BUSINESS BLOGGING TIPS
How to Make Your Blog Posts More Visible in Three Simple Steps
1) Link Baiting
Call it link baiting, reverse guest blogging or influencer blogging. Either way, this is one of the best ways to make your posts more visible.
Of course, all of your posts should be equal parts engaging, relevant to your industry and informative. Remember, most people don’t want to be sold to. They want to be educated.
And one of the easiest ways to do that is through link baiting within your blog posts. This includes interviews, Q&As, features and news articles with movers and shakers in your industry. For example, an SEO agency’s blog could feature a one-on-one interview with Neil Patel, founder of KISSmetrics and Crazy Egg and the Quick Sprout blog. The interview can take place over the phone, Skype or even email.
Absent of that, hyperlinking to those thought leaders’ previous blog posts helps, too. If you’re writing about ways to reach the right audience, for example, and you can’t reach Patel, you can still hyperlink back to one of his blog posts on the topic within your own blog.
The reasons for this are simple: These influencers already have an audience. By including them in your own blog posts, you’re attracting some of their already established audience. Plus, those influencers will often promote your blog post on their own social channels and sometimes republish them on their own sites, thus drawing even more traffic to your site and blog posts.
- Utilize a service like JustReTweet to generate more retweets
- Send a link to the blog post through your email lists, or, simply email the post to other thought leaders, all while encouraging them to share it on their social platforms.
- Take advantage of social media groups and communities by posting the posts there
- Find forums that are high-value that you can publish your posts.
- Re-posting, retweeting, etc. older blog posts over several months’ time.
3) Syndicate Your Posts
Syndication is another way to make your content more visible.
Thought leaders in your industry are always looking for great content. And if they don’t have to write that content? Even better.
If you have blog posts that are relevant to an influencer, encourage them to republish your post, free of charge (just make sure they use a rel canonical tag; you can learn how to use one here). Again, these influencers already have an audience – and that same audience now sees your blog posts.
Case in point: Article-Writing had a recent post, “The Truth About Story Length,” that was republished by Relevance.com. The Relevance post was read by hundreds of people, and it included a link to Article-Writing’s website. All that generated more eyes on Article-Writing’s blog posts.
The ultimate goal of content marketing is offering your target audience information and materials that will engage them and motivate them to choose your business.
Seems easy, right?
Often, companies will simply share general content to please everyone. But let’s be honest: you can’t win them all. And that’s okay!
Rather than throwing a line and hoping the fish will bite, create Thought Leadership content strategically catered to your target market. Consider the people who would genuinely need or care about what your business offers, rather than wasting time, effort, and resources on creating general, unfocused content. Successful content marketing involves promoting your products and services to the people interested in the subject matter, who will read the content, click on your company website, and take action.
As an executive of an organization, you are a valuable piece of the brand. Consumers want to know about the human presence leading companies, in order to understand more about the company’s values and goals.
Take advantage of your position as an industry expert and share extra content to attract more attention to yourself as an industry leader and your company. Your quality content will build your reputation as a reliable voice to earn your consumer’s trust. However, if it’s not focused on your target audience, you won’t earn many conversions from your content.
Consider these techniques to guide your Thought Leadership content so it can expand and strengthen your loyal consumer following:
- Identify your target audience by reviewing your current consumer data and identifying who is investing in your business or reacting to your thought leadership materials so far. Look for trends to find why these people are interested and if others like them haven’t been reached yet.
- Conduct customer research to learn how they will respond to your thought leadership content. Request participation in surveys, polls, social media comments, and more to learn about your existing impression on your audience and how you can improve your platform.
- Create target audience character profiles. Identify their interests, demographics, pain points, needs, and desires, and write to them.
- Find where your current and potential audience is active online. Catch their attention by being active and sharing your content marketing materials on these platforms.
- Pull inspiration from other Thought Leader examples. Research other executives within your field who implement successful content marketing through their personal platforms. Learn what qualities make their content attractive and why readers respond to it positively. These examples can offer a base for you to visualize what you want to achieve.
- Recognize your strengths as a Thought Leader. Often, leaders aren’t necessarily aware of the unique talents that give them an advantage in their industry until asked. Reflect on what topics you know best and how to input your insights to humanize your materials, make them original and more engaging for your audience.
Case Study: How Strategic Content Marketing Can Broaden Your Audience
In our client strategy calls, our team will interview our expert clients to learn about their industry expertise and find out what’s meaningful to them, their business, and then identify who we believe to be their target audience. We use these insights to inspire our content subject matter and tone to create impactful content for their current and potential consumers.
For example, our client, Dr. Nitin Desai, approached our strategy team to create content to promote his COVID Pre-Check app. His innovative software is intended to help employers ensure their employees who enter the office are COVID-free, providing a safe environment by eliminating the chance of spread.
Our team of strategists recognized that with Dr. Desai’s thorough professional knowledge around the COVID-19 virus, he had the potential to become a reliable voice in a culture of people seeking answers. We created content for Dr. Desai that focused on sharing COVID-related insights to reach a wider audience, which has been a successful mission. Our thoroughly planned content reflected his industry expertise, which brought him attention from various media outlets and publications, including Forbes.
By reaching out to our professional content marketing team, Dr. Desai achieved his goal of promoting his groundbreaking app, while also positioning himself as an authoritative voice in his field. Our team learned about his voice, discovered what was meaningful to him and his target audience, and optimized this to create focused, engaging content that broadened his consumer scope.
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