8 Post Types To Expand and Highlight Your Blog’s Content
This is a guest post by James.
If you are struggling for content or want to expand the number of posts your blog has, having regular features that highlight existing content, whether on your blog or elsewhere, is a good approach. Below are some of the most common and popular features that you can implement on your site.
1. Best or popular posts
A common feature on many blogs. It basically involves listing the best or most popular posts over the previous week or month (depending on how often you update). If you are an avid reader of the blog this may not offer much, but for everyone else it’s a great way of showcasing your best content without all the filler in between. Be sure to encourage readers to check out and leave comments on any posts they missed.
Example: Zen Habits
2. Best comments
An excellent way of boosting reader interaction as it rewards those who comment regularly. When doing a post like this try and tie the highlighted comments together rather than just picking random ones. Also, prioritize regular commentators by mentioning their name and website.
Example: Organize IT
3. A year ago
Similar to the best post feature, only this one delves into the misty past to highlight top content from a year ago. Not much good if you don’t have an old enough blog or a deep archive, but it’s still a great way of showcasing all those forgotten about posts and giving them a bit of extra life
4. Coming soon
Enticing readers with upcoming, intriguing content is a great way of encouraging people to subscribe to your feed. Just make sure you can deliver on it. If you are a regular poster who sticks to a solid schedule this can be a great way of creating anticipation for a new week or month. If you just post when you feel like it this may not work for you.
5. Interesting links
An old school technique. This feature has the added benefit of attracting the attention of other bloggers, who are usually appreciative of others linking to their posts. Just be sure to provide a solid amount of links for the reader to delve into.
6. Ask the readers
A great way of encouraging reader interaction. It allows you to take the backseat while the readers provide the value with their comments. Just be sure to join in the conversation and help it along as necessary. Try combining this with a best comments feature for maximum benefit.
Example: Get Rich Slowly
If you feel you may struggle to provide value with the features above, why not combine them together? It’s a good way of summarizing what’s happened with the blog over the last week or month, highlighting posts, linking to interesting sites and describing what’s upcoming.
Example: Life Optimizer
8. Something a little different
Offer something a little different to your usual content. It could be a funny video, interesting picture… whatever. As long as you are providing plenty of the content your blog is known for, this feature can provide a nice break from the usual ritual.
Example: Daily Blog Tips
James is a blogger and aspiring author who covers productivity, organization and self improvement with an heavy focus on practical, actionable advice. You can check out more of his posts at Organize IT (or alternatively subscribe to the RSS feed)
17 Responses to “8 Post Types To Expand and Highlight Your Blog’s Content”
When I relaunched my blog earlier this week, I implemented a small feature that listed the next four upcoming posts on the blog, as well as a date they will be published and a quick one paragraph introduction describing what the post will be about.
The response to this has been fantastic so far, and I highly recommend it to anybody who sticks to a regular posting schedule and plans ahead.
Good post, James. 🙂
Great tips. Tip #4 requires little planning. All other tips can be tried out easily. Thanks.
I will put some into use indeed.
Thanks for putting up my post, Daniel. Glad you all like it 🙂
Thanks for the post James – I am always looking out for Blog tips and these will come in really handy – I have implemented a few of the ideas over on my technology Blog at http://www.jasonslater.co.uk.
Guest posting seems like a great way of getting good content out there and it’s something I am thinking about opening my blog up to.
Fanastic post, thank you
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Great tips i am implementing a popular posts section soon enough 🙂
great post I am the same idea with you
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