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How to Build Your Brand on Facebook without Annoying Your Friends & Family

Facebook marketing outsourcing social media plans

How to Build Your Brand on Facebook without Annoying Your Friends & Family

This webinar was one of my favorite webinars I attended a few years ago. I am excited to be able to host this webinar training for you.

Facebook marketing outsourcing social media plans

This webinar is popular and space will fill up fast.

Make sure you register today!

Date:  Wednesday September 2, 2015

Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.  EST

This is a totally FREE webinar. Just bring yourself to a computer near you:).

Register now: : https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/600054441474036481

I am inviting you to hear REALTOR® Shaun Nilsson, the social media expert behind CityBlast walk us through how he used his time-saving secrets to attract new buyers and sellers while NOT annoying the rest of his social media peeps.

This is a 100% FREE workshop. We will show you how to close more real estate deals using only your Facebook while projecting an image of confidence and a seasoned professional.

You will learn how you can outsource this part of your marketing to others and avoid wasting your valuable time each day searching for great content to share.

You will also learn:

  • The secret of Inbound Marketing &  how to use it to make more money.
  • How a rookie agent used Facebook to close 24 deals in his first year of business with over $165,000 in income.
  • How to 100% systemize your Facebook marketing, so you don't have to spend all your time on it.
  • What major factor makes Inbound Marketing especially critical for real estate professionals.
  • Live Q & A with the expert!

Reserve your space NOW for Wednesday's Totally FREE workshop and start doing more business through your social media.

Register Now: : https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/600054441474036481

 

 

How Can We Stop Patent Trolls- H.R.9 Won’t Stop Them

If you are a REALTOR® then you received one of the emails from NAR asking you to contact your Senators to pass H.R. 9 for the sake of your business. If NAR was really so concerned about our businesses then they must also understand that we are not all just REALTORS® but also innovators and some of us own technology we invented and some of us run small businesses. The bill is not what the email said it was. I am embarrassed to say that I fell for it. And now, I am going to try to make amends by educating myself and you on what this bill is really going to do. 

As always, there are 2 sides to every bill, 2 sides to every argument. The biggest problem with passing laws contained in bills is 1. there is always more to it than what the people interpreting the bill lead on and 2. there are always unintended consequences to every law. 

When we face a problem or issue there are those who immediately jump on it and develop some kind of bill and run to legislate. I think that the politicians we send to Washington think they have to keep writing and passing new laws in order to feel as though they are worthwhile, like if they are not passing bills and laws they are not doing their job. But there are way too many laws now. Imagine passing laws every single session. Can you even add up how many laws there are now?

The REALTOR® Party sent out a call to action about the patent trolls that are out there ready to destroy your small business. This article is for all small business owners and entrepreneurs not just REALTORS®. 

The REALTOR® Party is admonishing each member to contact their congressmen and women to pass H.R.9 which the REALTOR® Party says will stop this abusive practice of 'legal' extortion over simple uses of every day technology such as your scanner and your drop down menu on your website.

I read the REALTOR® Party's call to action and I did contact the representatives of our area to ask them to stop this practice by passing H.R. 9. I am sorry to say, I reacted too soon. That is not like me. I usually study an issue very closely before deciding which action to take.

I also should have known better because the NAR was all for the ACA ( Obamacare) and we are suffering horribly from the health care laws that allow the IRS to extort money from us in the name of more taxes. I digress....

The issue is the NPEs that are trolling the patents and then becoming like the ugly trolls in Billy Goat's Gruff extorting a fee for crossing the bridge. There are people who will come after you and sue you for patent infringements based on patents they themselves did not create or invent. 

A friend of mine who is in a mastermind group with me stated that he met a man who does this for his business. He explained to my friend how he does this and my friend wondered how he lives with himself doing this kind of business which is obvious extortion. It is nasty and dirty business.

Unfortunately it is not as simple as passing H.R 9 to stop these trolls without hurting the true NPE's as there are good reasons to allow NPE of the original intent of the patent laws. The bad NPEs have taken advantage of this loophole to which our Founding Fathers did not intend. H.R. 9's language is too vague.  ​

Let's have a bit of history about the United States Patent laws. ​

NPE stands for Non Practicing Entities.  These include universities, research departments and start up companies who don't actually product their inventions themselves for many reasons. For startups this is usually because they don't have enough money to manufacture their inventions. For universities, the reason is obvious.  These instances greatly add value to our economy. 

This is also not a new idea. The Founding Fathers over 200 years ago also understood the value of adding to our economy by way of regular and poor people being able to invent products and then allowing another person to produce it. Even Thomas Edison did this.  The Founding Fathers wanted to stimulate our poor economy and this was a way to do it since in England ONLY the wealthy could obtain patents. 

In England you had to be very very rich and be able to pay for a factory to be built and hire the workers and so forth in order to manufacture an invention. This keeps innovation inside of a tightly knit group of wealthy people.

Our country is the first country in the world to have a patent licensing law and the right to resell your patents.  In early America, over 70% of all the patent owners had very little schooling. Even Thomas Edison had to leave school in order to take care of his family. 

By the time of the Civil War the United States had three times more patents than England did when we had double in population. Then soon after we had five times as many patents as England had. Because most of the people were poor that were inventing products about 85% of these patents were licensed. These licensed patents were so important to our early industrial revolution and growth our country had. 

For more reading on this subject here is an article you can read to get more details on Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/econostats/2015/05/29/who-are-patent-trolls-and-what-will-h-r-9-do-about-them/

In the last 30 years over 5,000 new products have been launched through this patent licensing known as NPEs. 

Stop H.R. 9 - new patents are more often licensed patents, save innovation 

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The patent trolls are nasty people who send you a demand letter telling you to pay up for infringing on their license fee by you not paying for the right to use the invention.  Some of these trolls buy these licenses in groups of a particular type of technology.  You get served this demand letter saying you have infringed. The letter warns you, you will get a declaratory judgment in court.  They extort money from you for what they call "license fees" to keep using said product. 

But the H.R. 9 bill does little to address the very issue that proponents are talking about. 

According to another opinion on Forbes: 

Under such proposals, if enacted, Congress would generally require more particularity in demand letters and lawsuits, shift both parties’ litigation fees to the losing side, limit often expensive and time-consuming discovery, require disclosure of all beneficial owners of asserted patents, and protect users and purchasers of alleged infringing products from suit unless the manufacturer had first been sued or if the manufacturer agreed to assume defense of the suit.

If the REALTOR® Party considers itself a party to represent the best interest of REALTORS®, it should be also foremost also should be proactive in protecting private property rights which is embedded in the NAR Preamble. Private property rights cover different areas and more than just land. Private property rights also entail the house you own, the production of your hands and brain, the material things you own, your own person and space around you. It also should include intellectual property rights as many REALTORS® have invented processes and systems for the real estate market and businesses. 

H.R. 9 passed the house by a big majority: 24- 8. 

To read the Judiciary Committee's press release on this passage click here: http://judiciary.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?id=00590462-03D1-414F-B266-2BBEEFC62074

Chairman Gootlatte said this: 

“At its core, abusive patent litigation is a drag on our economy and stifles innovation. It is a problem that impacts businesses and industries of all types and the jobs of the people who work for them, from the tech sector to the hospitality industry and even grocery stores. Everyone from independent inventors, to start-ups, to mid-and large-sized businesses face this constant threat. The tens of billions of dollars squandered on settlements and litigation expenses associated with abusive patent suits represent truly wasted capital – capital that could have been used to create new jobs, fund research and development, and create new innovations and technologies.

“The Innovation Act takes the necessary steps to address abusive patent litigation, while protecting legitimate property rights. Specifically, the legislation targets abusive behavior rather than specific entities, preserves valid patent enforcement tools, preserves patent property rights, promotes invention by independents and small businesses, and strengthens the overall patent system.”


The Bill now goes to the Senate. You can track the bill here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr9

The BIO tech industry organization is against H.R. 9 . 

Groups who are against this H.R. 9 bill say that this bill will stifle innovation by regular people and poor people. They are saying that this will undermine our patent industry and the patent laws which created the innovation we have been able to experience in our country. 

Will H.R. 9 Stifle innovation and small business patents?

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The biggest giveaways that something may be amiss with a bill is what they name the bill. If it something peachy and rosy and makes you feel good- it most likely is not. 

The Hill reported: 

H.R. 9, the ill-named “Innovation Act” will allow large, market-dominant firms to infringe with impunity, by making it much more difficult for small inventors to enforce their patents. Three years ago, the American Invents Act made it more difficult to get and keep patents. H.R. 9, purported to solve a patent troll problem, is instead the next step in crushing competition from new small firms, creating “Big Tech Patent Ogres” that can ignore smaller players and their patents. This new bill makes it almost impossible for small technology startups to enforce their patents.

​The Hill's has a very good article about the assault on small businesses this new so called innovation act is going to be: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/238973-hr-9-crushes-innovation-killing-the-american-dream

How much of the H.R. 9 bill did the REALTOR® Party  and the NAR read? Did they read the entire bill? Did they discuss the ramifications with their legal counsel? 

And here is what Schmidt the  co-chair of the Small Business Technology Council has to say:


The U.S. patent system promotes innovation. H.R. 9 will retard innovation and cost America jobs and wealth. H.R. 9 is contrary to the Founding Fathers’ Constitutional intent, contrary to the policies of 220 years of patent law, and contrary to stated intention of the President and Congress to stimulate innovation. We urge the Congress, the White House and the SBA to oppose these potentially damaging changes, and instead support either the Troll Act in the House or the STRONG Patents Act in the Senate, both of which solve the troll issue, but do not hurt small inventors. If H.R. 9 becomes law as is, patent ogres will be a much worse problem than trolls could ever be.

"If H.R. 9 becomes law as is, patent ogres will be a much worse problem than trolls could ever be."

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Study the bills before you write your congress and representatives, study before you vote. Don't believe what you read. Explore, research, and most of all, read the bills! 

Survey- What Do You Need to Know Now- Digital Marketing Strategies

Digital Marketing Survey

Survey – What do you need to know now- Digital Marketing Strategies 

We get so many requests for different topics that marketers, REALTORS®, entrepreneurs, small business owners need to learn.

So far on the survey the requests are:                                                                                                     Digital Marketing Survey                           Digital Marketing Survey Digital Marketing Survey

  • Lead generation
  • Lead follow up
  • More SEO
  • YouTube Paid Ads and how to monetize your YouTube channel
  • How to start your own WordPress blog
  • How to market correctly and effectively on Facebook
  • Creating Facebook ads and so on
  • Delegating and using our Virtual Assistant team

Go here to take my survey now: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PZQYQGL

Please fill in the top 5 things you want to learn about in the order of importance to YOU.

I will be collecting the survey responses and putting the requests in order of the most popular request to the least. They are all important!

Then I will share with you how I will create your courses!

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It can be anything from newbies to advanced.  What matters is you being able to get the information honestly and without a bunch of shiny objects so you can move forward with your marketing online.

Lessons to Learn from Cecil the Lion and Reputation Management

Reputation Crisis Plan for Brands

What does Cecil the Lion have to do with your reputation management? A lot. 

We don't take kindly to the dentist killing Cecil the Lion. We don't condone his behavior. We don't agree with what he did. I want to make that perfectly clear since mob mentality seems to run ramped these days. 

There are good things and bad things about social media just as there is with nearly everything, you can call it: Ying and Yang. 

There are of course consequences to all of our actions. However, we have judges and juries set up for this purpose in our country. Although we all have our qualms about our justice system, we still do have one. 

Back in the wild west days someone could be accused of a crime whether they did it or not.  The mob would gather and someone would lead in the instigtaion and incite the mob to hang the person. Most often, the punishment did not fit the crime.  We have come a long way from the mob mentality, or have we? History has shown us that mobs are not the best instruments of justice. 

With the speed of rumors that fly, the news that flies and gossip - facts get twisted out of shape quite quickly. Remember the game we played when we were younger, "Telephone". In this game one person would whisper a sentence into the person's ear sitting next to him, then the person who just heard the sentence would whisper into the next person's ear and this would go on until you reached everyone in the circle. The last person would then state what the sentence was. It most often was not even remotely the same as the initial sentence. 

Reputation Crisis Plan for Brands

People will complain in a heartbeat but be very slow to give a compliment, especially on the internet. Social media is even worse. 

You MUST be proactive in your reputation management. 

Let's actually take a look at how fast the dentist's business, livelihood and life was destroyed: 

When the news hit social media that Cecil had been killed the internet manhunt spread like a wildfire and included trying to kill anything along the path to find this dentist. But not only was the anger so infused as to attack his business and threaten his life and those of his children and his wife but also anyone who had helped him ever in his business. 

There was a local SEO company that had his account at one time but currently the dentist is not their client. However, as you know from history of how mobs behave, this did not matter to the angry crowds. They started to attach the local SEO company online and writing bad reviews. 

What is the one way that you can take down someone you hate that is faster than any other? Writing bad reviews. 

All review platforms have rules and algorithms in place, filters to keep out spam.  The TOS of all the companies is Reviews must be about the business, not about the person and not about their family, etc.  Reviews must be done ONLY by customers who have actually been to the place of business and therefore have a reason to write the review. 

We do the Local SEO for our chiropractor.  Some person called the chiropractor's office to make an appointment to come into the office but did not ever come in. The person did not like the way the receptionist spoke to her so she left a scathing review on Yahoo reviews and yet, she had never even stepped foot inside of his office.  The doctor contacted Yahoo and explained what happened and Yahoo could then remove the bad review as the person who left the review violated their terms of service. 

Page 1 Solutions had Red Bluff Dental as a client back in 2013. The angry people were trying to find out who did his website and his online marketing. If you pay enough money you can find out what you want to find. So the vicious attacks started against Page 1 Solutions. Their Facebook page was being attached with horrible threats and vile language.  Page 1 Solutions acted swiftly to protect their reputation. This is not easy against a mob. 

The president of the company came out with a statement: 

"We started receiving calls and social media posts attacking Page 1 Solutions. Then the angry social media posts and negative reviews started to appear. Initially, this took our staff by surprise because nobody was familiar with the doctor's name. Although River Bluff Dental had been a client of ours, we always referred to the client by the name of the practice and not by Dr. Palmer's name. Brad, our Senior IT Specialist, took three angry calls from people who were upset that we were marketing Dr. Palmer's website. This was confusing since our contractual relationship with River Bluff Dental was terminated in 2013 and we had not even hosted his website since then."

This can put any company on the defensive and wondering what the heck to do to save their reputation. The guilt by past association was ringing strongly. This is why we have due process in this country. 

The mobs found the dentist's Facebook page and started attaching the dentist there. His Facebook page was shut down. So then the angry people went over to Yelp and Google Local Reviews. 

At first I wondered, how did all those people get past the spam filters and the algorithm  that makes sure the reviews are about the businesses and not about the people. No personal attacks are allowed in the reviews. In fact, Google local requires the review to be ONLY about the business itself.  The reviews were coming in so fast and furious I think the systems failed. I saw hundreds of reviews that were full of death threats, foul and filthy language and threats against his family. None of those should have passed the filters. 

One of the ways I noticed people getting through the filters was by using dental terms in between the foulness, filth and death threats to trick the filters. It worked. 

Internet vigilantism can take any business down within 24 hours. Even the crisis management  company that the dentist sent his message through to the press, was attacked and he had to withdraw from doing anything with the dentist.   The dentist name and information had to be scrubbed from every dental organization. 

Yelp received thousands of reviews on the dentist's page with death threats and all kinds of really nasty comments, even showing pictures of the home where his two children live. Yelp started to delete the reviews because the nastiest ones were getting 5 stars so they were moving up to the top of the reviews. Then the mobs virtually attacked Yelp for removing the reviews. 

Yelp told BuzzFeed : 

“Media-fueled reviews typically violate our Content Guidelines. One of these deals with relevance. For example, reviews aren’t the place for rants about a business’s employment practices, political ideologies, extraordinary circumstances, or other matters that don’t address the core of the consumer experience. Yelp reviews are required to describe a firsthand consumer experience, not what someone read in the news. Our user support team ultimately removes reviews that violate these guidelines.

Although most instances like these do not reach the current level of scrutiny and media attention, Yelp has proven policies in place to deal with such events and will remove content that violates our Terms of Service.”

Yelp has been able to scrub over 2000 of the reviews so far. 

Google reviews were also bombarded with thousands of horrible reviews. Google local Specialists started escalating the issue once they saw how badly these were violating Google's terms of service. 

Warning: there are bad words in this screenshot. Please don't read them around children. 

Google had to start deleting the reviews manually. They said they had to read each review to see if it violated the TOS. We are talking about thousands!  The only reason I added the screenshot was to show the severity of this mob mentality. 

The casualties also include people who have names similar to the name the mobs are virtually and physically hunting down.  Businesses who ever have an association with anyone the mobs decide to come after are at the mercy of those mobs.  You are being held guilty by association.  We each need to act and put safeguards and steps into place in case this should ever happen to any of our companies. 

Take the steps now to be prepared should you ever be associated with anyone that has committed a malicious act. Page 1 Solutions did a very good job of being transparent about their past relationship with Red Bluff Dental and also with hiding the nasty threats their Facebook page was attacked with. They received 9 ( 1 star) reviews within 20 minutes on their Facebook page. They unpublished their Facebook page.  They are waiting for Facebook to remove those reviews. 

Get management approval ahead of time for the following: 

  • Unpublished your Facebook page right away 
  • Prepare a plan of defense- how are you going to respond to the comments 
  • Immediately send Facebook the requests to remove your reviews 
  • Contact Yelp about the violations of TOS
  • Contact Google Reviews about the violations of TOS immediately

You need to regain the public's trust by coming clean, make amends and get back confidence. If you are guilty by association, you have a client who needs to make amends, remember to be transparent, come clean and state the facts. 

ACT QUICKLY 

Follow the example of Page 1 Solutions and act swiftly and decisively.  The biggest mistake businesses make is being slow to act and not having assigned a point person to execute your Reputation Crisis Plan. 

Another company that was swift to act when they were guilty by association is Subway and how they dealt with the scandal of their  Jared when he was investigated for child pornography. Subway did the right thing to get rid of all things Jared from their website and marketing.  They had a point person who made the calls, they held press conferences and acted quickly. 

A part of your social media plan needs to be to listen and then to respond. Put out all the fires. Sometimes it takes hiring an entire team of people to just do that 24/7. 

You must get ahead of the news. Do NOT let the news lead. That is going to end up in a disaster. End the speculation by getting out there and telling your story. Don't blame. Don't point fingers. That will not solve anything.  

No matter what you think about Cecil and the dentist- use this as a wake up call to create a plan of action for your reputation risk management. 

Content Creation Strategies

Digital Marketing Strategies with Katerina Gasset

In this article I am going to go over the what is working now when creating content. I will share with you what we are doing to get our content to rank quickly and get the Google bots to crawl our site often and index it. 

Creating Content Google Likes

Creating content should be at the top of your list of marketing priorities. Content creation has always been important. But since the Panda update which is in a constant roll out content creation has never been more important.

Google loves not just fresh content but also frequently updated content and also long content. You can also curate content with your added commentary and your own images.

Longer content is the new metric. We used to be able to write 300 to 500 word posts and they would fly to the top of the SERPS. That is changing. Also, searching behavior changes over time. Looking for answers to our questions is taking on a new meaning in search. We want to know in depth answers and how to’s not just a gloss over.

41% of businesses struggle with creating enough content according to Contently.

Obstacles Facing Content Creators


Testing Long Form Content 

Our Wellington Chiropractor is on page one for many chiropractor terms but he was not on page one for Wellington Acupuncture which is another part of his practice.

Since we already have links going to his main website for chiropractic terms and I did not want to start a niche website just for acupuncture we decided to test out Google’s apparent love for long page content of over 2000 words.

I named a main page instead of a post the acupuncture terms that we want to rank for. Then I did the research for acupuncture and wrote over 3000 words of content on this page: Wellington Acupuncture Treatments. I added alt tagged imaged throughout the content for visual appeal, added bullets and sub-titles so readers can easily scan the content.


Research- People Read Long Form 

What Google research has found is that people who are really studying, researching, learning are staying on long content pages. Yes, they are still skimming and scanning but they are staying longer and tend to read more than average if the topic is relevant to their search.

So in this case, someone searching for information about whether they want to get acupuncture treatments or not is going to want to know everything about acupuncture in order to make a decision to call for an appointment or not.

Within 3 hours of publishing the page he was on page one for several geo tagged terms revolving around acupuncture. The phone is already ringing with patients who want to book acupuncture appointments.

Getting Indexed in Google's In-Depth

The added benefit to writing long form content of over 2000 words is you can get an extra indexing spot in Google’s “in-depth” article index. That is something your competitors are most likely NOT doing!


How To Write 2000- 3000 Words 

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But how do you write 2000 to 3000 words of content on a topic?

It takes time and research.

My goal is to write one 2000 - 3000 word article each week.

A solution for you might look like this:

  • Week 1- Choose topic, do your research, write 500 words of content
  • Week 2- Write 500 more words of content = 1000 words total
  • Week 3 - Write 500 more words of content = 1500 words total
  • Week 4 - Write 500 more words of content = 2000 words total

Add images to the page at one time instead of with each section to save time with the exception of your featured image. 

You can also publish your content on week 1 and then add to it each week until you have the word count you want to achieve. This way you are only going back into your article to edit it, to save some time.

Personally I like to write my content at one or two sittings. Everyone has their own particular writing structure so follow what is best and most comfortable for yourself.

The biggest tip I can give you about content creation is to write first and edit last. If you suffer from perfection paralysis you need to get over it. Good is good enough. Struggling from sentence to sentence is going to take so long you won’t be able to write 2000 + word articles or blog posts or page content on your website.

Not sure how you are going to write to think of 2000 - 3000 words on one article?

  • Choose a main topic.
  • Create some subtopics.
  • Gather up your images.

Use Images to Add Interest

Images will spark your imagination with more content you can write.

We process images way faster than we do text. Humans process images 60,000 times faster than text. That is a lot! Take lots of photos in your niche and also other things that you can use in your posts like:

  • Graphs
  • Infographs 
  • Charts
  • Cartoons 
  • Memes 
  • Stock Images ( make sure to follow the TOS of each company.) 

Research shows that you should have one image for every 350 words of text you write.

You can follow the format I used for the Acupuncture page.

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Add Video to Long Form Content 

Add a video or a slideshow to your post, article or page for visual appeal and to interest the visual learners and viewers. Get on YouTube now- there is still plenty of room. Engagement on video is growing fast and furious.  Don't miss out on this. 

Read more about YouTube SEO and Periscope tips here. 

Make sure to stay within one main keyword topic and its related keywords and use plenty of semantical terms throughout your content.

Google’s algorithm is smart but not no smart that it can read your mind. You still need to make it clear what topic you are writing about. Another perk to writing long content is that you have more areas and places within your content to sprinkle in your keyword phrases, their related semantical terms and topical relevant textual content.

To this point in this article we are at 625 words of content so far.


Adding Different Forms of Content 

Here are some more ways to add more content to add to your article:

  • Find thought leaders in the topic you are writing about.
  • Read their articles.
  • Find a couple of quotes from the thought leader and quote him or her in your content.
  • Make sure to add his quote in quotes and credit the source.

This technique also gives a nice visual appeal to your article along with helping you attain more credibility.

"When we talk about "content marketing," we mean the creation of storytelling material that attracts readers, viewers and listeners to a brand.     Mashable 

Writing in-depth articles which are quality rich and add value are more likely to get shared than short posts. Educating, informing and entertaining; these are the keys to getting your content shared across the social medial platforms.

Add quotes to your content articles, source your quote for credibility.

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Answer questions. Make a list of all the questions that your customers, buyers, sellers ask you.

Gather your answers and write articles answering those questions. You don’t really need to create your titles in question format because the algorithms are now smart enough to know what question you are answering.

Ask and Answer Questions 

To write longer content write about more questions and answers.

Instead of the usual Top 3 or Top 5, change the content to Top 20 and Top 25, etc.

To a serious searcher, what do you think they would be more interested in, 3 or 20 things they can learn right now? Also, which one would Google like better?

Since Google is looking for “better” content it is natural that the math adds up to : longer content = better content. We know this is not necessarily true but to a math equation it is.

Check out this graph from SerpIQ from an in-depth study they did:

There is a perk you typically can get from writing longer content: more people tend to share longer content. This helps bring traffic to your site.


Tips To Creating Long Form Content

Digital Marketing Strategies with Katerina Gasset

Keep a notebook, notes on mac or Trello with a running list of ideas to write about. Some of those you many never write about but the important part is to keep the list and keep on adding to it.


A huge time waster is sitting around trying to think of what to write your next blog post about. You can avoid this by keeping an ongoing list.


Take time aside each day - just 10 minutes will do- to get your idea muscle exercised. I like to keep mine in Trello. Here is a video tutorial playlist I created about using Trello to get organized and more. 

Set a goal to come up with 10 ideas in those 10 minutes. 1 idea per minute.

Don’t judge whether they are good ideas or not. Just write them down. Of course some will be good and some will not be. The point is to get into the practice of writing them down.

Speaking of time, choose to write your content when you write the best. Some people write better at night and others early in the morning. Whenever that time is for you is when you set your time aside to write.

Make an appointment with yourself on your calendar to write and then don’t let other distractions get in your way. This is important marketing time. Your writing time should be sacred. Those around you also need to know this is your time to write, stop the interruptions.


Write for the Serious Searcher 

You can also add more content by using words people who are seriously searching look up:

  • Strategies 
  • Ways 
  • Tips
  • Ideas
  • Places 
  • Tactics

Add your keyword to the end of each of those words to create the layout for longer content.

Look at what your competitors are coming up for on the top 10 on Google SERPS in their lists and tip articles and do it better. Google your longtail keywords in Google’s incognito window. Check what content is ranking on the top 10 in the SERPS. Proceed to write a better, more in-depth article about the same topic. You may just outrank the competition using this technique like we did.

Add more detail to your content. Many writers in your space are not adding detail to their content. This can set you apart from the pack and help get you a spot on page one.

Go into detail on every step you write. This alone will add value and more words:).

Back up your claims with verified industry leaders. Most industry leaders publish all kinds of data, survey results and statistics.


Make Content Visually Appealing 

Structure your content so that it is easy to read and easy on the eyes.

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Before you publish your article make sure to apply the ‘Eye Candy’ test.

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Is your article visually appealing?

Don’t make your content a wall of words. That is the fastest way to turn your readers off and they will click right off of your blog or website.

Easy ways to make your content visually appealing:

  • Break up the text by adding images 
  • Use lists with bullet points 
  • Add video to your content 
  • Add subheadings 
  • Break up paragraphs 
  • Use italics for attention
  • Use bolding for attention
  • Use red in your screenshots 
  • Bold your subheadings 
  • Add icons before each point 

Some examples of these are throughout this post you are reading. 


Additional Tips For Great Content 

Make sure your content is:

  • User Friendly 
  • Looks good on mobile devices 
  • Readable 
  • Backed up by verifiable data 
  • In-depth 
  • Clear 
  • Simple 
  • Easy to follow 

People who read very fast stay on pages that have about 100 characters per line while those who read slow like to read about 55 characters per line.

Choosing a character count in the middle is best. Some tests show that 66 characters per line is best. Here are some results from some testing: http://webtypography.net/2.1.2

Also, setting your font size to 16 is now optimal. It is much easier to read.

Here are a few tips in capturing the attention of your readers longer:

Ask questions in your content. This causes the reader to hesitate and think on what you wrote.

Add your images and videos to your article or post so they peek “above the fold” encouraging the scroll.

Add down arrows for this same reason. People are curious.

The last step is to sprinkle your content with your long tail keywords and semantics of those longtail keyword phrases. Do this last so as not to stop your creative flow and the intent of your articles.

To learn more about writing with longtail keywords get started with Fast Track SEO.

Finally, make sure your article or blog page or page you are adding the longer content to is valuable to your readers. Make sure it is of high quality and relatable to your niche readers.

You want to write great content that your readers will stay on your page and read, then call you or connect with you to do business with.

By the way, I am now at 2010 words in this article. This is what it looks like to write a post or page or article with 2000 words.

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