How to Generate Content Topic Ideas (23 Tips for Headline Inspiration)

One of the most frequent questions I receive when it comes to marketing is: "How do you come up with so many ideas over the past few years across so many channels?" The truth is, I get help—thanks to my team at Growth Shuttle following the processes we’ve established years ago especially on the social front as we maintain an omni-channel approach toward covering a number of segments. In practice, I’ve been blogging for the past 13 years, own nearly a dozen sites in different verticals, co-authored a technical book back in 2008, issued my own Entrepreneurship book, and manage… Continue Reading

Content Marketing Lessons for 2021

What are the top content marketing lessons we've learned in 2020 that are going to get us through 2021?  Well, we've been dealing with content marketing for over a decade now, and the industry is evolving so quickly that sometimes SEO is king, sometimes it's, social media, or PPC, or something else. Things are evolving really fast and different channels work at certain times. But in a nutshell, producing high-quality content is still the most important thing that matters to three of my companies. This is the reason why we're spending so much time working with customers and working on… Continue Reading

Maximizing The Benefits Of Evergreen Content

As a consumer (or a prospect), I don’t respond to sales calls well. Intrusive advertisement is a lot less effective than educational content, answering questions to problems I’m realistically struggling with, and leading me through a journey I find easier to pass through than doing all of the due diligence myself. This is why I’d rather educate and inform and let customers make their own minds. As a result, our sales pipeline has been entirely inbound-farmed for over 5 years now. This includes business for my core company, my consulting business, and two other ventures I’ve been working on. Content… Continue Reading

Guest Blogging: 9 Lessons For Effective Outreach

Guest blogging (also referred to as "guest posting") is the process of content production for a third-party source for the sake of receiving brand recognition, a backlink, or a different PR-related benefit. Publishing content to external sources has been around since forever. Websites like Huffington Post or Business 2 Community largely grew and survived primarily thanks to loyal contributors associated with their brands. Guest blogging is one of the most viable concepts to build authority and recognition for your own work, tap into an existing community, improve your content writing skills by working with professional editors, and build a diverse… Continue Reading

The Practical Guide to Producing Long-Form Content

My preference goes towards writing comprehensive, long-form articles. My usual blog posts would normally end up between 2,000 and 3,000 words, some resulting in 4,000 - 6,000 in specific cases. However, 90% of the traffic to my own website comes from organic search and about 75–80% of our agency’s traffic is organic as well. Choosing Between Long-Form Content and Short Content So whenever I pick long-form, I care about the following considerations: Long-form content ranks better in GoogleLonger articles provide more valueLong articles allow for introducing more data, stories, statistics, quotesComplex topics require long-form content to cover the main points… Continue Reading

What Makes Running a Digital Publication a Lucrative Business Venture

I’m going to divide up the success model into smaller chunks that could be reviewed separately. A successful and profitable business venture of digital publication requires two main elements: TrafficA business model that allows for monetization In terms of traffic, the main reason people visit websites in the first place is content. This could include different forms: Blog postsEducational articlesA membership platform, forum, or another engagement engineInfographicsWhitepapersResearch studiesPodcast episodesEbooks That said, why would people subscribe to or even browse a website regularly in order to facilitate profitability in the long run? Let's Talk About Revenue “Revenue” is a subjective term… Continue Reading

4 Common Mistakes You Must Avoid In Content Repurposing

Repurposing content sparks joy. One of the reasons I canceled most of my training contracts back in the day was the limited impact. Training 20-30 people at a time is great. You can bond with them and work with every single one. But I switched to blogging, conferences, and then content repurposing because I felt locked.  My time is limited. If I have 6 hours for training or coaching a week, I want to MAXIMIZE them. Reach as many folks as possible and help out people who would otherwise not be able to attend (or pay an entry ticket). Here's… Continue Reading

Top 10 Interview Questions When Hiring A Content Marketer

First off, freelance marketplaces are underappreciated. I remember I’ve submitted several jobs for part-time freelance writers on Upwork in 2017 and I received a total of ~20 applications. Most of them were spam and automated bot submissions. I remember that posting the same job 5 years ago would have yielded 60–100 applications, or about 10x what one may expect at the moment. Most people gave up on Upwork while legitimate clients still use it as one of the many channels for finding freelancers (and even full-time employees). Second, most freelancers applying through different channels are lazy. We’ve posted three more… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About Repurposing Content for Social Media

Repurposing content for social media is an important addition to your content marketing strategy. One of the leading marketing influencers Neil Patel discussed why content repurposing is a good idea for driving traffic to your site and how it has worked for many known internet personalities in recent years. Repurposing content becomes more and more important - both in terms of distribution efforts and being effective in other channels. Ways To Repurposing Content Turn your blog post into an infographic.Publish it on Pinterest and Twitter.Connect with bloggers who may be willing to embed it (guest posting).Make a simplified checklist with… Continue Reading

The Guide to Consistently Producing High Quality Content

Content production is like building a portfolio. It's a long-term investment in developing your brand, forming a community, increasing awareness, reducing the friction of longer sales cycles. It's frequently neglected by entrepreneurs or new market players seeking the next quick win. It takes a while before you start reaping the benefits of your labor. And the key to producing high-quality content is understanding content marketing first. What Is Content Marketing? According to the Content Marketing Institute: Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience —… Continue Reading