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February 20th, 2013 — article marketing, article writing, blog, blogging, blogging for business, Content marketing, Content writer
As an online marketer you understand the need for a constant stream of content.
Regardless of whether you’re a B2B or B2C business (i.e. whether you sell to other businesses or direct to consumers), to gain a strong foothold in the search results you must produce lots of high quality content.
The problem is, the time needed to produce that amount of content is rather hard to come by. We are all over worked and finding a few extra hours a week to write can be tough.
Of course, you can lighten the load by encouraging key staff members to produce content for you – many hands and all that – but there are also some other tricks you can use to help generate content and make the most of the stuff that’s already out there.
Recycle your content
We’re not talking about spinning articles for multiple sites, but rather taking a look at the content you have and making the most of it.
If you have a long article, why not break it down into bite-sized chunks – you may get 2 or 3 articles out of one.
Another great tip is to reuse white papers and reports. They will be full of useful information that can easily be broken down into smaller articles and re-written in a more informal style suitable for your blog or website.
Moving away from text, why not re-create the information in a more visual style such as an infographic? That way you can also make use of social sites such as Pinterest. Or you could create videos from the text for your YouTube channel. Everyone likes to take in information differently so by having it in a text, visual and video format there’s something for everyone.
This one is more to do with making the most of your content through optimisation.
Everything you produce should be in line with your current SEO (search engine optimisation) strategy utilising one keyword/phrase per article.
It’s also a good idea to make sure that keyword also appears in the URL of your article and in the Alt tags for the images you use.
The whole purpose of content marketing is to make it stand out and get it read. If you go for a wishy-washy format that’s pretty boring to look at, no one’s going to take the time to read it.
Make sure you use a strong headline and social sharing icons that indicate how many people have shared your material. Bulleted lists, charts and diagrams all help to add interest and, by keeping your article relatively short, you’ll encourage readers.
Call to action
These are not just for websites and sales materials.
They can be visual cues such as the social share buttons. If you want people to share your stuff or become a fan on Facebook, have markers to show how many people follow you or ‘Like’ you – they won’t want to be left out.
You can use your call to action to get people to sign up to your newsletter, go to a landing page, make a comment, in fact almost anything you can think of.
If you want people to read your stuff you’ve got to let them know it’s there. Tweet about it, link to it from Facebook, put it on your website and mention it in your newsletters.
Interact with your readers by encouraging comments and responding to them and, as already mentioned, make sure the social share buttons are present to encourage readers to share it with others.
You see, content marketing is not just about generating a constant stream of fresh material; you also need to think about what you already have that can reused in a different format.
By looking at it that way, you should be able to keep up with the demands of your marketing strategy.
May 16th, 2012 — article marketing, article writing, marketing
Here’s a post from the archives. Although written a few years ago, it’s still very relevant today.
We all understand the importance of article marketing to help generate traffic, building reputations and brand awareness, but are you making the most of your content? What follows is a post outlining 7 ways article marketing can improve your profits:
Writing articles and marketing with articles is one of the best and fastest ways to market your business.
Don’t believe me? OK then, I’ll prove it. Here are seven ways you can benefit from articles.
1) Articles quickly position you as an expert in your field
Writing articles sets you apart from your competition. You never have to say “Listen to me, I’m an expert!” Your articles do that for you, because articles increase your “expert-ability.”
2) Articles can become an army of 24/7 salespeople
Once you have an article published, especially on the internet, you will achieve a 24 hour, 7 day a week, 365 day a year international sales team working specifically for you and your business.
3) One article can have many uses
In other words, leverage. Just one article can be used as a free report, a newsletter feature, it can become part of an online e-course, part of a book, etc.
4) Articles spread the word about your business and your services
Articles, especially when submitted online have a very long shelf life. They can be picked up by anyone at anytime and anywhere.
5) Marketing articles is simple, easy and inexpensive
It costs you nothing to write an article (apart from your time). It also costs you nothing to have it listed on article directories such as EzineArticles.com. Imagine what it would cost you to pay for that kind of exposure and publicity.
6) Articles can help you build a mailing list
Once you have a few articles out there, prospects will begin to flow in. These will build into a mailing list worth its weight in gold which can be used over and over again.
7) Articles let you stay in touch with clients and sell more products
We know that it can take from 5 to 8 contacts or more for new prospect to be ready to become a client. Articles allow you to stay in touch with prospects and provide them with quality information.
This list of 7 is just the tip of the ice berg. Article writing and article marketing will boost your business. Why not give it a go?
March 21st, 2012 — article marketing, blogging, Content marketing, copywriting tips, email marketing, internet marketing, marketing, online marketing
Marketing your business involves a lot of writing.
Whether you do this in-house, or by hiring in the expertise of a copywriter, you’ll need one very important thing – lots of ideas for content.
Ideas can come from anywhere at any time, so here are a couple of tips to make sure your ideas keep flowing.
1. Paper and pen
Because you never know when inspiration will strike, make sure you have a pen and paper with you at all times (or a digital voice recorder).
During your working day, ideas will come at you from all directions:
- Comments from customers
- An article you’ve read
- A news item
- Mail shots
So when an idea strikes, write it down. It could be the start of a blog post, article or newsletter item.
Customer feedback is particularly important. If you’re scratching around for an idea for your next blog post, or newsletter, where better to look for inspiration than your customers? If they contact you with a question, you could create a ‘how to’ or ‘top tips’ article based around their enquiry.
By keeping a record of ideas like this, you’ll never be scratching around for inspiration.
2. Swipe file
One word of warning – a swipe file doesn’t mean you are free to plagiarise other people’s work.
Every day you are subjected to hundreds of sales messages. You probably subscribe to several newsletters, receive loads of direct mail and read magazine and newspaper articles. Some of which you’ll read and some you’ll ignore.
But with the ones you read, think about what it was that made you take notice of them:
- What was in the headline that made you read on?
- How was it written?
- What type of information did it contain?
- What tone was used?
In other words, what was it that captured your attention? Once you discover that, you can reproduce that effect in your own marketing materials.
What it comes down to is this – online marketing is a continual process. We’re talking about newsletters, emails, web copy, blogs and articles – all things that have to be done regularly to keep your business in your customers’ line of sight.
By regularly jotting down notes, you’ll never be short of ideas for your online marketing.
October 5th, 2011 — article marketing, blogging for business, Content marketing, social media, social media marketing
The good news is that loads of businesses understand the importance of content generation. Whether it’s through blogging or article marketing, they appreciate that constantly producing great content boosts their online presence.
The bad news is that unless people can find it, it won’t get read and won’t generate the constant stream of traffic to your website that you were hoping for.
How do you make sure people can find your stuff?
There are several things you can do to make sure your hard work isn’t wasted.
Before you start writing anything, take a good look at your target audience. What is it that they want? What interests them? What issues do they have that they might want help with?
Only when you can answer those questions can you be sure you’re writing focused, informative articles that they’ll want to read.
2. Call to action
If they do happen to find your articles and posts, but you fail to ask them to do anything once they’ve read it, they’ll just go away again.
The whole point of generating content is to drive people to your website, so make sure you tell them to visit your site, or place relevant links within your article to take them to the page on your site that holds all the answers to their questions.
3. Forget the search engines
OK, don’t write them off completely, but make sure you write for your reader. Make sure your information is interesting, well written in simple language (no jargon) and easy to read.
It is your readers who will (hopefully) be buying from you, not the search engines.
Yes, I know I just said don’t write primarily for the search engines, but you still need to get your keywords in your headings and body copy if you want to be found. But that doesn’t mean stuffing it with keywords.
Keep your writing natural – the keywords will drop in automatically without you even realising it.
5. Social media
Make sure you promote your writing. Send out links through Twitter and Facebook, but make sure you add value and engage rather than just blatantly self-promote.
Social media sites (such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) are a great way to spread the word and to get your article. Plus, promoting them will encourage people to share your content with others.
Over to you
Do you content market? What has your experience been? Leave a comment below and share your tips too.
Sally Ormond – freelance copywriter, blogger and social media addict
Briar Copywriting – T:@sallyormond – F: www.facebook.com/freelancecopywriting
July 20th, 2011 — article marketing, article writing, keywords, search engine optimisation
Content drives the internet and therefore search results – that’s probably why many people are still writing articles for the search engines rather than for people.
If you fall within that category and believe strongly that your primary audience are the search engines because your articles are there purely to provide links to your website, let me ask you a few questions:
Why do you do article marketing?
- To generate links to my website
- So I can boost my rankings
- So more people visit my website
- So I can generate more sales of course
Aha! So you’re doing this to get more people to visit your website.
So why exactly are you writing mainly for the search engines? You’ve just admitted you do article marketing to attract people – not search engines, people.
If your article is incomprehensible because you’ve stuffed it with loads of keywords do you really think someone’s going waste their time reading it?
Even if it is the number one search result, no one’s going to pay it any attention.
If someone does open your article and finds it unreadable are they really going to want to follow any links within it that will take them to your website?
I doubt it because they’ll think they are going to be faced with yet more incomprehensible drivel.
So the moral is, write for your reader first and the search engines second.
What to think about when writing your articles
Before you even touch your keyboard you must think about your reader.
- What’s important to them?
- How much do they know about your subject matter?
- What issues do they have that they’re looking for solutions to?
- What do they need to know?
It’s not until you have answered those questions can you start to create an informative and interesting article that someone will want to read.
But what about your keywords?
Just because you’re writing for your reader doesn’t mean you have to forget your keywords all together.
- Make sure they are in your eye-catching headline
- Break your article up into short paragraphs so it’s easy to read
- Create informative sub headings to help your reader scan your article
- Don’t fill it with links
To make sure it reads well forget about keyword density. When you write naturally about a subject you’ll automatically use your keywords and other words related to your subject.
Once you’ve written it read it out loud to check for rhythm, an easy flow and errors. If you find you are ‘tripping’ over your keywords you’ve probably included too many. Cut back within the body of your article but make sure they are present in your headings and sub headings.
At the end of the day, if you write with your reader in mind and not the search engines you can’t go far wrong.
Remember – when it comes to article marketing, your reader is king.