6 Of the Best Content Marketing and List Building Articles for This Week
For the week of August 29th, 2016, I've put together this list of 6 of the best articles I've found to help you with your writing, blogging, content marketing and list building. Read them, benefit from them, share them, and save them.
#1: This Morning Routine Will Save You 20+ Hours Per Week
This is one of the best articles I've ever read on the subject of how to work far less hours and get a lot more done. Or in other words, how to really be productive. It was written by Benjamin Hardy and posted on Medium.
Here's a peek at the opening of the article under the first sub-heading "The Myth of the 8-Hour Workday."
"The most productive countries in the world do not work 8 hours per day. Actually, the most productive countries have the shortest workdays.
People in countries like Luxembourg are working approximately 30 hours per week (approximately 6 hours per day, 5 days per week) and making more money on average than people working longer workweeks."
This is just a tempter, but this article has some great insights, many which I completely agree with and regularly use myself. Read the whole piece right here, right now!
#2: 3 Writing Habits, Blogs, and Books You Need to Succeed as a Writer
In this podcast, Jeff Goins and Andy Traub discuss what's needed if you want to succeed in your writing career. Jeff gives away practical tips you can put into practice right away, as in yesterday! Here's a little peep into what it's all about:
"If you want to become a full-time writer, then you have to intentionally work toward becoming one. This involves developing great writing habits, learning from others, and becoming a voracious reader.
Over the years, I’ve read countless blogs and books, and I’ve developed writing habits that have helped me to become a full-time writer. To help you decrease your learning curve, I want to share with you some of the lessons and resources that have helped me develop myself as a writer."
#3: 11 Content Promotion Tips From 11 Heavy Hitters
According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, a heavy hitter is "an important or powerful person." And believe me, this article from The Liftoff Blog and written by Brian Sun, has 11 of the heaviest weighing in for the record on how to promote your content in the most productive ways they know how.
Here's a snippet to get you interested:
"I’ve known about Jeff Bullas’ blog ever since I started in marketing. He runs a content factory that, at one point, was churning out five blog posts a week. He even woke up at 4am to get the job done. Very impressive.
His talk was more inspiration than application, which is a good thing when you need that extra push to get going. It was geared toward beginners with advice like “you just gotta start” and “being vulnerable is important” and “hustle your content.”"
So, go read it now. It's waiting for you right here.
#4: You Want to Know How to Build an Audience? Read this.
I personally found this article, published on Medium by Jon Westenberg, a great way for me to put into perspective the work involved with building an audience. He also clearly highlights the fact that success is not measured by the "size" of your audience, but whether you've reached your "perfect" audience and kept them engaged.
Here are a couple of tidbits:
"There’s nothing passive about what we do. When we make content, that’s not the end of the road. We don’t sign off on it like our work is done, we’re only at the earliest stage of what we’re about to do. We’ve still got to get out there and make people care.
We do this by taking the initiative. We’ve gotten it into our head that our customers should always seek us out, but that’s not going to work. There’s so much stuff out there, how do you expect people to find your signal in all the noise? You’ve got to find them. You’ve got to go to wherever the fuck they are and put yourself in front of them."
I think this is a great article to bookmark and read over and over and over again. Thanks to Jon for the enlightenment!
#5: How to Curate Content Without Being Mindless and Mundane
This post, written by Barry Feldman and published over at Convince and Convert, isn't for you if your goal in life is for your writing and blogging, or your website to be mindless and mundane, and you thoroughly enjoy being humdrum, dull, boring, tedious, monotonous, tiresome, wearisome, prosaic, unexciting, uninteresting, uneventful, unvarying, unremarkable and repetitive.
How many other synonyms for mundane can you add to this list? Please, knock yourself out! In any case, here's a preview.
"How many times have you seen a blog post or book chapter begin with a quote from a subject matter expert? It’s called content curation.
What’s curation? It’s finding available content and presenting it in a meaningful way, usually around a theme. Museums curate art and artifacts. Radio stations curate music and news. Content marketers curate content created by other people and publishers: stuff people said, wrote, designed or recorded. It’s become a staple for marketers because it can help:
- Improve your work.
- Increase publishing velocity and volume.
- Establish and build credibility.
- Generates links.
- Build relationships."
Simply put, this is an article you need to read this week and you may wish to start implementing within the context of your own online endeavours. Thanks to Barry Feldman for taking the time to write it and for Convince and Convert for publishing it.
#6: The Best Content Creation Strategy for Noobs
This was an original post written by yours truly for people new to the whole concept of content marketing. Here's a bit of it:
"Hi Noob! And welcome to this content marketing for noobs post.
Just for you I'm going to cover everything you need to know about content marketing.
- Why content marketing is the most effective way to get your product or service in front of an audience.
- What content marketing is.
- How content marketing is done.
- Who is using content marketing to create massive online success.
- What if you use content marketing to introduce your products or services to an audience.
So relax in your favourite chair, get a cup of your very favourite beverage, and put on some relaxing background music to help you focus and think.
Oh yeah, and don’t forget a notebook and a pen or pencil to jot down some of the key points you’ll want to remember."
That's it for this past week and I hope you enjoyed being enlightened by some of the great articles written by some of the best people in this industry. Read 'em, use 'em, and please remember to share 'em too. You see those social sharing buttons on the left side of this page? Please use them and I'll love you more than I do already!
Have a great week and keep on keeping on! You're awesome.