A Memorial Day Reminder (And A Thank You)

American exceptionalism is not a myth

On this Memorial Day, my hope is that you would read this article and grasp its powerful message of a nation that came into being so that people may live free of government tyranny.

And that it is We The People who are the government, and not the people we elect to represent us.

A right that is every American’s civic duty to uphold, to protect, and to defend, with their lives, if necessary.

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Personal Branding: How to Create Your Own

How to stand out in a crowd

In this article on Personal Branding, we’re going to discuss a few steps you can take to create your own. But first, when you hear the word ‘brand’, you probably think of things like Apple, Microsoft, Virgin or Coca-Cola, right?

These are some of the biggest brands in the world, and we have pretty good ideas of what to expect from their products and services.

We know what their logos look like and of what their guiding principles are.

But what about Angelina Jolie? David Beckham? Tim Ferriss? Jennifer Aniston (The girl next door) or even Donald Trump?

Because actually, these are brands too.

We know the name, we know the look, and we also know what they’re all about and what their ‘mission statement’ is.

These people have turned themselves into brands, just like the previously mentioned companies, and have built up the same amount of recognition, trust and exposure that they have.

And you can do the same!

Personal Branding Simplified

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Personal branding comes down to this: placing yourself at the forefront of everything you do. This includes your marketing campaigns, web design and your message – everything!

You might call your website JoeForAmerica.com, for instance, and bill yourself as “Joe the Plumber”. You could create a catchy byline like Joe, such as “It’s not about right or left, it’s about right and wrong” (Check out Joe’s site and see what a great job he’s done at personal branding).

Place a photo of yourself front and center and tell people about you, what service you provide, and why they can trust you.

Obviously, this means you need to be willing to open yourself up to a large audience.

And this also means in many ways, you need to strive to become the embodiment of the message you’re selling.

For instance, if you’re a health and fitness guru then you need to be in great shape!

Advantages of Personal Branding

While there are some downsides to a personal brand, like privacy issues, there are also a lot of upsides too.

One is that it makes social media considerably easier.

Once you have a personal brand, you are trying to get to know your audience personally. That means you can treat them almost as you would your own friends and that you can post the same kind of content.

Rather than needing to find exciting industry news, it’s now okay to post about a great restaurant you visited recently – especially if your blog is about healthy eating!

Maintaining your Instagram account can become a matter of posting images of your day from your phone camera.

And all this is going to help you to build a lot of trust and familiarity with your audience. These people have seen what you had for breakfast, you clearly have nothing to hide, so they might well decide to buy your products or listen to your advice!

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Final Thoughts

personal brandingPersonal branding comes down to placing yourself at the forefront of everything that you do. Whether it be your website, product offerings, marketing campaigns or other, you are the brand.

Check out famous people and look at how they used personal branding to get their names “out there”.

Look at some of the top personal websites online (check out these top 10 sites) and see how they’ve branded themselves.

Branding yourself may be uncomfortable at first, it may push you out of your comfort zone, and it may mean giving up a little privacy. However, the friends you make along the way, and the business you generate because of it is well worth any potential downsides.

Question: How have you used personal branding to grow your business?

All that’s left to do now is leave me a comment and share this post! 😉

God bless,

James

Improve Your Writing Skills With These Top 10 Tips

How to improve you reader experience and address their needs

In this post on how to improve your writing skills, we’re going to discuss some things that you can do to become a better content writer. But first, let me ask you a serious question:

Do you write simply because you are passionate about writing, or do you write content for profit?

Whether you’re writing for fun or for profit, your writing needs to be compelling enough to grab the reader’s attention and keep them interested – all the while conveying the message in clear terms.

To that end, the following is an overview of ten things that you can do to improve your writing skills.

How to Improve Your Writing Skills

Read More (a LOT more) – Reading is considered as a basic necessity when it comes time to improve your writing skills.

Reading not only broadens your imagination and stimulates creativity, it also improves your vocabulary and use of proper grammar and syntax.

There is no substitute when it comes to building your vocabulary, stretching your imagination, and getting your creative juices flowing then reading.

When you’re not writing you should be reading about writing, or the topic you are writing about.

If you are in situations where you cannot read, like driving a car, then listen to recorded books on tapes or CDs.

There simply is no excuse for not taking the time to read.

Depending on the size of the book, on average I read one book per week.

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Write Daily – The best tip I know that will improve your writing skills fast is… PRACTICE!

Writing daily helps you to hone your craft while at the same time, broadening your imagination.

Once you begin writing daily several things will begin to happen:

1. You’ll Look for Opportunities to Write – It becomes a part of who you are and what you do.

2. Your Organizational Skills Will Increase – As you make time to write you’ll begin to schedule other things around your writing time. Thus, becoming more organized.

3. Writer’s Block Will Disappear – I’m one of the few people who do not believe in the so called “writer’s block” malady. If you cannot determine what to write, then you haven’t read enough about your topic.

There is always a story to tell somewhere, you just have to find it.

4. Your Vocabulary Will Grow – Most likely, you write about the same topic a lot. In order to keep it fresh and unique, then you must expand your vocabulary. This is where a Thesaurus comes in handy.

5. You’re Language Will Improve – Since you’re always looking to keep your content fresh and unique, using a Thesaurus to find similar words that mean the same thing (synonyms), your language will improve.

Not only will your language improve in your writing, but in your daily conversation as well.

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Write Like You Talk – The best writers are those who write in the same manner as they talk.

As such, your work should be devoid of any irrelevant or unrelated ideas, pretentious jargon, and bloated (vain, conceited) words.

Doing so could come across as insulting the intelligence and the patience of your reader. Unless, of course, you’re writing to pretentious snobs! 😉

Keep Writing and Editing Separate – Separating the writing and editing tasks helps you produce better quality work.

Editing while writing not only interrupts the flow of ideas, it also takes up plenty of time.

When I first start to write, I write like a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest!

Seriously, when my fingers hit the keys, I’m like a mad man possessed with getting everything in my head out on paper as quickly as possible.

Not sure what they call this writing technique now, but “back in the day” we called this “Free Writing“.

Once I’ve finished writing, only then do I go back and begin to edit for spelling and grammar.

Personally, I believe this is one reason why I am able to pump out so much content.

I will write 5-6 articles or blog posts at one sitting, and then let them “sit” for a day while I write something else (a sales page, emails or something else), and then I’ll go back the following day and edit my articles.

If you’re not already doing this, give it a try and see how well you improve your writing skills.

Start With The Main Idea – As a rule, you always start off with the main idea before following up with an explanation.

The main idea is a complete sentence; it includes the topic and what you want to say about it.

When you state the main idea in your paragraph it is called a “topic sentence.”

When writing your main idea ask yourself the following question…

“What do I want my reader to know about the topic?”

Once you’ve established the main idea you want to convey to your reader, it makes it much easier to add the surrounding text to support the idea.

Personally, I think this is the main reason why people suffer from writer’s block…

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Vary Your Sentence Structure, Length and Type – Varying sentence length, structure and even type, helps you to achieve two important things in writing:

1. It enables you to emphasize a point, and

2. Prevents monotony

That’s it. Simple enough!

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Concrete Words (Nouns) – The use of concrete words, or nouns, is considered as a mark of quality when it comes to writing.

Unlike abstract words, concrete words have a particular meaning; and as such, are not considered as being vague.

A concrete noun is the name of something or someone that we experience through one or more of our five senses: sight, hearing, smell, touch, or taste.

Most nouns are concrete nouns, such as:

  • Alligator
  • Apple
  • Arrow
  • Baby
  • Bird
  • Butterfly
  • Car
  • Corn
  • Flower
  • Hammer
  • Lemon
  • Ocean
  • Pencil
  • Rock
  • Shoes
  • Table
  • Window

On the other hand, abstract words are vague in nature. For example, “one of the best”, soul, love, imagination, good, wonderful, etc.

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Avoid Being Verbose, Trim Everything Down – Avoid being verbose in your writing. Verbose is characterized by the use of many or too many words; wordy.

To achieve this, you must go through your writing and eliminate any unnecessary words. Examples of words to exclude:

  • That
  • Went
  • Honestly
  • Absolutely
  • Very
  • Really
  • Amazing
  • Always
  • Never
  • Literally
  • Just
  • Maybe
  • Stuff
  • Things
  • Irregardless.

Factor In The Readers Agenda – Who is your target audience? What does your reader expect? By answering these questions, you will be able to factor in your reader’s agenda as part of your work.

Let me ask you a question…

Are you writing for you or your reader?

Unless you’re writing a daily journal or something like it, then you are writing for your reader.

Why then would you not do everything in your power to determine your reader’s needs, desires and dreams are, and write about that?

When you are writing for your readers it is their agenda (needs) that count and not your own. Writing is not so much about satisfying your ego, unless you’re a novelist perhaps, but rather about filling the desires and the needs of your readers.

Write about what your readers want and they’ll keep coming back for more.

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Make It Easy On The Eyes – Most readers are intimidated by a huge chunk of text staring right back at them.

As such, ensure you incorporate paragraphs of varying length so as to make your text more appealing.

As you can see here in this post, most of what I have written here is comprised of just one sentence. There are several with two sentences and a couple with three.

However, the majority of them are only one sentence in length.

I do this for two reasons:

1. It makes it easier on the eyes, and
2. It helps move you down the page quicker.

I’ve also used Tweet boxes spaced out along the way to help break up the monotony.

I often do the same by inserting images or quotes within the text, too.

Always remember the following…

[clickToTweet tweet=”Everything you do as a writer is about your reader and not you, the writer.” quote=”Everything you do as a writer is about your reader and not you, the writer.”]

Final Thoughts

improve your writing skillsBy practicing these tips daily not only will you improve your writing skills, you’ll also increase the amount of money you will earn as a writer.

When you first begin to write, it’s usually because you feel as if you have something you want to say. And that’s okay. However, it needs to be written in the

context of what your reader’s want to read.

By reading and writing daily, you will begin to build your vocabulary and become a better writer. Your audience will love you for it and keep coming back for more.

Unless you are writing for pretentious snobs, then write like you talk. Obviously, if you are a technical writer, then you will write in technical language your audience relates to.

When you begin to write, do not stop until the creative juices begin to wane. Afterwards, go back and edit and correct your spelling. You will be able to create more

content in less time when you do.

Break up your content into smaller pieces while including images, quotes and Tweets, to make it easier for your readers to read.

Last but not least, always write for your reader’s interests and leave your ego out of it.

Question: What one thing do you do to keep your readers attention?

God bless,

James

How to Write Better Content in 3 Simple Steps

Overcoming boring and bland content

If you’re looking to write better content, there are several steps that you can take to popularize yourself to readers and potential clients. To that end, this article highlights a few surefire ways to boost your content’s popularity. Read on to learn more about these 3 top tips…

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How to Write Better Content

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1. Don’t Dwell on Writing Mechanics

The first step you can take to write better content, is to not become overly obsessed with the mechanics of writing.

Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not talking about spelling and good grammar usage.

What I am talking about, however, is that you do not have to write as if you’re writing your college thesis.

As you may have already noticed, most well-liked writers do not have the linguistic grasp of a language professor. In fact, a big number of popular writers do not even have college degrees.

The secret lies in their ability to create content that engages, entertains and informs their readers.

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However, this does not give you the license to turn out lackluster content full of glaring grammatical errors and typos. Don’t think too much about the intricate writing mechanisms that are taught in university language classes.

Instead, focus on the people who will savor the content. Give them exactly what they want and the few “mistakes” you make will get lost in the excitement your content elicits.

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2. Readers Identify with Distinct Personalities

Another step that you can take to write better content, is to write in your own distinct personality. When readers find you engaging or interesting, then they are more likely to read your content till the end.

While observing fundamental language rules helps you pass the basic tests of a competent writer, you should never overlook the central concept that readers would like to feel entertained or informed in the end.

If you doubt this, consider what makes the average TV celebrity famous. It is something that is uniquely in them.

As such, you ought to establish an interesting personality that gives your audience all the entertainment and information they want.

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3. Readers Like Rumors and Secrets

The most widely read blogs and websites are those that report shocking facts and secrets.

Even though this does not mean that you should circulate inaccurate information about people or things, make sure that your content always has something new for the reader.

Note that you can be rightfully sued if you deliberately publish seditious or libelous misinformation that portrays others in unfavorable light.

Nobody will think much about your work as a writer if you only include obvious details.

Instead of creating fallacious claims that does not have any merit or accuracy, do the research necessary to ensure that you have an extra grasp of people and things that goes beyond the scope of the average reader.

As a result, you need to understand the knowledge depth of your readers. Your content should always be tailored to suit the unique audience for which you write.

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Final Thoughts

Writing better content is not so much about creating college level content, but rather content that engages, entertains and informs your readers.

Your content should be free of incorrect spelling and the obvious grammar mistakes, but it needs to read more like a conversation between friends then it does a paper for your college professor.

Don’t worry about the mechanics of your content, as much as you do identifying with your readers with your own distinct personality.

Whether you and I like it or not, people like “secrets” and “rumors”. Reality shows and shows like Jerry Springer are proof positive of this fact.

Focus on writing like you talk, with your own unique personality while revealing tidbits of trade secrets, and you’ll write better content that will keep your readers engaged and coming back for more.

Question: What one thing do you always do to keep readers engaged?

God bless,

James

Content Marketing Review: April 2016

Monthly roundup of top Content Marketing stories

This month’s review is on the topic of Content Marketing. I’ve hand selected some of the best articles and updates from around the web for your reading convenience. I perform these reviews at the beginning of each new month as a service to my readers.

Use this information to stay informed of current news, events and changes important to you. If you have a specific topic or subject that you would like me to cover or write about, then let me know by completing the form on my Contact Page

Let’s dive into this month’s review…

6 Content Marketing Resources Brands Should Be Aware Of

content marketingAlthough content marketing is crucial for any business to stay competitive, it certainly isn’t easy. Effective content requires creativity and a well-designed content strategy. A good content strategy helps ensure that all pieces of content are in line with the business model, while making sure content is planned with profitable results in mind. Read the full story at Forbes…

How to Document Your Content Marketing Workflow

content marketingYou have your documented content marketing strategy. You know your tactics. It’s working. What do you do now? Sit back, relax, and watch your strategic content pull in lead after glorious lead? Well, yes … but no too. It’s time to get more strategic about how you’re working. As in, actually doing the work. Read the full story at Content Marketing Institute

Why Interactive Content Is the Future of Content Marketing

content marketing reviewNo doubt you’ve heard the phrase “Content is king”.

However, I beg to differ. I believe that “Interactive content is king”.

An interactive piece of content has essential elements that are vital for businesses. These critical components can:

Being a digital marketing professional, I have noticed that companies overlook the importance of interactive content, and later on, realize that they made a big gaffe. Eventually, they observe that their competitors have captured the potential buyers that they could have engaged. Read the full story at Jeff Bulas…

Keyword Research: A Key Element of SEO and Content Marketing

content marketingMany business owners see SEO and content marketing as separate, but columnist Trond Lyngbø argues that solid keyword research can and should be used to inform content marketing strategy. Read the full story at Search Engine Land…

What Is the Difference Between Content and Content Marketing?

content marketingWhat is the difference between content and content marketing? The answer is the destination you will use to attract and build an audience. Content marketing is about attracting an audience to an experience… Read the full story at Content Marketing Institute

11 Tools That Will Save You Time with Content Marketing

 content marketingQuality content takes a lot of time and effort—there’s just no way around it. But there are, of course, some marketers who accomplish more than others and in less time. I’d like to see you become one of those efficient content marketers, if you’re not one already.

There are a few ways to become faster, and one of the best is to use tools. There are a ton of tools out there—some good, some bad. Some save you time, but some may actually cost you time. Read the full story at QuickSprout

7 Ways to Improve Your Content Marketing Strategy

content marketingIf you’re engaging in any type of content marketing – social media, blogging, eBooks, etc. – you have a content strategy. While it may not be an official, documented strategy, you likely aren’t just producing content for content’s sake.

You likely have content goals (if only vague ones), a loose publishing schedule and a general idea of the types of content you plan to publish. If you’re doing any of these, I believe you have a content marketing strategy. Now, let’s make that strategy even better. Read the full story at Entrepreneur

What 300+ Content Marketing Campaigns Can Teach You About Earning Links

content marketingSeasoned content marketers know you’re likely to see a percentage of content flops before you achieve a big win. Then, as you gain a sense for why some content fails and other content succeeds, you integrate what you’ve learned into your process. Gradually, you start batting fewer base hits and more home runs. Read the full story at Moz

Hope you enjoyed this months review on Content Marketing. Be sure to check back for new reviews on some of your favorite topics, including: Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing, Content Creation, Copywriting, Ezine Marketing and many others!

As always, I appreciate you taking time the to comment and share my posts.

God bless,

James

10 Ways to Simplify Your Content Creation…

10 tools to simply and speed-up your content creation process

Does your content creation process have you working all hours of the day and night trying to create content? Are you constantly running out of topic ideas for your blog posts, articles and other content creation needs?

If either or both of these issues apply to you, then it’s time for you take a good look at your content creation process and why it isn’t working for you. Let’s take a look at ten tools that you can use to create content faster.

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Make Your Content Creation Process Blazing Fast!

Get More Keyword Ideas With Übersuggest

content creation processFinding your subject for your blog posts, articles or other content needs, is often the most difficult task. If you’re not completely sure what you want to write, then I suggest that you try Übersuggest.

Übersuggest allows you to quickly discover new keywords not available in the Google Keyword Planner. Take your keyword research to the next level with tons of keyword ideas for SEO, PPC and your next content marketing campaign.

Here’s just a few of the keywords that I get with Ubersuggest when I enter the keyword “content creation”…

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Notice that the results came back with 244 additional keywords, along with their monthly search volumes and Cost-Per-Click, or CPC. This information was gathered using their FREE  Keyword Everywhere extension for Chrome and Firefox.

Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator

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In addition to Ubersuggest, I also use Hubspot’s blog topic generator to speed-up my content creation process. Simply fill in the fields with terms (I use the keywords I found using Ubersuggest, obviously) that you’d like to write about, and the blog topic generator will come up with a week’s worth of relevant blog post titles in a matter of seconds!

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In this instance, I plugged the words ‘Content Creation’, ‘Content Creation Tools’ and ‘Content Creation Strategy’ into the blog topic generator and this is what it returned (see screenshot above). You may need to tweak the results a little to fit your topic or for grammar, but it’s a great tool to help you decide what to write about.

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Analyze Your Headline With CoSchedule

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Now that you have several headlines from which to choose from, plug them into CoChesdule’s Headline Analyzer to see how they rank for common words, uncommon words, emotional words and power words. The analyzer will also measure for the sentiment and the keywords as well.

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Any headline that comes back with a “Green Number” (i.e. 75 or B+) is considered okay to use. Anything less than green will show as either yellow or red, and are not considered okay to use for their lack of SEO and attention-grabbing ability. A score of 75 is just two-points shy of 77, or A+. Keep testing different headlines until you reach a score that you are satisfied with.

Use Site: Website URL Topic Search for Content Ideas

Okay, so far we’ve covered how to use Ubersuggest to gather related keywords to our main keyword, how to use those keywords in Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator to create potential headlines for our blog, and how to analyze our headlines for maximum impact using CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer.

Now it’s time to start creating our content…

Using Google we enter a competitor’s site, or a website that is complimentary to our own, to see what they have written (if anything) about our topic. For example purposes, we’re going to check Copyblogger’s site since it covers some of the same topics that I do. Here’s what that site search looks like in the search box:

site: copyblogger.com content creation

Here’s what our search reveals…

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As you can see, Copyblogger have written numerous articles that cover some form of content creation. An additional site search at copyblogger for ‘content creation process’ did not reveal anything – well, at least not on the first page of Google – close to my blog topic headline.

The reason I am performing this site search using my topic keyword are twofold:

  1. What have they written, if anything, about my topic of choice? and
  2. If they have written about my topic, what did they say?

Why is this important to our content creation process?

It’s important because I want to see what others have written on this topic. Also, I want to determine if I can incorporate and improve upon it in my own article (rewritten in my own language, I don’t want to be guilty of plagiarism). Plus, I also want to determine if they have NOT written anything on this topic – for obvious reasons.

Always check your competitor’s sites for content that may be associated with or the same as your own. Use this information to determine how you may improve upon it and to include things they may not have addressed.

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Stay Informed With Feedly

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In addition to using site: search in Google, Feedly is another tool that I use to stay up to date in my niche. With the demise of Google Reader, Feedly allows you to organize, read, and share all the content that matters to you in a single place.

You can monitor news about your company, your product, your craft, and your competitors by plugging in Google Alerts. Crunch through more content in less time by organizing your feeds into easy-to-read collections. Easily share stories to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, email, and more. Schedule posts with Hootsuite or Buffer.

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In the screenshot of my Feedly account above, you’ll see in the top-left the words “Content Marketing” – this is title for the sites related to content marketing that you see listed below it. To the right, you’ll see the latest updates from those sites that I follow.

Not to be confused with the site: search function in Google, this is simply a list of sites (RSS feeds) for those blogs listed. If you look to the very bottom-left, you’ll see the word “Copywriting” – these are sites related to copywriting that I follow.

Obviously, the ability to track numerous sites in one place makes it that much easier to stay informed on topics important to you. Personally, the free account suits me just fine. However, if you want more sharing options and other nice bells and whistles, then you can upgrade to their Pro account for $5.41 a month USD.

Write Better Using the Hemingway App 

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One of my favorite writing tools is the Hemingway app. The Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear. The app highlights long, complex sentences and common errors; if you see a yellow sentence, shorten or split it.

If you see a red highlight, your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow its meandering, splitting logic. Simply paste in something you’re working on and edit away. Or, click the Write button to compose something new.

In regards to the readability of your main content, your body copy. Sadly, here in America most people read and comprehend at about 8th Grade level. Therefore, you want to write your content as if it were for 8th Graders.

If your audience are college grads then you would want to write in their language. But for your average reader, you want to make it easier to read.

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Create Images For Your Posts Using Pablo

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Now that you’ve researched and created your written masterpiece, it’s time to add the images! No need to search the web and risk using images that are copyrighted, simply head over to Pablo (by Buffer) and search their library of 50,000+ royalty-free photos.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for among their 50,000+ royalty free images, you can upload your own. Add text, logos and other things you want to improve your images, too.

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Download your images to use in your posts, or hit the share buttons and share them to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and others. Did I mention that Pablo is free?

Share Your Content Using Buffer

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Now that your content is complete, it’s time to promote it and start driving traffic to your site!

I’ve mentioned Buffer several times now in this post, but have not yet elaborated on it. Buffer is an app that shares your content at the best possible times throughout the day so that your followers and fans see your updates more often.

You can use can either schedule your posts at days and times that you set, or pick a preset schedule defined by Buffer designed to increase exposure and shares.

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On the screenshot of my buffer admin panel above, you’ll see (well, partially) on the left some of my accounts where I am sharing my content. These shares are from RSS feeds that I have bookmarked in Buffer from websites that are congruent (complimentary) to my own. I also schedule my posts, both new and older, using Buffer.

Along the top you’ll see the analytics tab, the schedule tab and the settings tab. This is where you check your content stats (re-shares, likes, etc), update your schedule settings (days, times, etc) and your personal settings (link shortening, etc).

What I like most about Buffer, is that it is simple to use and the admin panel is wide and easy to navigate. Their free plan will do just fine for many people. However, if you need more features and accounts to share to, then their “Awesome Plan” is ridiculously affordable at only $10.00 USD each month.

On the Individual (free) Plan, you can connect one profile for each social account. (So, one Twitter, one Facebook, one Google+ and one LinkedIn). You can also store up to 10 posts for each profile at any given time.

With the Awesome plan ($10/month or $102/year), you also get:

  • Up to 10 social profiles (as opposed to just one of each). So, you could manage multiple accounts (like multiple company Twitter accounts or personal ones along with professional ones.)
  • Up to 100 Posts in your Buffer (as opposed to only storing 10 at a time). This means you can add posts pretty much as far ahead as you would like to.
  • Varied schedules. With the Individual Plan you can choose days and times but not different times for different days. So, I can have my posts go out at 3 PM and 5 PM, Monday and Wednesday. On the paid plan, you can have 3 go out every Monday, 2 on Tuesday, 6 on Friday, etc. All at whatever times you set.
  • 15 RSS Feed per connected profile. You’re able to connect up to fifteen feeds for each of your connected profiles.

As you can see, it’s well worth the measly $10 a month for all that you get in return from Buffer.

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Simplify Your Content Creation Process Using WP Blog Rocket and Content Firestorm

Of all the tools that I use for my content creation process, perhaps my two favorites are WP Blog Rocket and Content Firestorm.

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WP Blog Rocket allows you to harness the hidden power of “Click Magnets” and dramatically boost your traffic. It will also boost your rankings, increase engagement and automatically optimize conversions.

I’ve used WP Blog Rocket since it first came out and my personal results have been nothing short of amazing. Instead of me babbling on about it, watch the video and see for yourself what WP Blog Rocket can do for you…

Put the same the power of top sites like Huffington Post, Fox News, CNN and other Viral Sites (like Upworthy) to work for you. Get WP Blog Rocket NOW!

Set Your Content Creation Process on Fire With Content Firestorm

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The companion to WP Blog Rocket is Content Firestorm. Without a doubt, Content Firestorm is the fastest way to create high-quality content that engages and converts in just minutes. Not hours or even days!

  • Find content in any niche in a few clicks
  • Generate awesome content ideas in seconds
  • Leverage engaging content for your site
  • Dramatically increase reader engagement
  • Save time and money!

Watch the video below to see what you can do with Content Firestorm

Quite impressive, is it not?

With the power of “Click Magnets” and awesome engaging content, your content creation process will become one less thing you have to worry about. Combined with WP BlogRocket, Content Firestorm creates an unstoppable content marketing machine that leaves your competitors wondering how you do it.

Another thing I like about Content Firestorm is Pixabay. You know how difficult it is to find high-quality images that you can use in your content, with Pixabay you’ll never have to worry about images again. You’ll gain access to over 520,000 high-quality stock photos to enhance your content … FREE!

As you can probably tell, I am sold on WP Blog Rocket and Content Firestorm.  I think you will be too – Get WP Blog Rocket and Content Firestorm

Final Thoughts

We’ve covered a tremendous amount of information regarding your content creation process. We’ve covered how to get the best keywords using Ubersuggest, how to use these keywords to find blog titles using Hubspot’s Blog Title Generator, how to analyze and maximize those blog headlines using CoSchedule’s Blog Headline Analyzer.

Next, we covered how to use the “site: website URL topic name” in Google to find articles and blog posts written by our competitors or sites that are complimentary to our own site. And then we spoke about how to stay informed of the happenings in our niche market using Feedly.

We learned how to use the Hemingway App to help us write more succinct, readable and user-friendly content. We also covered how to use Pablo to create high-quality images for your content

Now that you’ve learned how to speed up your content creation process and have created great content, we discussed using Buffer to schedule your posts in order to increase exposure and drive more traffic to your site. Lastly, we discussed how to use the “One-Two Punch” of WP Blog Rocket and Content Firestorm to take your content creation process to an entirely new level.

These are the tools that I use every day to keep my content creation process running like a well-oiled machine. Using these tools I am able to pump out content on demand and without wasting time, money, and effort.

What used to take me hours or even days to create, now takes me an hour or less. It may take you a little longer at first, but once you get into the rhythm you’ll begin to see your time spent creating content start to decrease.

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did creating it. If you did, let us know by sharing it with others and by leaving me a comment.

God bless,

James