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Study: Effective Blog Posts are Longer, More Media-Rich than Ever

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When it comes to creating effective content that gets real results, SEOs and content marketers have had two questions constantly in the back of their minds for years: how long should a blog post be, and how often should a site post a new blog?

Over time, the answers have varied wildly. Long, in-depth blog posts are often touted as a way to get long-term traffic from search, but short, "snackable" articles from 200-500 words have been an industry standard for years. Almost six years ago, we recommended posts between 250 and 1,000 words. So where are we now?

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Which Types of Content Actually Get Conversions?

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Aside from the SEO boost that can come from regularly posting fresh content, marketers know that all internet content needs to be created with a goal in mind. Whether you're trying to drive traffic to your website, generate leads, create brand awareness, or get repeat business, your content should be designed to meet your goals.

When it comes to planning and creating content, different topics, content formats and publishing methods can have a huge impact on your content's effectiveness. A new report suggests that many marketers use specific types of content to successfully convert their site visitors into paying customers.

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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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Facebook's Instant Articles Losing Favor with Content Marketers

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Two years ago, many content marketers were hailing Facebook's Instant Articles (IA) as a potential game-changer in social marketing. The idea that brands could publish natively on Facebook using long-form content that loads quickly on mobile presented some interesting opportunities for social engagement and brand awareness. Along with other trends at the time (like Twitter potentially dropping its character limit and the debut of Snapchat Discover), in-depth content looked like the future of social content marketing.

Now, however, it looks like IA may not be the game-changer Facebook hoped it would be, as the network struggles to make it worthwhile for publishers.

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