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The Next Level of Building Your Content Reach

The Next Level of Building Your Content Reach

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).

The Problem

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.

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The Challenge

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.

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A Creative Solution

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.

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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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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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