What are you doing on your off time around the holidays? If you are like me, sitting in your pajamas, slippers and robe, drinking hot coffee, and browsing your favorite websites and blogs to catch up on stuff you didn’t have time for during the busy workdays and weekends. Chances are, your readers are doing the same thing.
The holidays are the perfect time to catch them when they aren’t busy, and trap them down a rabbit hole (we have all been in those ourselves). Plus, you are probably catching them in a good and relaxed mood. The holidays have a certain feeling to them, and you can capitalize on emotion and use it to associate those feelings with your brand.
Here are some tools and tips for making the most out of your content during the holiday season.
Tools To Get You Moving
Serpstat: Find Awesome Holiday Content Ideas
Content starts with keyword research, holiday content is no different! Use Serpstat to find best keywords to create your content around. Try their “Content Marketing” tab to get an idea on how to improve your content. Or find out what your competitors were doing over the holidays last year and how it worked out for them.
Coschedule: Plan Your Holiday Calendar
I always loved my tried and true Google Spreadsheets for my editorial calendar, and I was resistant to using anything else. But then I found Coschedule, and it pretty much changed my life. You use an actual calendar on your WP dashboard to plan, assign, create and schedule or publish content. Plus, it is connected to your social profiles for automatic updating, and you can republish there as needed in different day slots.
When planning your holiday content, I would highly recommend Coschedule as a much simpler way to do it. Especially if you run a team, or have guest posters or guest editors who may have to step in if there is a problem. They can just look at the calendar and get a look at how things are planned, without you holding their hand.
Headline Analyzer: Analyze Your Festive Headlines
What is the point of posting holiday content if no one is going to see it? You will be able to analyze your headlines to find out what is and isn’t working, then get recommendations for a better title. The better your headline, the more attention it will get.
Websites like Upworthy, which produce some of the most viral content on the web credit a great deal of their success to awesome headlines that attract attention. So you can see the benefits you may experience.
Holiday Revenue Calculator: Estimate Your Revenue
Sometimes all you need is an audit of your past efforts, especially if you are reliant on multiple streams for promotion (ads, clickbait, emails, social, etc). I really love this tool because it takes all of your information from the year before, then it calculates how much you could potentially make this year if you made some positive changes to your campaigns.
You have to be honest in your answers, because it bases everything on what data you give. So if you said you did ok in your content marketing campaign, for example, and the truth is you did poorly, you won’t get an accurate result. Granted, this makes it fairly objective. But it is still useful, and can provide you with ideas you may have not had for improving your profitability.
Animoto: Create Festive Content
The holidays provide an awesome time to start making videos. It is set to a theme that is instantly relatable, with imagery that those viewing can recognize and appreciate within those tiny few seconds. They are also very shareable on multiple platforms, and are especially popular on somewhat less accessible social platforms like Tumblr that you may not have managed to corner in the past.
Animoto offers awesome holiday themes for you to easily put your videos together: Create awesome content for your social media channels and for the blog!
Facebook Custom Audiences: Target Your Readers
Fashion retailer All Saints achieved a 12x increase in conversion value from its Custom Audience campaign.
Facebook has regularly updated and revamped their existing features to help provide a new ways for users to take advantage of them. One of their more exciting changes was introducing Custom Audiences. It allows advertising to better narrow their marketing focus on the platform, and retarget them from your site, through your Facebook page, and back to your site again.
It is pretty simple: create a pixel, create an audience, create an ad, add lookalikes. That’s all it takes! Which is fantastic around the holidays when people are going to be bouncing around your site, and more likely to go from the social page, to your site, and back and forth again. Plus a time to catch new audiences with your content.
Any tools you think should be added to this list? Let us know in the comments!
Face Newbie Blogger Fears Early to Accelerate Your Success
Do you genuinely want to hit the ground running with your blog? Face newbie blogger fears early. Do not mess around. Do not play around. Never be anchored down by doubt. Face fears, feel fears and you will feel so good, and free, and ready to succeed through your new blog because fear cannot hold you back if you face it, feel it, release it and proceed.
Life as a solopreneur feels fun, freeing and highly challenging because you do not possess the resources of more established entrepreneurs or people working for a company. The #1 tool in your new blogger arsenal is a willingness to face, feel and release deep fears related to being a newbie. Do this; be golden. Fun, freedom and expansive success awaits you because your generosity, creativity and willingness to connect just accelerates your blogging success…yes…even as a new blogger. How cool, right? No new blogger needs to struggle, fail and quit before giving themselves a chance, because fear is the only thing standing between you and what you need to do, to succeed. For example, I routinely tell new bloggers to buy courses or eBooks for due diligence material. More importantly, I tell them NOT to rely solely on questions and answers through Quora for their due diligence campaign because free platforms pale in comparison to trusted, premium resources from the top bloggers, in terms of research materials.
What can you do to accelerate your new blogger success fast? Nudge into the fear of spending money on training resources, feel the fear, release the fear and buy the course and/or eBook. Doing this, you begin taking the course and/or reading the eBook, putting your new knowledge into action, succeeding more quickly. Meanwhile, most new bloggers who refuse to face their fears keep asking questions on Quora, relying on strangers, possibly skilled but usually unskilled bloggers to supply them with non-vetted answers for critical blogging research. How in the heck can you rely on this most crucial of information if you have no idea who offers the answers? Can you see why this method is totally unreliable, for getting your blogging research? A few skilled bloggers offer some keen insight but step out of the fear-vibe into the abundant, successful vibe by investing money in a top blogging education.
If you can either pay for a Harvard education or ask some stranger on the street for their free advice, what seems to be the more intelligent decision? Invest money in expert advice? Or save money to get advice from some stranger on the street who may or may not know what they are talking about? Can you see why so many new bloggers struggle, fearing to invest money in the best blogging advice, choosing to get free, unreliable blogging advice from the general blogging public?
Pay up to play up. Invest money in your blogging education to move higher in blogging circles. Be a fear-diver; keep nudging into fears to better understand how to succeed, feeling and releasing these confining, restricting forms of bondage. Face newbie blogger fears early and often to remove the shackles that hold you down. Doesn’t it feel better to dive into fears routinely so you can accelerate your blogging success, even as a newbie?
How to Promote Yourself without Bragging and Repelling Readers
You do know promoting yourself freely constitutes one pillar of blogging success, right guys? Bloggers need to be clear, confident and relaxed enough with self to appeal to us. Who wants to follow someone with low self-esteem? We seek out bright lights, not bloggers slumming around in the blogging sewer, eh? But self-promoting is a fine art for the discerning blogger to master; go too far, bragging your butt off, and your arrogance repels readers. People despise someone who speaks about self all day long because these over-compensating buffoons, deep-down, fear they are not enough. Bad trait in a leader. I figured it’d be easiest to self promote by simply…..self promoting like the dickens.
Example; buy our new course. Yep, Sue-Ann and I plan to make you happy as a blogging pig in slop with our new course. Do you see how I got right to the point? No beating around the bush. I promoted me, and, Sue-Ann, clearly explaining why you need to buy our blogging course….by saying….buy it, and you will be a happy blogger. Promoting yourself through virtually all content you create is the easiest, simplest way to find the happy medium between being a shy guy or shy gal and being an arrogant, boastful, bragging clown. The real secret is to keep promoting self through all the self-conscious, anxious, money-related, appearance-related fears most of us cling to, before we become clear, confident self-promoters.
Put Attention on Your Readers
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Let us rewind for a moment, shall we? Time to review how I promoted myself by putting attention on you, you rocking readers of Blogging Tips Dot Com. I promoted self because I promoted my eBook. I make money every time you buy the eBook. Cool. Feels good to me. But did you notice I asked if YOU felt disgusted, and if YOU wanted to drink up sweet blogging freedom, before I promoted ME? This is one secret to promoting your products and services without looking like a dingbat. I helped you by putting the attention on you, making my self-promotion about you and me. We both win. You access a freeing, fun, valued resources and I access an energy we call “money”. Fair exchange, methinks. I never come off as bragging, being boastful or outright being a cocky jerk because I make it about US. See how thinking about everybody, and bringing folks together, benefits everyone? Cultivate your sense of compassion guys; developing this skill helps you go far in blogging, and, in life.
Be Subtle in Sharing Your Accomplishments
Feel free to share your accomplishments if you feel doing so boosts your credibility. But never be a flat out braggart by speaking about yourself in boastful, self-centered, self-serving tones. Why? Doing so turns off folks because braggarts secretly do NOT believe in themselves, and need that facade of boastfulness to even dream of trying to succeed online. Every braggart is broken. Point blank. Even if you achieved immense worldly success and appear to be happy, the appearance is an illusion, as you do not believe in yourself, and people who do not believe in themselves cannot succeed in leading others. Be subtle in sharing your wins. Be delicate in sharing your feats. Humble yourself. Allow other folks to do the bragging so you promote yourself from a relaxed, chill, attractive energy.
Tap those Twitter and Facebook buttons to spread the word on this important topic of self-promoting. Let’s empower bloggers to taste sweet success by teaching them how to promote themselves the right way, shall we?
Why Is a Blog Better than a Static Website?
First off guys; everybody requires different needs online. Some folks love static sites because a static website checks all boxes for you. Experience sweet success without blogging one bit. Can, and does, happen, quite a bit online for entrepreneurs. But since we blog on a blogging tips blog, you arrived to learn more about blogging tips, eh? Good. In most cases, blogs are better options than static websites for a whole host of reasons. I believe reason #1 is the dynamic, easy to update, nature of a self-hosted, WordPress dot org blog. Imagine wanting to share help via online content. Updating static sites is a slow, blocky, inorganic, pain in the butt process. Nobody wants to struggle just to share helpful content. Do you? Of course not.
Blogging gives you the platform for publishing helpful online content quickly, easily, seamlessly, thru a properly formatted, easy to digest medium. Yep guys; it is called a “blog post”. Think how easy it is for me to write and publish this post in 20 minutes and think how easy it is for you to read, process and use this blog post in a few minutes. We both win. But imagine if I tried to share this information through a static site? Not only would it require well over 20 minutes of my time, the content would be formatted in ugly, not easy to digest, fashion, and neither you or I would benefit as quickly and easily. We both lose.
Blogs offer unlimited branding and monetizing potential due to the rich library of blog themes, robust plugins and monetizing options available via a WordPress dot org blog. In essence, these blogs seemed to be designed solely for the purposes of standing out, offering service and yep, making a sweet online income, too. Not so with static sites. Updating a static site may seem like a pain but trying to customize the site to be a one of a kind web portal, seems highly difficult to virtually all entrepreneurs. Static sites do not boast the same massive library of themes for choosing, to maximize your branding potential. Plug ins? Pulllleese….non-existent. Monetizing potential takes a hit because some affiliate programs turn you down if you do not offer a rich library of trusted content on your static site, and as we already reviewed, updating your static website with fresh, helpful content proves to be a Yeoman’s task. Like, trying to walk this 140 pound dog, around NYC, as I am doing now.
How about the fun factor? Blogging – to my biased eyes hehehe… – feels much more fun because of the skills you learn, the energy spent practicing and the overall sense of fulfillment learning how to blog effectively on a WordPress dot org blog. I have oodles of fun and a genuine feeling of accomplishment learning all the in’s and out’s of blogging, and, I feel so good helping folks through this rich, robust medium. Again; biased eyes here. But for most entrepreneurs, blogging proves to be a richer, more enjoyable experience. Of course you face more challenges and you need to put in significant time and energy to learn and master multiple skills with blogging, but most of us want to enjoy the work, and, we want to work, to render useful service.
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