12 Blog Post Ideas For Beginners [With Examples!]
Beginner bloggers, short on blog post ideas? You’re in luck because I’m going to fill your brain with tons of blog post ideas for your new blog!
Ready to get started? Let’s do this!
For a new blog to kick ass, you need to be interesting and you need to stand out.
If you blog in the same style in every blog post, your content is going to get stale.
Note I’m not saying you shouldn’t blog about the same topic. That’s totally fine. Niching down to something specific is always awesome.
The riches are in the niches after all!
What I’m talking about is not sticking to the same style of blog post. WTF do I mean by “same style”?
Well there is more than one type of blog post style. In fact, there’s 12 different types of blog posts. Your blog needs to use all of them.
If you’re out of blog post ideas and wondering what to write about, have no fear. You just have to write about your niche in different ways.
Use these 12 different types of blog posts and you will never run out of blog post ideas ever again.
Alright buckle up bucko here are the 12 types of blog posts that work in almost any niche:
Blog Post Idea #1: List Posts
Why are list style blog posts so popular? Simple. They generate LOTS of clicks.
Take these headlines from Buzzfeed for example.
- 23 Kids Who Are Totally Nailing This Halloween Thing
- 28 Ingenious Things For Your Dog You Had No Idea You Needed
- 24 Things That’ll Make Any Food Lover Shed Tears Of Joy
These headlines are totally clickworthy! What do they all have in common? They are list style posts!
No matter your niche, you can create list posts. In fact, most of the articles on this blog are list posts because they get more traffic compared to other types of blog posts.
You don’t have to go all Buzzfeed and create outrageous headlines either. Just make what you are delivering more exciting.
Here’s some blog post ideas you can use if you have a food blog.
- 11 Delicious Meals You Can Make On A Cast Iron Skillet
- 19 Useful Kitchen Tools To Take The Stress Out Of Cooking
- 7 Recipes You’ve Never Heard Of But Need To Make
List posts are awesome because they are pretty easy to create. You come up with a topic, then write down your list, then just fill it in and presto you’re done!
Readers love them too, as list posts are highly scannable. They allow your reader to preview your entire content before deciding whether to read the entire article.
Hack alert! Create multiple pins (5-10 different images) for each of your list posts. Pinterest users go nuts over list posts. Use Canva to create your designs (they have Pinterest templates) and pin these posts the most!
Blog Post Idea #2: The How-To Guide
You are an expert on your niche and now it’s time to show it. This is where you get to shine! Your how-to guides need to be as awesome as you are!
Do some preliminary research on your how-to guide to start.
- Find out what is a problem your readers have. (Use Quora.com to see what questions your people are asking)
- Look for other how-to’s on the subject on Google. (See how others do it)
- Write a better one. (You’re awesome, remember)
The purpose of a how-to guide is to get Google traffic and to establish yourself as an authority within your niche.
When people perform a Google search they are almost always asking “how to do something”. A how-to guide is the perfect way to capture this valuable traffic.
Here are some examples of how-to guides if you’re running a dog blog.
- Everything You Need To Know About Potty Training Your Pets
- How To Groom Your Dog Like A Professional [How To Guide]
- The Ultimate Guide To Making Money As A Dog Walker
You will show Google how important your how-to guides are by linking to them from all your other content. Your how-to guides will be your pillar posts.
Here is how I would structure it:
If your blog has 5 categories, you need 5 how-to guides. In each blog post, add a link to the how-to guide that’s from the same category.
Hack alert! Before you write anything, use a keyword research tool to choose a keyword to try and rank for in Google.
Blog Post Idea #3: Top Blogs In Your Niche
Make a blog post with a list of the top blogs in your niche.
Do a Google search for blogs in your niche. For each site you want to compile the following information onto a spreadsheet:
- blog url
- blog title
- headshot (or logo) image
- name of the blogger
- their twitter handle
- topics they write about
Add the information you collect onto a blog post and voila you’re done! This type of post practically writes itself.
The beauty of this idea is that it can be done many different times for a sub-niche smaller than yours or for a larger niche that encompasses yours. Let’s say you have a real estate blog. You can do the following posts:
- The 10 Best Real Estate Blogs In [City]
- The Top 14 Mortgage Blogs Of [Current Year]
- 31 Home Improvement Blogs You Need To Be Following
Hack alert! This type of blog post is the best way to get backlinks. Contact each blogger and let them know they made your list. Then, ask them for a backlink from their blog. Winning!
Blog Post Idea #4: List Of The Best Resources Or Tools
This next blog post idea is so easy. If you are an expert in your niche, you probably have a bookmarks folder full of useful links you could be sharing.
Don’t hog up those precious resources, share them! As an added bonus, if any of those tools you use has an affiliate program, join and add your affiliate link.
This blog post idea is absolutely perfect for inserting affiliate links and not appearing spammy.
Here are some blog post ideas for someone with an SEO blog.
- 5 Best Keyword Research Tools For Pro Bloggers
- 9 SEO Tools Every Serious Blogger Needs To Use Daily
- 8 Awesome Tools To Track Your Google Rankings
Hack alert! If you’re having trouble coming up with a list of resources, Google your “your niche + list of tools”. Go through these lists and curate them, choosing the ones you want to add to your list. Doing this cuts your workload time in half!
Blog Post Idea #5: Best Apps In Your Niche
Let’s not forget about apps. Depending on your niche, there could be some awesome apps that are useful to your readers.
If you run a health blog you can create some articles on the best apps in your niche, such as these topics:
- Stay On Your Diet With These 5 Must-Have Diet Apps
- 8 Premium Fitness Apps That Track Your Progress
- 7 Daily Planner Apps To Boost Your Productivity
Hack alert! Contact each and every app that you mention on your blog via email and Twitter. Let them know you have featured them and ask them if they could share your link with their audience. You will end up with some good social media mentions as a result!
Blog Post Idea #6: Case Studies
Readers love this type of content because a case study provides readers with a real world example.
You don’t have to be a top-notch researcher to create a case study! You just need to have lived through the personal experience and can document your results.
Here are some examples of case studies for fitness bloggers:
- How I Got A Six Pack In 6 Months Eating Chicken
- What Happened When I Did 250 Pushups For 38 Days In A Row
- I Cut Out Carbs For 2 Months – See The Full Results
Hack Alert! Case studies can be more than just informational, they can be inspirational too! The purpose of a case study is to show how you went from point A (sad face) to point B (happy face).
Blog Post Idea #7: Frequently Asked Questions
The FAQ post is another favorite of mine. Rather than coming up with one topic with one answer and trying to expand on it, why not come up with a series of questions (and answers) instead?
This type of blog post gets more attention than your typical post since you’re approaching the topic from a different angle. Here are several examples:
- 5 Questions About [Topic] But Were Too Afraid To Ask
- 9 Of The Most Frequently Asked Questions On [Topic]
- 11 Questions Every New [Your Topic] Will Have
Hack alert! How do you find out what people are asking? Quora.com is a great resource. Just type in a few of your main keywords relating to your niche and find out.
Blog Post Idea #8: Interviews
Be like Oprah! How can you go wrong? Oprah herself wasn’t really an expert, was she? She just invited experts to talk.
Be like Oprah and interview other bloggers in your niche.
You will always have a source of content if you run an interview series on your blog. This type of blog post is super easy to write – because you’re not even the one writing it!
Here’s how it works. Email another blogger in your niche and ask them if they want to be a part of your interview series. Tell them you are interviewing the best bloggers in your niche and that you want them to be a part of it.
Really stroke their ego, you know? Be sure to mention they’ll get a backlink to their blog too.
Then, craft a series of questions and pass it their way. Their answers will be the content of your blog post.
Here are some sample questions you can ask to get more than just one word answers.
- ask what their biggest mistake was
- what was their “aha!” moment where everything finally clicked
- ask about a struggle they have faced and how they overcame it
- what tools (or apps or products) they use every day
Hack alert! Once it is posted, email them with the link. Odds are, they will link back to you (or offer to interview you) and they’ll mention it on social media. Bloggers love to brag about being interviewed.
Blog Post Idea #9: Guest Posts
What do you do when you’re short on blog post ideas and need new content for your blog? Have someone else write it, of course!
There are lots of bloggers out there who would love to guest post on your blog. What do they get out of it? Exposure and a backlink. What do you get out of it? Fresh content for your blog!
In order to get the most out of guest posts, you need to have strict rules. Here are some rules you should have for guest posts:
- Have a word count minimum. The higher the word count the better. I’d say minimum word count of 700 is as low as I’d go. (This blog post is 2,700+ words long by the way!)
- Approve the article topic beforehand. Have them send you a list of topics and you pick the one that best fits your blog.
- Minimize the number of backlinks. Say one backlink to their site in the content is fine, one or two more links to sources (if necessary), another link in the author bio and one more to their Twitter profile.
- No commercial links. This one is a biggie. You should stay away from accepting guest posts from companies looking to build their backlink profile off of you (unless of course they’re willing to reward you handsomely). Ask guest posters what their link is and make sure you’re linking to another blogger in your niche, not a company.
Hack alert! You need to have a contact page where you spell out that you accept guest posts. You can even add a contact form (using the WPForms plugin) with a drop-down list of options where one of the options is Guest Post.
Blog Post Idea #10: Product Reviews
When you’re short on blog post ideas, reach into the blog post ideas bag and pull out a product review post! Every product (or service) in your niche can and should be reviewed on your blog.
You’re an authority in your niche, after all. Your readers would love to hear the opinion of the expert on a particular product.
Be thorough in your review though. If it’s a physical product, take lots of pictures from all angles. If it’s a digital product, screenshots are a must.
Here are some sample headlines for a tech blog.
- Hands On With The iPhone XS: Best Smartphone Ever?
- Beats Headphones: Are They Worth The High Price Tag?
- Apple Watch Series 4: Is It Worth It To Upgrade?
Hack alert! You can ask companies in your niche for a free product in exchange for a review. You’ll be surprised how many say yes.
Blog Post Idea #11: Product Comparison
I love a good head to head matchup. When there are competing products, rather than review each one alone, put them side by side in a battle to the death!
List the pros and cons of each and declare a winner at the end.
If you run a blogging blog like I do, I can compare these competing products:
- Bluehost vs SiteGround: Which One Is Best For New Bloggers?
- Deposit Photos vs Pexels: Where Should You Get Stock Images?
- OptinMonster or Thrive Leads: Who Makes Better Optin Forms?
- Mailchimp vs ConvertKit: Who Will Win The Showdown?
Hack alert! Add affiliate links to both of the products who are competing against each other, even the loser!
Blog Post Idea #12: Personal Story Post
Your first blog post was probably a personal story. Don’t let it be the last.
When you’re all out of blog post ideas, you can always pull out a personal story from your past.
It is totally okay to exaggerate your story to make it more interesting. Nobody wants to hear about your trip to the grocery store where you used 3 coupons. But that trip to the grocery store where you slashed your bill in half and the checkout ladies’ jaw dropped? Oh yeah!
Here’s some examples of a personal story post for a personal finance blogger:
- How I Paid Off My $42,000 In Student Loan Debt In 2 Years
- Here’s What I Did When The Bank Foreclosed Our Home
- How I Grew My Credit Score By 100 Points In A Month
Hack alert! Personal stories are valuable because they allow your readers to connect with you. This is the key ingredient to getting them to join your email list.
You Have Tons Of Blog Post Ideas Now, So Get On It!
Here’s what so friggin’ great about all of these blog post ideas. The content practically writes itself!
Sure there’s still work to be done, but the process is so much easier once you have the outline of a post ready.
So just select one of the 12 templates I mentioned, then fill in the space in between and you’re done!
If this post has given you ideas and helped you create some blog post topics, please save it on Pinterest on your blogging board!