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How We Used Content Marketing to Generate Over $100,000 In A Single Year

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In the year 2018, we generated $106,000 from our blog Bloggers Passion.

Do you want to know how we did it? The credit goes to the content marketing strategy we used on our blog.

Content marketing is all about creating content that sells itself. It helps you create content that not only drives more traffic and leads but also huge profits.

If you’re curious to find out how to increase your sales using content marketing, this post is a treat for you. Let’s get started without further ado.

Keyword research plays a big role

When it comes to content marketing, you need two main things.

Without the above two things, you simply can’t build a profitable website that actually makes profits in the long run.

That being said, we spend a ton of time on coming up with topic ideas. Keyword research is where we also spend most of our time. We know using the right keywords can dramatically increase our website’s search engine traffic and overall sales.

If you’re not getting the traffic you deserve, you might be ignoring keyword research process.

Finding better keywords is not hard though. Here are few simple yet most effective tips you can use to come up with great keyword ideas that increase your overall website sales and traffic.

  • Always target long tail keywords as they contain 4 to 6 (or even more) keywords which are easier to rank for as they usually have low monthly searches.
  • Start using the right tools to find low competitive keywords and we highly recommend you to check out tools like SEMrush, Ubersuggest, Ahrefs etc as they give a ton of information (along with search volume, CPC, trend, keyword difficulty).
  • Understand the searchers intent when performing keyword research as you should know what your target audience are really looking for. Are they just looking for more information or discounts? Once you understand their intent, finding keywords becomes easy.
  • Keep an eye on your competitors keywords as you can use tools like SEMrush to find a list of all the keywords your competitors are using to generate more search traffic to their sites. You can use few of them to increase your own site’s traffic too.

Quick tip: Make sure to find low search volume keywords (generally below 1000 monthly searches) and high CPC keywords to easily get higher rankings on Google along with highly qualified visitors to your site.

Don’t forget SEO

Content marketing and SEO both go hand in hand. You can’t ignore SEO if you want to use content marketing to earn huge profits online.

Here are few things that help you take your SEO to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

In-depth content is the key

Don’t write just another 500 word articles. They are not going to work. No matter what industry you are in, in-depth content performs well in search engines.

According to many case studies, publishing 2000+ word blog posts rank well in search engines like Google.

Have a look at recent case study done by SEO expert Brian Dean from Backlinko about the average content word count for top ranking pages on Google.

content length

By looking at the above illustration, you can understand that the average word count of a Google first page result is 1,890 words.

Just make sure you are not filling your content with fluff to make your content detailed. Include highly practical tips and techniques so your target audience can find your content useful.

Either hire a professional writer or spend quality time in creating highly informative content for your website as great content produces more social shares, backlinks, traffic and so on.

Your content should be in-depth, highly informative and educate your target audience about the products or topics you’re going to discuss. That’s how you create content that sells.

Side note: Here’s an excellent article on how to start a blog from scratch within 10 minutes.

Optimization

Learn how to properly optimize your keywords for search engines. Make sure not to ignore your target audience too as you need to satisfy both search engine crawlers and users to creating high converting content.

Here’s how you can optimize your blog posts to generate more search traffic.

  • Include your primary keyword in title tags, meta description and image alt tags.
  • Make sure to include your primary keyword in your URL (and keep it short and simple)
  • Use sub headings properly as you can sprinkle few relevant LSI keywords within your content to properly optimize it without actually stuffing any keywords repeatedly.

If you’re using WordPress, you should start using an optimization plugin like Yoast SEO as it helps you easily optimize your contents for specific keywords.

Backlinks

Backlinks are still so important if you want to get higher rankings in Google search as it considers links are “positive votes”. So the more quality links your content has the better rankings it will get.

Here are some ways to attract high quality links to your site.

  • Guest posting (as it works like a charm but make sure to find and land on those sites which have a good domain authority of above 50 and which are relevant to the topics you cover on your blog)
  • Press releases (you can also use HARO where you can help the reporters or journalists by giving information which is credible to build links)
  • You can also find and comment on do-follow comment enabled websites
  • You can also use the skyscraper technique (where you’ll find top performing content in your niche, create 10x content around the same topic to get more links and shares)

Proper monetization strategy is essential

At an average, we generated around $10,000 every month for a year. That’s how we were able to earn over $100,000 within one year i.e 2018.

The major credit goes to the monetization strategy we use at Bloggers Passion. Almost 80% of the income comes from selling affiliate products.

Affiliate marketing is the best way to earn passive income online. If you’re someone who’s looking to earn more even while you sleep, you must consider affiliate marketing.

That said, affiliate marketing is not easy.

It takes a lot of time to find the right content marketing strategy to earn decent commissions every single month. You should also be consistent with your blog posting frequency and drive as much traffic as you can from search engines like Google.

Here are few monetization strategies you can consider to make money from your blogs.

  • Affiliate marketing
  • Selling your own products
  • Offering services such as SEO, web design etc
  • Consulting
  • Selling online courses
  • Using display ads such as AdSense

If you’re just starting out, we highly recommend you to create a blog sales funnel as it helps you easily turn random website visitors into leads into customers.

Here are few things to consider to create a solid sales funnel that makes money in 2019.

  • Offer a lead magnet (you need an email list and offering incentives such as eBooks can help you quickly build and grow your email list)
  • Create landing pages (where you can offer your products or services)
  • Use Facebook ads (or SEO to drive more traffic to your landing pages)
  • Nurture your audience (you can educate your audience by creating highly targeted contents, videos, newsletter etc around the products or services you promote)
  • Start pitching your products (once you grab the attention of your blog audience, it gets easier to convince them to purchase your products)

Update, merge or redirect your content

Another biggest content marketing strategy most people ignore is this: harnessing the power of old contents.

What’s the point of creating new content if your existing content is not bringing you any traffic or sales already? You should better be spending your time and money on updating your old contents so you can get better results.

Here’s the same strategy we use when it comes to updating old content on Bloggers Passion.

Update, merge or redirect.

How does it work?

Update: Find a list of blog posts and pages which are already ranking well in Google and bringing your some traffic from search. The idea is to find at least 10 to 20 (or even more if you’ve hundreds of contents) blog posts which are sending you the most traffic from search engines.

Then, do some keyword research around each of those old blog posts to find highly relevant keywords (including LSI keywords) and sprinkle them within your content. Make sure to update your headlines, meta description, add few appealing images and new content to your existing posts to make them detailed and properly optimized for both Google and users.

Once you’re done with updating your old blog posts, fetch as Google from Google Search Console as it also lets you manually submit pages to Google’s search index, so you can quickly let Google know about changes to your site.

Merge: If you’ve a ton of contents already published on your site, the chances of having similar contents will be more. The key here is to find high traffic blog posts around similar topics and merge them together to make one piece of article extremely detailed.

Not only it helps you bring more traffic but also helpful for your target audience where they can find all the information they need around a topic on one particular page. It also helps you minimize duplicate or similar (or thin) content issues on your site which helps you increasing your overall search traffic in the long run.

Redirect: If you don’t find your old blog posts or pages useful to your target audience in any way, there’s no point of keeping them. Instead of deleting them (which leads to broken pages and 404 errors), use 301 redirects to redirect them to your best performing blog posts. That way, you’re giving more link authority to your existing and high performing contents.

Quick tip: If you’re using WordPress, you can use a free plugin called Simple 301 Redirects to seamlessly redirect existing pages to other pages without losing link juice.

Final thoughts on using content marketing to increase traffic and sales

One of the best ways to increase your online sales is to use content marketing.

Content marketing is a pull strategy as opposed as a push strategy which is using paid ads such as PPC ads, Facebook ads etc. Content marketing involves in topic research, content creation, promotion etc.

The best part about content marketing is that you will attract your prospects into your funnel that you can turn into leads and sales.

So did you find the content marketing tips mentioned above useful? Are you going to use content marketing to increase your sales in 2019?

Anil Agarwal is the guy behind Bloggers Passion blog where he blogs about blogging, SEO, affiliate marketing, making money online and Black Friday deals like Bluehost related topics.. He also owns HostingMonks.com, a blog dedicated to web hosting solutions.

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Conquering Blogging Fears Sometimes Involves Shedding Blogging Tears

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Build a list. Publish posts frequently. Guest post. Work harder.

I did all that stuff. I still struggled. You did all of it, too. Some of you at least.

But I bet you we were in the same boat years ago. Perhaps you sit in the boat of blogging despair now. You did it all. NOTHING seems to be working. Create value. Make connections. No traffic. No money. I can advise good things take time. Or I can say to be positive and be strong. In truth, being positive, patient and strong all are effective means to conquering your blogging fears.

Shedding tears is the quickest, most direct, simplest way to conquer blogging fears. Every fear is scary because fear frightens you. Crying out fears literally dissolves the fear-fuel; as tears shed, so do fears. Chip away; be present, relax, and allow fears and tears to flow in a quiet room.

Guys; until you face, feel and release fears, you cannot be generous, abundant, patient, persistent and prolific. Why? Fear is an anchor leading to:

  • writer’s block
  • general apathy
  • laziness
  • indecision
  • sloth

I can advise you to generously help people but if you feel bogged down by fear, you will ignore me because you just want to help yourself. See how far you get blogging-wise helping yourself. Expect to publish a cyber diary. Nobody reads self-centered bloggers but the blogger themselves.

Crying Leads to Shining

Last night I worked through the evening. Sickness mixed with energy surges inspired me to work then to meditate at 3 AM. Fatigue and allowing unearthed sadness in me; I cried uncontrollably for 10 minutes. Guess what? I immediately felt better, peaceful, poised, calm, grateful and generous. Perfect energy for accelerating my blogging success. But not crying out those energies creates a fear-burden sapping my generosity and abundance.

From my trip to Oman.

Do Not Be Tough Because Repressed Fear Leads to Endless Struggle

I have seen many struggling bloggers work 18 hour days doing smart stuff but injecting work with fear-strain-force. Guess what? Struggles ensue because you cannot get over what’s still in you. Do not be tough. Do not repress fear because fear will destroy your blogging campaign. Every struggle is fear. Every failure is fear. Feel fear – however unpleasant – to move along the struggle, to be generous, to trust and to succeed.

In my eBook: Creating the Mindset of a Successful Blogger

I explain thinking, feeling and acting like a pro leads to professional results. How can you think, feel and act like a pro blogger if you fear running out of money? How can you succeed if you deeply fear failure? How can you be a generous, trusting person if you feel terrified to spend time building bonds and creating content?

Fear makes you a blogging fool. Blogging fools spam people, publish thin content and fail forever until they face, embrace and release fears.

Cry it out. Seriously. I felt such a purge last night. I continue to predominantly feel amazing, light and relaxed by feeling whatever emotions arise in my being. Nobody enjoys feeling sad, but in the same vein, you will be completely blind to and fabulously ignorant of good, successful blogging advice if you feel burdened by sadness. Nobody succeeds in a happy, abundant way being saddled by fear and sadness. Let it go. Process your emotions not from logic, but from raw energy.

Once the tears go, then fears go. From that energy you are free to become a highly successful, prospering blogger because you act from an abundant, generous vibe.

 

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Why Do You Resist Writing eBooks?

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Writing and self-publishing eBooks scares bloggers.

I piddled in my eBook writing pants until 2012. People told me I should write ’em. I looked for every reason in the eBook NOT to write eBooks. Nobody would listen. Nobody would buy. Nobody would care.

Turns out, people listen, buy and care enough to publish 5 star reviews for my eBooks. Look at the featured image for this blog post describing this eBook:

7 Tips for Writing Successful eBooks Quickly

I locked down five, 5 star reviews because I taught my readers how to write successful eBooks fast. But years prior, fear clouded my mind concerning writing eBooks to the point of me refusing to write one. You may be in the same cyber boat; but you better not miss the eBook writing boat. Lucrative profits serve as one part of the picture. Digging deeper, writing eBooks brands you, distancing you from the herd. Plus you feel good writing short reads and gain trust and extra credibility in the eyes of readers.

Why Do You Resist Writing eBooks?

Fear is the core reason. Fear of failure, criticism or wasting time sit near the top of eBook-related fears. I did not know how to sit down and write the darn things. Fear arose in my mind; how would I do it? Who would teach me? Could I find the process? Would I need special editors? How could I learn the technical steps for conceiving an idea to shipping the eBook on Amazon? Tech stuff really scared me; I had no idea how to save Word files with different, web-based extensions, let alone creating covers with proper dimensions via Canva to meet Amazon’s diligent standards.

From my trip to Oman.

Rather than learn how to do these things I allowed fear to get the better of me, refusing to write eBooks. But during a trip to India I met a reader and friend who begged me to write eBooks for a while. He had been on me for a minute. Meeting in person, he finally convinced me to write and self-publish an eBook on a lesser known digital platform. Later, I went with Amazon, and never looked back.

I had to dive into and nudge through deep fears related to failing and being criticized because I believed nobody would buy what I offered in eBook form. As my friend convinced me, I waded through ideas like wasting my time, getting terrible reviews and promoting my eBook to the tune of zero sales. Did it feel good to embrace these fears? Heck no. But the benefits of self-publishing far outweighed a few unpleasant emotions experienced during these fear-feeling sessions.

Nothing to Lose Everything to Gain

Gain by writing eBooks; if you take experience with you, loss is impossible. Even if you sold not a copy you take valuable writing, marketing and selling experience with you any time you write and launch an eBook. But if you generously help people and make friends, you will sell eBooks and help more people, reflecting gain back to you in physical form.

Digging even deeper, facing and releasing fears associated with criticism and failure benefit you across the board with your blogging campaign. Apply that same fearless nature to other aspects of your blog to boost your blog traffic and profits.

Write and ship.

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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1 Tip for Being an Intelligent and Prospering Blogger

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My eBook: 10 Tips to Be a Smarter and Richer Blogger

possesses an interesting cover for anyone not familiar with my eBooks.

For anyone familiar with my 100 plus eBooks, my cover is par for the course. Every single one of my eBook covers has been personally snapped by me. Images of paradise preserved by yours truly fit my brand, blog and eBook covers perfectly. Blogging From Paradise means retiring to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. Sometimes I visit islands. Sometimes I visit mainland spots. In all cases, my eBooks and courses – as well as my blog – bleed travel images because this approach fits my brand and is unheard of in the blogging tips niche.

I totally respect any blogging tips blogger who posts featured images for their blogs and eBook covers consistent with content titles. Imagine a light bulb and dollar sign for the above eBook cover, for starters. But I went with a photo I snapped in gorgeous Rawai Bay in Phuket, Thailand for my cover image. Why? Nobody else on earth uses their travel photos as eBook covers and featured post images in the blogging tips niche. If nobody else does it and the move completely aligns with my brand message, this is the starting point for being an intelligent and prospering blogger.

Smart and Prospering Means Different

Every successful blogger I follow sticks to basic fundamentals but deviates from the norm in some regards. Different means bigger bucks and smarter prospering because readers notice that different flavor stepping away from normal. Folks enjoy my covers and blog post images, even though the content and eBook title technically have nothing to do with travel images. Guess what? Adding my brand logo aligns the eBook cover with my blog and brand. People clearly see I am about blogging from paradise. Why not add travel images to each eBook cover?

From my trip to Oman.

I follow a high number of basic blogging rules; create value, build connections, be generous and have fun. But if you do EVERYTHING just like most bloggers, you get lost in the herd. Nothing makes you stand out if you do not choose to stand out with at least one element of your blogging campaign. I stood out with eye-popping eBook images I snapped myself, in a blogging tips niche. How do you stand out? Ask yourself the question. Be straight with yourself to answer.

Bigger Profits from a Smarter Energy by Being Different

Cindy Crawford kept her mole. Muscle Man Arnold kept his accent. Steve Jobs made computers and peripherals outrageously expensive and designed quite weirdly compared to other computers and peripherals. Guess what? Crawford, Arnold and Jobs are legends who we won’t forget for a long time. Different makes you a serious fortune because people notice folks who stand out in some way, shape or form. This different approach bleeds intelligence; why work your butt off if you look just like the next guy and offer a mimicking service?

But Make Sure You Follow Some Fundamentals

Steve Jobs did not attempt to make computers out of cardboard. Arnold did not try to speak German in Hollywood movies. Cindy Crawford did not try to rewrite the foundations of modeling by wearing a fake beard of photo shoots. All icons followed basic rules for their industries because being too far out in left field usually makes you forgettable, or, impossible to spot. Follow blogging fundamentals to stay in the game but find that one thing that distances you from the herd.

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