Management, Content Writing
Written by Stu Kushner

How You Can Optimize Your Content Marketing in 3 Data-Driven Steps

By Sean Work

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Today’s article is a guest post by David Cheng of ShareBloc.

Maintaining a steady blog publishing routine is hard to do. At ShareBloc, we try to blog at least two times a week, either on our blog or syndicated elsewhere. We’re a small team so an aggressive schedule can be overwhelming.

To get enough content to keep up the pace, we used data to help us figure out which topics would be most interesting to our readers. Here are the three data-driven steps we took that you also may want to consider.

Crowd source Your Blog Topics

Some of the most prolific blogs have two or three posts a day. We realized that, like any great artist, we could “borrow” from these blogs. We scraped 300 blog titles from some of the leading blogs in our space to see which key words or phrases were most popular.

The blogs we chose were KISSmetrics, Marketo, HubSpot, Social Media Today, Content Marketing Institute, and the leading posts from ShareBloc’s sales and marketing bloc. We used popular scraping tool ScrapingHub to get our titles.

To set up your ScrapingHub spider, select the website you’d like the spider to start scraping and input patterns to follow, along with any other special parameters you may have. In this case, we are asking the spider to start with the most recent posts, and include page two, three, etc.

We want the spider to go only one layer deep to get the post title. So, in the spider setting, I’ve set the depth limit to 1, in order to prevent the spider from entering a loop.

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Next, you have to set up the item you want scraped. In this case, we want to scrape only the title.

After you set up your parameters, you can review the pages that have been spidered in …read more    

Written by Stu Kushner

The End of Link Building as we Know It

By Gryffin.com

Posted by Gryffin.com

The entire online marketing industry is still up in arms after Matt Cutt’s post on his blog title: The Decay and Fall of Guest Blogging for SEO. Guest Blogging was one of the last horizons that people considered safe for  White Hat  link building. So what now? Is guest blogging truly dead?

Part One

What I’ve learned from being a Link Audit Junkie

Before we can talk about guest blogging, I have to share with you what I’ve learned from two years of deep-diving into link audits and detailed competitive research.

After the first Penguin hit on April 24, 2012, I focused on performing in-depth research to identify patterns in penalized sites. What I quickly noticed was that most people who were penalized had very clear footprints in their backlink profiles. These were not easy to detect if you only looked at the profile of the individual sites, but when you ran a competitive link audit and established averages for the keyword sector as a whole, this became a  meter  from which to judge a specific site link footprints.

Later I incorporated private tools that allow you to search for patterns within a site’s backlink profile. These patterns include links on the same IP address or C class, links with similar or duplicate text, links with the same anchor text, links with the words articles in the URL, even link patterns that are two levels removed (the links to the links).

For the last 12 months or so, most of the sites that I looked at that were penalized had the following in common:

  • High density of money keywords in anchor text
  • Unnatural anchor text profile
  • Many links from article marketing directories
  • Many links from …read more    
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Written by Stu Kushner

The Real Truth About Google and Guest Blogging

By Sherice Jacob

online marketing, content writing,SEO

Matt Cutts, Google webmaster evangelist, recently stirred up a storm of controversy by announcing that guest blogging was “done.” He later clarified the statement by saying that guest blogging purely for SEO was done.

But you’re a KISSmetrics reader, and you already knew that – right?

So what’s the real truth behind Google’s newest announcement? Are you going to be penalized for blogging on other sites? Are your rankings going to collapse because you have blog contributors? Not likely. But there are a few caveats you’ll want to keep in mind whether you’re considering guest blogging as a promotional outlet or looking to bring guest bloggers on board to freshen up your site content.

If You’re a Blog Publisher

DON’T: send out waves of open invitations to anyone and everyone looking to contribute. You will get substandard writing, perhaps even content that has been “spun” (meaning words have been exchanged and sentences shifted to give the “appearance” of a new article to avoid Google’s duplicate content penalty).

DO: Take the time to research experts in your niche. Who are the prolific, consistently good writers that attract comments and invite discussion? Assemble your guest blogging “dream team” and don’t be afraid to reach out to knowledgeable professionals in your field to invite them to contribute. By the same token, don’t be surprised if they ask about your budget. You get what you pay for, and high quality, well-researched posts take time to write.

Quora is a great place to find knowledgeable professionals who may be open to the possibility of guest blogging for you. Simply type in your topic to find questions asked (and answered) around it.

Blogging is one broad topic on Quora with thousands of followers

You can then click on the avatar of the person answering to …read more    

Newsletter,SEO,content writing
Written by Stu Kushner

Blog posts become Newsletter content

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Our Newsletter

Does this look hard? The thought of creating a monthly newsletter is a huge turn-off for most small business owners. Challenges come up like, “Who has the time?” and “What will I talk about?”. It is the same challenge faced by business owners when we try to encourage them to blog about their expertise on their website. Well, this newsletter is proof that a small business owner can do it. We get it done and we can do it for you.

The most effective use of blog articles on your website are to take those postings and to push them out to your social sites to a Facebook Fan Page, LinkedIn and Twitter. And if you can write just four articles a month, they can be compiled into a newsletter that can be sent out to your email contacts. We use Constant Contact to compose our monthly newsletter. There are a lot of good email systems out there. So, pick one and get to work. You can write just one quick article a week. 350 to 400 words is long enough. Nobody really has the time to read a long story. They want the information and knowledge and they want it fast. So, tell your story, make your point.

And, if you need help, we can write articles, add them to your website, push them out to your social sites and then compile them into a nicely designed monthly newsletter. All you have to do, is send us a check every month. Ha!

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Written by Stu Kushner

Generate Interest in Upcoming Endeavors

 online Marketing, DCIf you make a major upgrade to an existing product or develop a completely new product that is certain to solve pressing issues for your target customers, chances are you’ll see a boost in sales.  If you wait until the product has launched before making your customers and prospects aware of the exciting news you could be missing out on a golden opportunity in your online marketing efforts though.

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Written by Stu Kushner

Focus on More Than Profits for Long Term Success

online marketing, SEO,DCGetting and framing that first dollar earned is a powerful moment in any business owner’s memories.  In order to ensure future successes you’ve got to focus on more than just how much money you are bringing in though.

A successful online marketing strategy is not something that you will likely see astonishing results from immediately.  Developing your business blog and social media profiles, researching keywords and implementing a sound SEO strategy are all things that will take time to develop.  If you do them properly though, you will establish yourself

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Written by Stu Kushner

The Importance of Fulfilling Your Promises

online marketing, Content writingWhen creating any type of content for your business a good title is absolutely critical to success in your online marketing campaign.  If you can’t immediately grab a prospects attention with a catchy, clever and thoughtful title there is a very good chance that you’ll miss the opportunity to engage them further.  While you should take as much time as necessary preparing the perfect title for your posts and videos it is also of critical importance that you follow up that powerful title with the appropriate content.

If you promise a specific solution to a serious issue with the title of your content you’ve got to make sure that the content that you deliver fulfills that promise as fully and completely as possible.  Offering up a title for the sole purpose of attracting attention or soliciting clicks through to your website may provide a temporary spike in traffic,

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Written by Stu Kushner

Deliver Quality to Instill Confidence in Your Business

website marketing, SEOYou work tirelessly to ensure that the product that will end up in your customer’s hands is the best that it can possibly be, but you can’t stop there is you want your business to succeed.  If you don’t work to assure the same quality in your online marketing efforts the product that you’ve worked so hard on may never get into the hands of those customers.

In order to get new visitors to your website to seriously consider purchasing something that you’ve created you’ve got to show them that you are serious about every phase of your business.  You need to make sure that there are no broken links, no spelling errors and no grammatical miscues on your website to instill the confidence in your business necessary for a visitor to become a customer.  You can’t expect a brand new visitor to your blog or website to trust a product that you’ve created

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Reach a Wider Audience with Social Promotion of Video Content

internet marketing, Management, WordPressIf you’re relatively new to the online marketing game, generating a video for marketing purposes may seem like a frightening undertaking.  In reality though, a decent video won’t take you much longer to produce than a high quality blog post and could help you to reach and connect with a much larger audience.

You don’t need any special education or overly complex tools in order to create a video that will attract new contacts or generate interest in your business.  If you’ve got a smartphone or a basic video camera and a deep understanding of your own product you’ve got more than enough to take your online marketing to a more visual level.

Start this phase of your online marketing plan by shooting a short video that shows prospects how to use your product or a video that highlights the features that set it apart from the competition.  Upload your video to YouTube, share it via your social networking accounts and blog and ask your connections for shares and feedback.

Not all of your connections will have the time or patience to read a thousand word blog post a few days a week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they wouldn’t benefit from the information.  By sharing both well written blog posts and informative short videos you will be able to reach and help a much broader audience than you would through blog posts alone.  These additional connections can help to spread the word of your brand even further and will ultimately result in more chances for you to engage qualified leads.

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Written by Stu Kushner

Keep Content Fresh for Online Marketing Success

Updating blog and social media content regularly is critical for online marketing success.  If you want to reap the biggest benefit from your online marketing efforts though, you’ve got to make sure that the content that you are providing is something your readers haven’t seen before.

Updating your content daily, or even multiple times a day, won’t have nearly the impact it could if you are only rehashing the very same information that your readers can find on other sites.  Retelling the same old news won’t do much to attract new readers either as Google and other major search engines 

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