Gaining more traffic to your website can seem like an impossible task, especially if you already rank on the first page of Google for your key search terms. That’s why you need a content marketing campaign. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the most effective content marketing techniques that can help you drive more traffic to your website.
Know your audience
The first step to any successful content marketing campaign is to understand your audience and know what they want. It’s no good writing content just for the sake of it. In order to get results, your content needs to resonate with your target audience to attract attention, get shared and boost traffic.
There are a couple of simple ways to help discover what content your audience is looking for and these are Google Trends and Quora. Search for a topic on Google trends and you’ll get a list of trending topics and ideas which you can then dig deeper into and get an idea of search volumes over time. Quora is a question and answer platform and is a great resource for finding pain points of your customers.
Create dedicated landing pages
If you’re serious about getting more search traffic to your website then you need to look at creating additional pages on your website and one of the easiest ways to do this is by creating landing pages. Not only can a landing page be targeted and optimised for your target key phrases, but it can also incorporate strong calls to action to help convert website visitors into customers.
Build your content around the keywords and topics that matter to your business and make sure you think of the needs of your audience. Where possible try to make sure that your content is evergreen, which simply means that it is continually relevant and is not out of date.
To help make your life easier there are some great tools available for creating landing pages with Unbounce one of the most popular on the market.
Make it easy to read
It doesn’t matter what industry, sector or market your business is in if you want your audience to share and engage with your content you need to make it easy to read. Thankfully there are some easy ways to do just that which include:
- Keep sentences short and use plain language. The easier your content is to digest the more likely people are to keep reading.
- Break up your content. Use bulleted lists, clear headings and paragraphs to break up your content and make it easy to skim.
- Add images and other visual elements. These can help add interest and further break up the text, making it easier to read and understand.
These simple tips can help improve the time on page for your landing pages and help your content get more shares.
Repurpose existing content
Have you written a how-to guide that your customers love? Or got a video that’s got thousands of views? One of the best ways to get more traffic from content is by repurposing your successful content and changing the format. Turning a video into a slideshow is pretty simple to do and thanks to sites like Slideshare it’s incredibly easy to distribute your newly created content.
As well as creating new formats of content don’t forget to use platforms such as Reddit to reach a new and bigger audience by submitting your best content to the site. Don’t go overboard as if you only publish self-promotional content you could risk being blocked from certain forums.
Actively promote your content
If nobody knows about your amazing content then you won’t get any traffic from it. Whenever you create a new piece of content you need to make time to promote it. From blogger outreach targeting influential people in your niche to social media promotion, spending time on pushing your content will not only get you more traffic but also help you in your journey to becoming an authority on your topic.
Set realistic goals
When first starting out with content marketing, it’s important to set realistic goals that can be measured. One of the biggest reasons that campaigns fail is because they have unrealistic goals that are almost impossible to achieve without additional resources. Putting in place a content marketing strategy will help you set goals that are achievable and help you start small and scale your efforts based on what works.
Once you’ve found the techniques that work for your business you can dedicate more time, resources and energy to these with the knowledge that they’ll get positive results for your business.