change. Gone goes watching TV, gossiping and wasting time on low energy actions. Habits change with the hobby vacuum being void. Begin meditating. Start doing yoga. Awareness-expanding activities unearth fears, nudge you toward love, amplify your generosity and accelerate your blogging success.

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Contact Page: Yes or No?

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Should you post a contact page on your blog?

In most cases, yes. In few cases, no. Let’s dive in.

Yes

For almost all bloggers, posting a contact page on your blog allows readers to contact you quickly and easily. Before traffic and business grows you need to connect with readers fast. Seamlessly connecting with you allows readers to grow your blogging traffic and profits. Picture a potential client with questions about your services. How quickly can the person ask questions and get answers to make an informed decision? Publish a clear, easy to see and easier to use contact page to give clients an easy way to get their questions answered. Clear clients who vibe with your services hire you. Making money online becomes easier if people connect with you quickly via contact pages.

No

But in a few cases, not posting a contact page actually grows your business. Incredibly busy bloggers with huge, engaged readerships need to cut down on spam and other non-relevant emails. Removing your contact page instantly cuts down on spammy submissions. Publish a contact page and you waste precious time sifting through emails littered with spam, unsolicited pitches and other time sucks. Even if you have not made millions yet, removing your contact page may be a springboard to greater success. Devote time and energy spent sifting through emails to guest posting, genuine blog commenting and promoting fellow bloggers on your blog. Leverage.  Spend time intelligently. Reach bigger, targeted audiences by releasing time-wasting activities. Removing contact pages works for incredibly busy bloggers slowly being overrun by spam submissions sent via contact pages. Spend this saved time growing your blogging business through leveraging.

Trust Your Intuition

Intuitively, my gut told me to remove my contact page months ago. I became busier but noted a high ratio of spam submissions through the page. Lazy, non-targeting, struggling entrepreneurs mindlessly click on contact pages and send generic emails, wasting my time and their time. Removing my contact page instantly lowered these spammy submissions by 70% to 80%. Most people who email me now seem to be serious entrepreneurs. These people want to work for me. Gone are lazy bloggers and outreach specialists who wish not to do the legwork of finding my email addy on my About page. I want people to work a little bit to contact me. Of course, working a little bit proves individuals genuinely want to connect with you to discuss business, to ask questions or to simply connect. Build posture. Do you want lazy, mindless people to contact you? Or do you prefer serious, genuine people to contact you?

Ultimately, trust your intuition. I suggest most bloggers to publish contact pages because the majority wants to be easily reachable for increasing your blogging presence. But being busier after building your blogging business makes you think twice about allowing people to connect with you easily.

I wanted to add how even though I publish no contact page, people reach me easily via Twitter and Facebook. I respond to DMs on Twitter, I scan @replies and also respond to Messages on Facebook, including my Message Requests.

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