5 Ways to Find Blog Topics With Social Media

social media how toDo you need ideas for new blog topics?

Do you use social media to find them?

Social media conversations can lead to topics that feed your blog.

In this article I’ll share five ways you can use social media to find new blog topics your audience will love.

#1: Expand on Social Discussions 

Combining your social and blog efforts doesn’t have to be a one-way street. You can use them to play off of each other.

After you publish blog content, promote it on each of your social media channels. Tweet out a link to new (and old!) blog posts and ask for your audience’s opinion on the topic. Or post it to a LinkedIn group and ask the members for their thoughts.

When Copyblogger publishes an article on their website, they also create a discussion on LinkedIn asking for opinions on the blog post.

Their staff then checks in and engages with the commenters, asking for additional opinions or coming up with new questions to keep the conversation going.

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Keep the conversation moving forward to get ideas for new blog topics.

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How to Create Highly Shareable Blog Content Using Facebook

social media how toDo you want to create blog posts people can’t help but share?

Have you used Facebook to find content that’s most appealing to your readers?

You can write shareable blog posts by taking the time to understand what your audience really wants from you.

In this article you’ll discover four ways to find the ideas your fans want to discuss and share.

Why Shareable Blog Content Matters

If people aren’t compelled to share your blog content, it’s just not going to happen–Like buttons alone won’t cut it. Your content has to be remarkable enough to encourage sharing.

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Whole Foods knows their audience values and shares blog posts that have recipes and shopping lists.

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Getting Started With Blogging: 16 Resources to Boost Your Blog

social media how toAre you a business owner or professional with something to say?

Do you want to be considered an expert in your field?

Whether you are a marketing pro, business owner or professional, a blog could significantly boost your career or business.

In this article you’ll find all of the tips and resources you’ll need for getting started with blogging.

#1: Create Your Blog

There are a variety of blogging platforms; however, the only real option for a business blogger is WordPress. You want something that looks and feels professional, because your blog should be a reflection of your brand, mission and business. And these days, some business owners even opt out of a traditional website altogether in favor of a company blog.

If you haven’t already done so, you’ll want to register a domain and decide on hosting for your blog. Those who already have a company website may just need to add a blog. WordPress is easy to use and the site will basically walk you through the process. Sign up, choose your theme and you’re ready to go.

How to Choose a Domain Name: Although it’s likely you’ll use your name or the name of your company as your domain, there are other options. This post from Amy Lynn Andrews offers no-nonsense tips for naming your blog.

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AmyLynnAdrews.com shows you how to pick your web address.

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How to Create Written Content that Generates Leads

social media how to Do you need more leads?

Are you looking for creative ways to use your blog content to improve your conversion process?

In this article, you’ll discover how to identify and patch the weaker part of your funnel by writing the right type of content.

How Content Drives Leads

Written content works in many ways.

Some writing pulls your audience toward you, building awareness.

Other content builds trust and compels your audience to take action. In other words, content can be useful at strengthening different parts of the conversion funnel.

The “funnel” is just a metaphor for the path that visitors take on their way to becoming leads, starting with awareness and ending with action. If you’re not getting leads, it’s because there’s a weakness in your funnel.

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Create the content you need to strengthen your conversion funnel. Image source: iStockphoto

What follows are many tips to help you generate more leads with your written content.

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How to Ensure Your Future Blog Posts Are Popular

social media how toAre you struggling to come up with blog posts that attract the right type of visitors?

Are you unsure where to turn for new article ideas?

In this article I’ll show you how to make sure your future articles are the ones your audience is really interested in.

Here’s a hint how: your social connections can help you discover the topics that will perform well on your business blog.

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Invest in writing about the topics that are most likely to appeal to your target audience. Image source: iStockPhoto.

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26 Ways to Create Engaging Content

social media how toAre you looking to create content that engages?

Does your content connect with people and encourage them to engage?

In this article I’ll show you 26 ways to make content that engages people, in an A-Z guide of tips.

#1: Authors Matter

Written content doesn’t exist without authors, whether constructing 140-character posts or 1000-word articles.  Not only do you want people who can write well (e.g., clear points, proper spelling and grammar, active voice), you need writers and team members who can think strategically about the content that will resonate most with your audience.

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Creating good content is important for social media engagement.

We’ll talk about more specifics as we go down the list. For now, think strategy.

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How to Generate More Leads With Your Blog: 5 Tips

social media how toDoes your business have a blog?

Would you like your blog to bring in more leads for your business?

You already know you need to create awesome blog content, but there’s more to business blogging than just that.

You also need to include a few tactics to help you bring in the leads you want.

Here are some useful tactics to entice and capture leads used by top marketing business blogs!

#1: Place Opt-In Forms Around Your Blog Content

There are several areas on your blog that you can use to introduce visitors to calls to action such as free trials, free consultations or a simple mailing list opt-in form. These areas include your header, sidebar, the end of blog posts, your About page and your footer.

Unbounce, a landing page software creator, encourages people to try their software or sign up for their mailing list in their sidebar and post footers.

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Unbounce has lead generating calls to action in their sidebar.

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7 Tips for Making Your Blog a Content Marketing Magnet

social media how toDo you have a business blog?

Are you happy with the marketing role your blog plays?

Many businesses consider blogs “a cost of doing business,” or code for “We’re not sure what it does but we’re afraid to stop doing it.”

In this article I will explore why and how to make your blog the hub of your content marketing plan?

Why make your blog your content marketing hub?

To put a slightly different spin on what Chris Brogan says, blogs are your home base; they are at the center of your content marketing system.

Whether you’re a small business or a Fortune 100 company, blogs should be at the heart of your content marketing because blogs fuel social media, search optimization and the sales process.

The top five reasons to use a blog as your content hub are:

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26 Essentials for Blogging Success: What You Need to Know

social media how toDo you want to be a more successful blogger?

Are you keeping up with the newest developments in blogging?

Whether you are new to blogging or you have been blogging for years, you will find insight in this article.

It covers 26 blogging essentials, in an A–Z tour of the blogosphere.

Each one has a full explanation, along with a link to further reading in case you want to know more.

Note: For simplicity’s sake, I assume you’re using WordPress as your blogging platform. Many of these essentials, though, apply to other blogging platforms as well.

#1: Akismet: Anti-Spam Plugin

One problem that every blog faces is spam. Shady Internet marketers will attempt to promote their products through spam comments and trackbacks, which create a poor impression for your readers. (Imagine seeing a building covered in graffiti and scrappy posters: it wouldn’t give you much confidence in the company that owns the building.)

Some hapless bloggers spend hours every month deleting a never-ending stream of spam. But Akismet, a powerful anti-spam plugin, will do all the hard work for you. By stopping spam comments and trackbacks, Akismet ensures that your blog comments section always looks attractive and welcoming to readers. As they explain:

Akismet monitors millions of blogs and forums, watching the methods and tricks used by spammers in real time. We know all about their spambots, comment factories, buffer sites and social engineering tricks.

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