Back to blogging basics

I came across this really useful post that serves as a good reminder about the essentials of blogging, ie, good content, so I’m going to reproduce the info here, from Ted Demopoulos:

Content, GREAT content, is the basis of long term success online.

Sure, you can produce mediocre stuff and then using some of the search engine and linking strategies we’ve discussed, see some success – but chances are it’ll be short term success.

I want you to produce great content, content that will provide value online hopefully longterm to both your readers and you!

Now one aside. Just great content is not enough. People need to be able to find it. That’s where social media, viral content, sound link building strategies as we’ve discussed (click here and here for some info if you missed it), and more matter. That’s not our topic for today.

Now I don’t want you to great content that just you think is great. Your readers, current and future, must agree that it’s great stuff as well!

So what are the two types of killer content and how do you know if your readers will think it’s great?

The two types first:
1) “Flagship Content” – definitive articles on topics of widespread interest in your niche. This is your content, whether a blog post or regular article or ebook or whatever that people will link to, tell their friends about, read multiple times, etc.

2) “Narrow Niche Content” –  super focused articles and posts on topics that far fewer people care about, but that don’t have a lot of competition, meaning content about, online.

This can be researched using keyword tools, and a whole book could be written on the topic (does the term “Long Tail” sound familiar?). We’ll talk about this later.

Let’s talk about “Flagship Content.”

First some examples of Flagship Content:

My free ebook Effective Internet Presence, at www.EffectiveInternetPresence.com – 30,000 downloads can’t be wrong!

My Article on Striped Bass Flies The most popular page by far on my hobby fly fishing site.
(and incidentally, one of the most profitable).

It can be video too of course, like Rich’s video I mentioned I’m watching above.

Flagship Content – also known as Pillar Articles or Cornerstone Content, has a few characteristics.

1) There is a lot of interest in the topic!

Since presumably you are an expert or on your way to becoming one in the areas you write on, you should have some clues as to what topics would be perfect for pillar content.

For example, I’ve fly fished for two decades for striped bass and I KNEW that there would be widespread interest in an article on the flies you need to be successful.

2) Your content speaks authoritatively

I don’t say here are three good flies, I say these three are responsible for the vast majority of the fish I’ve caught over the past 20 years – they work,  period. Discussion welcome, other viewpoints OK, but these work for me and many others too!

3) It’s “Evergreen Content”

Evergreen content is content that is useful for a long period of time. I expect my striped bass fly article to be just as valuable in 20 years as it is today. And I expect it to be attracting readers for probably the rest of my lifetime if not longer.

If your content’s useful lifespan is short, it’s NOT what I consider to be flagship content. It may be great, but it’s a flash in the pan, (which isn’t necessarily bad – some types of info are very valuable for short periods of time and that’s cool, but we’re not discussing that here).

So how do you discover topics for flagship content development?  

  • What are people in your niche asking you about regularly?
  • What are common threads or topics of discussion?
  • Where is there a need for knowledge?
  • What do people really care about?

Some common types of flagship content include:

  • PDF formatted ebooks
  • “How to” Articles
  • “Special Reports” that have a high perceived (and hopefully real) value
  • Content that solves common problems (often “How To” as above)
  • Lists – “The top 10 . . .” type articles are always popular.
  • “Newbie” or beginner guides.
     

So, lets summarize: Flagship content is content lots of people value in your niche, whether it’s breeding champion pugs, competitive bowling, or endurance juggling.

It’s your niche, you’re part of your audience, so you should have some
insight!

Flagship content has no fixed form. It could be a blog post or blog series of posts, a PDF that readers download from your blog or Web site, or a video.

Flagship content will help:

  • Put you on the Internet map as a great resource
  • Build readership and fans
  • Get you links, which will build even more readership and fans
  • Provide these benefits for a looong time!

I’ve rambled on a long time, so we’ll continue later on “Narrow Niche Content.”

Here are two example to wet your appetite:

Probably not too many people looking for this information, but those looking may really care and just might find the articles mentioned above.

And actually, people do – everyday. More soon!

Wouldn’t it be great if you had killer Flagstone Content that brought you lots of links and readers, possibly forever, and well as some “Narrow Niche Content” – which as we’ll see can bring QUICK results
to beginning as well as established blogs and Web sites.

Demopoulos Associates
20 Tall Pines Road
Durham NH 03824 USA

As we are on the track of getting back to basics, here’s an interesting link sent by 2ton (who does an amazing job with the MiG Ayesa sites) on a Brief History of Social Media.

Now, with Twitter getting all hyped up, esp with the celeb tweets, I’ve caved in and started reading Ashton Kutcher’s tweets, well, at least I think it’s his Tweets as there are so many Ashton Kutchers on Twitter now. Can the real Ashton Kutcher please stand up!

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5 Responses to Back to blogging basics

  1. Nice info, useful for me… thanks very much… 🙂

  2. 2ton says:

    Glad you found the link interesting, I thought you might. As for Ashton Kutcher, if you are following “aplusk”, then yes that is actually him. I joined twitter, but I don’t find I use it much because I don’t have time to read a bunch of famous tweets, and to be honest, who would bother to read my tweets! And why would they want to!

    • blogscapes says:

      Hi 2ton, thanks for the link again and on the tip on Ashton’s tweets! Now I know which one to look out for. But you are right, it can be quite a hassle following all the tweets!

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