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5 Types of content you can create with much lesser effort

5 Types of content you can create with much lesser effort

Content is the backbone of a blog. And it can’t be just “any” content – it should be great content; epic content – so your business can really gain traction in this crowded web space.

But who has got the time to create long, in-depth content always? And it is a pretty daunting task too.

If you attempt to write longer, in-depth, detailed posts on every attempt – assuming you are publishing once or twice a week, you will soon burn yourself out.

You can put yourself in a lot of stress; blogging could become unpleasant to you in a short while.

Plus if you attempt to write the same kind of post every time, no matter how much effort you put in, you could bore your readers.

The problem arises mainly because many bloggers think writing long posts will make their posts epic.

I find many of Seth Godin’s posts to be epic and you know how long they are.

It is not in the word count – but it is in the message you are delivering.

At the same time, I am a fan of long, in-depth posts – some ideas need that many words to be clearly said and you might also need to make the post in-depth by not only telling people a simple message, but also need to

  1. tell your own story as to why you think that message is crucial
  2. how people can relate it to their own business/life
  3. what are the tips you offer in relation to that message
  4. how people can implement those tips
  5. what is the expected outcome of your suggestions
  6. any personal insights, etc.

As you can see, implementing all the above factors in your blog post will make it, sort of, complete, highly useful, actionable and of course, long.

However, on the flip side, here’s something I want to tell you – A blog needs to be fresh and entertaining while also being useful.

So publishing the same kind of content at your blog is not a good idea.

Plus trying to publish long, in-depth blog posts always is not a good idea too (unless you are publishing once a month or lesser or it depends on how many other hands you have to help you in your business).

So the main aim of this post is to provide you with ideas to help you create blog posts with much lesser effort.

Let me make one thing clear – I am, by no means, encouraging you to publish mediocre posts that involve much less effort. However you need not kill yourself in the process of creating content.

The key here is to strike the right balance.

If you follow an editorial calendar, or a particular pattern/frequency in publishing posts on your blog, allot specific slots for long, in-depth posts, and also for the type of posts I am about to discuss in a moment.

You have to create the right mix so that

Let’s dive in shall we?

Put up a video

A video is one of the quickest ways to put the word out! Of course I am talking about quick videos here.

There are videos that are created with much effort – established business owners like Marie Forleo, Derek Halpern and others script it, shoot it in a studio, have a crew and spend thousands of dollars on an episode (or at least hundreds of dollars once everything is set up as yours).

I am not talking about “that” kind of video here – however they do make a lot of impact in your business.

However, here I am talking about switching on your webcam or the camera on your phone to shoot a quick video where you talk your idea, or tip to the camera.

Once done, just upload it to YouTube or other video hosting service, embed it on your blog, put a relevant heading, fill in the meta data and write a short description, hit publish.

This shouldn’t take longer.

In fact, rather than writing your idea in the form of a “formal” blog post, shooting a video should make things a lot easier – talking is much easier, at least to me :).

Here’s an example (a rant)

Create a list post

List posts are classics that still prove to be interesting and useful. And they don’t need a lot of time to get written.

In fact once you outline the post 80% of the job is done, in the case of list posts.

But don’t jump into the wrong conclusion that you can crank out crap in the name of list posts. That never works.

I mean, crap never works on the internet, no matter in what form it is produced – that is an important side note here.

However, you can publish a highly useful set of tips, or ideas, in a short and sweet manner – to the point – in the form of a list post.

Not only you can write a list post in a very short time, but your readers can also read a list post in a very short time.

For all those who scan a post, list post will make it much easier to scan.

Make sure you format your list post properly, by highlighting the crucial point (in every list item) – you can make the text bold or do something else to make it stand out.

Create a roundup post

This can be done quickly – however, you need to keep yourself updated in order to find awesome content to share with your readers.

You have lots of options to stay updated these days. You can subscribe to certain RSS feeds. You can sign up for Google Alerts.

Or you can join blogging communities like DoSplash where you can discover new content and stay up to date in one place.

You may publish this kind of post once a week or once a month depending upon how your editorial calendar allows for it.

Roundup posts are not only easier to create, but you can also make some friends in the process.

Of course when you recommend a set of posts to your readers, you refer traffic to another blogger.

You get in his/her radar. This can be useful for building genuine, long term connections.

Write a short opinion on a topic

Write a short opinion on a topic

Seth Godin has been doing this for years now. Of course, you and me are not Seth Godin.

So publishing only short opinions won’t cut it. As I said at the start of this post, you can occasionally publish this kind of post.

Take up any topic in your industry or even outside your industry and give it your spin; give your opinion;

Tell people why you like the idea or why you hate it.

Or tell people how they can use that idea for their own business/life.

Or tell people how you implemented that idea to your business/life and how you benefited.

Or simply tell people what you think about something – it couldn’t get any simpler!

Write a “best of” post

This is different from a round up post where you share some of the best posts around the web.

A “best of” post is something where you compile some of your best posts, write a short, compelling description for each of them and publish.

There are quite some benefits in publishing a “best of” post:

  • You can focus your best posts on one page
  • You can create a new post quickly using your old posts
  • You can remind your readers of your old posts – bring back those posts to life even after they are buried
  • Good for on-site search engine optimization.

You could publish a “best of” post every month so you highlight/remind the best posts you published that month to your readers (and search engines).

Create content but don’t burn yourself out

That’s the point I’m trying to convey in this post here.

These 5 types of content can be created with much lesser effort and in a short period of time compared to a long, in-depth post.

However you cannot totally replace any of these 5 types of content for ALL blog content.

Long, in-depth posts make your blog useful, valuable and search engine friendly.

But if you find yourself creating only that kind of content (and too very frequently), you could burn out. Plus you could bore your readers.

So do a right mix. Incorporate a variety.

Now, let me know if you are already burning yourself out in the name of content creation? And which of these types of posts is your favorite?

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Shantanu Sinha - July 20, 2017

Hello Jane,

Pretty awesome tips here for creating easy blog content. No, doubt content is the key. It is the backbone of our blogs.
Readers to give time and stay stuck d through our sites if they have a content thats worth reading for.

Its always been a key strategy to narrate our own story along with the content. People do feel attracted by adding up these
tactics in our contents. They relate it to their life and one can have win win situation.
Adding visual info graphics these days are now in trend. People do like to see rather than keep it reading. They like some
sort of animated pictures, GIFS, or a short video.

Thanks for the share.

Shantanu.

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    Jane - July 31, 2017

    Hey Shantanu,

    Yes there is no denying to the fact that content is the backbone of our business – especially if it is online. And one must do everything possible to keep it engaging.

    At the same time, easy content makes it easy for the blogger to keep things moving 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Cheers,
    Jane.

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juana - July 20, 2017

Great suggestion I created a it site called The Troubles and I am currently writing post to launch. New to blogging yea late starter but most articles talk about the word count of 350 so that has been my goal 350 to 500 words something to do with google search engine requirements. Based on your article I am going to relate that rule. I like the video part I am big on that. note sites not up yet stay tune

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    Jane - July 31, 2017

    Hey Juana,

    Good luck with your new site. I’d recommend you go a bit in-depth on the length of the article. If it is complemented by a video or a infographic, your word count sounds good to me.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Cheers,
    Jane.

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Mohana Priya - July 20, 2017

Dear Sis,
Another awesome post indeed. Every where on the Internet and even in many blogs, I have read that One should write articles on one focused topic only.

But your approach is entirely different, also it gave me new suggestions. I will try to change my way of writing and will look for the changes.

Thanks once again for this post.

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    Jane - July 31, 2017

    Hey Mohana,

    Glad you liked the post and found new suggestions 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

    Cheers,
    Jane.

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Owen Kariuki - July 20, 2017

I am definitely looking to do a list post because people generally like to learn a lot in the least time possible.
Thanks for the tips, Jane!

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    Jane - July 31, 2017

    Hey Owen,

    Yup! List posts are a great addition to your regular content – and they help people consume information with much ease.

    Cheers,
    Jane.

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Elvis Michael - July 21, 2017

Another idea includes the use of infographics. As in, embed them in a new post and explain your point of view, or its main highlights.

Also, writing the occasional “Spotlight posts” where you profile an admirable blogger.

Thanks for these wonderful ideas, as we don’t always need extraordinarily long content to keep a blog updated.

Elvis

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    Jane - July 31, 2017

    Hey Elvis,

    Thanks for the awesome suggestion. Surely infographics are a great way to add value to the blog without much work!

    Spotlight post is a neat idea where you not only create easy content but also can get in the radar of an influencer 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Cheers,
    Jane.

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Susan Velez - July 25, 2017

Hi Jane,

I think it’s important to have an editorial calendar. I know that it helps me stay focused and know what I’ll be writing about for the next month.

I haven’t written an opinion post yet, although I heard this tip on the ProBlogger podcast.

I did write my second list post on my blog last week. It was amazing at how much traffic that post brought to my blog. Although, I didn’t get a ton of subscribers.

It definitely made me realize that I need to work on improving my conversions.

So the important thing to work on for me at least is to not just focus on great traffic. I need to start improving the conversions on my blog.

Thanks for sharing these tips, I’ll definitely be sure to pass this along and share it.

Have a great day 🙂

Susan

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    Jane - July 31, 2017

    Hey Susan,

    Yes list posts do a great job. If you got nice traffic but not much conversions, yes it is time to work on your conversion strategy!

    Thanks for stopping by and for sharing the post.

    Cheers,
    Jane.

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