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

8 Strategies How to Promote Your Blog Content

I am a great proponent of Inbound marketing - and investing in content development is brilliant in the long run. But unless you promote your blog, there's virtually no way for visitors to discover your content. SEO has evolved drastically over the past two decades. I was crushing it for all sorts of keywords in 2007, content production was all about "keyword density", bombing any business was contingent on 10 marketers adding malicious anchor text pointing to a website. Social media is changing rapidly, too. Facebook has built a whole empire around brands building groups and fan pages for promotion… Continue Reading

9 Ways to Use Quora for Business Growth

A few years ago, we ran a survey among most of our clients. We wanted to do a recap of a certain year and see what we could do better. Some of the standard questions revolved around our key services, what are the things we do best and where we fail the most. But, we also wanted to learn where they spend their time online. I had expected some unique revelation about secret Facebook groups, LinkedIn communities, or blue-chip forums and mastermind groups. It would have been a good target for joining in and meeting other entrepreneurs, discussing business problems,… 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

The 6 Most Pressing LinkedIn Questions

I know a lot of people who have accepted recruitment offers through LinkedIn. Most of the HR messages are standard templates to cold leads which is obviously annoying. This leads to major dissatisfaction by experienced folks. LinkedIn is also one of the channels we use for hiring. Internal network and personal contacts often work better - but the talent pool is limited. We hired our first sales engineer through LinkedIn. I’ve also conducted a number of interviews for other roles - most were dissatisfying but it’s similar (if not worse) with other job portals. Image from dilbert.com I managed to… Continue Reading