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9 Guidelines for Content Aggregators Who Recycle the News

Aggregating great content is just as valuable as creating great content

Content aggregation is often given a bad name, because it’s often done incorrectly.

The best content aggregators approach the process as the valuable art form that it is. Content aggregators recognize the web is all about content aggregation, and their work allows users to reach new depths on the subject matter they care about.

We first wrote about content aggregation in 2011. At that time, he had been researching best practices for content aggregation and strategies content aggregators should avoid.

Website Changes Benefit Traffic, Audience Numbers for Subscription Publishers

Subscription publishers need to be open to constant changes in order to find the best way to drive more traffic and build a bigger audience. Today we look at three publishers who are experiencing growth and how they’ve done it.

We begin with Bloomberg, which has started driving more traffic by increasing its page load time. Digiday reports, “Between October and December, Bloomberg Media shifted all of its verticals to its proprietary article-template platform called Javelin. The move helped its articles load faster because Javelin utilizes a newer and more efficient internet protocol, and it allows web developers to more easily isolate problem areas and make more frequent alterations.”

6 Paid Newsletter Best Practices for the Digital Age

These days, when people talk about newsletter best practices, they’re usually referring to free email newsletters, used as a marketing tool to drive inbound traffic to websites. But because some of us are old-time journalists here at Mequoda, we also think fondly of paid newsletters, a classic journalistic form that survives today in the digital era.

The Best Marketing Automation System for Publishers

Publishers require a marketing automation system that works in tandem with a highly efficient content management system

In the last decade, marketing automation has become a hot topic for niche publishers. The term really refers to any software platform designed to automate repetitive marketing tasks to increase efficiency and reduce labor. Although this sounds simple enough,

Great Examples of Newsletter Subscription Website Sales Pages

Each of these newsletter subscription websites illustrate how to collect and convert website visitors into paid digital subscribers
If you sell a print newsletter, considering a newsletter subscription website is a business-critical decision. Consumers expect to access their periodical subscriptions digitally, and they’re willing to pay more for access when it includes back issues they don’t

15 Digital Revenue Ideas for Target-Interest Magazine Publishers

How to generate more revenue as a target-interest magazine publisher
Our friend Carl Landau run the Niche Digital Conference. The conference is about generating more online and mobile revenue for niche magazines. Carl shared with us a list of 15 digital revenue ideas for target-interest magazine publishers from last year’s conference:

1. Create new content for your website,

Content Marketing for Digital Publishing Consultants

“So what exactly does Mequoda Group do for a living?” people ask us.

I have been involved in Internet marketing and publishing since 1995, when I was running an agency called Blue Dolphin Direct—primarily a print direct marketing and editorial consulting firm for a variety of magazine and newsletter clients. It was during that time when the folks at ComputerWorld had the revolutionary idea that we could sell subscriptions to their print magazine via the Internet. The program took about eight months to develop and was successful, in that we were able to sell print subs at a cost per order of about $65—a little below their average cost per order via direct mail. And that was the beginning of our journey.

6 Ways to Increase Website Traffic and Email Marketing Conversion Rates

Here are 6 ways you can improve your Internet marketing strategy that will increase website traffic and boost email marketing conversion rates

Provide lots of FREE content. It is the foundation of the Mequoda System. This content can come in the form of email newsletter subscriptions, website access, eBooks, white papers, audio or video podcasts. It’s hard to get someone to open their wallet without sampling first. Think about this: if your free content is high quality it has value to the visitor and they believe the paid portion of content will be just as good, if not better.

Add fresh content daily. Competition is fierce, stay ahead by adding new content on a regular schedule. For most publishers, we recommend posting at least once a day. Some different ways to accomplish this include: a tip of the week, white papers, podcasts and the week-in-review. High quality, keyword-rich content will keep users coming back for more.

Week In Review: August 9th, 2010 – August 13th, 2010

Catch up on the Mequoda Daily’s blog posts for this past week…

Learn How to Implement an Internet Marketing Strategy Model that Uses Free Content to Drive Online Traffic

Content producers and online publishers can utilize this modern Internet Marketing Strategy to reach niche markets while growing a fan base

(Nationwide)—Modern publishing professionals have stepped away from traditional publishing models by using free content as their internet marketing strategy to drive online traffic. A percentage of that traffic is then converted into email newsletter subscribers who receive fresh content from the publisher on a regular basis. The ability to reach an audience through emails helps to create meaningful relationships while also developing a potential revenue stream.

A Marketing System That Supports Free Content

If you don’t own it, our free Internet Marketing Strategy for Publishers eBook

Download a free copy of our eBook Internet Marketing Strategy for Publishers now

A major difference between a Mequoda system and other traditional publishing models is that a Mequoda system offers free content to drive online traffic.

This content can come in the form of email newsletter subscriptions, website access, eBooks, white papers, audio or video podcasts. As technology grows, the ability to create and distribute content through multimedia platforms like the iPad or iPhone is realized by publishers as well.

Jewelry Making Daily Publishing Case Study: Interweave Launches Another Online Community with its Proven Content Marketing Strategy

A Google keyword visibility strategy and valuable, highly targeted content are fundamental to this experienced online publishing enterprise

If you have ever doubted the value of keyword research and search engine optimization, consider the enviable success of Interweave, a unit of Aspire Media. It’s one of the nation’s largest and most respected arts and craft media companies, with businesses in magazine and book publishing, online media, television and video programming, directories and events.

Interweave’s extensive Internet network of more than 30 websites and eight online communities, which includes some of the most popular art- and craft-enthusiast destinations on the web, recently added a community for anyone interested in creating handmade jewelry.

Digital Newsletter Readership Changes 2000 to 2010

What’s your digital newsletter strategy for 2010 and beyond?

Vida y Salud – One Million Unique Users in Under 10 Months

A story of health, wellness and success

Driving Website Traffic

Driving website traffic is a fundamental component of the Mequoda Marketing System. It is by driving website traffic that email newsletter subscriptions are increased and the names on that list are monetized. Publishers should take advantage of every possible way to drive website traffic. Here is a list of 31 ways to do it.

Harvard Health Letter Sales Letter Landing Page Review

Harvard has opted not to use a traditional landing page to sell the Harvard Health Letter.

Instead, the main sales page for the Harvard Health Letter is a minimal transaction page with the barest of copy and graphics, and is devoid of the selling effort one would normally expect when promoting a paid subscription publication online.

Knowing the smart marketers at Harvard, we have to believe that this is a deliberate choice. As we recall, they don’t use this “bare minimum” approach in print promotions: their paper direct mail that we’ve seen consists of strong, long-copy sales letters that sell the publication and its benefits, and sell it hard. Why then would they opt for this “bare bones” approach online? This review really addresses a broader, more important question: are online and offline copy fundamentally the same or fundamentally different?

Setting Up a Mequoda Marketing System – Phase 1

The Internet Hub is a one of seven Mequoda Website Archetypes discovered by reviewing more then 2000 media websites. Like all Mequoda Website Archetypes, it has a limited set of core functions that make it efficient for completing a limited group of user tasks that are key to the success of an online publishing operation or Mequoda Marketing System.

Building Email Marketing Databases

This Mequoda System operator has focused on creating loads of free products to increase email newsletter subscriptions

If you’re a golfer that routinely gets tired of playing the same course in town then you should be subscribed to Golf Vacation Insider. This Mequoda System was created not just for golfers, but for people that enjoy golf travel.

“Our focus is on being the premier provider of golf travel intelligence in the world,” said David Baum, publisher and editor-in-chief of Golf Vacation Insider and Golf Odyssey.

Internet Marketing Strategy: Acknowledging that Consumers Hate Ads

An effective Internet marketing system distributes valuable content without charge

If you’re still using traditional online advertising as part of your Internet marketing strategy, know this: Nobody is paying attention!

According to a recent Forrester Research Study, only 13 percent of consumers admit that they buy products because of online ads, and a negligible six percent believe that companies generally tell the truth in ads.

Mequoda Goes to Germany

I’m writing from my hotel suite in Bonn, Germany where I’m preparing to present 3 Mequoda Bootcamps to German publisher Verlag Norman Rentrop with Don this week.

This is the second time Don and I have presented our content in Europe this year–in late June we had the pleasure of speaking at the SIPA UK conference in London. That was where Helmut Graf, CEO of VNR, invited us to visit his beautiful country to present the Mequoda System to his company.

Online Publishing Secret #6: Implement the Mequoda Marketing Model

The major differentiation between the Internet marketing strategy of the Mequoda System and that of traditional publishing models is the use of free content to drive online traffic. By offering free content (e.g., email newsletter subscriptions, HTML webpage access, eBooks or eReports, blogs or Web feeds) through a variety of free and/or paid media sources, a publisher can entice interested individuals to a website—a Mequoda Internet Hub.

Using Direct Mail Post Cards to Increase Targeted Website Traffic and Sell Paid Newsletter Subscriptions

While many Internet marketing professionals ignore direct mail as a viable means to increase targeted website traffic, one newsletter publisher devised a test that shows that direct mail post cards can be a very cost-effective way to increase targeted website traffic and sell paid newsletter subscriptions.

GMarketing.com Website Design Review

Mr. Levinson has been busy practicing, developing and evangelizing guerrilla marketing since 1984, with great success. Many startups and small companies use Mr. Levinson’s techniques to produce tangible results with minimal cost. However, established companies such as Smirnoff and Vodafone have also integrated guerrilla techniques into their marketing mix. The concept of guerrilla marketing has been especially well received by Internet companies, which typically operate on limited marketing budgets, and has given rise to other marketing techniques such as viral marketing and search marketing. Guerrilla marketing is characterized by extreme statements that are intended to grab the audience.

Mequoda System History and Methodology

I have been involved in Internet marketing and publishing since 1995, when I was running an agency called Blue Dolphin Direct—primarily a print direct marketing and editorial consulting firm for a variety of magazine and newsletter clients. It was during that time when the folks at Computerworld had the revolutionary idea that we could sell subscriptions to their print magazine via the Internet. The program took about eight months to develop and was successful, in that we were able to sell print subs at a cost per order of about $65—a little below their average cost per order via direct mail. And that was the beginning of our journey.

MediaBistro Media Network Makeover Case Study

Laurel Touby started MediaBistro in 1997 in the dot-com heyday with the goal of creating a community for journalists. “We weren’t really sure how we were going to make money,” she confesses, “we just wanted to bring media people together.” While this may not sound like an auspicious mission for a profitable business, MediaBistro has developed some very profitable income streams, all of which flow from this community, and all of which provide content models easily adopted by traditional publishers.

PR & Earned Media 101: Getting Reviewed & Mentioned

BHG.com Internet Marketing System Review

Getting on TV is just one of many ways to leverage other people’s media and drive website traffic—people who will log onto your website, register to download the free item, and, you hope, sign up for your free email newsletter. From simple search-optimized press releases to radio talk shows and local newspapers, PR is an effective Internet marketing tactic that works best when the release includes a crystal-clear reason why readers and viewers need to visit your website.

Beliefnet.com Website Design Review

BeliefNet.com Is Not Your Typical Ecommerce Website—or Is It? The Business Model is Based on the Internet’s Holy Trinity: Content, Community and Commerce and its Website Design is Perfectly Suitable

Implementing and Iterating an Internet Marketing System

How to leverage valuable content to create customer loyalty and build repeat sales. A step-by-step guide to the Mequoda Internet Marketing System.

RealtorMarketingTips.com Landing Page Review

My friend Fred Gleeck, the Internet marketing guru, says that if all you do to get people to sign up for your free e-zine is have a tiny box on your main website in which they enter their email address, you are probably failing to build your e-list as rapidly and cost-effectively as you could.

How to Increase Search Engine Traffic with Search Engine Friendly Website Navigation

Learn how one publisher redesigned his website navigation to make his site ultra-search-engine-friendly and dramatically increase search engine traffic.

Ragan.com Website Design Review

Ragan.com is Strictly Business. Few organizations have done more to improve the quality of corporate communications than Chicago’s Ragan Communications. And, I suspect, few firms have done as much to maintain the morale of corporate communicators than Ragan Communications.