Well, here’s a not-so-secret secret of today’s most-successful affiliate marketers…
“If you’re not already building a brand and establishing your authority through a blog,
then it’s time to get started today or you could get left behind.”
And you don’t want that to happen…right?
There’s simply isn’t a more effective tool to convert traffic into leads, leads into customers, and customers into a sustainable, long-term business.
With that said, there’s an effective way to blog like a modern, 21st century affiliate marketer…
And there are about a million ineffective ways to blog, which will eat up loads of time and get you nowhere, frustrated and wondering WHY?
So, before we dive into how to create an effective affiliate machine that drives real results, let’s get clear on the challenges you face starting out.
….Today, over 3.5 MILLION blog posts went live.
….That’s over 145,000 posts every hour…
….2,500 posts per minute…
….40 every second.
That’s just today.
There’ll be even more tomorrow. Lots more.
Given these mind-boggling stats, it’s easy to think…
It’s useless, mediocre, uninspiring, inauthentic, impersonal, spammy nonsense NO ONE wants to read!
Most blogger’s, not every one writes an article just for the sake of posting. No thought, no content just ho-hum post. That will last for several month maybe a year at most and then they disappear.
So to answer the two questions, “How do you compete, and Why should I think of blogging” there is your answer.
Ever heard the phrase, “content is king?” It’s been around for years.
But what does it mean?
Well, a few years back when marketers got wind that content is the most effective way to generate leads on the Internet today, they started producing content.
Lots and lots and lots of content.
Millions upon millions of pages of utter “baloney. bunk. foolishness. garbage.”
But here’s the thing…
Search engines don’t like “baloney. bunk. foolishness. garbage”content, and even more importantly…
PEOPLE don’t want to read “baloney. bunk. foolishness. garbage” content.
Matter of fact, search engines are actually penalizing spammy marketers of “baloney. bunk. foolishness. garbage” content.
And no one’s going to share “baloney. bunk. foolishness. garbage” content.
The jig is up for spammers!
For all the stats shown above, they are just stats. Your going to be different and provide great “Content.”
That calls for a celebration……HURRY!
But what is spamming?
The term “spam” is internet slang that refers to unsolicited commercial email (UCE) or unsolicited bulk email (UBE). Some people refer to this kind of communication as junk email to equate it with the paper junk mail that comes through the US Mail. Unsolicited email most often contains advertisements for services or products, but very few reputable marketers use UCE to advertise. The most commonly seen spam includes:
The days of hiring freelancers on the cheap to churn out 200 blog posts in a week—“spinning” and thinly rewriting previously posted articles—are over.
And you know what?
This is great news for all of us, you and me who use blogging as our marketing tool.
Once again, this is great news for all of us who use blogging as our marketing tool!
All of that crap content currently online creates the illusion of competition.
Therein lies your opportunity.
Let me say again, “this is great news for all of us who use blogging as our marketing tool!”
Contrary to popular belief,
You don’t have to blog every day, or every other day, or even once a week – especially if all you do is add to the pile of humdrum, mediocre, useless information that’s already out there.
As a matter of fact, if all you’re doing is blogging for blogging’s sake, hoping you’ll stand out from all the others, you probably SHOULDN’T be blogging.
Even if you think you’re creating “good” content.
I want you to read this popular thought:
“If a tree falls in the forest and there’s nobody around to hear it, does it make a sound?”
To make sound you must have the following 3 components…
- A media in which the sound moves such as air, metal, water…
- The source. In this example it’s the tree falling…
- The recipient, someone to hear the sound
If nobody is there to hear the sound then there is NO sound because one of the 3 requirements are not met.
Okay that’s the theory.
Now apply that same theory to blogging…
“If 40 blog posts per second are being added to the Internet and nobody ever reads them, do they make any difference?”
Let’s apply the tree analogy…
Then in theory…they don’t exist.
The truth is that most of what’s published online goes unread.
They just sits there taking up space and included in statistics.
It’s all “sound and fury, signifying nothing,” to quote Shakespeare.
According to a joint study by Moz and BuzzSumo, analyzing over one million online articles, less than half of those articles received more than two shares on social media.
And if the blog posts are not read or consumed, “then in theory” they are useless.
All that effort to write and promote is wasted.
The question now is….
Well, you must create, share, and promote exceptional content on your blog.
Because exceptional content is what gets you noticed, generates traffic, and creates relationship with your visitors.
Exceptional content establishes your credibility and authority and positions you as a thought leader in your industry.
Exceptional content earns you a higher ranking in the search engines.
And exceptional content will become the backbone of your business and ensure your online survival.
In a word, NO!
Which is why almost no one does it.
There aren’t any shortcuts.
But here’s the Key To Successful Blogging…
It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Creating an exceptional blog will require time, commitment, deep research, and some degree of creativity.
After all, your blog is your digital home – your digital resume, if you will.
It’s the foundation of all of your online marketing efforts.
You owe it to yourself to invest the time to fill it with extraordinary content.
Is all your blog content going to be exceptional from the start?
Probably not, but you have to start somewhere!
I look at some of my earlier blogs and laugh at all the mistakes, useless information and poor writing.
I look at my blogs today and see a lot of improvements. Are they great?…They’re Better. Every day you create a blog you become better.
If your looking for the key to better blog content it’s….TIME!
Take the TIME to create a good written blog. This might take a day, a week or even several weeks. But it is worth the TIME!
I created an article that took close to 3 weeks. I wrote once, revised it again and again for 3 weeks before I thought it was good enough to publish.
Was it worth the TIME? YES. From that one article I started receiving new customers and then more. That one post was created over a year ago and I still get new customers today….Well Worth The TIME!
In the movie The Imitation Game, Alan Turing tells an old joke you might remember…
“There are two people in a wood, and they run into a bear. The first person gets down on his knees to pray; the second person starts lacing up his boots. The first person asks the second person, “My dear friend, what are you doing? You can’t outrun a bear.” To which the second person responds, “I don’t have to. I only have to outrun you.”
The moral of the story is this…
You don’t have to be stellar right out of the gate.
You just have to be better than the next person.
Which, nine times out of ten, simply means you just have to start.
Don’t spin your wheels or waste your time banging out pointless 500-word blog posts every day just to furnish your site with content.
Trust me, after you’ve explored just a few of your competitors, you’re likely to find that you can do better.
In fact, you can use your competition for content inspiration.
Rand Fishkin, the co-founder of Moz, wrote an exceptional post called, “Why Good Unique Content Needs to Die,” where he offers a six-step process to help you analyze your competition.
Now, see what I did there—turning my research into original content by synthesizing my source material and citing its source?
You can easily do that too.
You don’t have to be the expert, you just need to do your research (hint: this is what authors do).
And once you’ve conducted your analysis, the next question is the most powerful question you’ll ever ask…
Answering that question can lead you to creating truly exceptional content for your blog.
If you take a day or two to analyze the first page of results for your competition, you’ll be well on your way to discovering where your blog can make an impact.
And once you’ve discovered that, the fun begins.
Remember what I said earlier about the illusion of competition?
The Moz/BuzzSumo study of over a million online articles mentioned earlier identifies a “sweet spot” for the kind of content that gets the most shares and links.
While more than 85% of the blog posts or articles online consist of less than 500 words, more than half of that content got fewer than two Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ (RIP) shares.
In contrast, longer, more thoroughly-researched content of 1000+ words generates consistently higher numbers of shares and links…
The most shared of these are “How To,” “Number List,” and “Why” posts.
Did you notice the title of this post for an example of “How To” content… “How To Blog For Affiliate Success”
I could have titled the article as: “Why Blogging Is Critical To Your Success” or “Why Blogging Is Critical To Affiliate Marketing” or “Why Blogging Is Critical To Successful Marketing”
Incredible TIP: Write several titles and decide which best fits the article or blog post.
Nor are they concerned with establishing a reputation as a leader. They are blogging for blogging shake. To put up the numbers without valuable content.
There’s an opportunity.
The other online content that earns the most shares and links is video – specifically video designed for entertainment or education.
Most bloggers never even attempt video, never mind think of ways to combine education and entertainment for their audience.
There’s another opportunity.
Before you write a word, sit down to create a video, to post on your blog, ask yourself a few questions…
Then get to work.
You just need to outrun the other person!
Also remember: all that “competition” you think you’re seeing in the first page or two of Google results for your topic might just be an illusion.
Most of what you see out there is worthless.
If you can devote your time, energy, and resources into creating not just good, unique content, but exceptional content, your blog will stand a good chance of ranking well and getting the likes and shares that drives clicks and eyeballs.
But remarkable, exceptional content alone isn’t enough.
To turn your blog into an irresistible magnet for prospects, leads, and customers, you’re going to need one more thing…
Traffic from visitors who are already looking for you.
But just like the Google rules for content have changed, so have the rules for finding qualified visitors online.
You can’t just spam social media with garish hard-sell promos, or copy & paste pitch your products by direct messaging your friends.
You’ll get booted off faster than you can say “spammer.”
So, you have a choice…
People are already telling the social media platforms what they want and like, and you can get these platforms to help you target your prospects like never before.
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