How to Promote a Blog Post

For the longest time, I was someone that loved to blog but hated promoting my content. To be honest, I really don’t know why that was.

The reason I bring this up is to emphasize that without promotion, my content never got anywhere. The few visitors I had to my blog came only when I did promote a single posts, but the traffic was never enough to draw in consistent visitors.

Without promoting your blog posts, they will more than likely end up as mine did which is stuck in the limbo of the internet. In this blog post, I want to share some of the ways to promote each of your blog posts to you can attract more customers to your blog and grow your list.

How to Promote a Blog Post

There are two overall ways to promote your content that fall under the umbrella of free and paid. In this post I am only going to focus on the free methods, so here goes. Here are my top 3 ways to promote blog posts that in my opinion, bring in the best return on time invested.

1.) SEO

Search engine optimization (SEO), is a long term play on getting visitors to your content but can be more than worth it. When you have content ranked all over the search engines it can work for you all day, every day for years to come.

2.) Forums 

Not matter what niche you are in, there are forums all over the web where people that share the same interests as you hang out.

Get active in one or two of these forums and contribute as much value as possible. Often times people go to these forums in search of information or to ask questions and if you have already created a blog post or other piece of content that can help, you can post your link for hundred of people to potentially see.

The more active you are in these forums, the more credible you will appear to people and the more trust and like you can build with them. This is a great way to grow your list which can bring tons of visitors to your content in itself.

3.) Emailing Your List 

I have yet to speak on building an email list but will touch on it for a bit here. When you have constructed a list of people that already like and trust you, you can send out your content to them. This is great for proving your value and growing a relationship with readers.

If you don’t have a list, promoting your content on social media, forums, and other sites where your target viewers hang out is a great way in itself to get people to join.

As you can see, they have a win-win effect on one another.

What’s the Difference Between On and Off-Page SEO?

SEO seems to be the focus on my new blog here lately, so I will keep it going by breaking down what the difference between on and off page optimization is.

But just to recap, on and off page SEO are implemented in order to show search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing what a website is about so that it can know where to place it in the search results. The goal of these search engines is to bring the most high quality, authoritative content on the web. When website is optimized to meet these factors, it has a much greater chance of being positioned on the first page, which is where over 90% of search visitors choose a site from to alleviate their search needs.

So what the is difference between the two and why do they matter when it comes to website optimization?

On-Page SEO

On page optimization is the process of tailoring your actual website to meet the necessary factors that help Google know what the site is about. This involves:

  • Creating long and strong content on multiple pages on the site that includes keywords that a target audience would be searching for. For example, carpet cleaning nashville, carpet cleaning service nashville, nashville stain removal services, towing nashville, limo service nashville, nashville tile and grout cleaning, etc. I’m pretty sure that you get the picture. 🙂
  • Including the main keyword in paragraph titles and description
  • Images and videos that relate to the subject

You will see a variation of these factors but these days less equals more. Over optimization can cause red flags so following only the factors I have mentioned above can take your site pretty far. Never underestimate the power of on page SEO.

Off-Page SEO

Off page optimization is where it can get more tricky and is a little more out of your control. This process involves link building, rather listing your website’s link on another website. This link will count as a “vote” in the eyes of the search engines and give your website more authority. If a website has no links then it may appear as less credible since it doesn’t have any credible sources referring to it. Off page factors include:

Overall, off-page SEO is about acquiring links for your website so that it can gain more trust and credibility.

And really, it just gets more complicated from here. The process of back linking may sound simple but there are different types of links and factors to be considered when doing so. This is something that I plan on covering in much greater detail in a later post but for now, I just wanted to give an overall description of what on and off page SEO are about.

What is SEO? (Search Engine Optimization)

If you have ever done a Google search then you may be wondering how the results that are served up to you got there. It’s certainly not by accident by directly done through the process of search engine optimization.

SEO, or search engine optimization, is the process of optimizing a web page or website for search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. This optimizing process includes a list of factors that are known as on and off page optimization.

The purpose of SEO and optimizing a site is mostly to earn placement in the top of a search result when someone is actively searching for a phrase or keyword. This can be anything that people use to look up a product or service, or any other similar information. As you may see, having your website positioned on the first page of a search engine can highly increase the amount of people that see it and also sales. Local businesses, national businesses, affiliates, and e-commerce stores are some examples of people that take advantage of search engine optimization.

Websites that don’t put SEO into practice have little to no chance of being returned to users in the search results since it’s difficult for them to understand what the site is about. It’s one thing to have a website and it could be the most beautiful one in the world, but if no one can ever find it then it may not be a success. This is the main reason why people utilize search engine optimization.

SEO is an Ever-changing Process

As each year goes by, search engines like Google tend to change their algorithms for ranking, which can make things easier or even more difficult.

The basics of SEO have always been the same and probably will remain the same for a while so once you learn the foundation, you should understand the process.

Where to Promote Your Blog Content

I may have already talked about how to promote blog posts on Easy Pic, but today I want to talk about where. They may sound the same, but really are quite different.

Where you promote your blog content will vary by your niche but for the most part, the places stay the same.

So where are the best places to push your new posts around?

1.) Social Media

Of course, you probably already guessed that one!

The search engines look at social signals when deciding which content to rank because let’s face it, even most grannies are on social media these days. As sad as it may be, having a social media account in a way makes you a somebody, so it’s just as important for your blog to as well.

On top of that, many audiences hang out on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram, so why not push your content in front of their faces.

2.) Forums

Forums are great places to promote your blog content because they usually house a ton of questions and concerns on the topics you are probably already blogging about. While I mention that, I should also note that these questions and concerns make great topics for future content and when you see people ask them in the future, you can drop a link to your content to leave a more valuable response.

You never want to put all your eggs in one basket, but this promotion strategy alone can bring in tons of targeted traffic to your blog posts.

3.) YouTube Videos

I read just yesterday that YouTube owns 60% of the online video market, plus it’s common knowledge that most people would rather watch videos to learn these days than read. Because of this, you have an even better chance of getting people to consume your content.

All you have to do is find a way to turn your blog post into a video and add the link to the actual post in the description. Videos are highly authoritative to can rank for some easy keywords, and is another great way to bring in targeted traffic for your blog.

The video that ties into your blog post can be anything from you talking in person or on a screen recording that discuss the topic more in-depth, or whatever, just as long as it sparks interest and provides value.

Converting Blog Posts Into Even More Content

Anybody that is a blogger knows that creating content for their blog can take time and creativity.

You spend time learning about and experiencing something, then you decide how you want to write about it, and then pour your heart and soul into the piece. This may not always take hours, but the good ones usually seem to.

Wouldn’t it be nice though if there was something you could do to put your blog posts to their maximum use? To use them in more ways than one? Well guess what?

There is! Here’s how:

Repurposing Old Blog Posts for New Content

Why limit our blog posts to just the blog we are writing them for?

Instead, why not take the little nuggets of these posts and repurpose them into different formats of content that can be shared on other platforms, which will in return, give the original content more views, and even likes and shares.

This could mean converting your old blog posts into:

  • YouTube videos
  • Slideshows
  • Images, Infographics
  • Content for social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat – you get the picture
  • Even content for a whole other blog

The possibilities are only growing, but the content formats I just listed are proven to be highly effective for getting more likes, shares and even followers to the original blog post.

Repurposing old content may take a little extra time, but the effort can go a long way over time and is one of the most simple ways to grow your blog for cheap.

The Importance of Building a List

I’m not talking about a grocery list or even a honey-do one for that matter. What I am referring to is a list of online consumers that you can always market to and build a customer base from.

Building a list of people is a great way to have ongoing visitors to your website. A list is typically made up of people that you have compelled to know, like, and trust you, which can be done by providing amazing value. There are plenty of ways to build a list using free and paid methods, some that take longer than others.

When you have a list, selling can become almost effortless as you have your very own list of people to offer to that already know and trust you. Whether you’re selling a product, service, or just yourself, a list can be a great tool for promotion. Instead of having to spend more time and/or money on finding new visitors and buyers, you can easily send out an email to your list and have visitors to a page within minutes.

My Top 3 Ways I Grow My List

Like I said, there are many of ways to build a list. Some cost more than others and some take more time to see results, but the most important thing is that you are actually building a list. I personally like free, so those are the types of marketing that I’m going to discuss.

Blogging

Blogging can take a little more time because you have to find a niche and create valuable, unique content for your targeted visitors. When creating content that solves the needs and problems of your visitors, it becomes easier to provide them with value, which will in turn make them trust you. At this point are most likely to join your list but it’s important to note that it can take 7-14 exposures to an audience for them to join your list.

People want to follow people that teach them things that are helpful and relevant, so never stop learning so that you can be a beneficial instructor.

Videos

These days, people would much rather watch a video to learn something than they would read a blog post.

YouTube and Vimeo are free, frequently visited websites where you can post videos that also teach and provide massive value for your visitors. Taking the route of pairing a blog post with a video can be twice as effective since you can add a link to one inside of the other.

Video can be one of the quickest, cheapest, and most effective ways of building a list so naturally, it’s highly recommended. And if you are doing SEO, videos rank faster than blog posts so can be just another great form of promotion.

Forums

If you do this list building method, you can bring in some of the most highly targeted visitors for your blog and to compel to join your list.

People search and ask questions every day in many of the popular forums out there, so if you can be there to answer them then your value amongst the community will grow. People will trust you enough to listen to your advice and even trail back to your blog posts or videos to get more. It’s all about being active and building up a solid reputation that can work for you for the next few years to come.

The Basics of Blogging: An Overlook

Blogging can be used for an array of purposes, but what I have mostly seen is to make money online or expand outreach on a company or brand.

To these people blogging can sometimes seem like a chore or a challenge while those that do it because they want to are usually in it for the passion. Either way, if you don’t have something different, unique, and important, then most people probably aren’t going to listen very much to you. See, the internet is a heavily crowded place, and a large chunk of that space is filled with bloggers. If you can’t find a way to rise above the crowd with your own unique spin then what makes you different enough for people to want to continue to pay attention to.

Find Your Voice

If there’s one important thing I learned about blogging it’s that you can’t care about what people think, and certainly not be afraid to blog with your real voice. Back in the old days when I started my very first blog, it pretty much bombed because I wasn’t really being me. I was blogging in this scared, weak little voice that just blended in with everyone else. It wasn’t until l broke out of that and into my own self that I was able to find success with blogging.

Other than that, here’s what else you need to know about the basics of blogging.

Know Your Topic. The more you do, the better quality of content you can create. This leads to more eyeballs on your content and more frequent visitors. But before you can even know your topic…

Know Your Purpose for Blogging. Like I said above, there are many reasons for blogging. What’s yours? Are you promoting a product or service for a company you work for or are an affiliate for? Or will this simply be a side project kind of like this blog is for me? Either way you need clarity so you can figure out exactly who your audience is and construct your content specifically for them. This in itself will lead to more customers and conversions because at this point you are providing your target market with exactly what they need. In many cases they will even feel like the content was created just for them. And that my friends, is when you know you have done a good job with your subject.

Have Consistency

Any successful person in any industry will tell you that to get to the level they are at, they had to do certain things on a consistent basis and over a prolonged period of time. Well, blogging works the same way and if you want to make it big, you need to write continuously until you start to see results. Then scale it up and create even more results. It has also been proven that people return to profiles and blogs online that keep updated with fresh content every day, every week, or even just once a month.

Stay consistent and you will go far.

3 Considerations for Finding the Right Mentor for You

Finding the right mentor can be life-changing, but first you have to find a good fit for you. In the age of information and easy access to sharing information online, it’s more common than ever for people to consider themselves mentors.

This can not only can this make it hard to know what person would make a good mentor for your current life situation, it can also be more difficult to know who is the real deal and who is just full of spam.

Here are four ways to figure out if someone is a good fit for a mentor.

1.) They are already where you want to be

The fastest way to achieve success in any field is to reverse engineer the work of some one that has already been down the same path. Not only can they give you insight, but your learning curve can literally be cut in half.

And the best part is, you won’t have to go down the path by yourself.

2.) They should be available

I will say now that I consider authors of books I read and courses I take to be mentors to an extent. This is however, much different from having mentors that you actually speak to and interact with.

This doesn’t mean that you should expect them to always be on-call to help you, but being able to get their insights and opinions is what is most valuable about having them in the first place.

3.) Their knowledge and skills should be reinforced

What’s the point of seeking a certain type of mentor if they aren’t one of, if not the best at what they do. Or at least have a very good understanding with proof to back up what they are saying.

Remember how I said earlier that some people consider themselves to be mentors because of the easy access to online sharing? Well this is where that mostly comes in. If people have achieved what the said they have then they should certainly be able to back it up. Especially since they can so easily do some online nowadays.

Cool Tips for Finding a Mentor

Wow. It’s been a long time since I have posted on here!

It’s a new year and I’m a new me, which means that I have a lot of new information in store to share with you. Today I want to talk about mentors, and how they can change your life and your business forever – if they are knowledgeable on the subject of course.

What do I mean?

Well, any one can be a mentor, but it’s ideal to learn from someone that is where you want to be or has what you want, and that can show you the same. In this post, I’m going to show you how to find a mentor for whatever it is that you are pursuing in life. 

Is SEO Dead, Or Alive and Well?

There’s been a common question lingering around the SEO community for the past couple of years. If you’re been around the block a time or two, you probably know exactly which question I’m talking about.

Is SEO dead?

Ah, the infamous phrase that seem to be freaking a lot of people out. But why?

In short, SEO is always evolving and therefore, things are going to change. New algorithms arise, and some methods just don’t work like they used to, if at all.

Just a few short years ago, you could spam a website with tons of links and the throw a bunch of keywords all over the place. Basically, you could be lazy and sloppy with your SEO work to get top rankings. Then Google came along and slapped penalties on websites with this kind of work, making it more difficult to rank without having a more natural appearance, i.e: natural links, natural content and natural traffic and social signals.

Which is exactly why – in my humble opinion – people are running around the web screaming that SEO is dead as if the sky were falling.

Google’s sole purpose is to provide the best, most optimal user experience possible and in our age of ever-expanding information, content is the best indicator that your website is just that. This means if you want to offer a solid user experience, you need to start focusing more on content and less on link building.

Don’t get me wrong, link building still works well – as long as the links look natural and aren’t coming from spammy sites. But the reality is, content is only going to become increasingly important in the future, and Google will always reward websites that have quality content over those that do not.

So yes, to many people, SEO may seem dead since it’s adopting a greater importance of content over just link building.

You can still rank websites with good ole’ SEO, but content will always play a significant part whether we like it or not. In the end, it will separate those that are good at search engine optimization from those that are not.