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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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".
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.
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
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.
What Is Your eBook Income Potential?
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I help you retire to a life of travel through blogging by sharing my story. Buy it to live your dreams.
Let’s get right down to it guys. Your ebook income potential is whatever you put your mind to. Every cent you make in life begins in your consciousness. If you think and feel really really really rich, trust in the process and generously help people there is literally no limit to the amount of money you can make. Never base your income on someone else’s results because you have no idea what is in their mind and how they feel. This is a common new author mistake. They set the bar based on other people’s results. Bad idea. You never know what’s in another person’s mind so you never know what’s going into their income and you never know how brilliant YOU may be if you focus on yourself and never compare yourself to others.
Even if you see a super inspired person who lives their dreams, and they have pretty sweet results as far as ebook income, never base your potential on their results. They may make a ton of money every month in ebook sales but your journey may be to make a hundred times that amount of income. Never base Your Potential on somebody else’s results. Even if the person has knocked it out of the park as far as sales, you never want to base your life on someone else’s life.
Just look to inspired authors for inspiration. Never look at numbers on a screen. Sales are numbers on a screen. What do numbers mean? Nothing. What does money mean?. It is an illusion, a neutral means of exchange that doesn’t mean anything until your mind assigns some meaning to money.
If new authors ask me how much I make, they haven’t followed my blog for too long LOL. I never make income claims. This is because I would never want to cripple you and your potential. I am only human. Even if I made 2 billion dollars a month through ebooks, that’s still on the low side, because we are infinite beings capable of everything. Knowing this, I never want to hold back your potential and I never want you to base your life on my life because that would dishonor me and dishonor you too.
If you want to succeed as a new author, Follow Your Passion, trust in the process, genuinely help people, and keep making friends. Your sales increase as you help more people for free. It is that simple. That’s the recipe to my success. I never get caught up in sales and I barely check my metrics. I just have ten thousand more people to help today and that’s all that I know. This is how to live a movie worthy life, like I live, helping people all day long and having no concerns about sales or what you’re getting. When you get lost in the process with love, the money takes care of itself in a beautiful way.
Your ebook income earnings potential is unlimited. How is that for inspiration? That’s all you need to know. Me telling you about numbers will not inspire you because numbers are meaningless. Only serving human beings means the most. Being free means the most. Move away from goals and just carry an intent to live a free life through blogging and you will the happiest, healthiest and wealthiest you.
4 Common New Blogger Mistakes
Common new blogger mistakes often cripple blogging careers before entrepreneurs can gain any momentum.
I made my fair share of newbie boo boo’s in the beginning. Be real with yourself. Be straight with yourself. Newbies often have oodles of blind spots to face, own and release, in order to become successful. Excited, but scared new bloggers cannot see themselves in the light of truth but being shown errors helps you travel a straighter, more narrow blogging path.
Common New Blogger Mistakes
Own these mistakes and make the appropriate corrections to accelerate your new blogger success.
I received a sponsored post from a blogger a few minutes ago. Unfortunately, I quoted him the price over 1 month ago. My price rose ten fold since that time; discount for some bloggers, for a short time. This common error cripples many new bloggers; hesitating. He should have written and submitted the sponsored post in 12-24 hours to lock in his price, to get featured on my blog and to grow his business. Waiting 33 days to submit a sponsored post is an eternity in the blogging world.
Act now. Stop hesitating. Nudge into discomfort. Do not hesitate if you receive an opportunity. Act on it immediately to do as pro bloggers do.
2: No Bond Building
New bloggers commonly try to do everything on their own. Write a blog post. Publish. Share on social media. Sit there. Wait. Repeat the cycle tomorrow. Quickly, new bloggers understand that if you network with nobody, you write for nobody.
Build friendships with top bloggers. Comment genuinely on blogs. Promote top bloggers through your blog and through social media. Make friends. Show an interest in bloggers; not in what they can do for you. Make friends with these pros to better connect with these individuals, and to influence them to promote your blogging success.
3: Not Learning from Pros
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I teach you how to gain the trust of your audience, a key step for new bloggers to take. But alas, most new bloggers choose not to learn from pros, instead, winging it on their own. This is a recipe for disaster because if you have no idea how to blog – and you do not – you will have a 100% failure rate. Example; most newbies are filled with fear and doubt, so their readers cannot trust them, because they do not trust themselves. My eBook helps you to trust yourself so you move into actions that gain reader trust. Buy the eBook, avoid struggles by gaining reader trust and cut your blogging learning curve.
4: Not Blogging
Not blogging is common among new bloggers. Newbies sit on the sidelines, waiting for the right moment. Now is the right moment. Here and now, you can dive into your blogging journey, diving into the game. Sit with fear. Feel it. We all fear. But just feel fear, then, blog, anyway. Feel the fear and do it anyway to become a successful blogger; hit the ground running.
Blog. Free yourself. Commit. Think about why you want to blog. Dwell on fun and freedom.
Embrace the Journey
Expect the unexpected. Waves of different emotions assault your mind as a newbie blogger. Preparing for emergencies simply unearths different emergencies, unearthing deep fears and conditioning you to expect the unexpected. Relax. Be gentle with yourself. Own these common new blogger errors from a compassionate energy to smooth your new blogger journey considerably.
I still make little mistakes here and there as an experienced, veteran blogger but I forgive myself for being human. Do the same thing but also own your errors to free yourself of these struggling, failing energies.
4 Common Blogger Time Wasters
I wrote an eBook on how NOT to waste time online.
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Full time employees, busy moms and college students working part time often find blogging difficult, for there seems to be no time to blog. But there is time to blog the split second you stop wasting time on these incessant things, for minutes or even hours daily.
I do not buy minutes for my phone. At times, my wife buys minutes when she….just chooses to. I am not a doctor; nobody will die if they do not contact me via phone. I can read a map. I can speak to people offline. My phone is a time waster so I rarely use it. Guess what? Some people believe I am an elite level blogger….and I do not use my phone, barring using it at home, with an internet connection. Doesn’t that suggest you can succeed in blogging even if you do not have a phone with minutes? Turn off your phone or trash it or delete minutes for a few weeks. Observe your fear-attachment to technology and being connected. Save 1, 2 or 10 hours of time of needless phone checking and chatting, over a month.
Email. The ultimate time waster for most bloggers who check email 10 to 20 times daily or more. Unless you are a doctor or in emergency services, your blog is not a life and death business. Clients can wait. Really, they can. But most bloggers are so filled with fear, and too desperately attached to clients, that they check email 10 or 20 times daily, wasting time better spent writing a guest post or blog post. I check email 1-5 times daily. No more. My life reads like a movie because I am creating and connecting versus desperately checking my email, fearing loss.
3: Stat Checking
Oh my goodness; stat checking. Who signed up today? How many courses did I sell? How many eBooks did I sell? What are my metrics? Some bloggers check stats hourly. This is madness, because blogging is a year to year, not an hour to hour, endeavor. Nobody blogs well over an hour to hour basis, so why would you check stats hourly, or even, daily? I have blogged for 20,000 hours. AFTER 20,000 hours, some people believe I am one of the best bloggers on earth. Not because I stopped every hour to SEE IF I WAS DOING GOOD, DOING WELL. Successful blogging is like running a 26 mile marathon, enjoying the journey, and finishing. Failed blogging is like running a marathon and stopping every 200 feet to see if you finished, or, how you are doing. Insanity, and a huge time waster, too.
You will never get it perfect. Sorry. So stop wasting time on your 45th draft and just publish the post. We will love it. I promise. Perfectionism robs joy, steals happiness and snatches freedom from every blogger. Be at peace with publishing content. Edit a bit, but go live. Go public. Stop wasting time trying to make something perfect or flawless because critics find fault with anything, and, fans see past your imperfections.
There you have it, guys. Make sure you buy my eBook on the way out.
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