More Blog Post Ideas for Busy Bloggers
In a previous post we looked into several ways to keep your blog updated with minimal effort. From article syndication to infographics, these short post ideas offer undeniably useful information while giving you sufficient time to manage other aspects of your business.
Let’s look into more practical post formats you can implement into your blogging routine, especially if you wish to blog as a full-time profession. These are perfectly ideal if you can’t find the time to write lengthy content.
Publish PLR Articles
A Private Label Rights (PLR) article provides a license allowing you to edit the content in different ways and even publish it as-is. The catch? The content is sold to many buyers; therefore it won’t be unique to your website. Nevertheless, PLR articles are a breath of fresh air when you need to make time to blog.
They are generally very affordable ($10 could get you several articles) and thus provide you with weeks or months worth of blog content. Just make sure the articles are up to your standards, as many have gained a bad reputation due to their poor quality.
Create Lists or Picture Posts
Picture-intensive blog posts have their place, but they are generally huge time-savers when you need to make time to blog. If you have visited â€œviral websitesâ€ like BuzzFeed, you have a pretty good idea how these posts are structured.
It’s all about creativity, which makes these post types pretty acceptable within most niches. An example would be, â€œ7 Motivational Images to Help You Get a Leaner Bodyâ€ on a self-improvement blog. Provide a few sentences to give your content additional context and substance, all while keeping image copyright laws in mind.
An interview could be performed in text format (in Q&A fashion) or by talking to the interviewee on apps like Skype.
The interviews themselves won’t always save you time, because you will generally have to get to know the person well, make certain arrangements and come up with specific questions. However, what makes this type of post so efficient is the predictable pattern it follows.
For example, your questions don’t always have to be 100% unique, as you can occasionally repeat them to different people. They also don’t have to be long and drawn out; there are bloggers that conduct only five-question interviews and it’s working out brilliantly for them.
Quote and Curate Content
Per eContentMag.com, curation is â€œthe act of discovering, gathering, and presenting digital content that surrounds specific subject matter.â€
In this case, your next blog post could insert several lines from a relevant source, followed by several original sentences adding further value to the summary in question. This way you could cut the amount of original words in half while still providing your readers with a meaningful blog post.
Content curation goes beyond gathering existing text and providing opinion; you could also publish a raw list of links to posts, best comments, and telecommuting jobs (as you can see in this example).
Publish Contests and Giveaways
You have probably stumbled upon such blog posts from time to time. â€œWin a One-Year Subscription to [Blank].â€ This could refer to your own product or service, or to someone else’s altogether.
If you search wisely, you can find a new contest within your niche on a regular basis. With that in mind, publish a short blog post promoting it to keep your readers in the loop, especially if you are a firm believer in its features and benefits. You could also incorporate them into a weekly routine, such as a â€œGiveaway Fridayâ€ post series.
Pro tip: This is a great way to establish relationships with fellow bloggers. They will undoubtedly appreciate your promotional efforts.
Bonus: Create FAQ Posts
Here’s an extra blog post idea…
Frequently Asked Questions, or FAQ, are generally used on static pages to answer common curiosities people have about a product or service. Thankfully you can also use questions as blog posts when you can’t find the time to write lengthier topics.
Let’s say you have a website that teaches everything about blogging. You also have a large email list with whom you regularly interact. Naturally, you will get to see different questions from interested readers.
This could lead to a weekly or monthly post dedicated to the most common questions you received during that time frame. If you cover 5 questions at a time and each consists of 50 words, your entire blog post should remain short, sweet, and very efficient for you.
Also, don’t forget to inspect your articles’ comments for even more questions.
While you shouldn’t depend exclusively on the above materials alone, you can occasionally rely on these to avoid spending an excessive amount of time maintaining your blog.