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Don’t Start Blogging Without These Time-Saving Tools

Choose the Right Tools

One of the most precious commodities in today’s always-connected world is time. Everyone’s is limited, and everyone wants more of it. Alas, there are only 24 hours in a day (and you have to fit eating and sleeping in there somewhere). That makes building a successful blogging strategy for your business all the more important.

In my latest post on The SEM Post, Blogging Tools You Need to Succeed, I share why listening has to come before the writing process, having a repository for all your blog post ideas, and setting up distribution to more easily share your posts on social media. You don’t have to use every blogging tool at your disposal, but employing some will save time in the end.Continue Reading


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38 Blogging Strategies That’ll {Knock} the Words Right Out of Your Mouth

38 Blogging Strategies That'll {Knock} the Words Right Out of Your Mouth

Everyone is a blogger these days.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as long as every blogger is providing actual value to the webverse. Unfortunately, that’s not always–or even usually–the case.

Most bloggers, whether it be for business or personal reasons, start blogging without any sort of plan and wind up ending their blogging career just as spectacularlessly.

There is nothing wrong with not having a plan or strategy in place when writing in your little pink diary, but a blog isn’t a diary. It’s a way to communicate your thoughts, ideas, tips, and other musings to the public. But for why?

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Go the Blogging Distance: Planning for the Long Haul

Go The Blogging Distance: Planning for the Long Haul

Blogging isn’t a one-and-done item on your web marketing checklist. It’s a long-term endeavor. In fact, until blogs go the way of web directories, once you start blogging you really cannot stop. Not if you want to maintain the value of all the time and energy you’ve invested thus far.

There are certain components to blogging that will hold their value over time. Great, evergreen content you’ve published will be universally valuable. However, if you don’t keep producing blog content on an active basis, even great ranked evergreen content will lose it’s value and appeal, both to search engines and readers alike.

To create a valuable blog you have to plan to be in it for the long term. There are no shortcuts to creating a great and valuable blog. On the flip side, there are tons of shortcuts to creating a lame blog. But perhaps that’s a post for another day… “Blogging Shortcuts That Will Get Your Readers Excited To Leave”. Has a nice ring to it. Read the full post at Search Engine Guide!


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Guest Blogging: 6-Months After The Fork

Guest Blogging: 6-Months After The Fork

Guest Blogging, Going Strong 6-Months After it “Died”

On January 20th, Matt Cutts posted his famous rant against guest blogging. He’d just received a spammy email from someone asking to write a post for his blog …in exchange for a link.

I guess Matt Cutt’s blog is a bad target for link building. Who knew?

Matt’s response was loud and clear: “Stick a fork in it. Guest blogging is done.” The reaction from the SEO community was immediate. As a tactic, guest blogging fell out of favor instantly.

Or did it? It’s been six months now. Is “guest blogging done” as Matt declared? Let’s take a look at the state of the tactic…

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Content Isn’t King Without Having Subjects

Writing Website ContentIs content still king? It depends. If your content marketing strategy lacks other elements of digital marketing, then no. For content to be effective it must be more than just taking up real estate on your website. Are people reading and engaging with it? Does it provide your audience with the information they’re looking for?

Find out in my latest post on Search Engine Journal, why, “content is communication, community is a conversation,” matters for the success of your content marketing.


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Don’t Be Afraid of the Blogging Monster

woman in fear of bloggingI’ve been writing for more than 20 years now, and my finished products have run the gamut from breaking news and feature stories in newspapers, to business profiles in trade magazines and blog posts for marketing agency clients. By far, the toughest medium has been blog post writing for clients.

For many small- to medium-sized businesses, the idea of blogging is a foreign concept. You mean, I can have a conversation with my customers? Yes, you can and you should. Blog posts shouldn’t be all about you, after all. It’s about how your business can benefit the customer.Continue Reading


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Final Lap: Winning Web Marketing Reads–May 2014

A Weekly Review of Web Marketing ArticlesIt’s hard to keep up on the latest thought leadership, ideas, trends and news in the web marketing industry, which is why we bring you the Final Lap. Each member of Pole Position Marketing Pit Crew, and the office alter ego, Max Speed, bring you their winning article to help your business.

Topics include SEO, paid search, usability, link building, local search, content marketing, social media and other areas of marketing and business. Plus, you’ll find articles that have earned “honorable mentions” and are also worth a read. Enjoy and feel free to comment with your winning articles.Continue Reading


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There Are Keywords You Don’t Want To Target

Eliminate Ambiguous KeywordsIf you’re of the flock that think keyword research was killed by Hummingbird, I urge you to reconsider. Researching your keywords has never been about finding keywords to cram into a page in order to rank it. It’s about finding keywords that are relevant to your audience and creating definitive content on the topic.

In the beginning stages of keyword research, it’s important to eliminate the extraneous phrases – narrowing it down to the keywords that make sense for your business and those searching for what you offer. In my latest post on Search Engine Journal, These Aren’t The Keywords You’re Looking For, I take a look at fine tuning your keywords in the research process.Continue Reading


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