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How to Create Content that Actually Works? Our 5 Secret Ingredients

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The internet is flooded with content. Texts, videos, images — we consume hundreds of pieces of content every day without even noticing it. But, how many of them actually hit the target?

As a business, your primary goal is to get noticed, to get heard. So, if the content you create doesn’t resonate with the audience, you are pouring your money down the drain.

As a self-funded startup targeting a highly competitive SaaS market, we at Chanty learned firsthand how hard it is to build a solid content marketing process from scratch. Yet, we had no choice but to make it work. And so we did.

In this article, we want to share our secret recipe for crafting the content that converts.

So, if you are planning to start a blog or promote your business online, here are the 5 ingredients that can spice up your content and make it work.

  1. Write about what your readers want to read

Creating the content which is relevant to your readers and resonates with them is the key to success. Yet, finding the right topics to cover on your blog is always a challenge.

A good idea would be to start your search at a place your readers go looking for the answers to their questions — Google search. Popular search queries can be a great source of inspiration for your content.

The approach worked out pretty well for us. Namely, it turned out that many people are searching for alternatives to the well-known products. In our case, they were looking for team communication tools to substitute Slack and other popular messengers.

Such queries also clearly had a very high buying intent, so we gave it a shot.

We wrote a series of articles dedicated to the team chat comparison and created several landing pages optimized for “… alternative” keywords. As a result, our website traffic grew threefold while conversions hit 10%.

Takeaway? Don’t write for the sake of writing. Answer to your readers’ questions. Educate them. Offer solutions to their problems.

1 – Create content that earns trust

Customer loyalty begins with trust. No one will buy from a company that doesn’t seem reliable or is being dishonest with its customers. So, you need to establish credibility as a brand through the content you produce and share.

Make sure that your content is well-researched and based on facts, regardless of the topic you cover. Always give proper credit to the data you quote in your articles.

A great way to establish credibility is to create opinion pieces or expert roundups. To start with, you can reach out to the fellow startupers and ask for their comments or participate in such roundups yourself.

For example, our piece on How to get beta testers for a startup turned out to be a legit investment. The experts we included in the roundup were glad to share the piece and spread it across their networks, helping us get the visibility and build trust.

2 – Always add value

What is the main purpose of your content?

To get your website to the first page of Google search? To drive traffic to your website? To make the readers buy your product or service?

If your answer to any of the given questions is “yes,” you are getting the content marketing wrong. It’s all about adding value first.

A generic or boring article won’t help you convert the readers into customers. Neither will it help you rank higher in Google search. Yet, original and insightful content will.

Your content should be filled with real-life evidence, your own hands-on experience, and original insights. Namely, the comparison articles we mentioned earlier wouldn’t bring half of the results if it wasn’t for the original, in-depth (and unbiased) analysis they featured.

For example, in our seven-messenger test drive article, we got to the core of the team chat tools comparison. We didn’t go around singing our praises but conducted thorough research and tried to help our readers make the right choice instead.

The effort paid off well enough. The article spurred the conversation on our blog and had really positive feedback.

Feedback from the grateful readers.

3 – Channel your inner Hemingway

Even the brightest and the most valuable article can get dusty in your blog if it is impossible to read or understand. Of course, using proper grammar and following common style best practices go without saying. However, there are many more things you can do to make your content readable.

First of all, always speak the same language as you readers. Don’t overcrowd your content with unnecessary jargon, buzzwords or scientism in attempt to sound smart or trendy. Breaking the text into smaller paragraphs, using bullet lists, quotes or subheaders will make your articles easier to read.

You can also use some graphics here and there to liven up your articles. Adding a dash of humor never hurt nobody either!

Combo: an image we used in our article which is both funny and meaningful in terms of the article content.

4 – Spread the word

Once you create the perfect piece of content, it’s time to share it like mad. And by “share” I don’t mean just social networks. There are many ways to spread your content across all marketing channels. One of the best ways to accomplish this, is through the use of automated marketing tools. Many platforms will work with manual outreach and promotion, but this can add up to a lot of time-wasted, when plenty of automated options exist.

Guest posting is one of them. Getting your content posted on other resources with a bigger audience and higher credibility is a proven strategy for earning valuable backlinks as well as establishing credibility and growing your audience.

Featuring articles on such reputable resources as Hubspot, Entrepreneur, Foundr, Search Engine Journal, SemRush, Marketo, etc. was quite a journey for us as well. Yet, putting our name in front of millions of readers was definitely worth the effort.

On the other hand, if you accept guest posts, you can expect your contributors to share the articles with their network and get you some extra visibility on social media (as well as a good deal of traffic).

5 – Don’t be overly promotional

There’s nothing more frustrating than heading to the corporate blog, tempted with a promising title, just to see another ad in a shiny wrapper. Even if you choose to promote your product or service, avoid sounding too salesy at any cost. Educate your readers rather than try to bluntly sell your product.

Brand loyalty and trust can win you more revenue down the road than a one-time sale.

Need an example of how to best accomplish this? Take a look at the comparison chart at HealthyHandyMan.com, and how they list out the best benchtop jointers for sale on the internet today. We are all sick and tired of reaching long text articles, and want more visuals. This is simply one of the best ways to give your audience what they want, while also increasing conversions in the process!

Wrapping Up

As you can see, there’s no magic involved in creating the content that drives results. The recipe is simple: a cup of value and original insights, a tablespoon of credibility, and a dash of humor.

Yet, there is one secret ingredient that can make any article even better. It’s the value, the genuine desire to be useful to your readers. Only the content with a clear value will reach its target and bring the expected results.

What’s your strategy for creating the content that converts? Share your hacks in the comments.

 

Author bio: Olga Mykhoparkina is a Chief Marketing Officer at Chanty a simple AI-powered business messenger and a single notification center. This powerful and free Slack alternative is aimed to increase team productivity and improve communication at work. Having a 9-year experience in digital marketing field, Olga is responsible for Chanty’s online presence strategy, managing an amazing team of marketing experts and getting things done to change the way teams communicate and collaborate. Follow Olga on Twitter or feel free to connect on LinkedIn.

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Blog Post Writing – Reasons Why You Should Task a Professional to Help You Write Your Blog Posts

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“Too often, feeling intimidated becomes our excuse not to be awesome.” – Scott Stratten

Is your main aim in life to be a successful blog owner and to reach (and influence) thousands of people like The Duchess of Sussex, Megan Markle’s blog: The Tig? However, you do not feel as though your writing skills are not up to par with some of the top blogs currently available on the Internet.

Fortunately, not all is lost. And, as the quotation mentioned above by Scott Stratten infers, feeling intimidated is not a reason to believe that you cannot start your blog. If it is your passion and dream, then it is essential to reach for your dream and start your blog. These sentiments might sound old and cliched; however, they are still valid in today’s hectic-paced, instant, post-modern world.

Therefore, the question that begs is how should you get your blog posts written? Bearing in mind, that it is vital to post engaging, informative posts.

The succinct answer to this question is to hire a skilled essay writer.

By way of an extended explanation, here are several additional reasons why you should appoint a specialist to write your blog content for you:

Provide high-quality content

A content specialist is well versed in the art and science of structuring a blog post, or essay, in a way that enhances and highlights the topic. It cannot be reiterated enough that the main aim of a blog post, or any website content for that matter, is to attract traffic and, ultimately, convert this traffic into income.

Track future blogging trends

A writing specialist will prioritize the importance of staying up to date with future blogging trends. As mentioned above, the Internet is full of content, from extremely poor-quality to high-quality on the other side of the scale. And, the high volumes of material that are available for consumption is only going to increase in 2019, and onwards. And the specialist writer will make it a priority to keep abreast of the 2019 blogging trends.

Thus, it makes sense to hire an expert writer to write your blog posts for you. It’s a win-win situation.

Write optimized content

Content that is optimized for optimal ranking on the Internet’s prominent search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo need to be carefully structured so that all of the search engine’s ranking algorithms can crawl through the content finding the keywords and key phrases that the blogger wishes to emphasize. Secondly, and equally importantly, it is vital to ensure that the material contains secondary keywords as well as other phrases that are pertinent to the topic and primary keywords.

For example, if the blog post is on how to score goals when playing football, the writer needs to include phrases that are relevant to football and how to play the game. The modern search engine algorithms are known to search for all of these different types of phrases. If they aren’t found, then the content runs the risk of achieving a low ranking on the Search Engine Results Page. And this negative result is not beneficial to the blog’s overall ranking and traffic figures.

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Branding Your Blog: How to Make an Impact to Your Readers

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People often think of branding as an exclusively visual component of their website or blog.

And while choosing a logo and coming up with a creative tagline or design plays a crucial role in your branding strategy, there’s actually more to branding your blog than meets the eye.

Before we proceed, ask yourself these questions:

Have you ever stopped to think about what your target market actually thinks of your brand?

What do your published content, your tone on your social channels, and your overall image say about your brand?

You see, to create a holistic brand for your blog, you also need to consider the non-visual aspects of it as well.

Therefore, if you want to generate more traffic to your blog, you need to develop a brand that will attract and engage your target market.

Here are some tips on how you can make an impact on your readers through branding:

Bank on beautiful yet functional design

When it comes to making the right impression on your target audience, there are two blog design elements that you need to focus on – your logo and layout.

Having a logo is important because it doesn’t just symbolize your brand’s identity. It also invites people to get to know you.

Your logo is one of the first things that people see. So if you want your blog to stand out, you need to have a professional logo design that will capture your brand’s core principles.

Renderforest logo maker is one of my favorite tools because it quickly gets the job done without the tedious process.

When it comes to your blog’s layout, it’s not enough that you post kickass content on your blo., You also need to make sure that your blog’s design is optimized for conversion.

Here are three tips to help you create a lasting impression.

  • Use large, beautiful feature images to support your content – Using high-quality images is a great way to draw your readers’ attention to your blog. The current trend is to use large images that will compel readers to read your blog articles.
  • Highlight your best assets – If you’ve been blogging for a while now, you probably already have a couple of articles that perform better than the rest. Put your best content forward by showcasing them on your blog’s main page.
  • Improve your blog’s load speed and UX – Always check your website for lag. Remember, there’s no point in having a beautiful blog if it will take forever to load.

Deliver content that your audience craves for

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Your blog’s driving force will always be your content.

This is why, if you want to turn visitors into loyal readers, you need to continually create compelling content that will keep them coming back for more.

Your content should not only clearly represent your brand as a blogger, but also the values that your blog stands for.

When creating content that is tailor-fit to your target audience, make sure to choose your topics wisely. You want to give your audience information that they’re explicitly searching for.

As a freelance writer, I help create customized content for clients using an SEO tool like Serpstat. It helps me to research for low-hanging fruit keywords, scout the competition for opportunities, and more!

If you want to learn how I use Serpstat to implement my content marketing process, check out this review I wrote about the tool.

Interact and engage through comments

Another way that you can make an impact on your readers is to connect with them on a more personal level.

Something as simple as replying to blog comments can make a significant impact on your readers.

When you reply to your readers’ blog comments with insightful and helpful information, you’re not only inviting them to interact with you more, you’re also showing them that they matter.

Or you can reverse engineer the process by commenting on other blogs.

Take a cue from Ryan Biddulph, founder of Blogging from Paradise.

He goes out of his way to leave insightful comments on everyone’s blogs.

Due to his ubiquitous comments, readers can’t help but associate his blog with the quality comments he leaves. As a result, Blogging from Paradise is now one of the most popular and respected blogs around.

Ryan discusses his commenting strategy in his interview here. You can copy his tactic so you can help create a good image of yourself and your online brand.

Get busy on social media

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Your interaction with people shouldn’t stop with your blog.

Take the discussion to a broader audience by getting busy on social media!

Your social channels like Facebook and Twitter are not just tools for getting your message out there. They can also be used to reach out to your audience and build your brand.

While there’s a lot of competition on social media platforms these days, you can set yourself apart by following these tips:

  • Develop your brand’s personality – Your target audience will be more likely to engage with you when they can relate to your brand’s personality. While developing your brand’s personality may take time, you can find your unique voice by considering your company culture, audience, and values.
  • Stick to your content strategy – Stay consistent by picking a few topics that are related to your specific niche. This way, your audience will easily associate you with the industry that you’re a part of.
  • Reach out to influencers – Influencers can help you reach out to a broader audience. Building relationships with key influencers in your niche will help you amplify your branding with minimal effort.

How about you – any tips you know that can help others with their blog’s branding? Comment below and share your insights!

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The Importance of Eye-Catching and Trendy Topics for Your Blog Content

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Today, there are more blogs on the internet than ever before and over 3 million blog posts gets published on the Internet every day. So, you have to develop a strategy to separate yourself from other blogs and show your audience that you’re worth remembering. Getting your blog noticed requires three essential elements: focusing on a niche and writing for a targeted audience, balancing evergreen topics with trends and ensuring shareability. As we see, it all starts with eye-catching and trendy topics. But why? Let’s explore.

Driving Traffic

What keeps a blog alive? It’s consistent flow of traffic – new as well as returning. Creating a perfect balance between evergreen topics and trendy topics is one of the best ways to have sustainable traffic. Ideally, your blog should have a perfect mixture of both trending and evergreen content. While evergreen content never expires, trendy content keeps it relevant. Eye-catching and trendy content proves that your blog is living “in the moment” and paying attention to what’s happening around. That’s why it’s always important to cover the space that’s trendy and interesting to your audience. One of the most significant ways to develop a loyal online following is being part of the conversation. Readers value fresh and trendy content. And they prefer frequent sites that feature constant updates about whatever matters most to each individual user. So Be There or Be Square!

Creating Value

Avinash Kaushik, the author of Web Analytics 2.0 and Web Analytics: An Hour a Day, once said “Content is anything that adds value to the reader’s life”. To rise above the noise, you need to provide incredible value to your readers consistently using your blog. Timely and relevant content is the best way for creating value for your audience. That’s why when it comes to capturing and holding attention, trending content always wins over other content. Trending topics get more traction as they’re relatively more valuable to the reader. Being useful and relevant is the only way to get readers to tune-in. They relate with your post, thank you and engage. When users are engaged, they will be your returning visitor, interact with your content and share it.

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Better Search Ranking

Creating fresh trendy content is much more fun than creating back-links but it has the same effect. Such content is more likely to get organic links and social shares as well. Always keep in mind that social networks represent a huge mass of people who stand behind the web page and the brand. So, increase “shareability” of your content with trendy and eye-catching topics. That’s how you outrank the competition when there are millions of people posting content daily. At its core, fresh content is content that is up-to-date, newsworthy and relevant to current events. When it comes to Query Deserves Freshness (QDF), Google tries to identify the topics and search requests where the user has a desire for new and current contents. Thus, when the spike in search volume occurs, Google prioritizes websites with high freshness score (fresh results) compared to websites with low freshness score (stale results). Celebrities’ death, affair, break up, new release etc. always create a massive amount of new articles around the topic. For example, Stan Lee died in 12 November, 2018. If we look at the Google trends data for that particular week – 12 November, 2018 to 18 November, 2018, we notice that Google marked the search term “Stan Lee” as “Breakout”. It means this particular search term grew by more than 5000%. Now let’s see how content publishers leveraged this spike in search volume. If you google “Stan Lee”, you should find lots of articles on the Google first page which were actually published on 12 November and the following week! These pages didn’t even exist before 12 November. They just outranked thousands of pages with their fresh contents.

Lowering bounce rate

One of the most common blogging obstacles is finding a way to hook and keep your audience engaged and lower bounce rate. Time sensitive content can be the answer. Trendy and fresh content is catchier than general truths or case studies. Time sensitive trendy content shows that you’re on top of the news and you’re ready and willing to write something that can be used immediately. So, do not hesitate to get going right away when you are working with eye-catching and trendy topics. By introducing an element of urgency, you can get your target audience to take notice. While working with trendy contents, don’t go for random trends. Identify the core target audience of the blog and create trendy content around that audience and your niche. Google loves niche content on websites. When someone clicks a result on the SERP, Google pays attention to how long they stay on that particular website or blog and there are no better signals than engaged users on a specific site.

Increasing shareability

Love it or hate it, social media is integral to how audiences discover, consume and engage with content. That’s why shareability of your content matters. But what makes a piece of content shareable in the first place? There are certain qualities that shareable pieces have in common. And undoubtedly, eye-catching and trendy topics is one of them. If more people share your content, it will increase your reach and the likelihood of others engaging with your content. Anytime a reader shares your content on social media, search engines count it as a “vote of confidence” in your brand.

Now you know the importance of eye-catching and trendy topics for your blogging. So, the next question is: how to find trendy topics? There are many ways to tap into trends, understand what your audience is searching for, and discover unexpected ways to reach new people. Let’s explore some very effective tools.

Google Trends

When one term in particular spikes in relation to other searches, Google classifies it as a trend. And Google suggests us to use Google Trends to find the trends. While traditional keyword research tools tend to be very one-dimensional, Google Trends shows you a multidimensional view of queries. If you want to check factors like seasonality, geographic location, and media coverage, Google Trends is second to none. It helps us to “Explore what the world is searching.” Google Trends enables us to compare search terms and see their popularity over time. Google has recently revamped the Trending searches option available within Google Trends. This revamped Trending searches section shows what is trending in search right now, both daily and minute-by-minute. If a trend is going up this means to focus energy on creating content for this trend.

Google Keyword Planner

Keyword research is the process of learning the words and phrases people typically use to search for information online. If you want to do keyword research to understand what people are actually searching for, Google offers a free keyword research tool: Google Keyword Planner. It’s a wonderful tool for the bloggers looking for topics to blog about. Google Keyword Planner enables you to stay on top of keyword trends and ensure content remains relevant. With Keyword Planner, you can find trendy topics for your blog that are relevant to your niche. Google’s Keyword Planner tool has very recently undergone a rigorous revamp. With this revamped planner, you can see beautiful chart illustrating the keyword volume trends for a certain period of time. The new mobile, location and trending data paired with these super-useful visualizations should help bloggers to find trendy topics for blogging. But keep in mind that Google Keyword Planner has been designed with Adwords advertisers in mind. So, it is quite natural that there are some features in the tool that might not be useful for the bloggers.

Ahrefs Content Explorer

When it comes to topic finding tools, there are a few that are as effective and efficient as Ahrefs Content Explorer. Content Explorer helps blogger find the most shared and ‘linked-to’ content. You can use publish date filter to figure out latest trends for a particular niche. You can also use any keyword into content explorer and it will generate a list of the most popular articles based on their “performance metrics”. There are different types of metrics including Social shares, Organic search traffic and Referring domains.

One final tip. Each type of blog has its particularities, rules, and trends. So, go with the trends but don’t forget your audience and you niche. Don’t forget why you do blogging or the reason that prompted you to initiate the blog. You might have a million trendy topics bouncing around your head, but stay focused on and loyal to your niche and choose the ones that your audience is waiting for.

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