Hello internet! Sorry I missed this week's Tip Tuesdays. I'd like to say I had a good reason for missing it, but the reality is that I just forgot what day it was. Does that happen to anyone else, like, regularly!? Either way, I'm back today (whatever day it is) with another - hopefully - helpful blog post thats er, all about blog posts. You guys seemed to love my 100 blog post ideas, so today I've decided to step it up a notch with this list of blog post ideas that will help generate traffic to your blog, using some trusty keywords and trending topics. But please, remember lil old me when you're all high flying famous bloggers, okay?
Controversial topics and opinions
So this one can be a little tricky, purely because there's a fine line between being controversial in the way you write..and being a complete asshole. Trending topics are usually a good thing to roll with. For example, when London Fashion Week was happening (and I wasn't going) I wrote a post on why I wasn't going to LFW, and why I didn't feel like I belonged there. Chances are, even if you have zero interest in London Fashion Week, you're probably wondering why I wasn't fussed. Why? Because everyone talks about how great it is. So if you have an alternative opinion on something, why not talk about it!?
Easy DIY projects
Because let's face it, how many people actually search for DIY projects that are hard to do? Whether it's a simple recipe or just a stylish IKEA hack, people love to take credit for things that they make, even if that 'thing' takes about ten minutes to make with absolutely no effort at all. I know, because I'm one of them. I also know this, because - to my surprise - my super easy healthy fudge recipe has been one of my more popular posts to date. The fact that the words 'healthy' and 'fudge' also helps.
Hey! Guess what!? I'm not rich, I have crap hair days, I'm insecure about my looks and I'm pretty sure I have IBS - or maybe I just eat too many cakes and drink too many fizzy drinks. Either way, I'm not perfect, and neither are you (sorry). I've tried pretending that I'm really cool with a fabulous life, but how many people can relate to that? Instead I've found that embracing my real life imperfections is actually more interesting for you lot to read. Whether you're simply laughing at me secretly behind a computer screen or relating with me on so many spiritual levels, who knows. But hey, it's these articles that keep you guys reading.
Trending product reviews
If you're a beauty blogger, you're probably always doing different makeup and skincare reviews. But hey, product reviews aren't just for the #bbloggers of the blogging world. Sometimes I like to tell people about things I've been loving - or even loathing. If you really want to drive traffic to reviews, try and make sure they're trending at that moment in time. For example, if your favourite Youtuber has brought out a makeup line, you can bet your ass that people across the world are going to be typing that into Google. Try and get your reviews up ASAP so that they're one of the first posts people see on Google. It's all about timing.
Lists, lists, lists
I swear, if Buzzfeed made an article called '487 cat poos that look like the cast of Harry Potter' it would be saved to my favourites in a second. I mean, I'm not telling you to write an article about the shape of turds (although please, link me if you do, because I will definitely read it) but it does go to show that list-style posts are very, very intriguing. There's a reason so many websites do this - because they can generate a lot of clicks when done right. Just try not to make every other post a listicle. They can get old fast.
Is it any wonder I've made a point of creating at least one blogging tip post a week? Personally, I love doing them, but they're also my most popular blog posts, well, ever. Who doesn't want to know how to get more traffic to their blog? Chances are, if you're reading this post (which you are, if you're reading this now..) that's exactly why you came here. People like new information. This doesn't just work for blogging tips either - tip posts can work for just about anything in life. Find your niche!
For some reason, a lot of us blogging peeps tend to shy away from talking about health issues, whether it's something physical and/or psychological. I can't remember the exact percentage, but pretty much everyone at some point in their life will have to go through a shitty time because of some sort of health problem. A lot of these people will also Google the hell out of how they're feeling to see if they can relate to how anyone else is feeling. It's just a natural human instinct. Personally, I feel like more of us need to talk about these things (I'm in the midst of writing my own little snippet), not to get more views in a numbers sort of way, but to get more views in hopes of helping others! Maybe share your own experiences with an issue, and start up a conversation with someone going through the same thing!
There are so many more ideas that I could ramble on about, such as hosting competitions, finding cheaper alternatives to popular products, or even just various ways to style a certain trend piece. But alas, you're probably half asleep reading this and - let's face it - my fingers fell asleep a long, long time ago. Before I go though. Please, Please (!!) Just take a look at my new shoes. *Cough* They cost less than £30 *cough*...and I'm gone.
What do you think of these post ideas?