In this Blogging Challenge, you’ll write 5 complete blog posts in just 5 days! This sequence began as an email challenge I ran for some friends. When other bloggers found out what we were doing, they wanted to join too!
Now, the 5 posts in 5 days Blogging Challenge is available for anyone who wants to get more content for their site, fast. Are you up for the challenge?
About the 5 Posts in 5 Days Blogging Challenge
In light of current world events, most of us are staying home right now. Things are uncertain and I think we can all agree this is a difficult time. For me, being productive and working on my blog helps lift my spirits.
I wanted to get some blog content written so that when things calm down, I have plenty of fresh material to work with. When I floated the idea of doing a blog post challenge to some blogger friends, they wanted to give it a try too! The Blogging Challenge was born!
Why should you do this Blogging Challenge?
While this blogging challenge is a lot of work, you’ll love the payoff at the end. If you currently publish one post on your blog per week, you’ll finish a whole month’s worth of content in less than one week. This will free you up to work on other important blogging tasks.
The prompts are designed to give you new blog post ideas and help you generate a wide variety of content. You’ll write everything from personal narratives to product round-ups, meaning you’ll have plenty of different posts to promote later.
Who is this challenge for?
This challenge is for anyone with a blog! It’s especially helpful if you’ve been feeling stuck and unsure of what to write about. It’s also great for:
- New bloggers who want to build a bank of content before they launch their site
- Established bloggers who are experiencing writer’s block
- Any blogger who wants to get several pieces of content written in advance
If you’re totally new to blogging and aren’t sure where to start, this post will walk you through everything you need to know, step-by-step.
Before You Get Started
As you work through each activity, you can choose to just write each post or if you want to format your posts as well (adding photos and headings, adding affiliate links, etc).
From an SEO perspective, it can be helpful to write several posts around one main topic. As you prepare for the upcoming week of prompts, brainstorm a few topics in your niche that you could potentially write multiple posts about. Bonus points if you can work in a way to interlink them!
For more SEO tips for bloggers, check out this handy guide!
Tips For Writing Blog Posts
As you work through your blog posts, remember the following tips to ensure your posts are as high-quality as possible.
Write related content: Either choose a topic that relates to something you already have on your blog, or will connect with the other posts you write this week.
Write long content: Aim for a minimum of 1,500 – 2,000 words, but the more the better!
Write Affiliate-Friendly Content: Try to write your review of a product or service that has an affiliate program (and remember to join that affiliate program too!)
Blogging Challenge: Write 5 Blog Posts in 5 Days!
Below, I’ll share the prompts and instructions for each of the 5 blog posts. You’re free to work through these prompts at your own pace or do them out of order if you wish.
Day 1: Informational Blog Post
Today, You’ll be writing an informational blog post. Informational Blog Posts could include:
- How-To Guides
- The Ultimate Guide To XYZ
If you’re a beauty blogger, you could write a guide about how to choose the best skin care products. If you blog about the latest technology, you could write a tutorial about how to use a new gadget.
If you’re a travel blogger, you could write an in-depth location guide or explain exactly how to find hotel deals. Courtney The Explorer wrote this informational post about quitting your 9-5 during the first blogging challenge if you need some more inspiration!
Day 2: Product or Service Review
For post number two, you’ll be writing a product or service review. Your review blog post could include:
- A review of a product you use often (related to your niche)
- A review of a service you’ve used
- A review of a tour, location, or experience
If you’re a travel blogger, you could write a review of a hotel you stayed in or of your favorite travel gadget. If you’re a style blogger, you could write a review of your favorite hair care product or subscription service. If you’re a teacher blogger, you could write a review of your favorite teacher bag, planner, or classroom organizer.
Day 3: Personal or Narrative Post
Today, You’ll be writing a personal narrative post. Your narrative post could include:
- One of your best/worst/funniest travel stories
- Your backstory about how you became a blogger
- Lessons you’ve learned
- A life update
If you’re a travel blogger, you could write about one of your most outrageous travel days or an interesting experience you had abroad.
If you’re a food blogger, you could write the history behind a family recipe and your memories eating it growing up.
If you’re a fitness blogger, you could write about your personal journey with fitness and what made you want to share your passion with others.
Day 4: Round-Up Post
Today, You’ll be writing a round-up post. Your Round-Up post could include:
- The 10 Best [products, services, locations, books, quotes, remote jobs, activities] for [your target audience]
- A packing list, shopping list, or list of essentials for XYZ
If you’re a food blogger, you could write a round-up post of the 10 best kitchen knives for home chefs or the 5 best places restaurants for vegetarians in Boston.
If you’re a travel blogger, you could write about the 10 Best carry on bags for travelers or the 5 best tours of Dublin for under $100.
If you’re a fitness blogger, you could write about the 5 best youtube channels to practice yoga from home or the 10 best athletic shorts for runners.
Day 5: Write a Guest Post
For today’s post, we will be writing something a bit different: A guest post that you can pitch to another website.
Guest posting is a great way to get exposure to your blog and get some of that coveted SEO juice!
What content do you want to promote most right now? Can you think of a related or similar post you can create for another site? Start writing a guest post that could link back a piece of content on your website.
As usual, aim for at least 1,500 – 2,000 words! Remember to include a link back to the specific post you’re promoting within your guest post too!
Wrapping up the Blogging Challenge
Phew! You did it!! You wrote 5 posts in just 5 days! Your hands are probably about ready to fall off, but now you’ve got a nice little bank of content to work within the upcoming weeks.
Now you can add some finishing touches to each of your blog posts:
- Give each post a final proofread, making edits as needed
- Decide which photos you’ll use in your post, if any
- Create a pin for each post if you use Pinterest. This Pinterest guide can help you get started if you’re new to Pinterest.
- Add relevant affiliate links to your post
- Add links to related content on your website within the post
- SEO Optimize your posts using these SEO tips.
Remember, if you’d like to do the challenge over the course of 5 days with prompts sent to your email, you can subscribe using the form below!
Thank you so much for joining me!
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