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Find the Right Topics for Your Blog

Find the Right Topics for Your Blog | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
No matter how accomplished a blogger you are, it can be a challenge to produce original articles on a regular schedule. Enter Trendin

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janlgordon's curator insight, March 29, 4:50 PM

I selected this article from Curatti written by Catherrine Garcia
 because it provides insights on how to find the best topics for your blog content.

 

Finding fresh, original content can be a challenge for bloggers.

 

How to Find Trending Content

 

Content should keep your audience interested and engaged. I agree that you can be successful by using the right methods and resources to find what is shared the most.

 

Garcia explains the best steps to content research.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

  • It's still very important to find the right keywords for your topics. Use Google's tools to discover what's most popular and trending.

 

  • Jump into question and answer websites and social media curation resources into order to discover the most popular headlines and ideas in your niche.

 

  • Use blog comments to not only gain valuable feedback, but to learn more about what your readers want. It's there that you'll see discussions that pertain to questions they need to have answered.

 

Selected by Jan Gordon for Curatti covering Curation, Social Business and Beyond

 

Image: Courtesy of 123rf.

 

Read full article here: http://ow.ly/J1bs30anKmC

 

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How to boost the effectiveness of your blog in 2017 - Smart Insights Digital Marketing Advice

How to boost the effectiveness of your blog in 2017 - Smart Insights Digital Marketing Advice | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it

It’s no secret that the most, if not all, profitable niches in online marketing are already highly saturated. If you think you have an idea for a new blog topic, there are probably a thousand blogs that already published the same post. If you want your blog to stay relevant for the upcoming years, you need a solid strategy that efficiently produces and delivers great content to your target audience.


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Christopher Jan Benitez's curator insight, March 28, 5:25 AM

It’s no secret that the most, if not all, profitable niches in online marketing are already highly saturated. If you think you have an idea for a new blog topic, there are probably a thousand blogs that already published the same post. If you want your blog to stay relevant for the upcoming years, you need a solid strategy that efficiently produces and delivers great content to your target audience.

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You Do Not Have To Blog Every Day (gasp!)

You Do Not Have To Blog Every Day (gasp!) | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
It's common to be told that for your blog to be successful you have to blog every day... that's simply not the truth.

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Mike Allton's curator insight, October 17, 2016 11:21 AM
"Make sure that you're blogging every day." "Audiences crave consistency." "The more you publish, the better." Sound familiar? These are actual statements that are being preached to bloggers - and there are many more like it to be found throughout the blogosphere. And they may be completely untrue.
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Google: Short Articles Won't Penalize Your Site; Think About Users

Google: Short Articles Won't Penalize Your Site; Think About Users | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it


Google's John Mueller covered lots and lots of myths this past Friday in the Google Hangout on Google+. He said at the 34:37 minute mark that having short articles won't give you a Google penalty. He also said that even some long articles can be confusing fo

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Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com's curator insight, July 13, 2016 5:58 PM

Proof, once again, that quality rules over quantity...

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The Content Junkyard (and Why So Many Articles Fail) - Copyblogger -

The Content Junkyard (and Why So Many Articles Fail) - Copyblogger - | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
Sean D'Souza outlines the four stages of successful article-writing and the hazards of completing all four stages in one writing session.

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Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com's curator insight, June 17, 2016 1:12 AM

To each their own, honestly. I don't agree with the steps, but I'm sure others will.

The thing is, we are all different. It doesn't matter how you work. What's important is the result.

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When bloggers, plugging products, break the law... - BBC Three

When bloggers, plugging products, break the law... - BBC Three | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
Ever looked at a social media post and thought it was all a bit TOO complimentary about a certain company or product? Celebrities appearing in TV ads and on posters is nothing new, but when they start promoting products on social media, the lines can become far more blurry.When posts and articles are clearly labelled as adverts, then it’s all within the law. But a few day

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Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com's curator insight, April 16, 2016 1:05 AM
This post is very timely.

I keep receiving inquiries for "honest" sponsored content. All I have to do is ask a couple of questions and the senders will stop responding.
 
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What’s the Difference Between a Blog and a Newsletter?

What’s the Difference Between a Blog and a Newsletter? | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
For years I've been trying to wrap my head around the difference between a blog and a newsletter. I keep seeing smart people saying that I need to have a

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Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com's curator insight, January 21, 2016 12:18 PM


Mack Collier is right. Most of us use our newsletters to redirect people to our latest blog posts. 

The best example to mention was Chris Brogan, of course!

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108 Experts Give Advice to New Bloggers

108 Experts Give Advice to New Bloggers | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
I asked my favorite experts from Content Marketing Institute Social Media Examiner WordStream QuickSprout And more for their ONE advice to new

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5 Excellent Platforms To Get Feedback On Your Blog Posts

5 Excellent Platforms To Get Feedback On Your Blog Posts | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
Two weeks ago, the silly blog post you put together in 10 minutes went viral.

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Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com's curator insight, December 4, 2015 10:56 AM

Have you ever wondered why the posts you put together in 10 minutes go viral and those that take hours to craft fall flat?

 

Beyond the problem of low-quality content drowning the good stuff, there is also something that many bloggers overlook -- feedback. You should always ask your readers for it; they are picky.

 

In this post, I introduce 5 platforms that you may want to visit to get constructive critique and support, and turn your next blog posts into conversion machines. 

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How to Promote Blog Posts: 200+ Ideas from Eight Experts | B2B Marketing Blog | Webbiquity

How to Promote Blog Posts: 200+ Ideas from Eight Experts | B2B Marketing Blog | Webbiquity | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
Find out which content promotion tools are most useful, which blog post promotion tactics are most effective, which blog directories still matter, and more.

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Tom Pick's curator insight, February 17, 2014 1:59 PM

Expert guidance on how to promote blog posts, which content promotion tools are most useful, and more from Kim Garst.  Richard Marriott, Pam Dyer, Mike Allton, Rebekah Radice, Heidi Cohen, Samuel Pustea and Arvid Linde .

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Make the Most of Your Customizer: Three Neat Features to Try

Make the Most of Your Customizer: Three Neat Features to Try | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
WordPress.com users show their creativity not only in the content they publish, but also in how they design their sites. We always enjoy seeing how bloggers transform popular themes like Oxygen, Pi...

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10 bloggers you should follow today

10 bloggers you should follow today | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
As a curator, one of my favorite things to do is uncovering pearls from bloggers whose names we rarely see splashed across the front page of major media outlets. In the last few months, I have foun...

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Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com's curator insight, March 7, 2013 4:29 PM

Once in a while, I like to acknowledge the people who stand out from competition through their hard work and dedication. My goal is also to give some coverage to those who don’t receive enough of it enough.

 

In this article, I share the names of 10 of my favorite bloggers: Ian Cleary, Tom Treanor, Nick Kellet, Michael Brenner, Mandy Edwards, Jerry Silfwer, Annetta Powell, Steve Farnsworth, Lillian Leon, Jim Dougherty.

Chris Cloutier's comment, March 7, 2013 8:51 PM
One of my favorite bloggers is you. You're very helpful and I continue to learn from you. And I love your new book!
Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com's comment, March 7, 2013 9:16 PM
Thank you so much, Chris! Drop me a review on Amazon, if you can. I love to read people's comments.

On another note, I hope you write your own list one of these days, Chris. I'm sure you will introduce me to some great bloggers. :-)
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5 Reasons Why Infographics Are Important To Your Blog

5 Reasons Why Infographics Are Important To Your Blog | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
If you have a blog, incorporating infographics is an absolute must. Not only will the use of infographics help to elevate your blog’s ranking on search engines, but they will also make your blog more engaging.
They also have the potential to help you gain more readers and subscribers, and they can help you get your point across much more effectively than plain text...

(Read the complete article for 5 reasons why you should consider infographics in social media and blogging)
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Improve Your Blog Writing With a Positive Focus

Improve Your Blog Writing With a Positive Focus | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
Avoid your blog writing going round in circles by having a positive purpose for your posts that actually helps you achieve your goals and objectives.

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janlgordon's curator insight, March 28, 4:00 PM

I selected this article from Curatti written by Alice Elliott because she explains how to improve your blog by planning ahead.

 

Use some brainstorming to create a positive focus for your content.

 

How to Create a Perfect Post

 

You need to have a game plan for each week of content that you publish. I agree that this will help create a better direction for your blog.

 

Elliott explains how to improve your blog posts by mapping out your content strategy.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

  • You need to write your articles with the reader in mind. Your audience is in the driver's seat when it comes to blogging success.

 

  • Write blog posts that educate your audience. Share your knowledge and expertise in order to help make improvements in their lives.

 

  • Become a thought leader by writing from a voice of authority. This will be done in your chosen target market or niche.

 

Selected by Jan Gordon for Curatti covering Curation, Social Business and Beyond

 

Image: Courtesy of Alice Elliott.

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Read full article here: http://ow.ly/IRMz30alsSI

 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 31, 2:59 PM
Writing for the readers was hard to learn.
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Curatti Best Articles of 2016 – Part Two

Curatti Best Articles of 2016 – Part Two | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
The second of 3 retrospectives where we thank our great Curatti contributors who wrote 2 or more articles this year.

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janlgordon's curator insight, December 23, 2016 9:01 PM

This article on Curatti written by Jan Gordon features Part Two of the best our contributing writers in 2016.

 

Here's what's highlighted

 

Since our launch 3 years ago, Curatti has evolved into a crowd-sourced blog. Was this intended? Probably not! But it’s quite a journey, and one that we lightly guide , but ultimately go along with.

 

In any given week, we will get several inquiries by potential new guest bloggers. There are also no shortage of requests for us to curate around great Infographics – something we’ve also been happy to bring to our readers.

 

Ultimately, the way we have evolved, we owe a debt of gratitude to each and every one of our contributors and supporters. Let’s not forget all of the great writers who gave us permission to republish their articles. The list of those names reads like a who’s who of established thought leaders, and will be published at the end of this retrospective series.

 

For now, we will present you with excerpts from one article by each contributor who has posted 2 or more articles this year. There are so many, we must break this into 3 parts.

Before and after each excerpt, you’ll find links so that you can read the rest of the article, if you desire. Some very interesting and helpful stuff here!

 

Read the full article to get the scoop from 8 featured authors on Curatti.

 

Selected by Jan Gordon for Curatti covering Curation, Social Business and Beyond

 

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Read more here: http://ow.ly/FvcE307q8ZL

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Content Promotion Strategies: 50 Ways to Drive Traffic To Your Next Article

Content Promotion Strategies: 50 Ways to Drive Traffic To Your Next Article | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
Content marketers work hard at content promotion. Here’s a checklist of 50 content promotion strategies that will make your life easier. 

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Peg Corwin's curator insight, August 27, 2016 3:55 PM

Bloggers and marketers, check these 50 ways to get the word out. Who doesn't want more reach?

Jesus Alvarez's curator insight, September 3, 2016 5:05 AM
Content Promotion Strategies: 50 Ways to Drive Traffic To Your Next Article
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You Just Published a Blog Post. Here Are the 14 Things You Need to Do Next.

You Just Published a Blog Post. Here Are the 14 Things You Need to Do Next. | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
You Just Published a Blog Post. Here Are the 14 Things You Need to Do Next.

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Peg Corwin's curator insight, July 2, 2016 3:47 PM

Good list for content marketers on what promotion to do AFTER you publish.  I suggest creating a Google Doc or Excel sheet and making sure each post receives the full treatment.

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12 Smartest Ways You Can Promote Your New Blog

12 Smartest Ways You Can Promote Your New Blog | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
There are 12 free or almost free tips you can used for promoting and marketing your blog:

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 18, 2016 8:35 AM
(From the article): The number of new blogs that are created every day by companies and individuals is staggering. Up until now getting a blog designed, optimized and launched are just the first steps that every new blogger must experience. The world will not know you have a great blog to read, subscribe or link to until you take an vital next step: promotion.
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How to Use Your About Us Page to Connect With Customers [Examples]

How to Use Your About Us Page to Connect With Customers [Examples] | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
Transform your About Us page into a go-to destination for your brand’s compelling narrative – Content Marketing Institute

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Telling Your Story: 5 Ways To Add Compelling Visuals to Your Content

Telling Your Story: 5 Ways To Add Compelling Visuals to Your Content | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
Do you remember when great content marketing meant your copy was properly optimized for search engines so your customers could find you when searching? Tod

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 12, 2016 5:09 PM

In this post you will find 5 solid ideas and tips for adding visuals to your storytelling and content. Written by Ashley Zeckman, a Director at TopRank Online Marketing, the article includes great examples for each idea/tip. 


We know visual storytelling is becoming even more critical than ever. Visuals increase traffic and shares. And engagement. So if you are looking for new ideas for how to tell your story with more visuals, you will enjoy this post.


Some of these ideas/tips you might not have thought of, which is why I like them. I know you will find at least one -- if not more -- to use in  your business.


Story on!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

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8 SEO Trends You Must Know for 2015 & 2016

8 SEO Trends You Must Know for 2015 & 2016 | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
SEO is one of the areas of online marketing where more changes and updates occur every year. In this 2015, the reality is that optimizing a website for the search engine is getting tougher and complicated day because every day makes more stops: Content Marketing, Local SEO, Mobile SEO etc. Take a look at latest…

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How to Turn Quora into a Traffic-Driving Machine for Your Blog

How to Turn Quora into a Traffic-Driving Machine for Your Blog | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
Quora’s not just a popular Q&A platform, it’s also a great source of traffic for bloggers. Here's how to get started.

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Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com's curator insight, November 15, 2015 5:52 PM

Not many people use Quora or are aware of the power of this platform. Whenever I mention it to a client, they give me an awed look.

 

Looking for a good introduction and great tips on how to leverage Quora? This is one of the best posts I have read.

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Five Must-Have WordPress Plugins for Marketers

Five Must-Have WordPress Plugins for Marketers | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
Are you a WordPress user? If so, you know that your plugin directory is your treasury. Here are some plugin gems marketers should have in their treasure trove.

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Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com's curator insight, November 16, 2013 4:13 PM

 

Those who have followed me for a while know that I am a big fan of WordPress. One of my blogs uses the fully hosted version, but the other two I own are self-hosted.

 

While I enjoy blogging on a WordPress.com site because the basic features are awesome (and free), I still prefer paying to get more flexibility. Most of this flexibility comes in the form of plugins.

 

There are plugins for pretty much everything right now. Ivan Dimitrijevic talks about 23,000, and they have been downloaded at least 480 million times!

 

In his article, he introduces five that look really worth a try. I haven’t used any of them, but I’m really thinking of checking out uSquare.  The others are Royal Slider, Social Network Tabs, LiveChat, and Frontend Builder.

Donald McClendon's curator insight, November 17, 2013 2:58 PM

Gonna need this if I I'm going to pick up where I left off about a year ago.

Michelle Gilstrap's curator insight, November 18, 2013 12:28 PM

If you use Word Press, and many of us do, this is a must read.

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Leaner, More Effective Content Marketing in 6 Steps

Leaner, More Effective Content Marketing in 6 Steps | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to cut the fat from their work flows. Good news: Applying lean methodology to your efforts is simple, and can result in more effective content marketing. Use these 6 steps to go lean...

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James Dean Waryk's curator insight, May 18, 2013 1:39 PM

This is an experiment

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 19, 2013 9:35 PM

Liked these tips. Very practical.

Marilyn Korhonen's curator insight, June 20, 2013 10:13 AM

This content is useful to grant proposal writing because it provides a method for focusing content (proposal) into an easily accessible message. 

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5 great articles you may have missed (February 25 - March 3, 2013)

5 great articles you may have missed (February 25 - March 3, 2013) | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
Every week, I share my favorite social media articles from around the blogosphere on Creative Ramblings. Here is my list for February 25 - March 3, 2013: Blogger Outreach Advice To Get You Started ...

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