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Blog Management for SEO Companies: A Complete Guide to Perfect Blog Content (Part I)

Profile photo of Helen Black Submitted by Helen Black May 30, 2016

Every SEO company has once faced, is currently facing, or will definitely face the problem of developing an effective content management strategy for its blog. And we at Netpeak haven’t escaped this fate. A company’s main source of media is essentially its “face.” That is why it is so important to make it catchy, relevant, interesting, unique, reliable and really useful for your readers.

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Many of you might say: “We have all of that, but still no result.” Well, that could be due to a lack of knowledge or experience within blog management sphere. Even if you are a great writer, you need time and bad decisions to teach you how to be a good blogger. Moreover, sometimes blogs go bad because of a lack of new approaches to their development. This post will give you plenty of new information to elaborate on new approaches and alternative views, so you can fill your blog with excellent content that receives lots of like and shares.

Speaking of excellent blog management, it is important to take into account all aspects of professional blogging. To do this, you have to think like an experienced chef: only those ingredients that meet high-quality standards can compose a fairly delicious dish. In this article we will give you the best headline formulas and blog post formats pioneered by content marketing experts.

1. Headlines

A headline is one of the most essential, although usually overlooked parts of any article. Headlines can be seen everywhere on the blog, trying to attract the reader’s attention like signboards on storefronts. Your post’s headline can be the cherry on top of your blogs’ pie as well as the noose around its neck—it’s all about your phrasing skills. Luckily, this issue has been excessively researched by many experts who have classified the main types of headlines that will be your guiding star on your way to success.

1. How to
Example: How to Find Topics for a Blog

2. Numbers
Example: 5 (10,100,…) Tips for Creating Excellent Content

3. Questions
Example: Are You Still Using Guest Posting?

4. Negatives
Example: You’ll Never Succeed in Blogging with These Posts

5. The curiosity gap
Example: Top 10 Secrets for an Excellent Content Marketing Plan (Spoiler: # 9 Is Sensational!)

6. Surprise
Example: This Is Not a Perfect Content Plan (But It Could Have Been!)

7. Specificity
Example: A 10-Step Guide for Getting Twice the Traffic to Your Post

8. Imperative mood
Example: Stop Using Long-Tailed Keywords and Maximize Your Shares with New Content Management Strategy!

9. Referencing your audience
Example: For Content Marketers in Search for Their Active and Loyal Readers

10. Weekly summaries
Example: Weekly Wrap-Up: What Were the Most Important SEO Events?

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2. Headlines Formulas

It has been proven many times that a good headline defines the success of your entire post. And the professional headline writing skills do not limit to headline’s type definition. Although eight out of 10 people will read your headline, only two of them will read the whole article. However, creating really magnetic posts will help you to increase this number. But how do you come up with a headline that works? You can find the answer in this list of the top headline formulas crafted by the most experienced and successful content management experts:

1. Lenka Istvanova (Koozai Marketing)
This blog post headline formula was created by Istvanova based on her detailed analysis of the best headline practices for getting clicks:
Number + Adjective + Target Keyword + Rationale + Promise
Ex: 10 Tips You Can Start Using Today That Will Earn You More Shares

2. Catograde’s “Be Like Mike” Formula
This formula gained global recognition after its success with Catograde’s “Be Like Mike” campaign, which involved Michael Jordan serving as a celebrity role model:
[Do Something Desirable] like [World-Class Expert]
Ex: Blog Like an All-Star
This formula was updated by Joanna Wiebe from “Copy Hackers”:
[Do Something Desirable] like [an Expert] Without [Something Expected and Undesirable]
Ex: Blog Like an All-Star Without Bankrupting Your Free Time

3. Bnonn from “KISSmetrics”
Here’s a five-part formula that can be applied to any type of headline; it’s also proven to be reliable for one of the most famous marketing blogs:
S.H.I.N.E. Headlines
S – specificity
H– helpfulness
I – immediacy
N– newsworthiness
E – entertainment value
Ex: The Best 10 Minutes (immediacy) You’ll Spend on Reading Today (entertainment): Buffer’s (specificity) Most Recent Tips (newsworthiness) for Increasing Your Likes and Shares 200% (helpfulness)

4. Unbounce Formula
SEO Specificity
[Adjective] and [Adjective] [What You Do/ SEO Keyword Phrase] That Will [ Highly Desirable Promise of Benefits]
Ex: New and Useful Content Marketing Trends That Will Earn You More Traffic

5. “How To” Headlines
Blogger Peter Sandeen has gathered more than 100 formulas and categorized them using a precise system of classification. Here are his most effective “how to” headlines:
How to ____________________
How to ________ like ________
How to ________ even if/without ________
How to use________ to ________
How to ________ in five easy steps

6. Mini-Headlines: Four Words or Fewer
Sometimes it’s very hard to create a short and concrete headline. We at Netpeak prefer more detailed, descriptive ones, although you can certainly have success with mini-headlines, too.
A good example of one is Leo Babauta’s headlines from his Zen Habits blog:
Don’t Waste a Moment
How to Be Great
Making Yourself Work
Inhabit the Moment

7. Neil Patel and Quick Sprout
Neil Patel has created a detailed infographic in which he took into account all the possible details that can impact a headline’s success. Here is the final result of his analysis:
Number/Trigger Word + Interesting Adjective + Keyword + Promise ( as near to six words as possible)
Ex: 13 Far-fetched Headlines You Must Investigate

8. Six-word Formula
This formula is somehow similar to the mini-headlines one (see No. 6), as it underlines the fact that a headline must be as close to SIX WORDS as possible.
Users most often read, or at least pay attention to, the three first and last words of any headline. This fact has been proven by many different types of research within the sphere of content marketing.
Start with a great opener, follow with a colon, add a complementary headline.

The success of a blog depends on many different details – all of which impact the relevance, reliability and usefulness of the content you present to your readers. In this post, we provided you with some basic guidelines for creating effective, professional content. All of the aforementioned headline formulas and blog post types have been widely used by experienced bloggers and content managers. You can easily locate these experts and their blogs and see how these formulas have worked for them. Try as many of them as possible to find out which ones work for you, and let us know which ones appeared to be the most effective in the comments below.


This post was originally published in http://blog.netpeak.us/blog-management-for-seo-companies-a-complete-guide-to-perfect-blog-content-part-i/ by Helen Black

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22 Responses to “Blog Management for SEO Companies: A Complete Guide to Perfect Blog Content (Part I)” Leave a reply ›

  • Profile photo of Sunday William Profile

    Hey Matilda,

    A very refreshing topic I must state. Especially as it has to do with writing a good headline for a blog post.

    The fact remains that headlines must arouse curiosity and promise valuable benefits for the reader.

    A blogger must understand this and be guided when chosen the best headlines for his blogger.

    SEO companies that want to gain traction of their content must, indeed, be ready to perfect their headline style, types, and formula for blogging success.
    Sunday William recently posted…Should Bloggers Use Pen Names Instead Of Real Names?My Profile

  • Profile photo of Black Profile

    Hi Matilda,

    Its cool learning about the various types and formulas of headlines that can make a difference for SEO content management bloggers.

    Every online strategists can utilize the lessons of this post for improved success.

    For me, the best headline that has appealed to me here is the Specificity headline with this example: “A 10-Step Guide for Getting Twice the Traffic to Your Post” Such headlines are direct to the point and could easily trigger traffic and conversion for the content marketer!

  • Profile photo of James Ling Profile

    Hi Matilda,

    An excellent post! The explanations about all the various headline styles are clear and revealing – at least to newbies!

    This is a great resource worthy of bookmarking.

    However, I want to ask, should the creation of a headline be guided by what the marketer wants or by what the audience wants?

    • Profile photo of Helen Black Profile

      Hello James,

      Thanks for the comment! I am pleased to hear you have found my post useful.

      If talking about the headline creation, you should always be thinking about the needs of your audience. In case you want people to read your post, you have to choose an attractive headline that will catch your readers’ attention.

      The formulas that are listed in the post were created on the basis of deep marketing researches and therefore they present the most popular headlines among readers. However, your knowledge and authority makes you in some way responsible for your readers.

      Personally I try to help them to solve the most widespread problems of online business promotion, to educate them in the sphere of Internet marketing and help them grow.

      Helen Black recently posted…Be Your Own Hero: How To Make Perfect Custom Images For Your Blog Posts If You’re Not A Professional DesignerMy Profile

      • Profile photo of James Ling Profile

        Hi Matilda,

        From the tone of your voice, I truly agree that “Personally I try to help them to solve the most widespread problemsof online business promotion, to educate them in the spehere of Interet marketing and help them grow.” keep up the good work and you will surely go places!

  • Profile photo of Paul Profile

    Hi Matilda and the NetPeak team,

    This is an excellent presentation!

    I second with some of the commenters above that this post is worth bookmarking.

    In the very least, the reader is guided from the headlines on the features and benefits of the rest of the content.

    SEO companies and content managers should always ensure that their blogs or content is guided by perfect headlines.

    Nevertheless, I appreciate you sharing the various headline formulas that can be adopted by content marketers!

  • Profile photo of Celine Profile

    Hi Matilda,

    An amazing piece you have put together here. It reminds us of the basics of content creation.

    A good headline means a good blog post. Hence, it becomes important to always create headline that resonates with the objectives of the blogs.

    The headline types and formulas discussed in this guide could be useful – in one way or the other for SEO companies.

    However, making it work for them means ensuring that the right headline is deployed to the right content and the right audience.
    Its a piece worth bookmarking!

    • Profile photo of Helen Black Profile

      Hello Celine

      Thank you for the comment.

      I believe that a proper attention should always be paid to the headline. It is an extremely important part of the content.

      I hope that this post will help SEO companies to expand their knowledge within the sphere and therefore improve their content marketing strategy.

  • Profile photo of steven Profile

    Hey Matilda,

    I like the concluding part of this piece:

    “The success of a blog depends on many different details – all of which impact the relevance, reliability and usefulness of the content you present to your readers.”

    It says all that the headline should have in a perfect blogging system.

    The various formulas can be exercised in different blogging expectations.

    • Profile photo of Helen Black Profile

      Hello Steven

      I’m glad you liked the last paragraph. I really think that the headline has a great meaning for the overall success of your conent.

      Moreover, I have checked the effect that can be produced be the well-composed and undeveloped headlines – the effect is really powerful.

  • Profile photo of Carl Profile

    A perfect blog content starts with a perfect headline, hence it is wise to get it right from the beginning!

    The “perfect” headline for a blog will guide the readers into digesting the content and taking action. What more can a blogger desire?

    I love the examples shared for these posts and it is commendable how links to the source materials are revealed.

    A good job from you Matilda, and of course NetPeak 😉

    • Profile photo of Helen Black Profile

      Hello Carl

      I’m glad to see the examples were useful to you as well as the post in general. I hope you liked the other two parts of the article. Yu can find them here on the website in my posts list.

  • Profile photo of Winford Moore Profile

    At least SEO companies can now be guided on how to create the perfect headline for the perfect blog.

    There is no doubting the fact that with research and consistency of effort, an excellent blog management would be achieved.

    Thanks for a very well written post.

  • Profile photo of Sarah John Profile

    Hello Matilda,

    I agree with you: to gain excellent blog management, it is important to take into account all aspects of professional blogging.

    Hence, an appealing headline must be considered!

    The ‘how to’ headlines and blogs appeal to me always, however, the formula to be adopted will depend on the nature of the message the blogger wants to pass.

    So, from the onset, an excellent blog management for SEO companies should be based on proper research of the audience!

  • Profile photo of Amit Sharan Profile

    Hello Matilda,

    Thanks for this and the other 2 parts.

    I have also read the other 2nd and 3rd parts. They certainly contain really good information.

    Since you are using the techniques you taught in these posts, will you say your Netpeak blog is successful?

    If yes, what do you use to measure this? Search rank, Search traffic, Alexa rank, traffic, sales or all?

    • Profile photo of Helen Black Profile

      Hello Amit

      Thanks for reading all three parts – it shows that this article was really interesting and useful for you!

      I hope that it will help you with your content marketing strategy.

      If you want to check hoow it helped to develop our blog – feel free to go to http://netpeak.ne/blog and http://netpeak/ru//blog

      We are currently one of the most readable blogs within the region according to the numerous rates of marketing associations and periodicals, so I can say that yes, we are pretty successfully using the current manuals.

      We measure it in accordance with many different indicators, for example, Google Analytics is one of the major services to help you measure your success.

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