Operating an Internet affiliate marketing business can be challenging. That’s especially true managing content marketing. I struggled for a while until I developed a sensible method for organizing my content marketing. Managing content is an uphill climb for many of us with a single affiliate marketing site supported by social media.

As I added niches to my marketing mix the task became daunting. Now, with many sites across several niches I keep my marketing management from the “herding cats” category. I had to develop a system that made sense to me. It had to be workable for my work habits and approach to generating organic traffic.

I realize my system may be awkward to implement. That’s why I don’t offer it as a product. However, the following article from Smartbug may be just the right method for you to organize your content marketing. I recommend using these tips as a guide for developing your marketing calendar system.

How to Build and Run a Content Marketing Calendar By Christopher Hutchens

“It’s all about content.”

You’ve probably heard this phrase uttered from your agency or marketing department sometime in the last several years, but it’s one that can’t be overstated.

Today’s consumer spends more time researching before making a purchase than ever before, and companies who are willing to provide the best and most helpful content to these consumers are usually the ones rewarded over time.

But creating a successful content marketing strategy takes time, planning, analysis, and repetition—all of which take a commitment from your content marketing team.

In this blog post, we’ll show you step by step how you can build a content marketing calendar that you and your team can use to create successful content that drives traffic to your site and improves your website’s SEO over time.

  1. Start with an Excel doc or Google Sheets and create a living document where your calendar and blog titles will live.

At SmartBug, we use Google Sheets, which allows consultants and strategists to collaborate when developing content. On the spreadsheet, there are multiple tabs that we use to plan out all of the content we produce.

The first tab is a rolling 90-day calendar, with each month broken out by deliverable, such as which blogs will be posted in a given week, which emails will be sent, which premium content will be launched, etc. The 90-day calendar tab is our go-to tool for knowing where we stand on any given piece of content.

The next tab in our content calendar is where we develop blog titles. In this tab, we keep a running list of all titles, with additional columns for targeted keywords, keyword difficulty score, and search volume (we’ll touch on these later in the post).

And finally, you’ll want to create a tab for all of your content offerings. Once you begin publishing several blogs a month and start launching ebooks, landing pages, and infographics, you’ll want a place to store these assets. So create a tab that houses everything you’ve created, and add in the URL links for easy reference later on.

Your content calendar can certainly have more than three tabs (we have lots here at SmartBug), but these are the basics we’d recommend when setting up your content calendar.

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facebook share This item is by Zac Johnson, a blogger and Internet marketer. It first appeared on his site ZacJohnson.com.

Social media value for those of us running online businesses is much more than it is for the casual Internet user. We depend on building a community of followers – our tribe if you will.

Successfully selling online depends on one’s credibility. Establishing trust is easier when readers circulate our content to their friends. and followers. I call these 3rd party endorsers Credible Messengers. They are known and trusted by people who are yet to meet and know me.

Content sharing is much more valuable to me than paid advertising. You probably first visit health care practitioners because of referrals.

The referral is taken with confidence because your friend or the referring party puts their credibility on the line. You check out the share knowing it is endorsed by someone you trust. Then it is up to the creator to establish their trust factor with you.

When reading items like the one following remember the trust chain starts with the content you want shared. If your content is not worthy it will not get stamps of approval by those sharing. Content is King. . . that never changes. Write and share worthy content and your success journey is much easier. 

Our goal as Internet marketers is to create and keep customers. Do that and the money will follow. Treat your customers well and they will stay with you, becoming your Credible Messengers. 

Read on and enjoy this article by Zac Johnson.

Facebook is the largest social media on the internet. And shares is the currency of the internet. According to Jeff Bullas, “47% of all Internet users are on Facebook.” (source)

With more Facebook influence, you can build a loyal audience and increase engagement with your target audience.

Many bloggers and content marketers are creating more content with the hope of reaching their ideal audience on social media platforms – especially facebook.

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Now, read the rest of this excellent article by Zac Johnson.

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Factors Driving Affiliate Marketing Growth

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Although key factors drive affiliate marketing growth in the coming years; online business failure and fears of a crowded market place cause some good people to back away from an online business, especially affiliate marketing.

These good people may think the Internet is getting too crowded for new entrepreneurs. Perhaps growth information in this post can help put those fears at rest.

Consider Please These Facts:

  1. Internet growth means many, many opportunities exist for anyone wanting to start an online business. More opportunities crop up daily.
  2. Consider today’s Cyber Monday sales – greater than last year. Major retailers from Walmart to The Home Depot are driving sales via their web sites. More people purchase on line than ever before. And they become returning customers.
  3. Business thrives when solutions meet existing demand. Today’s analytic tools provide outstanding data indicating which niches are good to enter and which are cooling. Remember, your product is determined by the customer want or need it satisfies. Many, many pizza parlors surrounded the Eastern Michigan University when Tom Monaghan and his brother started Domino’s. There product was not pizza. Domino’s sells convenience.
  4. 95% of people trying to make money on the Internet earn less than $500 a year. That’s because most want to get rich quick. Most fail on the Internet because they want to make fast money online. The objective is starting and running an Internet based business. Just about everyone I know working online makes a reasonable amount each month. When I last moved the moving company crew chief shared with me he earns $35,000 a month selling on Amazon and eBay. He’d been building his business over six years and was soon leaving his job to work online full-time.
  5. Most people quit working online when they learn there is simply no way you can buy a $27 software program that runs while you sleep and pulls in big bucks to your bank account with you doing nothing. For online money-making success understand this: success knows you are starting a business. The Internet is not just another J-O-B opportunity. Be prepared to learn necessary lessons that create sustainable income via the Internet.

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3 Words For Success

success-concept-related-words Too often we over simplify complex processes. Equally often we make some things more complex than they are.

We avoid that clash of concepts by knowing what’s complex naturally and what’s not. Think of how easy our life is when we take a moment to read a manual before using the gizmo we bought to make life easier.

Yep. I’m a ‘real man’ and I read manuals!

We venture into the unknown when starting something new to us. Our chance of success is greater when we learn how to take first steps before we run.

Doesn’t that make sense?

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Is Social Media Good for Business?

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So you have a website you promote vigorously through paid advertising. Do you also need social media for online money-making success?

Yes, you do.

Social media is definitely good for business promotion. How often do you click on paid ads compared to considering offers shared on social media? Paid advertising value is not denied. However, when you provide social media content that’s shared your offer taps into a buyer’s psyche differently.

People just react differently to paid ads than they do when something is shared. Shared social media is more benign and friendly. Think of it as a friend speaking directly to you. A friend has a different tone than a commercial on TV or radio.

Consider TV ads with actors people like and speaking in a conversational tone. My unscientific research tells me target demographics listen more to an ad with a likable person talking to the viewer directly.

I don’t know how communications are taught these days, but when I was in school we were instructed to speak to one person when on camera or behind a microphone. Have a mental picture of that one person and speak directly to him/her.

If you’ve developed a profile of your ideal customer it includes a mental image. Some actually write a page or two describing their ideal customer. That person’s likes, dislikes, lifestyle, ambition, goals, social situation and so on. Many include physical descriptions, as well.

Your spoken and written voice must speak to that ideal customer. It’s true people do business with people they like. Your fans like you and the information you provide. Keep that in mind when you create content. Focus on your ideal customer.

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