Types of Blog Posts

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The 3 Types of Blog Posts

  1. Niche Content
    • Purpose: Generating organic traffic & leads (highest priority)
  2. Company News
    • Purpose: Building credibility & trust
  3. Trends/Updates/Properties
    • Purpose: Social shares & capturing trend-based searches

Blog Type #1: Niche Content

Primary purpose: Generating organic traffic & leads

Niche blogs will be the primary type of blog on a website. A “niche” blog is an article aimed at educating the website visitor on a specific topic within the niches you do business in.

Niche blogs should almost always be a part of a “topic cluster, and we want to stay away from randomly posting content to post it. The more competitive the market, the more important having niche blogs in a topic cluster is. In a less competitive market, you could get by with a strong pillar article on a niche topic (“selling a house in probate”) without supporting articles.

A topic cluster is made up of a longer pillar post and 3-8 supporting topic articles. The pillar post links to each of the supporting topic articles… and each supporting topic article links to the pillar post.

How To Market Niche Content

Niche/topic clusters are primarily for Evergreen Google rankings. This content is timeless, relevant years down the road, and perfect to continue to stack until all your niches and locations are built out. Then track each niche pillar in the Carrot SEO rankings tracker to see their progress. These could be posted on social media as a secondary way to get eyeballs in front of them. If you want to go advanced, you could drive Facebook retargeting ads back to these articles on unconverted leads.

Posting Frequency

Niche topic clusters only need to be built out until you’re done covering the niches you can help people in. If you primarily help people sell houses when sellers are going through 7 specific situations, build out your seven topic clusters, track their Google rankings, and work on getting them ranked higher. No more niche topic clusters need to be created after you’ve covered them, with 3-8 strong articles supporting the pillar.

Post Length

As mentioned above, your pillar pages ideally should be 1,500 – 2,000 words (depending on the competition for that search). Supporting articles in the topic cluster shoot for 800-1.5k words (can be less, but don’t go below 500 words).

Blog Type #2: Company News (Credibility/Culture)

The second type of blog someone may want to publish is a company news type blog.

These are generally to add humanity to your business for website visitors already landing on your website. Topics can include:

  • Amazing new hires or team changes you made to your team
    • Celebrate the people who work for your company. Adds humanity and connection with a site visitor.
  • Local/charitable work you and your team did in the community
    • Take pictures of you and your team serving the community with a short VideoPost and/or blog post on how your company impacts the community.
  • Cool awards your company received
    • Best real estate agent in , the top home buyer in , 40 under 40, etc.

How To Market Company News Content

Share on social, and link up from your About Page where it makes sense to guide people to some of the good work you do in your community. Here’s an example. This content is Evergreen but is for credibility for site visitors vs. generating traffic organically through Google.

Posting Frequency

As needed. Monthly would be a good cadence, even quarterly or a couple of times a year.

Post Length

Since these are less for ranking and more for credibility/trust, 300+ words can be great for these.

Blog Type #3: Trends/Updates/Properties

The third type of blogs someone may want to publish are trends, market updates, or properties for sale.

These are best for social shares and sometimes for organic search and can help you build your expertise and authority but aren’t traditionally evergreen. They tend to be interesting and fresh.

  • Properties for sale that you want to market
    • You would usually use our Property pages to create great-looking and effective pages to sell properties/contracts, but some clients go the extra mile creating blogs for the properties they want to market harder.
    • Here’s an example →
  • Seasonal content your local market may enjoy
  • Real estate market stats

How To Market Company News Content

This type of content would first be marketed on social media (FB and IG) to consistently stay in front of your audience to stay top of mind, but also optimize this content in Google for long-tail keywords people in your market may be searching. This content tends to be less Evergreen and tied to a specific time frame.

Posting Frequency

As needed. Keep in mind that a regular cadence of monthly trends/updates can keep great content flowing that can be cross-posted on social media so that your audience always sees something fresh coming out and sees you’re an active solution in their market.

Post Length

Length on these can vary depending on the competition for those keywords, but in a general shoot for at least 500 – 800 words.


Avoiding Cannibalization

The key to a successful blog strategy is to ensure that you aren’t creating content that competes with the keywords of your primary keyword pages (usually location pages). Meaning you should not have any blog content targeting the same types of keywords as your location pages. For a motivated seller site, the primary keywords on a home page or location page tend to focus on “sell my house fast/we buy houses/cash home buyers” type of keywords: avoid creating blog posts going after these same/similar phrases so as not to confuse Google and cannibalize those pages in rankings.

Example

Context: This is an example of a motivated seller website where the home page and/or location pages are optimized for “sell my house fast in [location]” keywords.

Avoid blogs on:

🚫 “How to Sell Your House Faster in With These Crafty Tips”

🚫 “The Best Way to Sell Your House in the Market”

🚫 “5 Ways to sell your house quickly in this year”

NOTE: Blogs on the topics above will compete with a home page or location page optimized for “sell my house fast [location],” and it will likely reduce the ranking in Google for both pages. If a site has blogs competing with similar keywords a home or location page is optimized for, best practice is to remove/archive the blogs.

Good blogs:

✅ “How to Sell a House in When You Live in Another Part of the Country”

✅ “How to Sell Your House With Unpermitted Work in ”

✅ “How to sell your house without a real estate agent in ”

✅ “5 tips on selling a house in probate in ”

NOTE: The 4th blog above is on a niche within a market and great. The first three are a gray area where they talk about selling a house, but they modify the subject of the blog to a specific niche. i.e. – “when living in another part of the country” focuses on a niche of an absentee owner, “unpermitted work”, and “selling without an agent” focus on a specific niche/challenge. These are ok as blogs and can be great “pillars” to build content on.