The Content Marketing Handbook — 81+ Resources, Tips, Guides & Tools

Content Marketing

Content marketing is everywhere and it’s actually the new SEO (sort of). And that exactly is the reason why internet startups are spending a lot of money on content marketing to acquire new customers in an organic way.

Now, what’s interesting is that the content marketing tactics are changing rapidly and there is always a new idea to attract even more customers.

I collect marketing resources as I browse the web and I choose to archive it online as a handbooks. They all can act as a starting point in their respective niches and The Content Marketing Handbook is my 7th handbook.

Note: I have focused only on content marketing and not “Writing” or “Blogging” topics. But you can always look at Blogger’s Handbook or Writer’s Handbook for awesome freelance writing and blogging resources.

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Why Sponsored Reviews & Nofollow Links Are Highly Undervalued

Sponsored Posts

If you are a blogger then it’s very likely that you are receiving a ton of requests from brands and individuals for sponsored posts (sometimes known as sponsored reviews), guest posts, text links, paid posts, link exchanges, and all sorts of stuff.

They try to pitch us in different ways, like:

Hello,

My name is M and I would like to contribute on your website as a guest author.

I’ve written several tech, internet marketing, SEO and Social media related guest post articles, and I would like to write an article about the matters closely related to your website.

Please feel free to suggest to me any topic, and I will write an article specifically for your blog/website!

The content will be around 700-1000 word including images and videos and it will be original, informative and 100% unique.

I can also suggest you great topics for your website.

I will send you article ASAP with details. You can review the article and let me know if you can publish on your website.

Looking forward to our successful cooperation!

Kindest regards,
M

And some of them even mention straight away that they willing to pay for it. Basically, they are all after one thing: “dofollow links” —  to boost their search rankings. That’s right! Some of them mention it when they pitch us and some don’t. [Read more…]

51 Blogging And Publishing Platforms To Showcase Your Awesomeness

Creativity

I first started creating web pages on Yahoo GeoCities, Tripod, etc. back in early 2000s. It was fun. Later, I tried blogging platforms like Blogger.com and WordPress.org and also started creating HTML web pages without any coding skills (thanks to Microsoft FrontPage). And that’s how I started web development.

Now with the advent of web 2.0 people want more. People no longer like static HTML web pages with dull designs. They want rich features with a great user experience. That’s how blogging platforms became massively popular.

I get a lot of emails (because of this Make Money Writing blog post) from my readers asking for a platform to share their articles or work online. And I used to recommend a blog — a WordPress blog to be more specific. But then I realized that a blog may not be relevant for everyone as things changes from one person to another.

If you’re a technology enthusiast then starting a blog makes sense. But if you’re a writer and want to contribute articles randomly, then publishing on Medium.com makes better sense — yeah,  you don’t have to be a tech-savvy person for that! [Read more…]

37 Content Discovery Tools To Find Great Social Media Content

Content Ideas

Image Credit: Flickr

If you’re a newbie blogger then it may be difficult to come up with a new topic each day (especially when you want to blog daily). As you probably know blogging is all about quality content and you really don’t have to blog everyday just to keep your blog active. When you publish a post you have to make sure that there’s something unique in your content and you’re adding some value to your posts.

Read: Why 365 Blog Posts (Or Less) Is All You Need To Become A Super-Blogger

And if you’re active on social media then it’s almost impossible to share only your own content all the time. Even if you can, you shouldn’t be doing that because your audience must be interested in other content related to your niche.

Be A Content Curator

If you want to become a good blogger then you have to become a good content curator. Like FastCompany has mentioned Content Curators are the new superheroes of the web. They say:

Curation is the act of individuals with a passion for a content area to find, contextualize, and organize information. Curators provide a consistent update regarding what’s interesting, happening, and cool in their focus.

The good thing is… when you read, curate, and share more industry specific content you’ll get topic ideas naturally and you’ll know exactly what your audience want.

Read: Over 101 Social Media Tools (Free & Premium) You’ll Ever Need

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Over 40 Image Sources & Tools For Free Stock Photos, Images & Cliparts

Free Stock Photos
Image Credit: Free Digital Photos

Like every other blogger, I have been using Google Images for Clip art, Images, and Photos for my blog even though I didn’t want to. But recently I created a Lifestyle blog for a friend and advised her to use Flickr for images.

I was totally impressed by her image searching capability and decided to use Flickr for my blog as well. Again, the blogpost by Roni Loren titled “Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don’t Own on Your Blog” was a total eye-opener.

I read that article a couple of days back and got to action. Why? Because Roni said that we can get sued for using those clip-arts, stock images, and photos which we get from Google Images. I have often, like most of you, royally ignored the warning message from Google which says “Images may be subject to copyright.” while previewing images.

So where can you get images from now? Use images with a Creative Commons License. Creative Commons Attribution License indicates that you’re free to share, remix and make commercial use of the work as long as you give an attribution.

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Over 101 Content Marketing Tools (Free & Premium) You’ll Ever Need

Content Marketing

If you’re a blogger or an Internet marketer, you would probably know that there are hundreds of thousands of marketing tools online that makes Internet Marketing much easier. A good percentage of the content that resides in my Evernote are actually “tools” — for almost anything.

Read: Why Evernote Is My (And Probably Your) Perfect Blogging Companion

And that’s how I recently came up with a list of 101 Productivity Tools and 101 Social Media Tools (with over 30 Image Tools). Today I’m going to focus on Content Marketing — just content marketing — and want to feature some of the best content marketing tools to streamline your marketing efforts. [Read more…]

The 101 Best WordPress Plugins — For Anything & Everything

WordPress

You may already know that WordPress is the darling of bloggers, and that it is the most popular Content Management System (CMS). WordPress powers more than 17% of the web and its users produce about 41.7 million new posts and 60.5 million new comments each month. Amazing, huh?

If you are completely new to WordPress, and is serious about blogging, then you would have heard of WordPress Plugins and must be wondering what a ‘Plugin’ is!

A Plugin is nothing but a tool (or an extension) that allows you to enhance your WordPress blog. It makes your blog more functional, useful, and powerful. Be it managing your Comments, Traffic Stats, SEO, Social Sharing, Security — ‘the Plugins’ does it all.

WordPress is an Open Source project. So you can either choose a plugin from among thousands of already existing ones, or you can create your own plugins to suit your specific needs. Almost all the plugins that we need already exists, so you don’t have to think about creating a new one.

Because, there’s actually a WordPress Plugin for almost anything! [Read more…]

7 Blogging Years. 7 Blogging Lessons. 7 Blogging Tips.

Blog

Yes, that’s right! It’s the 7th Blogoversary of Minterest. I started Minterest (minterest.com) as a personal finance blog back in 2006 and later in August 2007 I started blogging about “Money, Internet, Investing” (yes, that was the first tagline of Minterest and now as you can see it’s — tech. marketing. mashups.).

To be honest it was “Just another WordPress site” literally and I was simply rehashing topics that were of “My interest“. But there is one thing… I was learning. I loved WordPress and that experience from Blogger.com to WordPress.org was awesome.

Read: WordPress vs. Blogger.com

I started creating blogs on Blogger.com back in 2004 and was treating it like a simple publishing tool. I guess the reason why it didn’t impress or motivate me much was its inability to customize things the way I wanted.

And when I tried WordPress I started loving almost all of its aspects and started liking coding as well. Yes, I’m a software engineer by education but it was not the coding that inspired me – it’s the magic in “technology“. Thanks to Microsoft.

Coming back…  I’m going to feature here 7 blogging lessons and tips that I have… learned, realized, or experienced in one way or the other over the past several years.

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