You could be writing and publishing quality content consistently but you don’t see any positive results in terms of engagement or traffic to your blog. “What could I be doing wrong?”, This is the first question that crosses your mind. If your content is not bringing in the results you want, it is time you review it and find out if you could be making some of the following content marketing mistakes.
Using text-only content
Note that content isn’t just text. There are many forms and formats such as videos, audio, white papers, infographics etc. Each type will attract a different audience if it relates to the relevant niche topics and their needs. Therefore try to find out the best form and format that engages your audience the most, and use it.
Posting content only on your blog and not promoting it
While writing quality content is a key requirement for blogging success, it could be a waste of time if you don’t promote it, in fact the content may never be seen. As soon as you hit that publishing button, it is now time to start promoting your content on various platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Content Promotional Communities.
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Writing strictly for SEO and not your audience
Even though SEO is important for your blog, the first priority should be your readers. Try to find a balance between optimizing your content for search engines and keeping your audience needs satisfied.
Blogging without a content marketing strategy
If you are blogging and you don’t have a plan on how to push your content to reach your desired audience, then you may get lost on the way. Having a content marketing strategy is like having a business map to success. This will guide you where to go, how to go there and what you need in order to reach your destination. Create a content marketing plan and follow it. You can always revisit your plan and make necessary changes.
Inability to back up your content with social proof
When you use resources to back up your ideas and assumptions, your audience will see you as an authority on the topic. Try as much as possible to give references where necessary or quote your source and link back to it so that your audience knows where you got the information from.
Overusing automation tools
While using automation tools will help you manage your social accounts easily, you need to interact with your audience to gain their respect, earn their trust and build relationships.
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Becoming a successful blogger is a long learning process that requires dedication and patience. If you are making some of the above mentioned content marketing mistakes, you can easily make a correction, and see if there are changes in your results.