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This Is How You Overcome Guest Posting Hidden Obstacles

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One of the biggest difficulties that appear in the life of a new blogger or business owner is making his brand more popular. There are many marketing strategies promising incredible results and increased visibility. However, not all of them manage to bring an organic reach. Guest posting is one of the most efficient methods if you want to increase your brand awareness.

Why is guest posting so efficient?

Apart from the increased traffic, this is a strategy that can also bring you more authority on the market especially when you are a professional contributor. What comes after all these? More clients who will bring more revenue and business opportunities. Apart from these, there are many other benefits connected to guest posting:

  1. It will make you more visible to a new audience who can easily become your loyal client.
  2. High-quality posts will help you be perceived as an expert and so build your authority.
  3. You will experience a steady traffic growth.
  4. Your SEO performance will be positively impacted and strengthen your position on the market.

Guest posting challenges

Even though it may seem a piece of cake, guest posting has many hidden obstacles. It takes a lot of research if you want to be successful in using this strategy. While this is a rewarding method, there are many aspects you should consider before you start. Keep reading this article and discover how to overcome guest posting challenges:

1. You don’t have any writing samples

You don’t have to feel discouraged if you don’t have any samples to send together with your ideas. There are many top websites accepting guest bloggers without any samples. If you still want to present a portfolio to increase your chances, you can choose a niche you are best at. You can do an extensive research to find out what are the most popular posts on the chosen topic. You can start writing a couple of samples on the selected topic and send them as your portfolio.

2. It is difficult to find surprising ideas to pitch

Everyone wants to be unique and stand out with a viral guest post. But how do you find those incredible topics? There are plenty of sources that can inspire you. For instance, you can have a look on social media and read the comments to find out more about what people are interested in. YouTube and the bookstore nearby your house can also be a great source of inspiration.

3. You are not sure who reads your ideas

You already have the list of topics and websites you want to contact, but you feel it is not enough. Do you know who is the person reading your email? You can find more by having a look on social media and discover who are the editors of the sites you want to contact. Therefore, when you can personalize your pitch and include subtle details that will catch their attention.

4. You don’t know how your pitch should look like

How can you send a successful pitch if you don’t have any template to help you? There is no such thing as a flawless pitch. You will do mistakes and you will learn from them in your future pitches. However, a good pitch should include the following elements:

  1. A straightforward subject
  2. The editor’s name
  3. Shortly introduce yourself and your experience
  4. Why you want to guest post
  5. What is your idea and how the readers will benefit from it
  6. Portfolio or samples

5. When to follow-up

Not all the websites will reply immediately to you. There might be some that will never come back. Usually, bigger publications receive hundreds of pitches daily. So, you should take into consideration a reply within 7 or 14 days. Moreover, you need to consider the date of your submission. This means that you should expect more delays if you sent your pitch before the weekend or bank holidays.


In conclusion, guest posting is an amazing experience for any new blogger or entrepreneur. It brings a lot of visibility for your brand and helps you build your position on the market. You should also be prepared for rejections and not get discouraged in case not all your pitches are accepted.

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The Client Asks: “Why Is My Website Traffic Decreasing?”

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I’ll start by saying that this question is more complex than it looks. Bad news.

But the good news is that you can uncover the issues impacting traffic, and/or jump right into resolution, depending on your timeframe and resources. Here are some of the top reasons for decreasing website traffic (assuming it’s even a metric you need to get worried about – see#1 below), with suggestions for resolution, as well as additional resources.

  1. First, know that the success of a website is not necessarily measured by web site visits alone. Additional metrics from Google Analytics should be considered. Ultimately, you want qualified leads coming to your site; rather than an increasing number of unqualified leads. Unless you can tell which you’ve got, it’s hard to make a judgement about traffic alone. If you know your site is set up well to drive traffic, then look to optimizing your marketing efforts as a start.
  2. In reality, businesses have to market a lot to drive traffic to their site. (I’m going to assume you’ve already optimized your site for SEO).
    1. Email is the most successful traffic driver. Make sure you’re doing all you can to collect the email addresses of your interested-but-not-yet-ready-to-buy prospects. If you are, then email them regularly with valuable content which includes links back to your website (and make sure there are good reasons why they should want to click back to your site!)
    2. The next best source of traffic is Thought Leadership, otherwise known as Content, i.e., blog posts, webinars, white papers, conference talks, etc.
      1. Frequent (but valuable!) blog posts drive traffic. A recent Hubspot study showed that “companies that publish 16+ blog posts per month got almost 3.5X more traffic than companies that published between 0 – 4 monthly posts.” . In other words, you gotta’ blog a lot!
      2. In addition, consider other content mechanisms. For example, host a monthly webinar series providing prospects with valuable and relevant industry information. Find well-known guest authors to write white papers for which you can require email addresses to download. Record any panel or conference talks you give, and then post that content on Slideshare, as well as your own site, after the event. 
      3. Finally, make sure you are distributing all this content across relevant social media channels frequently (this post shares frequency best practices)
  3. It may be that one or more of your competitors has done something new (such as increasing marketing efforts) and is suddenly drawing away prospects that may have gone to your site. It goes without saying that you should keep an eye on competitor marketing efforts.
  4. In the beginning of 2015, Google made a change to its search algorithm so that it now requires sites to be mobile-optimized in order to rank well. If your site isn’t truly mobile-friendly, it will definitely impact traffic.  
  5. Finally, there are a host of website technical issues that can impact website traffic (e.g., site load time, accidental duplicate content, expired SSL certificate, etc.). You’ll need your developer(s) to investigate these.

There are certainly other issues that can impact site traffic, but if you go through the list above, you should be able to turn that trend around.

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Actionable Content Marketing Stats You Should Know

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Content Marketing Works & Research Shows Buyers Respond to It

Consumers’ average attention span is 8 seconds – 1 second less than a goldfish.

70% of consumers prefer getting to know a company via articles rather than ads.

57% — that’s how far the average B2B buyer is through the purchase decision before engaging a supplier sales rep.

Inbound (content) marketing delivers 54% more leads into the marketing funnel than traditional outbound leads.

Content marketing generates 3 times as many leads as traditional outbound marketing, but costs 62% less.

60% of people are inspired to seek out a product after reading content about it.

The top content formats that B2B buyers seek to research a purchase include: whitepapers (78%), case studies (73%), webinars (67%), eBooks (58%), videos (58%), blog posts (56%), and infographics (52%). All other formats fall below 50%.

B2B buyers share these content formats more frequently with colleagues: blog posts (40%), infographics (39%), videos (37%), white papers (34%), case studies (29%). 

Blogging  Creates a Relationship with Prospects & Customers

82% of marketers who blog see positive ROI for their inbound marketing

80% of internet users are reached by social media sites and blogs

82% of buyers feel more positive about a company after reading custom content

78% perceive a relationship with a company after reading custom content

Companies that increase blogging from 3-5X/month to 6-8X/month almost double their leads.

SEO & Keywords Meet Prospects Where They Are

B2B buyers conduct an average of 12 searches before ever jumping on a specific brand’s site.

61% of global Internet users research products online. 

SEO leads have a 14.6% close rate, while outbound leads (such as direct mail or print advertising) have a 1.7% close rate. (Source)

Email & Lead Nurturing – The Most Effective Way to Convert

Emails sent via marketing automation drive 18x more revenue than email blasts.

79% of marketing leads never convert into sales. Lack of lead nurturing is the common cause of this poor performance.

Nurtured leads make 47% larger purchases than non-nurtured leads.

Nurtured leads produce, on average, a 20% increase in sales opportunities versus non-nurtured leads.

Facebook – 72% of Online Adults Use It. You Can’t Ignore It.

Posts that contains photos make-up 93% of the most engaging posts.

Most engagement occurs towards the end of the week from Wednesday to Friday. [Source

Question posts get 100% more comments than standard text-based posts.

35% of users participate in contests, 42% like a page in order to get a discount or coupon. 

Timeless Twitter Tips

Image links can get 2x the engagement rate.

Tweets with hashtags get 2x more engagement

Tweets have a 12x higher chance of being retweeted if you ask for it, and 23x higher if you actually spell out the word “retweet” 

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>> Overwhelmed by the thought of creating your own content marketing strategy? Or simply need a one-off, conversion-friendly white paper, infographic, or case study? Email carla@3to5marketing and let’s generate some leads!

 

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The New Consumer: Adapt Your Marketing to this Connected, Communicative, Community-Oriented, Always-Clicking Digital Citizen, or Risk Being Left Behind

The new consumer — sometimes called “Generation C” — is:

  • Connected
  • Communicative
  • Content-Centric
  • Computerized
  • Community-oriented
  • Always clicking
  • In control

The New Connected Consumer

Today’s consumers have fundamentally changed their relationship with media and technology…and with brands. They don’t want to be talked at, instead they want to be invited to the discussion. And their online behavior has less to do with the year they were born and more to do with their attitide and mindset.

So, what does the new consumer want? And what should you as a marketer do about it? Find out in my latest presentation.

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