Tag Archives for " content "

How a “Braindump” Board in Trello Will Make You More Creative

If you're a content creator, you'll love the technique I'm sharing with you today.

Whether it's writing blog posts, creating videos, hosting webinars and livestreams or creating podcast episodes, content creators all face the same problem: you have to keep coming up with new ideas. You have to keep producing content and keep it fresh and interesting.

In today's video, we'll look at a setup I create in Trello, which solves this problem. It may seem strange, but setting up this system actually makes you more creative and makes it easier to produce more ideas.

Continue reading

Free Traffic: The Hero Outreach Method

In our previous ActiveGrowth podcast episode, we had a chat with Tim Soulo from Ahrefs about the importance of SEO and knowing your potential customers to increase your website traffic without spending much on it. 

You learned that SEO doesn't exclusively happen on your own website: to get quality backlinks and reach more people, you should get featured on other channels. And to make it happen, you need to start doing outreach.

Today, we brought to you Colin Shipp, networking, PR and outreach expert, to dive deeper into effective targeting and outreach. You'll learn how to do your research, reach out to the right people and get the "yes" you need to get more traffic, customers and quality relationships that will help you level up your business. 

Listen in!

Continue reading

The Bootstrapper’s Guide to SEO

As much as we advocate the Customer First Approach, once you have a solid product and paying customers, you want to get more of them by increasing your website traffic.

But getting just any sort of traffic won't cut it.

If I send a thousands of middle-aged men to your local lingerie store, some might buy something, but most of them would leave empty-handed. It's the same online.

No, you want quality traffic. People who are actually interested in your services and want to hear more about you, purchase from you, tell your friends about you. 

How can you find these people without spending a fortune on ads or a skilled marketing team? 

In today's episode of the Traffic for Time Instead of Money podcast series, we interviewed Tim Soulo, CMO at ahrefs, to share his best SEO strategies that work on a bootstrap budget.

If you're new to SEO, read this article before listening to the podcast!

Continue reading

How to Use Trello Like a Badass, Part 2: Creating Kick-Ass Content

​If you want to ​publish better content, you have to change what you do ​before​ you start ​writing or filming.

In this post, I'll show you the content outlining technique that I use to create better blog content, videos, presentations, sales pitches,... whatever form you end up communicating in, the first steps should always be the same.

Check out the video to discover my technique.

Continue reading

Should You Publish (or Even Sell) Something When It’s Just Not Good Enough?

This is a further video in my series about why publishing lots of stuff is more important than publishing great stuff.

One of the things that holds entrepreneurs back from publishing content and launching products is this creeping feeling of "it's just not good enough".

Is this a justification for not publishing? Isn't it better to spend more time working on your content or product, so that what you will eventually release will actually be good?

The answer depends on why you hesitate to publish in the first place, as you'll see in today's video.

Continue reading

The Importance of Owning Your Platform (& Why You Shouldn’t Be a YouTuber)

This Monday, we're here with another Mixup podcast episode. The topic for this episode is rarely discussed on the web, yet we find it extremely important: true ownership of your platform and business. 

Owning your platform is one of the three main pillars we talk about on ActiveGrowth. We find these three pillars so essential that it's the first thing you can read about on our homepage

So, what exactly does "owning your platform" mean? And what are the mistakes entrepreneurs make, that leave them with a business they don't truly own? Listen to today's episode to find out!

Continue reading

Why You Need to Create More Stuff: Ideas Expire

If you're a creator (whether you're creating written content, videos or anything else), you need to focus on creating a lot and publishing fast.

In this previous post, I've laid out why you should focus on quantity instead of quality for your content marketing and here's a mental reframe you can use if you're stuck in the perfectionist mindset.

Today's video adds another reason why publishing often and fast is so important.

Continue reading

You’re Being a Perfectionist About the Wrong Thing…

This is a follow up to my post about quality vs. quantity in content marketing. In that post, we came to the conclusion that you can only create good, high quality content through practice. And practice means creating lots of content.

You may agree with this premise, but still struggle to put it into practice. Today's video is a reframe that will help you overcome this problem.

Continue reading

Gary Vaynerchuk vs. Ramit Sethi – Who’s Got the Best Approach to Content Marketing?

In content marketing, should you focus on quality or quantity?

In other words: should you spend a lot of time creating fewer pieces of content, but make each of those pieces as epic as possible? Or is it better to publish a lot and get your message out there as often as possible, in as many places as possible?

The answer, it seems, depends on who you ask. But in today's post, we'll settle the debate, by asking the right question...

Continue reading

2 Free Automation Tools You Must Use To Help Manage Your Brand Online

It turns out that marketing teams and online business owners don’t have superhuman hearing when it comes to detecting whispers about their products and services online.

So how do they manage to always respond to comments every time their company or products are mentioned in blog posts or forum discussions or social media blasts?

Well, it’s not by manually scrounging for data on a daily basis.

Instead, they have automated tools that listen to buzz on the internet for them.

Now, you might think a fancy automated monitoring system costs a monthly fortune to deploy and would be super complicated to setup...but you’d be wrong!

The leading keyword monitoring tools are FREE and only take a few moments to get up and running.

If you have an online business, this quick post will teach you how to start listening to the internet to help manage your brand and product perception in real-time to boost your online authority and make more sales!

Continue reading

Been Craving More ActiveGrowth Content? Well You’re in Luck Because We Have an Announcement…

If you’ve been following the Active Growth blog (formerly im impact) for a while now, you might’ve noticed that the site hasn’t been publishing a steady stream of content for the past year or so.

That’s because, ever since Thrive Themes launched as a product to support the online marketing needs of the ActiveGrowth audience, it quickly grew to dominate Shane’s time and business focus.

But because the success of Thrive Themes is such a great example of what can materialize from a value focused website like ActiveGrowth, we decided that it’s high time to direct some attention back to our blogging roots.

Continue reading

The Free Line: Does Giving Away Valuable Content for Free Hurt Your Business?

Online course creators face a tough question: where do you draw the line between your free content and your paid content?

Anyone selling online courses or selling information products of any kind needs to answer this question. After all, content marketing is all about providing useful, valuable information for free...

But when are you giving away too much of your information for free? How can you do content marketing without cannibalizing content that goes into your premium information products?

Continue reading
>