Want more blog traffic? start doing roundup posts!
The reason is that more than 50% of the bloggers you mention will share and link back to your article. That will drive more referral and social media traffic and of course, you also get SEO benefits from the backlinks
Last week, I published this post on 2 hot blog post ideas to drive traffic and network with more bloggers. I mentioned Roundup Posts as an incredible post idea that drives traffic and brings you closer to more bloggers.
Some of my readers got to me and asked for tips to craft roundup post. As a matter of fact, I think this the easiest blog post to write. Not only is this easy to write, it also has great value for your readers.
Roundup posts help your readers discover more awesome bloggers and of course bring them closer to more sources of epic content.
There is more to that:
Beside the traffic roundup post drives to your blog, it helps build more relationships while strengthening current friendships.
5 types of Roundup Posts
- Roundup of different Bloggers: Here, you lay emphasis on bloggers. Here is quick sample by Ryan
- Roundup of different blogs: Here you lay emphasis on blogs. Here is a quick sample by Erik
- Roundup of different blog posts: Here you focus on different articles on different blogs. Here is a quick sample by Don
- Roundup of different contributions: Here you run short interviews of different experts and compile their contributions in one single post. Here a quick example
- Roundup of different Resources: Here you focus on tools or platforms. Checkout this sample by Abid
While you can’t mix them up, they all go together.
Here is the point:
If you are compiling a list of wonderful blogs to follow, you probably will be mentioning the bloggers behind the different blogs and some of their articles to check out.
Same thing applies if you are listing bloggers in your niche. You are certainly going to mention their blogs and some of their articles.
Having known these different roundup types, it should be quite easy to pick up some and develop into full-blown blog posts.
Roundup posts – How to start!
If you are starting with roundup posts for your first time, you have to start with blogs or bloggers you are familiar with.
The reason is that you probably already have some materials about them. It therefore will be fairly easy to put these together and come up with a roundup post.
Compiling a list of other blogs!
This is by far the easiest roundup post you can create. It’s also the idea that generates the most in terms of traffic and backlinks.
All you have to do is get to your list of frequently visited blogs and tell your readers about it. Do a brief presentation of each blog; the topics discussed, the frequency of publication, popularity and of course, the blogger behind it, etc. Use screenshots to make the post attractive.
Once the post is published, get to the blog owners and let them know you included their blogs on your list.
Compiling a list of blog posts!
The more active you blog-hop, the more you discover valuable blog posts around the blogosphere. From time to time, compile a list of exceptional articles you discovered during a certain period.
While the writers of those articles will be excited to read and share your list, your readers will appreciate you sharing with them some more great material.
Just like the roundup post of a list of blogs, this idea too can be very effective in generating traffic and backlinks to your blog.
Contributions from experts!
This roundup post type may require more time to come up with. First, you will need to come up with a list of bloggers or experts in something. Then send them an interview question or simply request their opinion on a certain point.
Generally, it takes quite long for some to respond. Some may just ignore you (for several reasons) or openly tell you they are not interested.
It’s often difficult to get very popular bloggers to answer you especially if you are no way near them. If your blog is not professional set (maybe some poor theme), you will often have it difficult for successful and professional bloggers to associate with you.
So make sure you get a professional WordPress theme to begin with. Here is my recommendation!
One other way I recommend you try out to come up with expert contribution is MyBlogU. It’s a free platform where you can post interview questions and experts will share their points. All you need is copy and paste already-formatted HTML version of the answers. Be sure to check out my review of MyBlogU.
Roundup posts of tools or resources!
While you may not expect any great traffic from this post type, it’s a great way to bring something useful to your audience. It’s also a post type that generates income so don’t take it lightly.
I’m thinking of a list of Online SEO tools or a roundup post listing 5 or more blog promotion platforms. The ideas are unlimited.
To monetize this post type, link to the listed tools on your affiliate links. In some cases, some tools authors will be ready to pay a certain amount to be placed on top of the list.
I just wanted to generally discuss and share tips on creating roundup posts. I hope this has helped you so please share the post on social media and link to it where appropriate.
I’ll also appreciate a comment from you. Let me know if I left out something 😉