10 Must Have Content Creation Tools and Tactics

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Creating content is not as easy as it used to be. This is especially true if your content consists of guides and giving a straightforward step by step process to your audience, like this guide provided by Jamie Spencer. Back in the day, you could get away with stuffing your articles and blogs with keywords and spammy links and you would rank well. Over time search engines wised up to these tactics making it much more difficult; however, with the right tools and tactics for content creation, your site should not have any problems beyond how to handle all the visitors coming to your website or social media page!

If you’d like to improve your web traffic, here are 10 must have content creation tools and tactics:

1. Content Calendar

The first thing you need is a plan, so you will want to come up with a content calendar. A content calendar is just what it sounds like: an organized succession of content scheduled over a period of time. It keeps your content creation precise like a laser rather than buckshot. 

You can use a paper calendar to pencil in your planned posts, or use an app such as Google Calendar to plot your plans. It is recommended that you plan your content up to 6 months in advance. The trick is to make a plan and stick to it as closely as possible, unless something particularly important, interesting, or exciting comes up that you simply have to write about or feature in a timely manner.

Keep your topics cohesive and/or logical by making a mind map. Start with the main topic at the center, and identify related topics as offshoots. If you are stumped for ideas, type in a keyword or phrase on a search engine, and check out the related searches. That should give you some great ideas for topics. 

2. BuzzSumo

If you want to deliver content that is not only engaging and informative, but also trending on social media, you can use a site like BuzzSumo. BuzzSumo collects data on the popularity of specific content on a particular topic on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You can filter the results to fit your needs and get a ton of useful information back. You can also use it to find influencers for a particular niche or industry, and monitor the performance of any topic or brand, including your competitors. It is a very useful tool for effective content marketing, and most of its best features are available free of charge!

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  • Search Engine Optimized (SEO) WordPress Theme Gallery

    When picking out a new WordPress theme, there are a lot of factors to consider. Do you want a 2-column theme or a 3-column theme? What about AJAX comments? Maybe you want specific colors? No matter what your preference is, one of the main factors you should probably consider is how search engine friendly your theme is going to be.

    There are a lot of WordPress SEO techniques that theme designers can use when creating their theme to help optimize it for search engines, and several authors have taken the time to do so. Here are what I feel are the best search engine optimized WordPress themes:

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    Sodelicious Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

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    Modern Blue Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    YourBlog 2.0 Theme

    YourBlog 2.0 Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    PassionDuo Theme (3 Colors)

    Green: Demo | Download, Red: Demo | Download, Blue: Demo | Download

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    Yakuter Tema 2.0 Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    3-Column Search Engine Optimized WordPress Themes

    Big Blue Theme

    Big Blue Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Redie 3.0 Theme

    Redie 3.0 Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

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    Ambient Glo Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

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    Source | Download (Orange, Blue, and Gray) | Demo

    Cutline Theme

    Cutline Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Have a search engine optimized WordPress theme you’d like to see included in this list? Feel free to comment below with a link and I’ll see about it getting added!

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  • How To: Optimize Your WordPress Title

    Looking to optimize your WordPress title? While this blog will probably not get to caught up in covering search engine optimization, there are definitely a few tweaks that you can make to your existing WordPress theme that will help optimize your blog’s search engine potential. In this post I’m going to cover a quick adjustment that you can make to your title tag to show a more optimal title.

    Optimize Your WordPress Title

    By default, your WordPress theme will likely come with a pretty standard code for your blog’s title. It probably looks something like the following:

    <title><?php bloginfo('name'); ?> <?php if ( is_single() ) { ?> » Blog Archive <?php } ?> <?php wp_title(); ?></title>

    Unfortunately this is not the best way to code your title for your WordPress. Ideally, you’ll want a more search engine friendly way to display a custom title for each page of your WordPress blog. In order to achieve this, here is the code I recommend using:

    <title><?php if (is_home () ) { bloginfo(‘name’); }
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    This code will actually display a custom title for each different type of page on your blog automatically.

    If you’re truly ambitious, you can actually use a plugin that will do all the dirty work for you. That plugin is called WordPress SEO, and it will help automate the process for displaying completely custom meta tags for each page of your blog, including the title field.

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