Hi Brian! Very good and exactly what I was looking for. I have a problem though, we are creating the first video editing software that edits video WHILE FILMING. We are video geeks with a lot of experience, however we are trying to appeal to GoPro users and video tutorial makers but we have little knowledge in that field. Any suggestions on how we write about that if we have no idea about the space?

Although RSS isn’t “in vogue” as it was 5+ years ago, I still find there’s no substitute for using this as a listening post for developments in your industry. When I wrote the previous post I used Google Reader to categorize sites to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in digital. When Google withdrew this since there was no revenue in it (Boo!) I used Reeder as an offline client on my Macbook Air and iOS for a while. But now I recommend Feedly since it's the most popular so you can see by the 'voice of the crowd' which posts are most popular.  Similar to the feature in PostRank that Google also killed off. Although feed readers aren't in fashion they are the most efficient way to scan the latest news in different categories. So if you don't use them try Feedly out - our analytics shows it's one of the most common referrers to Smart Insights - do bookmark us!
What it does: Every marketer needs to understand SEO. Ahrefs makes this job simple and straightforward. You can track keyword performance, measure your social metrics, perform backlink analysis, analyze your content, explore trending content, measure your keyword positions and do keyword research. It’s a robust all-in-one SEO tool that will put you on the path to outrank your competitors.
Specifics: Be as specific as you can with your recommendations. For example if you’re suggesting partnering with meal home delivery sites, find out which ones are going to provide the most relevant info, at what cost if possible, and what the ideal partnership would look like for content and SEO purposes. Even provide contact information if you can.

Although RSS isn’t “in vogue” as it was 5+ years ago, I still find there’s no substitute for using this as a listening post for developments in your industry. When I wrote the previous post I used Google Reader to categorize sites to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in digital. When Google withdrew this since there was no revenue in it (Boo!) I used Reeder as an offline client on my Macbook Air and iOS for a while. But now I recommend Feedly since it's the most popular so you can see by the 'voice of the crowd' which posts are most popular.  Similar to the feature in PostRank that Google also killed off. Although feed readers aren't in fashion they are the most efficient way to scan the latest news in different categories. So if you don't use them try Feedly out - our analytics shows it's one of the most common referrers to Smart Insights - do bookmark us!
It’s probably no surprise to see social media on this list. It’s an effective way to get more eyeballs on your content and tap into the personal networks of your existing fans. What may surprise you is the importance of hashtags. People have become increasingly picky about the content that they consume, which means they’re turning to hashtags as a way to streamline the influx. Smart use of hashtags enables you to precisely target your ideal customer and expand your reach beyond your existing audience.
SalesLoft is another sales engagement and conversational intelligence software. It allows individuals and teams to set and execute effective communications, with the goal of converting more target accounts into customer accounts. SalesLoft is designed to help organizations engage their audience in more relevant and authentic ways by real-time activity tracking.
Stay relevant (always) with evergreen content: If you’re trying to explore the different types of content that you can create for your blog, consider trying out “evergreen.” type content. This type of material will always remain relevant and will not need to be updated or be repurposed. Why? Because it will still be relevant later down the road. Examples include: “a history of (your industry)”, or ‘how-to’s’.

This tool will run a search query in the selected search engines and then graphically compare the results. Users can compare the keyword position on each search engine. A line is drawn between search engine results for matching URLs. From these results, you will notice how each search engine gives different ranks for different pages by comparing their appearance order. Mouse over the dots to see the URLs they represent. Click on them to open the URL in a new browser window.
Hi Brian, I’m so glad I found Backlinko! I’m downloading all the free guides you’re offering and taking notes. I started a blog last year, and I’ll just call it my “learning blog.” You help me understand that I need to change how I think about content creation (think keyword and topic, research it, THEN create content). So that will be the first strategy I implement for the new blog I plan on launching in the fall.
This is excellent and should be intuitive for marketers (and SEO pros are marketers!) but we often take the short cut and neglect critical details. What would also reinforce the strategy is way of providing solid projections for SEO (these could be based on industry trends and statistics). Clients now ask for ways to calculate ROI and they need numbers to get budget approvals. Increase in traffic by X,  increase in qualified traffic and leads, conversions etc, some way of quatifying the expected return.
Most importantly though, remember that Pinterest is a community just like any other social media, so make sure you’re active, connecting with others in your niche and re-pinning others’ content too. If you’re just shouting into the void by only sharing your own images, you’re going to have a hard time gaining traction and figuring out how to drive traffic to your blog from the platform.

Ahrefs is a powerful tool that enables you to monitor the number of backlinks pointing to your own or your competitor-websites, their top performing pages, traffic details and more. You can also check their rankings on major search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. Moreover, by utilizing its Content Gap feature you can identify the weak points of your content and improve them substantially.
Traditional analytics tools provide you information like how users came to your site, what pages they view, and how they navigate from one page to another. Heatmap tools offer visual analytics of page areas your users click, look, engage, and scroll. The following Heatmap tools will help you to understand usability issues with your website and optimize it for better user experience and sales conversions.
What it does: Every marketer needs to understand SEO. Ahrefs makes this job simple and straightforward. You can track keyword performance, measure your social metrics, perform backlink analysis, analyze your content, explore trending content, measure your keyword positions and do keyword research. It’s a robust all-in-one SEO tool that will put you on the path to outrank your competitors.

Connect your blog to your website: One of the first steps to ensure there’s cohesiveness between your website and your blog is to make sure they are connected. If you’re already using the Wix Blog, then you don’t have to do a thing, as there’s already a dedicated page built right into your website. If you’re using a third-party blogging platform, you can just as easily add a link to it on your website menu for easy access.


To organize a webinar, find a handful of partner bloggers or brands that have a high concentration of readers in your own target market—then choose a topic that you’re all interested in and knowledgeable about. You don’t even need to make it fancy from a technology or presentation standpoint either, just sign up for the most basic Zoom account that allows for hosting webinars and you’re set. The best part about webinars too, is that everyone involved will bring some of their own audience, resulting in a great lead generation opportunity for all of you—and you’ve got a captive audience of people interested in your field from which you can drive traffic to your website after the live event wraps up.

Brian, I’ve drunk your Kool aid! Thank you for honesty and transparency – it really gives me hope. Quick question: I am beyond passionate about a niche (UFOs, extraterrestrials, free energy) and know in my bones that an authority site is a long term opportunity. The problem today is that not many products are attached to this niche and so it becomes a subscriber / info product play. However, after 25+ years as an entrepreneur with a financial background and marketing MBA, am I Internet naive to believe that my passion and creativity will win profitability in the end? The target audience is highly passionate too. Feedback?
Sorry to crush your Oprah dreams, but it’s not likely you’ll get a spot on a major television talk show (yet). But, you don’t need to! You can pay to get on TV as a guest, but you can also create a reputation for yourself as someone who is an authority on a very specific topic, and you’ll find it’s a lot easier to get that interview. This is one of the most unique ways to learn how to drive traffic to your blog, and can lead to many more press & media opportunities after you land your first tv spot.

Want the skinny on how you can drive traffic to your website? The following traffic-driving strategies are organic in nature. You won't have to pay a single dollar for traffic that falls under this bucket. But you will have to trade your time. And since time is more valuable than money, in that it can only be used once then it's gone forever, there's still a significant cost involved depending on your skill level.
I have been trying to produce more content because I believed the lack of traffic was to the small amount of content, but after reading your blog post, i’m beginning to doubt wether or not this is quality content. I will definitely do more research on influencers on my niche, now I have to figure out how to get their attention with my kind of content.

Influencers: Government Contracting Officers, Other GovCon (Government Contracting) consultants, Sellers of professional services for small businesses (certain CPAs, bonding companies, financial institutions, contract attorneys), large contracting firms (who need to hire small business subcontractors), Union/trade organizations, Construction and Engineering trade publications

If you’ve ever looked at your site analytics and yelled “what do you want from me?” you’re not alone. That’s why Inspectlet lets you analyze user activity via eye-tracking heat maps, screen capture, and user interaction analytics. You’ll be able to watch how users interact with your site and figure out where they may get confused. And then get to work fixing those areas.

There’s definitely a lot you can experiment with when it comes to generating more traffic! My advice would be to take it slow, focus on just testing one or two channels at a time and working hard to get some results with them… only move on to new traffic experiments as you exhaust strategies that’ve previously worked well for you too. Right now I’m focused on helping students through my blog content & courses, and not taking on new hands-on projects with other bloggers at the moment—just advising 🙂
Brian, great post as always! Question: Do you consider authority sites (industry portals) a form of “influencer marketing?” e.g. guest blogging, etc? In some niches there are not so many individuals who are influencers (outside of journalists) but there are sites that those in the industry respect. I am in the digital video space and for me one site is actually a magazine that is building a very strong digital presence. Thanks, keep up the good work!
Ahrefs is a powerful tool that enables you to monitor the number of backlinks pointing to your own or your competitor-websites, their top performing pages, traffic details and more. You can also check their rankings on major search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. Moreover, by utilizing its Content Gap feature you can identify the weak points of your content and improve them substantially.
What problems do your readers have? Teach them how to solve them, and as a result of launching an online course, you’ll likely drive traffic to your blog and you could even begin to field offers for other types of work from home jobs like coaching, consulting and advising as your audience as your authority grows. Plus, this can evolve into a phenomenal way to make money blogging in a much more passive capacity as your traffic grows.
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