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How to Multiply Your Most Popular Content

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With over 400 million blogs existing across multiple platforms, you want to know how to stand out. One way to increase your reach and audience — multiply your most popular content. Some bloggers find it difficult to know how to find their top performing posts and then use them to generate new ideas and better results.

In this post, we will show you how to identify your most popular content, use it to generate new ideas, re-purpose it to perform better and offer ideas on how to share it to reach more people.

How Do You Identify Popular Content?

Analyze your blog’s statistics to identify your most popular content. Whether you have Google Analytics or another data collector, they gather information on your site, which shows your top performing posts, how long people stay on your site, who links to you and much more.

One of the best metrics to use is post traffic. To see which posts perform the best in Google Analytics, select Post Behavior > Site Content > All Pages. Customize the data range to show you which posts generated the highest engagement or clicks during a certain time. Traffic identifies what your audience likes and gives you data on which topics they want to see more of or which style of posts they prefer.

Also set parameters for categories, which show you the top performing posts within each category.

Another metric to look at is popular keywords. To find keyword data, select Acquisition > Search engine optimization > Queries. Search engine optimization (SEO) shows how well your post ranks on search engines with keywords. Knowing your top keywords shows what your audience is searching for and helps you craft new titles and descriptions for your posts so they receive higher rankings.

Links also contribute to SEO and site traffic. Acquisition > All traffic > Referrals shows you who links to your site and how your audience finds you. Use links and referrals to focus where you publish and market your content.

Utilize analytics within your social media accounts as well through business accounts and page analytics. Each one has their own and are easy to find:

  • Facebook. Navigate to Page Insights > Posts to see which posts receive the most impressions, clicks and engagements.
  • Instagram. Navigate to Insights to view impressions, likes, comments and audience.
  • Twitter. Navigate to Analytics where you find tweet impressions and engagement rates for the month and download a spreadsheet for a custom date range of data.
  • Pinterest. Navigate to Analytics for reach and impressions.

How Do You Generate New Ideas from Old Content?

Once you have analytics and data on your most popular content, use your findings. Here are ways to use your old content:

1. Templates

If one style of posts — listicle, Q&A or article formatting — attracts the biggest audience, use it as a template for your new ones. Templates take the confusion out of formatting posts and organizing information.

For example, if your audience prefers posts with numbered lists and pictures, use the listicle format.

2. Topics

Use old posts and topics to generate new topics. If a particular section of a post generated more interest and multiple comments, base a new post around the topic. For example, if you wrote a popular post about exercise, write a post covering the topic in-depth.

Or, research which topics and posts people continually search for online. Find what other bloggers post about and offer your own take on those subjects.

Another good place to look for topics is on Google. If you have a blog post that receives a high amount of traffic, search for the topic on Google. Go to the “People also ask” section to see if there are any related topics that you could write about. After, go to the bottom of the search results page to the “Searches related” to section. Are there any topics here you could write about?

3. Comments

Finally, use your popular content to crowdsource your research efforts. Dip into the comments section to interact with your readers and ask them what content they want to see more of. Also, ask them what they love about your content and blog.

How Do You Repurpose Old Content?

Once you identify your popular content, repurpose it for multiple audiences and a wider reach. Below are three ways you can generate more traffic for old content:

1. Make a Video Version

According to reports, 46 percent of video viewers watch until the end, 59 percent of those viewers watch entire videos when content is around 90 seconds.

Video gives your audience another way to consume your content, which is easier and quicker than reading your whole post. In your video, stick to the main points and what the reader needs to know from your original content.

Also, inject some personality into your video. Presenting on camera or speaking for a voice-over and providing engaging visuals shows your audience you’re authentic and genuine. Plus, it shows your content in action, which better relates and demonstrates to your audience how useful your content is for them.

2. Dive into a Topic with a Podcast

Statistics found 55 percent of visitors will read a blog post for 15 seconds or less before moving on. So, instead of diving deep into a topic with blog posts, use podcasts.

Podcasts are great because you listen to them on-the-go, in the car or during free time. They also connect with you through your voice speaking to them, like a conversation with a friend.

3. Create an Infographic

Infographics break your content down to the main points and statistics with multiple images in one graphic. Share the infographic across social media platforms, where everyone can download and share it.

4. Add Content

If there are any questions related to the topic that you have not already addressed, you could expand upon the topic and write more content to answer those unanswered questions. You can get a good idea of what questions people have related to the topic from Google’s “People Also Ask” section mentioned above. Additionally, Google prefers 2000 words to a page, so to see your blog post rank higher in search results, consider adding at least 2000 words to the page.  

How Do You Post Across Platforms?

Statistics show about 2.77 billion people use social media, which accounts for over 70 percent of total internet use. Posting your blog to your social media accounts is a great way to expand your audience and reach.

Use these four elements to post your content across platforms:

1. Sharing

Once you write your content, share it to your social media accounts. From there, share it to groups, post it on personal or business pages and increase its visibility through utilizing popular hashtags.

2. Custom Graphics

Create custom graphics so your audience can share them and your content across multiple social media platforms. The more graphics you have within a post, the more images to use when you share content.

When adding graphics to your posts, know the dimensions for each social network:

  • Facebook: 940 x 788 pixels
  • Instagram: 1080 x 1080 pixels
  • Twitter: 1024 x 512 pixels
  • Pinterest: 735 x 1102 pixels

3. Custom Descriptions

For each platform and post, customize your snippet and description. Use information from the blog to get your audience’s attention. Examples include:

  • Statistics
  • Individual points
  • Short anecdotes
  • Content summaries

Each time you share content, use different description to make it feel fresh.

4. Schedules and Calendars

Schedule when and how you’ll share and distribute new and old content using a calendar. A calendar keeps you organized as you plan your posts, graphics and descriptions. Plus, they track how often you share content and what you share.

When creating a calendar, select the tools that work for you.

Journals let you jot down ideas, paste pictures for inspiration, outline posts and draw out a calendar with dates and times for each – all in one place.

Google sheets and spreadsheets let you add active links to include, organize content with bullet points and label content with colors.

Content management tools keep your accounts in one place and automate the posting process for you, but they’re an investment.

Make Your Content Rain

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When you sign up and become a Rainmaker, you get back to following your passion.

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How to Make Your Sponsored Posts More Successful

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Person typing on computer29 percent of consumers say traditional banner ads and pop-ups distract and ruin the user experience and advertising agencies are catching on. Advertising strategies have been shifting to a more personal approach. Influencer marketing is a huge part of the shift.

We’re here to help those influencers (you) make sponsored posts successful through optimizing them for user experience and for search engines. Doing both will help boost your performance metrics and conversion metrics.
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How to Write a Strong & Engaging Sponsored Post

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With influencer marketing taking the internet by storm, brands and business want to work with influencers who write compelling content and improve their user experience.

Sponsored content generates a lot of engagement and benefits businesses in more ways than one — increased reach, successful brand partnerships, extra income and happy readers. Research shows sponsored content boosts a website’s and brand’s credibility by 33 percent and improves the user experience when content is accurate, trustworthy and relevant.

But how do you tell if your content will succeed? We wrote this post to tell you how much money you can make with your sponsored content and the 10 elements to include in your content to make it strong and engaging every time.
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How to Create an Awesome Landing Page for Your Blog

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To drive higher conversions and better marketing, install a landing page on your blog. Some blogs use homepages and other content pages cluttered with information as landing pages, which is not best practice. A landing page is to exist apart from the home page and other site pages and its purpose is to promote your content, grow your email list and convert new visitors into subscribers.

In this post, we’ll show you what a landing page is, why it’s valuable and how you can set up a successful one for your blog. Read More

How to Find Sponsored Post Opportunities With a Small Blog

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Influencer marketing climbs as 50 percent of consumers say user-generated advertisements and content inspire them to purchase products and services more than traditional ads. And, 76 percent of consumers purchase products they see online and on social media.

They want honest opinions and stories of businesses and brands, and bloggers provide that content to them. Brands tap into influencer marketing potential by sponsoring posts, which bloggers publish to promote specific products or services.

As a small blog, you want to share your content and get paid for it. Posting sponsored content on your blog provides a variety of benefits, such as free products and merchandise, potential long-term partnerships with brands and recognition as an expert in your niche.

We realized some bloggers have trouble discovering sponsorship opportunities, so we created this guide to get your blog ready for sponsored posts and to help you find sponsorships. Read More

Why Creating a Style Guide for Your Blog Is Important

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If you’ve been writing for a while, you’ve probably encountered content style guides, especially when producing material for others. A style guide often includes specifics such as desired content length, language and spelling preferences, how to handle symbols in text and whether to use the Oxford comma. However, you might not have thought of style guides associated with entire blogs.

Does your blog need one? Yes. Keep reading to learn why. Read More

Important Legal Tips to Understand Before You Start Blogging

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You’ve chosen several topics and angles, picked a content management platform and used your social media profiles to spread the word about how you’re entering the blogging world soon. What’s left? Making sure you know the basics about legal concerns that could arise when you’re a blogger.

Please Note: We are not lawyers and this is not legal advice! Just some things to consider learning more about and looking into as your blog grows. Read More

How to Use Keywords Everywhere to Do Simple Keyword Research

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Knowing how and where to use keywords can be confusing. Google seems to change the way it utilizes keywords on a consistent basis. Keyword stuffing and similar tactics simply don’t work. However, keywords are still useful

Google gets about 66,659 searches every second, but if you aren’t ranked near the top of the search engine results for a particular search phrase, those searches do you no good at all. If you want to grow your blog, figuring out which keywords your competitors are using and how you can create stronger content is a big step toward success. Read More

How Long Should I Wait to Monetize My Blog?

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Figuring out the best time to monetize your blog isn’t an easy decision. Should you monetize from day one, or would it be better to wait until your site is getting a certain amount of traffic?

Blogging experts such as Darren Rowse recommend going ahead and monetizing your blog from the beginning if that is your plan. Rather than asking if you should monetize early in the blogging process, it might be better to figure out how you would monetize early on, as well as how that might change as your audience grows. Read More

Best Practices for Using Numbers in Your Blog Posts

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You already know how to use words to your advantage. Each day, you craft engaging blogs that draw readers in time and time again.

But there’s one way to make your posts stand out even more: by incorporating numbers with your words. You’ve probably seen other blogs use this method in titles, with pieces promising “7 Tips” or “10 Ways” to do something valuable for the reader. Using figures and statistics within your articles will make things even more eye-catching.

Why? Because these figures make you seem like more of an authoritative source. If you can back up your claims with numbers, it makes each tip, trick or fact look even more substantial.

With that in mind, here are four of the best practices for using numbers in your blog posts. Read More