You’ve probably been there a hundred times. You work on an awesome and holistic piece of content, you put your heart and soul into it.

And at the time you publish it, you get …

Nothing.

No shares, no comments, no rankings. Yes, quite frustrating. But the truth is: no matter how great your content is, it still needs links and promotion.

This is why having a blog outreach strategy is crucial when it comes to SEO. Sharing your blog content with the right audience can significantly boost your site’s visibility.

Sadly, the outreach skills of a majority of people leave much to be desired. This is why I came up with this short guide to SEO blogger outreach and how to get the most of it.

Ready? Let’s get started!

Rule #1 –

Imagine visiting a beautiful website that looks modern and is accurate to the brand. You’re impressed at this point and willing to give the company’s products a chance.

Now imagine reading the website content. It is full of spelling and grammar mistakes, has outdated information, and has a poor writing style.

That would immediately affect how you look at the company. That’s why website content is just as, if not more important than the website design.

These 10 dos and don’ts comprise my best practices for writing website content. They will help you write good website content and earn customer trust.

1. Do Use Your Own Voice

The last thing you want is for your text to sound dry and boring. It is easy to include all the information a customer might need, but it’s difficult to add your own spin on it.

What happens when your clickbaity headline is better than the content within the article?

The answer: there are a few possibilities, and most of them don’t bode well for your website.

I say “most” of them because there are hundreds of websites that are thriving because of clickbait titles. That is, readers know it’s clickbait, and yet they click anyway!

Chances are, you’ve probably been sucked into a few of these sites yourself, especially if you spend any amount of time on social media.

However, just because an irresistible, clickbaity title satisfies someone else’s goals doesn’t mean you can expect the same results, especially if you’re trying to build value and credibility in your writing.

Here’s what happens when your content doesn’t live up to the hype of your headline:

Clickbait disappoints your readers

Though the title of this article assumed the style of a clickbait headline,

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In this social media age, with so many channels available to share content on, do companies still need to have a blog to promote their content? I believe they do.

There are so many benefits to having a business blog that not having one can actually take you out of the running in this competitive digital media world.

Here are 10 reasons why your small business should have a blog.

1. Better search rankings and visibility

If you want to build traffic to your website, there’s no better way to do it than via search engines. But for your SEO campaign to work, you need to give search engines and visitors a reason to visit your website again and again.

Publishing a blog regularly and consistently will, not only help build your visibility in Google,

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Affixed with alluring images and flooded with online shopping enthusiasts, Pinterest has become more than a social networking site.

Started in the year 2010, Pinterest has been climbing swiftly up the social media charts to become one of the most influential websites referring users to ecommerce websites.

Pinterest is an exquisite and sophisticated stage, where people share ideas by posting images known as Pins. These Pins can be collected as Boards that are categorized as per your preference.

Users love to come to Pinterest and see loads of appealing images from different segments and varied brands. Most of the users (approximately 93%) who have pinned one image or other have been involved in online shopping in last 6 months.

As a marketer, you should always keep in mind that users referred to ecommerce websites by Pinterest are 10% more likely to make a purchase decision.

Social Media Marketing Tips For Local Business

This list will always be kept updated with new tips.

Do you own a local business?

Are you looking to use using social media to raise awareness, branding and word of mouth?

Who isn’t, right?

Social media is becoming a very important medium for local businesses to get new clients and customers.

Say you want to research a new restaurant in your city, read reviews about that hotel you want to check into or find a local event to participate in.

Where do you go? Facebook, right?

And social networks like Facebook are trying to demonstrate their support to small and local businesses

This is because they want to become an important part of the local marketing mix and attract more advertising revenue from local businesses.

Facebook and other social networks have been launching new products and features to help businesses reach out to a local audience.

4 WAYS TO USE LINKEDIN FOR CONTENT MARKETING

This is a guest post by Mike Dane of Truconversion.com

How would you like to have an article that gets 70K views, 11K+ shares, and close to 500 comments?

That happened to Alex Pirouz who posted an article on LinkedIn’s publishing platform.

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Publishing on LinkedIn can get you in front of a large audience. Image source: http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/linkedin-content-marketing

With over 400 million users in a professional environment, LinkedIn is the perfect social media platform to share your industry knowledge, build your expert status and establish thought leadership positioning.

Using LinkedIn for content distribution is becoming essential for any business, and especially for B2B companies because you can easily target your audience using information in their profiles.

When you build a targeted network on LinkedIn,

I see a lot of people on Quora asking the question – should I publish my blog on WordPress.com or Medium or self-hosted WordPress?

As Rand Fishkin says in the latest Whiteboard Friday episode, it’s not that simple.

Medium, LinkedIn and WordPress.com offer the benefits of a ready-made community of potential followers who will engage with your content. These hosted blog sites also offer domain authority that comes with its own SEO benefits.

On the other hand, publishing on a free blog doesn’t give your own domain many SEO benefits. Free blogs are not customizable, lack brandability and do not lend themselves to being used as part of a sales funnel.

In my posts here and here, I list many similar reasons why I do not recommend using a free blog as your primary content distribution channel, 

Promote Your Brand On Social Media

Is it important for you to grow your business brand, so more potential clients and customers can purchase your products and services?

Would you like to get more likes, views and shares for your brand or company on social media?

For many marketers, building a social following on our personal profiles is hard enough that building a following for our brand doesn’t even feature on our priority list.

But for those small businesses that need to build brand recall and authority, building a following on social media, for your brand profiles, can be exactly what you need to go from an unknown to a well-known brand.

In this article, I list eight ways to promote your brand on social media so you can get your business in front of more social media users.

1. Start a Google+ Collection On Your Google Business Page

I realized what an excellent tool a Google+ Collection can be to grow followers on social media, after reading Kristi Hines’ excellent post on the topic. But instead of creating a Google+ Collection on your profile page, I recommend creating one on your Google Business Page instead.

This will not only allow you to grow your followers on your Google Business Page, but also get your brand millions of views on Google+. Every time your followers view, +1 or share content shared from your Collection on Google+, they are, in effect, engaging with your brand.

Google Collection

How to create a Google+ Collection on Your Business Page:

First login to Google with your Gmail address and create a Google+ profile, if you don’t already have one. Then go to the link here and create either a Local Business page (if you have a local business presence) or a Brand Page.

Google Business Page Create

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Once you have created a Brand page, it will look something like this.

Google My Business

Click on the link to edit your page and change your header. You will be taken to your new Business Page that looks like this.

LYC Brand Page

Now, spend some time filling in all the details about your Brand, your tagline, introduction etc.

Next, click on the Collections Link, which will open out into a section with a number of Featured Collections. Click on the link that says “Yours” and then on “Create a Collection.”

Creating a Google Collection

Create Collection Form

Make sure you label your collection as “visible to the Public” as you cannot change this setting later. 

Once you have created a Collection, you can start posting content to it immediately. But before you do that, spend some time customizing your Collection page by uploading an attractive image that defines the kind of content you will be posting.

Parenting Collection

If you create a popular Collection and spend only a few minutes a day posting content to it, you can get an average of 100+ new followers a day, with no advertising spend.

It’s still relatively easy to build a following on Google+, like Facebook in the old days, before it became a Pay to Play network. When I see a brand that has not created a Collection on their Google Business Page, I consider it a wasted opportunity to share their content and create more brand awareness on social media.

For me, proof that my Google+ Collection was working to bring in traffic was when my traffic stats showed that Google+ had displaced Twitter to become my top source of social referral traffic.

Google Referral Traffic

How to Leverage your Google+ Collection:

• Post content multiple times a day
Use formatting in your post
• Use relevant hashtags
• Share lots of third-party content, besides your own posts
• Add Open graph metadata to your blog posts to optimize image sharing

2. Create a YouTube Channel for your Brand

Instead of posting your business videos under your personal YouTube profile, create a channel for your brand on YouTube. It will help create better brand recall and engagement every time a viewer watches one of your videos.

How to create a YouTube Channel for your Brand:

Make sure you’re signed in to YouTube and then go to the page here. Click on the button that says “Create a New Channel”.

Create a new channel button

You will then be prompted to Name Your Channel and Create a Category for it.

Name Your Channel

How to Leverage your YouTube Brand Channel:

Get a unique and attractive header created for your YouTube brand channel. According to the post here, Youtube’s cover art size is 2560 px X 1440 px.

Don’t post the same videos on your brand profile that you would post under your personal profile. Create special content for only your brand channel viewers, that is targeted at attracting the right audience – one that is interested in your products and services.

See how Steve Dotto does it on his DottoTech YouTube channel.

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Steve shows that he respects his viewers by creating professional content that engages and informs them. Every time viewers watch his videos, they are engaging with the DottoTech brand.

An excellent branding tip from Steve is to create custom thumbnails that reinforce your brand personality and make your videos easily recognizable in the YouTube feed.

Custom Thumbnails

3. Create a Pinterest Business Page

Most of us that use Pinterest have been browsing it and sharing content on it from our personal profiles. If you want to brand your company on Pinterest, you need to change how you use this network.

How to Create a Pinterest Business Page:

You can either go to the link here to create a new Pinterest Business Page or click here to convert your existing Pinterest personal account to a Business account.

Pinterest Business Create

Edit your profile, add your brand name, logo, and description and verify your business website with Pinterest.

Edit Pinterest Profile

You’re now ready to start pinning content to your Pinterest brand channel.

How to Leverage Your Pinterest Brand Channel:

Your Pinterest Business page can grow brand awareness of your ecommerce store on Pinterest, and also increase your traffic and sales. When Etsy user, Rachel Ball of Elephantine began using Pinterest to help promote her shop, average views per week increased by 22%, and sales per week increased by 20%.

If you want to continue sharing content from your personal Pinterest account, you can create shared boards for your business and personal account, so that you can share the same content to both accounts at the same time. This is especially useful if you want to share your blog posts to both your personal and business page followers.

To grow your followers on your Pinterest brand page, share images that will attract the kind of followers you want. Create Pinterest Boards based on different categories. Do some research on different kinds of boards that people in your industry create and give your boards interesting names.

You can even create a collaborative board by allowing other people to post to your board. This attracts more followers and benefits everyone, because you now have more people promoting and pinning content to your board.

To monitor your results on Pinterest, you need to pay close attention to your metrics – likes, repins – and see what kind of content resonates with your buyers. Check out this post for more ways to grow your Pinterest followers.

4. Grow your Brand’s Twitter Profile

Most of us are so busy growing a Twitter following on our personal accounts that we neglect our Twitter brand accounts. Yes, I’ve been guilty of this myself.

One of the reasons it’s much easier to build a following on a personal Twitter account, is because Twitter users prefer to interact with a real person than a brand.

But if you want your brand account to get followers and shares on Twitter, you need to give it some love. The first step to doing this is to mention your Twitter brand handle in your personal Twitter bio.

Twitter Bio

Ways to grow your brand’s Twitter following:

You need to grow your brand’s Twitter following in a more targeted manner than you would on your personal account. Here are some ways to do that:

  • Spend some time following people in your industry
  • Retweet trending news in your industry
  • Share posts from influencers
  • Engage with Twitter users just as you would on your personal account
  • Retweet your Business page tweets from your personal profile
  • Share inspirational image quotes with your brand logo and URL
  • Occasionally make a post about current events using trending hashtags, even if it’s not related to your business.

Use no more than two relevant hashtags per tweet to boost discoverability. You can even create a unique hashtag for your brand and use it in posts on your Twitter business profile.

Louise Julig reported on how Travelocity created the most successful social campaign in the company’s history and led competitors by an average of 5% in unaided brand awareness during the #IWannaGo campaign.

For more ideas to promote your brand hashtag, check out her tips for a killer hashtag marketing campaign.

You can also start a Twitter ad campaign, to build followers or increase tweet engagements, for your company Twitter account.

How to start a Twitter Ad Campaign for your Brand:

Twitter has a number of options for advertising, but for the purpose of building a brand on Twitter, the Promoted Accounts or Promoted Tweets advertising options can help boost your follower growth and get Twitter followers to engage with your tweets. These ads are best used when you want your brand to be more discoverable to other Twitter users.

To create a Twitter ad, login to Twitter and click here to go to the campaigns dashboard. Then click on the button that says “Create new campaign” and it will open out into various options based on your ad objectives and goals.

Twitter ads

You will then be taken to a page where you can setup your campaign, select your audience and targeting criteria, set your budget, and choose your creatives.

To get the best ROI from your Twitter ad campaign, target people with similar interests to your competitors. Test different messages to learn what works best for your audience. Let your brand personality shine through in your tweets and ads.

5. Grow Your LinkedIn Brand Page Followers

Even though it’s easy to create a LinkedIn page for your brand, it’s not easy to grow your followers on it. LinkedIn doesn’t provide much help in this regard, either. But there are ways you can grow your followers on your LinkedIn Company page.

In his article on Forbes, Jayson DeMers recommends that you use the LinkedIn company follow plugin to put a follow button on your website or blog.

LinkedIn Follow Button Code

Go to the link here to generate the code for your follow button. Then copy and paste the code generated into a widget in the sidebar of your WordPress blog.

Follow Button Widget

In the same way, you can also go here to add a company widget to your website’s sidebar.

LinkedIn Company Badge

This is how the code should look when you’re done adding both of the elements above to your website sidebar.

Follow Button Widget 2

Another way to make sure that your LinkedIn network can easily find your Business Page, and click on it, is to clearly mention it at the top of your LinkedIn profile.

LinkedIn Profile

DeMers recommends optimizing your Company page with relevant keywords so that it can be easily found in search engines, and making your posts more sharable by posting video and trending posts from LinkedIn Pulse.

Other recommendations include creating multiple LinkedIn showcase pages, which give you more occasion to be found in search engines and by other LinkedIn users, and asking your employees to share your brand page content.

See how Hootsuite Media Inc. posts updates with helpful tips and insights around social media, continuously providing value to their followers. They also make announcements of new Hootsuite features on their LinkedIn page.

Hootsuite LinkedIn Page

For more tips to promote your LinkedIn Company Page, check out LinkedIn’s Best Company Pages in 2014 and LinkedIn’s resources on what makes a Company Page shine.

6. Build a Community on Facebook

The first step to promoting your brand on Facebook is to create a page that you can use to promote your brand. Now there are two ways you can go about this.

  • By creating a Brand page

Your brand page will bear the name of your company and will be your brand’s connection to your customers. If you’re a global brand, you can and should create localized pages for each country, as Dell India does.

Dell brand Page

The purpose of a brand page is to connect with your brand’s fans and share updates related to the brand. As many fans join brand pages for the purpose of discounts and freebies, it’s a good idea to grow your following with contests, deals and offers.

  • By creating a Community page

A community page is built for the purpose of growing a community of fans who are passionate about a cause or share a common interest. An example would be the Dell’s Social Media For Business branded community page, created around the topic of using social media to promote your business.

Dell Community Page

On this page, Dell posts updates related to social media and how businesses are using it to grow their brand. As it’s a pretty hot topic among business owners, this community page helps Dell target the kind of audience, i.e. businesses, that may be interested in purchasing a Dell computer some day. It may also be easier to grow a fan following for a community page around a hot topic of interest.

Grow your Fans on Facebook

The best way to grow your fan following on both, your brand and your community Facebook pages, is to post engaging content, and use Facebook advertising to boost Facebook likes, promote certain posts, and run contests and promotions.

Facebook advertising is cheap, has multiple options and is a very effective way of getting attention for your brand. If you own a local business, running Local Awareness ads is one of the best ways to target people who live in a specific radius around your business address.

7. Get Influencers to Recommend You

When it comes to getting more brand views and mentions on social media, influencer marketing is working very well for those who know how to leverage it.

A study by Influencer Marketing Platform, RhythmOne showed that marketers who implemented an Influencer Marketing program in 1H 2015 received $9.60 in Earned Media Value (EMV) for every $1.00 of paid media spend. (Earned Media Value refers to the media value that can be attributed to publicity, social sharing and endorsement through audience engagement).

RhythmOne outline four steps to the process of influencer marketing:

• Choose the influencers
• Create custom content
• Amplify through social distribution
• Distribute custom content

Their 2015 (1H 2015) Influencer Marketing Guide also notes that Instagram is the best performing Social Amplification channel.

Working with influencers to create custom content is one of the most important steps to getting them to promote it for you.

In 2014, TopRank Online Marketing worked with Content Marketing Institute to create an influencer content program to promote the Content Marketing World conference.

They worked with over 40 marketing industry influencers, compiling their insights into four visual ebooks, long form interviews with select influencers, and four infographics featuring Tweetable quotes from each influencer.

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Image source: www.toprankblog.com

The eBooks earned thousands of social shares, over 145,000 views on SlideShare and 20,000 page views on TopRankBlog. By the time the conference was held, there were 2,000+ PDF downloads, 800 leads and 200+ event referrals.

8. Align Your Brand With a Cause

Aligning your brand with a cause gives you a meaningful way to connect with customers who support that cause, and get more social media shares and mentions in the process.

When it comes to cause marketing, authenticity and alignment are everything. The best kind of cause to align with is one that is relevant to your brand and your products or services. One of the best ways to get others to commit time or money is to give to that cause yourself, notes David Brown.

Aaron Steed and his brother Evan started Meathead Movers because they needed to find a job with a flexible work schedule to accommodate their academics and their athletics projects.

They found a meaningful way to give back to the community by partnering with Good Shephard, a non-profit, that helps families at risk, move for free. By relocating victims of domestic violence, their firm provides an incredibly valuable service to those desperate for help. Read more about their inspiring story here.

Meathead Movers

Because Meathead Movers have to protect the victims of abuse, their cause doesn’t lend itself to self-promotion, but it did get them some great press in People Magazine and a bunch of social media attention.

Did you like these tips on how to promote your brand on social media? Do let me know in the comments below.

Priya Florence Shah is Founder and CEO of Blog Brandz, an author and social media marketer. Connect with her @PriyaFlorence on Twitter.