I Have Nothing More to Say. I Repeat…

by Alex on July 30, 2011

how to leverage content to generate website traffic

Today’s post is a double entrendre because even though it’s about backlinks (Happy Backlink Friday!) and how to get the most out of your content, it’s also a fact. Really – I got nothing more to say.

There comes a time in any blog/business/career where you simply need to stop learning and start applying. Finding the balance of course if probably one of the keys to success (don’t ask me – I’m not Seth) but that is not what this post is about. Today I wanted to talk about Leveraging your Content.

Leveraging your Content is a tradition that is as old as time itself. Why long before the internet came along your grandparents where retelling the same stories over and over (and over) again – now that’s leverage!
*On a side note – I invented my own word which I would like to proudly share here: Cleaverage: When a woman uses her boobs to get what she wants. Cleaverage :) )

Why this Topic and Why Now?

Recently I have invested in a lot of courses, tools, pieces of software and other how to manuals (many of them WSO’s) simply because I am sucker for a good deal (I guess) and also because I like to trial and test new tools that come along, especially if they can help automate any part of my business. Anyway, the point is that as a result of all these ‘purchases’  I have been busier than a one armed brick layer in Baghdad – and with all these incredible offers coming out of the woodwork I have also been spending more money than an epileptic at an auction.

Needless to say, the result is a to do list that looks somewhat similar to this:

Information Overload comes from learning too much too quickly

My Backlink Strategy Started looking like this too actually!

It was time to just STOP!

No wait, it was time to START. Taking action that is.

A New Approach to Article Marketing.

The Panda Kung Fu’d the love right out of Unique Article Wizard, and even though my post Panda test showed that UAW and Article Marketing can still be effective, the value of the links I was getting really made the whole process pointless in the end, and as a result I too Kung Fu’d UAW … right out of my life.

Now I need a new plan of attack – and this is something that I have been working on for the last few weeks, testing various methods and trialling a few services to boot, but no matter what method I use one thing has been constant; The Content I have been using is all my own, all rewritten from previously created content. If I was going to make Article Marketing work I was going to need to start leveraging Baby!

Before we even go there though I want to get one thing clear. Leveraging your content is NOT the same as syndicating your content. A better word to use is re-purposing. There are no misconceptions about what this means so always remember: Leverage = Re-purpose!

Leverage Baby… Yeah!

Austin powers loves leveraging content babyIf I was to show you my to do list you would probably shake your head, I know I do …EVERYTIME I LOOK AT THE BLOODY LIST! (sorry) because it’s taken up with at least 7 sites I am trying to rank, and 3 different methods of monetizing, including Amazon, Adsense, CPA, and Affiliate Marketing/List Building… wait, that’s 4!?! Holy crap… I rest my case. Moving on….

The point is I’ve got way too much going on, and if I was to make any headway then I needed to take the hundreds of articles I already had and start giving them new life.

What I want to do now is take you through just one of those articles to show you how I have leveraged it to (hopefully) build a targeted list and therefore increase my overall income from Affiliate Marketing.

I will also list a few basic ideas as to how YOU can leverage the brilliant content that you have sitting in the archives of your blog(s) because honestly it’s not doing anyone any good there!

It’s Steve Scott’s Fault!

This all came about when Steve Scott sent me a copy of his latest product for Review: “Affiliate Marketing, without the B**S***” (not an aff. link) I was so blown away and impressed by the way the course and the content was laid out that I decided to ‘play along’ and start building an entirely new affiliate stream of income using his course as a model. The course is honestly BRILLIANT – so much so that I am ignoring my affiliate link here because Steve deserves all the glory. Don’t get me wrong – when I do a full review of the course I will undoubtedly add my aff link then (insert evil laugh) but for now the point is not how good the course is but that it motivated me (and gave me tips on how to) leverage some of my best content to generate even more online income. So here goes…

  • It all Started with a Post.

A Backlink Friday Post in fact. This one to be precise: Welcome to Backlink Friday. How’s about some luv .gov?

I realised I had created a very effective and succinct video/post on how to find .edu and .gov blog pages to post comments on. It was simple, effective and most importantly – it worked.

  • So I turned it into an ebook:

Authority Backlink Profits (right click to download)

  • Then I created an awesome (not!) ecover for the book. Hey I did it in like 5 minutes so gimme a break!
  • Now I just Needed a Squeeze Page…

Building a Squeeze Page (and Why I Love Profits Theme)

So I built a squeeze page on an old ‘play’ site of mine, after installing the only theme that was going to make the process as easy as possible for me – Profits Theme.

I am no design professional, nor do I have the fine art of sales copy down – but I think if you check out the page it’s not half bad! (?)

Feel free to laugh at the URL – especially when I tell you that I it was registered with delusions of grandeur and an idea that I was going to build my own affiliate network LOL.
*Now that I have been online for a while – I only have delusions of adequacy, so it’s all good. :)

Affiliates-ClickHere.com

Steve Scott’s course talks about the importance of testing and tracking, (one of the reasons why the course is actually very good and deserves its title)  and as such I will be building a second squeeze page,and third, and so on until I find the one that converts the best for me. I will happily bring you the results of all this experimenting when I have something to actually show you but first I need Traffic.

To Get Traffic I am going to need some quality content based around SEO and link building…. hang on, I got at least 100 articles on AlexWhalley.com on that very subject!

The Power of Repeating Yourself

The Power of repeating yourself (sorry, I had to :) ) can not be understated, I mean let’s quickly recap:

  • Using a single post I have re-purposed the content into an e-book and used it to create an entirely new (potential) income stream. I will then
  • Get Traffic with Article Marketing using the large volume of quality unique content on my blog (rewritten of course)
  • Repurpose the articles into other forms of media so as to increase the power that leveraging this content actually has.

All of this with OUT creating any new content what-so-ever. Now that’s Clever(age)

5 Uber Effective Ways to Re-Purpose Your Content.

how to effectively leverage your content to generate traffic

Let’s quickly look at some of the ways you can re-purpose your content in order to best leverage it across the world wide web. No – let’s look at some of the methods that are actually effective and will generate traffic! (last thing we need is to start getting overwhelmed with information that is not going to help us! – that’s how I ended up here in the first place I think ;) )

These methods are effective namely because they allow your content to reach an entirely new section of the market – bringing your voice/point of view to the attention of an audience that otherwise would not have heard you – no matter how well you ‘syndicated’ that content of yours.

  • Turn Your Post into a Video – distribute accordingly.
    Most versions of MS-Word come with a PDF Converter built in, if not Google it – they’re free! Anyway: Turn your word doc. (article) into a pdf and then turn on Camtasia (Camstudio is a free version – again Google it -im feeling lazy) and film your screen and record your voice as you simply read the article and go through the pdf page by page.
    With this method you can also turn a single 1000 word post into at least 5 different short videos. (3 minutes is a good timeframe to work with)
  • Turn Your Post into an Audio/Podcast – distribute accordingly.
    Similiar to the Video scenario above but without the image obviously. I recommend hiring someone (Fiverr, Odesk etc) to narrate the article for you. This not only makes it appear more professional, it can also help increase click throughs and conversions, depending on what the niche is and whether you use a male or female voice. (Steve Scott actually had his entire e-course transcribed onto audio/mp3 – a process he outsourced obviously. Either that or Steve Scott is the sexiest sounding guy I have ever heard!)
  • Forum Marketing.
    Simple. Bloody effective! Turn your best content into a forum post that over delivers on value and answers a burning question or provides some clarity on a subject.
    Stick around to continue the conversation/thread.
  • Rewrite as a Guest Post.
    Dare I say it, but if you rewrite that article well enough (see this guide on how I rewrite an article) then why not submit it to relevant blogs in your niche as a guest post!*
    A guest post on a relevant and active blog is more powerful than you think, especially post panda.
  • Web2.0 and Blogs.
    Turn your post into an epic Squidoo Lens, complete with images and relevant links. (Squidoo community loves this shit – so give them what they want and you will be rewarded)
    Alternatively – break that article into a a number of posts and create a blogger blog or equivalent.

All of these methods outlined WILL bring you more traffic and ultimately increase your search engine rankings. More importantly ALL of these methods can be outsourced for a relatively low cost. The trick is creating a system in the first place. If you can’t work out exactly what you are doing with each process then how can you possibly hope to hand that task over to someone else?!

Marketing Takeaway.

You have already created some of the best content you will ever create (sorry) and at the moment most of it is sitting in your blog archive gathering pixels (LOL – oh I like that one). The Internet is a MASSIVE place and the more forms of media you can partake in, the more chance you have of reaching a global audience. Now put the two and two together.

  • Find your best content
  • Figure out the easiest way to re-purpose it into other forms of media.
  • Get a process or system of ‘how you do it’ worked out
  • Outsource that process to someone else.

Over the course of the next few weeks I will go into detail how I have used/will use the above 5 methods to generate traffic – as well as bringing you real results!

Relevant Reading:

I recently contributed an epic post on Article Marketing and Longtail keyword Traffic to ThinkTraffic.net. The post fits very nicely with this one as it outlines the exact content methods I use to actually create the good content in the first place. The key takeaway from this article is that Longtail traffic and longtail keywords are NOT the same thing. Go check it out and tell me what you think.
* I submitted the post with the Title: How to Get Traffic and Build Rank – The Write Way’ But Corbett changed it. Sheeesh – I thought that was a wicked title! No respect I tells ya ;)

Your Thoughts?

Wow! 2055 words!! (I’m back baby! LOL)
Let me know how much this article sucks/ how awesome it is in the comments thread below. :)

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Richard Scott July 30, 2011 at 2:11 AM

Excellent Post Alex… is this a rewrite? lol Love the tips. You have so much up your sleeve…

I’ve been implementing a different strategy and it seems like it’s working well. I narrowed down my main niche site (jewelry) into one subject (diamonds) and started a new blog just about them. On my jewelry site I have over 200 posts about diamonds, and am now rewriting them one by one and making them bigger and better with much more detail and images and putting them on the diamond guide. This much more narrow approach should really hone in on the topic and do very well in search (and commissions).

I decided to rewrite my articles by hand versus using a program because I wanted to really put my personal touch and humor on them. And I want it to sound real and sincere.

I really wish I could get into building back links, I just can’t find the time or the energy (lazy). Are you for hire? lol ;)

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TrafficColeman July 30, 2011 at 2:18 AM

Alex..once again you have amaze me with your content bro..you lay out the details of your plan of action and go for them..this is what make you a top blogger.

BTW..Steve ebook is off the charts..

“Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

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bbrian017 July 30, 2011 at 2:23 AM

I have the same question as Richard… is it a rewrite? Seriously I don’t know where you find time to come up with these slam dunk posts. I don’t even have time to read it let alone write it.

I’ve never been big on paying attention to back linking I figure what the hell it will just happen naturally anyways and it actually has. It might not be as productive as someone working at it but it works and I’m happy.

This article is like a gold mine so except me to tweet and share it! Great write up Alex.

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Peggy Baron July 30, 2011 at 2:39 AM

Go Alex Go! :)

I’m a big fan of leaverage – taking something and repurosing it is not only quicker and easier than starting all over, but it makes me feel like a clever marketer. :)

Here’s another one I like to do: repurpose a blog post into an article my affiliates can use. The more affiliates that put that article on their sites, the more traffic I get coming in through their affiliate link. Works for me.

And I need to do more of this: take my best posts and put them in the Warrior Forum article directory. Good for backlinks and traffic.

I’m looking forward to your updates as your progress with Steve’s ebook.

Peggy

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Peggy Baron July 30, 2011 at 2:42 AM

Crap. Spelled leverage wrong. Probably your new invented word “cleaverage” made me put an extra “a” where it didn’t belong.

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Steve Scott July 30, 2011 at 3:03 AM

Actually, the funny way brits/aussies spell words, “leaverage” may well be correct

Certainly no worse than:

colour
flavour
aluminium
aeroplane
grey

et al.

;)

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Paul Wolfe July 31, 2011 at 4:34 PM

@Steve

We don’t spell leaverage with an ‘a’ at the beginning – we definitely spell it leverage. At the end of the day who gives a crap – it means the same thing!

@Alex

We definitely have that extra ‘A’ in ‘cleaverage’ though – otherwise it would be cleverage and not nearly so clever ;)

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Steve Scott July 30, 2011 at 3:11 AM

Alex,

Cleaverage! Genius! Pure genius man. And so true.

Leverage is so important. From the days when the first person discovered a fulcrum could multiply effort, to using it today to multiply results online, sometimes the saying, “Work smarter; not harder” really rings true.

Thanks for all the link love and kind of words man! It is all certainly appreciated!

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Steve Scott July 30, 2011 at 3:12 AM

or “kind words”

Whatever!

;)

Thanks man!

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Peggy Baron July 30, 2011 at 7:37 AM

Haha! It’s nice to have company in the “Wish I could edit my comment after I submit it” club. :D

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jane July 30, 2011 at 4:37 AM

What a great article! I appreciate the idea of taking a hard look at what your strategy is and if it’s not working, then wiping the slate clean and starting over. I really like the idea of taking a post and developing it in different contents. Turning a great post into a great video is a really clever way to market yourself and your content.

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Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing July 30, 2011 at 5:31 AM

I have one post I really wanna turn into an ebook, including the content from over 300 comments…I can’t figure a good way to do it.

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andy July 30, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Wow.. It’s long article you wrote Alex. You said about leveraging old articles to new ones by convert them to videos. There is a software that can do it for us automatically (AVR, A2V or ATS). They can make video articles easily. I use AVR to convert them, because it can distribute to many video sites too.

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Alex July 31, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Sounds interesting. Got a link for me? ;)

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Jeffrey Morgan July 31, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Alex …… mate ……… you’re worse then my sister’s kids ……… put down the “Victoria’s Secret” catalog and slowly back away!!!!! Cleaverage? Is there any supervision in your office at all?

As close as I can figure you’re a hand-full of pixels short of a raster image!!! :)

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Paul Wolfe July 31, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Alex

I loved your article over at Corbett’s site – really cool.

I’m just experimenting with repurposing articles as PDFs (with links back to my website) and uploading to document sharing sites like:

Slideshare
Scribd
eSnips
DocStoc
Calameo
Issuu
Yudu

Additionally I’m going to upload those PDFs to these eBook directories:

getfree-ebooks.com
free-ebooks.net
e-library.net

Now I’m going to agree and disagree with you on something – the repurposing to video I think is a good idea. However I don’t like the idea of repurposing to video in the manner you described – I’ve heard (Warrior Forum) that in the recent YouTube cull that ‘powerpoint slide’ and ‘narrated screenshot’ videos have been amongst those targeted by YouTube.

So that’s a good reason NOT to do them. From a personal point of view, I just don’t like them.
Although it’s more time consuming a better way (IMO) is to create a video by adapting the original article so that you can deliver a video with a visual storyline. (This isn’t easy btw – but my gut feeling is that you’ll get better results with this. It’s something I’ve been thinking of for months and only just getting around to implementing).

Hope that’s of interest – thanks for the great article.

Paul

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Alex August 3, 2011 at 11:53 PM

Man now you got me thinking (and that hurts me) but hmmmm.. Let me know when you come up with something lol!

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Rick Byrd August 1, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Alex:

Great post as always. I love the idea of leveraging content, even though I have not gotten around to it myself yet. I have read a little bit about the subject. There are people that turn the content into .pdf, .ppt, .doc, .xls, and .rtf formats.

If you click on the Advanced Search button on Google, and scroll to File type, you can see the different files types that Google indexes.

Peace!

- Rick

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Alex August 3, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Nice tip Rick! Thanks mate, will check it out. (both the people who bit and the Google bit :) )

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Ming Jong Tey August 1, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Great post!

I am a big fan of content repurpose! Apart from the list, you can also submit to powerpoint sites and document sharing sites to get extra exposure and backlinks.

Cheers,
Ming

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Alex August 3, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Hey Ming, great additions mate! Thanks for the value add

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susan hamilton August 2, 2011 at 12:39 AM

Those are great ways to reuse your content and get the most out of it. I am not big on recording myself but as you stated you can use a pdf so I am not on the camera.

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Dani August 2, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Yeah BABY !!! hmmmmm only you could work double entendres,Austin Powers and Kung FU Panda into a serious subject and manage to still make insightful valid points on article marketing (and keep on topic)….my only criticism … there were no MacGuyver references or Ninja Squirrels
love ya work xx

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Alex August 3, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Lol! Damn heehee.
Next time…. (damn ninja squirrels get me everytime!)

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Dani August 3, 2011 at 10:08 PM

but what WWMD (what would MacGuyver do) lol

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Daca August 2, 2011 at 9:13 PM

I am jealous Alex…why can’t I write posts like you do… ;)

I was thinking of making video and share it on You tube, but it’s seems to me like quite hard thing to do. I will have to give it a try.

I really MUST RT this. :)

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Alex August 3, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Thanks Daca, you are too kind. You can always outsource remember :)

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Jimmy - Niche Experiments August 2, 2011 at 10:18 PM

DUDE!

This is a fantastic post, and like you said a great addition to my ebook syndication startegy.

My mind is BUZZING with possibilities.

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Alex August 3, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Ha awesome Jimmy! Thanks for stopping by

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sanjay August 2, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Wow, cool tips! I am experimenting with different strategies as well. Will add your tips as well.
Btw, commentluv doesn’t work :(

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Alex August 3, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Hey Sanjay, glad I could help mate. Thanks for the heads up on Commluv too, will check it out

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Duy Nguyen August 3, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Your post is always refreshing Alex. I like your writing style :D And thank you so much for this useful post, I’ve learned so much.

Duy.

P.S: Can anyone explain for me why we have the word “cleaverage”? I don’t get it (I’m not a native English speaker LOL)

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Alex August 3, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Thanks Duy, I appreciate that mate. As for the PS, that word does not exist, I made it up :) it should be a word though! Lol

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architects August 25, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Maybe an old band, and preferably nothing (I repeat, nothing) with a Lady… Whats-her-face sound. Gaga, that’s it. Nothing with a Lady Gaga sound.

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Justin | AdSense Flippers August 29, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Useful post, for sure. I hate running out of things to say and repurposing keeps me from having to come up with something useful and just rehash what i’ve said previously through a different medium…awesome!

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Alex August 29, 2011 at 11:09 PM

Hey Justin,

Great to see you here mate – I literally just discovered your awesome blog and content – signed up to your course, nearly bought your latest domain on flippa LOL – anyway…
Think I found you through Norma Rickman but then I can’t be sure now (sorry)

See you round mate

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Peter March 27, 2012 at 3:23 PM

So, you threw UAW out. Why no updates on older posts? I was almost convinced by those to buy and SUDDENLY saw here that you’re saying that UAW doesn’t work for you anymore.

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Alex April 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

lucky you found this post then LOL (sorry mate)

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Darin@http://laddagratis.se/ August 15, 2012 at 3:06 AM

That is a really good tip particularly to those new to the
blogosphere. Simple but very precise information? Appreciate your sharing this one.

A must read post!

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