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Rule of thumb when writing blog posts:  Ask your self "Would I forward this post if it were emailed to me?"

Get in the habit of answering YES and watch your blog traffic explode!

Once you've mastered that step, see how  you add up to these 3 critical components of writing great blog content:

1.  Bulleted Lists

Today's reader has been renamed SCANNER! Just take a look at how YOU read material online. Mostly, you scan articles picking out key points that are either highlighted or bulleted. Agree?

It's time to use that principal to ignite your content and keep your readers engaged... not saying "this is soooo boring, when will it end?" Short & sweet, to the point, and POWERFUL. Say much with little wording!

2.  Concluding Evidence

Today's consumer is educated and armed with plenty of research! If you plan on making a strong claim, it's critical you back it up. Here's how:

The most credible websites in the world are the .gov websites. These sites are packed with statistical data from full-time PHd's who spend their lives conducting studies on all sorts of topics. What does this mean to you?

You need to use strong supporting evidence to prove your claims.  Here's a great tool for doing that:

Go to the Advanced Search feature on your search engines' home page, and set it to Government Websites Only. Having trouble finding this option? Just type "How to search government websites only" into your browser. This should help!

3. Word Count

I'm not telling you to write short posts and I'm certainly not telling you to write long posts! Before you dive into writing, ask yourself these questions:

*  Is my demographic time-starved?

*  Will my core demographic be scanning this article, or reading it?

*  Can I say a lot using a few words? (can be a very beneficial tactic if used properly)

*  Can I bullet some of my statements, making it easier to read?

* Can I take out a few words to make my content pop more?

* Am I writing for keywords, search engines, or my readers? (the answer should be obvious)

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How To Write Great Content – Content Marketing For Your Blog, Website, Or Ads

Content marketing is one of the most effective, cost-efficient, and all around best marketing strategies to drive leads and sales.

But the key with content marketing is understanding that your results are directly tied to the quality of your content.

So in this video I’m going to cover 5 easy to follow tips for writing great content.

Tip 1: Keep It Clear, Concise, and Focused

The most important thing you can do for your content is to keep it on point. Your potential customer found this content for a reason, whether through a search engine, or spotting a link that caught their attention.

Their goal is to learn more about the subject you’ve headlined and you owe it to them to provide it.

Tip 2: Edit, Edit, Edit

Hammering out a 2,000 word article and hitting submit just shouldn’t happen. Even Hemingway was well known for disliking his initial drafts. Break up your editing into phases.

Tip 3: Make the Content Actionable

Talking about your success is fine, but what your customers really want to know is how they can do it too. By creating actionable content, you’re giving your audience things they can try immediately.

Tip 4: Add Images

Images can take a decent post and make it great. The key to shareable content is to find relatable graphics. Using stock photos for the sole purpose of using images may look better than a completely text-based piece of content, but it’s pointless if it doesn’t benefit the reader.

According to Forbes, articles with images get 94% more views than articles without. That’s too large of a percentage to pass up on.

Tip 5: Provide Answers

No one wants to finish an article with more questions than they arrived with.

Again, people are consuming your content for a reason. Remember that with your headline, you’ve made a promise to answer their question, so you need to be sure your content provides the answers they were looking for.

Conclusion

These tips may sound simple but that’s because they are. Writing great content isn’t reserved for the Shakespeares and Tolstoys of our generation.

It’s attainable to anyone who focuses on the basics and can get pen to paper, or hands to keyboard.

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Neil launched http://passive.marketing in 2013 in an effort to document his journey from escaping the 9 to 5 grind to earning a full time living from the internet. 6 months later, his first blog was earning more than his retail job which he decided to quit and focus on blogging.

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