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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?
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.
March 7th, 2011 — article writing, b2b copywriter, blogging for business, Content marketing, Content writer, copywriting tips, Google analytics, online marketing, social media marketing
More companies are beginning to utilise the power of online content marketing. It enables them to educate, communicate and, influence readers generating a stream of new customers.
However too many understand it is what needs to be done in today’s online world but jump in without thinking.
Their lack of strategy, experience, understanding and their unrealistic expectations lead to the onset of apathy and bewilderment resulting in the misguided belief that online content marketing doesn’t work.
But as a copywriter, I have been using online content marketing to promote my business for the past 4 years and it really does work. You just have to know what you’re doing.
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The number one mistake made by companies that launch headlong into content marketing is their lack of empathy with their readers.
They write about what they want to know about rather than what their readers want. It’s this disparity that leads to a big fat nothing in the effectiveness of their marketing.
So before you even consider blogging, tweeting or Facebooking you must find:
- What they’re looking for
- How they want it presented (their content preference)
- When they need the information
How do you find that out?
There are a number of ways you can research the information you need to know –
Ask them – the good old fashioned survey either through email, blogging or just asking them face to face. Do they need ‘how to’ guides? If so, what format (eBooks, video, podcast etc)?
Analytics – look at your website analytics and see what they’re looking at. If your website has a video on it and it’s not getting any hits, perhaps your visitors are trying to tell you something.
Social media – if you‘re using social media, listen to what your customers are saying, that can give you some great clues about what their needs are.
Keywords – going back to your analytics, the data on your keywords can tell you a lot about what people are looking for, the words they use to find you etc.
If you want your content marketing to be successful you must listen to your customers and provide them with what they want, when they want it and in a format they like.
Of course not everyone will want the same things so your strategy will have to flexible. But listen, understand and then react.
March 2nd, 2011 — article marketing, article writing, copywriter, copywriting tips, freelance copywriter, internet marketing
The art of a great article – other than interesting content people want to read – is a striking headline that makes it stand out.
Articles are a great way of building back links to your website and so give a boost to your SEO. Whether you write them yourself or you hire in a copywriter, a steady stream of submissions will give your online visibility and reputation a boost.
Every article website out there contains thousands and thousands of articles on just about every subject you can imagine, so if you want yours to be read and shared it has to stand out and be visible.
There are numerous posts around the internet on how to write great headlines but below are 7 simple tips that will help you create something that will make people stop and loiter at your article.
I hate the use of exclamation marks. I will generally go out of my way to avoid using them.
If your point is really vital use language and tone to convey its importance not an exclamation mark. To me it’s a very lazy way of making a point. Plus it gives the impression you’re shouting at your reader and that’s not a nice thing to do.
2. Be honest
You might think a great way of dragging readers into your article is by offering them the world. But if your headline offers something other than what’s in your article you’ll lose their trust and they’re unlikely to read anything else you read.
3. Don’t over-egg it
This is similar to number 2. But this time rather than using the headline to make a statement that is obviously untrue, over-egging it means giving an over exaggerated claim. For example giving a headline saying “Discover the top 3 tips that’ll make you a millionaire over night” – yeah, like that’s going to happen.
4. Overstatement is bad
Rather than exaggerating and making false claims to grab your readers’ attention, why not get creative. Have fun with language and use it in a way that’s eye-catching. Use words that will intrigue; use puns and play with the meaning of words to create something memorable.
If at all possible resist the urge to use the word ‘secret’ in your heading. There are very few things you are likely to write about which are truly secret. And if you did the chances are you’d be hauled off to a Government covert installation somewhere, never to be seen again.
If you are able to write humorously to grab attention then do so. But be warned. Very few people can pull this one off. Just because it makes you laugh doesn’t mean it will make everyone laugh.
I’m sure at some time you’ve sent an email with an ‘ironic tone’ only to find you’ve offended the recipient. You see, what sounds ironic or funny in your mind as you write may not be conveyed that way when it’s read so extreme caution should be used when trying to be funny in writing.
This 6 simple tips will help you create headlines that work. By pointing out what not to do, you should be able to create something honest, eye catching and intriguing that will draw your readers to you time and again.