Here’s a cool new segment I’m adding into my blog posts. Recently, through my personal blog, I’ve been receiving common questions asked about link building, SEO, social media, WordPress, content marketing, etc. To make things easy to understand and right to the point, I’ve decided to gather all the common questions and make a complete answer list. This way, you bloggers will get exactly what you’re looking for in point form. However, I’ve taken the questions I feel will be more engaging on this blog and added them from most to least important. Let’s jump right in…
If you have any questions, or need me to elaborate on anything, please let me know in the comment box. Enjoy! To make this easy to understand, I’ve listed the first â€œ6â€ questions and answers below.
1. What Blogging Platform Should I Use?
This is a very common question because people often get confused about the â€œ3â€ popular ones like WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. However, the best advice I give people is to first determine your purpose and what you’re trying to accomplish. Then skim through each looking for speciality features. For example, if you’re trying to start an ecommerce website, then WordPress has plug-ins that will customize your website EXACTLY the way you want. However, different websites have a different purpose so figure out if you’re…
- Simply just blogging
- Need any special features
- Require control of your customization
- How much coding experience you have
2. How Many Posts Before Launching?
Many people often wait until they have 5-10 blog posts before launching their blog. However, I recommend start posting right away. Why? The faster you start adding content, the faster you’ll start getting indexed by search engines. Next, you’ll have a jumpstart on your tweaking because you’ll be able to determine what design elements look good. I started posting right away and, along the way, made adjustments to the way my content is displayed, interlinking pattern, and where the boxes fell below my content. Not to mention,
Posting right away will keep you motivated. Each time you hit â€œpublishâ€, you’ve made one step toward growing your business. Waiting around makes you lazy!
3. How Long Should I Make My Content?
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked this question. I tell people you should make your content as long as it has to be to get your point across. When writing, you should be detailed and remember you have competition who’s writing about the same topic. You should make your content the only one the visitor needs to read to find the information they are looking for. If they have to go somewhere else to find more information, then you’ve done a poor job. Next,
Statistically, the average content of the top 10 websites on the first page have been around 1,800 â€“ 2,000 words long. This content length breaks a quality barrier, providing visitors with high quality in-depth answers to common problems. Google knows this and will often rank these websites higher.
4. What’s the Best Way to Build Visitor Loyalty?
Email opt-in on your website is the best way to keep bringing people back to your website. However, you have to try different things and keep tweaking until you find a strategy that works well. For example, for some, it’s a FREE eBook and others will offer coaching sessions, coupons, giveaways, etc. Neil Patel from QuickSprout.com has stated numerous times that getting 100,000 visitors to your blog each month is impossible without having email subscribers. You need to have that funnel that reminds people of your blog and whenever you publish fresh new content. Remember,
You have enormous competition within your niche so find a way to distinguish yourself going forward. The best way to do this is to collect email subscribers, then create a funnel showcasing your best content. When subscribers know you add value, you’ll build loyalty.
5. Should We Republish Content?
NO! Never republish because this will be duplicate content. Google has made it clear after the Panda and Penguin updates that websites with thin and duplicate content will lose rankings or be eliminated altogether. To make sure your content hasn’t been republished, don’t give anyone permission and run a quick site audit every 3 months, which will tell you if your content is found anywhere else online.
Here are some ways to run a quick site audit…
- Hire someone from Freelancer with the right auditing tools
- com has a few cool audit gigs for cheap
- Purchase tools like RavenTools.com, etc., which are a bit steep in price, but will get the job done.
6. What’s the Best Way to Create a Buzz with Your Content?
The main thing is to install social buttons to your blog, especially before and after your content. You want to make it easy for readers to share content immediately because once they leave your page, you’ve just missed the opportunity. However, keep in mind that you should only focus on the large social engagement where engagement is at its highest. For example, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ have all been proven to create higher than normal engagement in my niche. You should try different networks to find what works best for you. Next,
Keep in mind to test different times, days, #hashtags, headlines, etc. All of this will make a huge difference on social networks. Next, always share your own content on social networks.