Increase Traffic by Tomorrow Morning

Increase GraphWe all want to Increase traffic to our websites so below are a few ways to do just that by tomorrow morning!

Have you ever wondered if the content you are writing is really any good? If no one likes your content, you simply will not get any social shares, link backs, or indeed traffic. There is an art to content creation.

Follow the tips here, and you will increase the likelihood of your content being shared, which will help you generate traffic & create epic content.
General writing hints.

Use the words “you” and “I”  using the words “you” and “I” within your content will create a feeling of a conversation between you and your readers, which will keep them engaged longer.
Keep it simple don’t try to use fancy words within your posts. If a fifth-grader can understand your vocabulary, you’re doing well. Otherwise, you will lose a lot of readers.
Get to the point no one likes reading fluff. The quicker you get to the point, the better.
Use sub-headings using headings within your post will make content more readable.
Make your headline eye-catching from creating a sense of urgency to creating curiosity or making a promise, make sure your headline is attractive enough so people will want to read the rest of your content.
Limit your paragraphs ideally, your paragraphs shouldn’t be longer than 5 to 7 lines. This will make your content easy to read.
A picture says a thousand words all text with no images makes content boring.
Make your images relevant – don’t use pictures for the sake of using them. Make sure they are relevant to your content.
Create an expectation within your intro once people read the intro, they should know what to expect from the rest of your post.
Let your personality shine from vulnerability to humor, show off your personality. Let your readers get to know you.
Bold, italicise, and underline if you are trying to emphasise a point, consider bolding, italicising, or underlining certain phrases.
Tell a story stories hook readers and keep them entertained.
Wrap it up make sure your readers get your point by the time they finish reading your post.

Back up your points stats are everything. If you can’t back up your data, no one will take you seriously. Make sure the sources you are using are credible.
Showcase your accomplishments somewhere within your content, or in your author bio box, you need to show off your accomplishments. This will prove that you are an authority, which will help cultivate a following.
Make your content actionable people should be able to read your content and know what to do next. From how-to posts to list posts, the more actionable you make your content, the better off you are.
Use instructional videos and images in the B2B world, using images or videos that help guide people through the steps they need to take to achieve a certain outcome is an easy way to provide more value.
Give them more at the end of your article, consider offering additional resources or guides. For example, having a downloadable PDF or a checklist will help increase the value of your content.
Use stats within your headlines data-backed headlines tend to get more clicks and generate more traffic.
Make your headlines results-driven if headlines have a clear benefit, your audience is more likely to read the post.
Don’t forget industry insights writing actionable content isn’t enough. Giving an overview of your industry is always valuable. Think Forrester Research. Such content helps establish thought leadership.
Focus on evergreen content content that doesn’t get old after a year or two tends to do better in the B2B world.
Focus on long tail topics the more specific you get with your content, the more link backs and social shares you’ll generate.
Solve your customers’ problems even if a problem is not related to your product, solving it through content will increase the likelihood of your customers coming back.
Update large portions of your content regularly your evergreen content won’t stay evergreen unless you keep it up-to-date. This will also allow you to redistribute your content every time you update it.
Spice it up B2B content is generally dry and boring to read. By infusing your content with emotion, you can keep your readers engaged.
Turn your text into visuals B2B content typically has a lot of stats and data. Consider using infographics instead of text for data-rich posts.

Now that we’ve broken down how to write great content for businesses, let’s go over how to make consumers love your writing:

Don’t forget the emotional crack consumers have a short attention span, much shorter than B2B readers. Keep your substance-filled content short and edgy.
Be trendy in the consumer world, trendy content tends to do better than evergreen. Trendy content is typically more socially driven.
Timing is everything the quicker you are to break a story, the more readers and traffic you’ll get. Stay on top of Twitter and Google Trends to see what’s hot.
Visuals are more important than text consumers prefer visuals (images and videos) over text.
Connect your content with pop culture if you can incorporate what’s happening in the world into your content, you’ll get more social shares.
Use emotional visuals from humor to sad stories, visuals that evoke emotion tend to get more social shares. The three most popular emotions to evoke are: awe, laughter, and amusement.
Test hybrid content from podcasts and videos to text, try using a mixture of content formats on your site to see what appeals most to your audience.
Quantity matters in the B2B world, you can get away with posting only once a week. In the consumer world, you need to post multiple times a day if you want to generate a large audience.
Consumers want to participate 8 out of the 10 most shared articles on the web are quizzes. Consumers love to engage and participate. Consider creating quizzes.
Keep the vibe light consumers tend to read content during their downtime. Keep the content light so they don’t feel overwhelmed.

In Conclusion

Creating great content is only half the battle. Promoting it is the other half.

Before you consider promoting your content, focus on writing great content. You are not going to get it perfectly right away, but as you continually improve your writing skills, you’ll notice increases in your traffic.

The beautiful part about it is that you should see results right away!

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Tools For Content Marketing

Producing great content is very important, so I have decided to give a few of my secrets away showing you what I consider to be some of the best tools for content marketing.

You need to be attracting hundreds if not thousands of people to your articles, blog posts & services in order to increase your subscriber list and grow your authority as an expert in your chosen field.

The list below will show you how to write engaging blog posts, create many article ideas along with very attractive headlines, also I show you how to distribute your content and much more.

Getting Content Ideas

Topsy will allow you to find the most popular content on Twitter, it is great for generating ideas for your daily blogging efforts. You can discover exactly who is sharing and see what and who the key influences are at any given time. You can see who has re-tweeted your content simply by putting in a blog post url and clicking search. Also there is a cool tab called “influential only” which will show you who the most influential people are who have shared an article or blog post, it’s a great way to build relationships with others. Add value & promote for them and they will do the same for you, it’s win win all round.

BuzzSumo will help you find the most popular content on any subject you care to think of. Obtain detailed stats on social media from the dashboard, and find the most shared content and those sharing it. Search any keyword and see the main people influencing that subject field. There are so many things you can do with this tool, check it out to see what I mean.

All Top allows you to discover all of the top blogs on any given subject by aggregating the best of the web. Find a category you are interested in from the dashboard and keep track of the most recent popular posts, giving an endless array of content ideas.

Tag Board, here find interesting content on any topic, by entering a hashtag and watch as the tagboard retrieves countless amounts of epic content from across the internet. It does this by aggregating all of the recent posts from, Google Plus, Twitter, Instagram & Facebook and many other social media platforms that contain the particular hashtag you are after.

Feedly helps in the finding of great content ideas to share online, again this tool will aggregate all of your selected favourite blogs in one easy to navigate dashboard.

Scoop It Here find numerous content ideas by doing a quick and easy search. Nice piece of kit, simple to use.

Social Crawlytics With this tool discover some of the most in depth social sharing data available on the net, and find out which posts are the most popular on the top social media sites around like LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter. Identify the most popular content on your website, thus allowing you to see what is working and what is not. This will give you constant information as to what to blog about next, and which services & products to promote, great for affiliate marketing ideas.

Quora is a great little Q & A facility. The questions here are usually unique, interesting & intelligent asked daily, which will allow you to find new angles to master in any new content marketing campaign. Explore new and interesting ideas for articles and blog posts alike, also good for email marketing content ideas as well as any videos you may be thinking of doing. Quora is not like Yahoo Answers where there is so much repeated waffle and garbage talked about.

Listly Here you can simply type in any keyword and get hundreds of content ideas on any topic, I use it for headline engagement.

Uber Suggest Is great for long tail keyword research and generating new topic ideas as well as finding new keywords to use.

Gaining Creative Content

Toggl Is a cool little productivity tool, it is a simple time tracking tool. To use it just enter the task you are currently working on and click start. Toggl will track your time in the backgound thus keeping you focused on the task in hand.

Evernote can go hand-in-hand with Google Drive & is ideal for writing your blog posts within the system they provide. With Evernote you are able to record audio and turn it into text, free of charge.

Quabel is a distraction free writing app that allows people to focus on creating content speedily. Set yourself a goal and let the timer begin, also this will back up your work as you create it, automatically.

Stay Focused is a Google Chrome extension which blocks sites which appear as time wasting ones, there is also a Firefox plugin called Leech Block which does a similar job.

Camtasia is excellent for creating video, for Mac users then Screenflow is probably best.

Audacity is a free audio editor for those who want to create great podcasts and place them on sites like itunes, soundcloud or stitcher radio.

Canva will help you create very engaging graphics even if your design skills are not too good. There are built in templates to help create social media posts, blog graphics, pinterest photographs, twitter headers, Kindle & facebook covers plus there ads. Creating cool looking graphics is of paramount importance these days when dealing with any kind of social media platform.

Pic Monkey is another photo editing tool that makes life easier when creating images for blog posts, to gain attention.

Pixabay has thousands of copyright-free images that can be used on your blog or
ever for commercial use. No registration is required.

Unsplash Gorgeous, copyright-free images.

123rf  One of the most affordable stock photography sites online. It’s about
a dollar per image.

IconFinder allows you to use icons in blog images.

GraphicRiver Thousands of icons, web graphics, infographics, and other design elements that you can use in your blog posts. Here’s a quick image I whipped up using some cool graphics from GraphicRiver…

ReciteThis Create picture quotes. Great for posting on sites like Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Google Plus.

Slideshare – Find unique and engaging Slideshare presentations to embed in your
blog post. Fun and easy way to add value to your posts AND stand out.

Recordit Make your content stand out with animated screencasts. Record quick videos with Recordit and then turn them into animated gifs that you can put in your blog post. It’s a great way to make your article stand out from the rest. These also work well on Google Plus.

Wordle Create beautiful word clouds in just a few clicks.

QuotesCover  Create beautiful picture quotes for Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google Plus, and Instagram. QuotesCover makes it easy.

 

Blogger Outreach

The first step to blogger outreach is finding the top influencers in your niche. The best two tools for identifying the top bloggers and social media influencers are Topsy and BuzzSumo. On Topsy, you can enter ANY url (or blog post) and find out the top social media users who shared that article. This is a super easy way to find the top bloggers who are most likely to share your article. The other is is BuzzSumo. Simply enter your main keyword and find the top social media users around that topic. After every post you write, send a personalized email to at least 50 related bloggers and let them know about your latest blog post. This alone can easily generate thousands of highly-targeted visitors. In fact, if I could only choose ONE strategy for promoting my content. This would be it. Even above email marketing.

BuzzStream  One of the most popular platforms for blogger outreach. Buzzstream allows you to scale your blogger outreach without losing the personal touch.
You can build a list of influencers, create email templates, set reminders, schedule emails, track your conversation history, and more.

Contactually Helps you track, manage, and build relationships with other top bloggers. Gives you a systematic way to scale your relationships and keep up with the people who
matter. You can also use their ScaleMail feature to send up to 250 personalized messages. Add a few personal notes to each one and then click send to broadcast your email to all of your contacts. Contactually allows you to create ongoing, meaningful conversations.

InkyBee One of the best tools for finding the most popular bloggers in any niche.
Gmail Canned Responses – Gmail has a magical little add-on that is perfect for content marketers. It’s called “Canned Responses”. First, you’ll need to open up your Gmail settings and click on the “Labs” tab. From here, you can enable “Canned Responses” in your Gmail account. You just enabled a hidden feature that could easily save you hours of time every month.

You can now start creating email templates for your blogger outreach, customer support, frequently asked questions, joint venture emails, and more.
I have 5 different email templates I use for blogger outreach. So each time I publish a new blog post, I can click one button and upload one of my favorite templates. From there I do a bit of customization. I like all of my emails to be fun and personalized 🙂
The more fun you have with your emails the better responses you’ll get. Most people are way to uptight and professional in their emails.
Have fun with it! You’re not a robot.
And then you send it off! But by creating templates, you can send 25 outreach emails in a fraction of the time.

Boomerang Gmail plugin that reminds you to follow up on emails. You can setup Boomerang to remind you in X number of days if you don’t hear back from someone. This tool is essential for any content marketer doing a lot of blogger outreach. Helps you stay on track of multiple conversations. Or even schedule recurring emails to remind yourself of important tasks you need to finish.

BananaTag See what happens to your emails after you press send. BananaTag allows you
to find out whether or not someone opened your email or clicked a link. Integrates seamlessly with Gmail and Outlook. Get detailed metrics for ALL of your blogger outreach.
So when you email your favorite blogger, you’ll know exactly when they opened your email and whether or not they clicked on your link. BananaTag will even tell you whether they’re on their desktop or mobile device. And best of all, your email appears NO different to your contacts. All of the tracking is done seamlessly without any change in the user experience.

Rapportive Integrates seamlessly with Gmail to give you additional (insightful) info on every contact in your inbox.

Refresh.io  This one is a hidden gem. It’s a great blogger outreach tools but still quite undiscovered in the social media world. Basically, Refresh allows you to search just about ANY person on the web and find out some really cool stuff about them.

6 Keys for Content Creation

Most marketers are good at packaging products and services but not as adept when it comes to packaging information and providing compelling content creation practices.

Nowadays, it’s commonplace to use high-quality content as a way to attract inbound leads.

Below, I share with you insights that keep people reading, sharing, subscribing and passing along my e-newsletter. All of these actions are important for attracting advertisers.

1. Create Personas

Most marketers write to a faceless audience. There is no such thing. You must vividly define and picture exactly who you want to reach.

Chances are, you’re going to have multiple segments within your audience. Identify each segment by way of a persona. Give each persona a name and identity. Define what they want to know and what motivates them.

Ask yourself these questions about the various personas:

What are their job titles?
Are they influences or the actual buyers?
Are they consultants or on staff?
What makes them look good in front of their bosses?

Figure out the level of sophistication of all persona’s and what they want to know. Assume these people are at least as smart as you are and maybe smarter. After all, if they’re in a position to spend money with you or influence spending, then they must have something on the ball.

2. Speak From Experience

Readers and viewers want your expertise and not someone else’s regurgitated content. Sharing case histories and results from your own experience informs the reader about what exactly you do for a living and the products and services you vend.

I have been subscribed to a firm’s RSS feed for years, having enjoyed its content immensely, but I had no idea how it makes money until recently. Remember, your audience wants to know where you’re coming from and what your agenda is. Tell them. It’s transparent; it’s honest and forthright. It gives them an idea of your style and what they can expect if they begin a client relationship with you.

3. Optimize Your Content with Cross-Channel Promotion

Many marketers who generate content only promote it within the delivery channel of that content. If you’re going to go to the expense and effort of creating quality content, you might as well amortize it by promoting it across as many platforms as possible.

We billboard what the next issue of Web Digest will be in our Twitter feed. We ask for suggestions. We typically tell followers which firms will be covered in the next issue. Various parts of each issue are posted to different blogs and posted to our Facebook page.

If you produce podcasts, make sure your show notes go into detail about exactly what is covered in each podcast. There are SEO as well as UI reasons to do this. You can easily imagine people may just read the show notes instead of listening to or viewing the actual podcasts. I’ve done it myself. Be sure to post links to upcoming events and “share” buttons in those show notes.

Within your podcast, don’t be shy about asking people to Like you on Facebook, subscribe to your newsletter, follow you on Twitter, and even consider buying your products and services. Be sure to give them solid reasons why they should do each. Tell them what goodies await them should they Like you on FB.

4. Look for Content Holes

Yes, you might get ideas from others about what to write about, but your primary mission is to look for what’s missing…what is not covered that is of significant importance. This is how you ensure that your content is exclusive and stands out from the rest of the blah-blah blogosphere, which, more often than not, is just a reverberation chamber of what everyone else is bloviating about.

In short, don’t create “me too” content. There’s too much of that already, and you won’t differentiate yourself by adding to it.

5. Give ‘Em Tools

Some of the most clicked-on issues of Web Digest contain short reviews of useful tools in a tightly defined niche. In this age of “go and do this now,” tools that give fast answers are always in high demand.

You might not want to review tools in your niche since they might be offered by competitors. But, you could create your own useful tools that dovetail neatly with your product/service offerings. Think of tools as content packages in their own right. HubSpot’s various tools have gone viral such as Marketing Grader.

6. Map Your Content

This is obvious for folks in the publishing business, but many marketers do not project out beyond a few weeks what they’re going to create.

I know a number of sophisticated marketers who plan their pdf collateral a year in advance. For such deep studies, there is no other way to budget and prepare quality products.

But, if you’re on a weekly, monthly or daily schedule, have something roughed in for each date you publish. However, if at all possible, keep it flexible until a few days or weeks prior. Why? Because in this fast-moving world, things change on a dime. Something you thought of six months ago could be old news or replaced with something hot and happening.