Ranking in the search results these days is tougher than ever. Not only is there more sites to compete against, there are also more link building methods, penalties to watch out for and tracking methods to pay attention to. In short, it’s no longer a simple task to create a website or blog, then also manage all of your content creation, outreach, and SEO in the process.
The good news is that while all of these advancements and changes continue to take place, there are SEO management companies and tools to help along the way. That is exactly what you will find with ContentKing, a real-time SEO auditing and content tracking solution that provides an up-to-date overview of your websites at all times.
ContentKing is a Real-Time SEO Solution
It’s likely you’ve already looked at different options for managing your search rankings and tracking movements. When doing so, I’m sure you came across a wide range of solutions, features and pricing plans. ContentKing has put in the time, work and effort to make sure they stand above the crowd by offering the best possible SEO tools, while also offering real-time SEO auditing and content tracking in the process. This means you won’t need to wait for future updates from Google to see how you’re most recent site changes are working for you.
Being a web-based utility that requires no installation or software to download onto your computer or server, ContentKing has a wide range of features for site owners to take advantage of. Such SEO performance tools and features include the ability to grade your existing meta descriptions, and measuring the ‘shareability’ of your content and how it may perform on social media.
With Google now placing more weight on ‘social signals’ and sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn reaching new audiences every day, looking simply at your Google search rankings could be a huge mistake when trying to grow out and improve your site. In addition to social socials and content tracking, ContentKing also offers the ability to support up to 500,000 pages out of the box, which should be more than enough for more site owners, bloggers, and brands. If not, the option is always there to upgrade to an even larger tracking plan.
Viewing Your Site through the Dashboard Area
As with all great platforms and tracking tools, having a sophisticated and easy-to-use dashboard area is key. This is exactly what you will find when logged into the ContentKing platform. By default, it will show changes from the past seven days, but you also go into weeks or dig further back in history too if you prefer.
With your site actively being monitored through ContentKing, users can log in at any given time to see a current health report of their site. At the same time, you can also see a historical chart of your site’s health and how effective your improvements have been over time.
As you can see through the screenshot below, the site is rated with a health score of 2811/400, which isn’t bad — but still, there is plenty of room for improvement — which ContentKing will provide direction on.
As you continue scrolling down through the reports area, you will find more detailed tracking and improvement information rating to different areas of SEO for your site. Everything from content, social engagement, conversion tracking, flexibility and much more. Another key point here is that this information is divided up between ‘essential pages’ and ‘other pages’. You would want to fix your most important pages first, then move on to the rest.
To understand the different tracking and management of each of these areas, we can dive further into these reports below.
Running a Deep Analysis on All Site Pages
Clicking on the “Pages” link from within your account (on the left side menu), you will then be presented with a full list of every page that is currently found on your site. Again, nothing had to be installed to set all of this up, it’s already all handled and tracked through the ContentKing interface.
In addition to seeing the URL for each page, you will also see the health score and whether it’s a secure page and if it’s correctly been indexed — among other things. Users also have the option to fully customize how these reports appear within the dashboard area as well, allowing you to add/remove columns as you please.
As mentioned earlier, ContentKing is running off a real-time monitoring platform, so any changes you might make from within the dashboard and reports area will also be reflected in real-time stats.
How to Address the Many SEO Issues on Your Site
With so many potential SEO problems existing within your site, it’s important to know not only where to start, but also how to actively monitor and fix them over time. When logged into your account, click through any of the pages within your reports area and you will see a customized report for each individual page. This will show not only the current version of your site and it’s health, but also where improvements can be made. Such areas for monitoring and improvement include meta description and headers (H1, H2) in the content, as well as the number of incoming and outgoing links, both internally and externally.
To make this process even easier, ContentKing will provide you with a “to do” list and a score for each of the tasks as they are completed. A good example of this would be adding a meta description to your page, which can increase your page health by 350 points (out of 4000 total).
Another great section that can be found within ContentKing, is the “Issues” section, which helps with the overall view of your site and any existing SEO issues that may be affecting it. From this area, you can filter based on status, page importance, and category.
Within ContentKing you will also have access to see a reports based on Twitter Cards mark-up and how it’s missing on nearly all of the pages. With a lack of Twitter Cards in place, this can negatively impact how these pages look when they are being shared on social media (ie: Twitter). Fixing such an issue on your site would result in another 300 points to your health score.
As site owners continue to make such recommendations to their site, it’s important to remember that ContentKing will also update in real-time as well. Letting you know how your site’s health is improving, and where any existing changes can still be made.
ContentKing has More Features on the Way
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, SEO and the way Google ranks websites is changing all of the time. ContentKing is unlike any other tracking and monitoring platform out there, in that they continually update in real-time, while also making it easy and effective for site owners to improve the overall performance of their sites. API implementation, ability to track changes across entire websites and also having weekly email reports are just a few of the many features currently in the works.
To get started with a ContentKing account of your own, all you need to do is sign up for one of their affordable plans — which can be done in as little as 20 seconds!
Plans are set up to fit the needs of site owners and how many pages of content they might want to track. For example, if you have one website with 1,000 pages and another with 500 pages, your total monthly cost when paid annually, would be just over $45.
For larger websites or agencies, ContentKing offers agency pricing. The main difference between the two is that an agency account will let you scale in size based on the number of actual sites and pages you need to monitor.
To entice the value behind these pricing plans even further, ContentKing offers a 15% discount on all quarterly plans, while boosting it up to 25% when you pre-pay for annual members.
The world of content creation and SEO is one that will never stop changing. To stay ahead of the curve and make sure your site is always as healthy as possible, ContentKing is there to help you along the way. Start a free trial today and see how you can start improving your site’s health today.
Why Invest Money in Your Blog?
I often see new bloggers say they want to blog on a free platform to see if it works. If blogging works on a free platform then they invest in a domain and hosting.
I guarantee guys: you will fail on a free blogging platform. Blogging never works for cheap, fear-filled bloggers using free platforms. Blogging works for abundant, generous bloggers who buy their domain and hosting and who persistently create helpful content and build strong connections.
Why invest money in your blog?
Stand Out From The Crowd
Most bloggers use free platforms.
Investing money in a domain, hosting and premium theme helps you stand out from the crowd. Free themes and free platforms do not impress people. But seeing a premium, clear, professional-looking theme on a hosted platform creates an eye-popping, attention-grabbing experience.
Visualize your blog looking like a lighthouse in a storm. Invest money in your theme and a domain, and hosting.
Standing out from the crowd also helps you connect with the right people online. Birds of a feather flock together.
Listen to this podcast as Alonzo Pichardo and I chat about connecting with successful folks online:
Maximize Monetizing Potential
Free Platforms like WordPress.org do not even allow monetizing. How insane is that?
Blogger is not much better. Tough to monetize on free platforms because you have few options to work with. Plus your blog does not stand out; critical factor in the blog monetizing game.
Investing money in a self-hosted WordPress blog gives you crazy monetizing potential. I currently have established 11 income streams through my blog. You can sell virtually anything through a blog that you own because you call the shots. Toss in sweet customizing options on a self-hosted blog and your blogging profit potential raises the roof.
Build a Respected Brand
Everything is branding online.
Successful bloggers build successful brands first because a brand makes you memorable.
Peep that image above guys.
I built a brand that got featured on:
- Fox News
because I created a clear, powerful blogging brand in Blogging From Paradise.
See the investments in that picture? I invested in a domain and hosting. I also bought a proof copy of my paperback to promote both my eBook and paperback and to bolster my blogging brand.
Spending money helps you lap most bloggers because most bloggers are terrified to spend money. If you dive into the fear of investing money you stand out from bloggers who are terrified to spend even a cent on their blogs.
Drop some dimes guys.
Invest in a bright blogging future.
Imagine if you visited my blog and saw something like:
Looks rough, right?
I would not trust me. No way. Why would I trust someone who could not afford to drop $10 a month on a domain and hosting? If someone is so terrified or cheap they cannot possibly lead and teach readers genuinely. Nor can the individual have the vision and drive to create something meaningful over the long haul.
Think about it guys; imagine if an aspiring doctor said they could not afford med school? Imagine if an aspiring lawyer said they could not afford law school? No way would you trust these doctors and lawyers. Just like no way would you trust a blogger who says they cannot afford to buy their domain and hosting, plus their premium theme. One look at a cheap or free theme on a garbage free hosted blog instantly alerts readers not to trust you. Nor should they trust you.
Invest money now to make more money through your blog.
All business ventures require investment.
Spend money to make money.
If you want to become a full time blogger you can buy my eBook here:
How to Get Endless Content Ideas for Your Blog
Smacked you in the head sometimes, right?
Nothing feels worse than slamming into writer’s block. But nothing feels better than having endless content ideas on tap, making you a prolific, traffic and profit driving machine.
Content ideas abound. But you need to learn how to and where to find these ideas to become incredibly prolific.
This feels challenging at first but finding content ideas seamlessly:
- increases brand awareness
- gives your readers a steady stream of content to benefit them
- increases your blogging profits through a variety of income travels
- inspires your readers to defeat writer’s block and other mental blocks
- helps you become a prolific guest poster
- gives you more ideas for future blog posts
Follow these tips to get endless content ideas for your blog guys.
1: Poll Your Readers
Poll your readers via an email newsletter.
Publish posts questioning readers on their biggest problems related to your niche.
Ask readers questions to get blog post solutions.
Content ideas dance around in the minds of your readers.
Just asking my readers on Facebook or Twitter about their most pressing blogging problems is an easy way to get content ideas. Sometimes I probe into their struggles. Other times I just ask if they have blogging questions. Some days I get 10 answers or questions and other days, 1. Keep asking guys. Probing and polling readers provides ample blog post ideas for you.
2: Hang out on Niche Specific Forums
I spend time daily both answering questions and finding content ideas on the Warrior Forum.
Help folks and see what to write about by observing forums aligned with your blogging niche.
See the most popular posts. What questions do people ask? How do people struggle?
Mine content ideas in the struggles of your ideal readers.
Be an active contributor on forums to better tune into the needs of folks intrigued with your niche. By regularly publishing posts on Warrior I can see and hear problems experienced by aspiring or even professional bloggers.
3: Follow Top Blogs in Your Niche
Read top blogs in your niche. Keep an eye out for popular posts. What do folks have problems with?
Read the comment fields to get a feel on what readers are chatting about. Many commentors have few issues sharing their pain points via blog comments. Pay close attention to complaints, rants or folks who share their biggest dreams. Tune in to these emotional push buttons to find an endless flow of prospering content ideas.
4: Become a Life Observer
I have nabbed more blog post ideas watching life than you’d ever believe.
Look at yesterday’s blog post: Blogging Outside of the Lines.
See how I spotted a blog content idea by coloring with my niece? Life presents you endless blog post ideas if you quiet your mind, relax, and become an observer of it all. The key is to cease trying to do stuff and to simply relax, and watch, life unfolding around you.
Review your last trip to the store. Who did you chat with today? What life lessons did you learn recently?
Draw an analogy between your experience and your blogging niche. Stay on blogging topic. Be on point. Speak to your readers while relating to them on a deeper level. Be a watcher. Find unlimited blog post ideas.
Meditate or do deep yin yoga.
Both practices expand your awareness, a must for folks intent on clearing their head trash to find more blog content ideas.
Work these streams diligently.
Calm your chattering mind.
Find unlimited content ideas for your blog.
11 Tips on Finding the Right Infographic Ideas for Your Brand
Infographics have become ubiquitous on the Internet. Whether you’re on Facebook, Pinterest, or Linkedin, you’re bound to come across an infographic online.
Infographics are popular due to their ability to convert complex data and information into something much simpler, making them interesting to look at and easy to understand.
According to Hubspot’s study, infographics are three times more likely to be shared than any other type of content— a perfect investment for those who are looking to bring in traffic and generate leads.
As more infographics are published on the Internet, creating one that will stand out from the rest takes more than illustrations with charts and data. An infographic can have great design but without a compelling topic, it might as well be skimmed through.
So, how do you come up with a compelling topic people want to read?
The truth is, it’s not going to be an instantaneous process. It’s going to take time, effort, and a lot of in-depth research. There are times content creators overlook research and end up with a lackluster infographic.
Figure out who your infographic is for. Knowing your target audience beforehand can make the process of choosing a topic much easier.
Avoid aiming for a wider audience. Instead, aim for a specific group of people. A one-size-fits-all approach isn’t going to work.
By creating a narrow target, it’ll be easier to create effective strategies for the specified target audience. For example, an infographic about basic exercise won’t be of interest for people who are in advanced exercise programs such as Crossfit or calisthenics.
Cook up a (brain)storm
There are a variety of brainstorming methods to use when coming up with ideas for your infographic topic, such as word association, mind mapping, and keyword research. These methods are perfect for coming up with loads of ideas by exploring different angles and connections.
Tools such as Mindmeister and Ahrefs are great for brainstorming and keyword research. Mindmeister lets you create your own mind map online. You can also export the file into different formats and share it with anyone. Ahrefs is a great tool for keyword research, helping you find high-ranking keywords to use for your infographic.
Another way to find ideas for your infographic is to repurpose existing content. These can be from blog posts, videos, or any other type of content.
Repurposing saves you a lot of time and effort. When you’ve gathered the materials you already have on hand, decide on an angle you want to display the information in. For example, if you have a blog post about 30 ways to save money, you can focus and shorten the blog post and instead, do an infographic on 10 money saving tips for impulsive shoppers.
Knowing what is currently trending can also help you come up with ideas for your infographic. A tool like Google Trends allows you to find the most searched keywords. You can see the searches on different topics and different regions.
Although it’s great to have a completely unique topic for your infographic, it’s also important to consider whether or not it’s feasible. Having a topic that’s too niche and has little to no information to support your research won’t do you any good.
A feasible topic has abundant information that’s easy to access and come from credible sources. Since infographics are meant to inform readers and provide valuable content, an abstract or opinion based topic would have little credibility and wouldn’t be very informative.
For more tips and tricks on finding the right infographic ideas, take a look at the visual guide here!
Andre Oentoro is one of the co-founder of Milkwhale, an internationally acknowledged infographic production agency. He helps businesses increase visibility on the internet with visual data and well-placed outreach campaigns. Read more on his latest guide to Viral Infographics and learn how to get the most value out of your website’s traffic.
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