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The Uber Traffic Hack – Discover 4 Blog Post Types That’ll Grow Your Traffic Immediately!

Contrary to popular belief, the blogging life can suck.

You bust your hump writing loads of posts and still, your site’s traffic stats have flatlined.

If your blog were a patient, it’d be comatose.

So how do popular bloggers do it? Are they using some magical software to get more traffic to their sites?

No. But they are using proven methods that draw readers to them, like popular magazines, and TV talk shows do.

In this post, we’re going to look at 4 things you can do right now to improve your blog’s content and reel in more readers.

I’m not going to sugar coat this and make it sound easy – it takes time and dedication.  But the concept is simple to understand and anyone can do learn to do it.

blog post types

Uncovering the Types of Blog Posts People Will Want to Read

To be blunt, we’re dealing with a content problem here; if people liked your posts, they’d be flocking to your site.

A lot of people have what I to refer to as the “Field of Dreams Complex”. They actually believe in the idea set forth by the movie, “If you build it, they will come”.

Nonsense.

You can have a great looking site with loads of content, but if it isn't valuable to your audience, forget it. Online readers are more advanced now and they will seek out better content.

Another drag is your posts can be excellent and still not draw in enough traffic.

(Don’t worry we can fix this because the key is the type of posts you’re writing.)

There are 4 types of blog posts that will improve your site’s content and captivate your readers easier.

In short order, they are:

  • How to posts
  • Resource posts
  • Expert roundup posts
  • Stories

Are these the only types of blog posts that readers like?  No.

Darren Rowse’s Problogger site has a list of 52 different types of blog posts you can use to get reader’s eyes on your site.

The reason these types of posts work so well is that they help people, and are the kind of posts people like to share.

Let’s break down these different types of blog posts and look at how you can start to use them right now.

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#1 - The “How to” Type of Blog Post

The reason “how to” posts are so popular is that everyone wants to learn how to do something.

The downside to this type of blog post is that it’s a crowded scene.  Everyone has written one, and writing a “how to” post about any subject is very competitive.

So, how can you write a post in this category and still nail it?

You have three options:

Option 1 - Write a blog post that tells people how to do something differently.  More than likely, the people who read your posts have seen the same information over and over.

So it’s your mission to write a post that’s UNIQUE.  You should write about a way to do something that has a different approach than what everyone else has.  For example, if you’re writing a blog post about how to tie shoes, try to figure out a way to tie them that no one else is doing.

You don’t believe that’s possible?

Here’s a video that shows you different ways of tying shoelaces.  It has almost 3 million views and over 7 million subscribers to its YouTube channel.

Option 2 - Find a subject that's ignored and write about it.

This option requires a bit of research, but try to find an aspect of your niche that has little written about it.  An easy way to do this is to use a keyword search tool.  You can use Google's Keyword Planner to find long-tailed keywords about your subject.

In this case, I used the Keyword Planner to look for keywords related to the phrase “blog tools”.

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As you can see, the phrase “blogging tools” came up as the most related term. It has low competition and gets 1000 to 10,000 monthly searches per month. This is a good start already.

When I scrolled through the results further, I found longer keyword phrases with low competition and solid traffic.

blog post keywords

The phrase “best blogging platform” came up with high traffic and low competition. I’ve also noted the phrase “what is blogging” at the bottom. You could also plug-in these phrases into the planner and run a search on each one of them.

It would be a good practice to keep a file on these types of keywords and save them for later when you need topic ideas.

Another way to find ideas that aren't covered is to read a lot of posts on a subject and take note of what's missing.

Let's say you want to write a post on blogging but notice there are very few posts that focus on how to format one.  You could write an entire piece on that subject and make it the best resource available.

This requires a lot of reading and time, but if you want to stand out in your niche, the time and effort are worth it.

Option 3 - Write a massive 3000 + word blog post that everyone will want to use as a resource. Include graphics, resource lists, video, and audio links as support material.

Neil Patel is a master at this. He has written most of his posts on very competitive subjects, and yet his blog posts usually rank at the top.

His posts can be 3000 words long, and he uses every device possible to make them the best resource on the Internet. Neil's extensive research found that search engines rank longer posts more favorably.

resource type of blog post

#2 - Resource Posts For People Who Want to Know More

A resource post is a type that lists sites, tools, or information that can help your readers in some way. People like resource posts because they save time.  It’s always great to be able to go to one site on a subject and find loads of resources you can use.

If you’re a fitness instructor, you could have a resource post on the best types of diets that you’ve researched.   You could also have a resource page on types of online tools that can help you set goals and track your calories.

There are a few things you may want to consider on this type of post.

First, you must keep your readers in mind. It’s not about you? It’s about them.  Don’t take the lazy man’s way and only write about the resources you like to use.

Besides, if you’re an expert at what you do, chances are you are more advanced than your audience.  The tools and resources you’re using may be more advanced than what they can use or afford.  So make sure you review alternative resources for them.

When you create a resource page, you should also pick 2 or 3 different topics.

Using our fitness instructor example, you could write about these resources:

  • Different types of diets
  • Different types of online calorie counters
  • Different types of exercise programs

Actually, if you wanted to, you could use those ideas as a springboard to make even more categories, like this:

Different types of diets

  • Low calorie
  • Low carb
  • High fiber

A second thing to consider about this type of blog post is to make it personal. People love the human connection and want to hear your professional opinion.

You don’t have to actually use each product you write about; you could gather opinions from other people that use them. But the more you’re able to try and use a product, the better. So telling your readers which ones you’re using is important.

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#3 - Expert Roundup Posts on Influential People in Your Niche

A roundup report is a type of blog post that uses the opinions of experts.  You ask a simple question to a body of experts and they each give you an answer you can use in the post.

There are several reasons why you'd want to use this type of post.

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First, it gets the attention of the experts in your niche and they will more than likely share it with their herd.  This means you'll get loads of traffic to your site.

Second, since you're featuring heavy-duty influencers on your blog, you're in their court.  You are developing relationships that are valuable to your business.

Finally, you will gain links and authority from working with these mavens.  You'll be seen as someone who knows important players in your niche.  Not only that, but these influencers will link to your post, giving you great SEO benefits.

Pretty simple eh?

Actually, a good roundup post takes a lot of time and work.

First of all, you’ll need to come up with a question that your audience wants to know about. Trust me, you'll be wasting your time focusing on a topic nobody cares about.

Make a list of people online that are experts in the subject you're writing about.  The more popular they are, the better.

Next, you'll need to approach your list of experts.  Contact them and let them know what you're writing about.  Make sure you're polite and respectful; remember, you're asking them for a small favor.

Phrase your question in a way that's easy to answer.  The easier it is for them to answer it, the more likely they will do it.

It would also help if you told them you will be writing a brief bio of them and a link to their site.

There is a danger in using a roundup post of this nature. If you slap it together without any thought about the quality of the post, it could wind up being a disaster.  You need to make your post as first class as possible.

If your experts took the time to write an opinion or a review, you need to make sure your post is stellar.  In this case, you are not representing yourself but their reputations as well.

So take the time to write an outstanding piece.  Also, take the time to email each one of your guests and thank them.

the story blog post

#4 - The Story Type of Blog Post

I have two favorite writers that I love to read: Harlan Ellison and Ray Bradbury. Among other forms of writing, they are masters of the short story.

I remember one day I was in a bookstore and I picked up a collection of short stories written by Mr. Ellison.

I started reading one of them and couldn’t put it down; it grabbed me from the first couple of words and I was stuck. The title was Shatterday, and it was about a guy who meets his alternate self over the phone.

The next thing I knew, my wife was poking me in the arm informing me she wanted to leave.

“Yeah, yeah…OK.”

15 minutes later, I noticed my wife was gone.

Now I don’t know about you friend, but my family and their safety mean everything to me. When I noticed my wife was missing and I couldn’t see her anywhere, I freaked out and took immediate action.

I finished reading the story.

I did two things here. First, I told you a brief story that you may have held your attention. And second, I proved you don’t have to be a great writer like Ray Bradbury, or Harlan Ellison to use this device.

There are studies that show stories are more memorable than mere facts.

A famous expert on this idea was Harvard psychology professor, Jerome Bruner.

Professor Bruner found that the human mind remembers a story far better than facts.  Using stories will also increase the understanding of a subject as well.

Copywriters have used this device since the first printed advertisement. It's no coincidence that the best copywriters on the planet are great storytellers.   It's also not a coincidence that great bloggers study copywriting.

So if you want to see effective storytelling at work, study the ads of famous copywriters.

A Good Lesson from a Master Copywriter

If you want to know how to write a blog post that uses stories, study the ads of great copywriters.

Take copywriter John Carlton, for example. One of John’s most successful and famous pieces of copy was his ad that ran for years, called “The One-Legged Golfer”.

Carlton’s one legged golfer

This ad was very successful and ran for years in golf magazines.

It’s about a man who was overweight, nearsighted and had arthritis, yet could hit a golf ball 250 yards. He was able to do so because he somehow uncovered a secret 2 step system to golfing that no one else knew about.

The reason this ad sticks in my mind so well is because I have zero interest in golfing. I have only golfed once in my life and that’s it. Yet, when I glanced at this ad, I was immediately sucked in; I couldn’t put it down.

How to Use the Story Type of Blog Post in Steps

Step 1: Write about a Problem or an Issue that Someone is Having.

Describe in detail how the problem harmed you or the person you’re writing about. Use all the senses at your disposal to make it seem real.  The more you can do this, the more people will be able to relate to it.

Make sure that you’re addressing a problem that your readers want to know about. Remember, this is about them, not you.

Step 2: Write about a Journey or Discovery that Found the Solution

Most great stories are about a personal journey to solve a problem of some sort.

  • Luke Skywalker was on a quest to become a Jedi like his daddy.
  • Frodo was on a mission to get rid of a ring.
  • Odysseus was trying to get home.

To illustrate this point, let’s say your blog was about blogging.

You could write a story about your journey to become a full-time blogger. You could write about how you had a crappy job with low pay, and how low your bank account was.  Then you started blogging and learning all you could about the art.

Then one day out of the blue, someone contacted you and asked you to write a post for their site….

You see how easy that was?

Well, the idea was easy, but you need to write a story that is worthy of your audience’s attention. When you use the story type of blog post, take your time and write a great story; it’ll make all the difference in the world.

Step 3: Tie the Story into Your Subject

The great thing about using a story is that you can use it in any type of blog post you can write.

So you don’t have to write a story blog post. You can write a list type of blog post or a “how to” post and still use a story to introduce it.

For example, you could write about how you had a problem getting people to read your blog.  One day friend turned you onto a great WordPress plug-in to promote your posts on social media.

Before you knew it, you had thousands of people reading and sharing your posts

After that, you could lead into a section that reviews the plug-in and all the benefits of using it.

Conclusion

As I mentioned before, there are many types of blog posts you can write; in this post, we’ve covered 4 of them that are very powerful.  It would be great to hear about the ones you’ve had success with.

Please leave a comment below and share with us the different blog post types you’ve tried, we would love to hear from you!

Also, if you found this post interesting or beneficial, please share it right now with your friends on social media.

Thanks so much and God Bless!

Mark Elmo Ellis writes compelling content and high conversion copy for entrepreneurs.  Check out his blog and get a free copy of his 200+ page book, “Blog Profiting Secrets”. His newsletter and tutorials are sure to help you raise the bar on your own site’s content and help you take your business to the next level.

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52 comments on “The Uber Traffic Hack – Discover 4 Blog Post Types That’ll Grow Your Traffic Immediately!”

  1. What a superb guest post, Mark! I personally love Roundup Posts - they bring in a TON of traffic.

    Thanks so much for doing this for Successful Blogging!

    Sue

    1. Sue,

      Thank you so much for the opportunity to write for your blog. I have learned so much from you these last couple of years, I could never repay you!

      Thanks again!

      Mark

      1. Great post Mark.

        Interesting headline as well. I think both case studies and expert round up posts work like a charm (at least for me).

        Knowing which type of content works well for your audience is the key to taking your blog to the next level. It's also important to analyse the performance of your content along with the shares and links it attract overtime.

        Case studies can boost your website conversions along with the sales and that's the reason why I always try to product as many as possible for my site.

        Excellent stuff Mark.

        1. Anil,

          Thank you so much for commenting!

          I'm glad you liked my title. I really worried about whether it was too over the top, or if I should play it safe with a more conservative title.

          Neil Patel almost always starts his posts out with a case study area before he segues into a "How to" post. So, I guess you can have 2 posts in one, if you do it right.

          He likes to show you the value in following his advice before showing you how to do something. It must work, because his posts rank pretty well.

          Thanks again, Anil! God Bless!

          Mark

    2. "How to" post are my favorite! The great thing about them is that they consistently bring you traffic through search engines because people are always searching for 'how to do something'.

      1. Umair,

        Thanks for commenting Umair!

        Yep, how to posts are a good bet. However, you may bore your audience if every single post is a "How to" post. Not only that, but blogging is a labor intensive business and YOU might get bored writing only these types of posts.

        Just sayin'!

        ~Mark

    1. Thank you so much for catching that error!

      Believe it or not, I spent loads of time writing the darned thing and then reviewing it.

      Thanks for the help, my friend!

      ~Mark

      1. Ha ha!

        Proofreading runs in my blood. My father was a old style hot-metal typographer. Not that I am immune to typos, it's just easier to see them in other people's work. That in being early: two fatal personality traits.

        When I was working, I told people I had a fatal disease: I was always early for meetings! And you know, meetings always start late. Getting to the airport three hours early is not too early for me!

        Best wishes,

        S/I/Y/D

        1. Maybe I should hire you as my proofreader!

          As for being early, I don't think your personality trait of being early is a detriment. As a matter of fact I think it's a very good quality.

          I hate, hate, hate being late for anything, so I'm always early.

          The great copywriter and marketing maven Dan Kennedy wrote an entire book on managing time. He said that being late negatively reflects on a person's character, and I agree.

          How much you respect other people's time says everything about you as a person and how much you care foe others. If you think about it, the most valuable resource we have is time because you only have so much of it in your life.

          So, being early is a good thing...right?

          ~Mark

  2. These are great suggestions Sue thank you! I've written quite a few "how to" posts and story posts but I'll have to give roundups and resource posts a try.

    1. Nicloe,

      The tricky thing about writing these types of posts is that they are labor and time intensive.

      I've learned from Sue and her site that taking the time to write high quality posts instead of posting every day is what counts. So, if you decide to write one, don't rush it.

      Jon Morrow of the site " Boost Blog Traffic" takes 20+ hours to write his posts.

      A lot of work, but it pays off.

      God Bless, and thanks for commenting, Nicole!

      ~Mark

  3. Thank you, Mark! You have no idea how helpful this post is to me. I'm new to content blogging, trying to learn what to do and what not to do, and one thing I have figured out: there are easier ways to accomplish things and still reach the goal. I've downloaded your freebies and am looking forward to reading your stuff going forward.

    Thank you, too, Sue, for running Mark's post. You're amazing!

    1. Deb,

      Thanks so much for reading my post. I hope I was able to help you in some way to create better blog posts or get more traffic. When I originally started writing blog posts years ago, I never thought about the type of post I wrote, much less formatting or even how to comment on other people's posts.

      Thanks to sites like this one, I've compiled a file of posts that I use as a reference every time I write one. So one thing I like to tell folks that are into blogging is to compile the posts that they think will help them write their posts.

      If there was a single thing I've done that made my job of writing easier, it was having that file on hand.

      Once again, Deb thanks for reading my post.

      ~Mark

  4. Well done Mark 😉 The How To post is such good money; I've no idea why folks skip writing these titles because a How To solves pressing issues and drives traffic consistently. I am creating one for tomorrow on my blog, focused on how to drive traffic and profits by tweeting the right way. I also did a screen share video that has received inspired feedback so I'm running with it.

    Ryan

  5. Thanks for the kind words, Ryan!

    Originally, I was an instructional designer and a technology teacher for a private school. I had to write all of my own lessons and manuals for my students because companies don't like publishing them.

    Turns out that publisher's can't keep up with the technology and new programs that keep getting rewritten.

    So I spent a lot of time writing "How to" stuff for my students anyway. The thing that I learned about writing manuals and posts of this nature is that you really have to think in simplistic terms. You can't leave out steps and you'll have to hand over what you've written to another party to test the lesson or thing you're trying to teach.

    So if you want to write incredible how to posts, hand it over to someone else to see if there's something in it that they don't understand. As a matter of fact, give it to kid if you can because they're always brutally honest.

    Thanks for commenting, Ryan!

    ~Mark

  6. Great post! Love you added the story element because at heart I'm a literary writer, and love to blog but worry it's dumping down the art of writing!

  7. Hi Mark,

    Nice to meet you here on Sue's space. Your article is remarkably great. I love the way you presented it.

    Most of my posts are how-to's posts, and these types of articles are incredible because they drive steady traffic. My recent article on how-to got a much better social share than the non how-to posts.

    I'm my how-to write headlines, I also mentioned the use of how-to's because they gain more traction.

    Roundup posts is another fascinating type of post that are certain to drive massive traffic, because it is a collaboration of experts and influencers who already know the game and have a massive audience who are looking for the exact same solution.

    Thanks for sharing Mark, and thank you too Sue for publishing!

  8. Moss,

    Thank you so much my friend.

    Yep, they drive steady traffic. I know Neil Patel has done quite well with them and many of his are in the 4000+ word range. He also has loads of graphics and charts that he creates for them as well.

    Thanks so much, Moss, for commenting, my friend!

  9. Hello Mark! It's a very good content. You did not mention in which category this blog is, but I know, people will find out that since it is a resource blog. This one is very deep, but easy to understand. Moreover, content quality is the most important thing. If you try all the possible techniques for getting quality traffic, and if your content does not have enough quality to keep the readers around, it won’t fulfill your desire. If I want to write 3000+ words I should choose the subject wisely so that it is possible to write 3000+ words. If you choose a subject like "how to change Facebook page name", then you won’t be able to write 3000+ words.

    1. Karl,

      Thanks so much for commenting!

      Man, you're absolutely right - quality is super important. Years ago when I started blogging, I tried to write 1000 + posts every day! The problem was that I didn't know the first thing about writing for the Internet. And then one day I was in a Barnes and Noble book store and started reading a copy of the book, "Killer Web Content" by Gerry McGovern.

      Excellent book!! It was the first time that I really considered the idea of slowing down the number of posts I was spitting out and writing content. In Mr. McGovern's book, he points out that when you write for the Internet, your writing stays out there for everyone to see for a very long time.

      So, if you're shooting for authority status on the Web, you want everything you do to be stellar.

      My way of thinking about it is "less is more".

      Post less but spend more time on each post. I try to churn out a real good post about once every two weeks. However, if you go to my blog, you'll notice that I haven't been posting hardly at all lately.

      Despite that, my traffic has really jumped. The reason is because I've been trying to write the best posts I can for other people's blogs. When I asked Sue if it was OK to write a guest post, I was really worried that I would miss the mark. I know she has an awesome reputation in the blogging community, so I made sure I spent as much time as possible on this.

      Actually, I've read several of Sue's posts where she recommended that you not post so much and double down on quality.

      Thanks again, for commenting, Karl; I really do appreciate it!

      God Bless!

      ~Mark

  10. Hello there Mark,

    I gotta say that Sue made a really great choice by allowing you to guest post here. It's just phenomenal, everything from A to Z.

    To me the third options stands more. I really love getting free traffic from Google, and you made really clear how to do keyword research in the simplest way. Of course there are lots of keywords, especially the long ones that even us can rank for and generate traffic.

    Again, thanks for this EPIC post Mark.

    Cheers,

    Darleen

  11. Darleen,

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your kind words! I have got to tell you, it has been such a morale booster writing for Sue's blog. She's got the best audience on the planet coming to this site.

    Speaking of organic traffic, when I did my research for this site, (highly recommended before writing a guest post) one of the things I did to find out where her traffic was coming from was use the site "SpyFu" (www.spyfu.com). If SpyFu's data is correct, SuccessfulBlogging's traffic is mostly organic, which would indicate that the keyword research on the front end has been well researched on these posts.

    So, why pay for traffic when you're getting it for free? In my opinion, when you have to pay for traffic, your either in a rush to make money, or your content is not that good.

    Just sayin'!

    Anyway, thanks so much for your very kind words, Darleen! You don't know how much your encouragement means to me.

    God Bless, my friend!

    ~Mark

  12. Mark, I enjoyed reading this post tremendously. I loved how you simplified the storytelling aspect but laying it out in steps. So many other places just say "use storytelling" which can seem overwhelming, especially if you are not a creative writer! I was reading Talk Like Ted by Carmine Gallo yesterday, which also discussed storytelling. One study mentioned in the book showed that when a story is told the brain of the listener syncs with the brain of the storyteller, firing in a similar way. Pretty interesting stuff! People are built to be attracted to stories because we can often relate to them, so this is a compelling way to write in your blog posts. Thanks for the great read! I'm saving it in my "pocket."

  13. Marlena,

    I'm so glad you liked my post and that you got something of value from it!

    I personally think that when a person hears a story or reflects back on a well made movie, they mentally put themselves into the seat of the main character. If that's true, then the story has some how gotten your brain to react in a way that is far deeper than just reading.

    Your mind is imagining and being changed from within and since it occurs inside of your head you may have a clearer understanding of your subject.

    Now, I've never read that anywhere, but it did occur to me, therefore it's mere speculation. But if you can get your reader or viewer so involved into what you've written they will relate to it in a much deeper manner.

    Maybe this is why time seems to fly when we're at a movie that's super good; the time seems to pass so quickly.

    Anyway, it was just a thought.

    I'm happy that you liked my post, Marlena! Thanks so much for your kindness!

    God Bless!

    Mark

  14. This post is especially helpful to me. I have written over 600 posts in less than 2 years of blogging and the traffic to my site is not encouraging!

    I write short stories, poetry, local news review occasionally, inspirational posts and on general interest issues!

    1. Jerry,

      All of the ideas Mark shared in this super post are very helpful to anyone struggling to get traffic to their blog. You may want to incorporate these tips into your own blog and see if they bring you the results you're looking for. These are excellent tips that will definitely work.

  15. Jerry,

    I went to your site and took a look around. Man, you've done a lot of work!

    Excellent... You're committed and that's a big plus.

    Right away, I can see that you have one massive problem. You're writing a lot but it's not focused. You need to find out what the main topic or niche of your blog should be.

    Here's an example:

    Your site has a bunch of different categories: Politics, short stories, business tips, inspirational, personal, local news, etc.

    You need to pick just one of those areas to focus on.

    Let's say you decide to focus your blog on business tips. Now we have a subject or topic that is far more focused than what you already have.

    But wait! You're not done! You need to narrow that down...

    How about: Business tips for writers!

    Now, you can focus even more: Business tips for writers of fiction.

    Or even more than that: Business tips for writers of science fiction.

    There is a danger here. If you pick to wide of a niche, you'll have an unfocused niche and if you pick to small of niche it will be difficult to come up with subjects to write about.

    So, step #1 for you my friend, is to FOCUS your blog on just one subject area. Oh, and take your time to think about it too, there's no rush.

    Here's a link I to a post I wrote that I think will help:
    http://www.ElmoCopy.com/7-steps-to-claiming-your-niche-m...

    I hope this helps you, Jerry!

    ~Mark

  16. Most of my posts are how-to’s posts, and they perform well.Others are yet to try.will write about it soon.Thanx for sharing this guide 🙂

  17. I love "how to" posts as well, but they have to be done with care. I say this because if I'm not mistaken last year Google gave out a penalty for low quality "how to" articles. Great read!

  18. John,

    To my knowledge Google does not penalize "How to" posts unless there are duplicate content issues. Everyone thinks that Google has God-like abilities, but it doesn't. Even with duplicate content issues, it has a hard time finding content that 's exactly alike and then marking down your post or site due to that.

    With a duplicate content issue, what usually happens, is that Google finds some schmuck that wrote a piece of content and then posted it all over the place thinking that doing so will get them traffic or let them sell something. So they post the same exact post over and over again on forums, social media sites, blog commenting fields, etc. to include their own sites, and that's what gets them into trouble.

    And while I could go deeper into the "duplicate content" example, almost every SEO expert out there agrees that writing high-quality original content is the way to go. As a matter of fact I just went to the Entrepreneurs on Fire site that pulled in over $200,000 in revenue last month and the first blog post they have is...A How to Post with "How to" in the title!!

    Not only that, but all of the top bloggers have written and will continue to write "How to" posts. Jon Morrow, Neil Patel, etc. all have build amazing sites and blogs off of them, so I don't think that you need to worry about that.

    Thanks for commenting, John!

    ~Mark

  19. Hi Mark,

    A fantastic blog post, indeed. I couldn't stop and walk away. Excellent.

    I pay close attention to the writing nuances and try to infuse into my blog writing. Forget it.

    The reason I'm excited about this is that I'm looking forward to reading more content from you. The best thing about Sue's blog is that I get to meet amazing writers and marketers. Thanks to her.

    This blog post could be a perfect recipe for bloggers who want to overcome writer's block.

    As far as keywords hunting is concerned, I know it's one of the essential practices of niche bloggers and SEOs, but somehow it doesn't resonate with me. I'm so much into intuition and human connection. I do study the keywords that bring in traffic and more importantly, what people are saying in the comments -- so such things help me design my content strategy.

    What would you say to me?

    1. Hassaan,

      Thanks for reading my post, my friend! If you're looking for a post that'll help you break writer's block, you should head on over to Darren Rowse's post I mentioned at the beginning of the post. It has loads of ideas anyone could use.

      Keyword research isn't one of my favorite things to do either, but I've decided to do it because it is a massive help. But, if you don't see a value in it, then you should only do tasks that you think will help you out.

      Anyway, thank you so much for all of your kind words.

      ~Mark

  20. Hello Mark,

    You have an interesting piece. I recall learning from Bob Bly that one can never go wrong "How To" when used to craft a title.

    Some of the best copywriters in the world use their heading to capture their audience attention and make them do whatever they want them to do.

    Since I began learning copywriting, my blog began to grow sporadically.

    You did well in this post. Hope to read more from you.

    Cheers.

    Emenike

  21. Emenike,

    It's always a good idea to study different forms of writing, especially skilled areas like copywriting. Not only will it improve your writing, but it will open other opportunities for you to make money.

    I started out copywriting. I had a mentor that was excellent and I took quite a few courses. Like you, I noticed a difference in my writing when I learned how to write copy.

    As the Dos Equis guy used to say in the commercials, "Stay thirsty, my friend!"

    ~Mark

  22. Hi Sue,

    I prefer list posts and expert roundup. These types of posts tend to do well in technology niche.

    Thanks,

    Rajib Singh

  23. Great article Mark. I love reading How To articles. Kinda feels like someone is holding your hand online. The 'stories' kind of blog post was totally new to me. Thanks for that!

  24. Sheeroh,

    I'm so glad I was able to show you something that was new to you. I think at the end of the day, most people will gravitate toward "How to" articles, because they can quickly teach you how to do a particular task or concept. However, when you're writing posts, you do want to have variety in your posts, otherwise you can run the risk of boring readers that frequent your blog.

    Thanks for commenting!

  25. Great post!

    I will take these types of posts into account in my writing.

    With an engineering education, my writing style naturally tends to be factual, logical and accurate... which might not appeal to everyone.

    I agree it's not enough to write something and promote it, you also have to make it catchy and shareable to help your readership grow.

    The 52 list link also seems a great ressource on this topic, I will bookmark it as well as your blog so I can refer to it later.

    Thanks

    1. Parvez,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment here my friend. I hope this post helps you on your quest to becoming a better writer.

  26. Raymond,

    Thank you so much my friend. I'm glad the link that I placed into this post will help you out. It's always good to have great bookmarked articles that you can use when writing.

    God Bless!

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