4 Tips to Dramatically Improve the Quality of Your Content

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Cambodia4kids.org BethOne of the biggest obstacles that every entrepreneur faces is generating fresh content. You can only go so far with paid ads and a strong social media presence. You also need to drive traffic to your website.

The best way to gain traffic, build backlinks, and increase your search rankings is to regularly publish new content to your site.

But, if you don’t have good content, you won’t get the traffic that you want.

For this reason, a lot of entrepreneurs rely on outsourced content. They pay writers to create articles. The problem with this is that it’s hard to find writers that can emulate your style and tone. It’s hard to get them to create content that perfectly matches your brand.

You don’t need to be a professional writer to create high-quality content for your site. Writing content for blogs, ads, web pages, and sales copy is a skill that you can develop.

With these 4 tips, you can learn how to dramatically improve the quality of your writing and drive reader engagement.

#1 Make a List of the Topics That You’ll Cover

Before you start writing your article, you should make a list of the main topics, tips, or ideas that you want to discuss. Use this list to create your subheaders.

This same rule applies whether you’re writing a blog post, website copy, a product review, or sales copy. For example, with sales copy, you’d make a list of the features that you want to discuss. These would then become individual paragraphs with their own subheader.

The subheaders break up the content and make it easier to read. This also helps you stay on track and remain focused on the initial purpose of your content.

#2 Present the Main Problem at the Beginning of Your Content

Always start your content with the main problem that you’re about to address. For example, at the beginning of this article, I mentioned that the biggest obstacle is generating fresh content. These tips help you learn how to overcome this problem by creating your own content.

Address the problem early, possibly identify a few pain points of your readers, and then mention how this article will help solve the problem.

That is the overall structure of your opening paragraphs. You’re getting the reader’s attention by identifying a problem and then you’re telling them how you’ll solve it.

#3 Use Short Paragraphs to Improve Readability

There are several factors that determine readability. First, you need to think about the structure of your content. As mentioned, including subheaders can help break up the content. Adding images and graphics can also help with this.

But, there are a few other ways to improve readability and they all have to do with your writing. You need to use short words, sentences, and paragraphs. Though, the paragraphs are the biggest concern.

Typically, you will want an average paragraph length of 2 to 3 sentences. Preferably, the sentence length should be less than 12 words. You can also replace long words with shorter synonyms.

Don’t make the mistake of over-explaining a topic. By using short paragraphs, you’ll find it easier to remain focused on the main points that you want to address.

#4 Don’t Edit Your Content Until You’re Done Writing

Hold off on editing your content until you’ve finished your initial draft. If you start editing as you write, you’ll find that it takes much longer to finish writing.

After you’ve finished writing, remember to proofread. Use the spell checker in your word processor and then read the entire content line by line. This will help you catch any grammatical errors that weren’t found by the spell checker.

You now have a few tips that can help you generate better content. It’s not difficult, but it will require practice. Along with these suggestions, you can get even more powerful internet marketing tips, and a solution for gaining conversion-ready prospects each month, by clicking here to learn about my done-for-you system.

 

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How to Repurpose Your Content Without Getting Penalized

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jonathan-assink-content-writingCreating content for your online marketing requires time and energy. It may even require money if you choose to outsource your content creation. So, it’s disappointing when you have dozens of old blog posts that no longer help add to your website traffic.

Luckily, you can reuse your old content. There are numerous ways to re-purpose your content without getting penalized by search engines. This includes:

  • Update your content with new facts
  • Compile content into a new format
  • Convert a numbered list into multiple posts
  • Use a combination of these tips

Update Your Content with New Facts

The quickest solution is to update your old content with new facts or information. If you’ve got a post from last year that no longer receives any traffic, you could update it by making it relevant for today.

When you update old content, make a note of your updates at the bottom of the post. Let your readers know that this is an older post that’s been updated. Remember, you should always use honesty in all aspects of marketing.

So, what type of information can you add? This could include new facts, infographics, or you could simply make sure that the content is still applicable today. For example, if the advice that you provided is no longer relevant, you could make changes to make it relevant again.

Compile Content into a New Format

Another solution is to compile your content into a new format. Look for old posts the cover similar topics. They don’t need to cover the exact same topics, but they should at least have a similar theme.

Depending on how many posts you choose, you can convert them into an eBook or an expanded post. When compiling them into an eBook, use the individual posts as chapters. Then, simply add an introduction and a conclusion to the posts and publish as an eBook.

When publishing an eBook, you could either sell your eBooks through an online publishing site, such as Amazon, or use them as a free offer on your landing pages.

Instead of compiling multiple posts, you could convert an individual post into a new format. For example, take an old post and record a short video, using the post as your guideline for the content of the video.

The creation of videos isn’t your only option for this method. You could create podcasts or infographics. Think about the content of your post and which formats it would be best suited for.

Convert a Numbered List into Multiple Posts

The next option is to take a numbered list article and convert into multiple posts. For example, if you’ve got an article that contains numbered tips, create a full article out of each tip.

Expand on these points to create a detailed article. A numbered list article with 7 tips will become 7 separate articles.

Use a Combination of These Tips

You can even use a combination of these methods. For example, you could expand a numbered list and then convert it into an eBook. Or, you could update your content before compiling into a new format.

The bottom line is that you don’t need to let your old content get wasted. Just because it’s old doesn’t mean that you can’t use it again. Just think of how you can repurpose it to get more use out of it.

Along with these suggestions, if you’d like to have access to more powerful marketing tips, as well as a solution for generating conversion-ready internet marketing prospects each month, then click here to learn about my done-for-you system.

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