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I’m Taking A Break From Blogging To Write A Novel

Hello readers.

I want to take a second of your time to let you know that during the month of November I'll be participating in National Novel Writing Month. This is an annual event where thousands of writers both novice and seasoned commit to writing a 50,000 word novel in one month. By no means is this the best way to go about writing a novel (especially your first in my case), but the tight deadline is the exact motivation I need to get my butt in gear and write, write, write.

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Who’s Reading Your Blog? 9 Ways to Get to Know Your Readers

I haven't written a post here in a while so my blogging game is a little rusty. When I was thinking of what to write about I realized one of the best places to look for blog topics is right here on my own blog.

I’m talking about the people I've already convinced. The people whose attention I've already grabbed. What topics are they into?

So I started thinking of all the ways we as bloggers can mine our own sites for data about our current readers. After all, they are the ones who are interested and they are the ones who will go forth and actually share what we write.

Turn your readers into evangelists for your blog by giving them the content they're interested in. Writing a blog is hard enough let alone promoting it all on your own. Build your current audience so they can lend you a hand with promotion.

These tips will help you get to know your readers and learn what content they're actually interested in. [Continue Reading...]

7 Principles of User-Generated Content

Word of mouth is arguably the most powerful marketing tool.

In fact, it’s so powerful that we’ve started to consciously rely on it. When we Google a product or search for it on Twitter, we are actively looking for what people are saying about it.

And notice I said "people." Not reporters, not companies, not commercials...people.

We seek out consumers just like us who have tried the product we’re prospecting because those are the opinions we trust.

That trust stems from user-generated content (UGC), which is content produced by consumers and not brands. This can be anything from user reviews, testimonials, blog posts or social media posts about the products.

In fact, according to a 2012 BazaarVoice report, 51% of Americans trust user-generated content on a company's website. Even when compared to info on a company's own website (16%) and news articles about the company (14%).

That means it’s in your best interest to get people talking about your brand and products. [Continue Reading...]

11 Pros Spill Their Guts About Ecommerce Content Marketing

Spray and pray. Reaching in the dark. Shooting blanks.

These might be the first phrases that come time mind when you think about content marketing.

But why? Is it because your goals aren't defined? You don't know your customer? Or you just don't have the patience?

You know publishing great content is important, but how do you turn that content into sales? Well, hold on there, Tex. You might be missing a couple steps.

Recently, Rand Fishkin of Moz described the #1 myth in content marketing which is that a lot of people, myself included at times, think that producing great content will instantly yield sales, opt-ins and subscribers.

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How To Find Hundreds of Blog Post Ideas With This Simple Strategy

Choosing the right blog post ideas for your product can be difficult.

What do you write about? Sometimes there are too many options sometimes there aren’t any.

This post is going to walk you through step-by-step a process that I use to cultivate blog post ideas that will attract customers in your niche.

The best content for your blog may not always be directly related to your product. If you’re going to create content to attract buyers, it should be something that

  1. they’re interested in and
  2. something worth sharing.

But before you get there you have to uncover a topic related to your product that people are interested in. And more importantly, you have to tap into a market of people who would actually be interested in buying your product.

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Etsy SEO for Long Tail Keywords

There are a lot of good resources out there about Etsy SEO and how to optimize your Etsy product page for search engines, but I want to explore in more detail how to rank higher in Etsy's own search engine.

After some careful experimentation it seems that Etsy SEO and their own search algorithm might not be that complicated for long tail search terms.

My wife's Etsy shop AbleGrable sells vintage kitchen items. She has an item that is a Federal Glass bowl with a sunflower design on it. It was showing up in Etsy's search for the phrase "federal glass sunflower bowl". Granted this is quite a specific search phrase but I wanted to find a search where the product was showing up on the first page of the Etsy search results.

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