If, like me, you’re struggling for time and mental-bandwidth right now these 16 types of useful filler content for your history blog are going to come in very handy.
The suggestions in this list don’t take a huge amount of time or effort to create. They can help you keep a frequency to your posting schedule and fill the gap between heavily researched pieces or when perhaps you’re lacking inspiration.
But, the golden rules for filler content are:
- To maintain value
- To have an impact
- To be authentic and true to you.
Don’t just do it for the sake of it or to satisfy the algorithms. People can tell. Also, don’t stray too far from your brand or topic either. So, yes this post is less time consuming for me right now, but will it benefit the readers of Smart History Blogging? Absolutely. 100%
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Now, here’s how to create killer filler content which will add value to both your blog and your readers.
Suggestions 8+ are courtesy of the amazing Darren Rowse from ProBlogger, who you should definitely check out too.
Useful filler content for your history blog
- Create a picture gallery of portraits, objects or the historic places on your bucket list and write around them.
- Throwback posts : Do some story-telling around an old photo.
- Do a review of something you’ve bought or seen
- Create a list of Instagram accounts to follow
- Tell people ten things about you: Writing about yourself should be quicker : )
- Look at what you can repurpose – a video clip that didn’t make the cut but could be turned into a new reel or a blog post you could turn into a Facebook Live or podcast episode (you later embed into your blog)
- Check out your drafts – anything in there you started and could finish quickly?
- Reader Discussions: Ask a question to generate a debate/community workshop
- Polls: Increase reader engagement and start a good discussion with a question
- Homework/Challenges: Specify a topic, and give readers an assignment
- Link Posts: Link to another blog/article (or include a list of links) to build relationships and find out what others are thinking
- Best Of/Archive Posts: Post useful posts new readers have never seen
- Guest Posts/Regular Contributors: Include posts written by others, or find a regular writer to do a semi-regular post
- Embeddable Content: Use photos, cartoons, or go to YouTube; search keywords related to your blog topic, and find a high-value video that helps your readers
- Interviews: Find interesting experts, and ask them questions to help your readers
- Answer Questions: Address questions from readers and beginners (but make the answers short and sweet)
Filler content can still bring people to your blog
I hope you can see that whilst these posts will take less time they are still useful and entertaining to your reader.
Make sure you still promote filler posts from your history blog. They are no less worthy than a deeply researched post and hey, anything that extends your reach and introduces you to new readers is a good thing.
Remember, once you have enticed a new reader to your blog make sure that guest post or simple list post is packed with opportunities for them to read more, sign-up for your mailing list or check out your shop.
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