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Why Update Your Content?

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It's common for business owners to assume that content that works is going to work forever. Once product pages and landing pages have been written, you're tempted to just check that job off of the list and forget about it. But running a successful website and having a strong web presence doesn't work this way. Things change, technology evolves, pages stop working, and it's important to go over your content and update it -- or even replace it -- from time to time. That job doesn't end, and assuming that it does can lead to lower traffic levels over time.

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What Kinds of Content Do People Share?

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Having your web content go viral can bring in a ton of attention for your brand, but you don't need to have that type of success to have a major impact. Any content that people share is highly beneficial. It's far more likely that their connections on social media will interact with that content than if they come across it in any other fashion. The personal endorsement from someone whom they know makes all the difference in the world.

But how do you get content that accomplishes this goal? What types of content are people more likely to share and thus spread within their own circles?

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The Two Keys of Content Marketing

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Your goals with content marketing are many. They start with driving more traffic to your site. Beyond that, you also want to make sales or conversions, you want to uphold your brand and you want to answer customers' questions and provide them with the information that they need. All of these things can work together to give you the type of success that you seek.

Unfortunately, many people get started and quickly decide that content marketing just isn't having the impact that they want. They think it's not working. In order to get results, there are two key areas you must focus on. Content marketing only works when they're addressed and considered with every decision you make. They are:

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9 Out of 10 Consumers Read Reviews

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Don't think of online reviews as something extra for consumers, a small piece of the puzzle that they use when deciding what to buy. The truth is that they're far more important than that. They're a critical part of the process, with nine out of 10 consumers choosing to read reviews before they make a purchase. It's clear that they value the input of other shoppers and even, to a degree, allow those shoppers to make their decisions for them. Reviews are seen as a way to get an inside scoop so that one does not have to rely only on what the company says -- as companies are naturally biased toward their own products. Reviewers, in theory, are not.

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What Reading Level Is Right for Your Audience?

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Not all online audiences have the same reading level, nor should you expect them to. This is why it's so important to understand not just the goals you have for your content, but for whom that content is being written. You can then cater your approach to those who are going to be on your page most often, and it will have the biggest impact. Writing at a level that is above your audience may make your content seem confusing and unhelpful, while writing at a level that is too low can make your company appear unprofessional or unpolished.

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