Community Driven List Posts: A Tool for Bloggers

social media toolsMost bloggers quickly discover that posts that contain lists are popular.

Unfortunately, list posts usually require a lot of work to write and are rarely updated after they’re published.

What if there was an easy way to create list posts and keep them up to date?

List.ly can help you do this. Plus List.ly offers you a welcome bit of social interaction.

Create a Community-Driven List Post

List.ly is a collaborative list-building tool. You create the initial list on the List.ly website and you can embed it as part of your blog post. Embedding means that it appears as if it’s in your blog post, but it still resides on List.ly.

What’s cool is that your community can then add and/or vote for items on the list. This can be a useful tool to engage with your community and discover more about their interests.

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An example of a list created within List.ly. Notice the branding image at the top of the list and the number of positive and negative votes for each item on the list.

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Blogging for Business: How Content Can Improve Your Sales

Are you wondering how a blog can help your business?

Are you trying to figure out how content can improve your sales?

To learn more about the connection of blogging and content marketing, I interview Marcus Sheridan for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

More About This Show

Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Marcus Sheridan, founder of The Sales Lion and author of the ebook Inbound and Content Marketing Made Easy.

Marcus shares insights into the struggles marketers have to get results from business blogging. You’ll learn what to focus your efforts on and a few simple tactics that will work.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

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3 Ways to Create Highly Valuable Blog Content

social media how toDo you struggle coming up with content ideas for your blog?

Or maybe you create plenty of blog posts, but they get few views and even less engagement?

If you find that creating engaging content is challenging, keep reading.

This article will identify some of the best tips, tools and tactics for creating blog content that helps grow your business.

#1: Be the resource your customers really need

What’s your ideal customer’s biggest problem? Your blog is not about your business, it’s about your customers.

If you want to attract and engage your prospects and lead them down the sales funnel, you need to focus on them and their problems.

The more you create content that helps your prospects succeed, the more engaged they’ll become with your blog.

So how do you know what your audience is struggling with?

Ask.

If you’ve been in business for a while, chances are you already know a lot of what your customers are struggling with.

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4 Tips to Better Manage Multi-Author Blogs

social media how toDo you have more than one person writing for your blog?

There are a number of unique challenges when it comes to writing content for multi-author blogs.

For example, you may be in a position where you need to give feedback to your contributors, or you may be wondering how to leverage the audiences of your individual writers to drive more overall traffic to your blog.

Here are 4 power tips you can implement on your blog to make sure your writers get the feedback they need and provide your blog maximum exposure at the same time.

#1: Use a Screenshot Utility to Provide Feedback to Writers

On a typical WordPress blog, you can see a revision history for any given article. That’s a list of versions of the article being written, based on incremental changes that are made from one version to the next.

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Revision history for a WordPress blog article.

The trouble is, although these versions give you the time and date that changes were made, they don’t tell you the actual changes that were made.

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4 Blogging Tips to Double Your Site Traffic

social media how toJason Crawford, president of the Parts and Service division of Block Imaging, was upstaged by his six-year-old daughter.

In her ponytailed debut on the Block Blog, Crawford asked her, “Madeleine, do you know how to fix a laser aimer?”, to which she confidently replied, “Yes!”

The pair then demonstrated with charming aplomb a simple troubleshooting tidbit for Block’s medical imaging equipment customers.

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Block Imaging Parts and Service President Jason Crawford and his daughter in their video debut.

The video was one of a slew of ideas that came out of a two-day retreat aimed at kickstarting a company-wide commitment to content marketing through their blog.

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How to Grow a Blog and Following With Podcasting

social media expert interviewIn this video I interview Pat Flynn, founder of Smart Passive Income.

Pat tells the story behind his successful online business and shares the importance of the role podcasting plays in connecting with his blog audience. You’ll also discover why podcasting adds value to your online presence.

Be sure to check out the takeaways below after you watch the video.

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7 WordPress Plugins to Grow Your Email Subscribers

social media toolsAre you looking for more email subscribers?

The best way to gain email subscribers is to deliver great content via your blog.

Here are seven great WordPress plugins to grow your email subscribers and let you focus on delivering great content.

#1: Pippity Customized Popups

Popup boxes that appear when readers are browsing a website can get you more email subscriptions when they are used correctly.

But they can also annoy users, so they need to be handled with care and tweaked for your audience.

Pippity allows you to do this. Pippity provides you with the configuration options necessary to ensure that popups are delivered in the most unobtrusive and beneficial way to your users.

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Pippity sets a new bar by delivering beautiful popups in a way that's more in tune with your readers and gives you useful analytics that show the true effect your opt-ins are having.

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22 Top Blogging Tools Loved by the Pros

social media toolsDo you blog?

Looking for exciting new tools to simplify the blogging experience? If so, keep reading.

We decided to get the scoop on today’s hottest blogging tools.

We asked 22 pros to share their favorite new finds. Here they are…

#1: InboxQ

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Mitt Ray @MittRay

A great blogging tool I discovered a few months ago is InboxQ. I like it because it helps me come up with better blog topics. This tool helps you find questions people are asking on Twitter.

InboxQ lets you create campaigns with different keywords. Usually the best thing to do is to create campaigns with keywords from topics you specialize in. So when someone asks a question with those keywords, you will be updated about it and you can answer the question.

You can work on these questions and come up with better blog topics in your area of specialty. For example, I have two campaigns: one on white papers with keywords like white paper, whitepaper, etc., and the other on social media with keywords like social media, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, etc.

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5 Ways to Go From Blogger to Published Book Author

social media how toDo you blog? Are you thinking of publishing a book?

Eighty-one percent of the US population says they want to write a book.

Not surprisingly, only about two percent ever actually do it.

Most bloggers, on the other hand, write a ton of books—probably three or four books per year on average, but most of them don’t ever realize they’ve done so.

Later—sometimes much later—they realize they’re sitting on a ton of content that could be turned into a book.

Many make the mistake of not bothering to consciously write a book. They just blog.

Here’s a better way: Plan out the content for a book, then write the book in post-sized bits every day and publish the posts—the book—on your blog.

When you blog a book, you produce both a manuscript and a fan base that avidly reads your blog and may eventually also purchase the final product: your printed or digital book.

How to Become an Author AND a Blogger

Each time you hit the Publish button on your blog, you publish your work. That means you become a publisher. But you haven’t produced a book, which means you’re not an author. Nor have you become a successful author.

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