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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 August 29, 2018

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

1. 750words

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750 words

    750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

    750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

    750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

    2. Ohlife

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      Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

      Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

      3. Oneword

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        OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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        Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

        4. Penzu

          Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

          With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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          5. Evernote

          Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

          Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

          For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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