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Article Builder Discount – Biggest Price Cut Possible Here

Here is the steepest Article Builder discount that you can get.  In fact It’s $100 off the original price.

If you need a discount, get it here.

Aside from this Article Builder discount deal I have also reviewed it before here.

Some of the things I use Article Builder for are:

  • Web 2.0 Blog Link Building
  • Supplemental Website Content
  • Auto-Blogging

Web 2.0 Blog Link Building:

This is a process I explain in my 45 days to the top of the search engines piece but I feel like explaining it again.

You can link build to your main site (money site) from web 2.0 blogs like (Tumblr, Rebel Mouse, Blogger etc).  However, on those blogs you need content.  That’s where Article Builder comes in.  You can actually get content from Article  Builder and post it directly to these web 2.0 blogs.

This will save you time and money and will save you from hiring a writer or even writing the content yourself.

Supplemental Website Content:

You can use Article Builder to automatically schedule posts to your blog in a special category that you choose.  This quickly does a couple of things.  It establishes your blog as a source of constant fresh content, which search engines love, and saves you time because you won’t have to write this content yourself.

Another way to supplement your content with AB is to use the content for a post and manually add parts to it.  Or save more time and hire someone to add an additional 150 words or so to the article for you.

Auto-Blogging

I don’t use this part very often.  However, you can set-up unlimited Word Press auto-blogs with this software.  This means that you essentially set it and forget it while monetizing with ads or Adsense.

Because Article Builder can create up to 85% unique content these types of auto-blogs work.

Closing Out

If you’re interested in an Article Builder discount coupon just visit this link and the $100 discount will automatically be applied.

I decided to post this up again because my previous review wasn’t focused on the discount and savings as much and I’d get questions asking me if I had any coupon codes for Article Builder.

Enjoy!

If you have any questions please feel free to ask me below and I’ll answer them ASAP.

 

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5 Easy Steps To Outsourcing Your Writing Needs While Keeping Up The Quality

Chances are while your have been building your blog, website or link building purposes there has come a point where you wanted to outsource some of your writing on the cheap.

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Even though it’s simple to outsource your writing I am going to give you 5 easy steps to make sure you’re outsourced writing is of your quality standards.

I do a lot of outsourcing through Iwriter, especially on reviews because they are cheap and effective for what I want to do.

I recommend them as a good place to start if you’ve never done it.

Step #1.  Be Exact In Your Directions

When you want someone to write for you, the more direction you can give them the better. I had to learn this through trial and error and there were some days I literally wanted to ram my face through the wall…until I put myself in the writer’s shoes.

A writer only knows what information you give them.  So if you only tell them a certain set of keywords to write about, they’ll have no clue what exactly you want.

This means that they’ll use their discretion to write something based on the keywords that you my not care for.

iwriter special instructions

Example of instructions For Writer

If you’re using Iwriter, they make it easy by allowing you to add instructions in a special resource box.

Use this resource to give them an angle of how they should approach the article.

I’ve even given them a link to some resources if I want them to be focused on something in particular.

Also, when you find a good writer you really like, who is used to following your instructions, use them over and over again.

Step #2.  Know Your Keywords

Do a little bit of research beforehand so that way you understand the keywords.  The writer is going to do the work, but, if you fail to know the subject, how can you know if they are doing a good job or not?  If all else fails take a small trip over to www.wikipedia.com if needed and do some skimming on your subject.

Step #3.  Tweak The Writing

When you get the writing back from the writer proofread it and tweak it with your own style!  Don’t just slap what they give you up onto your site as that is a recipe for disaster.

Make sure the terminology matches your niche and sounds like it should before adding it to your website.

Let me give you an example of how I used this this morning.  I ordered a rather large 1000 word article from someone at Iwriter.

When I got it back the writing was good but the writer had a few oddly structured sentences in the writing.  Likewise a couple of the terms they used within the article were not terms that would make sense for the particular audience I was sharing this with.

So I spent 15 minutes proofreading and then tweaking the article accordingly.

Step #4.  Dress It Up

Like tweaking, you’re going to want to add images, charts or even video to it.  If you do not want to use your videos or don’t have any use Youtube (see more about writing a good post here).

I’ve mentioned this several times in the past but by adding images you bring the post to life and make the content more shareable (free links and traffic!).  Plus, you can toss it up on your own Pinterest account this way as well.

Step #5.  Add To The Writing

Not exactly tweaking it here but similar.  Often times when a writer sends me back something and it sounds really good I think of something else I can add to it to make it better.  What this allows me to do is add my own voice and make the writing more in-depth.

As you know the more you answer someone’s question in your writing or give them the more details the better it is for you, them and the search engines.

I love using table press to add my own charts to make my content really stand out; it’s also free.  You don’t need to use tables or charts to make i stand out, but it sure dresses a post up nicely and works great on comparison examples and reviews.

Giving your readers more of what they want is a great way to increase conversions as we discussed a few days ago.  Of course, if the writer covered everything thoroughly then you can skip this step.  A writer who does great work like that is also  keeper!

By the way here are some additional places to outsource your writing needs:

I Need Articles: Cheap writing, OK quality, you must use all of their upgrade options to get exactly what you want.

Elance: You have to search for them here though but often you can find specialist (they charge a lot more.)

Odesk: Like Elance but you can often find people who specialize in niches.

Iwriter: I have ordered almost 150 articles here now.

One final note on outsourcing your writing.  Never outsource your main #1 passionate niche.

I.E. I would never outsource anything about blogging or marketing.  The reason?  It’d never meet my standards and it probably wouldn’t help my audience.

Basically, if it needs just your voice and you are a darn good expert on the subject, don’t outsource it.

Do you have any tips to share on getting great outsourced writing?  Have you just started outsources?  Haven’t outsourced any of your work yet?  Share below….

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INeedArticles Review – Will It Help You and Is It Worth The Time?

ineedarticles reviewI recently started using another service that is somewhat like Iwriter but with a few variations.

It’s called INeedArticles.

This is another service by Jon Leger and one to consider when you want to save time by having someone else write content for you. For my review of INeedArticles I submitted and tested about 20 articles (so far).

So in the review let’s take it from the top.

First:

The first thing you need to do when you get an account is load it with a little bit of cash.  I started with $50 but all you need to start with is $10.

Second:

You need to add a keyword or group of keywords to build your articles around.  Notice, it’s pretty similar to Iwriter at this point.

Third

After you add your keywords you’ll need to make a few selections in a selection box that look like this:

inside ineedarticles

That’s it, you’re done and your articles are being queued and written.

That entire first 3 step process only took a few seconds.  In all I’d say probably around 30 seconds.  That’s pretty fast.

How Fast Do Things Get Done At INeedArticles?

Most of my order I received within 72 hours, some within 24 hours and a few of the articles in 5 days.  I wasn’t a big fan of the 5 day time frame but it still wasn’t bad since I didn’t need the articles immediately.

You can optionally pay a little bit more to get your articles guaranteed back in 24 hour hours or less.  This basically creates an urgent notification and your articles get pushed to the top of the queue.  But, if you’re not in a hurry for content there is no need to do this.

How Was The Quality For This INeedArticles Review?

The quality wasn’t too bad at all.  I gave all of my writers 5 stars except for 2 articles I gave 4’s for some misspellings and poor sentence structure.  But, all in all I was happy with the content I got back.

Nobody is perfect and I make enough grammatical mistakes myself.  Therefore, I do not harshly judge misspellings.  I know that some of you might (yes this goes out to all of my “grammar police” readers *grin*).  But, in 20 articles I found only a few words misspelled.

How Does The Price Compare To Iwriter?

I still somewhat like Iwriter a little more.  Iwriter is slightly more expensive for the most part but they return the content much faster.  I.e. I ordered 3 articles today from Iwriter and all 3 were done in less than 5 hours of sending in the order.

I realize that I Need Articles is newer and has far less writers working the content though (Iwriter has something like 130,000 writers now). So if you’re in a hurry for same-day articles INeedArticles is not for you.

The quality was similar and maybe slightly better at I Need Articles.  I think this is because I Need Articles makes their writers pass a test for speed and their ability with the native English language.

Iwriter offsets this by having a 4.6-5 stars writers only check-box.  I need Articles uses a 4-5 star only writers check box.

Is The Writing 100% Unique At INeedArticles?

Yes.  Just like Iwriter, they must pass Copyscape and anyone who is caught giving buyers scraped or spun content is removed.  I verified all of my articles through Copyscape just to make sure and thy all cleared perfectly.

Some Cool Things About INeedArticles:

One thing I really like about this service is that you can link it together with your Article Builder account.  This handy feature will let you instantly import and create a post using your content from you I Need Articles account without the need for you to log into your blog.  Yes, that means near Auto-pilot.

You can even queue keywords from Article Builder into INeedArticles on auto-pilot as well to make this feature run completely hands-off.  This is a major time saver (which is currently in beta mode) which I think they will add some new additions to in the near future.  Article Builder basically orders the articles on your behalf from INeedArticles, passes them through Article Builder with any automation you’ve requested, uploads the articles to your blog and builds posts for you.

You also get an email notice when your project is complete.

Overall during my INeedArticles review I was pretty impressed with the quality and service.  I will still be using Iwriter for product review style write-ups like I use when I build a site based off of my method I use to build a review site but, now I at least have another place to shop for articles.  Ultimately, I will use both and I have no problem recommending both.

When you need someone else to do some writing for you this service is definitely a time-saver.

Link Resources From This Review:

INeedArticles

My Iwriter Review

Article Builder Walk-Through

Questions, comments, using either of these and have your own experience?  Share below.

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Article Builder Review – Is It Worth The Price?

Today I am putting up my Article Builder review.  This is a tool by Jon Leger and I have to say I am impressed by what you can do with it.

Through this review I will not only be sharing my feedback but I am going to give you a walk-through of how to use it plus I can give you a $100 discount if you choose to buy it through me.

My Article Builder Review Part I: The Basics

Article Builder allows you to create content without the need to do any research, pay for a writer or even wait for content.  You can actually spit out dozens of articles in about 30 seconds and I’ll show you below.

So where does all of this content come from?  Jon has the content written in bulk and then added into the tool (this is not private label rights, junk, these are human writte and edited articles).  The tool can then re-write the content based on parameters you allow, and remaking the article into something that can be around 85% unique (you can always add a couple paragraphs of your own writing to make it even more unique).  But, 85% unique is still very good.

Sounds complex?  It’s really not.

It comes equipped currently with 109 categories to choose from.  The reason I say “currently” is because more categories get added based on demand.  So if several people are asking for a particular category Jon will have it created.

Here is a demo blog created with this tool.  Keep in mind you can add a custom header, custom widgets, basically whatever you want.  This demo is just bare bones.  By the way that site ranks #1 for it’s keywords all on auto-pilot and I’ll get into that in a second.

Article Injection Feature:

Article injection allows you to automatically inject additional content into the article.  This makes it more unique by adding tips or ideas to the article.

Here is what an article with tips looks like.

Here is a quick walk-through on how to create an article in less than 30 seconds.

Note: (through out the walk-through simply click images to enlarge)

article builder walk-through

 

A: Select "Build an Article"

That will take you into th article building page.

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A: Select a category

B:  Superspun options (if you don't know don't worry about it)

C:  Input an optional keyord you want into the post

D:  Select word count, up to 1000!

E:  Select how many articles on the topic you want

F:  Save the job if you want more of the same category later

G:  Click "build article"

Next, you'll be presented with a couple of options.

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A:  Here is your article

B:  You can post directly to your blog from here if you add your blog or…

C:  You can download it and use the article anywhere you want

Pretty simple right?  It's extremly easy to use and create with this.

Article Builder Review Part II: Advanced Features

Auto-Posting With Article Builder

So for this Article Builder review I want to show my favorite feature. 

First you need to have a blog installed on your own hosting and you need to have one category created for your blog.

This feature allows you to setup posting jobs that automatically post to your blog and it takes only about 45 seconds to setup!  Let me walk you through this below:

Here is a graphical Article Builder tutorial walk-through for auto-posting:

adding a blog to article builder

 

A: Click "blogs"

This will take you to the next page.

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A:  Click "Add Blog"

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A:  Fill in the required blog info and click "Add This Blog"

Done.  Your blog is now added to the system. Hopefully you're enjoying the Article Builder review so far!  Stay with me here.

Now let's create the auto-posting content schedule. 

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A: Click "Auto Posting"

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A:  Select your blog

B: Select a category

C: If you use superspun content select this, if not do not worry about it

D: Select article word count

E:  Select word count limit.  This is used if you want to set random word counts

F: Select how often you wat it to auto post to your blog

G: Select when you want it to stop posting.  Or leave it at no-limit for unlimited

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H: If you want to create aresource box you can do it here.  I never use this.  Select "Select Blog Posting Category"

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A:  Select your category from inside of your blog and click Finish.

Article Builder Blog Shows Here

 

A: You can now see your posting job is setup to run

That’s all there is to it!  Now the blog will add posts on straight auto-pilot.  You can add ads like Adsense to your blog or whatever type of ads you want.  Using a plugin like ad-injection will let you automatically set ads into individual posts as well.

Unique Auto-Posting

Recently Jon added a new feature to this tool.  It’s called Unique Auto Posting. 

For this Article Builder review I wasn’t able to use it yet as it’s brand new, but here is what it does for you:

If you have an account over at Ineedarticles.com you can fund your account and have Article Builder automatically request writers write content for your blog.  Upon writing, the articles will then be automatically posted onto your blog!

Sorry for the totally geek-out over here, but that is a huge time saver for anyone who is actively growing a blog.  I am sure more features will be added to this portion of the tool as well.  As soon as I test this feature out I’ll update this review with it.  But, knowing Jon it’s going to be awesome.

Auto-Link Building With Article Builder

This feature sounds almost unbelievable but it’s a real thing.  When you use the auto-post feature to make an auto-blog Article Builder actually queues a link building function that builds links for you automatically.  What this means is, no link building is needed.

When I first saw this feature I thought it was total BS.  So I created a blog using this feature to test.

Within a week I’ve hit #11 on Google and I fully expect to be top 10 for my keywords in another week or 2 and soon, #1.

Here is all I did.

Step 1:  Used Keyword Canine to find a domain and grabbed an exact match domain for the keyword.  I spent about 30 minutes doing this.  If you don’t have Keyword Canine, Market Samurai will do, you can get a 12 day free drive of Market Samurai here.

Step 2:  Bought the domain, installed it on my hosting.

Step 3:  Installed WordPress and added a contact page and privacy policy page.

Step 4:  Set up Auto-posting just like I showed you above.  I also set it to post 1 new post per day.  You can opt to post up to 10 new posts on your blog per day.

I plan to make several of these and monetize them all very soon.

So What Can You Do With Article Builder Outside Of Those Things?

For this Article Builder review I wanted to make a point to share with you how I use it.  I not only use it to create blogs with but I use it for link building to my other money sites.

I wrote about how I used it to help get top 10 search engine ranks the other day.  I essentially use it to create web 2.0 properties that link back to my sites and boost them up in search.

I.e. you can take the content that it creates and create:

  • Blogger Blogs
  • Documents For Doc Sharing Sites
  • Articles For Article Directories
  • Tumblr Blogs
  • Other Web 2.0 Properties

It will not only save time, it will save a ton of money if you had to pay someone to build these things for you.  As you know link building is critical to rank your site and this tool will help you do all of that.

What I Would Like To See Before My Next Article Builder Review Is:

Look Article Builder is awesome but I am hoping that in the near future a couple tweaks can be made.

The ability to create web 2.0 properties on auto-pilot just like auto-blogs.  I am not sure if this is possible but this would make this tool even better.

It would just simplify the power of this tool even more.

What You Can’t Do With Article Builder

Here are a couple of my suggestions of places of where not to use this and what NOT to do with it.

First, do not use it on Ezine Articles.  They do not like anything less than 100% unique there.  Trust me from first-hand experience; they will just ban your account at Ezine Articles.  I had to wait a week to be reinstated.

Secondly, do not build Squidoo pages with it either.  Squidoo can sometimes be a pain because I’ve had great lenses with 100% unique content get closed down.  So if they will kill great lenses with 100% unique content they will do the same with only 80-85% unique content.

Final Thoughts:  So Is Article Builder Any Good

Heck yea.  I really like this tool and I really think Jon did an azmazng job gettingthis setup th right way.

So in my review of Article Builder I want to stress one thing.  I am not saying that this should be the only writing you ever do.  I am also not saying that writing your own content is truly dead.  I think the best content is pure unique content just like what you’re reading now.

However, what I am saying is that you can use Article Builder to simply and speed up many tasks.  In my case, I mainly use it for link building ad added extra content to my blogs.  I know many other people who use Article Builder solely for the auto blogging purposes and other people who create a blog and write their own content but also have Article Builder post daily to their blogs.

All in all I give Article Builder an “A” grade and over time I believe it can truly be an A+ with the new additions plus possible future additions.

Grab your copy of Article Builder with a $100 Discount that you can only get through me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you using this tool?  Thoughts?  Feedback?  Questions?  Have your own Article Builder review?  Share!

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How To Write A Good Blog Post With These 5 Simple Tips

What do you do when you’re not a writer and you want to create a good blog post?

Panic, give up, not try?

Absolutely not, you simply need to put some thought into it.

First of all we can all write we just need to make the most of what we’ve got to work with.  Not all of us have college degrees, majors in journalism or even have a clue on how to write a book, let alone a blog post.

If you need some proof you can simply contact my old high school composition teacher and he’ll tell you just how -NOT- awesome I was in high school at writing.  Heck, I don’t even consider myself good/great at it now.

But, that doesn’t stop the material from being great stuff to ingest for my readers and students.

So if you’re questioning yourself; fear not, I have a simply solution for writing a great blog post and you won’t need any of the stuff mentioned above except for your brain and the ability to type.

As you know this topic has been on my mind alot recently as I discussed writing good content here, mentioned writing good content to show you are an expert here and now I’m putting together this nearly 1900 word blog post on it now.  Do you think I am trying to give you a message?  Your audience will love it and the search engines will too.

Let’s get started.

Step 1:  Research Your Posting Topic

You’ll want to research your topic and know what you’re writing about when you get started.  Make sure to only use trusted sources when researching your material for the best results.  Places like Wikipedia and Wiki How are generally good, but do not rule out checking into your local library (Huh!?  Those still exist eh?)

If it’s already a subject you know a great deal about; you may not need to do any additional research.  Just make sure the information you decide to share is up-to-date.

Check to see what your peers in the industry are doing as well.  If someone has already written about your subject check to see what pieces of information they left out or could be improved upon.  Do not copy their ideas or write something so similar that it’s pointless, but, always think; improvement.

Step 2:  Create An Outline Before Writing Your Post

Do you remember way back in school when teachers would make us write those insanely boring outlines before writing our research papers?  It turns out doing that is actually helpful (who knew) when writing a good blog post too!

If you have notes or just have things stored up in your brain; create an outline with the information before writing.  Use Microsoft Word, Notepad, Open Office (free), Sky Drive (free) or Google Drive (free) to create it with.

Here’s a partial example of minefor this post you’re reading:

outline for a good blog post

Notice I simply bold the section headers and in this case I use them as steps.

You do not have to use them as steps though.  You could just use them as new paragraphs or simply new sentences instead.

Save all your links in your outline as well.  This way you can simply insert them in your post with ease.

Trust me doing it this way will save you time when you’re constructing your blog post.  This will help you also hold your train of thought while you turn your outline into the real blog post.

Step 3:  Use Images

I love images.  It turns out most readers love images too.  We love image charts, example pictures and even sometimes just stock shots to help break up the post into more digestible pieces.

Images also create shareable content for media.  This means you can share your images all over Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, Twitter or any other social media platform.  That means extra traffic from your followers/fans/friends with little to no added effort.

I prefer to collect my images while I am working on the outline.  This is because I typically have an image idea to match the writing while I am working on the outline.  If you are using Google Drive or Sky Drive just save the images there for when you’re done with the post or simply save them to a folder on your hard drive.

Use Snag It, Windows Snipping Tool or something like Pixlr to illustrate your images if needed.  I prefer Snag It since I own it, but if you don’t want to spend the money on it, Pixlr will do.  If you need stock photos Fotolia or use my post called Free Stock Photos That Do not Look Like Stock Photos.  It lives up to it’s name trust me!

Step 4:  Create Your Blog Post From The Outline

Now you’re going to take your outline and images and write a good blog post at your blog.

First, use your bolded bullet points as section headers, new paragraphs or page break points.  These should be your main topics.  The additional bullets should be new sentences under your bolded bullet points.

You’ll notice above that one of my bolded bullet points is “Create Your Blog Post From The Outline.”  I took that directly from my outline, bolded it and all the additional sentences are structured from the supporting bullets.

Write your post in one of the places I mentioned in step 2 before you copy and paste it into your blog.  This will give you a closer eye on your spelling and grammar checks (if you’re anything like me you’ll need them).

Make sure to space your paragraphs out.  I use a rule that keeps me to mostly 3 sentences per paragraph.  Yes, I know it’s not proper but, it makes the text easier to read for the reader.  Look, you’re not writing a medical journal here, grammar and spelling are important but spacing and perfect paragraph structure is not as-much-so.

If you have too many sentences in your paragraphs it makes it harder for your readers to read (especially on mobile devices).  Having giant chunks of text will cause people to lose their place or simply quit reading.

Spell Checking and Grammar

I hate bringing this up because, again, my grammar and spelling are not the best and this leaves me open for some awesome comments below.  However, even if you’re unlike me and need no help on your grammar and spelling, it’s good to limit mistakes as much as possible.  Use the spell check button for prevention purposes.

Use a free program like Grammarly to check your grammar.  You can also upgrade to paid to add a bunch of features but the tool is helpful enough with the free version.

Re-Read Your Post Before Publishing

Want to make sure your post becomes good or even great?  Re-read it first before hitting that publish button.  Make sure it sounds good and isn’t tough to read.  I went back through some of my old work and cringed because it was so hard to read.

Make sure you also reference your own work in your posts.  If you have additional posts that you have written that will help your audience or supplement their learning, link to it in your posts.  Not only will this help keep people on your site longer, it will show you’re an expert in your topic.

If you want to share something else with someone that will help them or entertain them and you don’t have anything written on that subject yourself, don’t be afraid to link to it.  I used to believe this was a good way to get people to leave your site but over the last couple of years I realized that sharing is much better and you’ll make your audience happier at the same time.

The Blog Post Title

Create your blog post last.  While you can simply use the keyword phrase you want to rank for as the title I personally like turning it into more of a headline that people want to read.

Let me give you an example.  Instead of just titling this post “How To Write A Good Blog Post” I decided to turn it into “How To Write A Good Blog Post With These 5 Simple Tips.”

I did this for a couple of reasons.

The first reason is that it just made more sense.  I looked and saw I had 5 easy to follow tips or steps.  This seems more exact and targeted as if to say; “Hey, I’m going to teach you this easily and in a short period of time!”

If you have your post finished but you’re struggling to give it a cool headline visit the fine marketers over at The Fool.  They are in the stock market business but they are masters at creating eye catching headlines.  Just take a peek at a few of theirs and your head will be swimming with ideas afterwards.

I also think the team over at Gawker does a great job with headlines.

Also you’re not taking away from your keywords in your title by adding to it (see my tips for easy keyword research here).

Second, it stands out over all the other sites out there who mention the same topic.  Anyway can use the same exact keyword phrase as you in the title but chances are slim, possible, but slim that they’ll use he exact same additions you add to your title.

sharable bloggingStep 5: (Optional) – Add Video To Your Post Whenever Possible

Video, just like images are a great way to break up a post and add a different shareable media element for your audience.  This will likely help hold your audience’s attention longer which in turn could get them to see your ads more.

All you need to do is shoot a video with your video recorder and put it on YouTube.  From YouTube you can easily embed your video on your website.  This will not only save you on bandwidth (cost=$0) but will also get you traffic from the Video sites themselves.

Hate being on video? Do simple screen recording using Power Point and record the screen with Camtasia or Jing (free – in 5 minute clips) instead.  Then upload them to YouTube and embed as described previously.

Video can also be shared just like images all over the place, including every social bookmarking site and even Pinterest (yep, not just images there).

In conclusion start making your posts good and not just good, great.  By simply changing what you do a little bit each time you’ll grow, your posts will get better and your audience will connect with you more.

I challenge you to try the above outline method today and see how you feel when you’re done.  At first you might think it’s going to take more time, but, when you work from your outline it goes much faster than you think.

Final Recap Of The Above Method

  • Research your topic
  • Create an outline/include any links
  • Gather your images
  • Write the post based off the outline
  • Optionally create and add a video

I’ll leave you with this.  Would you rather put up a 300 word article that gets you 1 sale per month or a 1000 or more word beautifully crafted unique post that you won’t find anywhere else; that also brings you a lifetime of sales?

As I grow in this business it’s clear to me and the choice isn’t even close.

What methods are you using for your post crafting?  Doing something you like better?  Questions?  Comments?  Like the idea?  Tell me.

Here is the video format where I talk about the topics in this post:

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Put A Power Point Presentation On Your Website Or Blog Post In 3 Easy Steps

Power Point Emedded On WebsiteOften when you think about content for your website you don’t think about a Power Point presentation. 

However, I am going to show you a quick tutorial for how to add a Power Point slide presentation to your website.  I am also going to show you how to do this for free, even if you do not currently have Power Point or even a PC.

Before I get into this; what are the benefits of having a small presentation on your site?

#1.  Content Variation

It breaks up the monotony of the atypical article content most of us use.  Just like how images, videos, and info-graphics add a new element to your website, so will presentations.

Having a variety of content on you website will get your audience to engage more and stay on your website longer and become a returning visitor.  This leads to more opportunity to see your ads and buy something from you.

#2.  Say More With Less

Power Point can make it easy for us to bullet benefits of certain product promotions.   I.e. if you’re running a review site you could create small presentations on the good and bad of each product.  Not only will it stand out for your visitor, it looks nice and provides an easy way to draw attention to the sale.

These do not have to be massive write-ups just a slide of bullets with brief explanations.

 If you hate writing it can sometimes be a huge time saver.  I’m not advocating that this should be your only content, but, more of a supplement.

O.K. let’s get started. 

Step 1:  Get Power Point

First, you need Power Point.  But, if you don’t have Windows or you’re running a Mac you’re not out of luck.  Microsoft’s Skydrive will let you do this for free.  I’ve been doing some cool stuff with Skydrive recently and it earns two thumbs up from me.

Next, create a Power Point slide presentation.  Below you can see a demo of one a mine:

As you’ll notice Power Point doesn’t need a ton of slides to be educational and you can add images to help illustrate your points even easier.  Often times I spend a couple dollars on images at Fotolia.com when I need something.

After you create your Power Point slide just save it to your computer in a location that you will not lose it at.

Step #2:  Get Slide Share (2 minutes)

There is a cool site called Slide Share that will allow you to share your new presentation anywhere that will allow it, including your website.  Sign up for free here.  Be sure to go through the few steps they require for setting up an account.

Next, upload your Power Point presentation.  Below I show you how to do this step by step.

Step #3:  Add & Embed Your Presentation

(NOTE: Click To Enlarge Any Images)

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A. Click upload

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A.  Select upload, again.

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A. Find your Power Point slide and select open

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A.  Fill out all the info.  Make the title descriptive and use long tailed keywords.  Slide Share slides show up in the search engines like crazy.

B.  Click save changes.

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A. Right click and copy your embed code.

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A.  Log into your dashboard, create a new post or use an existing one.  Then select the HTML tab on writing area of your post.  Next, paste the code where you want the presentation to prepare.

Done!  Now you can save your post and check to see how it looks.

Final Notes and Tips

With Power Point you can insert links, including affiliate links.

When you upload your presentation to Slide Share it will find these links and they are also clickable.

You will get traffic from Slide Share itself! 

Earlier I mentioned optimizing your presentation just like you would a blog post because it can be found in the search engines.  Well, from links in your presentation you can guide people your way.  See my demo above.

Video can be added to your presentation as well right inside Slide Share’s dashboard.  I’ll let you experiment with this feature yourself, but, it’s a good place to get view on your Youtube videos as well.

These presentations can be easily shared on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as well.

Thoughts?  Using this tactic?  Planning to use it?  Hate it?  Love it?  Have questions?  Let’s chat below.

*Power Point logo is property of Microsoft.

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Do Exact Match Domains Still Work In 2013? 5 Tips To Make Sure Yours Do

exact match domainsDo exact match domains still matter in 2013 and beyond?

This is the question that I want to address today.

There are many misconceptions on the Internet after Google’s Penguin and Panda updates that somehow claim exact match domains (EMDs for short) are dead.

While it is apparent that certain enhanced bonuses from exact match domains may have been slightly downgraded, to say they are dead or not useful is pure ignorance. 

A great reference article about exact match domains can be found here

First of all, for those who are reading this that do not know what exact match domains are, let me explain.

They are domains that simply contain the keywords that rank on the Internet search engines.

I.e. if your domain was www.greatdanetraining.com your primary keyword phrase for your site would be “Great Dane Training.” 

Some people think Google has waged an all-out-war against sites like this; however, it’s simply not true.

However, Google has waged an all-out war on spammy tactics and crap content.

Dr. Pete points this out in his work that I referenced above.  Make sure to look at the charts and graphs showing the rankings of studied EMDs and their movement in search rankings here.

As you can see EMDs ranking in the search engines have actually increased though weighting has slightly decreased.  There one main reason I believe this is happening and will continue to happen.

#1.  EMDs are vital to search because of branding and relevance. 

It’d be hard to not rank McDonalds for the term McDonalds in the search engines wouldn’t it?

What if Lowes didn’t rank for the term Lowes?  It’d be somewhat shocking, correct?

So what if a site that was only about Coffee Pot Reviews wasn’t allowed the ability to rank for the term “Coffee Pot Reviews?”  In my opinion that wouldn’t make one bit of sense. 

Note:  I am not saying that the site should instantly be the number 1 for that term; it needs to be the most relevant and should be optimized for it as well.

However, I will say if the site was terrible, had only low quality or duplicate content on it, I could understand it having no shot at ranking.

So in my opinion what Google, Bing and other search engines are wanting is good, unique content even on your EMDs.

So Give The Search Engines What They Want!

Here are a few tips that SHOULD be utilized on your websites.  Yes, all websites, not just exact match domain websites.

#1.  Write Good, Unique Content Only!

Poorly spun content won’t help the search engines and it certainly won’t help your visitor, so why use it?  Write unique content and stand out among the crowd and the search engines.

Within that unique content include video, audio, images, charts and graphs whenever possible.

If you are ordering content for your website from places like Iwriter make sure it is well written, makes sense and passes Copyscape.

Note:  I’ll be covering in detail what we need to give the search engines in The Online Success Podcast soon so make sure to sign up for it (it’s FREE!)

#2. Vary Your Anchor Text

In my courses www.nicheblitzkrieg.net, www.nicheoptimizer.com and www.nbkunderground.net I mention to have about 7-11 anchor text variations and more certainly couldn’t hurt. 

By the way, if you’re writing good content people will share it for you; which will help with your link building.   When someone likes your work and links to it because they like what you have, it means you’ve earned their link.

#3.  Links From Different Sources

You can’t just get it from one article directory anymore.  You need links but they need to be from all sorts of sources including but not limited to; article directories, forums, web 2.0 properties (blogger, Tumblr, Squidoo, etc.) social media (Facebook, Google+, YouTube, Twitter, etc.), blog commenting and more.

Don’t worry about if the links you’re building are do-follow or no-follow.  In years past people used to try to make sure all of their built links were do-follow links only.  The problem with this thought process is that if all of your links were do-follow only; it’d look suspicious to the search engines wouldn’t you think?

#4.  Think Of Your Audience More Than The Search Engines

Look, I understand that we need to make sure we are getting traffic.  Some of that traffic comes from the search engines.  However, ultimately the search engines do not need to follow the advice you’re giving on your website; people do.

So, make sure your content is good as I mentioned in point number one, but also conveys a message that isn’t littered with a bunch of out of place keywords.  Instead, sprinkle your keywords in naturally and make sure that the writing covers your topic in the fullest to convey your message.

Yes, you should have every page of your website optimized for search, but keep it readable for your viewers.

#5.  Relevant & Growing

The sites that see the best results are the ones that stay relevant to their topic and grow over time.  Though you could make a 20 page site and leave it at that, why would you?

The best sites continue to grow an audience.  Don’t you want a larger audience?  A larger audience should lead you to a larger scale income because your traffic will increase and so should your sales.

Keep adding pages to your site and keep expanding with keyword research.  A good niche should have several hundred or several thousand keywords (most do).

If you need a tool that will greatly help in deeper keyword research I just set up a couple tutorial videos at the Niche Optimizer website that will help you out. 

If you’re passionate about a topic, growing should not be hard for you. 

This works with niche sites and sites that are broader or topic based.

The above 5 tips should be used this year in growing your websites.  Keep in mind you can use all of those tips on EMDs or any domains as well.

What are your plans?  Your thoughts?  Just have a comment?  I’ll listen to whatever you have to say, leave it below.

As a quick footnote; go try searching for some long tailed keyword phrases and see the EMDs pop up in search for yourself.  You'll probably notice many, like I did.

Image Credit: © Timurock – Fotolia.com

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Get More Readers By Spicing Up Your Content

spice up your readershipWant to make more money from your website?  Get more readers!

Want more readers?  Write better, do more, spur interactivity….O.K. real fast….

…Take a quick test.  What sites do you read on a regular basis?

Think about it for a couple of minutes and list them out on a sheet of paper.

Why do you go to those sites? 

Is it because the information is….

Terrible?

Boring?

Non helpful?

Not entertaining?

Of course not!

It’s because it’s at least one of those things.

So if you’re having problems where people are not “liking” your posts on Facebook, not sharing them with friends, not linking back to you at all, not commenting, not buying things from you or not emailing you to tell you how helpful you’ve been, listen up….

You need to improve what you’re writing about.

These few things will greatly help you improve your content.

#1.  Before you start writing, think:  Will this be entertaining, helpful or exciting for my audience?

If the answer is “NO” rethink what you’re going to write about.

In fact, my friend Justin Lewis put out a few things that will help in an article at his site as well, here.  Look near the bottom for a piece about making your content “pop.”  It mainly discusses on page optimization but the bits abut good content are extremely helpful.

#2.  Is your content too boring?

Look, not every subject is exciting.  For instance, I write about marketing and making money online.  The only exciting thing about that is making money, right? 

But, dress your content up a little bit by injecting personality.  Inject life by using descriptive explanations.  Don’t think of this as detailed as a novel, but enough to get your point across and relate emotion or feeling to your audience.

#3.  Thinking back to what you like to read…figure out what the EXACT reasons are that you read it and hit on those same reasons in your own writing.

If something connects with you it will probably connect with your audience and show in your own writing. 

A few final things.

Spice your posts up with images, quizzes (use a quiz plugin), videos and even use info graphics.  These things help create interactivity.

Interactivity helps bring readers back and spurs discussions as well.

Inject a bit of controversy at your own peril!  Honestly, controversy is good but it should never be the whole point of a post.  Ticking off a few people is good, everyone, not so much.  If you want to spice up your content use controversy at times but keep it in check.

Controversy can add to great discussions.  Just remember some controversy is O.K.. because not everyone is going to like you 100% of the time nomatter what you say or do.  So if you don't mind agitating a little bit the controversy path is sometimes good to go.  Justin Lewis recently wrote some great stuff on controversy here.

Now enjoy this video of kittens playing…

O.K.. so that's not the type of video I am talking about.  Make it relevant. 

Hmmm, on second thought kittens playing is somehow relevant to this blog post.

What about you?  Do you have any ways you are currently spicing up your posts?  Stuff you’ve tried that isn’t/is working?  Share!

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Make Your Affiliate Products Sell More

Sometimes it's hard to see why we aren't making the sales we want from our sites.  Other times it's plain obvious.  Today, I am going to point out a few things that will help you convert your visitors into buyers. Whether any of this is actually obvious or not, you'll be the judge of that.

#1.  Filling up the top/sidebar widgets with more stuff doesn't equal more sales.

This is one I see quite often and one thing that can actually kill your sales.  As the net has grown we all tend to strap on our ad blinders and ignore all of those ads along the side of the screen.  It doesn't even matter what side they are on, we tend to blur them out.  Yes, people still click the but not as much as within the body of your article.

sell more affiliate productsThink about something, how often do you click on sidebar widget ads?  Sometimes?  Never? Often?  I personally do just sometimes, but most of the time I am intrigued by what I am reading instead.

If your site looks like one big ad it might turn people away.

#2.  Test sidebar widget ads.

Have traffic but not getting clicks/sales?  Maybe it's what you're promoting.  Instead of slapping up an ad and hoping it will start getting clicked later on, test.  Change your ad every couple of weeks and see what is converting the best.

#3.  Don't promote, review & recommend!

I created a course called The Review Formula that has been received well that teaches review methods that will convert sales.  Inside I mention to review something and then recommend and use the recommendations of others to help convert more sales.  You do not need your own products to do this and you do not need to go round up reviewers.  Sites like Amazon, Walmart, EBay and others that allow customer reviews already do the heavy work for us.

Simply paste excerpts of reviews in your site and link them back to the product via your affiliate link.

#4.  Do you have a Number 1 product that you love in your niche? 

If not get one and promote it.  Feature it on every page/post if possible and lead people to it.

Keep in mind it has to be a good product, at will help your buyers otherwise it'll just irritate your visitors and they probably won't come back.

#5.  Develop your own writing style. 

Look, you don't have to be a great writer to make money online.  You don't even need to be good.  But, you do need to come up with a style that resonates with your audience.  Get your point across to your viewers but at the same time add pieces of you in it.  One way to accomplish this is to add in stories about your life, reflections that only you could possibly have and weave those throughout your write-up. 

Not every post needs to be personal but tie it in whenever possible and you'll look more unique than the next person.

#6.  Give great information.

If you give good/great information do you know what that does?  It keeps the person who came to your site captivated by what they are reading.

When they read what you're writing you can get them to see your promotional links.  When they see your links they will consider clicking on them.  Again, if you're recommending something that will help them the odds of a click go up tremendously.  So give great info and as they read they will find the offers you're promoting recommending.  Links can get clicked even more than banners if the information you give out is good.

#7.  Make your promotional links in your posts stand out.

If you aren't including links inside your article DO IT.  Again, as people read your article/post and they come across your links they can then click them. 

You can add an image with a link under it if you'd like to draw even more attention.  However, that is sometimes hard to do in the middle of your post.

Also, make them blue if possible because they'll stand out even more.

Use the 7 tips that I pointed out here today to help increase your results and most importantly, sales.  Some of these may be obvious but it's easy to forget these simple things when you're trying to all the other things that go into building your business.  Let's also not forget that it's easy to forget sometimes just from al that occurs in our day-to-day lives.

 

Make Your Posts Stand Out With Infographics

pikto chartOne of the best ways to make your blog posts stand out is to add an image.  But, what can you do to add to your reader's ease of reading, more interactivity and easily illustrate your point?

An infographic.

A few months ago I was reading an online write-up that was using an infographic to carry out it's points. I realized that it made it simpler to understand than traditional text and added a higher level of interactivity.

So I searched for something free that I could use to make these info graphics as easily as possible.  What I found was www.piktochart.com which is a free tool that you log in and make your own graphic from scratch.

You can see an example of one of mine here.

Obviously your intention with your site is to make money.  But, how do you make money if all you use is an infographic on a webpage?

A.  Ads on the widget section of your site.

B.  Include a few paragraphs above or below the graphic with your affiliate links in them.

C.  If you allow paid advertisers on your site.

As you can see Infographics will help your sales, not impede them.

The Magazine Feel

Pick up your favorite magazine and chances are you've seen info graphics used throughout.  They are typically used to clarify the information we digest.  Usually these charts contain numerical data that the creator wants us to understand easily.

Because we're already used to reading info graphics in magazines and pamphlets it makes viewing them online just as easy.

So What Else Are Infographics Good For?

Traffic & Backlinks.

One thing that caught my eye on Pinterest, Snip It, Facebook, Google Images and sites like Flickr, just to name a few, were infographics.  The easy to view layout makes you want to click them to learn more.  Just getting these type of graphics out there will bring people to your pages where they can buy things through you.

So once you've created your infographic you then want to start sharing your post and image everywhere.  Get it out there on all the social networks you're part of, put it on Flickr, sharethem in forum you're members of and any other place that allows image sharing.

Of course, the more places your share the more likley you are to get traffi from it was well as easily increase your backlinks at the same time. 

Anyway, this is free, and this isn't even an affiliate link.  It's just something I suggest checking out and using.

It works very easily.  You create an account, select your theme and add your information to it.  It's not difficult at all and it beats paying an artist $1500 or more just to create one for you.

Ultimately, use infographics to increase exposure to your content and make life easier on your readers while increasing their activity.  If you increase you user experience they are more likely to come bck and hang out on you site which = more sales in the long term.

What are your thoughts?  Planning on using one?  Already doing it?  Questions/suggestions?  Post below.