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5 Takeaways from Studying Articles that Went Viral on Popular Blogs

bl064b-headerLast year, Twitter announced that they were going to shut down the API that allowed users to display Twitter share counts on their website. Before that happened, I decided to scrape social share counts from some of the most well known blogs that used content marketing to successfully grow their businesses.

I then sorted the data and took a close look at some of the articles that went viral on these blogs. Some blogs have articles that got shared over 10,000 times.

In this article, I take a closer look at some of the most shared articles on these blogs and what we can learn from their success.

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5 Lessons from Guest Posting on Popular Blogs

5 Lessons from Guest Posting on Popular BlogsI did a little guest posting last year and targeted some of the best blogs. Asides from the exposure, I’d have to say that one of the best benefits of guest posting is getting feedback from editors that will make you a way better writer.

In fact, if you think you’re a good writer, try writing for some of the top blogs in your niche and see what happens. You’ll probably learn a few things and gain some insights from more experienced bloggers.

It’s easy to post on your own blog, because anything you can publish anything you want to post. When writing for other people, you will have to adapt your writing to their audience and the editor’s preferences.

But writing for other blogs can help you rapidly improve your writing skills. Here are 5 things I learned from guest blogging on other popular blogs.

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Content Marketing Guide: How 10 Startups Became Thought Leaders & Generated Massive Revenue Growth

Content Marketing Guide - How Top Companies Generate 1000's of Visitors Each MonthContent marketing has been around for a very long time, but has grown sharply in popularity in recent years. Google’s crack down on just about every easy link building tactic and the growth of social media marketing have made content marketing a compelling choice for growing a business.

Content marketing can benefit just about any business. By creating useful content targeted towards your desired audience, you can generate more leads, become an authoritative source of information and build brand awareness.

More website content through activities like blogging and tool creation can also result in more traffic through search engines, social media and people sharing your content with others.

Why Develop a Content Strategy?

A lot of people think that content marketing is just blasting content out on a blog, but developing a documented content strategy often produces much better results.

According to Content Marketing Institute, only 35% of organizations have a documented content strategy. Out of those with a documented strategy, 60% say that their organization is effective versus 32% with only a verbal strategy and 7% for organizations with no content strategy.

For Small Business Ideas Blog, traffic grew at a slow rate when there was no strategy at all. Once I approached blogging more strategically, traffic increased considerably, including a 1,310% increase in 2014.Read More

GoAnimate Review: Make Your Own Business Videos & Video Infographics Online

If you’re looking for an effective way to market your business online, you need to consider online video.GoAnimate Review: Make Your Own Videos & Video Infographics Online by @sbizideasblog

A full 85% of Internet users in the US viewed video online and 25% of all views came from ads. According to a digital video study done by BrightRoll in 2013, a full 91% of surveyed marketing executives said that video is more effective than display advertising.

Many businesses ignore online video because they think it is expensive and they don’t know what to create or how to use video effectively.

Luckily, video creation tools are evolving and getting easier to use. I recently had the opportunity to play with GoAnimate, a tool that simplifies the video creation process so that anyone can do it.

In this article, I’m going to review the key features of GoAnimate, some tips for creating your own videos and how I’m planning on experimenting with video marketing to generate more traffic.

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How I Got 1265 Visitors from a Channel that Most Marketers Ignore

How I Got 1265 Visitors from a Channel that Most Marketers Ignore @sbizideasblogGetting the word out about your content is one of the biggest challenges that bloggers face. Last year, I talked about how SEO sent way more traffic to my site than social media.

This year, however, social media was the big winner. Social media can allow you to reach lots of real people quickly. Which mean that even if your website is new, you can get a lot of people to your site quick.Read More

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