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Using Your Social Network Presences to Promote Your Podcast

Promoting Podcast on Social MediaUnless you’re just now emerging from several years under a rock, you’ll know that social networking has taken the world by storm. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are all excellent platforms for connecting with your friends and family but they are also fantastic tools that you can utilize to promote your podcast and acquire new listeners. These sites give you the ability to promote to their millions of users but best of all, they are easy and often cheap or free depending on what social media marketing strategy you choose to engage in.

It’s important to diversify social network platforms when planning your marketing efforts and remember not to limit yourself to only using the big sites. There are a number of niche social networks you can tap into. To begin with, take a look at services like Ning. Ning allows its users to create their own social networks, often for very specific interests. Seek out and become a member of these micro social networks. You may not be promoting to many people at once through these sites, but if you've carefully selected the right networks to tap in to, you should be able to establish a high conversion rate for those who you do connect with. They have the same interests, after all!

Targeting by Groups, Fans, Likes, or Dislikes

Most large scale social networks employ some method or function that allows users to tag or become part of a group related to a topic they are particularly interested in. Take the time to find these niche groups of fans and promote your podcast to them. If you can narrow your promotion down to the right relevant groups you will be able to garner much more positive attention than if you were to just try and appeal to the broader population of users.

Bulletins & Announcements

Utilize your social network's announcement and notification system. Have you recently released a new podcast or do you have some exciting news to share with your audience? Let everyone on your friends list know about it. You may spark interest in people who haven't thought about your show for a while which can help regain old listeners. Remember, not everyone uses RSS feeds or has the time to keep up-to-date with all of their favorite sites and content producers. That being said, it certainly does seem like everyone today has time to log into their favourite social network to see what's going on.

Getting the Most Out of Your Friends List

Trying to add as many people to your list as quickly as possible can be time consuming, expensive, and most likely very ineffective. Instead, narrow your focus and consider what specific kinds of people listen to your show. If you can, try and compose an audience profile and determine what your ideal listen would look like. This should include information like the average age of your listeners, if a certain gender tends to listen to your show more, and what their relationship or financial status generally is. By targeting your marketing efforts towards these individuals you'll produce much more effective results.

Social networking sites are powerful platforms and, if used correctly, can be one of the most effective ways to promote your podcast. When trying to use these platforms for marketing, always remember to be genuine in your efforts. If you focus on promoting yourself to people who will be more likely to be interested in what you have to say, gathering a large following is a very real possibility.

Things to Consider When Creating a Content Plan for Your Blog

Things to consider when creating a content plan for your blogCarefully preparing the content for your blog will put you ahead of others in your industry in a huge way. Many bloggers will only blog when inspiration strikes them instead of having a regular content plan. Those who are serious however and want to create a money-making, high value blog, will always start with a plan. Here are some important things to keep in mind when creating your plan.

Understand Who Your Audience Is

Part of running a great blog with compelling content is to really know your audience inside and out. You need to know what words will make an impact with them and which ones they will respond to. Also, you need to know their general worries, fears, loves, and interests, and how they relate to your products and/or services. The more you can speak their language, the more drawn to your products they will be.

Know Your Industry

The niche you’re involved in has a past, present, and future. It’s important to understand the history of your niche as well as who has been making an impact. Knowing about your industry will keep you on the forefront of everything which can help you improve the content you create and that will take you to a whole new level.

What Seasons, News, and Events Impact Your Niche?

Keeping an eye on upcoming events and being aware enough to jump on things that have just happened are important components in creating an excellent content plan. Whether you blog about events, accomplishments and happenings in your own life, or about a business industry, it doesn’t matter. Keep it relevant by matching it to things your audience cares about that are currently taking place.

Consider the Impact of Newsletters, Email, and Social Media

In order to be successful today, your blogging content has to work in concert with newsletters, email, and social media content. You cannot plan your blog content without thinking about how you will promote the complimentary content. It’s no longer good enough to just write it and assume people will come – instead, it’s important to understand how it all works together.

What Other Pages Will Your Blog Have?

Your blog needs to have more than just a blog page. There are important pages that you will need also in order to look very professional. Potential pages to choose from may be:

      • About
      • Contact
      • Guest posting information
      • Advertising information
      • Media
      • Services/product
      • Archived posts
      • Tools and resources
      • Subscribe
      • Start here
      • Privacy policy
      • Terms of service
      • Disclosures page

Not only are these pages important, but they also provide more room to add in copy that is needed to attract search engine traffic. Decide in advance what pages you’ll have so that you can plan the content for each page before everything goes online.

Categories Are Important But Don’t Have Too Many

Once you’ve determined the pages you need outside of the main blog page, it’s important to determine which categories you’ll have on your blog. Limiting the number of categories for your blog is also important; stick with somewhere between 9 and 15. The more you can narrow down your subject matter and categories, the more focused your blog posts will be and the easier they will be to find for your readers.

What Type of Content Schedule Will You Choose?

When creating the content plan for your blog, be sure to choose how often you will be posting content. This is very important to know ahead of time as you can then create an editorial calendar based on the products and services you want to promote at certain times.

What Are the Major and Minor Keywords That Define Your Niche?

Studying keywords within your niche can help you come up with categories as well as subjects which you plan on blogging about. These subjects can also help determine what forms the content will appear in. For example, you may want to interview big names within your niche. These interviews could be suited for a podcast while a “how to” post might be better to appear as a video on your blog.

Without a plan of action to move your blog forward, it’s easy to get stuck only blogging when the whim strikes. This is one of the biggest reasons why most blogs do not produce an income or lead to much success. Blogging with purpose and focus will make all the difference, and that starts with a content plan.

How to Create Wow-Worthy Content for Your Blog

How to create wow-worthy content for your blog  When people read your blog your goal is for them to immediately want to share it with their friends and then click away thinking, “Wow, that was awesome!” With blogs being such a large part of internet marketing today creating wow-worthy content is more important than ever. Here are a few tried and true methods that you should consider if you want your blog to be truly successful.
 
 
 

Know Your Audience

Remember, audiences change and it is not as simple as you may think to keep on top of who they are. Studying your audience as they grow and develop is important for you to stay ahead of trends. A great example to look at for this is a company like Ivory Soap. They have been around since 1879 and although their audience has always consisted of the same general demographics, their morals and ideas have changed a great deal.

Keep Up-to-Date on Industry Trends

The more you know about your industry, the more knowledge you’ll have to share with your audience and the more valuable you’ll be to them. Being aware of what is going on will make you a go-to person for information in the niche you’re involved with. Reading and studying your industry will also improve the quality of how you run your business too.

URL Structure and Tags Matter

Often times bloggers will underestimate the power of the right URL structure and the tags they use on their blog posts. These things still matter. The best URLs consist of unique, keyword-rich titles, and the best tags consist of keywords that are within the content. Don’t forget the tags on your images. Make it all count.

Know Your Numbers

Do you know what kinds of blog posts bring the most attention to your blog? If you don’t, you should. Once you know what types of blog posts get the most shares, views, engagement, and comments, you can create more of that type as well as spiff up the ones you already have.

Create Shareable Content

Content that has valuable information, great images, or content in video form, is shared more than other types of blog posts. Pay attention to what your audience shares and create more of that.

Link Internally

A great way to draw more attention and up the wow-factor in your blog posts is to develop good linking practices by linking internally to other blog posts that relate to the current post your audience is already reading.

Understand How Keywords Work

From short tail to long tail and all in between, there are many different types of keywords. The more you can understand how keywords work and which ones are important within your niche, the better you can use them to your advantage.

Use Many Forms of Content

Don’t skimp on your content variety. Use different forms of video, images, podcasts, text, and more. Your blog will be much more dynamic and interesting if the content used is not always the same. For example, some “how to” blogs might be best presented along with a video rather than a text only post.

Engage Your Readers

Don’t leave out your calls to action and reader engagement ideas like asking them to buy, click, read, or comment. By promoting it upfront you’ll get a lot more engagement than if you just hope it happens on its own.

Creating wow-worthy content for your blog will come naturally the more you understand your niche and what your audience likes best. If you’re unsure about anything, consider polling your audience to find out what types of content they prefer and what products and services they need most. Stay focused and up-to-date and your blog will be successful.