When it comes to creating content online, it’s all about engagement. It doesn’t matter if it’s text, infographics, images or video… you must provide your audience with something they find value in or they are simply going to leave your site and never come back.
With this in mind, today we are going to look at five different ways you can start using video to not only increase engagement with your audience but also provide a higher level quality of content as well. Online video is also one of the best ways to deliver online courses, live events and turn boring data into exciting animated videos — all of which I’ll be covering in detail below.With more people using mobile devices and spending less time on actually reading content,
With more people using mobile devices and spending less time on actually reading content, video is simply the way to go. See how many of these methods you can implement into your blogging and content marketing.
Create Tutorial and Training Based Videos
A great majority of blogs on the internet are focused on teaching others how to accomplish specific tasks. This is especially true in the world of “how to make money blogging” and “WordPress resource” sites. With that in mind, how many articles do we really need on how to start a blog, installing WordPress and everything in between? A better way to approach this, and all tutorial-based content, is to create
A better way to approach this (and all tutorial-based content) is to create original videos to complement our written text articles. This works especially well if you are the name and brand behind the content you create.
Not only will this provide your audience with a visual resource that they can also follow along with, it will also open up a whole new traffic source through YouTube and other video platforms. No matter what you are teaching through your content, adding video training is a great resource your audience will love.
A perfect example of this would be made whiteboard video that was created for Blogging.org.
Live Stream Your Events and Training
Webinars, podcasting, tutorials and expert interviews… it’s all about creating premium content and live streaming events these days.
At the same time, we are seeing more marketing experts and bloggers coming out with their own mastermind and mini conference events. While it’s a great way to provide value to everyone who can physically attend your event, you are simply missing out on massive audiences and additional revenue (selling online access) by not live-streaming these events as they happen. This is something TedX has recently done over the years and they’ve seen amazing results.
When it comes time to finding a high-end solution to live stream events and conferences, Blue Jeans has been a name that continually comes up as a major player. Not only do they have live streaming solutions for events of all sizes, they also have online video collaboration services for corporate training as well.
As mentioned, TedX is one of the most well known and widely scaled entrepreneur speaking events in the world today. Instead of keeping their content limited to attendees only, now many of their events are live streamed across the internet.
Build and Sell an Online Video Courses
In addition to creating original video content to accompany any existing articles or tutorials you may have on your site, another great way to use video is for premium teachings and online courses.
This is something online marketers and entrepreneurs have been doing for years now, but thanks to sites like Udemy, it’s now easier than ever to create a few videos, throw it together and call it a course. Best of all, sites like Udemy do all the tedious work for you, such as collecting payments, hosting the video courses and even some promotion to their own network of users as well.
Want to see what’s possible through online courses and video course marketplaces? Feel free to check out my 30 blogging video course on Udemy… it’s only $14!
Increase Conversions with Pre-Sell and Explainer Video
If you’ve ever done anything with affiliate marketing, digital sales or landing pages, you’ve likely come across the concept of explainer videos. If not, you can watch the short video below as an example.
Explainer videos work extremely well for converting audiences into paying customers. The reason why these videos work so well is because they have a well thought out script (sales copy) that is actually delivered through videos that are engaging to audiences.
Most of the time, explainer videos are seen with a hand holding a pen and drawing on a whiteboard, but they actually come in all different forms and concepts. No matter what you are selling online, there is a good chance an explainer video can increase your engagement and conversions across the board.
Turn Text Content into Videos
The majority of bloggers and brands on the internet today are so focused on creating text content and articles for their sites, that many of them forget about providing a great user experience in the process. Text is great… but there is only so much that someone is willing to read!.
With more people now wanting instant gratification and having less time than ever to read articles, converting your existing text articles into videos is a great way to keep existing and attract new audiences.
A perfect example of this would be if you had an infographic and you wanted to bring it to life through video. Infographics are one of the best ways to transform boring data into high-quality images that people love to share. Now imagine what they would do with an infographic-based video!
To learn more about the process of turning your content into video, check out these other examples of infographics being brought to life.
Video is the Future…Will You Be Part of It?
Text-based articles and content are here to stay, but there is also a major shift taking place in how information is consumed on the internet today. Google loves interactive and engaging content that is loaded with different methods of delivery (images, video, infographics) and more people are using mobile devices for browsing than ever before.
No matter who your audience is, or what type of content they are looking for — be sure to start using video within your content creation and marketing efforts. Apply just one (or all) of these methods into your existing blog or business and see how it performs for you!
4 Effective Tips for Boosting Reader Engagement on Your Blog
If you want your blog to be successful and bring good profits, you need to ensure that your posts not only attract traffic but engage the readers. To do this you’ll need to experiment with content formats, open dialog with the audience, involve influencers, and above all, understand your audience’s exact wishes.
From online videos to content creation and social media, there seems to be an endless supply of new traffic out there and different ways to pull users back to your site. With all of this in focus and on the minds of bloggers everywhere, we wanted to highlight some of the best ways to boost content engagement, using many of the preferred mentions we’ve already highlighted.
4 Ways to Boost Your Blog Content Engagement Rate Fast
Even if you don’t run a vlog, you need to post an occasional video because that’s the ‘hottest’ type of content today. Check out an aggregation of video marketing statistics offered by Forbes to see why exactly your blog needs more video content. Note that social videos generate more shares.
Live video streaming is also greatly popular today, so be sure to launch an occasional Facebook Live session to share something interesting with your followers. Then post a recording of the stream on your blog so those who missed the airing will be able to enjoy it anyway.
Research your audience in great detail
To boost reader engagement on your blog you need to understand what motivates your targeted audience to actually get into your content. You’ll need to not only consider the analytics data that will show you which of your posts are most popular. You also need to search for information on your targeted audience, such as what kind of posts are generally more popular with them.
The more precise you are in developing targeted content, the higher the reader engagement rate will be. This means that if you seek to create a diverse readership base, you might need to consider launching several websites. In that case, you’ll need to use specialized software and a hosting service that allows you to run multiple blogs. This will make managing them easier, so you’ll be able to focus on creating several posts. Bear in mind that you might be able to apply the same basic content strategy to all your blogs, even if they differ in subjects.
The differences in those strategies and individual posts will be dictated by the data you get from a detailed study of targeted audiences.
Get more influential persons involved
Influencers of any kind can help you boost reader engagement on your blog because if they promote your content, their loyal readers will want to read it themselves. You can also generate more traffic and engagement by mentioning various celebrities and popular bloggers.
A perfect example of this can be seen in one of our expert roundup posts, where 73 different online marketers and bloggers took the time to share their expertise on social media. The benefit here wasn’t also just for our site. Each of the experts got a lot of exposure out of this, and the audience loved the content as well.
However, you’ll need to be careful if you choose to use mentions. For celebrities, you should research laws and regulations surrounding the issue. You need to be 100% sure that you won’t be sued for mentioning someone’s name or other information in your post. When you mention bloggers, you’ll need to consider those rules too as well as give them a heads up about doing this.
Having various opinion influencers popular with your target audience is a great boost to your blog and personal brand. This will also increase your reach as you’ll get an indirect contact with the influencer’s audience.
However, attracting influencers is a big challenge, especially for a blogger. You can use the tips from Neil Patel, a true marketing guru. Think carefully about how to adapt them to your situation.
Post engaging graphics
Much like with videos, you should post relevant graphics to boost reader engagement because this type of content is popular and shareable. Infographics are particularly effective for this, so be sure to create some. It will be best if your infographics have some original data on relevant topics. But, even simple step-by-step instructions can generate decent shares and likes.
Your every post should contain several images by default as they promote reader engagement and memorization. Be sure to add .GIFs as well, because these graphics are in trend now.
Best Search Engine Marketing and SEO Practices to Follow in 2018
Marketing often requires four basic factors: first, there should be people with unsatisfied needs; second, these people should have the desire to be satisfied; third, there should be opportunities for communication; and fourth, there should be an exchange of goods or services. A businessman with keen acumen for business opportunities would readily recognize these unsatisfied needs, build opportunities for communication with these people, and relay the service or product that could satisfy their needs. The important thing is that the prospective businessman is able to reach his target audience via good marketing strategies and tactics.
Understanding Search Engine Marketing
Marketing strategies have greatly changed since the introduction of the World Wide Web. As the Internet expands, it also provides good avenues for new marketing strategies and tactics. It also engenders new buying behavior among consumers, as contemporary consumers first search online for a product or service that they need before purchasing it. On the other hand, business owners are now required to create their own websites to be relevant online.
As highlighted in this article, writing for humans is always going to be the example to follow. It also means keeping the following SEO guidelines in mind when creating content:
- Keep it unique. Avoid duplicating content that’s already out there. Ask yourself: what can I add to this ongoing conversation?
- Do more research than competitor sites have done.
- Consider all options: infographics, videos, podcasts, an interview, a step-by-step guide or even a new tool or template.
- Remember that longer content gets more links. If your page is supported by high-quality links, it will move up in the ranks. Although Google has stated that even a few sentences can rank, in general, you’re better off creating content that is at least 300 words or more.
One form of effective online marketing is search engine marketing. It involves website promotion aimed at increasing the visibility of your business site online. It is also designed to make your site rank higher on the search engine page results (SERP). However, this marketing form is wrought primarily through paid advertisement.
In 2007, for example, advertisers in the U.S. had spent 24.6 billion dollars on this type of marketing. Google, on the other hand, leads the pack of search engines that profited from search engine marketing. Furthermore, in the second quarter of 2015, Google got a sizeable 73.7% share of profits from search engine marketing as compared to 26.3% of Yahoo/Bing. Based on these data, search engine marketing appears to be a very profitable business that rakes billions of dollars of profit for search engines.
Social Media Marketing
Your online marketing strategies and tactics would never be complete without tapping into social media. Services like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Baidu Tieba, and LinkedIn have also been used for marketing. LinkedIn, for example, as an employment-oriented service can be used to promote your services and get more mileage for your online marketing efforts, but keep in mind that it is primarily used to establish professional networks.
Just take a look at the screenshot below and how LinkedIn can provide such great information for anyone looking for earnings and jobs reports within any specific niche market. Not only will these same results rank and appear within the search results, they are also heavily shared through social media as well.
Search Engine Optimization
Aside from search engine marketing which makes use of paid advertising, you can also make use of search engine optimization (SEO). Search engine optimization is another way of expanding the online visibility of your site without necessarily paying for online advertisements. Search engines have organic or natural page results, known as SERP, and you can influence these organic results through SEO.
Not many, however, are experts in SEO. Hence, if you are a businessman who doesn’t have the know-how on SEO, you should visit BestSEOCompanies.com and search for the expert that fits your needs. If you want a reliable and trustworthy SEO specialist, this website can really help you with its list of the top 50 SEO services that you can immediately hire.
Business websites that are ranking high in the SERP usually gets two-pronged benefits. First, if your site ranks high in the SERP, chances are casual searchers will click on your website, and you can turn them immediately into actual clients. Additionally, if you get more clicks and visits from casual searchers, the search engine will further rank your website higher.
What Is the Chief Benefit of Going the Extra Blogging Mile?
10:15 PM on a Sunday night.
After waking at 7 AM I did an hour of yoga.
I followed up with 4 hours of blogging work.
Toss in another 4 hours of blogging work plus a 1 hour walk and some R and R, and where I am late on a Sunday night. Going the extra blogging mile.
I love blogging. Working late on a Sunday does not feel like going the extra mile because blogging feels fun to me. But putting in a bit more effort when I feel tired helps me to help more people. Going the extra blogging mile also makes me memorable in the eyes of readers.
I know other bloggers who go the extra mile.
My friend Ronald at Web SEO Marketers runs a first rate blog.
Beyond his super content though, he goes the extra blogging mile in the relationship-building department.
A few moments ago I saw this update in my stream when I logged in to Facebook:
Buying the paperback version of my blogging eBook would have been awesome in and of itself. But Ronald snapped a selfie holding the paperback, noted how he just received my book in the email and tagged me to let me know he bought my book and he’d see me in paradise.
He perfectly embodies how you go the extra mile relationship building wise. Compassionate, heart-centered bloggers think of how they can help folks out. Generous folks always stick out in your mind because we resonate with people who are kind, helpful and genuine in all they do.
Being Memorable Helps Expand Your Presence
I noted Ronald’s rocking blog in this post because he is a skilled blogger, because he shouted out buying my book on Facebook and because both factors make him memorable. I could not fall asleep until I wrote this post and shouted him out because it feels fun to spread the love and to help you guys understand the chief benefit of going the extra blogging mile; people will remember you.
If people remember you they will feature you, interview you, invite you to guest post on their blog, or they will hire you or buy your stuff. As your features, interviews and guest posts increase you will appear to be all over the place in your niche, growing your business slowly and steadily until your generosity and willingness to go above and beyond results in exponential growth of your online presence.
Alonzo Pichardo embodies this type of massive growth over the long haul by going the extra mile.
Check out his Instagram account.
His follower growth and overall engagement levels are staggering, with 55,000 followers receiving Alonzo’s update on the platform.
Alonzo continues to get so many followers because he gave so much of his time, skills and expertise over the past decade. He did not attract 55,000 followers after a week of going the extra blogging mile. He generously served folks for a decade and continues to help folks even if doing so takes him late into the night, becoming more memorable to more folks around the world.
Be patient and persistent in creating value and building bonds. Good things take time.
You may not make a penny through your blog for 6 months after doing the right things with the right energy but you will succeed over the long haul. Every kind act is rewarded over time.
Keep helping people. Focus on the process, not on outcomes. Stay up late to write the guest post, linking in to your blogging buddies to increase their exposure. After you purchase a book, take a selfie and tag the author on social media. Think of how you can impact humanity in a generous, significant way, one friendship and one generous act at a time.
Go the extra blogging mile.
Accelerate your blogging success over the long haul.
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