Search-engines LOVE lots and lots of GOOD content! Why is that? Because good content is what your CUSTOMERS are going to love! And search engines want to keep directing people to good sites to stay relevant! So, now that you quiver is loaded up with the perfect collection of keywords, it’s time to start using them to create content. Create good content that your customer will enjoy, and you’ll be rewarded with more exposure on social media sites and higher rankings on search-engines.
What is good content? Well, that’s a more complicated question, and it’s going to take some brainstorming and trial-and-error to really figure out what people are going to respond to. The fact is, as the professional, you are the best resource to determine what your desired customer is going to enjoy, but let me get the ball rolling by giving you some ideas and tips.
Really let your personality show through. People want to do business with people, not companies. If you are a landscaper and you aren’t afraid to post a video on Facebook where a hose blasts you in the face and interrupts your video about getting rid of weeds, then I’m going to think, “HA! That was funny, I like that guy!” I’m going to want to do business with you and not Mr. “Lawn Mowing Experts” over there. After all, I don’t KNOW him… I KNOW you!
And while we’re on the subject, DO VIDEO! My goodness, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told my clients to post video, and the resistance I get is unbelievable! I understand being camera-shy, but people want to get to know you! And it doesn’t have to be a big production either! Pull out your cellphone, get a cheap tri-pod, get a friend who thinks they are the next huge indie- director. I don’t care how you do it, just get a video on your website and social media pages.
Give people the “inside-scoop” on some things. Are you a plumber that knows an easy way to fix a jammed garbage disposal? Share it with people. It may cost you the fee for a customer service call now and then, but it will get people to trust you, and that is worth SO much more. Again, it’s about creating what your ideal customer/client/patient WANTS to know.
Linking It All Together
So, now that you have created a bunch of great content that is targeted at your desired audience using the perfect keywords, it’s time to get linkey with it! After all, what good is creating all of this content if you don’t share it with as many people as possible? Here are some places to post links to your content:
Facebook: All blog posts should be posted on your company’s page on Facebook. You should also use some Facebook Marketing to generate a fan base. How important is this? Well, I teach an entire class on how to utilize Facebook Marketing to drive traffic, so I think it’s pretty important!
So check that out if you are interested in a bit more info on this topic:Auto Like Facebook
LinkedIn: Repost your blog post on the LinkedIn Pulse or at least make a status update that you have a new blog post out. If you post one of your blogs and it captures the attention of the Powers-That-Be at LinkedIn, then you could get featured, and prepare for a HUGE spike in people seeing your content. There is no trick to this, you just have to write great content and hope for the best
Twitter: Tweet a link to your new blog post. Heck, tweet links to other blogs, articles, videos you thing are relevant on the web! Follow people and retweet what they are saying.
YouTube: Have I told you how important I think video is? Create a YouTube channel for your company. If you write a blog, video yourself reading it. Well, talking about the content of your blog, please don’t just sit there and read your blog, that would be the most boring video ever.
Triberr: I love Triberr. How much? Well, let’s just say that the CTO of Triberr referred to me as the “Queen of Triberr.” Triberr is a great site that brings together a community of content creators and they all work together to share eachother’s content. Join up and share!
StumbleUpon: Submit all of your blog posts here. You never know who might “stumble upon” it!
But Wait, There’s More!
Here are a few more places that you need to make sure you include your website to get a ton of traffic:
Business Collateral: Make sure you include your website address in your email signature and on all business cards, flyers, posters, etc.
Answer Questions on Yahoo! Answers: and leave a link to your website. Post comments on other people’s blogs. Make sure your comments are genuine and insightful, don’t just do it to post a link!
Guest post on other blogs: If you have the opportunity to guest post on another blog, their readers may become your readers! You can use sites like PostJoin, MyBlogGuest or GuestBlogIt to find some opportunities.
Invite others to guest blog: In addition to having some cool content on your blog, your blog post
guest will share his post on your blog with his followers.
Podcasting: You may also want to look into creating a podcast for your content and releasing it on sources like iTunes, podnova, and soundwave. Free content is a great way to get more awareness to your website. Ebooks, freebies, giveaways or competitions are killer when it comes to getting more awareness and traffic to your website.
Some Technical Stuff
Your blog articles need a good title, page name and meta tags. Do some Googling or ask your web developer about how to do this.
So, now you have ideas on what you can do TODAY to start directing traffic to your website. “Location” may be the most important factor in the real world, but content is how you drive traffic on the web. By following these steps, you’ll have an amazing strategic advantage over your competitors. So get started! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!