One thing that most of the bloggers and website owners have lately realized is the fact that not only the search engines have grown smarter and learned how to differentiate between content and useful content, but also the average user has found new ways to find what they want. For example, before, the users would just put a search term in a search engine and would use any one website out of the first 3 or 4 to buy what they want (which meant you needed to be in top 3 to make profit); but now the same user would watch a review on YouTube, click the link in description and then buy the product (which has nothing to do with your position in the search engine).
Like YouTube, there are various feeds and sources that a user can use to find and buy what they are looking for. This new dimension has bugged the marketers for a long time and is continuing to do so as marketers and content experts from around the world try to understand the change in user behavior. Interestingly, written content is not the only thing that has suffered. Despite increased popularity, the visual media viz. videos and images (read Instagram) have also started struggling. Merely writing ‘interesting’ and ‘useful’ content and then optimizing it is history, and the marketers need to think out of the box to get back on track.
If not all, most of the internet marketers have recognized the challenge in front of them and as a result, they have started developing strategies that would put their content FIRST on the user’s feed, especially social media. For example, Facebook and Pinterest right now are the hottest social media platforms that one can use to promote content. In fact, with the acquisition of Instagram, Facebook has reached just another level of laser targeting the right demographic if you can get creative with images and videos. Pinterest, on the other hand, is quickly developing into an aggregator source where people are collecting or in the language of Pinterest, pinning and repining the images (and links) they like and then sharing them actively with their followers. That being said, YouTube still dominates the social media scene and hence should not be ignored.
Although the last paragraph brings glory to social media, let’s face it – even after laser targeting your audience, you can never be sure of getting a decent ROI. Social Media has its own limitations and share of problems and with everyone flooding it with links, the reader is bound to get irritated and leave your brand high and dry. Therefore, there is a need for a solution that will put your content right on the screen of the users who are really interested in your content. Content Discovery and Content Distribution is one service that has recently surfaced as a solution. These services take your content and put them on the websites that have content related to your niche. This means that you end up targeting exactly the audience who is interested in your content. One such service that I have been following and observing is AdNow. I have been using it for two of my websites and the results have been amazing. While one of these websites has already gained back the authority it had two years ago, the other one is already on the path of recovery. Apart from using content distribution, I have also scaled up my social media campaigns which have helped me increase the reach a tad bit further.
Going by my experience, I would recommend you to do 2 things to crush the competition:
1. Invest in a content distribution service and carefully set your budget and options to maximize reach.
2. Pump your social media profiles, analyze the performance and find out the kind of content your social audience loves to read and work as per the observations.
These 2 simple things are bound to help you regain the control and mint money like it’s year 2000.
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