6 Ways To Generate Killer Flagship Content For Your Blog

This post is especially for anyone that is not using their blog as a tool to create stand-out, valuable content that gets them noticed, builds positive word of mouth, grows their audience, and builds their list.

If you want to know how you can make your blog a vital resource that people actually want to read and feel compelled to subscribe to, be sure to read this post.

Today I want to give you 6 specific ways to create Flagship content, and how creating Flagship content can attract more attention to your blog.

Let’s get started…

Q: What will distinguish your blog from the others? A: Great or Flagship content

What Is Stellar Content?

Flagship content is any form of content created on your blog that has the potential to do some very important things. These important things include:

  • Bring you new readers and new links incoming to your blog (also commonly known as “backlinks” great for SEO).
  • Again — more readers.  Flagship content MUST be evergreen so that over time you can continually refer to it even if it’s in the deep archives of your blog.
  • Eventually it can bring traffic from search engines (this is IF you do proper keyword research, and your Flagship content is really that good). [Remember search engines are in the business of finding The Best content for the user]
  • You can create a special section or category at your blog so that your Flagship content can easily be accessed and your value clearly demonstrated. Sometimes it can be labeled Start Here to ensure that your readers are consuming your best stuff from the time they land on your blog.

This is important to mention again, but Flagship content is NOT dependent on time. This means in twelve months, your Flagship content is still be relevant.

The result of all of the above is you will be providing your best value on the topic in your niche.  This creates authority.

Authority creates exposure.  Exposure will create more traffic.  More people will visit your blog to read your Flagship content, and if you have an offer that is closely related to your Flagship content, it’s most likely your list will continue to grow and grow and grow.

If you don’t understand the importance of creating Flagship content at your blog be sure to ask your question in the comments area of this post.  (I suggest this be the first content you create at your blog).

How Do You Create Flagship Content?

There isn’t just one way to create Flagship content.  But there are certain characteristics and types you can work on right away.  This will help you even if you’re NOT trying to specifically create Stellar content.

Here are the typical Flagship content types that you can post to your blog:

The Infamous “How-To” Blog Post

Think about your industry and write a “How To” article that teaches how to do something (it can be almost anything at all).  Be certain to only write how-to articles on topics you genuinely understand how to do and have experience with.  If you try to outsmart the reader, you will get caught and LOSE your authority status … so just do not do it.

Examples:

  • How to market a network marketing business on a budget of $125 a month.
  • How to choose an appropriate midwife for the birth of your child.
  • How to publish a book without going through the mainstream publishers.
  • How to prepare traditional American holiday dishes.

It should be extremely obvious which how to topics will be popular and relevant to your audience.  It is also important that you make it a point to create your how to posts in story form.  You know, just like your telling a story.

Definition Blog Post

Does your industry have key concepts which might seem like a foreign language to those who are new to your industry?  If so, then a definition post is perfect.

If there is a concept that’s complicated, produce a definition post that defines the concept, clearly explaining what it means and how it can be implemented along with a glossary of key terms.

What may seem simple and possibly overly simple and extremely obvious to you usually isn’t to newbies.  So make a point to define things in simple terms and definitely create a resource.

I mentioned a glossary of key terms.  If there are a handful of key concepts in your industry, list the key terms, and the concepts that go with them.  Then if you have room for it, provide a one-paragraph definition for each.  Doing so makes a great reference post, and will often be referred to by others.

Theory or Argument Blog Post

Isn’t this what Ann Sieg did with The 7 Great Lies of Network Marketing?

The important thing here is to present some unique thought.  Be sure to give your opinion on a major issue in your industry that you suspect your readers will take an interest in.

Don’t rehash what others have already said, or if you do, really make an effort to put your own spin on things, or speak of your unique experience and/or tie it all into your own story.

It’s important to say this once again … make sure your theory or argument is independent of time.

Make an effort with this post to spark a conversation, maybe even a little controversy.  (there is always a possibility it could even go viral)

Free Report, Whitepaper, E-Course, Boot Camp

Okay, so this one is probably the most important.  AND…  it’s not something I recommend you publicly post on your blog.

Yet, you need to know about this aspect of Flagship content.  If you don’t, all of your Flagship content creation will be in vain.

Here’s why:

You’re going to use the Free Report, Whitepaper, E-Course, or Boot Camp for list building.  This is key.  You must build your list.  Leverage your Flagship content to do that.  Make this aspect of your Flagship content a focus.  Try to give away your best stuff in exchange for a name and email.

Consider how you will present this Free Report, Whitepaper, E-Course, or Boot Camp

You have a few options:

  • Create a PDF which your readers can download.  (this allows you to look like an authority)
  • Type the content into several blog posts and interlink them together. If you’re using WordPress for your blogging platform, I know that you can make it so the posts are private, and only those with a direct link can find it on your blog. (Sneaky)
  • If you can’t decide what the best method for your free resource could be, my suggestion is to offer it in as many forms as possible. These include PDFs, video, audio, written form on your blog, and even going as far as mailing out a physical pamphlet.

Can you think of more other multi-media?

The important thing with this content is to create a complete all-in-one solution to a common problem.

List Article Blog Content

This is by far one of the most popular Flagship content types.

You’ve seen these at other blogs – everywhere.

The usual titles are “Top 7 Ways To…” or something like “10 Tips To Improve…”

These will always work well and here’s why –

  1. Lists are easily digested. Especially those who skim and scan, and most web readers are skimmers and scanners.
  2. Articles that are between 300-700 word range with clear bullet-point lists and a compelling headline are good traffic pullers.
  3. Lists provide actionable lessons and people love to share lists with other people.  Also list blog posts are often linked to by others.
  4. Be wary of doing lists of topics well covered by other people or on really simple concepts.  As usual, the more “you” included through stories and a unique style, the more attractive your list blog content will be.

Technical Blueprint Blog Content

A technical blueprint is focused on the technical aspects of a problem.  It might involve the use of graphs, spreadsheets, images and/or video to demonstrate how to do something.

Key thing to remember here is that it’s step-by-step and visually enhanced to communicate exactly how to complete a task.

You can apply the principle to almost any industry that has common tasks which may be complex to understand.

Final Thoughts About Creating Flagship Content for Your Blog

That covers some of the most basic and powerful types of Flagship blog content for you to apply to your blog.  If you are going to write an article each week using one of the concepts above, you will have a solid foundation for a successful blog.

All you will need to add to the mix is effective marketing which is another topic altogether.  Just remember you must have content if you’re going to market in the first place.

Last thing that is important to remember, which I’ve already stressed a few times throughout this post … be sure your Flagship content is timeless, original to you, solves a problem and is applicable to your audience.

Just the act of doing this alone will set you apart.  If you do it well, you will have created a valuable blog that grows your audience and grows your list.

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Comments

  1. Hi would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using?
    I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m having a tough time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and
    I’m looking for something completely unique.
    P.S Apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

    • Cherrie, I’d be happy to help you out. I am using WordPress with a Genesis Theme and the Generate child theme. Plus I use a few different plugins Like PopUp Domination, PulseNotifyPro, and Scarcity Samurai to name a few.

      No apologies needed here. If there is anything else I can help with, just give me a shout.

      Jim

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