I’m a marketer who is definitely guilty of shiny object syndrome. I see something new and my first thought is almost always “Ooh, I need to do that!” Then, very often, that thought is followed by me putting whatever I happen to be working on aside and jumping on said new thing at the expense of the 1,000 other priorities on my daily to do list. Sound familiar?
A recent report from BuzzSumo showed that the average number of shares on a piece of content has halved over the last couple of years and median number of links out of 100 million articles researched was 0. If you don’t get shares, it’s unlikely people will see your content on social media channels. If you don't get links, it’s going to be very difficult to rank on Google. And frankly, if you don’t have either -- is anyone ever going to see your content?
Chris Faraone, founder of the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism, was not happy with Medium last week, after they rolled out yet another change to how the publishing platform functions and enables their publishing partners. Those organizations who had their own independent subscription paywalls on a Medium publication they had created -- like BINJ -- were notified on Friday, April 27, they would be canceled on May 7. After that date, readers with subscriptions to those publications would lose them as they came up for renewal. (Of note, affected publishers were welcome to ask for an extension, if they needed more time to handle the news that they were going to be losing a revenue stream.) As Faraone was quick to point out, this wasn't a small change, like the sunsetting of a particular feature. Instead, Medium was gutting a critical source of funding.
We’ve all been preaching it for years -- create quality content to attract and engage site visitors, but what happens when everyone is doing the same thing? (Which they are.) At this point, most businesses know they need to create quality content, causing the internet to become beyond saturated with articles, guides, site pages, etc. With all the content out there, fewer pieces are having an impact and fewer people are actually engaging with it. In fact, 50% of article content gets 8 shares or less. What’s worse is 3 out 4 of those articles will receive zero referring domain links -- zero.
We’ve all heard it time and time again: Work smarter, not harder. Get the most out of what you’ve already done. Repurpose your content. But let’s be real; like so many things in life, that’s usually easier said than done.
As inbound marketers, we all know the benefits of creating valuable content for our website visitors. Content has been the staple of an inbound strategy for years, but many marketers are missing one thing: the marketing.
A lot of work goes into creating quality, educational content that earns your organization a high rank and drives traffic. So, why would you want to re-publish your articles on other platforms such as LinkedIn and Medium? While there are pros and cons to doing almost anything, sometimes, you need to take some risks to meet your objectives.