Itâ€™s one of the irrefutable, iron-clad laws of blogging: everyone loves list posts.
Youâ€™ve no doubt written your fair share of list posts, and theyâ€™ve no doubt been among the more successful posts on your blog. But sometimes bloggerâ€™s block hits hard and you donâ€™t have that golden idea for your next post. It happens, and when it does happen, these refer back to this post and one of the 15 list post ideas mentioned below for great blog content.
1. People You Should be Following on Twitter
2. Blogs You Should be Reading
Go ahead, give a shout out to your blogging buddies or friendly rivals. Donâ€™t be stingy with your links! Linking to other blogs will strengthen the relationship between you and the other bloggers while providing your readers with additional useful content.
3. Things I wish I Had Done Differently
Ah yes, the TIWIHaDoD post (and yes, I just made that up). Help people not make the same mistakes you made. These kinds of posts are invaluable resources for those just starting out in your field of interest, and can rise up to be among the most popular posts on your blog.
4. Must Have _____
If you blog about blogging, you could write a â€œ20 must-have pluginsâ€ post. If youâ€™re all about travel, you can blog about â€œ10 must-have travel accessories.â€ If you’re about health, you can blog about “15 great stress relief products” from stress toys to meditation CDs. You get the idea. Editor’s note: see 25 social media keyword search tools as an example.
5. Common Misconceptions about _____
What are some of the common misconceptions, misunderstandings, or fallacies in your niche? This is your chance to set the record straight!
6. Frequently Asked Questions
Make a list of questions you get asked all the time, or that a lot of people in your field tend to ask. Answer each one of them in a post. You could even turn this post into a FAQ page on your blog.
7. Weekly Roundup
Make a list of the best of whatever happened in your niche in the last week. This can be best Twitter posts, best forum posts, best blog posts, or best news items. Or it can be any combination of these. Editor’s note: see the Fetching Friday category for examples.
8. How NOT to _____
With this list post idea, youâ€™re telling people how they shouldnâ€™t go about doing something. For example, if youâ€™re into whitewater kayaking, write a list post about how NOT to buy your first kayak. This kind of post is effective because weâ€™re wired to be slightly paranoid about doing something wrong. Sounds like a post that everyone in your niche would like to read, right?
9. _____ in 10 Steps
Describing how to do something in X number of steps (I chose 10 because itâ€™s the most common) is a great post idea because the reader achieves some sort of reward or end result if they follow your advice. Itâ€™s always great to have posts that are actionable and immediately applicable.
10. Things You Would Like to See Written
What would you like to see written in your field? This can include blog posts youâ€™d like to see, ebooks youâ€™d like to buy, books youâ€™d definitely read, and blogs youâ€™d certainly subscribe to.
11. Must Watch YouTube Videos
Embed your favorite YouTube videos into this post and tell your readers what theyâ€™ll learn from the videos and why they should watch them. Be sure to ask for readers to tell in the comments about their favorite videos.
12. Awesome Quotes about _____
Go to Google and type in â€œYOURNICHE quotesâ€ (obviously substituting YOURNICHE for your niche). A bunch of results will come up, and your job is simply to browse through them and pick the ones you like. Throw them all into a post and youâ€™re good to go.
13. Podcasts You Should be Listening to
Are you listening to podcasts? Man oh man, if youâ€™re not, youâ€™re definitely missing out! Listening to podcasts is like reading blog posts in that youâ€™re consuming useful information. But you canâ€™t read blog posts while youâ€™re driving or running. What you CAN do is load the podcasts onto your iPod and feel good that youâ€™re both consuming information and getting things done. Anyway, so with this list post idea, you just list your favorite podcasts that your readers might also sound useful.
14. Books You Should Read
I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. List your favorite books or the books that everyone in your niche should read. Throw in some Amazon affiliate links and you might even make some money off if it!
15. Useful Niche Forums
Post a list of as many of the niche forums as you can find. Hopefully you already know of (and participate in) some of the forums in your niche. To find more, go to Google and type in forum:YOURNICHE. A bunch of related forums will pop up in the results. Nice!
Your List Post Ideas
Hopefully these 15 things are enough to get you out of the bloggerâ€™s block doldrums and back onto your feet, and your readers will be none the wiser! Be sure to leave a comment below if youâ€™ve got any other list post ideas, or examples of great list posts as mentioned above. Please don’t spam, but feel free to drop a link to a good example!