31/01/18 Content Marketing

How to Write Content That Actually Generates Traffic and Customers

Ever get the advice to just write all kinds of content and then watch the traffic flow in?

What’s been your experience with that?

Got all the traffic you want?

Sadly, many companies don’t get all the traffic and sales they should from their content.

And yes, it does sometimes happen that companies flood the web with content…and end up with practically nothing for their effort.

So how do you create content that generates real business results?

Here’s how:

First, Understand What Works in Your Niche

Buzzsumo’s tool scans the web and finds the topics with the most shares. Just like Google, you simply enter a keyword to find what you want.
I entered a nondescript term, “accounting.”

Buzzsumo came back with:

search content

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, several of the top-shared posts focus on controversial accounting topics. So clearly, that’s a good angle to use to get more shares.

You simply have to make sure you tie the topic back to your customers and show them the pain it could cause. For example, you might write a story about taxpayers overpaying by $2 billion.

Then, your accounting service lines up nicely as a solution that helps taxpayers save money and avoid overpaying.

This is just a quick analysis. Make sure you read a good 50 or so posts to get a good idea of what works in your niche.

Top the Best Content You Can Find

You’ll do quite nicely by simply creating your own version of what’s already proven popular.

…But you can do even better if you top the best you can find.  

This would be a long-term approach to content marketing. It results in consistently higher search rankings that last for years to come.

With the accounting example, you might use the overpaying angle as the opening story.

That gets real interest.

Then, you could share tips, both from yourself and other credible sources, that help taxpayers avoid overpaying.

…Except you don’t just stop with 3, 5, 7, or 10 lame tips.

You go way above and beyond, featuring 25, 50, or even 100.

Wouldn’t that make for a long post?

You bet.

But you see, since most companies aren’t willing to do the same amount of work, you give yourself a huge competitive advantage.

You may even be able to only write one such post per month.

…But that’s okay.

Because you’ve done something so different that most other companies won’t duplicate, you’ve got a much more secure position in search. Far more secure than pumping out 50 – 100 short posts throughout the entire year.

Promote to Attract Links

Is your blog not yet the go-to thousands of people read daily?

Admittedly, your blog may only have a few regular readers at this point.

…No problem!

Every small business deals with the same issue.

Putting in some good ol’ fashioned sweat equity solves that for you though.

At Buzzsumo, and at another tool which does the same thing, ahrefs, you can see all the sites that link to the popular article you emulated.

But remember, you made yours much better.

So, reach out by email to each site that linked to the original post you chose. Just let them know you created a more thorough version.

Some will ignore you. But some will share your post. And others will link to it.

You may want to outsource this process because frankly, there’s no magic trick or special skill to it. You just email other linking sites and enjoy the results you get.

Rinse, Recycle, Repeat

That’s all there is to this.

Now, you simply do it over again.

Of course, you’ll notice tiny improvements you can make that get you even better results.

But if you focus on this strategy, it’s one of the surest ways to secure yourself high search rankings and quality customers for a long, long time!

 

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New Study Reveals Content Gaining Ranking Power, While Links Losing It
28/01/17 Content Marketing , SEO

New Study Reveals Content Gaining Ranking Power, While Links Losing It

A new study by Searchmetrics reveals content relevance is gaining cred with Google, while backlinks are declining as a ranking signal. If you follow that link, you can read a summary of the major highlights of the report. It also contains a link that gets into gritty, nerdy details. Anyway, you get the gist.

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3 Easy Ways to Promote Your Content to Boost Your Search Rankings 
28/12/16 Content Marketing

3 Easy Ways to Promote Your Content to Boost Your Search Rankings 

How do you get your amazing content the attention it deserves? It’s getting harder but it’s not impossible. Learn how to promote your content so you shoot up the search rankings while your competitors scratch their heads in confusion. Have you ever thought about how much content is online? As you probably have guessed, it’s quite a bit. No one knows a precisely accurate number. Consultant Maurice de Kunder estimates the size of the indexed web at about 48 billion pages.

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The Most Important Things to Build Trust on Your Website
25/07/16 Content Marketing

The Most Important Things to Build Trust on Your Website

What turns visitors into customers on your website? Lots of things. Adding these 6 core trust elements will boost your sales. In an age where anyone with an internet connection can immediately become a business, what’s more important than building trust? Not much…

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What Are Digital Marketing Micromoments?
25/06/16 Content Marketing

What Are Digital Marketing Micromoments?

Have you heard of “micromoments?” In digital marketing they’re small opportunities to win new customers. Learn more in this post.

Can you tell me what a “micromoment” is?

I’m sure just by looking at the word you can offer a guess.

In digital marketing, it refers to four situations, according to Google. And that’s when consumers want to:

  1. Know
  2. Go
  3. Do
  4. Buy

How do you make sure you’ve designed your website so you’ve maximized your opportunity to capture your share of marketing “micromoments?” Well, it’s not easy.

But here’s some steps you can follow:

  1. See How Many Searches Come from Mobile Devices

The overwhelming majority of “micromoments” happen on smartphones. It’s logical. When someone wants to know, go, do, or buy, they’re going to whip out their smartphone and search.

For the keywords you target, you can see the number of mobile searches on that term per month in Google’s Keyword Planner. Check it out in action here for the keyword “Dallas HVAC:”

Micromoments

Let’s see, 63.3% come from computers, and 32.2% from mobile devices. Makes sense. When people need an HVAC contractor, they’re probably at home and search on their desktop computer. And they probably search rather carefully, to make sure they find the best one.

They’re not out and about and suddenly decide they have the need to find an HVAC service.

  1. At A High Level, You Need To Do This

With micromoments, these are the high-level criteria you need to fulfill to be successful:

  1. Being present – You musts know the micromoments for your industry and have a plan for addressing them.
  2. Being useful – Whatever the consumer’s need, you must be able to fulfill it – now.
  3. Being quick – Mobile searchers want fast answers. You must give them exactly what they want in seconds.

Google observes that people stay more loyal to the micromoment need they have than they do the brand. So, if you’re worried about them using you versus big-name competitors, let go of that.

  1. Use Micromoment Mapping to Meet Your Customer’s Needs

For each of the four “micromoment” situations (know, go, do, buy), you must create your own custom map. Use these simple questions to guide the creation process:

  • What would potential customers like to know about the products and services you offer?
  • What might customers search that would lead them to physically visiting your location?
  • What would customers come to your location to do, and how might they search for that?
  • What would customers buy from you, and how would they compare that to the competition?

As you can see, these questions don’t have simple or fast answers. And the answers will certainly change over time.

But, the more intensely you study them, the better. That’s all for now… and all the best to you as you work on optimizing your website for customer “micromoments.”

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