Content Marketing

How to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog Posts with Outbrain

by Deepak Kanakaraju on January 11, 2017

When you are a blogger, your primary motivation depends on how many internet users read your posts. Every blogger wants to grow a subscriber base over time, and if you reach a good number like 100,000 subscribers, you’ll keep growing without the need to hunt for new audiences. But the biggest question is: how to get to a number like 100,000 subscribers.

People will subscribe to your blog only if they like your content. And to have a chance at liking your content, they have to discover it first. That’s why, in the first few years of blogging, you’ll have to focus on marketing your content to a new audience and growing your subscriber base.

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If you are getting started with content marketing, you will soon realize that it is easy to create content but almost impossible to promote that content without having an audience.

Outbrain has changed their interface. A new and updated version of this article is here: How to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog Posts with Outbrain

Many top digital marketing experts agree that content marketing is 50% content and 50% marketing. After all, the term contains the word marketing in it. Gone are the days when quality content used to go viral and bring traffic on its own.

Getting traffic to content requires an audience that can amplify your content. Bloggers like myself have worked for years to build an audience and hence driving traffic to new content is easy – meaning, I need not pay for traffic.

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Blogging is one of the best lead generation platforms available in the digital marketing world. Landing pages are also great, but you need to drive traffic to the landing pages – mostly via paid advertising. You can drive traffic from your blog to the landing page, but you will end up losing a lot of visitors along the way.

optin-monster-logo1So converting your blog visitors directly into subscribers is usually the easiest and fastest way to aggregate an audience for content marketing or generate leads for your business.

You may have noticed that I convert my visitors into subscribers and there is a good chance that you are already my subscriber.

I had published an article a while back on Seven ways to convert your web traffic into leads. But that article was more about the different methods available to generate leads from web traffic than the specific tools that you can use.

Today I am writing a comprehensive review of OptinMonster, a one-stop lead generation software that I have recently fell in love with! And if you had noticed some exit optin pages on my site, that’s from OptinMonster FYI.

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How to Get Free Search Engine Traffic with Content Pawns

by Deepak Kanakaraju on April 25, 2015

The internet is full of advice about content marketing and SEO. And if you have been reading about content marketing, you would have come across the words ‘Content is King’. Yes, content is king and is the sole generator of human attention as I have explained in the post about evolution of content marketing.

Most of the advice about good content is leaning towards writing large, in-depth pieces of content that would attract backlinks and long term traffic. Expert like Neil Patel constantly practice and preach writing in-depth content that is mostly 2,000 words or more.

In my experience, long pieces of content perform well. The top three best performing pages (in terms of reader engagement) on my blog are very long in-depth articles.

But there is a huge problem with creating such content. It is extremely difficult to write thought provoking, action inspiring 2,000 word articles.

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If you are a business owner or a marketing specialist, I am sure you have heard of drip marketing. In this article, you will learn what is drip marketing, and how it can automate the overall marketing & sales process of any business.

drip marketing

The name drip marketing originated from drip irrigation where small amounts of water is released over time to nourish the plants or crops.

Drip irrigation for plants and crops is done by releasing small amounts of water (nourishment) at the right time and the right place (near the roots) so that there is no water loss in percolation and in evaporation. Healthy plants are grown with the least amount of investment and almost zero wastage of water.

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I have been blogging for the past six years now (Since 2008). During this period, I have set up a lot of blogs. Some of them succeeded spectacularly, such as BikeAdvice.in and this blog DigitalDeepak.com. Some of them are performing moderately and continue to bring in passive income till today. Some of the blogs are for non-profit initiatives. Some of them died due to a failed revenue model, but they gave me experience.

Businessman Brainstorming About Blogging

A lot of people have asked me to publish a comprehensive guide to setup a self-hosted blog on a custom domain name. I have helped many people setup blogs. But surprisingly I never wrote an article about it, until now. Better late than never.

Here’s is a comprehensive guide to setting up your self-hosted WordPress blog on your own domain. I have tried to keep it short and simple. But if you find yourself stuck in some place, just leave a comment below, and I would be happy to help you.

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The Evolution of Content & Content Marketing

by Deepak Kanakaraju on December 7, 2014

This article is a chapter from my book Content Marketing for Startups.

Evolution of Content & Content Marketing is the most important chapter in this book. Here, we take a look into the evolution of language, communication, memes and content. It is important that we take a moment to understand the evolution of content. Understanding content from the ground up helps us become masters in content marketing and helps us get an edge over our competition.

Old paper, ink and feather on wooden background

I am going to turn back the clock by a few thousand years where humans mostly lived in tribes as hunters-gatherers. I will show you how content came into existence. We will find out why content is the epicentre of marketing and how marketing couldn’t exist without content.

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