The most popularly shared articles online, regardless of industry, topic, or even author, often share a similar cadence, intonation, and anatomy--and that's no accident. Slingshot SEO's Enterprise Blog Post Optimization Guide reveals the trends and techniques found in highly shared articles and acts as a roadmap for blogging success.
Once you've mastered these techniques you'll be rewarded with increased traffic, conversions and a buzzing online community. Below are several important areas, according to our guide, to consider when crafting a killer blog post.
Even the most interesting and value-add articles can be set up for failure with a poorly written title. A lot of time and effort should be spent on crafting the best title for your targeted audience, as this is your first opportunity to sell your post to the reader.
The guide explores 10 techniques for writing attractive titles:
Many people who are new to blogging will search for the "holy grail" formula to writing successful posts. While there's no secret formula, there is a very simple structure that works well.
The most effective blog structure is rooted in keeping things simple, since increased granularity can stifle creativity and production. You want as many employees interested in contributing content as possible.
Your expert employees who love to educate will now have the opportunity to show off their thought leadership and build web authorship over time. This expert content will help build your brand community and attract more leads online.
Our guide takes a deep dive into the four basic building blocks of blog post structure. Here are few high-level excerpts:
This section of the guide provides a checklist of common techniques used in SMO, CRO and SEO. Social media optimization (SMO) enhances success by adding the ability for users to create social signals by sharing the article.
Conversion rate optimization (CRO) has the ability to grow your conversions without adding any traffic! Fundamental SEO efforts communicate the value, content and intent of the article to search engine algorithms.
Setting yourself up for success in SMO, CRO and SEO is crucial for squeezing the most value out of your blogging efforts.
While organizations need to create quality content on a regular basis, they also need standards and guidelines. Content governance is the management of the content guidelines related to style and delivery. This is a balancing act between risk and reward. An example governance policy, complete with editorial and style guidelines, is also provided in the guide.
Goals of Content Governance:
Once you've mastered the art of creating an optimized blog post, the entire process becomes fun, easy and quick. Combine that with the fact that you're already writing about a topic that interests you, and you may be surprised by how much high-quality content you can produce in a short amount of time.
The Enterprise Blog Post Optimization Guide in its entirety is available for free in both Kindle and PDF format.