Part three, the main reason why most blokes fail, like a just said, there is a lot of hype around Kendon marketing these days. Every online business wants to have a successful blog, but the problem with most companies have absolutely no clue how to run a blog. And this is why it is so common that you stumble upon a company blog that is regularly updated with new articles every single month. But the number of comments and shares on these articles are in single digits as best, which means that no one is actually reading these articles, which means that these articles are bringing new customers, which means that all the work invested in these articles is wasted and they’ve totally been there just a few years ago and had absolutely no clue how to run a successful blog. So I just copied what other successful bloggers were doing and try to follow their advice.
Other bloggers said that they should publish more often in order to get more traffic. So we published every day. They said list posts are the best, so we published list posts. Then everyone started writing expert roundups and they followed. Then they said that posting your content to niche communities was the key to success. So let’s do it. Then they said that the actual key to success is to regularly submit your content to Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and every other social network. There is no problem. I was doing everything that Google bloggers were teaching and they did indeed see some results. But do they get traction with my blog? No, I didn’t actually. Each individual tactic worked like a charm. My listicle generated quite a buzz on social media. My detailed guides got tons of engagement and comments. My guest articles were published at the most popular blogs in my niche. But all of that didn’t translate into any traction with the blogs that I was trying to grow at the time. The traffic was plateauing. The sales weren’t coming in. I even purchased a bunch of quite expensive blogging courses thinking that I was missing something important that bloggers were unwilling to share for free. And these courses were quite good, actually. They taught me some new exciting strategies, but they did not help me to get the traction that I was looking for. I was getting better and better in executing different content marketing tactics, but I couldn’t figure out how all these tactics come together into a single strategy that would grow my blog and drive customers to our business. This is how traffic to article that they published on my blog looked like. Shortly after publishing an article, you see the so-called spark of hope. This spike happens because you send this new article to your email list and share it with your Twitter followers. You might also post this article on Reddit and share it with a bunch of relevant communities on Facebook or Selek. Other than that, you might send a bunch of outreach emails to famous people in your industry so that they would share your article with their audience. And if your article is truly worthy, the word of mouth will multiply the outcome of all your efforts. So at times that spark of hope might get rather big, making you feel happy and accomplished. But then all this traffic quickly fades to nothing. As soon as you pull the plug on your content promotion machine and what you get as a result is the so-called flat line of no. By the way, the credit for this finding terms goes to rent. FISHKIN So if you rely on such spikes of hope, here’s how the total traffic to your blog will look like. As long as you invest your time and effort into publishing new articles and promoting them in every way you can, your traffic seems to be growing. This is where the popular you should publish new content regularly advice comes from. But as soon as you start publishing new content, the result is that you have achieved so far will start fading almost instantly. But it shouldn’t be this way because this is not how growth looks like. I can only call this kind of performance survival.
Here’s something very important that I want you to take away from this first lesson. If your content marketing efforts don’t add up over time, you’re doing it wrong. So here’s how this graph should look if you make your efforts add up. As you can see, the traffic to each newly published article doesn’t fade to nothing, even the opposite. It slowly grows over time until it reaches a certain point. This way, every single article that you publish adds up to the total traffic of your blog. So even if you stop publishing new articles for a while, all your progress won’t immediately fade to nothing. It will stay exactly where you left it, or maybe even grow a bit on its own. This is called the compound effect of content marketing. It may sound super simple and in fact it is, but somehow I was overlooking that simple principle for quite a few years and they see way too many bloggers overlooking it today. This is why I wanted to make sure that you understand this general concept before we go deep into the actual blogging tactics and strategies, because all of them will be focused on driving passive, consistent traffic to every article that you have on your blog, as opposed to teaching you how to get an immediate spike of traffic to your newly published article, which will soon fade to nothing. So let’s go back to the Trev’s blog, which I will often use as an example for many tactics and strategies in this course. Two years ago, when I joined the team, they were publishing two, three articles per week and the traffic didn’t show any signs of growth. It was basically a flat line despite all the effort. Today we published two, three new articles per month and our traffic is growing. And consistently, as you can tell, but most importantly, our blog is driving thousands of customers to our platform every single month. And the more we grow our blog traffic, the more customers we get from it. But we’ll talk more about customer acquisition with content later in this course.
For now, I just want to stress on the importance of making every article that you publish bring you consistent traffic every single month because growth happens when the traffic to your articles doesn’t fade over time. Here’s an example of such an article from the traffic blog. This article was published back in 2016. And as you can see from our Google Analytics, there was a spike of hope right after publishing. But then the traffic did not fade to nothing. It was actually growing slowly from month to month. And near the end, you can see that we have relaunched this article and generated an even bigger spike of hope. But relaunching is something that I’m going to cover later in this course. So the main strategy behind growing a Trev’s blog from 15000 to 150000 visitors per month isn’t making every single article we published perform exactly like this one. Passive, consistent traffic that doesn’t fade over time is the key. Again, it may sound super simple and super obvious, but somehow most people only focus on making their spark of hope bigger and wonder why the traffic isn’t growing over time despite all the hard work. So the rest of this course will be focused around a single goal how to create articles that bring consistent, targeted traffic that doesn’t fade, and how to convert the traffic into leads and sales. If that sounds good, I’ll see you in lesson number two. And if you want to dove deeper into the concepts that I just shared with you, I have a few cool resources for further reading which can be found at the very bottom of this lesson.