Creating content that sells is really hard especially when you are just starting out.
It’s essential for you to learn the art of writing content that naturally goes viral.
I know, a lot of bloggers struggle to get shares, comments and links on their content. The major reason why they fail to get more blog exposure is that they focus on writing more content and they barely spend any time in promoting that content.
If you are one among them, stop doing that right away. If you are struggling to create content that creates a buzz, this post is exclusively for you where I’m going to talk about few powerful ways to create contagious content.
Let’s get into the details without much ado.
How to create content that creates more buzz?
Effective keyword research is extremely important
Before start writing anything, make sure to find the best keywords to write about. If you are not aware of it, keyword research is the #1 effective way to boost your search visibility.
According to a survey, any normal website (without SEO) gets around 5000 visitors every year (if it’s updated frequently with quality content). How can you increase the chances of getting more visitors? By using long tail keywords!
Once you get into a habit of finding long tail keywords before you post anything on your blog, that alone can help you triple your blog traffic in no time.
There are a lot of incredible tools out there to help you find the best performing keywords in any niche. But I especially like tools like Long Tail Pro, SEMrush to come up with great keyword ideas. They both are great and even if you are a beginner to keyword research, you will find it extremely easy to use these tools to find new keywords.
Here are 2 simple tips to find better keywords to increase your overall website search traffic.
#1. Always focus on finding 4 word keyword phrases (these are called long tail keywords).
For instance, you could rank higher in Google search results by aiming at long tail keywords like “best fitness strategies for women” instead of trying to rank for “fitness training”.
#2. Make sure your long tail keywords have global searches not more than 1000 per month.
If you are starting out, you can’t expect to rank higher by focusing on >1000 monthly searches. I would recommend you to aim at 300 to 600 monthly searches keywords for better results.
Make sure to start using paid SEO tools such as SEMrush, Moz, Long Tail Pro (although you can pick anyone among them) if you are serious about boosting your organic traffic. You may ask, why should I invest money?
You should do that on buying few premium blogging tools just like you invest on choosing a self-hosted WordPress blog. Because no one is going to help you find accurate long tail keywords and you simply can’t use Keyword Planner for coming up with extraordinary keyword phrases.
Find out your audience social triggers: analyze when they share
Want to get more social shares on your posts? Find out the basic psychology of why people share. Here’s a simple way to do that.
Go to Buzzsumo.com and enter any of competitors’ URL, it will give you a list of top blog posts that got more social shares and links.
Analyze their keywords and more importantly the headlines. Use them on your posts with some improvement. And that’s it! A simple hack that just helped you create attention grabbing headlines to increase social shares.
Also, post your links on social media sites such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter etc at the right times. Make sure to find out when your audience or followers are most active on these networks.
Pro tip: If you want to get more social shares on your blog posts, use two or three sharing buttons. If you give your readers too many options to share, they choose nothing. In online, if you ask for too many things, you aren’t asking for anything! So practice the habit of “less is more”. It not only helps you get more shares but it speeds up your loading speed as well!
A simple way to create content that attracts links
Write in-depth articles.
See, if you want to get more links naturally (without using any tactics), you have to make sure your content is top notch.
Each and every article you publish should be worth bookmarking. Here are few ideas on how to do that.
Use lots of research backed data: Want to quickly attract more links from other blogs? Start writing content that is backed by data. More importantly, online people love to read and share the content that is backed by research. I know, creating this type of content takes a lot of time, but it is worth your time. If you are aiming for long term results, do this, it will work.
Use lots of screenshots: Visual data always gives better idea and it’s easy to digest. If someone’s reading your long form of content, without using images or screenshots, you could easily bore them to death. So use lots of visual data such as screenshots, Infographics, memes etc to make your formating really compelling.
Link to others frequently: Want more comments? Start leaving comments on other blogs. Want more shares? Share other’s stuff first. Want more incoming links? Then, frequently start linking out to others from your posts.
Email others when you mention someone. A simple email such as “Hey! I just mentioned you in my article” can go a long way. Just make sure you are not spamming them to link to your posts. Don’t beg others for the links, earn them.
If there’s any single strategy to create content that pulls more links, traffic and social shares, that would be “Skyscraper technique”. This was originally coined by Brian Dean from backlinko who built an authority blog in the SEO industry within a year! So he knows what he talks about and more importantly I have personally use this strategy countless times and it worked every single time.
Basically, skyscraper technique is all about getting high quality backlinks and social shares by creating content that is proven to go viral. Here are the 3 major steps that are involved in this strategy.
- Find out the list of highly shareable content ideas
- Create content based on your ideas, but make your content a “one stop guide”
- Reach out to the right people to increase your blog exposure
I discussed the beginner’s guide to skyscraper technique that aimed to teach how extremely beginners can use it to grow their traffic and backlinks.
How to get more comments on every blog post you publish
Write captivating headlines: Did you know that 8 out of 10 people read your headlines to decide whether or not to click on your links? Headlines are everything. The simplest way to grow your traffic is to write powerful headlines. You can use free tools such as Portent to come up with unlimited number of viral blog post headlines. Try it, thank me later.
Respond to everyone: Want to double your blog comments? Respond to everyone! It’s as simple as that. Have ever read posts from Neil Patel? Although he’s always busy in conferences, running few million dollar online businesses, he always spends time on responding to most of the comments on his posts. No wonder he gets 100 comments at an average for every post he publishes on QuickSprout.
Ask people to comment: When your audience make it to the end to read your blog posts, they will gladly do whatever call to action you give them. Simply, ask their feedback, ask them to comment on your posts or end your blog posts with a question. This can instantly creates impact on your readers and you will see great results just by asking them to comment on your posts.
Reward your visitors who leave comments: Whenever someone takes time to leave comments on your posts, it’s your job to value their time. Reward them. Put a top commentator widget on your footer or sidebar and display their faces. This attracts more people to start leaving comments on your blog posts.
When you are starting out, rewarding your blog commenters can go a long way. You can also start leaving comments on their blogs, give them feedback about their sites or linking to their posts if they are relevant.
Start leaving 30 to 40 comments every single day: If nothing else works, start spending time on leaving thoughtful comments on other blogs every single day. This works always in getting more comments on your posts. I would highly recommend you to make a list of 50 to 100 blogs in your industry or use “your niche + blogs” keyword on Google to easily find all the blogs. You can also join the relevant forums in your niche, start participating with them in the discussion to get more blog exposure.
Just in case, if you are wondering how you can create quality content without any hassle, I’ve tips for that too. Here are 3 productivity tips that help you create content really faster.
- Turn off everything: You need to kill the distraction. Turn off all the notifications including Email, IM, Facebook, twitter etc. Just focus on writing your content. It’s better if you have a “specific hour” for just writing. I usually write in the morning around 6 to 8 and it works really well for me. If possible, unplug your Internet connection. This alone can save you a lot of time to write your blog posts really faster. You can research the data and put it in front of you while creating content.
- Just focus: Focus on writing content. Focus on your words. Don’t think about your typos or editing part while you are writing. It just kills your precious time and you will never be able to finish off your task. Make it a habit of edit your whole content only after you are done with your writing. And make sure to re-read your stuff multiple times to write flawless content.
- Use Google Docs: It allows you to write flawless content every single time. And it’s easier to save and access your content anytime you want. It works offline too!
Final thoughts on creating contagious content
Content is really king. If you want to build a better audience for your blogs, you can’t ignore the content you provide to them.
The value of your brand is directly proportional to the content you provide to your blog audience. So spend quality time on crafting compelling content. Did you know that most successful online marketers like Pat Flynn, Leo Widrich, Neil Patel spends as much as 10 hours on every single post they write? They know the importance of creating killer content and they also know that it takes a lot of time from research to finish.
So what’s stopping you to create content that attracts more links, shares and comments? Implement the strategies discussed in this guide and let me know if you have any questions, I’d be glad to respond to you in the comment section below.
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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