70 Post Ideas for Your Blog

by Broke Professional on February 13, 2011 · 33 comments


Having a Tough Time Coming Up With a Blog Idea?  Here is a list (with an example for each one) of 70 Different Post Ideas.

1.  Start a blogging group where you can gather like minded people, give back to the community, and help promote other blogs in your niche. Example – Financial Samurai and the Yakezie Network.

2. Do a feature story on an interesting but average type of person.  Example – Yes, I am Cheap.  I Make Money Online: Selling e-books.

3. Provide an in-depth analysis of a subject you are expert or near expert level in.  Example – Barbara Freidberg Personal Finance: Is it Time to Sell?

4.  Provide a written definitive “pillar article” guide to something that interests people in your niche.  Example: Daily Blog Tips – 28 Ways to Make Money Online.

5.  Provide a video definitive “pillar” guide to something that interests people in your niche.  Example: Pro Blogger- Secrets to Making Money Online.

6.  Show the behind the scenes workings of your blog.  Example: The Financial Blogger - TFB Monthly Income Report.

7.  Open up about your own finances.  Example - Budgeting In the Fun Stuff – Weekly Stats and Money Updates.

8.  Give relationship advice that pertains to your niche.  Example – Bible Money Matters – Improve Communication About Money in Your Marriage.

9.  Relate to your audience what you learned from a book and how you are using that knowledge in your own life.  Example- Studenomics – What I learned About Business From Ramit Sethi.

10.  Use reader’s questions as a means to analyzing diverse issues. Example – Grow Rich Slowly – Ask the Readers: Should I Sell My Car.

11.  Provide a useful daily tip in series form. Example – Sustainable Personal Finance – 365 Days of Sustainability Tips.

12.  Explore the realm of satire.  Examples – Stuff White People Like, The Onion

13. Be a watchdog for consumers.  Example – The Consumerist

14.  Explain a complicated concept to your readers in an interesting and understandable manner.  Example – My Journey to Millions – The difference between an ordinary dividend and a qualified dividend.

15.  Tell the story of once famous cultural phenomenon.  Example – MoneyCone – The Beardstown Ladies

16.  Put a new spin on a well covered story.  Example – Balance Junkie – Egypt: Financial Lessons and Tipping Points

17.  Take your blog on the road. Example – Man vs. Debt – RV Road Tour.

18.  Analyze court casesThe Volokh Conspiracy

19.  Highlight some music to your fans.  Hey its Free: Free Pixies Live Download

20. Answer a Relevant Question on the mind of your niche – Example: KNS Financial (Faithful With a Few)- Do You Need to File an Income Tax Return?

21.  Try to follow a program from a book and track your progress on your site.  Example: Frugal Zeitgeist – The Four Hour Body: Day 1.

22.  Comment on another blog.  ExamplePunch Debt in the Face – Red Hates Happiness.

23.  Use a Survey/Poll as a launching board to discuss a topic.  Example: The Millionairenurse.com:  Ruin Your Children: Everyone Else Does.

24.  Ask your readers for an answer to a question.  (in this case not a particularly important question j/k).  Nicole and Maggie: Ask the Blogosphere

25.  Highlight an opportunity for your readers- Example: Well Heeled Blog: CNN Money is Looking for Super Savers

26.  Explore Modern Trends and/or question common assumptions- Example: The Simple Dollar – Is the Sunday Paper Still a Value?

27.  Give the Inside Scoop on your own success storyEntrepreneurs-Journey: How I started, Grew and Sold an E-Commerce Business for a quarter million dollars.

28. Be concise. Example: Seth Godin: You Don’t Need More Time.

29.  Make a short but powerful list.  Example: Frugal Dad.  5 Dangers Young Entrepreneurs Should Avoid.

30. Ask a “what would you do question.  Example: Mony Ning: What Would You Do With One Million Dollars?

31.  Respectfully state a controversial point of view.  Example – Christian PF: Reasons Not to Be a Well-Rounded Person.

32.  Provide tips to your readers.  Example: The Digerati Life: Tips for Dealing With Debt Fears.

33. Write about a case study.  Example: Balkhis: Case Study: Twitter, Ultimate Guide to Harvest the Incredible Power of Social Media.

34.  Write a post in under 30 minutes - Example: Scope for Money: Write a Blog Post in Under 30 Minutes Flat.

35.  Write a Long List Post – Example: Blogtrepreneur: Top 100 Blogs by Women

36.  Interview another blogger – Example: Planting Dollars: Personal Finance for College Students Interview with MD of Studenomics.

37.  Be Inspirational.  Example: Chris Brogan: Do the Work.

38.  Write a Book Review. Example: World’s Strongest Librarian: Book Review.

39.  Post advice on how to stay out of harm’s way or trouble.  Example: Earn Blogger – 40 Ways to Avoid a Disabled or Banned Adsense Account.

40.  Blog Fiction – Example: Short Stories Blog

41. Get Philosophical. Example: Squirrelers: Let’s Get Philosophical: What Role Does Money Play in our Lives?

42.  Educate and/or Share Your Knowledge: Example: Darwin’s Money: MBA Mondays

43.  Create an alternative education or a course: Personal MBA

44. Create a podcast.  Example: Millionaire or Bust

45.  Tell a story in a multi-part series. Example – Beat the Index: The Alberta Bakkan Oil Play

46. Make Educated Prognostications – Example – Buy Like Buffet: Top Sectors to Invest in for 2011

47. Write a timely article about an upcoming holiday – Example: Invest It Wisely – 3 Frugal Ideas for Valentine’s Day.

48.  Write a “linkbait” article.  Example: those sellouts over at www.brokeprofessionals.com.

49. Write About the Lovely Miseries of Blogging – Example: Buck Inspire – 2 Cents from Adsense

50. Take a Poll - The University Kid: Quick Poll

51.  Do a radio show interview.  - Example: Consumerism Commentary: Preparing for the radio show

52.  Write an opinion column – Example: Michelle Malkin: Mo’ Money….down the fiscal sinkhole.

53.  Be an authority in a defined niche.  Example: CopyBlogger

54.  Rank the top sites in your niche.  Example: WiseBread Top 100 Personal Finance Blogs

55.  Get Political.  Example: Red State.

56.  Provide an instructional video - Example: John Chow: How to Install WordPress Instructional Video (step by step).

57.  Share deals and freebies with your readers. Example: Bargain Brianna

58.  Do a roundup of your favorite recent posts on other sites.  Example – How to Save Money: Roundup

59.  Share a family recipe.  Example: 101 Centavos – Ragu.

60.  Provide relevant and timely industry news in your niche.  Example: Money Cone – Vanguard Lowers Fees on its Emerging Markets ETC.

61.  Tell a personal story that relates to your niche.  Example: Aloysa’s Kitchen Sink – How We Did Business: Mob Style.

62.  Direct your readers to take action.  Example: Smart Passive Income: The Only 100 Words You Should Read Today.

63. Ignore all of these ideas and simply have a guest post on your site. Just make sure the guest post is awesome.  Example:  Zen Habits: This is Where the Story Really Begins

64.  Create a Guide – Example: The College Investor: The College Investor’s Guide to Investing

65.  Just send out random interesting Thoughts.  Example: Every Day Tips and Thoughts: 10 Miscellaneous Thoughts.

66.  Have a Contest.   Example: Moms Plans – Free $25.00 AppleBees Card

67.  Discuss a Real Life Reader Story.  Example: My Life and Finances: A Real Life Story of Wealth and Finances

68.  Write an “Old Fashioned” newspaper feature type story.  Example: Bucksome Boomer – A Plumbing Disaster Story

69.  Write a 100 Word Post.  Example – Len Penzo 100 Words on Why Inflation is Taxation Without Representation.

70. Have a Debate or Highlight a Debate – Example: Mashable – Should Blogs Have Comments?

What have I missed.  After this the focus is going back to strictly personal finance, but let me know what you have thought about the little segue.  Distracting or alright?

Later today will post on our “Can We Last a Month Eating Only Food Already in Our House Series”, which falls into the Challenge category, so you can consider this a bonus idea.

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nicole February 13, 2011 at 7:48 am

Thanks for the link! It was an incredibly important question! So important it shunted another post out of the way.

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2 Mr. Broke Professional February 13, 2011 at 8:06 am

lol. That is why we’re dog people.

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3 MoneyCone February 13, 2011 at 8:06 am

I’m totally wowed by this unique list and humbled by the inclusion! Thanks BP!

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4 101 Centavos February 13, 2011 at 9:50 am

Incredible list Mr. and Mrs. BP! Thanks for the mention…

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5 Mr. Broke Professional February 13, 2011 at 11:53 am

Thank you….shame we can’t make that recipe right now!

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6 LifeAndMyFinances February 13, 2011 at 10:13 am

Thanks for the link love! This is a great list!

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7 Mr. Broke Professional February 13, 2011 at 11:52 am

Thank you!

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8 Sustainable PF February 13, 2011 at 10:18 am

thanks for the mention

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9 Mr. Broke Professional February 13, 2011 at 11:53 am

Thanks!

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10 Buck Inspire February 13, 2011 at 11:13 am

Thanks for including me! You and the Mrs. have a knack for putting some of the best lists around. Do you have a team of bloggers working around the clock? :) Keep up the great work!

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11 Mr. Broke Professional February 13, 2011 at 11:55 am

I wish we did have a team of bloggers working around the clock. We are still in the honeymoon phase of blogging so right now it is easy. What is tough is keeping a quality blog going for years and years. Plus we only have this one blog, I think you have at least 2, right?

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12 Buck Inspire February 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm

On the surface, yes. But really I am just retrofitting my first free site to boost my current site and help others with links, too. What’s that phrase? Act rich and become rich? Guess I was smitten by The Financial Blogger’s blog empire. So for me, I’m acting like an emperor to become an emperor? :)

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13 Mr. Broke Professional February 14, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Good luck on your empire, sir emperor!

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14 Buck Inspire February 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Honestly, if you keep producing these great lists and posts, I might have to call you Emperor BP! :)

15 MD February 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm

This is really cool. I’m going to bookmark this post so if I’m ever stuck I got a bunch of post ideas.

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16 Mr. Broke Professional February 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm

The cool thing is that I am definitely leaving a lot out.

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17 Dr Dean February 13, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Thanks for including me in your link bait, I mean example list…

Lots of great ideas here, and many blogs I have never visited.

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18 Mr. Broke Professional February 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Oh Link Bait….. lol.

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19 BeatingTheIndex February 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Thanks for the inclusion in your list. I don’t think you missed out on any ideas from this list, in fact, I will use it for inspiration in the future :)

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20 Invest It Wisely February 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm

This is a cool carnival — idea #71? Or was it already in the list and I missed it. :P

Definitely a lot of interesting reads out there and I like the way you set this one up. Thanks for the mention!

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21 Mr. Broke Professional February 14, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Thanks for coming over to check out the list. Official #71, becomes: carnival.

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22 Sandy @ yesiamcheap February 15, 2011 at 10:45 pm

bookmarked! writer’s block sucks.

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23 Mr. Broke Professional February 15, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Thanks for bookmarking it. That is a really big honor!

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24 Squirrelers February 15, 2011 at 10:51 pm

This is a fantastic post. I’m bookmarking this.

You guys are on a roll here!

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25 Mr. Broke Professional February 15, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Thanks! That means a lot coming from you considering your guys whole blog is awesome at all times! (and you were like just about the first bloggers to comment on our site and give us a guest post!)

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26 mwiine February 22, 2011 at 11:21 am

thats very good ibfo. thanks s much

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27 Khaleef @ KNS Financial March 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Sorry for the late response, but thanks so much for including my article in your roundup! I really thought that I commented when I received the pingback…I guess I’ve just been so busy that it slipped my mind.

Anyway, I think this is a great idea – you are really a creative couple!

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