If you post on social media, you’re a writer. Being a writer is an important distinction to make. You’re a writer because you publish what you share online for public consumption. Once you press “post” the content is no longer in your hands. And even though you can delete your social media content, as long as someone took a screenshot or shared your content, it will continue to exist. When you begin to think of yourself as a writer, the social media landscape changes. No longer does it seem appropriate to slap content together and see what happens. No, every writer follows a style guide and those who write social media content should follow a stylebook as well.
A good headline can make or break an article. Any Buzzfeed reader can tell you that. Any website that A/B tests their headlines knows it to be true. Check out the infographic from QuickSprout below to get you writing headlines like a champ in no time.
Blogging is an amazing business tool, and a great way to share your brand, your expertise, and build relationships with current and new clients. Blogs are also a source of fresh content. And, we all know how much the search engines love fresh content.
Everyone is telling us to produce content. Content marketing is the cure for all our social media ills according to the experts. Great. Problem solved. I'll just go and create some content. Once that's finished, I'll create some more. Then some more and then, you guessed it, some more. Does anyone else see a problem here? Most of us don't have the time to keep producing original content on an almost industrial scale.
My rule for sharing content is simple (in fact, you probably learned it in kindergarten): Sharing is caring. I care about our community, and I want to reflect that in the quality of content that I share with them. To put it bluntly: Curating crap means you think your audience deserves to read crap.
I have been running my own business for about seven years now and creating online content about the same amount of time. The genesis of my business — 2008 — probably represented the apex of the traditional notion of SEO – elaborate schemes for backlinks, keyword stuffing, and jamming links into every cranny of the web, including blog comments. And I virtually ignored it all. Sure, I learned about SEO. I even experimented with it. But I generally ignored all of the SEO best practices of the day. I was the least-optimized blogger on earth for one reason – I knew the structure of the SEO system could not last.
The world of content promotion depends on the quick creation of high-quality content, so there’s no time for writer’s block. What do you do if this common creative hurdle grabs hold? Try these tips: Write (don’t type). Limit (the parameters). Focus (on your content promotion strategy).
The online reader is busy. Between newsfeed scrolling and bookmarked, content-heavy websites, there are plenty of distractions out there in the big online ocean. To counter the screen-induced ADD readers of today, we’ll have to shape content around their expectations.
Every craftsman or craftswoman has a toolbox – a collection of items essential to getting the job done right. As a copywriter, I’m no different from a carpenter in this regard, except that instead of using a saw or a sledge hammer to whip wood into submission, I use reference materials and word processing programs to carve thoughts into blocks of words.
Needless to say, a powerful infographic can greatly boost your organic web search ranking. In order to succeed with your infographic, it’s very important to choose the right idea to begin with – one that matters to your audience – then make sure the actual content is informative, compelling and tight.