Yay, congrats! So you have started your blog! But now what? Today, we are going to discuss 5 powerful yet simple posts every new blogger should write.
You’re not alone if you’ve spent hours staring at your blinking cursor on your laptop, wondering what on earth you should be writing about.
In fact, figuring out what to write about on your blog is one of the toughest roadblocks bloggers face when they are starting a blog. AND, this is one thing that can stop someone from ever trying to blog in the first place.
That’s why I have put together this list of 5 powerful yet simple posts every new blogger should write to help you get the ball rolling.
These are tried and true blog post formats that are guaranteed to help you get traffic to your blog and build an audience of loyal readers.
Alright, let’s dive in!
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What Should Every Blog Post Do?
So, what blog posts should you write as a new blogger? Before we answer that very question, we need to discuss something very important and fundamental.
First and foremost, your blog posts should serve your target audience.
Whether you are helping them solve a problem, teaching them something new, giving them motivation or inspiring them to take actions, you should write your blog post with your target audience in mind.
So, if you’ve defined your blog niche and have a clear understanding of your target audience, coming up with blog post ideas would come easier.
Say you are in the Pregnancy niche. And your target audience are women who are into holistic pregnancy. So, your blog posts would likely be centered around info and support for these women such as natural birth alternatives, .
If you are in the travel niche. And your target audience are budget-travellers. Then, your blog posts would obviously be very different from those who are focusing on luxurious high-end travel.
The more you understand your audience, the more refined your blog posts can be.
Special Note To My New Bloggers
Having said that, if you are unsure of your blog niche or target audience, don’t let that stop you from blogging!
Because nobody has it all figured out on day 1.
Most successful bloggers I know have changed their audience several times during their blogging journey. And I myself have changed my niche and target audience several times too!
Here’s the truth…
Once you start blogging, you will find more of your writing voice and what content would resonant more with your audience (or your google analytics will tell you).
So, focus on progression, not perfection.
You can do this! (*see me cheering for you? Hugs)
So, just start and have fun! Often times, your best content will come when you’re just having fun!
So, What Makes an Awesome Blog Post?
So what makes an awesome blog post? Here are some key pointers you want to always remember when you write your blog posts.
1. BE YOU!
Be authentic. Add in your personality. There is only 1 of you in this World and, trust me, we want to hear what you have to say!
2. Causal Tone
Unless you are writing for some boring academic paper, always write in a casual tone (yeah, just like how you talk). Write as if you are writing to a friend.
3. Attention-grabbing and click-worthy title
Having a captivating, attention-grabbing title, gives you 5X the chance of getting readers to read your body content.
4. Wow them in your first paragraph.
Let people know what they can expect in your blog post. If possible, mix things up to keep them interested.
5. Make your content scannable
People are busy, it is unlikely they will consume your content word by word. So, make your content easy to read for your readers. Do these:
- Choose fonts that are easy to read
- Leave the big words in the dictionary! You want to use everyday normal language.
- Use proper H1, H2, H3 headers
- Use bold, underline and italic for your text as appropriate
- Have enough white space, so people can rest their eyes
- Add relevant images and infographics to break up text and support your info
- Use shorter sentences
- Have shorter paragraphs (maximum 5 – 6 sentences)
- Use bullet points (like this!)
6. Word Count
According to Yoast SEO, your content should be at least 300 words. However, in-depth content that is at least 1,500 words tends to be shared more. Aim to write at least 1,000 words for each post.
7. Serve your readers
Provide helpful, actionable solutions to your readers’ problems, teach them something new, give them motivation, and/or inspire them to take action.
8. Proofread, proofread, proofread!
Mistakes happen, so be sure to proofread your blog posts before publishing. I found that reading my blog posts out loud can help me catch mistakes more easily.
Pro Tip: Want to write attention-grabbing click-worthy blog titles? Use Co-Schedule Headline Analyzer. It is an excellent FREE tool to test out different versions of your title to see which one works the best.
The 5 Types of Blog Posts Every New Bloggers Should Write
#1: Your Foundational Posts
The first powerful yet simple posts every new blogger should write are your Foundational Posts.
Your foundational posts are one of the most important posts on your blog.
Some bloggers refer to them as “cornerstone content” or “pillar posts”.
They are in-depth, highly detailed, and will be referred to often by your future blog posts.
For example, my blog is all about blogging, so one of the foundational posts is my How To Start a Blog Guide. It includes detailed step-by-step on how to start a blog with 4,000+ words.
Other examples of foundational posts:
- The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Your Kids (Homeschooling blog)
- Step-by-Step Guide on How To Start a Freelancing Business (Freelance writing blog)
- The Beginner’s Guide to College Success (College student blog)
- The Definitive Guide to Calligraphy (Calligraphy blog)
Notice how these are using words such as “Ultimate Guide”, “Step-by-Step Guide”, “Beginner’s Guide”, and “Definitive Guide”.
Obviously, your foundational posts should be tailored to your blog niche.
Make your foundational content as relevant, helpful, and detailed as possible and link to it often in your other blog posts.
#2: How-To Posts
OK, now let’s talk about another type of powerful yet simple posts every new blogger should write. And that is How-To Posts.
One of the most-searched-for content on the internet are how-to guides and tutorials. People have questions about things and they are looking for answers on search engines.
I mean, just think about how many times you have searched for something in Google, Youtube or Pinterest.
Similarly, your readers will have questions about certain things in your niche. And writing the content to answer those specific questions will help you attract the right audience to your blog.
Here are a few popular how-to posts on my blog:
- How To Make Money Blogging: Ultimate Beginner‘s Guide
- How to Write a Compelling About Me Page for Your Blog
Other examples of how-to posts:
- How I paid off $25,000 student loan in 6 months (Personal Finance Blog)
- Knitting: How to knit a scarf (Knitting Blog)
- How to publish your first book (Publishing Blog)
- How to make DIY slime (DIY Blog)
#3: List Posts
Now, the next type of powerful yet simple posts every new blogger should write are List Posts.
A list post is exactly what it sounds like! It is a blog post with a list of ideas, methods, items.
Everyone likes list posts because of their perceived value. They put a bunch of great ideas into one place, which makes it super convenient for the readers. This type of blog post also seems to be shared more often on social media.
Here are a few list posts on my blog:
- 21 Simple Ways to Generate Endless Blog Post Ideas
- 70 Time Saving Tips for Busy Blogging Moms
- 9 Effective Strategies To Stay Motivated as an Entrepreneur
- 33 Amazing Gift Ideas for Women Entrepreneurs
Other examples of list posts:
- 25 Creative Ways to Save Money on Your Travel
- 11 Classic and Simple Italian Homemade Pasta Recipes
- 13 ways to flatten your tummy in 2 weeks
- 7 Simple Steps to Write Your First eBook
Pro Tip: Experts have found that odd number lists work better than even numbers (meaning, list of 5, 7, 9 is better than lists of 4, 6, 8 items). So if you have 6 items in your list, try to make it 5 or 7!
#4: The Tips and Tricks Posts
OK, we are onto #4. Tips and Tricks posts are another powerful yet simple posts every new blogger should write.
Sharing tips and tricks with your readers is a great way to provide value. Also, they tend to have great click-through because the titles generally create curiosity.
Ultimately, you want your tips and tricks posts to provide “quick wins” and actionable steps so that your readers can implement easily to achieve their desired results.
Some of my tips and trick posts include:
- 7 Stupid Simple SEO Tips For Bloggers: Beginner’s Guide
- 10 Things You Should Do In Your First Month of Blogging
- 5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging
Other examples of tips and tricks posts:
- 10 Tips for Working from Home When You Have Small Children Around
- 11 Keto Hacks That Will Make Your Keto Diet Easier
- 21 Secrets to Save Money on Travel
- 7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Buying a House
Do you see how these blog posts create curiosity? Even I want to click on them and start reading!
#5: Round-up Posts
Ok, now comes the last type of powerful yet simple posts every new blogger should write. And that is Round-Up Posts.
Round up posts are blog posts where you round up a bunch of related content and put them all in one organized place for your readers.
You could round up your favorite books, tools, resources, or interview other bloggers in your niche to create a roundup post. Alternatively, you can also round up your own best blog posts.
Some of my round-up posts include:
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- 13 Inspiring Books for (and by) Women Entrepreneurs
- Top 40 Inspirational Quotes for Women Entrepreneurs
Other examples of round-up posts:
- 5 Best Light-Weight Luggages for Frequent Travellers
- 15 Podcasting Tools You Need To Take Your Show from Good To Great
- 9 Food Bloggers Share Their # 1 Tip for Cooking a Healthy Meal
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So the above are the 5 powerful yet simple posts every new blogger should write.
You can do this, my dear friends!
Start blogging away! A year from now you will be glad that you have started today.
Now it’s your turn. Are you a new blogger? What‘s your blog niche? And what blog posts are you thinking of writing? I hope this blog post has been helpful to you. I’d really love to hear from you! Please comment below and I shall get back to you.
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