How to Drive Traffic With Roundup Posts

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Western culture relies heavily on lists. Grocery lists, playlists, bucket lists, to-do lists. These lists are functional as they dictate how and when we’ll do something, and we often rely on them to map out our lives. (This stems from our desire for order and comprehensibility, says Italian philosopher Umberto Eco.)

Know Your Enemy: Practical Tips to Prevent Copyright Violation, Duplicate and Plagiarized Content

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Plagiarized and duplicate content (as well as copyright breach) are not synonyms, but they do have something in common. They’re shortcuts and are usually a desire to gain profit. So what can these misdeeds entail and how do you avert their negative consequences?

The In-Depth Guide to Content Promotion

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Content marketing is an excellent tool for building authority, gaining influence, enhancing visibility, getting attention and, eventually, winning sales. But creating the right content is only half the battle. If you don’t promote your content so that people have the chance to see it then there’s no point in creating content at all. That’s why […]

A Guide To Creating Buyer Personas That Will Improve Your Content Conversion Rates

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Amy is 35 years old. She’s just been promoted to Marketing Manager at the SaaS company she works for. She learned the ropes as a marketing assistant for the last few years – but the owners of the company expect a lot from her in her new role. Her first order of business: improving the […]

How To Diagnose Ineffective Content (and Turn Your Performance Around)

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Giuseppe Fratoni had a simple battle plan: he would put his business blog at center stage, create great content to position himself as an expert, and drive loads of traffic to his blog (ultimately generating more leads and more clients). Beginning with the well-known content marketing method of interviewing experts, he had visions of his […]

7 Side Projects That Became Marketing Engines

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Seth Godin, upon learning of the term content marketing, once said, “content marketing is the only marketing that’s left.” Of course, he already knew that delivering value to your audience upfront was the best way to generate awareness, build trust, and cultivate an audience (not to mention, sell stuff).

How to Increase Blog Traffic Without Using Social Media

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When it comes time to promote your blog post, I recommend doing everything in your power to do so. Share it, tweet it, promote it, like it, talk about it, comment about it, and put it on every social network you possibly can. At the same time, we can’t rely on social media as the […]

Want to Boost Conversions? Get Employees Involved in Content Creation

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Your content. You know it has to be the right mix to not only attract visitors, but convert them as well. You may be writing content for your website, newsletter, landing pages, or email campaign and almost immediately you notice that it’s not converting the way you hoped or thought it would. Could it be […]

The 20 Best Lessons from 100 CrazyEgg Posts

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I recently had my 100th post published on the Crazy Egg blog. (In case you’re interested, here’s my first, published in 2012.) For me, that’s quite a milestone, as it’s the most posts I’ve written on someone else’s blog. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. In celebration, I’m recapping some of the most successful posts […]

How to Create Credible Content (Even if No One Knows You Exist!)

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We all have them. Those marketing mavens and industry gurus we follow for insights and ideas on how to build our business better. But what makes them worth following, and what can you learn from their efforts? Credibility can’t be bought. You can’t run down to the store and purchase a gallon drum of the […]

11 Ways to Get an ROI from Your Blog Comments

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Commenting on blogs used to be a link building strategy. Busy people would spend days finding blogs, pasting in comments with a link, and hoping it would build the authority of their website. It worked for a little while, but that SEO technique has gone down the same route as link wheels and doorway pages.

5 Ways To Increase Content Engagement On Your Blog

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Writing content that doesn’t promote engagement is like speaking to an audience that’s wearing headphones – it doesn’t matter what you say because nobody is paying attention (and the few that are don’t care).

No One Wants Your Ebook. Here Are 4 Better Ways To Grow Your Marketing List

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Do you know the term ‘banner blindness’? That phenomenon where we consciously or subconsciously ignore banners and ads on websites. Apparently 86% of consumers suffer from it. Well, I think I’m starting to suffer from book blindness too. Every blog I read now has an opt-in or CTA to download their ebook. Unless something comes […]

Infographic: How to Promote Your Blog and Make it Viral

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It’s common to focus all your energy on writing a blog post, and then completely forget to promote it. Write it and let Google do the rest – right? The great P.T. Barnum once said: Without promotion, something terrible happens… nothing! That’s right. Absolutely nothing. Today’s infographic goes through the step-by-step process on how to […]

Is Long Form Content Still Viable Today?

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As soon as I mention the words “long form content”, people seem to start nodding off to sleep. Our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter, with more bite-sized content available on-demand across a variety of devices. Does long form content even have a place on the web anymore? Absolutely it does! Need proof? Here […]

Does Gated Content Really Increase Subscriber Rates?

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When it comes to building email lists, one of the most widely accepted practices is to provide high-value content (e.g., ebooks, whitepapers, case studies, webinars) behind an opt-in form as gated content. Blogs like Harvard Business Review and Copyblogger gate their most valuable content.

Your Expert Guide to Writing Awesomely Effective Headlines

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Every headline is clickbait. Is that controversial? Perhaps. A headline’s integral purpose is to bait a click or provoke a reader’s interest and curiosity.

What It Really Takes to Emotionally Connect With Customers

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I don’t like how people have downplayed the role of emotion. Emotions and decision-making go hand-in-hand. When it comes to marketing, you can’t neglect the role that emotions play. Once you recognize this, however, it brings up an important question: How do you emotionally connect with your customers? There are two features. It starts with

The Science Behind High-Performing Headlines

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Crafting great headlines is as much art as it is science. You have to intrigue people on an emotional level, and then back up your statement quickly with the logic that your piece is worth their click. Fortunately, the number crunchers who analyze these things in great detail have provided us with some fascinating data […]

4 Guiding Lights for Content that Converts

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How many blog posts have you read today? If you ask me, I’d put that number at around twenty at the very minimum. Social media posts, videos and other forms of content aside, that would be my approximate blog count for the day. Why? Because there is such abundance of content, and a lot of […]

How to Add CTAs to Your Blog for Higher Conversions

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You already know that you’re supposed to put call to actions on your landing pages. But what about putting calls to action on your blog? Is that even a thing? Is it important? I think that it is very important to put CTAs in your blog posts. Why? Because a blog without CTAs does not […]

5 Content Marketing Best Practices You Should Probably Ignore

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Online content marketing has been around for a while — a decade or so. Like anything “digital,” content marketing has metamorphosed from its nascent origins on message boards to its mature form that includes

Will Ditching Your Sidebar Increase Your Profits?

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Is your blog sidebar a side-thought? When was the last time you looked at your sidebar when trying to optimize your blog? The closest most marketers get is slapping an opt-in box at the top and calling it a day. Does this make you lazy? No, not at all. If you’re reading this article, you’re […]

CRO School: 3 Questions You Must Ask to Boost Content Conversions

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Does too much content equal lower conversions? That’s certainly what Joe Pulizzi of the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) seems to think. He says that content marketers are publishing too much

How We Increased Content Shares by 200% After Simplifying CTAs

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You know that feeling of pride you get after your company puts together a piece of content that is just brilliant? You want everyone to see it, and you have full confidence that it will delight anyone that it reaches. But how do you make that happen in a cost-efficient way? Here’s a novel idea: […]

6 Insanely Powerful Blog CTAs You Should Start Using Now

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The call to action is where your blog makes money. All your idea generation, research, writing, editing, posting — it all boils down to a call to action — a CTA. If you don’t have a CTA, then your blog is not nearly as profitable as it could be. It’s time to make bank from your […]

How To Use Trending Topics To Increase Your Conversion Rate

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Every day, trending topics capture millions upon millions of eyeballs. As I’m writing this, the “Philadelphia Eagles” and “Stephen Colbert” have each garnered 200,000+ searches, while “Kate Upton” and “Legend of Korra” are both clocking in at over 100,000 searches. These topics are generating lots of eyeballs right now. They weren’t trending last week and […]

It’s Time to Approach Content Marketing Like a CRO (Here’s How)

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The biggest problem with content marketing today is that we downplay its importance. We take things for granted and presume readers will automatically like our articles. But, more often than not, we don’t write content with the reader in mind. For the professional writer you hire, it could just be a means to an end, […]

How to Design a Social Content Strategy Like a CRO

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Most of us have learned by now that content is the currency of the modern Web. It’s used to earn trust, attention, engagement, and actions from users all around the world by brands and businesses of all sizes. And it often primes your visitors to respond positively to your the conversion optimization tactics you’ve employed on […]

7 Tips on Boosting Conversions through Content with BuzzSumo

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Why do all the biggest brands create mountains of content? Since Google changed it’s algorithm, content has become the new SEO, generating lots of qualified traffic. But there’s another reason. The better you are at creating value with your content, the more conversions you can drive as well. The challenge is to know what your […]

How to Turn Your Ebook Into a Conversion Booster

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There’s a lot of hype around ebooks. Depending on your perspective, they are either going to save or ruin the publishing industry.  What isn’t hype, though, is that ebook sales have overtaken print sales because people are downloading them in record numbers. That’s good news for writers, but what about marketers? Can an ebook actually […]

5 Reasons Nobody Is Reading Your Website Content

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Before a website can convert traffic into prospects or customers, visitors have to read the content. Most of the time, they don’t. According to UX expert Jakob Nielsen, the average Web page visit lasts less than a minute, and the average visitor reads only a quarter of the text on a page. In my experience […]

If You Aren’t Scoring Content, You Can’t Know What’s Working

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Sending your company’s content out into the world without knowing whom it’s going to reach — or why it should interest them — is as efficient as a paperboy flinging rolled-up newspapers into the street at random. Sure, some will be caught or plucked up from the sidewalk, but the majority of the newspapers will […]

A/B Testing Your Content Marketing Strategy

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If you make (or want to make) your income online, you probably already recognize that your content marketing strategy plays an important role in your success… But, did you realize that content (or information) is becoming more important than ever? It’s true because potential customers are seeking more and more information before making their buying […]

The Science of Storytelling and How to Use It in Marketing

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During the Civil War, on May 12, 1863, a young Martha stood on her front porch as a battle raged nearby. A bullet passed through the scrotum of a soldier, travelled at least 100 feet more, then hit the reproductive tract of Martha, who nine months later gave birth to a baby boy. Incredible isn’t it? Almost […]

How to Develop a Persuasive Blog Design

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Persuasion is the underlying art of life. Whether we are developing code, creating PSDs, optimizing title tags, or shooting video, we are engaging in some form of persuasion. If you are a designer or developer, I challenge you to think of yourself in a new way. You are a master of persuasion. In today’s content […]

How to Do Conversion Optimization without Ruining Your SEO

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For too long, conversion optimization and SEO have been viewed as enemies — like rival college football teams or industry competitors. They’re not enemies. In fact, taken together, conversion optimization and SEO are a force that can lead to insane levels of success and prosperity. Bringing these two together can create a cascade of conversions […]

How to Optimize Videos for Better Conversions

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Videos enable consumers to see a product more clearly and in action. As such, they tend to drive conversions better than text alone. In this article we are going to talk about the advantages of using videos for your site and provide you with a step-by-step plan backed with examples that shows you how to […]

A Conversion Tracking Game Changer for Local Businesses

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Looking to market a local business online? If so, you’re in luck because you’ve got a number of advantages over virtual businesses (the interview below covers what these are). However, there are some unique challenges too, especially when it comes to accurately tracking conversions. And how to overcome arguably the biggest challenge is one of […]

Advanced Tips: How To Use Content To Drive Conversions

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As the Co-Founder and Strategic Director of Orbit Media, Andy Crestodina’s worked with over 1000 businesses to help them develop their content and conversion strategies for the web. He’s also a highly in demand speaker and author, having written over 170 articles on content marketing topics for the Orbit blog and as a contributor to […]

6 Conversion-Boosting Benefits of Online Videos

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If you’re not using online video, you’re missing out. Last year, videos accounted for half of all mobile data traffic, says CISCO, and while people are watching much less TV, video’s popularity continues to rise. That’s why it makes sense to include video on your site. Here are 6 ways that using video boosts conversions, […]

How to Get More Eyes on Your Content by Leveraging Paid Channels

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You’re into content marketing, right? Well, I’ve got some bad news and some good news. The bad news is that it’s becoming really hard to be heard through all the noise. People are busy and don’t have time to carefully research how your product or service can help them is limited. So you can’t rely […]

Content that Converts: How to Turn Viewers into Buyers

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You work hard creating, curating, collecting, and sharing content to market your business. But, are you missing critical elements when it comes to your content marketing strategy? In other words, is your content optimized to turn viewers into buyers? If not, you’ll get tons of people to read, share, and comment on your content… but […]

7 Tips that Take Your Content from Flat to Fabulous

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In today’s world, good Web content just isn’t going to cut it. You need outstanding content. If you want a website that doesn’t just get by, but flourishes, there are seven key elements you must include in your content. Let’s take a look. 1. Provide Value Passion and a skill for words are only two […]

The Pros and Cons of ContentCloud for Content Management

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If you’ve bought into content marketing (as you should), you’ve probably also been looking for a tool to help you manage the planning, creation and distribution of your content, especially if you work with a team. With a growing number of solutions on the marketing, how do you know which is right for you? To help, […]

The Ultimate Guide to Finding and Using Images in Your Content

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You get it, I know. Content is important for marketing your business, ranking in search engines and attracting well-qualified, eager-to-buy customers. What you may not realize is the value of images in that content.

7 Awesome Content Marketing Examples You Can Steal!

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Content marketing and social media go together like peanut butter and jelly.  Done right, a good content marketing piece can go viral and result in massive exposure and reach for the company. Here are seven excellent social content marketing examples and the strategies that paid off big for their companies—plus tips for how you can […]

Visme: Bring Visuals to Life

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If you’re looking for a way to bring visual content to life, then Visme could be the answer. Formerly known as Easy Web Content Presenter, the free browser-based tool allows marketers to easily create a range of visuals, including: Web and mobile animations Presentations Infographics Banner ads Graphs and charts Product demos In open beta […]

Secrets of a Killer Blog Post [Infographic]

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These days it doesn’t do to simply write a blog post. It needs to stand out. Better still, it needs to be epic. So how do you ensure your blog posts kill? You need to go deep. You need to know where and how to find great ideas and credible sources. Here’s everything you need […]

Increase Conversions by Mapping Content to the Buyer Journey

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As a savvy digital marketer, you probably already know the value of content marketing. You probably also know it involves the creation and distribution of content in order to generate demand, bridging the gap between brand awareness and lead generation. But are you aware that this process isn’t about the hard sell? Some think that […]