Archives for October 2012

A Simple Plan for Writing a Powerful Blog Post in Less Than 2 Hours

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You already know blogging is an effective marketing channel, but how do you find the time to write a blog post?

When I started blogging seven years ago, it used to take me four to five hours to write a post. Since then, not only have I figured out how to write 1,000-2,000-word blog posts in under two hours, but I’ve also figured out how to improve the quality of my posts.

Here is the process you can use to write a post in less than two hours.  [click to continue…]

7 Social Media Mistakes That Can Keep Your Content from Going Viral

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Social media marketing may not be rocket science, but there is still a large science component to it. If you want your content to spread, you have to look at the numbers and stop making gut decisions.

Over the last five years, I’ve learned how to push content through social media so that it spreads virally. More importantly, I’ve learned what not to do.

So, if you want to ensure that your content spreads, avoid the following 7 mistakes:  [click to continue…]

Why Content Marketing is the New SEO

content marketing new seo

SEO is not what it used to be. You can’t just pop up an ugly website, throw up mediocre content, build a few links and expect to rank well. These days you actually have to build a good website, write high quality content that solves peoples’ problems, build thousands of links and get thousands of social shares.

But there is one big issue: it’s hard to scale all of this. Building thousands of high quality links manually is really expensive, and even if you have the money, it will take months, if not years, to build those links. And if you don’t have anything worth sharing on the social web, you won’t get social shares unless you buy them from spammy accounts.

So, how do you build thousands of links naturally and get thousands of social shares? Through content marketing.

Content marketing is the cheapest and most effective way to do SEO these days. Not only does writing high quality content produce links at a quicker pace than building them manually, but it’s also cheaper. Plus, your content will naturally get shared on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest[click to continue…]

10 Mission Critical Tools for Every Modern Marketer


How do you make a home without a drill, hammer, saw and nails? You can’t! In addition to needing the right materials to build a home, every good construction worker also needs the right tools.

The same goes for marketing. You can try to increase your traffic, boost your conversions and double your sales, but without the right tools at your fingertips, it’s going to be hard.

So, before you go out there and try to accomplish your marketing goals, make sure you check to see if you have the right tools to help you get there. Here are 10 mission critical tools you ought to use:  [click to continue…]

The Tim Grittani Story: How a 23 year old turned $1500 into $128,000 in 1 year

Tim Grittani

Update: Tim is now up over $1,000,000.

The other day I ran into a Quick Sprout reader Tim Grittani, who told me how he turned $1,500 into $128,500 because of Quick Sprout.

I immediately asked him how he did that, and he explained it was by trading stocks. At first, I thought he was pulling my leg because I don’t blog about the stock market.

He then told me that he learned about Timothy Sykes and his Millionaire Challenge program through an old blog post I wrote, which is how he turned $1,500 into $128000.

So I decided to dig a bit deeper into his story…  [click to continue…]