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How To Posts
How to posts are an incredible way to drive traffic to your blog. People often go to the web to search for how to do something.
Think about how people find out how to do most things nowadays.
People often go to the web to search for how to do something. Writing a post that will tell people exactly how to do something, will gain you those views. Also, making these posts show your readers that you have credibility and are trustworthy, making them even more likely to return to your blog.
Another fabulous idea with how to posts is to add a little freebie at the end of the post too. For example, if you have posted your workout schedule, create a template that people can have if they choose. You can also gain many subscribers this way by getting readers to get that template emailed to them by you. You can set this up using plugins and applications, like MailChimp.
One thing that people absolutely love are easy ways around something, so when I say cheatsheets, I also mean to-do lists and checklists, anything to make their lives easier.
For example, someone may search for “what I need for my first trip out with my baby”. Giving them that information that they want will again show that you’re trustworthy and also make you look super organized.
This is a lot like a how to post, but instead, it helps readers make sure that nothing is forgotten about when they’re packing for that all important first trip out with the baby. With this, you can also create a template that people can download and receive as part of signing up to your email list.
Everybody loves reviews. What’s the first thing you do if you’re thinking about buying something that you can’t really shrug off money wise if it turns out to be no good? You turn to the wonderful internet to find someone else that has spent that money, or taken the plunge and dyed their hair a wacky colour, to see if it’s worth your time, money and effort.
Also, don’t we all secretly love the fail reviews that are posted?
Back on topic. Reviews are literally what can make or break a business and people love finding out which is the best company to purchase their desired product from. Even if it means reviewing a new product you’re trying for your hair to eliminate dry scalp, or giving an opinion on how good those headphones from Lidl actually are, people will want to read it.
A great way to display a review is in vlog form too, this can also help expand your blog to not only writing but videos too!
Another good idea is to email some companies and offer them a free review of one of their products in return for you keeping the item. Many brands are more than willing to do that for the free advertising, although if payment of any form is involved, it is then considered a sponsored post and you should let your readers know this in a disclaimer. Let’s face it, you’re more likely to give a good review on a product that was sent to you for free, and a product that will possibly bring exposure from that company promoting the post too, right?
I always love seeing the traffic roll in from hosting a giveaway. My first ever giveaway I made quite a few mistakes and I’m going to tell you so that you don’t make those mistakes too.
1. I had a very short giveaway of just a week. You ideally need it to be around a month, depending on the value of the prize otherwise the word may not get around enough and you may not reap any benefits from hosting it like I did.
2. Submit your giveaway to competition websites like Loquax and Bloggers Required to help your reach go even further. I didn’t do this with my first giveaway and I wouldn’t have had a clue if a bloggy friend hadn’t have told me.
3. Create a call to action to enter your giveaway. I always use Rafflecopter for my giveaways, but there are many other sites that you can use to host. I didn’t really ask for my readers to do much on my first giveaway, which meant I didn’t really see much return from it. By this I mean ask them to share the post and follow you on your social accounts in return for their entry to the giveaway.
4. Create your giveaway in the form of a post, write a little something about why you’re doing the giveaway or even link the giveaway to a relevant post.
So yeah, basically if you host a giveaway and stick to those three points, you’re going to have a great time seeing your traffic come in! Plus, everyone loves a giveaway right?!
I’m totally going to self-promote here, but if you’re interested to see what a giveaway looks like or how to go about it, you can check my latest one out here – How you can give up your 9-5 and become a full-time blogger and bloggers bundle giveaway!
Have you ever been so bored and googled what to do with your day? People often search for ideas on many different subjects and this is where list posts come in. You can do so many things with list posts like specify it to a particular area, or you can generalize it so that everyone will be able to take something away from your post.
Another way to use lists is to list a top ten. For example; top ten ways to lose belly fat. Not only are you giving you readers a solution to their “belly fat”, but you’re giving them 10 different ways to achieve this!
Of course, there are many other topics and ideas you could use, like interviews, controversial/debating posts, personal stories and much more!
So if you’re ever sat there stuck on what to write about, or you’d like to see an increase in your traffic, come back to this list and enjoy seeing your traffic boom, your subscribers grow and your blog thrive.
Are there any other blog post ideas that you find drive a lot of traffic? I’d love to know!
Much love xx