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    1. 7 Content Marketing Lessons Learned from Losing 225,418 Visitors a Month

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Jul 23 2014)

      7 Content Marketing Lessons Learned from Losing 225,418 Visitors a Month

      During its peak, the KISSmetrics blog received 768,766 visitors a month and was growing at a rapid pace. Can you guess what our monthly traffic is now? We get 543,348 visitors, which means our traffic is down by a whopping 225,418 visitors. Some of the traffic drop is intentional, but some of it isn’t. Here is what I learned from a 29% traffic drop.

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      Mentions:   Google   Microsoft   Panda

    2. The Complete Guide to Building Your Personal Brand

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Jul 16 2014)

      The Complete Guide to Building Your Personal Brand

      You don’t want to build your personal brand to feed your ego. You want to build it so you can get more opportunities. The bigger your brand, the easier it will be to make deals for your company and gain opportunities that you couldn’t have before. So, with the help of Aaron Agius of Louder Online, I’ve created a 30,000-word guide that breaks down the steps you need to take to build your personal brand.

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    3. What Sending 62,619,592 Emails Taught Me About Content Marketing

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Jul 9 2014)

      What Sending 62,619,592 Emails Taught Me About Content Marketing

      I started Quick Sprout on April 17, 2007. Since then, I’ve collected 184,291 emails – 126,443 of which are still active. Since the blog’s inception, I sent 62,619,592 emails. I use emails to help grow my content marketing efforts. Here’s what sending 62,619,592 emails taught me about content marketing:

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      Mentions:   Content Marketing Institute   Quick Sprout

    4. How I Write 8 Blog Posts a Week While Running 2 Companies

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Jun 30 2014)

      How I Write 8 Blog Posts a Week While Running 2 Companies

      You’ll never succeed at content marketing if you can’t create content on a regular basis. In essence, you need to learn how to streamline your content creation. The good news is it’s not that hard. I’ve figured out how to streamline my content creation process. It works so well that I write eight blog posts a week. I publish three times a week on Quick Sprout, and I guest-post five times a week. Here’s how I streamline my content creation, and here’s how you can too:

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      Mentions:   Content Marketing Institute   Quick Sprout

    5. 7 Unconventional Marketing Tactics That Work

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Jun 23 2014)

      7 Unconventional Marketing Tactics That Work

      So, where should you be spending your dollars? It’s on unconventional tactics because the ROI from them is typically higher. Here are 7 unconventional marketing tactics that will help you make more money.

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      Mentions:   SEO   Huffington Post   Google Adwords

    6. Should You Write Controversial Blog Posts? A Data Driven Answer

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Jun 18 2014)

      Should You Write Controversial Blog Posts? A Data Driven Answer

      Just the other day, I wrote a controversial blog post. I don’t usually write blog posts that are controversial, but I thought it would be a fun experiment to see if these kinds of posts are worth writing from a traffic and revenue perspective. So, how did this post do? And is it worth writing controversial posts?

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      Mentions:   America   Microsoft   National Broadcasting Company

    7. How to Get Your Blog Posts Read

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Jun 11 2014)

      How to Get Your Blog Posts Read

      Have you ever wondered whether people are actually reading your blog posts? You know, going through the whole post? And not just skimming through parts of it? I got curious myself, so I ran a Crazy Egg test to see how far down the page people scroll. Can you guess what I learned? Only 40% of you actually read each blog post. With a bit of testing, I’ve been able to get the number to 65%. Here’s what I learned through the process, and here is how you can get similar results.

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      Mentions:   Microsoft   National Broadcasting Company   Quick Sprout

    8. 7 Reasons Why Your Blog Is Failing (and How to Fix It)

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Jun 9 2014)

      7 Reasons Why Your Blog Is Failing (and How to Fix It)

      Do you know why most blogs fail? No, it’s not because of lack of traffic. Even the ones that get a lot of traffic tend to fail. Why? There are 7 strategies every blog needs to follow to be successful.

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      Mentions:   RSS   Huffington Post   Buzzfeed

    9. What Every Marketer Needs to Know about Conversion Optimization

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Jun 4 2014)

      What Every Marketer Needs to Know about Conversion Optimization

      Traffic acquisition is becoming more and more expensive as time goes on. Whether you are leveraging paid advertising, content marketing, or SEO, you are spending time on growing your traffic. That means you are spending money. To make your traffic acquisition profitable, you have to figure out how to get your visitors to convert into customers.

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      Mentions:   Microsoft   Content Marketing Institute   Marketing Sherpa

    10. 5 Practical Steps To Improving Your Website’s Domain Authority

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (May 19 2014)

      5 Practical Steps To Improving Your Website’s Domain Authority

      Domain Authority (DA) is a website metric developed by Moz. It is one of the most important numbers known to SEOs. The greater your DA, the more likely you are to have strong traffic and high rank. Is domain authority something that you can change, or is it unalterable and immoveable? I am convinced there are practical things you can do to improve this important number.

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      Mentions:   Google   SEO   Facebook

    11. How to Conduct a Content Audit on Your Site

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Apr 24 2014)

      How to Conduct a Content Audit on Your Site

      "Content audit" sounds a bit intimidating like something that involves ghastly amounts of time, endless spreadsheets, and dozens of unpaid interns. The word “audit” is so tied up with other unpleasant life experiences that I totally understand if it doesn't inspire you. But hang on for a second because a “content audit” might be what your site needs to get to the next level. So, what is a content audit?

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      Mentions:   WordPress   Google   URL

    12. How to Predict Google’s Algorithm Changes

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Apr 22 2014)

      How to Predict Google’s Algorithm Changes

      One of the ways you can become an SEO expert is to learn all about Google’s secret algorithm. Its algorithm dictates everything that happens in Google’s search result. The algorithm is the key that can unlock insane amounts of wealth, but it can also be the penalty that can ruin your online business. It sounds like a crazy task to try to understand the algorithm, but there are ways .

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      Mentions:   Google   Eric Schmidt

    13. 15 Types of Content That Will Drive You More Traffic

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Apr 14 2014)

      15 Types of Content That Will Drive You More Traffic

      Content marketing is more than writing blogs. Way more. If you’re just getting involved in content marketing, the first thing you need to do is launch your blog and start writing. Then, when your blog is established and purring along, try throwing in a new type of content. I predict that you’ll immediately see a difference — fresh traffic, targeted visitors, higher conversion rates, and better SEO.

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      Mentions:   Content Marketing Institute   YouTube   Infographics

    14. How to Score Your Website’s SEO in 10 Minutes or Less

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Apr 9 2014)

      How to Score Your Website’s SEO in 10 Minutes or Less

      One of the most important skills you can develop is getting a quick snapshot of a website’s SEO. All it takes is ten minutes. And you don’t need any expensive tools. You can use this step-by-step process to determine your own website’s health, to find out how your competitors are doing, and to discover what needs to be done to improve your SEO.

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      Mentions:   WordPress   Google   URL

    15. Your Content Marketing Will Fail without These 10 Features

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Apr 7 2014)

      Your Content Marketing Will Fail without These 10 Features

      I've identified the main missing elements of failed content marketing campaigns and sketched out a solution for each one. Leave out one of these features, and you could doom your content marketing campaign to fail.

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      Mentions:   Google   SEO   Microsoft

    16. Latest Trends in Headline Creation and Their Success

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Apr 2 2014)

      Latest Trends in Headline Creation and Their Success

      No matter what kind of a website you have, the one thing that is always true is that your headlines are really important. Headlines affect things like user engagement, readability, conversions, SEO, social sharing, and even click-throughs.

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      Mentions:   Google   Microsoft   Facebook

    17. How Long Should Each Blog Post Be? A Data Driven Answer

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Mar 31 2014)

      How Long Should Each Blog Post Be? A Data Driven Answer

      People often obsess over how long their blog posts should be. There’s a lot of information out there regarding the “perfect” length of a blog post, but a lot of that data is conflicting.

      Content is really important when it comes to search rankings , so if you are going to leverage content marketing, you might as well do it right. But before we get into the ideal length for a blog post, let's first go over a few shocking myths:

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      Mentions:   Google   SEO   Microsoft

    18. How Google Determines Where to Rank Your Website

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Mar 26 2014)

      Have you ever wondered why certain websites rank higher than others? Or why your website doesn’t rank as high as your competitor’s?  A lot of it has to do with Google’s algorithm. It looks at over 200 ranking factors when determining where to rank a site. As you already know, these ranking factors aren’t easy to understand, which makes it difficult for you to figure out how to adjust your site to maximize your rankings. In order to help you solve this, I’ve created an infographic that visually breaks down many of the components of ...

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      Mentions:   Google

    19. 6 Ways to Make Sure You Never Get an Algorithmic Penalty from Google

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Mar 24 2014)

      6 Ways to Make Sure You Never Get an Algorithmic Penalty from Google

      Search engine penalties are the bogeyman of the Internet marketing world. They’re deadly. Just a few tweaks in the omnipotent algorithm could send your online business hurtling off the tracks. If you’re not careful, a penalty will crush your business. I’ve seen it happen. I’ve had to guide people through the crap that comes with penalties. Along the way, I’ve discovered how to steer clear of the penalties.

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      Mentions:   Google   Google Analytics   Google Webmaster Tools

    20. How to Recover From Negative SEO

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Mar 17 2014)

      How to Recover From Negative SEO

      Did you know that your competitors could hurt your search engines rankings? By doing malicious things in order to decrease your search engine rankings? This is called negative SEO.

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      Mentions:   WordPress   Google   SEO

    21. 7 Ways to Increase Your Rankings without Leveraging Content Marketing

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Mar 10 2014)

      7 Ways to Increase Your Rankings without Leveraging Content Marketing

      Hands down, my favorite approach to boosting search traffic is to leverage content marketing. Why? Because the data shows that it works! I know, however, that not every business can leverage it. Whether it’s because you can’t write high quality content or you don’t have a blog set up or your legal team won’t approve the content, you might be one of those businesses that is not able to implement this strategy.

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      Mentions:   Google   Content Marketing Institute

    22. How Reducing Options Can Increase Your Conversions

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Feb 24 2014)

      More is better, right? Not in the world of conversion optimization. Just think of it this way... When you take a kid to a candy store, what happens? They don't know what to buy, right? The reason is that they have too many options to choose from and they are not sure which one is the best choice. The same goes for the web. Giving people too many options or asking them for too much information can quickly reduce your conversions.

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    23. How to Steal Your Competitor’s Facebook Fans

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Feb 19 2014)

      How to Steal Your Competitor’s Facebook Fans

      Facebook isn’t just one of the most popular sites on the web. It’s also a great place to gain new customers. But when you are starting from scratch, it can be difficult to grow your Facebook audience.

      So, the question is: where do you start? The easiest way to start is by stealing your competitor’s fans. If they are interested in your competitor’s products or services, why won’t they be interested in yours as well?

      Here’s how you can steal your competitor’s Facebook fans:

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      Mentions:   Google   Facebook   Hubspot

    24. Low Hanging Fruit of Content Marketing: 10 Quick Changes That Will Bring Big Results

      Explore QuickSprout Blog (Feb 10 2014)

      Low Hanging Fruit of Content Marketing: 10 Quick Changes That Will Bring Big Results

      Do you know what the key to a successful content marketing campaign is? Well, it’s not what you are thinking. Sure, detailed content that is high in quality helps, but it won’t guarantee your success.

      So, what’s the key?

      It’s a lot of little things. They aren’t necessarily hard to implement. You just have to be willing to take the time to implement these simple tactics.

      Here are 10 quick changes you need to make to ensure you do well with your content marketing:

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      Mentions:   Panda   Facebook   Content Marketing Institute

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