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Increase your blog traffic by 500% or more

Increase your blog traffic by 500% or more

Albert Einstein once said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Getting impressive results from content marketing falls under the first category – Nothing is a miracle. There is a strong reason behind every successful blog post. You too can master the art and science of content marketing and generate massive traffic to your website that costs a bomb otherwise.

What I am going to write here is already known to you. The idea of writing this blog post is to use that knowledge to maximize the benefits from your content marketing efforts.

Quality is the oxygen, and quantity is the sweet poison in blogging

The following calculation changed the way I thought of content marketing. I stopped following the content calendar and never looked at the number of words in my blog posts.

This snapshot depicts the monthly Pageviews data of top ten pages of a website. The website has 221 pages in total.

Pageview Snapshot 1

Of the 221 posts, the traffic share of the top blog is almost 70%. The combined traffic share of the top ten posts is approximately 84% while the remaining 211 posts share just 16% of entire traffic.

This statistic indicates that out of every 1000 page views; top ten pages were viewed 840 times while the remaining 211 pages were viewed just 160 times.

Let us take another example:

Pageviews Snapshot 2

Here, out of 658 pages, top ten pages received 65% of the total page views while the remaining 648 pages had a combined share of just 35%.

After analyzing Analytics account of 68 Websites, I arrived at the following conclusion:

On an average, top ten posts/pages attract 70% of the total traffic of the website.

Check the traffic share of top ten pages of your website and let me know through comments if your data is similar to what I have found.

If your website has 100+ posts and faces a similar situation, the traffic can be increased by almost 7.5 times by changing the approach of content curation and promotion.

Let us understand this by a hypothetical example:

  • A Website has 100 Pages (Including Blogs)
  • Total monthly traffic is 10,000
  • Traffic of top 10 Pages = 7500
  • Traffic of the remaining 90 Pages = 2500

Assuming each page has a similar potential; the remaining 90 pages can potentially receive a traffic of 67,500 (7500*9). In this case, the total traffic could have been around 75000. (Of course, the potential of every page would be different, but it is definitely more than the traffic it is receiving now).

These examples clearly indicate that posting another blog with average quality is not going to make any tangible difference to the website traffic.

I consider ‘quantity’ as sweet poison because a large volume of content sucks up the business resources without delivering much in return. I have seen many business owners saying ‘content marketing doesn’t work for us.’ ‘Large Quantity’ has been the primary reason behind most of these failures.

It is high time you get rid of a content calendar and put a quality improvement framework in place to excel in marketing.

Unique Content doesn’t mean Paraphrasing

The Internet is full of articles on almost every topic. Adding another blog post on your site will not make much difference until the quality stands out from the rest.

The good thing is you can always deliver unique and better content than your competition. Unique content doesn’t mean taking the idea from another source and paraphrasing it in your language.

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.”

I consider this quote by Benjamin Franklin a guiding principle for content curation. This approach has helped me immensely, and I am sure, it will help you too. No matter what business you are in, you must write something your customers care about.

Don’t use Google or another tool to get content ideas for your blog. Rather use following methods to generate ideas that will touch your customers’ life:

  • Day to day conversation within the team,
  • Questions by the prospective clients,
  • Queries/Doubts of existing customers,
  • Post Purchase questions by buyers
  • Customer Support
  • Product or service related misconceptions
  • Behind the scene actions
  • Revealing industry secrets to a certain extent
  • Industry News Analysis
  • Case Studies

One blog should be devoted to a ‘single idea’. Don’t mix multiple ideas in a single blog.  You must write all aspects of the selected idea in one blog. If it makes the blog lengthy, you can link different blogs by providing a hyperlink to ensure you cover a complete idea in a short and crisp manner. The final objective should be that a reader should get complete information about the topic they are reading on the blog. Build your arguments with suitable facts from credible sources. The final product must be brief, concise and meaningful, and provide accurate information.

Points to be noted if you outsource content:

  1. Hire subject matter experts and not just excellent writers
  2. Provide them pointed instructions on what exactly you want them to write
  3. Ensure that they don’t just paraphrase the existing content. You need to support your writers with appropriate data so that they can create unique content.

Common Mistakes to be avoided at all costs:

  • Searching Google for topic ideas
  • Taking help of idea generators or Google keywords planner to select a topic
  • Paraphrasing existing content to make it unique
  • Creating content keeping in mind search engine algorithms
  • Mixing multiple ideas in a single blog

Improving quality is not a one-time job. It is an on-going process that will last as longer as our existence. Therefore, it is important to make quality improvement an integral part of your content marketing.

Seek Feedback

A blog is not a platform for monolog. The purpose of a blog will only be served when the readers are engaged and respond to your content. The reaction can be in the form of comments, sharing it on social media, Quora, Forums, Bookmarking, or sending it to their friends, etc.

It is true that blogs must get sufficient readers to get feedback. To get more readers, you should promote the blog in an intelligent manner. Share it on social media, appropriate forums, and on favorite blog posts to expand its reach. Derek Halpern believes that marketers should spend 80% of their time in content promotion and 20% of the time in content creation. While this ratio may be different for you, extensive promotion of a blog is as important as creating a good blog.

You can see the efforts that are required to succeed in content marketing. Fortunately, the results of such efforts are stunning, to say the least. If you can’t make this kind of efforts, then it is better to avoid doing it half-heartedly as the same will only waste resources.

Now it is your turn to tell secrets of successful blogs that attract massive traffic even for years. Through comments, please let me know how well these techniques have worked for you.

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SEO Strategy in 2016 – White Hat Techniques that drive long term results

SEO Strategy in 2016 – White Hat Techniques that drive long term results

What is SEO?

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is a process of promoting your website so that it ranks higher on search engines such as Google, Bing or Yahoo. Since Google is the most widely used search engine, the prime objective of SEO is to rank your website on 1st page of a Google search for particular keywords. Simply put, SEO is a technique to ensure that websites are ranked amongst top 10 results on Google for particular keywords. The exercise is aimed at increasing the traffic to your website and creating awareness about your brand. It is a cost-effective and long term internet marketing technique which amplifies your revenue over a period of time.

How do we achieve best results through affordable SEO services?

SEO Audit

We do a comprehensive SEO audit of your website to understand the current scenario. This is what a typical SEO audit looks like:

1Domain AgeX Years Y Months
2Meta tag optimization Need to be optimized
3Title TagTitle has 82 characters but it should be up to 60 Characters
4Keyword TagThere are 15 keywords in this tag but it should be 5-6 specific and targeted keywords
5Description TagDescription tag limit is 160 characters, but it has 226 characters
6URL StructureFine
7Image optimizationImages are optimized
8H1, H2, H3 TagNot present
9Robots.txt fileonly h4 tag Present on the website – Needs to be optimized
10Canonical issuePresent
11XML sitemapCanonical issue found
12HTML sitemapPresent
13Google Analytics CodePresent
14Social ButtonsPresent
15404 Error Present
16W3C validation65 Errors, 42 warning(s)
http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fmvpboxing.com
%2F&charset=%28detect+automatically%29&doctype=Inline&group=0
17BackLinksThis Page has 0 backlinks from External domains and 0 from Internal.

Keyword Planning

Keyword planning is the most critical stage of any SEO strategy. It is imperative to devote adequate time and efforts to choose the best keywords for your website. This will help in achieving higher ranks on search engines like Google for relevant keywords. If done incorrectly, the end results of SEO can be disastrous even if your site ranks well on Google temporarily.

The Adwords Keyword planner, an extended feature provided by Google, assists in finalising the foremost keywords for your website. Keywords should be chosen bearing in mind factors such as sufficient search volume, business relevance which in turn helps in producing tangible business value in the long run.

Our keywords planning look comprises the following elements:

KeywordAvg. Monthly Searches (exact match only)Competition
email marketing181000.97
ppc advertising29000.96
logo design905000.95
Website design495000.95
web development99000.94
app development99000.94
Mobile Development16000.94
professional logo design10000.93
software development services2100.92
content writing16000.91
digital marketing agency54000.91
business card design121000.89
SEO Services121000.89
Creative logo design2600.89
brochure design66000.88
online reputation management services4800.87
press releases36000.83
graphic design905000.81
research paper writing1400.81
Online marketing company8800.8
corporate identity design3900.76
visiting card design1100.75
Internet Marketing Company16000.75
Internet marketing services8800.74
ux ui design4800.74
corporate brochure design1700.74
Digital marketing experts1400.71

On-Page SEO:

On-page SEO plays a crucial role in the overall ranking process. Our On-page SEO services are aimed at ensuring your website appears to have good authority within the given industry. It also helps users identify your products and services quickly. This is, of course, done in strict compliance with the Google guidelines.

Our On-Page SEO services are an intrinsic mix of the following:

On-Page SEO Services
Title Tag
Meta Description
Meta Keywords
Content Optimization
XML Site Map creation & Submission
URL Structure
Anchor text & Internal Link Structure
Image & Alt tag Optimization
Broken link fixing
Duplicate content fixing
301 Redirect
H1, H2, H3 tag Optimization
Robots.txt file creation
Canonical Issue Testing
HTML Sitemap
Google Analytics Configuration
Google Search Console Configuration
404 Error page
Website speed
HTML/CSS/Java Script Code Analysis

Off-Page SEO :

This is ‘The Differentiator’ of our services in the SEO process and proves to be the most critical in ensuring long term benefits to our clients.

Through this part of the optimization process, Google is able to measure the relevance of your website in the respective industry, thereby, providing higher ranks in the results page.

SEO results need to be watched closely and frequently to measure output in terms of actual execution.

We do not resort to quick-fix SEO techniques which may result to higher ranking easily, as resorting to such unethical practices can lead to removal of the website from the search engine forever. Once removed, it is next to impossible to bring a website back on top of Google search results in the foreseeable future. This makes off-page optimization not only crucial but also a critical factor in the SEO process.

Our off-page SEO involves:

Off-Page Activites
Search Engine Submission
Social Media Pages Creation and Promotion
Bookmarking
Link Building
Article Submission
Web 2.0 Creation and Submission
Blog Promotion
PR Submission
Forum and Blog Commenting
Directory Submission
Guest Post Writing
Video Submission
Social Media Activities
Classified Posting
Image Submission
Forum Participation

A sound, long term white-hat technique may take up to three months or more to bring about the desired results but pays handsome dividends in the due course. Though tangible results take time surface, clients can measure the progress by the improved keyword rankings, on a weekly basis. We have achieved tremendous long term results by applying these techniques for our clients. Mentioned below is some of our work:

Case Study

Duration: 6 months

Our client’s sites were constructed on WordPress/PHP/Codeignitor. We were given 20 high-competitive keywords for which we had to make the website appear on first page of Google. After an SEO campaign run for 4-6 months, we were able to achieve almost 45 keywords (including 20 agreed keywords) on 1st page of Google. Today, even after 3 years, the rankings have not been affected despite several web spam updates by Google. This is the kind of output every webmaster should look for while preparing a comprehensive long-term SEO strategy.

SEO Results 1 SEO Results2 SEO Results3 SEO Results4 SEO Results5

SEO Results6 SEO Results7

9 reasons for choosing WordPress for your next website

9 reasons for choosing WordPress for your next website

When it was first introduced, WordPress became popular as a blogging platform. Now it has evolved from being merely a blog developing tool to becoming the most widely used content management system and website building tool. Today, WordPress is used for creating all kinds of websites, and the user guide is easy enough for anyone to understand it easily and create a perfectly functioning website quickly.

WordPress brought with it one of the most comprehensive and easy to use Content Management Systems, effectively changing the outlook for businesses. Now, almost everyone owns a virtual office! If you are not already convinced about how great WordPress is, we have a slew of reasons why you should choose it for your website.

We love WordPress, and here we tell you why:

  1. WordPress is free

WordPress is free to use and offers more than 18,000 themes and 35,000 plugins – a lot of which are free, to get you started with your website. It also enables you to customize or modify your website as per your requirements.

  1. Easy to use and learn

WordPress is used by millions of people every day, and the number keeps increasing due to a simple reason – it is simple and easy to use. WP tutorials offer you step by step tutorials and guides about making websites.

  1. Helps you make an extra buck

WordPress enables users to monetize their work through ads – especially through Google AdSense and similar other programmes. WordPress is one of the most widely used platforms utilized by various affiliates and affiliate networks.

  1. Support

WordPress, with its large community of problem solvers and technical savants, helps you get all the support you need for using it. All your problems will be quickly resolved, and you can also get access to user guides, tutorials and a lot of other helpful tips and literature.

  1. SEO – Friendly

WordPress offers a lot of inbuilt as well as third party plugins that can be used to enhance your website’s search engine rankings. WordPress is inherently SEO friendly with features such as the ability to generate search friendly URLS. SEO plugins, such as those by Yoast, can be used to further optimize the search engine.

  1. The best blogging platform

More than 20% of websites in the world are powered by WordPress – making it the best blogging platform. Its themes, widgets and plugins enable you to solve some of the most common problems that most new bloggers face, including that of the design of the blog.

  1. One-click posting

WP works as a one stop solution for website posting. It is easy to create your content, and then you can easily format it, add media and even post it with a single click. WordPress gives you a lot of options to present your content uniquely.

  1. WP is easy to manage

WP has inbuilt updater that allows users to update plugins and themes easily with a single click. All alerts for updates can be seen on the admin dashboard. The automatic updating system enables users to manage their website more efficiently.

  1. Safety and Security

Safety and security were never this simple. With WordPress, you can safely upload images and media to the server, through your dashboard, instead of using an FTP. WordPress themes help it serve some purposes such as those of arcades, blogs, shopping stores, etc.

Top free high PR do follow Social bookmarking sites list for 2016

Top free high PR do follow Social bookmarking sites list for 2016

[Last updated on Sep 6, 2016]

This post was proofread by Grammarly!

High PR “Do follow” social bookmarking sites can be of immense help in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in 2016. Not only your site or blog will rank better in search engines like Google but it will also help in improving page rank of your webpage and result in a large volume of regular traffic flow to the website. While we all know the advantage of submission to do follow social bookmarking sites, many of search engine optimization experts struggle to find quality social bookmarking sites that would actually work.

There are many websites that claim to list hundreds of quality social bookmarking sites, however once you start working on the list you realize that not all of them are updated or properly functional. Here we have created a list of high PR do follow social bookmarking sites which are up to date and are of much better quality as compared to other sites. We also update this list on a weekly basis so that you can get updated information from a single online resource.

I also request all the SEO experts to share their knowledge in the comments. It will help the entire community to help generate better traffic and more customers for our clients. If you find any of the links not working, please report the same through the comment and we will update the list.

S.NO. SITE NAME PR
1 BusesPlus.com 3
2 Urgodermyl.com 3
3 Risecsp.net 3
4 Nottsgroups.com 3
5 Pixador.net 3
6 Jodohkita.info 3
7 Lymelightwebs.net 4
8 Zypid.com 4
9 Cqses.org 4
10 Jofrati.net 4
11 DuPioneer.com 4
12 London8.net 4
13 Relevare.net 4
14 T3B-System.com 4
15 Todays1051.net 4
16 Dictaf.net 4
17 Vtv10.com 4
18 Eugendorf.net 4
19 iHaan.org 4
20 Gen-Eff.net 4
21 BookmarkingCentral.com 4
22 GardiCanin.net 4
23 Cosap.org 4
27 BosPlus.org 4
28 SpeedyCon.org 4
29 Utoms.org 4
30 Certiba.com 4
31 Temateater.net 4
32 3000Bonus.com 4
33 Ganeshaubud.com 4
34 NottsGroups.com 4
35 Aixindashi.org 4
36 nycweboy.net 4
37 tatvanstories.com 4
38 zariaetan.com 4
39 inshareeb.com 4
40 yoocel.com 4
46 inshareeb.com 4
48 bookmarkwiki.com 1
50 bookmarkgroups.com 1
51 ewebmarks.com 1
52 newsciti.com 1
53 onlinewebmarks.com 1
54 seo4bookmarks.com 1
55 seosubmitbookmark.com 1
56 www.votetags.info 1
57 http://www.bookmarker.work/
58 http://onpageseopro.com/
Best Small Business Blogs that you must subscribe to, Right Now

Best Small Business Blogs that you must subscribe to, Right Now

Small business blogs perform the role of a guide and help small businesses identify their key competencies and state how these businesses can effectively use these competencies.

Social Triggers:

Social Triggers is a blog from Derek Halpern. The blog focuses on the very basic element of marketing which includes understanding the psychology of the buyers. Despite consumer psychology being the most basic and essential aspects of marketing, very few blogs focused solely on the psychological and social components of marketing. The blogs, analyses the psychological and social triggers which affect the buying behavior of the consumers.

The blog suggests readers how to focus on the factors which help businesses identify the psychology of their consumers and develop strategies which are effective in converting these prospects into actual business.

Social Media Examiner

Social Media Examiner guides businesses in terms of using various social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and other such platforms. The blog helps users identify the right social media platforms for them and guide them with methods to use these platforms in an effective manner. Social Media plays a very important role for businesses and this blog is useful in determining the right methods to use the social media in an optimum manner.

Moz.com

Moz.com helps readers identify the right methods to help improve the ranking in Google search. All the businesses which have an online presence, Google search engine ranking are an essential factor. Getting the websites a higher ranking in the search, both locally and internationally is important for the business websites. Moz.com guides users in understanding various aspects such as Google Algorithm and other key elements. It also guides with developing strategies and various tricks which help in increasing the ranking of the websites.

Franchise King

For businesses which are involved in franchising and want to understand the intricacies of running a franchise, Franchise King is the right blog. It guides its readers about almost every aspect of franchising business right from starting a franchise to running it and other operational aspects associated with it. The blog is written by Joel Libava and is highly useful for Franchise owners in terms of the methods and key elements of franchising explained in this blog.

Exitpromise.com

While starting a business, no entrepreneur thinks about selling of the business. However, this does not change the fact that for any successful business, it is a possibility to receive a decent offer in the future, which might intrigue its owner to sell it off at a very good price. Exitpromise.com helps its readers to identify the right opportunities when these come and evaluate what can be termed as a good deal for their businesses. There is a possibility that the buy- out price for a business can be much higher that its actual worth and can be a very lucrative offer. Therefore, the owner must think in terms of logical and commercial feasibility of such an offer rather than being emotional about the business. This blog helps with such aspects of selling a business and guides the readers with the best methods to develop the right strategies for an exit.

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How to generate great and unique content ideas that attract large Audience for your business?

How to generate great and unique content ideas that attract large Audience for your business?

Generating content ideas for any traditional business is a daunting task. You need to come up with the right topics that satisfy the below criteria:

  • It must be unique
  • It should be relevant to your business
  • Large number of people (your target audience or their internet acquaintances) are interested in it

Think of a topic and do a Google search and you will be presented with hundreds of articles on the same. Publishing one more article on the same topic doesn’t seem to be a great idea. Tools like Google Trends or Google Keywords Planner are not very helpful when it comes to generating unique content ideas. These tools will really help you in choosing the right keywords to bring relevant traffic once you have decided the topic.

Then how can you think of an original content that has a huge target audience and is relevant to your business?

It is time to close the internet browsers and look within to generate great ideas. From my personal experience I am recommending following techniques which can help you generate quality and relevant content ideas:

    1. Queries from potential prospects: Your new leads usually have number of queries. You address these queries successfully to convert a lead into a client. You can address these queries on your blog and attach the link of the same when a future prospect raises a similar query. Even if the topic has multiple blogs you should write your own blog too from your own perspective and organizational capabilities. It will not only help your sales staff but will also attract new potential leads to your website. Prospective clients who are in the process of doing research before making a final purchase will get sufficient information from your blog. Our two blogs “How do we determine the costing of your website?” and “Our SEO Strategy for sustainable long term organic ranking” are highly successful. Their success is based on the same method described above.
  1. Queries raised by existing customers post sales or during service delivery: You may be getting lot of questions from new/existing clients during service delivery or post sales. You should try to address all of them through your blog/resources section of the website. While answering questions you must leverage your expertise. This section should come from your product or service experts and not from Google research.
  1. Explaining a Technical Issue: If your product or service involves technical terms or expertise, you should explain those in layman language in your blog. It will not only help save resources but also make you a domain authority and bring higher traffic from search engines.
  2. Current Affairs – What is happening in your industry right now? What are their short and long term impacts on sellers and buyers in your industry? How concerned stakeholders can take maximum advantage of the recent changes in the industry? These are some of the questions that you could consider while generating ideas for your blogs. Write your opinion backed by some research and data.
  3. Competition Research –You should not do competition research to know what they have written. Rather you should read their blog contents to know what they have not written. You can subscribe to newsletters of maximum 2-3 competitors (ideally industry leaders) to get updates on what they are writing about. Read their blogs to find out which areas they have not covered in their blog. You will easily get an idea of what should you write next. You can also choose to write a simplified version of a research report.
  4. Sharing your Expertise – Never think that people will steal your expertise if you reveal it in the blog. Try and publish some of your expertise and you will get an idea of how much you can learn more just by publishing your expertise in a written or multimedia format. Reveal as much information as possible. Don’t bother if there are thousands of articles written on your area of expertise or even if you have learned the same thing by reading articles on the internet. Just make a blue print of your expertise on a physical paper and write it on your blog. If you think you are not a great writer, write all the points in a bullet format and hire a quality content writer to do the writing part. We will address how to hire quality content writers who can bring your thoughts and opinions on paper in my next blog.

As a business owner, you may think of much more than these six techniques to curate right content for your content marketing. Please suggest few of them in the comments.

How to identify the right objectives for your content marketing strategy?

How to identify the right objectives for your content marketing strategy?

The most important part of a content marketing strategy is identifying and setting specific goals. Unless you know the purpose that your content is going to serve, it is just a random piece of information without much value. Just like setting targets for any other aspect of business, well-defined and measurable objectives are essential for judging the efficiency of your content.

In this article we will evaluate few crucial objectives that need consideration while planning your content marketing strategy. But before that, it is important to understand three basic characteristics that your objectives should have. They should be achievable, measurable and must serve a specific purpose.

Generating leads

Generating the right quantity and quality of leads is the first objective of a content marketing strategy. This is the first step towards generation of profitable business and therefore it is the primary objective of any content marketing strategy. You may receive several queries based on the content you post online but to qualify as a lead, it must have a probability of closure.

Web traffic

Getting the right type and number of audience to visit your content is the most important enabler for converting your content into a revenue generating medium. The right amount of web traffic received by your content is an essential objective of a content marketing strategy.

Client education

A good quality content adds value to the audience and educates them. People seek information that is useful to them and help them meet their needs. You content must possess the information that your audience is looking for. Also, the content should be able to disseminate information in a simple and lucid manner so that it is easily understandable. Client education is one of the most essential objective of a content marketing strategy.

Client engagement

One of the important qualities of a content is that it should be interactive. It should be able to strike a chord with your audience. This will result in a better client engagement as they will comment on your content which will further lead to a discussion. Engaging your audience with your content is an important objective as it arouses an interest for your content among the audience.

Awareness

The purpose of every business is to satisfy specific needs of its clients. Your content is one of the best mediums to communicate to your audience how you can serve them and deliver efficient solutions. A content marketing strategy therefore should aim at creating an awareness among the audience about how you can efficiently help them to serve their needs. Your content should act as an indicator of your competencies and one of the basic objectives of your content marketing strategy is to create an awareness about your expertise.

Your content marketing strategy should aim at creating a highly positive perception of your business and its offerings. It is essential that you align your content marketing strategy with the right goals.

A Comprehensive Guide to develop the best content marketing strategy for your firm

A Comprehensive Guide to develop the best content marketing strategy for your firm

Businesses strive to achieve specific goals for which they develop marketing strategies. Content is a useful medium to achieve these objectives. Content marketing is a cost effective medium to achieve these objectives. It not just helps save costs but also deliver higher Return on Investments. To achieve tangible results from your content marketing efforts, you must lay significant emphasis on developing their content strategies to achieve them. Content strategies must be easily implementable and understandable by your team members and other stakeholders or else they will fail to deliver the expected performance. This article is a step by step guide for developing and implementing viable content strategies.

Setting Measurable Objectives

Time is an important measurement tool, and, therefore, any strategy must be time-bound. There must be a definitive beginning and end. It is advisable to split the entire duration into shorter blocks and have smaller strategy milestones attached to them for measurement. It will ensure that the strategy is on track. The objective that a business aspires to achieve through its content marketing strategy is subjective and may include elements based on the actual requirement. However, there are certain general parameters that can be implemented as a part of the content strategy of a company.

Below parameters and examples are the frequently used parameters

Lead Generation – Define the types of leads and number of leads you would like your business to generate. Content marketing strategy is developed from a long term perspective and hence the objectives must be defined accordingly. Lead generation activity needs be planned carefully since it is an ongoing activity. Also, you may require to follow up on the generated leads as they may not close immediately. Persistent efforts will lead to more lead closures over a longer term. You may set specific targets for lead generation and review their achievements periodically. For example, a company may target generating X number of B2B leads within the first twelve months of completing the campaign and review it after every three months.

Website Traffic – Driving web traffic to your content is critical as more audience of your content means a better chance of generating business and increasing revenue. You could decide the number of visitors you would like to have to your content in a specific timeframe. For instance, set an initial target of “X” number of visitors. After achieving it, target for an incremental 1000 visitors each day.

Engagement – Getting the audience to view your content is just an initial activity. It is even more important to engage them. For written content, it is crucial that visitors read it and share it with their acquaintances, like it or comment on it. Continuing with the above example, you may target “Y” number of engagements every week for your content.

Awareness – Your target audience must be aware of the content or else your content marketing strategy is rendered futile. To increase the awareness of your content, set a precise goal that would include number of visits and a time frame for these visits.

Establish yourself as a domain authority – Write good quality and unique content. If your content is just a rewritten version of other contents available online, then it will fail to achieve its purpose. Publish content that is unique and adds value to the audience. Your content must be authentic and credible. It will set you up as an expert in the specific domain. It will help you get more audience as people who need information specific to your domain will turn to your content for it.

Ad impressions – It is specifically for the publishers. Advertisements displayed on your content page and seen by the visitors count as impressions. It is an important source of revenue generation and higher the impressions higher the revenue from the content. It is an important monetisation tool for your content.

Generate support from the audience – The power of online marketing is that your audience or customers become your brand ambassadors. When they link your content or share it, they are promoting it. It is the best form of marketing. Develop a content strategy that will entice and motivate your audience to support and promote your content.

Identifying content

After you have decided the objectives, next step is to identify and develop the right content. Evaluate what kind of content you require and in what proportion. Check if a single content will suffice the purpose or you will require multiple contents to achieve the defined objectives of the strategy.

To achieve it, consider the following elements

Target audience – Identify your target audience. If you are a business owner, based on your business model, identify who are the intended clients. For example, your content could be tailor-made for B2B or B2C purposes or developed to evoke the interests of CEOs of your targeted companies. Similarly, it may target founders of start-ups or small business founders. Alternately, your targeted audience could be regular people such as students, parents, newly married couples or old couples. This categorisation of the audience is critical to developing the right contents.

Understanding their behaviour – Understanding the behaviour of the end users is important. See things from their perspective to understand their needs and what kind of solutions do they seek. This will help you develop and offer the right deliverables communicated through your content.

Identify specific topics – Identify topics for your content that will offer value to your audience. Focus on developing contents based on these topics.

Identify formats – Identify specific format for your content. Decide whether you would like to write a blog, a social media post, Ebooks or emails.

Few other critical elements of content strategy

Hiring content writers

Hire efficient and quality writers for your content. You can use LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other Outsourcing sites for hiring writers. The qualities to look for in good writers are – quality work, timely delivery, honesty and right work ethics. If you hire writers from a social media website or an outsourcing portal, check for their online credentials. Ask them to work on few samples before finalising the hiring process. Acquaint them with your overall content marketing strategy and resolve all their queries.

Producing content

Produce very precise and accurate content. Your initial focus must be on developing useful content for your audience that will deliver superior value to them. Produce contents based on the requirements of your targeted audiences. B2B clients prefer more fact-driven and informative content whereas B2C audience prefer contents that appeal to their emotions. Hence, for B2B clients, efficient content is the one that reports facts while, for B2C clients, effective content tells a story. You may decide upon the specific amount of content in terms of words or number of articles that you are going to produce per week. Setting this goal is important irrespective of fact whether it will be published or not.

Publishing content

Decide the medium where you would like to publish your content. It can be your corporate blog, industrial blogs website as a guest writer, LinkedIn or Facebook. Before publishing any content, plan a schedule for publishing it and strictly adhere to the schedule. The schedule may include date, type, number of contents and type of contents that you would published every week or month. An advance scheduling for a week is beneficially. Also get it approved from the concerned authorities.

Promoting content

Identify specific channels for promoting your content. Be specific and choose maximum three channels instead of a large number of mediums. Email is an efficient promotional tool, and you can use it judiciously. LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr could be the right medium based on your products or services. If required, you can also promote your post on Facebook or use “Sponsored Updates” feature on LinkedIn to ensure that your content reaches larger target audience. It is important to remember that simply publishing content is insufficient and it is equally important to adequately promote it.

Measuring performance

Measure the performance of your content using tools such as Google Analytics. It will give a clear indication of the efficiency of your content and whether it can meet your objectives. Periodic review of the performance is essential to gauge the actual achievements of the objectives vis-à-vis planned objectives. For this activity as well, you may develop and follow a schedule.

Refining your Strategy

Based on the performance your content delivers, refine and realign your strategy. If the performance is better than the set goals, raise the bar and increase the target. If it is below par, evaluate your strategy and make necessary changes. From my personal experience I can state that 90% marketers ignore this step. Refining and realigning your strategy is an important part of your existing campaign and it will also facilitate better planning for future campaigns.

To conclude, content marketing can deliver brilliant results if planned meticulously and executed properly. Before jumping to start a content marketing campaign, spend enough time in research and understanding the competition. A good strategy can take your business to greater heights as compared to your expectations.

A well-planned and implemented strategy leads to long term sustainability and growth in a ferociously competitive world of online business.

Why is content the most important element of digital marketing?

Why is content the most important element of digital marketing?

What is content marketing?

Content Marketing is a term that is frequently used by digital marketers. Every person involved with digital marketing in some way or the other often talks about content marketing. The manner in which the importance of content has grown in marketing makes it a curious case for in-depth analysis. A very common question that arises is what is a content and how is it useful in marketing?Content is a piece of communication that expresses a thought, idea or information in a written, verbal and visual manner. Content marketing is the methodology that uses content as a tool to drive marketing activities of a business.

Why is content important?

Content helps with an effective communication with the intended audience. It is amedium of dissemination of information by presenting facts and thoughts in a concise manner. People surf the web to obtain specific information. They have various needs and want to have an access to specific knowledge bits. To search the information they need, they use certain keywords which list the contents that contain those keywords.

For several years, web masters focused on insertion of keywords in the pages of their websites to get a higher listing. In many cases, the keywords would be the only thing on the pages with very little or no useful information. Very often websites would copy information from other sources without properly referencing them and giving them due credit.

To counter such unethical practices; search algorithms now focus majorly on the listed content on a website. Keywords are no longer of prime important. Yes, their value cannot be undermined but even more important is the right content with appropriately placed keywords. In such contents, keywords are not specifically highlighted and blend properly with the main content. Search engines prefer quality and original contents. These factors make it critical for web based resources to have effectively contents.

A high quality content not only attracts users, in the longer term it helps build a loyal audience. It enables the businesses or the individuals to establish themselves as an authority in the domain. In terms of business, it helps buyers to identify the right solutions thereby increasing the market share of the business. Other advantages of contents include growing subscriber lists, generating sales through email marketing and improving brand positioning and loyalty.

Latest trends in content marketing

Over the last few years, content marketing has increasingly become an important marketing tool. The below graph evidences this fact that content marketing has grown exponentially as a tool for digital marketing. It is now the most important element of digital marketing and the one that is highly efficient and result-oriented.

How should you develop the right content marketing strategy?

To develop the right content marketing strategy, it is important to identify who the target audience base is. If there are more than one segment as your intended audience base, develop multiple contents specific for each group. Make your content as informative as possible and refrain from making it a sales oriented pitch. It should be simple, easy to understand and must improve the knowledge of your audience.

Conclusion

Content is the most important asset of digital marketing. Content marketing is a subtle marketing method that adopts a holistic approach for efficiently communicate the positioning of the products, services or ideas. Due to its efficacy and superior results, it is now the most sought after tool of digital marketers.

In-house or Outsourced: What is the best digital marketing choice for you?

In-house or Outsourced: What is the best digital marketing choice for you?

This question probably weighs on the mind of every business owner exploring the realms of digital marketing. Well, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to digital marketing strategies, as the right choice largely depends on the nature and scope of your business operations. While in-house marketing may work best for some businesses, others may be better off outsourcing the job to experts, and some may settle on a mix of both worlds. Let’s examine the following factors to help you ascertain what works best for you and your company:

Expertise:

Digital marketing is a vast term comprising technical elements such as SEO (search engine optimization), PPC (pay per click), email marketing, content marketing, web design, social media marketing and reputation marketing. Whether you possess the essential expertise to execute these elements effectively is the first crucial question to address while making a choice. If you or your employees understand the finer nuances of digital marketing, in-house may be an appropriate choice.

Budget:

How much money can you set aside each month for your digital marketing initiative? If you are looking at anything between $200-500, outsourcing may not be a viable option. Firms offering well-rounded digital marketing services cost a lot more. You are looking at anything upward of $1,000 for outsourced digital marketing services that deliver the desired results. If you have the money, and lack the in-house expertise, outsourcing is the safest bet. For someone walking a tight rope, both in terms of expertise and budget, hiring a professional to render services on a per project basis may be the answer.

Nature of Business:

How important is online viability to your business? Does the survival of your business depend entirely on the internet or is it one of things you are doing to go the extra mile to promote your business? If your answer is the former, SEO and digital marketing are not a matter of choice but essential for survival, and therefore, you must go all out in hiring the services of seasoned professionals for your digital marketing strategy. Outsourcing would be a sound professional choice here. On the contrary, a local business looking to expand base through the virtual medium can afford to take things slow and work with in-house services.

Availability:

While outsourcing your digital marketing strategy, you need to bear in mind that for the company offering their services you are just one of the many clients. They will not be as passionate about your business as you are, and also may not be readily available to discuss alterations and modifications as you go along the way. If you are looking for a more personalized approach, stick to in-house marketing.

Resources and know-how

An existing employee doubling as a digital marketing manager, or even hiring an expert to deliver on all facets of the online marketing process, can never match the resources and technical know-how available with specialized firms. They have resources, manpower and the competence to not only launch a successful online marketing campaign but to also sustain it in the long run, while an in-house campaign may eventually fizzle out.

It is only wise to weigh all your options before taking the plunge.

SixPL recommendation

(Disclosure: SixPL owns this blog and is a digital marketing agency. Please make your independent decisions after doing extensive research):

To start with you should hire services of specialized digital marketing agency for at least 3-6 months. During this period you will have a fair idea of what digital marketing can do for your business and what kind of talent required to achieve the desired results. You can also do a cost benefit analysis and make an informed decision.

Some of the independent and credible sources on this topic are as follows:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshsteimle/2013/08/16/online-marketing-when-to-outsource-when-to-do-it-in-house/2/

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/236112/programmatic-in-house-brands-vs-out-of-house-a.html

http://www.business2community.com/branding/are-in-house-agencies-emerging-from-the-out-house-074159