“Content is king,” SEOs, copywriters and search engines say. Content helps search engines decide relevance, helps bring visitors in and converts them into paying customers, avid readers and loyal followers. With something so important to your online business success, you want to make sure you’re putting out the right content. Not sure what that is? Read on…
Call this a press release. Heck, call it a chatty letter. You can even call it bragging, because we’re proud of the things our company is doing. We’ve come a long way, baby. The founder of Level343, Gabriella Sannino, is an Italian transplant. She’s lived in the U.S. for more years than she’d care to say (and we have an NDA clause that says we won’t spill the whole “age” thing), been in more countries than you can shake a stick at and speaks five languages fluently.
It was down to the wire. We needed a big boost in traffic and we needed it yesterday. Everyone waited impatiently as the boss read over the copy; the copywriter rubbed her raw fingers, staring down at the still smoking keyboard she had ruthlessly pounded in a race against the clock. The optimizer, bouncing on her toes, stared at the boss and chewed a fingernail down to the nub. The boss gave a quick nod. “Send it to the client.”
So, you broke down and paid for a course. You learned that content marketing is the wave of the future and that with great content your profits will explode; all your worries will be over. You spend some time each day researching and writing. You’re doing it all right. Except, your list isn’t growing. No one forwards your emails. You don’t have more comments on your blog posts. Worst of all, your sales are flat. Is it time to throw in the towel and rent a billboard? Before you do, take a second to look at these common content marketing mistakes. You might be on the brink of exploding profits without even realizing it!
Content curation? Not content creation? Even the word processor we use thinks the word is spelled wrong. However, content curation has been around for quite awhile. As content developers and a business with a blog, we know it’s hard to keep up with the constant need for fresh articles. After posting umpteenth hundred posts, everybody has at least one experience with the whole “What do I write about NOW” question. Usually, this happens only a day or two before the next one post is due to come out.
Many of you may not know, but we put up a website usability survey on our site some time back in October. At the end of the survey, we left a place for open-ended comments where visitors can add their thoughts, tips, pointers, etc.
Our last Wordpress How To, where we covered the very basics of setting up a Wordpress.org (self-hosted) site, was received well by many of our readers. We’ve received several emails and tweet requests for another Wordpress tutorial, based on widgets, sidebars and plugins. We’re listening!
This isn’t a short blog, (they never are) but it holds a lot of information for those struggling to write their own web content and blogs. If you don’t have time now, bookmark it and come back later. This is essential information for those trying to figure out how to write for their visitors, to keep them coming back again!
Okay, people, here comes a question to ponder. Why do we blog? Not “we”, as in Level343, but “we” as in bloggers. While some may blog “just because” and don’t care whether people read it or not, this isn’t the case for the majority. You have a voice and you want it to be heard; you want to inform, engage and entertain the masses. For businesses, blogging has an even bigger purpose. Besides informing and engaging, you want to bring traffic to the blog and, in turn, to your site.
Your web presence is up and running smoothly, the visitors are swarming, and even buying your products or services. The next step is to start a related blog. Your blog might be a place for your customers to ask questions, to talk to other customers, or to find more detailed information about your company, services and products. Whatever the purpose and intended goal for your blog, there are a few generally accepted rules, which apply to all company or business blogs, that will keep visitors coming back.