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When it comes to generating traffic for your blog, there are a number of techniques that can be utilized in order to do so. Often times the amount of traffic that you experience depends on the type of blog post that you create, and there are plenty of great formats that can help increase the traffic that your blog gets.
Here are some of the more popular blog post formats that can help attract traffic to your blog.
1. Lists of Tips
Often times people are looking for advice or instructions on how to perform certain tasks, complete projects, achieve goals, and perform step by step solutions. Compiling lists of tips or instructions that can help readers achieve their objectives more effectively and efficiently is a great way to create a follower base that will continue to return to you for advice.
2. Arguing a Point of View
Arguing a point of view one way or another is another great way to build traffic for your blog. If you speak strongly for or against something and many others agree with you on your particular views, then they may develop an interest in what you have to say.
To the contrary, you might attract readers who oppose your opinions or views on particular matters simply because they want to see where they might be able to try and prove you wrong. Your particular point of view, right or wrong, can help generate traffic for your blog.
3. Q&A With Authority Figures
Another valuable technique that you can use to draw visitors to your site is to post Q&A sessions with authority figures. Authorities who have a highly regarded opinions often times are followed by a lot of people, and having a Q&A session with them on your blog can be a sure fire way to attract authority figure followers to your content.
4. Resource (Links) Lists
Resource lists are groupings of related information that help to provide visitors further information about a particular topic or area of discussion. Resource lists can be used to describe a collection of related items, and they can also be used to indicate a source where particular information was gathered from.
Often times resource links can be used to further solidify the truthfulness or trustworthiness of the information that is posted in your blog and can be used to attract loyal followers.
5. Best of Year Lists
Best of Year lists are also a very popular traffic generating technique that can be used to attract loyal followers. Best of Year lists are appropriate for many different things including physical products, music, movies, services, performance based achievements, and just about any other topic that you can think of.
You can create a Best of Year list for virtually anything imaginable such as Best Trucks For 2010, Best Toys For 2010, Best Movies For 2010, etc. If competition exists, then you can make a Best of Year list for it.
These types of lists can be a great source of information for those who are comparison shopping because they point out the most popular items among the competition.
Now It’s Your Turn
In my experience these are all types of blog post that attract lots of traffic but there are lots more! What type of blog post always gets readers rushing to your blog? Let me know in the comments below!