Ranking in the search results these days is tougher than ever. Not only is there more sites to compete against, there are also more link building methods, penalties to watch out for and tracking methods to pay attention to. In short, it’s no longer a simple task to create a website or blog, then also manage all of your content creation, outreach, and SEO in the process.
The good news is that while all of these advancements and changes continue to take place, there are SEO management companies and tools to help along the way. That is exactly what you will find with ContentKing, a real-time SEO auditing and content tracking solution that provides an up-to-date overview of your websites at all times.
ContentKing is a Real-Time SEO Solution
It’s likely you’ve already looked at different options for managing your search rankings and tracking movements. When doing so, I’m sure you came across a wide range of solutions, features and pricing plans. ContentKing has put in the time, work and effort to make sure they stand above the crowd by offering the best possible SEO tools, while also offering real-time SEO auditing and content tracking in the process. This means you won’t need to wait for future updates from Google to see how you’re most recent site changes are working for you.
Being a web-based utility that requires no installation or software to download onto your computer or server, ContentKing has a wide range of features for site owners to take advantage of. Such SEO performance tools and features include the ability to grade your existing meta descriptions, and measuring the ‘shareability’ of your content and how it may perform on social media.
With Google now placing more weight on ‘social signals’ and sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn reaching new audiences every day, looking simply at your Google search rankings could be a huge mistake when trying to grow out and improve your site. In addition to social socials and content tracking, ContentKing also offers the ability to support up to 500,000 pages out of the box, which should be more than enough for more site owners, bloggers, and brands. If not, the option is always there to upgrade to an even larger tracking plan.
Viewing Your Site through the Dashboard Area
As with all great platforms and tracking tools, having a sophisticated and easy-to-use dashboard area is key. This is exactly what you will find when logged into the ContentKing platform. By default, it will show changes from the past seven days, but you also go into weeks or dig further back in history too if you prefer.
With your site actively being monitored through ContentKing, users can log in at any given time to see a current health report of their site. At the same time, you can also see a historical chart of your site’s health and how effective your improvements have been over time.
As you can see through the screenshot below, the site is rated with a health score of 2811/400, which isn’t bad — but still, there is plenty of room for improvement — which ContentKing will provide direction on.
As you continue scrolling down through the reports area, you will find more detailed tracking and improvement information rating to different areas of SEO for your site. Everything from content, social engagement, conversion tracking, flexibility and much more. Another key point here is that this information is divided up between ‘essential pages’ and ‘other pages’. You would want to fix your most important pages first, then move on to the rest.
To understand the different tracking and management of each of these areas, we can dive further into these reports below.
Running a Deep Analysis on All Site Pages
Clicking on the “Pages” link from within your account (on the left side menu), you will then be presented with a full list of every page that is currently found on your site. Again, nothing had to be installed to set all of this up, it’s already all handled and tracked through the ContentKing interface.
In addition to seeing the URL for each page, you will also see the health score and whether it’s a secure page and if it’s correctly been indexed — among other things. Users also have the option to fully customize how these reports appear within the dashboard area as well, allowing you to add/remove columns as you please.
As mentioned earlier, ContentKing is running off a real-time monitoring platform, so any changes you might make from within the dashboard and reports area will also be reflected in real-time stats.
How to Address the Many SEO Issues on Your Site
With so many potential SEO problems existing within your site, it’s important to know not only where to start, but also how to actively monitor and fix them over time. When logged into your account, click through any of the pages within your reports area and you will see a customized report for each individual page. This will show not only the current version of your site and it’s health, but also where improvements can be made. Such areas for monitoring and improvement include meta description and headers (H1, H2) in the content, as well as the number of incoming and outgoing links, both internally and externally.
To make this process even easier, ContentKing will provide you with a “to do” list and a score for each of the tasks as they are completed. A good example of this would be adding a meta description to your page, which can increase your page health by 350 points (out of 4000 total).
Another great section that can be found within ContentKing, is the “Issues” section, which helps with the overall view of your site and any existing SEO issues that may be affecting it. From this area, you can filter based on status, page importance, and category.
Within ContentKing you will also have access to see a reports based on Twitter Cards mark-up and how it’s missing on nearly all of the pages. With a lack of Twitter Cards in place, this can negatively impact how these pages look when they are being shared on social media (ie: Twitter). Fixing such an issue on your site would result in another 300 points to your health score.
As site owners continue to make such recommendations to their site, it’s important to remember that ContentKing will also update in real-time as well. Letting you know how your site’s health is improving, and where any existing changes can still be made.
ContentKing has More Features on the Way
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, SEO and the way Google ranks websites is changing all of the time. ContentKing is unlike any other tracking and monitoring platform out there, in that they continually update in real-time, while also making it easy and effective for site owners to improve the overall performance of their sites. API implementation, ability to track changes across entire websites and also having weekly email reports are just a few of the many features currently in the works.
To get started with a ContentKing account of your own, all you need to do is sign up for one of their affordable plans — which can be done in as little as 20 seconds!
Plans are set up to fit the needs of site owners and how many pages of content they might want to track. For example, if you have one website with 1,000 pages and another with 500 pages, your total monthly cost when paid annually, would be just over $45.
For larger websites or agencies, ContentKing offers agency pricing. The main difference between the two is that an agency account will let you scale in size based on the number of actual sites and pages you need to monitor.
To entice the value behind these pricing plans even further, ContentKing offers a 15% discount on all quarterly plans, while boosting it up to 25% when you pre-pay for annual members.
The world of content creation and SEO is one that will never stop changing. To stay ahead of the curve and make sure your site is always as healthy as possible, ContentKing is there to help you along the way. Start a free trial today and see how you can start improving your site’s health today.
How Much Confidence Do You REALLY Have in Your Blog?
Watch this video I recorded in Brooklyn Heights today:
Sweet view, eh? I made a powerful point too. Bloggers sometimes boast of their confidence and clarity. Puffing themselves up, they believe deeply in themselves and in their blog. Critics? Who cares? These dynamos seem unstoppable. Belief! Success is on the way, right? Awesome. Then, after mentioning their blog in front of a parent or sibling or cousin, their loved ones make fun of “blogging”, telling these idiots to “get a real job”. OUCH! Like a balloon being popped, your loved ones took a pin to your ego, deflating you. AND showing how you genuinely have little confidence in your blog. Turns out, you feel filled with doubt and pure uncertainty about your blog AND in yourself, blogging-wise. This is a good thing. Critics trigger and unearth deep fears you need to face, feel and release, to reach the next stage of your blogging career. So…how much confidence do you REALLY have in your blog? Talk about your blog to friends and family members, or to strangers. You will find out. Fast. Because these folks are non-targeted and often highly NOT interested in blogging.
I recall mentioning my blog to my fam about 10 years ago. Before doing this, I believed I felt super confident about my blog and self. I BELIEVED in myself! Wild-eyed, ignorant, deluded newbie blogging excitement covered up the fact I doubted myself and my blogging abilities, horribly. After that little chat – even though no family member seemed terribly critical – I felt like crap. Awkward, and lost, my family’s questions triggered deep fears in me. I doubted myself. I doubted my blog. In truth, I had no idea what I was doing because I refused to learn from pros. Bad idea. Naturally, I gained confidence after this session – eventually – because I faced and felt doubts eating into my blogging confidence.
The quickest way to gain blogging confidence is to discuss your blog and what you do with anybody on earth, from friends, to fam, to strangers. Never try to convince or influence or convert folks, because doing so shows your lack of confidence. Let people live their lives and make their choices. Your job is to see how shy or clear you feel discussing your blog. Shy bloggers feeling awkward chatting blogging with folks simply feel filled with fear. Blogging fears need to go for you to succeed. Speak about blogging in public. Broadcast live in a public spot. Record videos in busy spots with heavy foot traffic, as I did above, in Brooklyn. Face, feel and release self-conscious fears that need to go for you to reach the next stage of blogging growth.
One way to be a smarter and richer blogger is by facing your blogging fears routinely. Speaking to or in front of fam or strangers about your blog certainly unearths some of those deep fears. Do it. See where you are at, confidence-wise. Being straight with yourself is hands down one of the quickest ways to accelerate your blogging success. Relax, share your blogging exploits and honestly assess how you feel, to increase your blogging success.
Writing: Your Best Blogging Friend
Writing helps you succeed with blogging. Because writing gives you credibility. Credible bloggers land clients, sell eBooks, place sponsored posts and drive steady traffic, too. Write your rear end off. Write 500-1000 words daily. Write to be confident. Write to be clear. Write to gain credibility in your blogging niche. Of course, most bloggers struggle because few bloggers practice writing offline, daily. Bloggers only write when they publish a blog post or guest post. BIG mistake. Most bloggers publish posts infrequently, meaning you get in little writing practice. Not good.
Why do you believe you can just show up, write and publish a post and become successful quickly? If blogger were this easy, guys like me could have gone pro within weeks of buying my domain and hosting. Alas, it took me thousands of hours and years to go full time because I had to practice writing, creating and connecting to be REALLY good at blogging. Skills, exposure and credibility flow to bloggers who tirelessly practice all aspects of blogging. Everybody else fails and quits.
All money you make through blogging flows to you because people trust you and your blog. Writing skillfully – with confidence and clarity – is the only way people trust you and your blog. The more you write, the more skilled a writer you become. The formula is genuinely simple. But quite uncomfortable to put into action, sometimes. Few bloggers want to practice writing with nobody watching. Some bloggers foolishly skip writing practice because they believe writing offline for practice wastes their time. This is like saying you waste your time practicing shooting hoops in a lonely, empty gym if you aspire to make it to the NBA. NBA stars practiced 10,000 hours or more, often times in quiet, lonely gyms, and always *in private, out of the public eye, with nobody watching*, to become skilled enough to go pro. Expect to take a similar journey in order to become a professional blogger.
Writing is your core skill. If you write well, you make money online. If you write poorly, you do not make money online.
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Every way to profit – out of these 15 strategies – can work quite nicely if you practice writing offline daily. Practice to become confident. Practice to become clear on your writing. Confident, clear writers write with authority. Writing with authority inspires trust in your readers. Again; this is a simple process. But sometimes, this process feels uncomfortable. Nudge through discomfort. Write, write and write some more. People who trust you based on your writing skills tend to buy your eBooks, hire you to coach them, hire you to freelance write for them and buy sponsored posts on your blog. Be diligent in writing. The money flows to you based on how much you practice writing. Plus, practicing your writing makes you prolific. Being prolific increase your blog traffic and blogging profits, too. No downsides exist to writing offline daily. Only upsides. So….write!
Practice in private. Shine in public.
Any successful blogger you envy now practiced writing so diligently that you would never envy their writing practice. After having written millions of words both online and offline, nobody envies the work I put into going pro. But being free to circle the globe? Worth it!
Do You Assume too Much?
One of the biggest problems in blogging; bloggers assume too much. Perfect example is someone emails looking for your best sponsored post price. Right away, most bloggers fear losing money to a cheapie because they ASSUMED someone looking for the best price is cheap. Based on past experience. NO! Do NOT do this. Because based on NOT assuming, but being open and in the moment, more than a handful of folks looking for the best price placed orders at my full price, when I shared it was my final price. I rarely if ever assume because assuming cuts you off from traffic and money, based on past experience and future expectations.
These days, I am more in the moment. I am open. Let’s say a blogger quotes their sponsored post price as being $100. A blogger outreach service pro asks for a lower, better price. In that moment, you can do one of two thing: make a foolish assumption that the individual cannot afford $100 or simply share how $100 is your flat, final price. Assuming they cannot afford $100 INSTANTLY robs you of $100. I mean, instantly. Labeling their email as spam or being nasty with them immediately robs you of $100, based on your ignorant assumption. Choosing not to assume anything opens you up to making a quick $100. Wealthy people with large budgets sometimes seek the best price. Rockefeller would be worth $280 billion today – by estimates – and he balanced his books to the penny. He sought the best price but had billions to invest and did invest billions to be the wealthiest person the world has ever known.
This is why I wrote Creating the Mindset of a Successful Blogger for you. How you choose to think and feel dictates how you act. How you act dictates your success. Failures cling to the past and wander into the future by assuming future scenarios based on past experience. But wise bloggers remain grounded in the present, never assuming. Of course, many cheap bloggers willing to pay only $5 for a $100 sponsored post emailed you with “the best price” reply, in the past. But never rob yourself of $100 by assuming these folks do not have $100 to invest in your guest post. I leave no stones unturned. The way I see it, spending 1 second to read a “Give me a sponsored post for $5” email here and there is worth the “OK, let’s place it for $100” email I see more often these days. Assuming cuts you off from abundance. Being open-minded tunes you in to abundance. Make more money. Be open-minded. Stop assuming.
A few moments ago, our Uber driver told us he originally hailed from Jordan. He has been in the USA for 20 years. My silly mind made a quick assumption; he must live in NYC, like many folks do who immigrated to the USA over the past few decades. He still had a heavy accent. But I refused to assume this and asked him where he lived in the USA. He said in the same New Jersey suburban development where we lived. Small world! Not assuming opens you up to fun, fascinating experiences. Stop assuming online. You’ll make more money, too, and will enjoy your blogging journey.
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