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7 Writing Tips for Struggling Marketers

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Most companies looking to get more business on the internet know they need high-quality, regularly published content. And when it comes to creating a content strategy, writing various types of content, tracking the results and adjusting the plan, a professional content team usually gets the best results.

Despite this fact, though, many marketers end up finding themselves responsible for creating blog posts, email copy, social media posts, product descriptions and much more - regardless of whether or not they're strong writers. Marketers looking to improve their writing and create more effective content should keep these tips in mind:

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Facebook Cuts Down on Links to "Low-Quality" Web Pages

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We've all been there: you're scrolling through your Facebook news feed and end up clicking on a link to an interesting-looking article, only to arrive at a slow-loading page riddled with ads, popups, autoplaying video and tons of sponsored links to unrelated content that have shocking or just plain disgusting accompanying images.

In response to widespread concern over this issue, Facebook announced yesterday that it's cracking down on links to "low-quality" web experiences, reinforcing an important rule for marketers: in order to be successful, good content must be supported by good design.

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About.com Is Gone, but Its Evergreen Content Will Persevere

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Anybody who's used the internet in the past two decades has likely visited About.com. A giant in the early days of the web, About.com was an amalgam of all types of educational content, from "how-to" home improvement articles to pre-WebMD health advice. Even after Google fundamentally changed how content was accessed on the web, About.com continued to thrive because it followed the number-one rule for ranking well: provide valuable content.

But times have changed. Social media is now the number one way people access media sites, and large, catch-all content hubs like MSN, AOL and Yahoo are struggling to compete with more niche, targeted sites.

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4 Reasons Why Employees are the #1 Content Marketing Resource for Small Businesses

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A common misconception about content marketing is that it's only valuable for large brands. Small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) may not feel they have the resources, budget or time to use content creation as a strategy that boosts web traffic, builds an audience and ultimately increases sales.

However, the number one most important rule for ensuring content marketing ROI is to provide value. Neither large companies nor SMBs have to spend exorbitant amounts of money or time to create extremely valuable content that gets results. In fact, one of the best resources for content ROI is your own employees.

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Voice Search & Featured Snippets: Why You Need Q&A Content

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Content is more likely to accomplish its goals when it's in the right format. Would the content attract more attention and generate more leads as a blog post, ebook, social post, video, infographic, quiz or survey? If it's going to be a blog, should it be a quick read or an in-depth report? Would it work best as a numbered list or a how-to guide?

One format that's often overlooked, however, is "question and answer." The Q&A format is often reserved solely for FAQ pages, but with the rise of two important SEO trends - Google's featured snippets and voice search - Q&A content could be an incredibly effective part of a business's content strategy.

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