💻 My Blogging Strategy
It has been roughly six months since I started the GapScout project, and I will admit, the delays in the progress have started to get to me a little.
On one hand, I get it. I am no stranger to software development delays. I don’t think I ever had a project finish on schedule if I’m honest. But at the same time, it is frustrating. This is particularly true because the current progress (as of this blog post) prevents me from really going hard with a pre-launch strategy.
Building (another) business on a blog.
To date, all I have been doing is focusing on content marketing with blog posts. In 2012, I built LearnDash from a blog, so I guess I am just going back to my roots. I’ll admit, though, getting results from blogging today is a lot more challenging than it was back then.
From August through December, I made sure that two blog posts were being published per week. Each article is 1,500-2,500 words. The tone used is informative and the goal is to teach or help someone understand a business related concept.
At the end of the day, helpful content builds trust, and that’s my goal with the content created on the blog. It’s a simple formula, but one that I know can help drive revenue.
I have been using a “Pillar & Spoke” strategy that was first told to me by my good friend, Ross Johnson. The concept is fairly simple:
- Pick “pillar” keywords that are broader in nature (i.e. “Market Research”).
- Find related, longer-tailed keywords for that topic, called “spokes”.
- Link the spokes together, and point the spokes back to the pillar. The pillar then links out to the spokes.
Google likes this kind of linking, and it adds some extra “weight” to your posts in the eyes of the search engine. Well, that’s what we believe, anyway. Who really knows?
Upping to three articles per week in 2023.
Posting twice per week was working, but I wasn’t satisfied with the results. I felt as if the site should be getting more visitors and sign-ups for the beta release (which is currently the “goal” of the website that exists today).
So, starting in January 2023, I have increased the publishing schedule to three posts per week. It’s still early, but current signs show that just increasing to three times per week is having a positive effect. Traffic is up, and impressions are up as well. Just have a look at the upward trajectory that starts in the new year.
I will continue with this plan going forward, and I expect to see these positive results continue to snowball over time.
Key takeaways for your business.
Look, I’m not an SEO expert. Anything I know is because people way smarter than me have helped me out. With that in mind, here are some tips that I live by with the GapScout blog that, I think, will help you as well.
- Publish three articles per week.
- Write articles that are a minimum of 1,200 words.
- Use the pillar & spoke strategy outlined earlier.
- Share articles on social media (Twitter is quite effective).
- Use an SEO tool to optimize your articles (I use Yoast).
- Reach out to other related blogs for contextual mentions.*
- Be consistent, and patient!
*From what I have noticed, getting backlinks is still very much an important factor for building your presence in Google. Just a few mentions on reputable domains can really help boost your visibility!
This is my strategy. Nothing fancy. It’s working, but admittedly, there are probably things I could be doing that would make this more effective.
I will be sure to report back again this year on how things are going with the three posts per week. So far, I’m very optimistic with the impact that will have for the business.
Until next time!
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