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10 Content Research Tools You Haven’t Tried (But Should)

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Your content is your bread and butter. Marketers in general know that creating good content is the single greatest way you can engage with your audience in a meaningful way. But let’s face it, coming up with fresh ideas or knowing how to keep things relevant can be hard for all of us. Worst of all, many will continue on a certain thread of topics not realizing that their audience has long since moved on.

If you have been noticing a dip in your content’s reach, that could be the culprit. Doing constant content research is your best bet on creating good content every time. Here are ten content research tools you probably haven’t tried (but totally should today).

1. Keyword.Guru: Research Keywords

What do Google, Bing, eBay, Amazon, Youtube and Google Play have in common? Other than being well known websites, they are the pools that Keyword.Guru draws from when giving you the most popular related searches associated with any keywords you put in.

Keyword.Guru

So if you put in "chicken" it will give you the top ten results from each source right there on the same screen. This allows you to compare them across sources and start coming up with a content plan that meets the needs of people who are looking those things up.

2. Kparser: Organize Your Keywords

I am pretty new to Kparser but it just blows my mind. The tool gives you keyword and content research, along with insight into important metrics. That includes search volume and cost per click, so if your goal it to up those numbers you can do it here.

kparser

What I like most about it is how you are able to filter through those keyword lists by clicking words in the left-hand column. Want to limit your [chicken] keyword lists to all phrases containing "recipes" in them? Just click the word in the left column and scan though!

3. Medium: Learn What’s Hot

You have probably found yourself on Medium before. It is a popular content aggregation network that lets you host stories on relevant topics to your interests and get some cash for them.

Medium

But I am not suggesting you write for them (though you could). It is a good place to see what topics are trending, what people are commenting and what is being shared on social media.

DirJournal lists a few niche news and media aggregators you may also check out of you are into a more specific industry.

4. Salesmate: Monitor Your Customers’ Questions

If you are into B2B, you are likely to be already using a customer relationships management solution to record and organize your leads.

But lead management is not the only thing those platforms are good for. They can come useful for recording your content ideas to address your customers’ questions in your site content.

Salesmate

I use Salesmate for that and it’s a perfect way to create an archive of customer-generated questions to delegate those to the content team.

5. Cyfe: Organize!

Content marketing is overwhelming: You need to brainstorm, write, edit, market, track too many things for too many content assets.

Cyfe

The solution is to go clutter-free and to get organized. Cyfe is the best solution for that because it’s incredibly flexible. You can create a separate dashboard to organize your writing process and another one to monitor your results and mentions. It will save you lots of time!

6. IMPACT: Find a Great Headline

Have an idea of what you want to write about but nothing specific enough that you can get started? Sick of generic topics that are barely pushing the needle on your customer’s interest barometers?

Impact

IMPACT has a blogging tool that works by letting you put in something you want to blog about, then it spits out some interesting headlines to work from. But it isn’t just a simple generator. It has you fill in the blanks to create a sort of adlib title. Don’t know what to write about at all? It will suggest that, too.

There are many more blog and domain generators you may want to give a try!

7. MyBlogU: Brainstorm!

MyBlogU is a great tool that connects you to fellow bloggers for you to brainstorm together.

MyBlogu

It’s a free platform and you are likely to find great friends there. The site’s tagline is actually "You are not alone!"

8. Epic Beat: Watch Trends

Looking for a free way to get those insights? Epic Beat isn’t as thorough but it is still extremely useful. You put in a keyword like "dogs" or a domain like "dogs.com".

Epic Beat

It gives you the average shares per post, comments per post and applause per post. It then gives you a list of related popular articles that it is drawing that data from. Many come from the biggest sites in your chosen industry. You can filter results through multiple channels and select the time frame.

9. Answer The Public: Research Questions

Don’t be put off by the recording of the agitated man waiting for your question. This is the Seeker and he is here to help you.

Answer The Public

Put in your keywords and Answer The Public will give you a list of content ideas that you should write about. The answer will be provided in an visually stimulating graphic that points you to dozens of headlines. It isn’t the most thorough generator out there but it is really cool. Plus, it has a lot of style. 

10. Spezify: Get Inspired

Are you inspired by visual content more than written? Does seeing a visual representation help you to better process or understand information? Then you might like Spezify.

spezify

It takes search terms and creates visual representations. It can really help to get your muse going in a way that just seeing things written down can’t. It is pretty functional, so the images aren’t confusing or all over the place. It helps you to better work your way through the different images and get more from them. The only downside is you can’t save the visuals, so you may need a secondary way to keep track of your ideas.

Do you have a tool that you think belongs on this list? Let us know in the comments. 

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Advertising Revenue: Yes or No?

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Are you a new blogger ready to hop on the Adsense train?

Pump your breaks a few times. Slow down and think this through.

Advertising revenue can prove to be a lucrative income stream for bloggers over the long term. Build a large, loyal following. Be generous. Be patient. Success will be yours, as will Adsense ad clicks and increased blogging revenue. New bloggers have a different Adsense experience though. I see excited newbies ready to cash their first Adsense check on receiving approval. 6 months later, after making $.02 per month, the enthusiasm dies and the blogger removes Adsense from their blog. Why? Bloggers learn a harsh lesson about advertising revenue: you need a huge, loyal following to generate significant income through advertising channels.

Example

Most new bloggers get 5, 10 or 50 people to visit their blog daily. Imagine if 20 people visit your blog daily. How many of those 20 people click on your Adsense ad, or any ad? 99.99% of the time, none. Tomorrow sees 14 blog visitors. None click your ads. After 1 month, 240 people visit your blog. 2 people click your ad. This sounds about right. At the end of the month, you made $0.04 USD. Of course this is common because you are a new blogger with little traffic. Low traffic blogs generate low profit ad revenue.

Do you know who makes hundreds to thousands of dollars in Adsense revenue monthly? Bloggers who blog effectively and generously for 2-3-5 or more years generate this type of sweet income. Advertising revenue takes SERIOUS work! Maybe 1% of bloggers – or less – put in the work that drives the thousands of people daily to blogs which nets a steady, solid Adsense income. But most new bloggers mistakenly believe their 30 visitor a day blog will yield $100 to $500 per month or more. Never gonna happen guys. Sorry to burst your bubble.

Advertising Revenue: Yes or No?

I share profitable income streams in my eBook:

15 Ways to Make Money Blogging

Buy it to explore different ways and means of profiting, to beef up your multiple streams of income.

Newbie bloggers should never open ad revenue streams because they do not have a large, loyal, targeted readership needed to generate substantial ad revenue. Write and self-publish an eBook. Toss that widget on your sidebar, replacing the ad widget. Brand yourself. Make more money.

Experienced bloggers with large, loyal tribes should consider ad revenue if the ads:

  • feel like a match for the blog and brand
  • are highly targeted for your readership
  • add value for your readers

Think targeting. Sites like the Huffington Post can post any ad and completely disregard relevance because millions upon millions of humans visiting the blog monthly have millions and millions of interests. When advertisers pay a million dollars for a short Super Bowl ad they understand not every one of the 1 billion people watching the Super Bowl is highly interested in their ad, but many folks out of the billion plus people will be interested, and net advertiser revenue, through the commercial.

For you, even if your tribe is large and loyal, you likely do not attract millions of blog visitors monthly. Target advertisements to ensure most if not all of your readers seem highly interested in the ad. Even if a small percentage clicks through you will generates steadily increasing ad revenue by this approach because you intelligently match your ad with your reader.

As a new blogger go with non-ad income streams. Experienced veterans can lay out ads but make sure your ads align with your readers.

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The Ultimate Checklist To Grow Your Blog in 2019

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Perhaps you’re here because you’ve had a blog for a long time now, but you feel like it’s just not growing as you hoped it would. The good news, however, is that you aren’t alone. Even blogs that you think are “famous” may have also gone through this same challenge. Fortunately, there are many tricks you can apply to help your blog reach its fullest potential. These are doable, and with a little help from experts, you’re sure to achieve the growth you’ve been dreaming of.

Here’s a checklist you can follow:

  1. Venture Into Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is one of the most effective strategies in digital marketing, which you can also apply on your blogs. Affiliate marketing refers to the act of partnering with companies and businesses that are looking for bloggers who are willing to try out and promote their products and services. In the beginning, you might not be able to reach more prominent brands and companies, but if you keep going, affiliate marketing can also be very effective in helping your blog grow in terms of audience reach. The more you network with affiliates, the more traffic comes to your site.To provide you more insights on digital and affiliate marketing, read through this digital marketing checklist.

  1. Link With Other Bloggers

In the blogging industry, success isn’t so much about competing with each other. In fact, there’s a lot you can achieve by simply linking with other bloggers as well. This means that, from time to time, you create posts that allow you to connect with others in the industry, or you create collaboration posts with other bloggers. That way, you’re both doing each other a favor by expanding each other’s blogs to the current networks that you both have, much like exchanging gifts.

Here are other ways for you to also link or engage with other bloggers:

  • Comment on the posts of other bloggers
  • Mention other bloggers in your posts
  • Engage in the social media pages of other bloggers

 

  1. Create Detailed Content

Especially if you’re writing about solutions to common problems of your viewers, be very detailed about it. Readers want to have answers as soon as they visit your website. Without clear, actionable content, you’re not only going to lose one reader, but you’re going to lose others as well.

Some of the best strategies you can employ to ensure detailed content are the following:

  • If you’re talking about technical or serious matters, include statistics and case studies
  • Stay away from broad statements that are going to leave your readers guessing
  • Whenever you can, include actionable and real data. (e.g. Climate change is expected to hit a _____ mark by 2020. To combat this, one of the things you can do is…)

While the optimum length of every blog post should still be around 500 to 2,000 words, this doesn’t mean that you cannot put in detail. Never write and post anything haphazardly. Be sure to do your fair share in researching beforehand.

 

  1. Enable Social Media Sharing

If you’re a blogger, you’d know it’s inevitable to also have social media accounts. If you can, go for the three major social media pages, such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The more active you are on social media, the more effective you become as well. Keep in mind the following techniques in terms of social media posting:

  • Keep a fixed schedule of when you usually post new content. This will make it easier for your visitors to expect new posts. Through this, you can also build anticipation among your readers.
  • As you schedule your content posting, also factor in the usual available time of your target market. For instance, if your blog is about parenting, you might want to post at night, when all mommy duties have been done for the day, and they can check their social media.
  • Refrain from posting every hour. Keep your posts within a healthy interval so that your followers won’t become bored or even annoyed. At least every other day is enough to keep your followers excited.

What you can do is post an update on each social media account when you also have a new blog. Link your blog post to your social media post so you can draw traffic to your website. With social media, it’s also easier for your followers to share and spread the word about your content. By simply clicking the share button, they’re able to post this on their social media sites as well.

Conclusion

When you strive to make your blog perform better, it shouldn’t end only with the growth per se. You also have a more significant task to fulfill, which is to apply the necessary strategies that are going to motivate your readers to keep coming back. These above-mentioned tips can help you achieve these two goals. Now you can be on your way towards running your blog to its fullest potential.

 

 

 

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7 Reasons Nobody is Reading Your Blog

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Blogging is tough work. It’s not backbreaking labor like ditch digging, but it can be mentally and emotionally exhausting.

It may consume hours, days, weeks, and months of dedication before you see results. Even with a solid commitment of time and creative energy, results aren’t guaranteed. It’s not just about coming out with new content, it’s more about coming out with content that is of real value, will rank in Google, and that people are actually going to read and share.

Millions of blogs are humming along on the Internet, but only a fraction could be termed successful. If you have a blog and it has no significant readership to speak of, there are a few possible explanations.

1 – You Write About Things People Don’t Care About

“It’s easy when you first start blogging to act like your blog is an online journal. While your blog should be personalized, it should be focused on your reader,” copywriter Michael Leonard explains.

“People, for the most part, only care about themselves. As a content creator, it’s your responsibility to give the reader what they want.”

If you’re only writing about yourself, people will eventually tune out. The best thing you can do is to switch your focus to topics your audience is passionate about. Not sure what that might be? Go ahead and ask your existing readers for their input on topic selection.

2 – You Lack a Consistent Voice

Consistency is a huge facet of blogging success. People need to feel they’re encountering the same voice, style, and personality one post to the next. If there’s too much variety in style and content, you’ll fail to resonate with readers and eventually they’re apt to wander elsewhere.

3 – You Have No Social Media Presence

Blogging and social media go hand in hand these days. If you don’t have a social media presence, you’re missing out on the opportunity to expand your blog readership (and vice versa).

Instead of trying to be on every social media platform that exists, spend your time focusing on one or two platforms (such as Instagram or Facebook). By pouring all your energy into building up audiences on these channels, you’ll be much more likely to see a positive impact on your blog.

4 – You’ve Never Done SEO

SEO might be a bit technical for your taste, but it’s still essential. Without an SEO strategy, you won’t be able to capitalize on organic search traffic.

This will leave you 100 percent reliant on paid and/or social traffic … and that will damage your results and lower your chance of building a flourishing audience.

5 – You’ve Never Invested in Link Building

In order to satisfy Google’s algorithm and prove you have an authoritative website that’s worth turning up in the search rankings, you have to demonstrate that you’re a trusted source for content. One of the ways to do this is by developing a link-building strategy.

Link building is the process of acquiring backlinks from other authoritative websites to your own. Though you can do this manually, it’s far more efficient and cost-effective to hire a white-label link-building service like SEO.co.

This approach frees you to focus on the content side, without neglecting the optimization facet of the equation.

6 – You’re All Words and No Visuals

All words and no visuals is a recipe for supreme boredom. If you aren’t careful, it’ll destroy your audience and leave you with an echo chamber of a blog.

As tough as it may be to swallow, accept the fact that people will likely read only an average of 20 percent of the content on your page. In other words, the average person will ignore 80 percent of your blog content.

Much of this depends on the limited nature of the human attention span. The quickest way to get past this is to incorporate some visuals to provide some relief and boost engagement.

“Visual elements jump off the page,” Quick Sprout explains. “If someone is scanning through your blog post, they’ll likely stop at the images. They’ll skim the first few lines before and after the picture to digest your points of emphasis.”

You don’t have to change your entire blogging strategy, but it’s wise to give some attention to visuals. An occasional infographic or video will go a long way with your audience.

7 – You Don’t Post Enough

You don’t have to post a blog piece every day to be successful. But if you’re uploading only one every few weeks, you’re forfeiting your opportunity to engage an audience.

As a general rule, you should post at least three times a week. This means you’ll have to generate something once every two days (with an occasional lapse of an extra day or two). At that rate, you’re most apt to stay at the front of your readers’ minds without overwhelming them.

Develop Your Blogging Strategy

Publishing a random blog post here and another casual commentary there isn’t going to get you the results you desire … no matter how good the content might be. You need a defined strategy that delivers high value to a specific group of readers in a manner that’s consistent with your brand personality and objectives.

One would hope this article has opened your eyes to what that can look like moving forward.

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