The power of a good expert roundup post can really transform your blog from a nobody to a blogging superstar and in no time at all.
You have a list of experts that have all contributed, this is a list of people that will be more than happy to share your content. If you have done your homework and these influencers have a bigger following than yours, then you can be sure of a massive boost.
You can take this further though to make sure that you get maximum exposure. This adds value to the people that are featured but also gives you a bigger boost.
A Win-Win For Everyone!
Here is an example of my most recent roundup: How To Create A Killer Expert Roundup Post That Builds Links & Social Shares
I decided to put my question to industry experts to make sure that I got the best results for the readers here at Blogging Tips.
I asked each one of the experts here…
How would you promote your next expert roundup post?
Some of the answers here were new to me so there is really something for newbies to more advanced internet marketers.
Let’s dive into the answers…
1. Andy Crestodina
If your strategy is to create “ego bait” and get the experts to promote the post, you can increase the likelihood by reducing the friction. Try any of the following:
- Add a “click to tweet” link. This will let them share it with a single click
- Link to posts on community websites or groups with a nudge for them to go like it or upvote it.
- Share it in the distant future with a quote and mention in the post. This will encourage them to share it again later on. Here’s what it might look like.
The trick is to be both friendly and persistent while making it as easy as possible for your contributors to help out.
2. Mike Allton
When I’m promoting a roundup post, there are essentially two phases or approaches.
The first is to promote it everywhere like any other article, making sure that my entire audience on multiple platforms has a chance to see it. I follow an extensive Blog Promotion Checklist to ensure that coverage.
Second, since there are influencers involved with the post, of course, I’m sure to mention them on the various shares. But there are additional opportunities now that others are involved in the post.
- Tag those experts on Facebook and Instagram.
- Mention 2 – 3 different influencers with each tweet.
- In the coming days, share an individual influencer’s graphic and a quote from the text. Repeat for each one.
- Pin each influencer’s graphic (you are creating graphics for each expert, right?)
- Write a follow-up blog post that highlights or analyzes the answers, or dives into specific points made.
- Host a live video panel with some or all of the experts to further discuss the topic.
- Use quotes from specific experts in future articles and link back to the roundup.
- Create a SlideShare presentation from the responses, and turn that into a YouTube/Facebook video.
Thus, not only do we get an initial spike in interest and traffic, we also get to fuel ongoing social media and content activities.
3. Jordan Kasteler
The nice thing about having influencers in your post is that you get to tap into all of their audiences when they want to share the piece they’re featured in.
Make it easy for them to share by providing them copy/paste snippets they can choose from to post to their audiences.
Aside from utilizing the influencer power, find out people they’re well connected to and who would want to share content their friends are featured in.
Using Buzzsumo, you can find influencers who have shared similar roundup posts before and reach out to them to share. Be sure to have plenty of posts/tweets that tag the individuals so they can easily re-share too.
4. Jason Quey
You can check him out at CoFoundersWithClass.com and Follow Jason on Twitter Here.
There are many ways of getting traffic to an expert roundup. Here are a few ideas:
- Make sure to let the experts know it’s live.
- Choose a topic that’s proven to be hot. In an interview with Aaron Orendorff, he shared how he used tools like Buzzsumo and Google Trends to find proven content. This led to creating posts that were the most shared on Copyblogger, Unbounce, and Shopify.
- Do good keyword research to find long tail keywords. Getting an initial bump in traffic is great. But good content promoters know SEO is what provides long-term value.
Even with a keyword said to get only 10 searches/month, Dan Shure was able to generate 110,000 unique visitors in two years by targeting the right keyword.
5. Tim Soulo
Actually, I would promote a roundup post the same way we promote any other post on Ahrefs Blog:
- Send an email to our subscribers;
- Share a post on Twitter & Facebook;
- Buy ads on Twitter & Facebook;
- Reach out to people who might enjoy this article.
In most cases that would be enough to help our article take off. And if we see that it performs really well, we might do a few more rounds of sharing it on social media, buying ads and reaching out to relevant people to increase the reach of our roundup further.
6. Ryan Biddulph
The easiest way to promote an expert round-up is to notify all bloggers featured through multiple channels. This is more about giving experts love versus trying to get anything out of the post.
Example: I’d email each blogger featured but then I’d tag them on Twitter, Facebook, G Plus and LinkedIn. Tagging fellow bloggers give them mad publicity and also alerts them to the post, so they promote it to their networks and email lists. It’s really like promoting on auto pilot once you tag the experts because these dynamos will do most of the promoting for you.
7. John Rampton
If I were to write an expert roundup post tomorrow, I would promote it on my social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
I’d do so at different points in the day when I know there is greater traffic looking at my pages to get the most interest.
I also have syndication relationships and would share the roundup piece with those contacts to see if they had any interest in posting it.
From there, I’d take any places where it was posted and create a press mention that is featured on my blog with links to the article.
8. Tor Refsland
Let me flip it around.
If you were to publish an expert roundup post tomorrow, how would you promote this post to get more traffic?
Your answer would be depending on one single question…
How freakin´ important is it for you to get massive exposure to your post?
If it´s not that important, you´ll just email your email list and post on your standard social media platforms, right?
In other words, no massive exposure for you.
If you answered that it was FREAKIN´ important to get massive exposure to your post, then your answer would be completely different, right?
Your answer would then be…
…that you would promote the post like your life was depending on it.
Everywhere and to anyone that you think it might be a good fit for.
That being said, few people will actually do that.
Because getting uncomfortable is scary as heck.
I was recently able to 20x the revenue in my business through business coaching.
Do you think I had to get out of my comfort zone in order to do that?
I sure did.
Do you think it was worth it?
9. Adam Connell
Before I talk about exact strategies to promote these posts, let’s talk about potential.
Even with a minimal amount of promotion, expert roundups (or group interviews as I call them) can get some impressive results when you get the right question, and the right combination of participants.
The last one of these posts I published on Blogging Wizard received a few thousand shares, along with 5,000+ visits within just a few days. Crazy right?
Now, I’ve published a bunch of these posts before but with the latest one I tried something different. And the results were amazing.
Here’s what I did:
I picked out the most actionable tips from each response and repurposed them into an infographic.
Then, I partnered with two other companies. 24Slides.com created the infographic and TweakYourBiz.com hosted the infographic.
This bagged us an extra 2,000+ shares, and 35,000+ more visits.
And that’s with minimal promotion.
How I’d promote a group interview/expert roundup post:
The specifics of the strategy would depend on the post and how much time I’ve got available.
But in general, a bare minimum would be:
- Share on niche social bookmarking sites (e.g. N4G.com for video games and Inbound.org for marketing)
- Email to participants (include links for them to vote up on niche bookmarking sites)
- Email to your own list
- Schedule multiple social shares, tagging participants to roll out over the next few months (use quotes & benefit driven descriptions)
- Reach out to your peers (friends, business contacts etc)
- Boost with paid social (Facebook and StumbleUpon Ads for example)
Additional steps could include:
- Email outreach (resource outreach, broken link building etc)
- Repurpose into an infographic & support that with its own promotional campaign (you could have another site host it to get extra traffic)
- Repurpose into a Slideshare presentation & schedule more shares, tagging participants
- Quote parts of the post in Quora answers
Most of the above will apply to any blog post, and it’s only a snapshot of what can be done.
Ultimately, how you would promote your own expert roundup would depend on the post itself, your niche and how much time you have available.
The truth is that a lot of what works in some niches doesn’t work in others. It’s all about finding what works for you and your audience. So be prepared to experiment, get creative and adjust the recipe for your own blog.
10. Gael Breton
Alright so now you have your roundup post live, how do you make it gain momentum? I think of content promotion in terms of concentric circles. Content that already has a lot of shares and social proof is easy to promote so step 1 is to get some basic action going.
For this, I go with the low hanging fruits. These are usually:
- Email my email list
- Send a push notification
- Share on various social networks
- Spend $20 – 50 retargeting my visitors on Facebook
Once you have done this, it shouldn’t be too hard to hit 100 likes/shares on your social counters, maybe a few comments. From that point, I go to the next circle: the people that responded.
I email them telling them the post is live, getting them to share it and comment it.
After this is done I go to the last circle: people I don’t have a relationship with. Usually, I follow the skyscraper outreach method where I send the link to people linking/sharing similar content and ask for either a link or a share depending on what’s suitable.
At this point, the post has a lot of shares, comments, and social proof and this makes it a lot easier to get a yes.
10. Greg Elfrink
I actually just did one of these on the Empire Flipper’s blog here.
The first thing is, I wanted to make sure the content was really great. In this case, it was case studies and tutorials (with a few services thrown in that I really like). Once the post went live, I reached out to all of these people. Many of them I was already friends with on facebook or had met at conferences, so had a somewhat personal relationship with them already. I sent them a message saying that I had featured their content on our blog as part of my best posts of 2016 round up, and instantly had many of these influencers sharing our posts with their following.
A round up post is supposed to use other people’s credibility to promote the post, so I think the best way is letting the influencer know they have been featured and have that person hopefully promote it via their social media and email lists. The round up post is also a powerful post for more than just link building or social shares – it can create long-term relationships with that influencer which can lead to real content collaboration down the road.
11. Janice Wald
- I would contact the person I interviewed and ask them to share my interview on their social media.
- I would tweet about the interview, include the link, and @ and the respondent’s Twitter name. I would include “Please Retweet”.
- I would promote the post on Google + and include them in my description of my article. On Google+ you type + and their name to notify them.
- I would promote the post the way I promote my other posts– I promote in Facebook groups, on Twitter repeatedly, and I put the graphic on Pinterest. My last expert interview I also promoted on BizSugar.
12. Patrick Coombe
For an expert roundup post, I’d really go the manual route. The biggest draw that these posts have is they get shared by the people that were featured in them, and they tend to be link magnets so I would look for people that have done so in the past. Many times, these people are not the major influencers. If you look at the “big” influencers in our industry, for example, Rand Fishkin he is always in expert roundup posts but he almost never links or shares them. Not saying anything bad about him, he is just very busy and only posts selective things. So look for roundup posts in the past that has people that have a tendency to share them. Personally, I don’t share every roundup post I’m featured in as I get at least 1-2 requests per week.
Next, I think everyone should consider re-structuring their roundup posts so they don’t look like roundup posts. People are starting to get immune to them, so I’d structure them as a normal blog post with featured insights from key experts within the post. I’ve always been of the opinion that the more automated you get with your marketing (outreach, email, social, blogging) the less personal it seems.
13. James Norquay
To promote the expert roundup post I would start by running a paid campaign via Adwords and Facebook. Do a simple boost to your post about your roundup to really increase the reach of the post.
Another method to get your new roundup post out there is to buy space on other people’s websites. This opens your reach to new influencers.
Remember not everyone will have the same contacts so reaching out to your own even if they aren’t featured can open up more reach for your post. They might even have extra to add to the post which increases its value.
14. Donna Merrill
Once I have written my expert roundup and published it is time to promote my next roundup post. First of all, I’d begin by sharing it with content curators who, my research indicates, should be interested in the topic.
Then, I would work closely with my expert contributors to make sure they know the best ways to promote it themselves, post-publication.
Do not assume that just because someone might be an expert in their niche, that they are necessarily expert promoters.
Do some follow-up work with them to inquire what they’ve done, or intend to do.
Always offer to help them work out a content marketing strategy to make sure all their followers have been made aware of their participation in the project.
Make sure they know how much they will benefit from their participation, not only in the writing of the post but also marketing it.
This can go a long way toward incentivizing contributors to promote as much, and as meaningfully, as possible.
Additionally, I would employ some blogger outreach strategies, myself.
They might include things like mentioning my roundup post in Facebook groups and other social media gatherings.
It could also mean repurposing the post or reprinting it on various other blogging platforms such as Tumblr or LinkedIn Pulse.
Writing entirely new content or spinning off some of the ideas presented in the roundup, could become new blog posts on my blog, or on other content and blogging sites.
I would even do a series of videos to publish on YouTube.
Each video would be a summary of some major point that was developed in the roundup.
The videos would link back to my roundup post.
To maintain a steady flow of traffic to my post, I would periodically write a new blog post that could naturally link back to my original roundup.
In that sense, subsequent blog posts could be used to link back to my roundup as a sort of content enhancement or upgrade.
15. Codrut Turcanu
It takes me 2 weeks to write an expert roundup, and the same goes for the promotion strategy.
Hard work pays off! That’s something most people wouldn’t like dealing with.
My promo technique is actually a combo strategy between Twitter mentions and e-mail outreach.
Plain and simple. It works, try it for yourself and share your results with us.
16. Dave Schneider
We’ve been using our own blogger outreach and marketing tool called NinjaOutreach as well as the methodology of influencer marketing to promote our business and any content we produce, which includes expert roundup posts. We’ve been doing this for more than a year and so far this strategy has worked well for us. We have no plans to change track anytime soon.
The gist of it is finding the people who have already volunteered to be in an expert roundup post, and then launching an outreach campaign to them. Because they already participated before, they are more likely to be receptive to it again. Then, after you publish the post, reach out to those same people asking them to share it with their audience, and most of them will.
17. William Harris
I’m a fan of the personal touch. The influencers that I reached out to, took the time to write something specific for me to use, so I like to write a specific email to them.
Of course, I start with a base template to be more efficient, but I still like to manually reach out to them when I can.
I also have a spreadsheet with all of their twitter handles that I like to tweet out to when the post goes live, and I tag them on Google+ and Linkedin when I share it there. They shared their tip because they wanted the exposure as well, so I try to make sure I give them credit anywhere that I share the article.
18. Donna Moritz
After seeing so many bloggers jump into expert roundups as the big way to get their blog on the map, I am going to give a little tough love here. Firstly, focus on building relationships with other bloggers and experts, and spend some time sharing their content and getting to know their blogs before reaching out so they recognize you. With so many expert roundups, influencers are starting to make very quick decisions about which emails they respond to, as there are only so many hours in the day.
Instead of doing a post with a gazillion experts on it, consider reducing the number of experts and going deep with some quality tips. Your readers are more likely to read it (nobody has time to read 97 tips!). Your experts will feel more valued and your post won’t look like every other expert roundup that is all about getting you traffic. Most importantly, lean less on the experts to promote your post (as they get dozens of these requests every week) and find ways to show that you are taking the lead and promoting your post in savvy ways too. Add an infographic, create a Slideshare, embed shareable images on the post that the influencers can share more easily. Don’t leave all the work up to the experts! They are busy enough and they are already doing you a big favor by writing your content for you, so take the lead and show them you are doing all you can to share their tips.
Do some of these things and you will get a yes every time and the experts will share without question. And you will never have to send an annoying “Did you get my last email” email to harass them to comment and share.
19. Jennifer Van Iderstyne
Really, like any piece of content, it comes down to audience targeting. Knowing who you want to reach and what you want them to do from the outset and writing to achieve those goals. To get there, it also helps to thinks strategically about the experts you include and their level of individual authority.
If your goal is to get traction by having the participants contribute heavily to spreading the piece then their personal level of pride for being included is a factor. For that, you want to look toward emerging professionals who are working on building their own experience profiles and reputations. This method is more likely to have greater buy-in and share probability within their networks.
Another approach is to target experts who are the bonafide leaders in their space with established respect, credibility and name recognition among their peers and newer professionals as well. An aggregation of more recognized experts will probably be less successful as vanity bait, but it may also have more provocative insight. That aspect will appeal to the growth oriented crowd who will find value in the content and will see sharing as providing value to their networks.
Also, with expert roundups, broad questions will get a wide array of answers and often have high-level theoretical responses. Whereas more specific questions will often contain more actionable ideas and reveal more process based patterns. Depending on the popularity of the specific subject matter, and the timing of the piece, that may also create more potential for momentum.
20. Greg Narayan
Create a strong focus keyword phrase for the entire post, optimize the UX of it with a simple layout, link to it internally, and generally give it strong organic SEO for long-term traffic.
Can you tell I’ve been working with Yoast and reading their finest posts lately?
Once you’ve published the thang, politely nudge the experts inside the post to give it a share. It’s a great way to build long-lasting niche relationships and if you round up 50 experts and 1/4 say they’ll share it, that’s 12.5 authoritative shares!
21. Dom Wells
Well, the whole point of an expert roundup post is that the experts promote it for you. However, to make things work better I’d do the following:
a.) Include a “click to tweet” link in my email letting them know the post is live, making it very easy for them to click it and tweet it out. Something like this
Thanks for taking part in this post, it’s now live! I’d love it if you could share this with your audience, click here to tweet it.
b.) If the post topic is relevant to something like inbound.org, I would also ask them to upvote it there, or on Reddit, or something similar.
c.) I would feature fewer experts. A lot of expert roundup posts are filled with something like 50 experts or more, which is great if you just want them to tweet it out, but nobody really reads posts that long unless they are on a hot topic no-one has blogged about recently, or unless it’s one of the first expert roundup posts they’ve read.
Most of them are just too long.
To make your post stand out more, include fewer people, provide an easy access summary of answers, and make it a lot easier to read the whole thing. Then people will be much more likely to link to it
22. Tori Reid
Carefully target your experts and the rest will follow.
Make sure their audiences are plentiful, targeted, and engaged with the content they have to offer. But the most important (and often missing) piece is to make sure the content they typically offer aligns with what you’re providing in the roundup.
For example it’s better to grab blogging experts to provide input about blogging rather than approach a nutrition expert that just happens to have a successful blog.
The blogging expert’s followers are interested in blogging (which is what you’re writing about in this case), while the nutritionist’s followers are just interested in nutrition and won’t care when the nutritionist shares a roundup about something outside of their niche.
Once you publish the roundup, most of the experts in the roundup will love to share the post with their plentiful, engaged, and highly targeted audience — sending plenty of traffic to everyone who contributed to the article.
23. Albert Mora
The promotion of an expert roundup post is the same as any piece of content, you’ve got to take a holistic approach:
- Use Facebook ads to get in touch with your target audience
- Email your list (you should have one!)
- Use your social channels to spread the word
- Send an email to your friends/acquaintances asking them to share your roundup
- Submit it to Reddit and/or communities related to the topic of the roundup (inbound.org, blogengage…)
- Use HARO (https://www.helpareporter.
com/) to get in touch with relevant journalists
- Leave comments on blogs related to your roundup
- Perform naked conga in a famous event (oh wait! forget that one)
24. Sean Falconer
The very first step is I contact all the experts that contributed and let them know that the article is live and that I’d love their help sharing it out.
Second, I contact every expert I contacted that did not contribute and also let them know the article is live. Sometimes they will share the article as well and it’s also a great way to build up your relationship with them so that next time you need their help, they are more likely to contribute.
At this point, we move into our regular content promotional phase of social media interaction, sharing with people that care about the topic, and link building outreach.
If the experts are part of specific companies, down the line I will periodically schedule Tweets about the article with the company’s @ mentioned, these will typically lead to retweets and a new bump in traffic for the piece.
25. Evgeniy Garkaviy
Like most contents I create these days, I will start promoting my next expert roundup post on social media. I know that Facebook is the largest social media, but I like twitter better and have a stronger presence there so I will start on twitter. I will then promote it on Facebook and G+.
Once the social media promotion using my own assets is completed, I will encourage experts featured on the roundup to promote it too. I manually contact people who participated and let them know that roundup is live. In most cases, they are very happy to share on their social networks.
Once the social media promotion phase if completed, I will then move to SEO. I will build links to the post to make it appear as high as possible on SERPs.
26. Sean Si
The best way to promote an expert roundup is to actually ask the experts to promote it.
I don’t see any other reason why I would write an expert roundup than tapping on the circle of influence of those experts themselves 🙂
That should bring you an almost sure-fire, instantaneous amount of eyeballs.
27. John Hall
A great way to promote a piece of content is to utilize LinkedIn as much as possible.
A big recommend of mine is to republish articles or blog posts to LinkedIn’s publishing platform. That way your LinkedIn profile not only hosts all your content in one place but LinkedIn’s platform will distribute it into the feeds of those that would find it the most interesting and who aren’t necessarily connected to you, helping to expands your reach and influence.
I also encourage people to share their content within certain LinkedIn groups they’re members of if they think other members of that particular group will find the content helpful.
28. Eli Seekins
I’m a naturally timid marketer. I’ve always struggled with asking. And simply asking makes a big difference. I know this and have been pushing myself to step more out of my comfort zone. For example, I don’t really feel comfortable asking experts to link to my roundups. I’d rather them naturally want to link to it because of the quality and relevance of the content. So my #1 strategy is always first to create epic content that people love and want to share.
That being said, it’s still important to actually actively promote your content. The simplest and easiest way to do this is to ask the contributors to share and possibly link to your post when you let them know that it’s live. Organic SEO is my favorite. Writing guests posts that link back to the roundup, and linking to your roundup in your other blog posts are some more simple strategies. Having a social media strategy can obviously help as well.
Expert roundup posts are very popular right now. But I think we will start seeing them evolve and get more creative. For example, I’ve been wondering lately, what would happen if you paired a roundup post with other content like videos or multiple guest posts or even an infographic to make the content even more shareable? I’m excited to experiment with some of these ideas this year.
29. Lilach Bullock
The beauty of expert round up posts is that they basically promote themselves, particularly if you have some influential people on your list.
In most cases, the experts who have participated will want to promote your post as it includes them and their links. That said, it doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do promote it as well.
Start by teasing your email subscribers with your upcoming project and then send them an email once it’s done.
Social media is a given, but you can also try submitting your post to content sharing communities.
There’s a lot that you can do, but at the end of the day, it’s the experts in your post that will truly help you promote it, especially as a new blogger.
30. Brian Lang
Asides from letting the participants know that the post is live, do the same things you would do to promote any other blog post.
Share on social media, reference it in future posts and possibly
do an outreach to let others know about it.
31. Maddy Osman
For each contributor, create a custom Click to Tweet that summarizes their most important takeaway. This will encourage not only the expert to share their own summarized takeaway but also readers who are struck by certain points.
A Click to Tweet makes sharing a no-brainer and is a call to action on top of more traditional share buttons.
Adding these buttons to your website is simple. All you need to do is install the Click To Tweet Plugin found here.
When you are in the post editor of WordPress you will see a little button for the plugin. Simply, type in or paste your quote in the emerged box, click OK – and that’s it.
32. Ravi Chahar
Sometimes an email can be annoying because of the hectic schedule of the experts, you can’t expect them to read your email.
For a beginner, the best places are the social media platform and other blogs.
You know that Facebook is a platform where you can promote your content. And you know what, it’s human nature to get enticed by the experts.
I would say that the more you use your personal profile more would be the output. People have a keen interest in knowing the success mantras of the experts.
Use Facebook groups, LinkedIn groups. As you know, LinkedIn is the biggest professional network and you can get more exposure than ever before.
How can someone forget about Twitter? Whether you’re promoting your simple post or a roundup post, Twitter is one of the best platforms. Mention the experts in your tweet.
When we talk about blog commenting, it gives you more than just the exposure.
“Visit the blog of every expert you have featured and comment on their latest post.”
Maybe your email can’t work but no one can deny that humans are crazy about being noticed and they want to spread it to the world. And that’s what would give you more positive results.
33. Ben Brausen
Social media is the best way to promote expert roundups. Sharing these posts with your well-aligned audience will get it seen fast and tagging other experts from the roundup will likely result in retweets from them, which further spreads the content.
Paid social should always be part of your promotional plan too. Even just a few dollars can make a big difference and get your content in front of hundreds or thousands of eyes. Any that view your roundup via paid promotion have the potential to share it with their own audiences too, resulting in even greater distribution. You’d be surprised at what just $20 can return.
34. Louie Luc
Publishing a new piece of content is not even half of what you need to do regarding your content strategy. You might even be the best writer in the world and come up with the best and most interesting articles, but if you don’t promote your content the proper way, you’re dead in the water. Here’s what I do to promote my next expert roundup post.
First, I would make sure to ask my expert roundup participants to share it with their followers, subscribers and maybe even refer to my post on their websites. Then, I would email my list subscribers and tell them about the post and I would also share it with my social network followers. If need be, I would even consider other promotion strategies like advertising, for example, to give it an even greater boost.
35. Mike Martyns
I think it’s really important to let your entire network know about your new resource. The first thing I do is to tell all my social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram etc…).
My main goal would be to boost the reach on each of these so I would tag people I know will be interested in the comments. I will also tag people that are featured!
The last thing to expand the reach would be to add some paid Facebook ads and let my email list know about the new expert roundup. I would make sure that I mention the well-known people in the email to encourage my list to come over and check it out.
36. Clara Jeronimos
You really need to know what you are doing when it comes to content production. Trust me! The first time I’ve ever published an expert roundup on one of my websites I didn’t promote it as well as I should / could.
The outcome? About… zero visitors (from those that really mattered). The second time? Well… I spend a ton of money trying to target the wrong audience only for nothing.
Now that I have learned it the hard way and have a clearer picture of what I need to do, I always set my little plan of action to make sure I don’t forget to share anything. I share it everywhere (and that means social networks, mailing lists, press releases) and almost ‘beg’ my roundup participants to share it everywhere too. I also reach out to other bloggers in the same niche or in a closely related niche to see if they interested in reading my post (and maybe even sharing/linking to it).
37. Katy Manniche
To answer this question I’ll tell you what I’m planning to do to promote my new expert roundup that is still in the making. I will check my participants’ most loyal followers (those who always comment and share their posts) and warn them that their favorite bloggers have just been featured on a fresh and exciting roundup post where they’ve shared some awesome new tips.
After that, besides (obviously) asking my participants to share the post with their followers and I have shared it with my audience as well, I’m going to run a few ad campaigns on Facebook targeting a specific kind of audience that might be interested in this topic.
38. Tim Blaustein
I believe that content promotion might even be more important than the content itself. If you don’t know how to promote your content, you need to learn how to do it really fast or else… you’re just writing for the emptiness and void.
My best content promotion that I would apply to put my next expert roundup in front of a larger audience is asking my invited experts if they are willing to share the post where they have been so prominently featured with their followers and subscribers. If they can link to it or simply just mention it on their websites that would make my day! When they do it, I get a huge spike in traffic and it really gets the ball rolling in regards to content promotion.
Then if new opportunities come to me (like people commenting and sharing) I make sure to take advantage of them to further promote my content.
39. Zac Johnson
I’ve been using expert round ups for my own sites and other partner sites for a while now. They work extremely well for a few different reasons, but mainly because of the wide range of expert content that is being provided and also how each expert continues to promote the content after the round up goes live. No matter what niche or industry you are currently in, make sure your experts are answering a question that your audience will find value in, and even better if you can monetize it with a final call to action in the process.
This is all part of the promotion part, which is extremely important. There are currently over a billion active websites on the internet, and the last thing we all really need is more content. With this in mind, just create better content and continue to focus more effort on promoting it — expert roundups being a perfect example.
To make the most out of your next round up, don’t just forget about it after it goes live… this is actually when the real work takes place. Reference it in other articles, reach out to your experts for continued social promotion and also email them to let them know how the promotion is going. If they are you are putting the work in to help promote their expertise, they will likely do the same for you as well.
40. Sue Anne Dunlevie
For promoting expert roundup posts, I do my part by sharing it on social media and I make sure to tag all the participants. It can take a bit more time, but it really helps get not only their attention (so they can easily comment and share the post) but gets the attention of others.
41. Nathan Gotch
Start by targeting a keyword, so that the expert roundup will perform well in Google. A roundup can perform well in organic search because A) they usually have long word lengths and B) they can attract large amounts links and social shares. Bringing me to my next point… The best way to promote an expert roundup is through the people who participated in it. If you picked the right people, they will likely have an established audience of their own. Most will freely share the roundup. And for those that don’t, just ask them to.
42. David Leonhardt
Make it easy for your guests to promote. It is in their best interest to share the post, but they are busy. My steps are as follows:
1. Post to social media, such as FaceBook, Google Plus, LinkedIn, etc, tagging the participants so that some of them will get emails and visit the social media posts.
2. Send the social media URLs by email to those participants. Don’t just send them the blog URL, but also the FaceBook URL and the LinkedIn URL and the Twitter URL (or a ClickToTweet URL).
3. Ask them to share or reshare or retweet. Just as with any sales pitch, influencers respond to calls to action, so be straightforward in what you want them to do.
4. Getting the post on ViralContentBee and JustRetweet can also help, as with any blog post. Those platforms help you get exposure from so many other social media users.
43. Adam Steele
If I want a post to be successful, I need to make time for preparation. That’s first and foremost. If it takes 1 month, so be it. Have a plan for exactly how you are going to promote it, well before you start putting the content together, or sending out emails. When I do get around to sending out emails, I really want to encourage ownership. The more people feel like they had a part in the success of the post, the more they will share it. They should also know, the more successful the post, the more value it will have from a referral traffic or SEO perspective. They control how worthwhile the time they spend writing will be. Strict timelines are key. Let them know one which days you will be doing what, and stick to it. If you are going to be posting on X, you don’t post on Y. And you give them a couple days heads up, with the link so they can toss it in their Buffer, or hand it over to their PR team. On the day it goes live because you prepared, you know where you are going to post it, you’ve written and queued up the tweets, etc. You know the communities you’ll share it in. You’ve spoken to the folks who’ve kindly agreed to share it. And you make it easy for them. Click to tweet style links are really helpful. Again, if you’ve prepared you’ve thought of all this stuff. Finally if budget is available, I am taking the emails of the people contributing, as well as whatever email lists I’ve created that are targeted to this purpose, and I am creating a lookalike campaign in Facebook alongside an entirely separate one based on my own suspected ideal targeting.
44. Marcus Svensson
Expert roundup post is similar to any other post on one’s blog and to my mind it should be treated similarly. That’s said, I would take exact the same steps to promote my expert roundup as the other blog posts, which include sharing a post on social media platforms, send it within an email marketing campaign, etc. But the main distinguish between promoting a regular post and an expert roundup is in the possibility to tag those experts on the social media channels. Moreover, the mentioned experts tend to share the post through their networks which means it may result in even more traffic boost to your blog.
The one tactic that is not widely known is adding the new experts’ contributions to the existing post. This will cause a new wave of social sharing which as the result will give an already forgotten expert roundup a small Google boost.
45. Harsh Agrawal
Since expert roundups are mainly targeted at B2B audiences, I would definitely go with LinkedIn promotion first.
Sure, you can always use Facebook and Twitter to share it with your B2C readers. But if your roundup is packed with amazing tips, you shouldn’t have any problems getting other experts to share it, comment on it, and otherwise engage with your post.
Another place I wouldn’t ignore is of course YouTube. With a good strategy and some YouTube SEO, you can get a long way. Making a short presentation of each expert’s answers can be a good way to have a constant flow of content and linking to your original post in the video can expand your reach.
It goes without saying that you should tag the experts everywhere you can to credit them right off the bat and also to get more exposure.
It’s Over To You
If you have yet to experience the power of a well produced expert roundup post, well you are seriously missing out on some serious exposure.
It’s not the expert’s job to promote your post but in my experience, most will. Just remember you are getting free content.
Respect that and show the experts you care by promoting it for them. If you want success in internet marketing, you need to get away from take, take, take!
Start to give give give!
What has your experience been from an expert roundup post?
How About Helping Versus Pitching Top Bloggers?
I often get pitched guest post ideas from bloggers I do not know. Although I appreciate the offer I never take up these folks on their offer because I do not know them, their brand or anything they do. No way do I have the time to actually research the individual; I am a busy bee. Another email bites the dust. I either ignore the email or note guest posting closed long ago on my blog, then include a link to one of my eBooks, like this branding eBook.
Who guest posts on my blog? People who generously helped me, asked for nothing, expected nothing and relaxed. Relaxing is key. Bloggers who help me from a chill vibe often befriend me if they practice writing to hone their blogging skills. From there, opportunities multiply fast. Sweet backlinks on top blogs often flow your way. Traffic and profits increases slowly, steadily expand over time. Blogging buddies supply you with blog post ideas through their questions and problems. Everything grows because you helped top bloggers versus pitching them aka asking them for help. Even if you pitch a valuable guest post idea, the guest post idea serves no value unless you publish the guest post on a trusted, authority blog boasting a huge, loyal readership. Pitches seem worthless until content and links actually appear on top blogs, going live and public, for the world to see.
I often advise helping bloggers freely for months before considering any ask or pitch. Most times, blogging buddies invite you to guest post on their blogs. Blogging success flows to generous people because you get what you give. This is one of the advantages of blogging. Give freely, relax, trust in the process and receive easily. Place your needs to the side. Take care of your fellow blogger. Help them out via a retweet, Facebook Share or perhaps by promoting the blogger on your blog. Nobody needs to struggle blogging. Nobody needs to spend 4 hours daily sending blind pitches to blogging strangers. How about this? Spend those 4 hours patiently, persistently and generously helping people in your blogging niche. Help fellow bloggers to earn their trust. Assist fellow bloggers to befriend fellow bloggers. The split second you earn the trust of any blogger, you plant seeds for a beautiful, thriving, warm friendship. Gaining the trust of fellow bloggers inspires traffic and profits to flow to you. Forget the concept of pitching. I pitched 2 people during my 6 years of running Blogging From Paradise. One blogger pitch served as an experiment with an established, pro blogger and the other pitch served as the direct way to guest post for a 2 million member blogging community.
My 13,500 plus backlinks on Blogging From Paradise flowed to me after I pitched only 2 souls. Imagine that for a second. Observe the raw power of making friends, helping people, expecting nothing and being generous. Capitalize on the passive element of befriending bloggers through generous service. Tonight I will spend 90 minutes walking around my neighborhood. During that hour and a half, my blogging buddies will promote my blog and spread my word. Ditto for my 8 hours of sleep tonight; my blogging buddies grow my traffic and profits around the clock, adding an immensely powerful, passive element to my blogging campaign.
Being generous has some serious perks.
Should You Blog About Everything?
Blog about everything? I know this idea may be on your mind. Newbie bloggers especially ponder the idea.
I know blogging about anything on your mind seems like a good idea to new or even struggling bloggers. Maybe you gain mojo because you post daily, blogging about anything popping up in your dome. But this is a bad idea. Nobody should blog about any and every topic for the clear reason that nobody follows a specific blogger based on the blogger’s random thoughts, save world famous celebrities who built up a big following through some other niche.
Imagine a movie star begins blogging. Movie stars boast tens of millions of fans around the globe. Anything the star does, people hang on their every word, right? Imagine the icon publishing posts on a wide range of topics interesting to them. People read because of the star, not because of the wide range of broad topics. But imagine being a new blogger with zero followers. No movie stars read this post. Readers head for the hills the moment you change topics because no jack of all trades bloggers build credibility. Who has the time, energy and focus to be an expert in 5, 10 or 20 niches? No one does.
Blog About Everything?
Humans specialize. Doctors and lawyers do one thing and do it well because where attention and energy goes, grows. Imagine if your doctor delivered mail and picked up garbage professionally, too, working 2 jobs in addition to their medical practice. Would you trust her doctor skills? No. Of course not. People trust specialists because specialists devote all professional time and energy to one venture. Generalists? Nobody trusts someone who tries to master 2 or 5 or 10 skills simultaneously because thousands of other people master 1 skill, in these areas. We follow specialists and trust specialists. Generalists fade away.
If you want to blog about everything just ponder the specialist versus generalist point. Blogging about everything is trying to be a generalist. Nobody trusts you. Even though blogging about everything seems easy, seamless and almost effortless, people stop following your blog on each topic change. Imagine blogging about puppies one day. People who love puppies find your post, read it, enjoy it and follow your blog. Tomorrow, you publish about Chinese food. Puppy readers – who followed you for puppy content – skip the post…..most stop following your blog because puppy fans want only puppy-themed content. You just lost readers, for good.
Change Topics Lose Readers
Visualize the following day; you publish about relationships. Everybody stops following your blog. Perhaps a few relationships-focused folks read the post. But you lose trust the moment you shift topics again. Ultimately, who builds a large, targeted, loyal following, blogging about relationships? Relationships bloggers who blog about relationships 100% of the time. Specialists devote all blogging energy to mastering one topic, spending thousands of hours covering the topic, become skilled and trusted in the niche, build credibility and become successful. All multi topic bloggers blogging about everything fade away and vanish.
The world makes room for specialists. Generalists? Nope.
Pick one blogging topic. Blog about one thing. Focus on one discipline. Be a specialist, not a generalist, to be a leading blogger in your nice. Face your fear of releasing multiple passions to make room for a single passion. I know you fear letting go. I did too before creating Blogging From Paradise.
Google loves specialists too. Google turns its cyber nose down at generalists. I scanned a popular blogging key phrase a few moments ago. Guess what? I rarely note SEO but tidying up one blog post with some details for optimizing helped me reach page one on the search engine. Why? I specialize in the blogging tips niche. Apparently. Google interpreted through its complex algorithms that I published thousands of valuable blog posts on a single topic 100% of the time, virtually. Google traffic rocks. Impress the search engine gods by gaining search trust. Specialize. Stick to one blogging topic. Never blog about everything.
Let go the urge to blog about anything that comes to mind. New bloggers need release this notion to build the foundation for a successful blogging career. Specialize by picking one niche you love blogging about. Be a specialist, not a generalist, to succeed with your blogging campaign.
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Avoid this Blogging Wake Up Call to Enjoy the Journey
Blogging need not be a lesson in harsh wake up calls. You can and will largely enjoy the journey by knowing this: success finds generous bloggers. Let that idea firmly impress onto your mind. Be with it. Allow the idea to worm its way into your consciousness until being generous becomes part of your being. Helping people for free boosts your skills and increases your exposure. Skilled bloggers with massive exposure become successful.
But one wake up call seems to find most bloggers who refuse to learn this lesson. Bloggers need to struggle, fail and suffer because they try to get money and traffic by focusing solely on receiving methods, versus giving generously of their time and talents. Imagine this scenario; a blogger writes and publishes one blog post weekly. Cool. But the blogger sits around and does nothing else blogging-wise for the remainder of the week. Hmmmm…this is not being generous, guys. This is being stingy. Bad move. At week’s end, the blogger did not make a penny of profits. Panicking, the blogger immediately analyzes their various income streams. How can they maximize profits through the streams? What is wrong with their income streams? Did they pick the right streams? Or did they pick the wrong streams? What gives?
Struggling bloggers then spend 2, 3 or 5 hours analyzing their income streams, focusing all of their attention and energy on the GETTING aspect of their blogging campaign. Terrible idea. Why? The reason why you struggle to get is because you refuse to give generously of your time, energy and talents. The income streams? Nope; not a problem. Your lack of generosity is the problem. The wake up call is most bloggers focus heavily on getting when struggling to drive traffic and profits when they should be focused heavily on giving generously. Giving generously leads to greater blogging profits. Instead of writing and publishing one blog post weekly, how about writing and publishing 2-3 posts weekly, weaving some stories into your blog posts? How about you spend 4-8 hours daily generously reading blog posts, commenting genuinely on blog posts, promoting other bloggers and yes, promoting yourself, too?
Put in the giving time to make getting easier and easier. No need to slam into the cold, hard wake up call of focusing selfishly inward, trying to pin your struggles on inanimate, lifeless income streams. You have a giving problem, buddy. Time to be generous. Time to step it up. Write a guest post daily or perhaps, every 2-3 days. Go ahead. Do it. Begin video marketing. Build bonds with bloggers. Help them out. Practice writing. Gain invites to guest post on blogs from your niche. Blogging becomes more fun, more enjoyable and flat out easier if you put in the time, generously helping folks.
Focus heavily on giving. Your star will shine if you generously serve people. On the contrary, blogging and life become so much harder if you obsess over your income streams, analyzing, over analyzing, focusing, wasting precious time and energy on getting, when you should be giving more freely. Blogging feels more fun, too, when you focus heavily on giving, because we were designed to give, to be generous and to serve folks. Doesn’t it feel amazing to help people? Of course, it does. Enjoy the blogging journey and avoid this painful wake up call….plus….you get to sleep in, hehehe 😉
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