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How to Create Traffic Generating Content

Coming up with good content ideas is getting more difficult. Isn’t everything has already been written? How to stand out? How to get ranked and shared to generate traffic to your content?

It all comes down to how much effort you are putting into your content, how much you enjoy writing on what you are writing, how much expertise (and experience) you have in your chosen topic and why you chose to start a blog in the first place.

However it all starts with the article ideas you choose to develop into great content. Here are a few essential steps to increasing your traffic by creating high-quality content:

1. Use The Right Tools To Research The Perfect Topics

First of all, you need to write things people actually want to read about. That is harder than it looks, because everyone is trying to do the exact same thing. Your saving grace will be putting your own spin on it, but you have to start from stage one if you are going to get anywhere.

Here are 4 tools that will help you to come up with a great article idea

1. SERPstat

SERPstat is a newer tool in my toolbox but I just love the features they are putting out. Here are two I am always using before starting writing an article:

Find Keywords Your Competitors Are Ranking for and You Are Not

SERPstat has a cool “Missing keywords” section that will show you which keywords your competitors have success with while your site is nowhere to be found.

SERPstat

Mind that this report only works for URL (not domain report)

Now just think if any of these keywords can be turned into great content.

Find Keywords You Can Improve Your Rankings for

When searching for the domain name, proceed to “Tree view” section. There click “Filters” and under “Domain position for a keyword” select from “10” to “20”. This will show you which keywords your site is currently ranking for on page two of Google SERPs

SERPstat tree view

Now think how you can expand the topic to write a good follow-up to link to your second-page ranking URLs to improve their positions.

2. BuzzSumo

BuzzSumo

BuzzSumo makes it easy to see what has already been written on your chosen topic and how well it went. I love their sorting options letting you see most tweeted, most shared and most liked articles.

You can also limit results by time frame which is very useful because you can research how well covered your topic has recently been.

3. Seed Keywords

Seed Keywords

Seed Keywords helps you engage your friends and followers into suggesting related keywords for you. The tool lets you create mini-surveys to share via social media and email for your followers to help you brainstorm more ways to search for your topic

4. Your Old Content

Another good source is your own blog. Use Google Analytics to find out what articles did the best in the past. Your highest viewed, shared and commented on will tell you what your audience cares about. That will send you in the right direction. You just may have to tweak things to start really getting down to the nitty gritty of what your readers are craving.

That is where the other tools listed above can help. Once you have some general topics that they like, you can start searching for related interests in your industry that are making waves elsewhere.

Tip: For Google Analytics, navigate:

Google Analytics

Behavior -> Site Content -> Landing Pages

to get to your most popular articles. You can also use “Secondary dimension” option to see the source of traffic for each of your popular articles:

Google Analytics Source

Note: SERPstat has that option to. Just navigate to “Top pages” after searching for a domain name:

SERpstat top pages

5. Title Generator

Title generator

Now that you know your keywords you want to focus on, try to come up with a catchy title. Tweak Your Biz title generator is a good place to try. Even if you don’t find an exact title to copy-paste, you’ll at least get inspired.

Here are more resources to help you come up with a catchy title.

Social media and niche communities are always full of content ideas either. Make sure to monitor Twitter, search Facebook and Pinterest whenever you need to be inspired. Keep an eye on niche social media communities (e.g. Ello for artists, Good Reads for book lovers, etc.) as well as local communities (Dir Journal, Patch, etc.) to keep those content ideas coming!

2. Learn The Fine Balance Between Sensational and Sensationalist

I hate, hate, hate clickbait! It is nothing but over hyped garbage that never delivers on what it promises. Sensationalist headlines are nothing new in the media, but online they have become raving monsters that have taken over blogs.

Does that mean sensational headlines are bad? No! There is a difference between the two: one delivers on its premise, the other doesn’t. But both catch the eye and make people want to read it.

Here is a good example:

New Law In (Your City) Has The Country In An Uproad [Image of half naked woman standing by a police car] – This is clickbait; there is no way it will deliver on its premise.

10 US Laws You Won’t Believe Haven’t Been Repealed [Picture of two clowns in half-dress being arrested] – This is sensational, but likely to deliver on its premise.

3. Get Some Answers From The Experts (That Your Readers Are Dying For)

Being an unrepentant lover of roundup posts, I am going to take a moment to point out my favorite one. Why is this my favorite? Because it has over 90 experts all giving incredible, usable tips that anyone can apply to their own strategies. Not a bunch of hot air from wannabe big shots who don’t actually know what they are talking about.

Expert roundups are an insanely great way to increase traffic (but only if you don’t overuse them). Not least of all because those  experts are likely to share it on their own blogs and social media profiles.

I use MyBlogU to generate more answers for my group interviews. My requests can hang there for months until I am happy with the number and quality of responses. Then after months of collecting quotes and tips, I may use the content as the filler for when I am away traveling.

Myblogu

Here are a few more cool features of MyBlogU interviews you may want to check out.

4. Get Visual, Visual!

Finally, we have visual content. Effective, beautiful and powerful, blogs and social networking profiles alike have been obsessively trying to come up with the formula for the perfect one. I don’t think that exists.

All that matters is you are giving your visitors something to look at that they find shareable. With the prevalence of Pinterest, it is more important than ever to make sure that extends to your blog, and not just your Twitter account.

Here a few of my favorite visual marketing examples as well as image creation tools to check out.

Snagit

A few awesome ideas for visuals:

  • Create venn diagrams (Here’s a great example of a cool and easy venn diagram)
  • Visualize percentage with charts (Look at Sitegeek.com for the perfect example of effective visual marketing with charts)
  • Create annotated screenshots and visual quotes

And here are a few tools to create animated visuals and tutorials.

5. Rinse and Repeat Consistently

If you want to see you blog growing, you’ll have to come up with new content consistently. I don’t say weekly (or even monthly). Depending on your style and industry, you can create one epic article every two months and see thousands of shares each time.

Consistent new content means tapping into new audiences and marketing channels. Never stop exploring!

To keep yourself going, consider creating a content marketing dashboard.

I use Cyfe to keep track of my ideas, future plans, current stats, etc. For me, it includes my to-do list, content ideas (using my Google spreadsheet which integrates nicely into Cyfe dashboard), my Google Analytics referrals, and my primary social media channel stats.

Cyfe

Do you have any tips to put on this list? Any ideas on boosting blog traffic and shares? Let us know in the comments!

By Ann Smarty

Ann Smarty is the Brand and Community Manager of Internet Marketing Ninjas and founder of MyBlogU. You can find her tweeting as @seosmarty

35 replies on “How to Create Traffic Generating Content”

Hi, Ann. I want to say that his is a helpful post for anyone who is starting off a new website or a Blog. For me personally, you post is so helpful. I always try to improve organic traffic to my blog. It takes a lot of hard work producing high-quality content. Recently, I read nice article http://www.shewrites.com/profiles/blogs/eight-effective-ways-to-use-social-media-to-promote-your-content. Hope, you will find this article helpful too. Thanks for your tips.

Thanks for the information here. I already use BuzzSumo but had not heard of or used SERPstat. I have a really hard time getting ranked anywhere near the first page in the blogging industry but I will try some of your tips and keep trying.

Hi Ann, great to see you here and thanks for listing out the helpful tools to craft the content that would pull the targeted traffic,

I use BuzzSumo, Title Generator, Google Analytics and Google Webmasters tool to understand the need of my audience.

SERPstat seems fine for me, I’ll try to get it and use.

I follow your other tips to come with up with the better content.

Thanks again for contributing the useful piece of content, have a great week ahead.

Great article Ann! Had never used SERPStat before… looks like a great tool!

When I am looking for content ideas for my blog at http://entrepreneurignited.com one of my favourite strategies is to simply visit other websites in my niche and look for articles/topics that are either marked as popular and if they don’t actually have a list of their most popular topics, I’ll look for the posts that have the highest use engagement.

My Facebook Group (or any Facebook group that targets a specific niche) is a great source of ideas. I look for common questions people are asking in the group, write an article about it and then share it with that group getting instant traffic! This works well with forums if they will let you post links.

Quora or Yahoo Answers is another good source to come up with article ideas. See what questions people are asking and create an article with the answer! Then post the link with the answer for instant traffic 🙂

Thanks again for the SERPStat referral!

Hey i read this article These all ways are great to consider for increasing traffic of content . Nowadays, It become a very important to follow the right way or strategy to increase traffic to your content Including rich media’s in your content traffic getting stretagy can be a worth idea to increase traffic to your content

Hi Ann.
The article title generator was kind of new to me. I believe all the above points does matter when you are looking for organic traffic, But according to me, Keywords and trending topics are one of the best ways to bring in more traffic.
Thank you for such a meaningful article.

Really an Excellent Article.

The first point makes to understand the importance of the keywords and its analysis.

I have tried with few only let me try others too.

Overall contents look very informative.

Thank you.

Great post, I am using buzz sumo and it is a great place to find viral content , I’m mot good in writing articles most of the time I hire a writer to write for me. Keep posting.

I’ve taken lots of notes thanks to your incredibly useful tips, Ann!
The SERPstat and Tweak Your Biz title generator tools seem awesome. It’s obvious your advice comes from proven experience and current knowledge.
Thank you for also encouraging readers to generate traffic using ethical tactics!!
~Keri

creating a traffic generating content has never been easy, because most at times the niche one is blogging on might be very competitive or has little traffic. so tools like SERPstat and BuzzSumo etc are great tools for someone who is really serious to generate traffic on their site

I’ve never thought BuzzSumo could be used this way too, and i think this is really creative way to generate traffic. I gonna go to my laptop now and follow you instruction.

Thank you so much Ann

Hello Ann,

I also hate clickbaiting. In the last months we’re seeing a lot of them not just in blogs, but also in Social Media and specially at the bottom of certain “serious” blogs that add them as advertising.

Google tittle, good content, good pictures, good infos should be more important than just to catch some clicks maybe for improving CTR?

Regards,

Thanks for the blog! The points given by your are very crucial and will surely help the budding bloggers like me to write good content. Yeah, it’s true that fresh content contributes to getting good ranking and good ranking is instrumental in getting good traffic on the website. Thanks for valuable insights.

I’d like to add a link building technique I recently found out. There’s s site called HARO which is a site for journalists looking for expert sources. Sign up for free and answer journalists’ queries and if you get published you receive a VERY high quality dofollow backlink from that post.

That is an excellent post. Thanks for sharing your point of views to increase traffic. Content matters a lot for generating organic and genuine traffic.

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