How to Turn Your Blog into an Email Newsletter

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Blogs help you quickly and easily publish compelling information about you and your services out to the world. Blogs help to connect your business to potential customers. But how do your readers know when you’ve published a new post?

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Simple RSS to Email by AWeber Communications

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) helps you do this by connecting your customers to your blog. The problem is, not many people know what RSS is or even how to use it. They want to connect with you, they’re just not sure how. The fact you likely don’t know how to help them connect with you makes the challenge greater, right?! Well, blog owners, there’s an answer to this.

Aweber has made it easy to connect your blog to your newsletter (your electronic newsletter, that is). Now you can turn your blog into an email newsletter. Simply plug in your blog’s RSS feed (for WordPress sites, this is usually something like yourdomainname.com/feed/) and choose one of Aweber’s colorful templates. When you publish a new post, Aweber places your brilliant content into the email template and fires it off to your subscribers.

You can even schedule your newsletters to go out on a particular day and time in the form of a weekly digest that delivers all of your latest posts! As your subscribers click through to your posts, you’ll see an increase in readers and comments. Plus, even more readers will discover your blog as your subscribers forward your emails to them.

Interested? If you’re tech-savvy, you can go straight to Aweber and proceed in setting up your account. If you’re a little unsure how to proceed–or if you get stuck–simply contact me and I’ll walk you through the next steps.

Increase Your Blog’s Traffic in 7 Ways

By now, maybe you already have your own blog, and you also know that blogging is a valuable pursuit. According to Hubspot, companies that have blogs get 97% more inbound links. As for your blog, you may be thinking, what if no one visits my blog? How am I going to generate links, traffic, and sales? Don’t worry; you are asking the right questions.

Reliable and qualified traffic is what any blog owner wants. In this article, we will look at some of the strategies we can use to increase your blog’s traffic.

Creating a Viral Content

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Every blogger wants to write contents that get viral. However, it is not as easy at it seems. There are ways that we can create content that is more appealing. One of these ways is to create captivating headlines. If you get the headlines right, you can be sure that readers will be clicking on that. Another way is to get the content length right. Most of the shared contents have a word count that ranges from 3,000-10,000. The last technique is to create a killer idea that is surely going to get viral.

Remember these four tips when creating your post:

  • Get to know your audience so you’ll know what sparks their interests.
  • You can use Buzzsumo to help you with the ideas for your contents.
  • You can use Ubersuggest to also help you get ideas.
  • You can take advantage of the comments from your previous posts for your ideas for your next posts.

Restructure Your Posts

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When writing for your target audience, you can consider restructuring your post. This is to suit the content to the audience better. You may not notice it, but sometimes, your readers don’t really buy what you’re saying on your post. You can tell that if no one is commenting or if the comments only say “nice post.” What this means is that you didn’t really get the reader’s attention.

In any case, try to think about restructuring your post. Learn about how your audience speaks and speak the way they do because that will make your content more relatable. An example of this is that if your audience is beginners when it comes to technological stuff, don’t talk to them with so much jargon. Try to ease them in with every technical term that you use and make your content more hip and not just a dry, technical manual. When you are successful in doing this, your audience will gladly cite, share, and promote your post.

Creating Evergreen List Posts

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Another strategy to get your blog more traffic is through Evergreen list posts. It is known to generate traffic even if it has been years since the post was first published. There are ways to know if your topic has a potential for Evergreen.

The first thing to do is to make sure that there is at least one publication such as in magazines where your topic in mind has been written. This is to make sure that your topic is a popular one. To do this, you can go to magazines.com. In there, type your keyword in the search box. The results will reveal the magazines where a certain topic has been published. The next thing to do is to assess previous list posts that were successful.

Remember these tips when thinking about your next topic:

  • Brainstorm with your team.
  • Participate on forums and discussion of your niche.
  • Read the latest news about your topic.
  • Once you have published your topic, promote it on your social media accounts.

Do Guest Blogging

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The first step to do guest blogging is to do research on blogs with good social influence. Google really likes authority blogs. What are authority blogs? These are blogs that have a lot of followers on social media. When you guest blog on these sites, there will be a good chance that you will get more traffic.

Before pitching a blog, though, you ought to check the social influence of the site to know how much traffic that you may expect to generate from the social media in the event that your post gets featured. To check their social influence, you can go to their Facebook and Twitter pages. You will see there the number of followers they have.

Kindle Select 90-Day Traffic Plan

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These days, self-published books represent over 31% of ebook sales in the Amazon Kindle Store. Before, self-publishing will cost you thousands of dollars as well as a contract with a publishing house. But today, it’s different.

If you have an idea that is worth sharing, you can now be a published author within a week! Imagine what that can do for your blog traffic. If you publish with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, you get to drive your targeted traffic and can reach hundreds and thousands of people without spending a cent.

After publishing your Kindle book, the next thing you do is to enroll the book in the “Kindle Direct Publishing Select Program.” What will happen is that your book will become exclusive in the Kindle Store for 90 Days. The book will also become exclusive in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. When you do this, you get to reach thousands of your targeted readers because they can borrow the book for free. Also, for five days of your 90 days, you can run a free promotion for a paid ebook.

Takeaway

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One more thing to remember is this: consistency is key. The traffic strategies we have learned here may have been proven, but the results won’t come overnight. You have to stick to your technique and be patient. You still have to do your research and write your own content because these techniques won’t be writing them for you. Take the time to get to know your audience and participate and converse with them through the comments sections and the forums. Eventually, visitors will come to your blog, your email subscribers will increase, and your conversion rates will boost. Consistency and patience will do great for building your sustainable business.


author Nicolas FinetAuthor Bio

Nicolas Finet is a technically-minded marketer and the co-founder of sort-list.co.uk helping customers to get the most out of their digital strategies. Follow him on twitter @nifinet

3 Case Studies that Highlight the Success of Using Content Marketing

 

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Content marketing has become one of the most effective strategies for brands to publicize themselves. More than 75 percent of marketers see content marketing as a priority, with 77 percent of B2C marketers and 76 percent of B2B marketers planning to increase their content marketing strategy in 2016, according to a Contently survey.

Benefits like higher response and engagement rates, more timely and relevant interactions, and better word-of-mouth publicity are a few of the draws attracting marketers to content marketing. Here are three content marketing campaigns that paid off for some of today’s top brands, illustrating some effective strategies other brands can emulate.

Huffington Post Cooking Videos

The Huffington Post has found success by posting cooking videos on everything from poaching eggs and preparing pizza-themed recipes to making Chinese dumplings. When sharing these videos on Facebook, the clips are presented in a short format, making it easy to attract and maintain viewers’ attention. For example, a 1-minute and 18-second Facebook video on refugees cooking their native cuisine attracted more than 757,000 views.

But be sure to visit YouTube if you want to check out some longer videos that have also attracted a number of views. For instance, a 9-minute, 40-second video on how to cook the perfect steak by Chef Theo Randall has, to date, attracted more than 9,500 views and shows viewers, whether they’re experts in the kitchen or not, how to make a steak, along with portabella mushroom and homemade salsa verde. Other Huff Post Facebook posts link from pictures of food to how-to articles on the publisher’s website. By linking short, social media content to longer videos and articles, The Huffington Post is able to channel initial viewer interest from Facebook into deeper social engagement on the company’s site and YouTube channel.

Farmers Insurance Inner Circle

Blogging, another popular content marketing strategy, has been deployed successfully by Farmers Insurance through its Inner Circle web portal, which provides consumers with informative content on six main topics:

  • Auto smarts
  • Home tools
  • Life preparedness
  • Insurance gaps
  • Exclusive Farmers Insurance perks
  • Unbelievable but true insurance claims

The brief, engaging and easily-navigable content serves Farmers Insurance’s sales strategy by informing consumers on important insurance-related topics that may pique the interest of potential buyers, all the while guiding them along the company’s step-by-step sales funnel. To promote its content, Farmer’s Insurance syndicates its blogs to the company’s Facebook page, which also links to its Instagram feed and Pinterest board.

Farmers Insurance also posts original video content to its YouTube channel. By utilizing multiple social channels, Farmers Insurance attracts consumers interested in insurance policies using native content that engages and informs without needing to make a hard sell. Consumers to whom the content appeals will then naturally be drawn into a sales conversation.

Michelin Restaurant Ratings

For over a century, French tire maker Michelin has been publishing travel guides to assist drivers on road trips, featuring information on hotels, gas stations and mechanics. The Michelin brothers correctly foresaw this type of information would promote demand for cars by promoting French tourism. Eventually, a ratings system for restaurants emerged, where one star represents an esteemed restaurant, two stars means excellent cooking and three stands for exceptional cuisine.

Since 2005, Michelin’s venerable and highly selective restaurant guide has been reviewing some of the top eateries throughout the United States. Indeed, making the coveted Michelin guide can be difficult, as only 67 restaurants throughout the Big Apple received a Michelin star in 2014. Foodies traveling the world can now access Michelin’s guide on the company’s website and easily identify the best restaurants for their global excursion. This offering serves to drive traffic to Michelin’s website, while positioning the company as a premium brand representing quality taste.

Byline: Roy Rasmussen, co-author of Publishing for Publicity, is a freelance copywriter who helps small businesses get more customers and make more sales. His specialty is helping experts reach their target market with a focused sales message. His most recent projects include books on cloud computing, small-business management, sales, business coaching, social media marketing and career planning.


Roy Rasmussen, coauthor of Publishing for Publicity, is a freelance copywriter who helps small businesses get more customers and make more sales. His specialty is helping experts reach their target market with a focused sales message. His most recent projects include books on cloud computing, small business management, sales, business coaching, social media marketing, and career planning.

5 Tips for Non-Profits to Master SEO

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There are many reasons why non-profits have a great opportunity in digital marketing channels. The competition is low, their brands are authoritative and private companies love to be linked to them to improve their PR and brand recognition.

One of the online channels with great opportunities for non-profits is Search Engine Optimisation. Follow these 5 tips and make it work for you.

1. Understand your potential

How powerful is your non-profit’s website? Google uses a very complex algorithm to assign a value to every website that it will later use to decide which one is shown in rankings when someone uses the search engine.

In order to understand this value we can use 2 metrics from different trusted SEO tools, Domain Authority (DA) from Moz and Trust Flow (TF) from MajesticSEO. Even if you don’t have a paid for account, you’ll be able to see this data.

I’ve used 2 non-profits as examples to see how many points they are given:

(Please note that Orbis is a big and well-established international non-profit and Help them Hope a small national non-profit operating in Peru.)

As you can see, there are big differences in the above values, but these numbers are not helpful unless you have some context. Find your competitor’s score and see how your site fares against them.

2. Understand what works for you

I am sure if you are a UK non-profit like Orbis you would love to rank for terms such as “Donate to Charity”. And as I’m sure you know, this can prove difficult. The first non-profit that shows for this term is Oxfam. They score a DA=87 and a TF=66. However, you really don’t need to go after these big competitive terms; there are thousands of long tail keywords that would be more strategic. The question is: how do we find them?

If you log into your Webmaster Tools (now called Google Search Console), you will be able to find many keywords that your site is ranking for. Go to Search Traffic/Search Queries and download these keywords in a spreadsheet.

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This is the data for the last month for my digital marketing blog. I sorted the data by impressions to see where the opportunities are.

You can now easily check your current rankings for the top 10 keywords and see how far you are from 1st position. In my case, I have a great opportunity in RLSA as there is lot of interest based on the number of impression and I’m just 2 positions off 1st page.

If you are a registered non-profit in the UK, you are eligible for Google Grants, free AdWords advertising in Google! You can use this grant as a testing tool to see how the chosen keywords convert for you. If you see these are working for you, you´re in a stronger position to start your SEO campaign.

Now that we have the data and we know what to focus on, let’s see how we can put this into practice.

3. Make it accessible

We first need to check your On Site ranking factors to make sure Google can access your site easily and understands what you offer to potential visitors. Here is a checklist:

  1. Title tags: Do you use unique title tags in each page? Are these under 60 characters long? Do you use keywords when appropriate?
  2. Meta descriptions: Do you use engaging meta descriptions to improve your Click Through Rates? Make sure you add ‘call to actions’ to stimulate clicks.
  3. Page speed: How quick is your site to load? This is a very important SEO ranking factor
  4. Internal linking: Do you use internal links to refer users from one page to another? Internal linking is one of the best tools at your disposal to help Google understand what your site is about.

A great tool which will help you with this checklist is Woorank. Woorank analyses your on-page SEO accessibility and lets you know what you should focus on.

4. Build Links

This is where non-profits have their best chance to improve their SEO value.

Donors: Have a look at your list of current corporate donors. Do you have a link from their sites to yours? Go and ask them if they can put up an article on their blog/news section about how cool they are by funding one your latest projects. Offer them help to write up the article and they should be happy to oblige.

Badges: Most companies that donates to charity likes to be linked to the organisation they’re supporting. Why don’t you create an official badge that every donor can proudly show on their homepage? Make sure this badge contains a link back to your site.

Events: Charities tend to organise events in collaborations with other companies/organisations. Make sure you do a write up article talking about how great these companies are and let them know once this is published in your blog. They’re likely to take the bait and link back to your article to show their customers the great endorsement you’ve written about them.

5. Monitor your results

SEO is an art; you can’t scientifically prove what will work and what won’t. Therefore most of your successes will come from testing! And in order to test, you need to monitor the impact from your activities.

One tool I really like for this purpose is Serplab. Serplab is an amazing free tool that will allow you to monitor your rankings for all your chosen keywords on a daily basis. You can even set an automatic email with a daily report so you don’t even need to log into the tool.

Implement, monitor, learn and repeat!


Alvaro Bellido is London-based digital marketer passionate about non-profits, advertising and entrepreneurship. Alvaro collaborates with a number of non-profits as a digital consultant as well as London-based start-ups. You may find him on Google+, Twitter and his personal website.

Infographic: Ecommerce Checklist

Ecommerce is heading towards becoming a trillion-dollar industry and shows no signs of slowing down. Shopping online should be an easy experience for customers and if not they are likely to simply abandon the cart before even filling out their details. Getting the conversions can be a tricky business so we at IDF Marketing have created the “Ecommerce Checklist 2015” to help our clients and followers. This infographic explains quite a bit of important factors that you mightn’t think of. From simple tips on how you should tweak your page layout to tips on what your page should feature such as a Live Chat option to help questioning customers. Other essentials such as making the website mobile responsive and investing in good quality hosting to speed up your ecommerce website are also discussed in greater detail. We hope you find our infographic useful!

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