• How to Consistently Create Content

      Are you a content creator? Are you struggling making relevant content for your audience? Check out these content creation tips!

      Creating content is my thing! I love sharing what I know with my audience; it is incredibly fulfilling. And I don’t want anybody in my community to struggle with content creation!

      So, in this blog post, I’m sharing tips that have allowed me to never run out of content ideas. Once you have these few things established, your content creation process will be a breeze.

       

      Have a clearly defined target audience

      I cannot say this enough. Defining your audience is key if you want your content to thrive. You will struggle developing content if you don’t know your audience.

      I’m not saying you won’t make good content; it just may not resonate with your intended audience. Resonating with the correct audience is important because you want them to visit your platform regularly. You want your audience to come to your blog and consistently find what they need. Creating random content may leave them confused and wondering if you are the right creator for them.

      Don’t waste your time creating content that your audience doesn’t want. Define them before getting started.

      Create content pillars

      Once your audience is defined, you’ll be able to make content pillars that will help you create a bucket of ideas that can turn into IG Reels, Short Videos, Blog posts, etc.

      Content pillars are all the ideas you have that fall under your niche. Check out an example below from my www.melissanikohl.com blog.

      Melissa Nikohl Content Pillar Example

      Content pillars are how I constantly have ideas ready to implement. Whenever I’m about to make content, I look at my pillars, pick a topic, and begin creating. They are a great way to help you stay on brand and save you time.

       

      Have a realistic schedule

      We all have limited time during our day. My 24 hours looks completely different than yours or someone who can afford to delegate tasks to others.

      Sit down with a planner (I recommend The Visionary Journal) and map out your day. If you don’t use The Visionary Journal, make sure it is a planner that maps out each hour of the day.

      You’ll want to block times you’re unavailable and include important events. Include things that we often forget about when planning, like our commute to work, cooking dinner, doing laundry, etc. It might seem overboard, but doing this allows you to see how much time in a day and then week you have to get things done.

      Why is this important? Because it will help you create more realistic goals, and you’ll learn to break down your big goals into small attainable tasks.

      So many of us don’t accomplish our goals, not because we couldn’t do it, but because we weren’t realistic about what it takes to get it done. So we often end up overwhelmed and quit.

      Everything I learned about time management, I learned all this solely from Monique Malcolm, the queen of getting things done.

      I use her Visionary Journal religiously. If you want to knock out projects and goals, you need it in your life!

       

      Take breaks

      During a therapy session, I told my therapist how I’m not sleeping well because I’m up all night working on my blog or creating something new, and I’m starting to resent work because it’s keeping me from doing what I enjoy.

      The doc said that it wasn’t sustainable. And if I don’t find a balance, I will burn out and no longer enjoy creating content.

      Before this conversation, taking breaks was hard because I felt like I’d get behind if I took a break. When I told my therapist this, she asked who I would be behind. And I didn’t have an answer.

      We live in a hustle-hard society. But we don’t have to subscribe to it. We don’t have to work 24 hours to be successful. Sometimes it’s okay to do nothing.

      If you’ve read a few of my blog posts, you know I scream from the rooftop about knowing your targeted audience before you create an ounce of content. Your content isn’t going to consistently resonate with your audience if you aren’t making it for them.

      Content pillars are a simple way to keep the ideas flowing, remember they will also keep you on brand. Having a realistic schedule and taking breaks will allow you to set realistic goals and protect your mental health. You’re no good to anyone if you’re burnt out; your community needs you!

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    • 5 Things You Must Have on Your Blog

        Are you looking for blogging tips? Are you starting a blog? Learn the 5 things you must have on your blog. #bloggingtips #howtostartablog

        If you have a blog or are thinking about starting a blog, there are certain components you must have. These things will help potential clients quickly contact you, help grow your audience, improve your bounce rate, and make your posts shareable. 

        Great bloggers make it easy to navigate their blogs. Check out these must-haves to maximize your reach! 

        About Page

        Many people use their about page to talk about themselves and all their accomplishments. While this isn’t entirely wrong, you want your about page to tell visitors why they need you and what you have to offer. 

        You want them to decide if they are in the right place. If they are members of your target audience, they should immediately recognize that they need you because your about page includes their problems and how you can solve them. Check out my About Page for an example. 

        You’ll also want to update your About Page regularly. As you evolve and grow, you want your About Page always to represent who you are right now. 

        Share Buttons

        Make it easy for people to share your work! Make sure you’ve enabled your share buttons. These buttons make it super easy for visitors who love your posts to share them with others who will love them too. Typically, these share buttons lead to Twitter and Facebook. You may have to download a specific plugin if you want a certain platform. 

        One plugin I recommend a Pinterest plugin. If you didn’t know, Pinterest is a great way to share your blog with the world. The plugin allows visitors to see a Pinterest icon when they hover over an image. When they click on the icon, it takes them straight to Pinterest, where they can save your image to their boards.I use jQuery Pin It Button for Images.

        Read this blog post to learn BENEFITS OF A PINTEREST BUSINESS ACCOUNT.

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        Email Signup

        When I started my very website, I made the mistake of not having an email list before launching. So, I probably missed out on opportunities to connect with my audience. Don’t be like me.

        Make your email sign up visible. Make it easy to for visitors to connect with you in their inboxes.

        I highly recommend using a popup. I know they seem annoying, but they are more effective than you might think. I’ve gotten way more email signups when I began using a popup. 

        Don’t worry about annoying visitors; if they don’t want to sign up, they’ll exit out of it. And my thinking is, if you’re paying for a service (email marketing), then you should maximize your use. This means providing maximum opportunities for visitors to sign up to your list. 

        A Clear Way to Contact You

        People will want to reach out to you! Don’t make visitors search for your information, make a contact page and put it in your menu.

        You might not need it now, but as you grow, people will want to work with you, and professional business partners will want to contact you via email or phone. Not a DM.

        A Variety of Media

        People consume content in a variety of ways. Make sure your blog reflects that. Adding images and videos to blog posts will capture your readers’ attention and break up the text. 

        You also want visitors to stay on your website as long as possible; media will help you accomplish this. 

        Do you have these things on your blog? Do you have some must-haves? Share them below!

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      • How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

          Do you want more people to find your blog? Read this blog post to learn how to drive traffic to your blog! #bloggingtips #blogtips

          I was hanging with some blogger friends the other day, and there were a few questions that constantly came up. How do I drive traffic to my blog? How can more members of my audience find me? Both are common questions that bloggers and content creators have.

          Unless you already have a large and engaged following, you may struggle with driving traffic to your blog. While there is no quick fix, if you consistently use the strategies I share below, you’ll start seeing your traffic explode.

          Fyi, this post contains affiliate links. Using them throws a little change in my pocket, at no extra cost to you.

          Use Pinterest

          For the first two years of www.melissanikohl.com, Pinterest was my number one traffic referrer. I built my email list, sold digital products, and increased my search results rankings.  

          When you use SEO strategies with Pinterest, Pinterest allows pinners to find your content. It’s better than social media platforms because people are searching for your content. They aren’t scrolling and running into it. They want it!

          Although Pinterest is no longer my number one referrer on www.melissanikohl.com, you would not be able to find some of my blog posts in the top ten search results if it wasn’t for Pinterest. 

          To turn your Pinterest Business Account into a traffic-driving machine, check out my Pinterest Tips & Tutorials. I’ll show you everything you need to know and how to do it!

          Use Tailwind with Pinterest

          Tailwind is an absolute game-changer when used with Pinterest. Sure, several scheduler apps allow you to schedule your pins. But, Tailwind has a unique feature called Communities that makes it way more than a scheduler app. 

          Communities are groups of bloggers that help each other expand their reach. Within each Community there are rules that encourage members to share each other’s pins. The key is finding groups that are relevant to you so that members will want to share your content and you’ll want to share theirs. 

          Tailwind Communities has helped me grow my community tremendously. I highly recommend using this with Pinterest. Their trial is excellent; you can schedule up to 100 pins and join five Communities. 

          Expect a significant traffic boost from this app. 

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          Use SEO Strategies

          If you aren’t using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies for your blog, you miss out on a lot of traffic. When you use SEO strategies, you are writing your content so that your audience can easily find you. 

          Bloggers who use SEO strategies have an easier time getting organic search engine traffic. Organic traffic is extremely valuable because as more people find your content and it throws signals to the internet that your blog post is relevant and the higher it will rank in search results. 

          Use Evergreen Content

          Evergreen content will drive traffic to your website year-round. Why? Because it is content that is not only long-lasting, but it’s also relevant to your target audience, so they are looking for it all the time.

          If you make evergreen content a part of your content marketing strategy, you will see these posts reel in your target audience during any season. If you want to learn more about evergreen content, check out my blog post, WHAT IS EVERGREEN CONTENT? To understand why you need it, read WHY CONTENT CREATORS SHOULD CREATE EVERGREEN CONTENT.

          Use Your Email List

          Let your email subscribers know all about your latest content on your blog! For me, this is the easiest way to drive traffic to my blog. I’ll send an email blast about my latest blog posts, and my subscribers will flock to the post. 

          Why does this matter? Your subscribers are most likely to read your entire blog post and spend the most time on your website. Not only are you driving traffic to your website, but you’re also improving your bounce rate (how long people stay on a single page of your website before leaving). Search engines (like Google) look at your bounce rate when putting together your analytics. 

          Use a Social Media Platform 

          Once you’ve carefully identified your target audience, you’ll be able to identify the social media they’re using. This should be your primary social media platform you use. Sure, you can use others, but make sure at least one is where most of your audience hangs out. Sometimes our favorite platform isn’t where our audience is looking for our content. Some people think they’re failing on a platform when the problem is they’re posting content in a place where their audience isn’t.

          In this video, SHOULD YOUR CONTENT BE ON SOCIAL MEDIA? I share everything you need to know about deciding where your content should reside. 

          I’m not gonna lie; driving traffic to your website isn’t easy, but it can be done. Use these tips, and you’ll start seeing more visitors checking out your content consistently.

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        • Two Ways to Find Your Niche

            Do you want to know how to find your niche? Check out these tips to help you define your niche so you can start creating content.

            Before you buy a website, figure out your colors, or come up with a name, you need to define your niche. A niche is a subject or topic you focus on when you’re creating content. Your niche content will help you build a community with your intended audience because you will create content just for them.

            Can you have more than one niche? Absolutely, but I recommend fully defining one first before working on another. This way, you have a clear idea of what you’re doing and what content you want to create.

            The two tips below will help you narrow down all your ideas flowing through your brain!

            What can you teach with your eyes closed?

            What is something that you can teach so well, you can do it in your sleep? If you’re educating someone else on a topic, you should know it well enough that you won’t have any trouble answering questions or explaining something in multiple ways. Your niche should revolve around a topic that you can confidently teach others.

            But, keep this in mind, the best educators never stop learning. So, just because you are incredibly knowledgeable about your topic doesn’t mean you stop learning. Things will constantly evolve, and if you want to remain a leader, you need to know what new information, tools, or resources are available in your niche.


            What are you passionate about?

            There are going to be days that you don’t want to create. Sometimes, that is okay because we all need a break here and there. But, overall, you should be creating high-value content consistently.

            When you create content around your passion, it’s easier to keep going and develop ideas on days you don’t feel motivated. Passion will help you push through.

            For example, there are days I don’t feel like writing a blog post, so I’ll create graphics, schedule content, or make lists of ideas. While I may not feel like doing a specific task that day or week, because I’m passionate about the content I create, I’m always doing something that will move me forward.

            Finding your niche can be relatively simple. Don’t worry if you think your niche is oversaturated. Nobody can teach something the way you can, especially when you’re passionate about your topic. Your audience will be able to see your excitement and passion as you teach. They will be able to feel your authenticity. So, don’t follow the crowd. Do what you love!

            Do you have any tips on finding your niche? Share them below!

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          • How to Update Your Blog

              Learn how to update your blog to keep it healthy. #bloggingtips

              When was the last time you’ve updated your blog? If you can’t remember, then it is probably time. When you don’t spruce up your website, it becomes that junk drawer that is a disorganized hot mess. 

              Some of its contents are good, some things need fixing, and other things need a designated space. Many of us avoid that drawer because it’s a hot mess. It’s an area in your home you don’t want anyone to see. You do not want this for your website.

              Use this post to help you clean up your website. I’ve included how often I recommend you make these updates, but you should always do what is best for you. 

               

              Update Your About Me Page

              I check out my About Me page at least twice a year. More often, if I know, I’ve added different services and content. If you are genuinely educating your audience, then you are also educating yourself. As you grow and learn more about your area of expertise, your About page should reflect that. 

              When you read through this page, you may find that you have changed or shifted your ideas so that your About Me page no longer represents who you are or what you do.

              Recommended Update: Twice a Year.

               

              Check for Dead Links

              If you’ve been blogging for a while, then you’ve probably used a variety of apps or programs to help your website run smoother. Or, maybe you have links to other pages on your website or someone else’s website. You want to make sure these links go where they are supposed to go. Why? By leaving dead links or inaccurate links on your website, you are hurting your search engine ranking and the user’s experience. Search engines, specifically Google, will make your content harder to find if you have links on your website that aren’t working.

              Recommended Update: Once to Twice a Year. If you have a lot of content on your website, you may want to do this twice a year and break it up into parts. 

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              Add New Images

              There are two reasons why I add new images. The first reason is the longer I have blogged, the better my graphics look. Images I created three years ago look horrible to what I’m capable of doing now. So, I’ll make new images that represent my current skill level. 

              I also make new images to add to Pinterest. Pinterest loves fresh content. And they don’t mind when you spruce up your older content with new images. If you’ve already uploaded the content into Pinterest, it will recognize the URL, but they will see that you’re using a new image, which counts as fresh content. 

              Recommended Update: Once a Year.

               

              Updated Older Posts with new Info 

              As you grow as a creator, you’ll learn more, and things will change around you. If you need to update older posts with newer and more relevant information, then this is the time to edit those posts. You’ll especially want to do this with your popular posts. Make sure you are giving your audience the most accurate information, or they’ll go searching for someone who has it. And you don’t want that! 

              Recommended Update: Once a Year.

               

              Check for Plugin Updates

              You want your website to run as smoothly as possible. One way to do this is to check for plugin or software updates. Using plugins that need updating can make your website run slower, cause errors, or make your website vulnerable to spam or malicious activity. 

              All of these things can be costly. A decrease in user functionality can result in a higher bounce rate and drop your ranking in search engines. And malicious attacks can be expensive or time-consuming to fix. 

              Recommended Update: Weekly.

              Regularly updating your blog will help keep your website healthy and functional for your audience. Website maintenance can be a lot of work, so I would update your website throughout the year and not all at once. You should do a few more things weekly, and my FREE Weekly Website Checklist will help you do just that. 

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            • How to Increase Engagement on Pinterest

                Tips on how to increase engagement on Pinterest

                Are you wondering how you can increase your engagement on Pinterest? Well, Pinterest has a few best practices and features that make it easy to see engagement that leads to more traffic to your website. And more traffic means you get to serve more members of your intended audience. 

                In this blog post, I share all the deets on how to get more engagement on Pinterest right now!

                Fyi, this post contains affiliate links. Using them throws a little change in my pocket, at no cost to you.

                Use Video Pins

                Have you scrolled through Pinterest lately? If you have, then you’ve noticed the abundance of video pins. When you’re creating pins for your latest piece of content, make sure you include video. Video pins don’t have to be super complicated Canva makes it super easy with their stock videos and animation features.

                Use Story Pins

                Story Pins are Pinterest’s latest feature, and it is an engagement game changer! Story Pins are similar to Instagram’s Stories, but they don’t expire! Why? Because you pin them to a relevant board where they live foreva!!! 

                A few months ago, I shared how Story Pins revived my original Pinterest Business Account; it wasn’t in the best shape because I was busy working on other people’s accounts. Once I started creating Story Pins, along with other best practices, my engagement exploded! So, of course, when I created my newest Pinterest Business Account (April 2021), I immediately started using them, and within two weeks, I went from 0 monthly impressions to 5.9k. 

                How to Create a Pinterest Business Account Startup Guide

                Pin Daily

                The most successful Pinterest Business Accounts pin 15-25 pins a day. Yes, a day. It is super possible with Tailwind and the pinning strategies I teach in the Pinterest Tips & Tutorials videos. Pinterest rewards users that actively use their accounts to share fresh and relevant content. If you can’t pin 15-25 pins a day just yet, make sure you are pinning at least once a day or as often as possible. 

                Watch Your Analytics

                Your analytics will tell you what content pinners like and let you know what content doesn’t resonate with them. Use your analytics to make more content that they love and tweak or stop making the content they’re not fans of right now. 

                Pinterest is my favorite marketing tool because Pinterest wants your audience to find you. When you consistently give Pinterest engaging and relevant content, they’ll send members of your targeted audience your way. Check out my Pinterest Tips & Tutorials to help you increase engagement on Pinterest and drive more traffic to your website. 

                 

                 

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