After two days of “how-to” type posts, I'm thrilled to dive into this topic. So now that we've covered information on using images and cross-linking posts. (Did you catch how I’m using the cross-linking technique in today’s post?).
It’s about time we got back to content creation. Today’s quick content idea ties in well with cross-linking because you’ll be doing a bunch of it plus using those images you've created. This content idea is a great way to showcase your older blog posts and give them a little extra love.
I’m sure you’ve seen “Best of” blog posts across the web. But have you ever done one of your own? Even if you just answered yes, I’m sure there are plenty of other compilation posts you could put together.
If you’re not familiar with the idea, let me give you the quick rundown. A “Best of” Blog post is nothing more than a list (or roundup) of links to posts on a related topic. Let’s say you have a recipe blog where you share a variety of recipes, you could link to posts about: You could do a post about
- no-bake desserts
- kid-friendly slow cooker recipes
- quick and easy lunch ideas
- sheet pan meals
You get the idea, you introduce your readers to the topic and then just make a list of all the recipes on your site that follow that theme. Link to them all and if you’re feeling ambitious, add a little paragraph about each recipe and a picture of the dish.
You can do this for any type of blog. If you blog about:
- online marketing, make a best list building tips post
- weight loss, write up a best weight loss tips and tricks post
- parenting blogger, share 15 easy summer crafts to do with the little ones
Just look through your blog and see what posts you can compile into a “best of” type post. Don’t think that you’re limited to your own blog posts. There’s no reason why you can’t link to posts by other bloggers in your niche. It’s a great way to support your friends and get to know other bloggers. Who knows, you may find other ways to collaborate once you establish that relationship. Just don’t use anyone’s images or more than a snippet of text without their permission.
Give it a try. Browse through your blog posts and make a list of thematically related posts. I find it helps to focus on one category at a time, since those topics already follow a loose theme. Now get to work! Start a few “best of” posts in draft, they'll be ready and waiting for you to work on and publish when you have the extra time.
What I like about these posts is they contain a wealth of information about one topic so they're loved by readers and usually get a lot more shares on social than a regular post. Make sure you come up with a catchy title and create an image collage so it is easy to share on social media.
What topic will you create a best of post for?