Blog post ideas

Coming up with amazing blog ideas is a never-ending process for any blogger. #amiright?! 🙂

So, I’ve listed 100 blog ideas below that hopefully will help you with this. I broke up each idea into categories so it’s easier to follow.

Fun fact: as I was drafting this post, I came up with so many new ideas for my own blog!

So, here’s my list of 100 blog ideas!

 

1. How-to guides

Write posts that specifically show your readers how to do something they need help with.

  • How to start XYZ
  • How to improve at XYZ when you’re in a rut
  • How to solve XYZ problem
  • How to stop doing XYZ
  • How to become the best at XYZ
  • How to plan XYZ
  • How to trick yourself into doing XYZ
  • How to explain XYZ to your family and friends
  • How to do XYZ in 21 days or less

Examples from my blog: How to Start a Blog and How to Trick Yourself Into Sticking To Your Budget

2. Lists

Make lists of people, places, or things in your niche.

  • The best books to read in your niche
  • 10 amazing Pinterest Boards for doing XYZ
  • Top bloggers to follow in your niche
  • 7 podcasts to listen to in your niche
  • The best places to live for your niche
  • 4 hacks for getting XYZ results
  • A list of the worst myths in XYZ niche

Examples from my blog: The 5 Best Personal Finance Books, Blogging Books, and Personal Development Books; 31 Creative Ways To Save Money

 

3. Checklists

Make checklists for your readers to follow.

  • 10 Actions to take to accomplish XYZ right now
  • 5 Strategies to use when XYZ seems impossible
  • 3 Hidden ways to improve your XYZ
  • A step by step checklist for XYZ hacking

Example from my blog: 10 Strategies To Use When You’re Getting Out of Debt

 

4. Diary Posts

Write posts about who you are (compared to the other posts that are all about helping the reader do something). It’s good to show your readers who you are every now and then. Just don’t go overboard! 🙂

  • Your life story
  • Why you blog
  • Behind the scenes of a typical day for you
  • Your top 5 successes
  • Your biggest failures
  • The mistakes you’ve learned the most from
  • Your morning and evening routines
  • How you set goals and achieve them in XYZ niche
  • How you started a blog
  • Here’s what happened when you did XYZ for 10 days
  • How you hacked your way into being the best at XYZ
  • Your 5 biggest regrets in XYZ niche
  • X lessons in X years (e.g.: a birthday post called “30 lessons from my first 30 years”)

Examples from my blog: How My Blog Took Me From Consumer To Creative and How I Paid Off $100k in Student Loan Debt

 

5. Reviews

Review things in your niche that your readers want to know about. If your readers know you and like you, they’ll want to read what you have to say about specific things in your niche.

  • Reviews of products in your niche
  • Reviews of books in your niche
  • Reviews of companies in your niche
  • Reviews of anything trending in your niche

Example from my blog: Monetizing Your Blog: Six Figure Blogger Review

 

6. Start a series

Create a series for your readers to follow. This will encourage your readers to keep coming back for more.

  • A 12-step series showing your readers how to do XYZ during each month of the year
  • An every Friday series where you post about something specific every Friday (e.g.: your favorite money-saving tip of the week)
  • A 4 week series where you post a how-to guide broken up into 4 parts (1 part each week)

Example from my blog: Online Business Training

 

7. Entertainment

Write posts that are purely designed to entertain (as opposed to educate) your readers. People like to read entertaining things that make them feel good or laugh.

  • A funny post about something in your niche purely to make your readers laugh
  • Random, entertaining statistics about XYZ in your niche
  • A post intertwining celebrities with something in your niche (e.g. for a finance blog would be “How so-and-so blew through $10M in 1 year”)

 

8. Lifestyle posts

Write posts that relate to your niche and combine life in some way. Sooo many blogs incorporate lifestyle (including me). Most people love to read a good lifestyle post.

  • Habits to start to be successful at XYZ
  • How to set goals to accomplish XYZ
  • Strategies to improve your happiness while you focus on XYZ
  • Life lessons from doing XYZ for 5 years
  • How to deal with failure of XYZ
  • How to organize ABC so XYZ is easier
  • Proven strategies to help you focus on XYZ
  • How to create more focus in your life so you can succeed at XYZ
  • 5 Life lessons we can learn from 5 professionals in XYZ niche

Examples from my blog: How To Create Amazing Habits and How To Plan Your Best Year Ever

 

9. Challenges

Create challenges for your readers to join in on. This will encourage and increase engagement on your blog.

  • A 21 day challenge about XYZ
  • A 30 day email challenge to get XYZ results (you send a sequence of emails for 30 days in a row)
  • A 5 day kick-start your XYZ this [season] (e.g.: 5 Days To Kick-Start Your Summer Budget)

Example from my blog: 21 Days To A Better Budget

 

10. DIY guides

Write posts that teach your readers how to obtain something they want by doing it themselves at home. The more pictures or videos with DIY posts, the better. People love a good DIY post (Pinterest anyone?!).

  • How to create XYZ from scratch
  • How to make the best XYZ for your spouse
  • A step by step guide to making XYZ
  • Before and after – how I DIYed XYZ

 

11. Holiday-themed posts

Relate your niche to the holidays (e.g.: budgeting, getting in shape, cooking, etc.).

  • Holidays to write about: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving Christmas, and anything else!
  • Types of holiday posts: How to entertain during a holiday, what to cook during a holiday, how to budget for a holiday, how to get fit for a holiday, and how to keep your sanity during a holiday.

 

12. Ultimate guides

Write posts that are the “ultimate guide” to something. Readers love knowing what they’re getting is the best.

  • The ultimate guide to XYZ
  • The ultimate guide to becoming the best at XYZ
  • The ultimate guide to ditching XYZ
  • The ultimate guide to changing XYZ

Examples from my blog: The Ultimate Guide To Budgeting, The Ultimate Guide To Blogging, and The Ultimate Guide To Frugal Living

 

13. Who, what, where, when, and why posts

Answer questions relating to who, what, where, when, and why in your niche.

  • Who should (and shouldn’t) do XYZ
  • What is the best way to do XYZ
  • What are the best tools you need to use to be good at XYZ
  • Where to do XYZ to get the best results
  • When is it the worst time to do XYZ
  • Why should you care about doing XYZ
  • Why does everyone fail at XYZ without a professional

 

14. Beginner’s guides

Create posts that explain how to get started doing something in your niche.

  • The beginner’s guide to XYZ
  • 10 things every beginner XYZ needs to do

Examples from my blog: The Beginner’s Guide to Budgeting, The Beginner’s Guide To Buying A House, The Beginner’s Guide To Taxes, and Investing For Beginners

 

15. Things you need to stop

Write blog posts that describe things your readers need to stop in order to be successful in your niche.

  • 10 habits you need to stop to be successful at XYZ
  • 5 words you need to stop saying to achieve XYZ
  • 7 things you need to stop doing in order to become XYZ
  • How doing XYZ is sabotaging your chances of success

Examples from my blog: 11 Habits You Need To Stop and 21 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Live A Happy Life

 

16. At home posts

Publish posts that teach your readers how to do something at home. Anything people can do from home without disrupting their lives is always popular.

  • How to do XYZ from home
  • How to achieve XYZ results by doing XYZ from home for 10 minutes every day
  • How doing XYZ from home can change your life

Example from my blog: 8 Legitimate Ways To Make Money From Home

 

17. Resources

Create blog posts that provide resources in your niche. This will help your readers know you’re on top of the latest trends and can speak to the best tools in your niche.

  • Top websites for doing XYZ
  • The 10 best resources for your getting XYZ results
  • Your favorite resources explained

Examples from my blog: Top Sites That Will Help You Make & Save Money and Top Websites To Help You Grow Your Blog

 

18. Controversial Posts

Write blog posts that are controversial and spark discussion.

  • Why you’re not succeeding at XYZ when everyone else is
  • Why you shouldn’t listen to the common advice of XYZ
  • Commentary on a recent controversial article in your niche
  • How XYZ post from a popular site got it all wrong

 

19. Infographics

Share images in the form of an infographic to explain your post. People love a good visual!

  • Infographic showing your readers how they can succeed at XYZ
  • Infographic explaining the surprising benefits of XYZ
  • Infographic with statistics that are surprising and unique to XYZ

 

20. Videos

Video blog posts are becoming increasingly popular with Snapchat, Facebook Live, and Instagram Stories (not to mention YouTube). Add videos to your blog in place of a traditional blog post to increase engagement in a different way.

  • A video introducing yourself
  • A video showing your readers how to do XYZ (something that is better explained through visuals than text)
  • A video sharing the best 10 tips for a certain category of your niche
  • A video discussing your biggest mistakes and how you recovered
  • A video demonstrating the right and wrong way to do XYZ

 

21. Interviews

Interviews are a great way to show your readers results that you yourself don’t have. For example, I could interview someone on my blog who retired at age 40 because that’s not something I’ve done but is something my readers would like to read about.

  • How X person did XYZ in less than one year
  • How one couple succeeded at XYZ when no one believed they could
  • X’s story about going from nothing to succeeding at XYZ
  • Professional X gives her best tips on how to do XYZ

Example from my blog: My Interview With A Seven-Figure Blogger

 

*Bonus Tips*

There are a few bonuses I want to share with you for blog ideas.

First, use answerthepublic.com to learn more about your topic by typing a word into the search bar and getting ideas from actual searches. I learned about this tool when I was learning about SEO and it’s amazing.

Second, consider the “4 Us” of title drafting. Your titles should be one of the following: useful, urgent, unique, or ultra-specific. This is something I learned from “How to Write Magnetic Headlines: The Fundamental Guide to the Most Important Copywriting Skill on the Planet” by Copyblogger.

Finally, keep in mind the tension between writing what you want to write and writing what your readers want to read. You’ll naturally want to write about certain topics, but also you’ll find that those topics might not match with what your readers want to read (whether you get that data from Google Keyword Planner or somewhere else). This is normal. Just keep this tension in mind when you decide which direction to go. A combination of both works!

 

A Final Note!

Coming up with blog ideas can feel never-ending at best and overwhelming at worst. This is why I use an editorial calendar.

Hopefully this list of 100 blog ideas gets your creative juices flowing! 🙂

 

P.s – here are my favorite free blogging resources: