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July 15th, 2024

Types of Copywriting to Use in Your Business

by Rahimah Sultan

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What is copywriting?

Copywriting is the act or occupation of writing text for the purpose of advertising or other forms of marketing. Copywriting is aimed at selling products or services. The product, called copy or sales copy, is written content that aims to increase brand awareness and ultimately persuade a person or group to take a particular action. Copywriters help to create billboards, brochures, catalogs, jingle lyrics, magazine and newspaper advertisements, sales letters and other direct mail, scripts for television or radio commercials, taglines, white papers, website and social media posts, and other marketing communications. All this aligned with the target audience’s expectations while keeping the content and copy fresh, relevant, and effective. Wikipedia

This article discusses several types of copywriting you can use in your business.

Businesses have always needed to reach prospective customers and effectively communicate what they offer.

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July 1st, 2024

Five of the Best Blogging Platforms for Beginning Bloggers

by Rahimah Sultan

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What is the best blogging platform?

Through research, I’ve found the following list to be five of the best blogging platforms for beginning bloggers.

There are many popular options to choose from including, Tumblr, Weebly, Blogspot, Joomla, Typepad, Ghost, Squarespace, and others.

We’ll focus on only five (FREE) platforms for beginning bloggers.

1. Medium

How to get started

Medium has several ways to register.

Go to, and to avoid having to remember yet another password Click the “Get started” button.

Choose to sign in with Google or a social media account then click “OK.”

For $0 you get a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) minimalist blogging platform.

After you join, click the avatar (floating head) and select new story. You’ll land on an easy-to-use drag-and-drop editor.

There’s no trial and error or guessing.

Medium’s pros:

Built-in audience of over 60 million readers!
Good for all blog types
Your blog looks professional
More business-friendly than
Monetization is possible with the Medium Partner Program

Medium’s Cons:

Little to no customization. Your blog will look like all other Medium blogs. Medium offers stats, but you can’t link to your Google account to use Google Analytics


How to get started

Go to and click the “Get Started” button.

Enter your email address, a username, and a strong password.

For step 2, enter some details about your blog.

In step 3, enter an address for your site.

Start typing and you’ll get a list of options. Select the “Free” one.
Then, pick a plan. Again, select the “Free” option.

The “free for life” plan has numerous features.

For $0 you get:

A free subdomain
“Jetpack” essential features
Community support
Dozens of free themes/templates

A domain is what comes after the https:// at the top of your browser.

In the case of WordPress, the domain name is

So what’s a subdomain? If the domain is the parent, the subdomain is the child. Anything between the “https://” and the domain is a subdomain.

Some examples:

So, if I wanted to start “Marketing Success Review” on, my subdomain might be

Readers would type in their browser to browser to view my site.

If you’re a business blog, this is not a good look. But for a sandbox blog where you’re testing ideas, it’ll be okay.

Jetpack Essential Features

Unless you upgrade to their “business” plan, doesn’t permit third-party plugins. So, if hear about an amazing SEO tool plugin, you’re out of luck until you upgrade to a self-hosted version.

Nevertheless, the free plan does come with many built-in WordPress plugins that offer everything from spam protection to contact forms.

Community Support

Perhaps’s best feature (beyond the pricing) is its extensive support system and knowledgebase.

You can find practically anything you need to know about using their free platform in’s Support section. To call their collection of how-to articles merely “extensive” would be an understatement.

At the forum, you can see if anyone else had you same question. If you can’t find the solution, post the question yourself.

Free Themes

WordPress has dozens of free themes from which to choose for design flexibility that isn’t available with Medium and the other free platforms.

Although offers so much for free, it is not for anyone who wants to present a professional business blog. Pros:

Suitable for a variety of blog types
Solid support articles and forum
More design options than other free platforms
Shorter learning curve if you choose to transition to self-hosted WordPress later
Website builder that’s good for more than just blogs
Premium plans are available, for those interested Cons:

Not ideal for businesses
You can’t install premium or free WordPress themes and plugins (or another blogging tool) from third parties
Lack of community makes it difficult to build an audience from scratch
WordPress advertising and banners may appear next to your blog content

3. LinkedIn

How to get started

Go to

Enter your name, your email, and a strong password. Then click the “Join now” button.

You’ll be asked to answer a few more questions.

For zero money you get a free-to-use publishing platform that’s focused on professionals and business contacts.

If you’re already a LinkedIn member, publishing content will be easier than, Medium, or any other blogging platform, because it’s built right into your LinkedIn profile.

Click the “Write an article” button and start writing.

LinkedIn Pros:

Clean, simple design
Good for professionals and business blogging
Built-in audience of like-minded professionals
Ease of use — publishing platform is built right into your LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn Cons:

Very few customization options
Only good for professionals and businesses
You can’t schedule posts for future publishing

If you want to write posts to reach professionals and business, LinkedIn is the best free blogging platform available.


How to get started

On your personal computer, go to where you’ll see the log in page.

Enter your phone number or email address, your name, your desired username, and a strong password. Then click the “Sign up” button.

Or, if you have a Facebook account, skip all that and click the “Log in with Facebook” button.

You could also do the above using the Instagram app on your mobile device.

For $0 you get a very popular social media platform that’s perfect for microblogging.

An example of microblogging is:

Uploading a great image such as a photo from your camera or a Creative Commons image that fits your current mood.

Upload your image to Instagram.

Then write a short blog post stating what you want about the image.

Anyone who focuses on highly visual topics should use Instagram.

You can have great success using Instagram as a microblogging platform if you can combine impressive visuals with short posts that pack a punch.

Instagram Pros:

Great for visual topics
Ideal platform for microblogging (short posts)
Great if your target audience primarily uses mobile devices

Instagram Cons:

Limited to 2,200 characters
Limited to one hyperlink (in your bio)
If your target audience isn’t on mobile, it’s less than ideal

5. Guest Blogging

How to get started

The best platform for building your authority is guest blogging.

The first way to get started is to determine if the blogs you like to read, (that are relevant to your niche) accept guest post submissions.

Browse their “About” or “Start” pages. Try their “Contact” page. Sometimes, they’ll make it easy and have a “Contribute” or “Write for Us” link in their navigation menu or footer.

The second approach involves using Google’s and Twitter’s search capability.

You can query a topic (for example: “blogging”) together with a search phrase (“write for us”).

Not all sites are worth your effort. Click on the results that look promising, browse them, and see if they’re a good fit. Skip the ones that aren’t and bookmark the matches.

Continue with similar queries.

Do the same on Twitter.

Type “guest post”, “guest blog post”, “guest article”, etc. in the search box. Twitter will give you a list of tweets where people used those exact phrases.

For $0 you get the chance to put your words in front of already-existing, relevant audiences and a chance to acquire fans for life.

You should guest blog if you want to build credibility and boost your authority.

You should NOT if you want to build up your own blog.

Guest blogging is no longer a great way to increase traffic to your blog.

Guest Blogging Pros:

Write for interested, targeted audiences
Fastest way to build your authority and reputation

Guest Blogging Cons:

Fastest way to destroy your authority and reputation
Not an efficient method for getting traffic to your own website
Getting published on quality sites is hard work
Time-consuming — may be hard to fit into busy schedules

Technically, there’s one more free option. software — the same software used by — is also free for everyone.

However,’s software isn’t actually free once you add up the other expenses.

To use the software you’ll need a blog hosting provider (aka web hosting services), you’ll need to register a domain name (some hosting providers give you a free domain, but you should keep  your domain registrar and web host separate), you’ll have to install WordPress on your own web host, and you’ll also need your own domain name. All of these cost money.

This is something you’ll eventually want to do, but not right now when you’re just getting started.

So how will you know when you’re ready? One source recommends making the switch once you reach a 20% outreach success rate.

The best blogging platform depends on what you want to accomplish. There’s no one platform that fits everyone.

This article has covered Five of the Best Blogging Platforms for Beginning Bloggers.

It all boils down to what suits your needs and situation.

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June 18th, 2024

12 Steps to Starting a Successful Blog

by Rahimah Sultan

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You like most people, can spend months or years creating a blog that has no chance of succeeding, then you start another one that fails or a third and fourth.

You’re not dumb or lazy. You’re just choosing the wrong topic.

1. Choose the Right Topic

First, make a list of topics that interest you. They can be your hobbies, topics you think are highly profitable, or something random you saw in a magazine.

Now ask yourself these five questions:

1. Do any current blogs on this topic have a Facebook page with more than 10k fans?

2. Are there any blogs on this topic that have more than 50k followers on Twitter?

3. Are there any books on Amazon with more than 30 reviews on this topic?

4. When you look for words and phrases connected to this topic, are there any Google ads?

5. Do any words or phrases related to this topic have more than 100k searches in Google’s Keyword Planner tool?

By answering these questions, you’ll know if there’s an existing audience for your topic.

Don’t try to be too unique or clever by hunting for an audience that no one else is serving.

It’s counterintuitive, but the more competition you have in a blogging space, the easier it is for a new blogger to find success there.

2. Choose the Right Platform

Choose the right blogging platform

There are several free blogging platforms like Tumblr, Blogspot, Wix, or Squarespace. These are fine to test your ideas and content to be sure they’re workable before creating a full-fledged blog.

But when you’re ready to build an audience and make money online, a self-hosted WordPress blog is the way to go.

WordPress is open source and technically free, but you have to buy a hosting plan to install WordPress on your own web host and purchase a domain name.

If you’re serious about blogging, you need to set up your blog on a firm foundation.

3. Choose a Domain Name

When choosing a custom domain name for your blog, consider using these three strategies:

Name the audience. The simplest way is tocall out the audience in the domain name. (Examples:,,

Name the topic. (,,

Name the benefit. (,,

Use these strategies to make a list of 10-20 domain names. Use a blog name generator tool like NameStation to get many ideas at once.

Once you’ve decided on a name, use Namecheap’s Beast Mode to check availability.

Give yourself a few days to a week to make a decision.

4. Get Web Hosting

You pay a small fee to keep your website online, handle all your visitors, provide customer support, back up your website, manage the security of your website, etc.

Although website hosting costs money, a good bit comes along with it.

It’s possible to get blog hosting and a registered domain from the same place, but it’s not recommended because if you ever decide to switch to a different web hosting company, the process can be complicated. You can save yourself future headaches by keeping your domain registrar and blog host separate.

You can do a Google search to compare and determine the best web hosting for your needs.

Once you have your web hosting set up, you need to use a registrar like NameCheap to register your domain.

5. Install WordPress

Now that your domain and web host are connected, it’s time to install WordPress. It’s not complicated.

These days most hosting providers offer one-click WordPress installation.

To log into your WordPress dashboard use your favorite browser and go to WordPress login URL by appending /wp-admin (or /admin or /login or /wp-login) to the end of your domain name.


You’ll be taken to your WordPress login page.

Enter the username and password you created earlier.

Click Log In.

6. Choose a WordPress Theme to Design Your Blog

Don’t get bogged in details. Focus on making your site functional. You can always make changes later.

Content is the important thing to focus on.

Enter the username and password you created earlier.

Click Log In.

Your theme is the design of your website and dictates how your blog looks to the world.

If you want a free WordPress theme, choose Astra (

If you want a premium blog theme, choose Astra Pro which has an advanced page builder that lets you customize your design.

Choose the theme that best fits your needs and situation and download and install it.

First way: To install a free theme from

Enter a theme name or a chosen feature (Example: “minimalist”) in the Search themes… field
Click the Install button

Second way: If you want to install a WordPress theme you downloaded from a third party, click the Upload Theme button and:

Click the Choose File button
Find the third-party theme you downloaded to your computer (Example: and select it
Click the Install Now button

To activate a WordPress Theme

Immediately after installing your WordPress theme, you’ll be given the option to “Activate” or “Preview” it.

If you want to publish the theme immediately to your website, click the Activate button. If not

1. In the left-hand navigation pane, go to Appearance
2. Choose Themes

Then you’ll see every theme you’ve installed and the default “themes” that are automatically installed by WordPress. Find the theme you want to use and click the Activate button.

You’re done.

Now your new blog design is visible to the world but not yet ready.

You need to adjust its functionality by installing a few WordPress plugins.

7. Install WordPress Plugins

WordPress is filled with features, and plugins offer even more.

There are thousands of free and third-party plugins—virtually a plugin for everything. There are specific types or categories you need, but there’s no such thing as an essential plugin.

There are six types of plugins you need to install.

1. Performance Plugins
2. Security Plugins
3. Backup Plugins
4. SEO Plugins
5. Social Sharing Plugins
6. Email List Building Plugins

You need a good performance optimization plugin to “cache” your content so it loads faster. If your blog is slow, your readers will bounce and Google will rank you lower in search engine results.

For a performance plugin, WP Super Cache is simple, maintained by the company behind WordPress, Automattic, and it’s free.

You can easily protect your site with the security plugin iThemes Security which has a one-click setup wizard. The cost is free, and there’s also a pro version with extra features.

UpdraftPlus strikes a good balance between features, flexibility, and ease of use. It has a 4.8 out of 5.0 rating on the WordPress plugin repository, and it’s actively updated by its developers.

There’s a free and a $70 pro version.

For SEO Yoast SEO is the gold standard of WordPress SEO plugins. It has both free and premium versions. The free version offers everything you need.

Social Warfare doesn’t slow down your website and offers unique features like “Click to Tweet” boxes and Pinterest-specific images and infographics.

The free version has all the basics you’ll need, and the pro version is only $29 annually.

Use Convert Pro to turn blog traffic into leads so you can continue to engage with them.

You can get it for free or pay $99 annually or $399 for a lifetime license.

To activate a WordPress plugin you can click the Activate button that appears immediately after you install it or:

1. In the left-hand navigation pane, go to Plugins
2. Choose Installed Plugins
3. Find your plugin and click Activate

8. Blog Set up and SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

If you want to start a blog that brings in traffic or if you want to drive your content to page one of Google, you have to learn SEO.

To guarantee search engines like Google and Bing can find your blog, make sure the following are unchecked:

1. In the left-hand navigation pane of your WordPress dashboard, hover over Settings
2. Click Reading
3. Confirm “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” is unchecked

Create an XML Sitemap (and Submit Your Sitemap to Search Engines)

“A sitemap is a file where you provide information about the pages, videos, and other files on your site, and the relationships between them. Search engines like Google read this file to crawl your site more efficiently. A sitemap tells search engines which pages and files you think are important in your site, and also provides valuable information about these files. For example, when the page was last updated and any alternate language versions of the page.”

A sitemap helps confirm Google can discover the new content you create, when your blog is new and has few external links pointing to it.

To create an XML Sitemap using the Yoast SEO plugin recommended earlier:

1. In the left-hand navigation pane of your WordPress dashboard, hover over SEO
2. Click General
3. Click the Features tab
4. Scroll down to the XML sitemaps option and make sure the switch is toggled to On

Now you have an XML sitemap for your blog. Next give it to Google, Bing, and other search engines.

Before leaving the Yoast SEO plugin, copy the URL of your sitemap:

1. Click the question mark icon next to XML sitemaps
2. Click the See the XML sitemap link

Your sitemap will open in a new tab in your browser.

Copy the URL in the address bar and save it.

The steps for submitting your sitemap are different from search engine to search engine.

Here are the most popular ones:

To submit your sitemap to Google Search Console

1. Go to Google Search Console and sign in using your Google account
2. In the left-hand pane, select your website

If you haven’t added your website to Google Search Console, you’ll need to click “Add property” and follow the steps provided before continuing below.

3. Under Index, click the Sitemaps option
4. In the Add a new sitemap section, enter the URL you saved earlier and click Submit

Bing Webmaster Tools

1. Log into Bing Webmaster Tools. Create an account if you haven’t done so.
2. Under the My Sites section, click your website

If you haven’t added your website to Bing Webmaster Tools, enter your blog’s URL in the Add a Site section and click the ADD button.

That’s it.

You’ve submitted your sitemap successfully to Google and Bing.

Permalinks structure

WordPress sets the links on your blog to the following format by default:

No one knows why, but you need to update this link structure before you publish ANY content.

Here’s how:

1. In the left-hand navigation pane, hover over Settings
2. Click Permalinks
3. Under Common Settings, set the option to Post name

Install an SSL Certificate so Your URL Begins with https Instead of http. Here’s why:

Readers will know your website is safe
Your website will be safe thanks to the encryption of readers’ sensitive data and personal info
Google sees it as a ranking signal, which means not having an SSL certificate will hurt your content’s rankings in search results.

How to Install an SSL Certificate

Log into your account
Click the Go to cPanel button
In the Security section, click Let’s Encrypt
Select your domain name, choose the Let’s Encrypt SSL option, and click the Install button

A few moments later, your SSL certificate will be up and running!

9. Your First Blog Post

To start your blog post in WordPress

1. In the left-hand pane of your WordPress dashboard, hover over Posts
2. Click Add New

You’ll be able to add a post title— aka headline, write your post, choose your category, tweak HTML and CSS, add free stock photos, etc.

The steps are alike for adding a new blog page in WordPress, an About page, a Contact page, etc.:

1. In the left-hand pane of your dashboard, go to Pages
2. Click Add New

For detailed instructions on how to navigate the classic content editor, WordPress offers a detailed support article.

10. Boost Traffic, Promote Blog, and Master Social Media

You should spend as much time promoting your posts as you do writing them. Preferably, you’ll spend more time promoting than writing them.

Here are 4 Tips for promoting your posts

1. Focus on one Social Platform, as There are too Many out There.
For now, pick only one. As there are only so many hours in a day.

2. Avoid These Traffic Mistakes That are a Waste for Beginners.

a. Commenting on Popular Blogs
b. Submitting Your Site to Directories
c. Trying to go Viral on Redditt, Hacker News, etc.
d. Paying for a Unique Design

3. Reach out to Influencers to Make Powerful Friends.

4. Pay for Facebook Ads

Wait until you have a solid foundation in place like reaching 1,000 email subscribers and you have traffic rolling in. Then consider supercharging your efforts by learning the ins and outs of Facebook’s ad network.

11. Build Your List

Get started now with building your email list. Start building it on day one!

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re an email marketing pro, there are numerous email marketing services available to meet your needs. You can go to Google and check and compare services and pricing.

12. Make Money

When you’re just starting out, whatever you do, DO NOT cover your blog in Google Adsense, because:

1. Blog ads pay peanuts
2. They distract your readers
3. They make your blog look sleazy and cheap

The best monetization method for bloggers is to build an audience that trusts them and then offer high-quality products or services that will genuinely help that audience.

Affiliate Marketing helps with this process by:

letting you introduce your readers to a product or service from a trusted source
Your readers looking at the product/or service, deciding if it will help them, and purchasing it
You earning a commission on the sales

With affiliate marketing you win in multiple ways. You help your audience, you earn money, and — most importantly — you learn what types of products and services your audience buys.

This article covers a lot but it’s only a beginning. Besides these twelve steps to starting a successful blog, there’s so much more you’ll learn as you go along.

April 8th, 2024

Future Developments in Digital Marketing

by Rahimah Sultan

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The concept of marketing began with the Gutenberg printing press.

Magazines came into being by the 18th century. Soon after came advertisements and billboards, followed by radio and television ads.

Then came digital marketing in the 1990s. The industry rapidly expanded to monumental proportions within two decades.

We were at major crossroads regarding the future of digital marketing in 2018.

Today we think we’re on track then everything takes a sudden turn and we have to figure out future developments in digital marketing.

By 2028 the strategies and practices we apply today will seem very far away.

So what will digital marketing look like in 10 years?

Mobile Content

Mobile will continue to be important.

In a very short period, smartphones have changed the way we communicate and the way we get information. Google searches occur more frequently on mobile devices than on desktops.

Recently, digital marketers have focused on mobile optimization because users won’t click away if a website is compatible with smartphone devices. The longer users stay on websites, the better those sites will rank on search engines. Websites will have more reason to go mobile because of Google’s mobile-first index.

To provide desktop users with the best and most relevant search results, Google has indexed websites as if they were doing so from a desktop.

Websites that aren’t already mobile-compatible are now taking the largest hit and will continue to do so. Although there’s responsive design that’s made it easier to create the same site for both PCs and mobile devices, websites that aren’t already mobile-compatible are now taking the largest hit.

Mobile content will become more of an element. As it’s hard to say exactly how content creation will change over the next few years, SEO keywords may start to turn more toward mobile searching. Long-form content could start to fall by the wayside as mobile content takes precedence. Digital marketers are already gearing their content more towards smartphone audiences.

Voice Search

The concept of voice searching has gained momentum and will continue. Millions use intelligent devices like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. Our cars and smartphones already permit us to make voice searches on the go.

Video Marketing

Video marketing isn’t going away anytime soon. As people are doing more browsing on mobile devices, they want to interact more with the content they see.

Live video streaming is ramping up and although it might seem it’s reserved for social media, you should still publish video content for websites.

Quality Long-form Content

Although the future of digital marketing appears to have no room for long-form content, digital marketers will be solving the secrets to voice and mobile search as well as producing videos.

People still want meaningful accurate information. The way they’re able to find it might be changing so digital marketers will have to adapt to those changes.

There will be all the more reason to create better and stronger blog articles, web page content, e-mails, etc., as anytime a consumer tries to find long-form content it’s nevertheless an opportunity to market to them.

Digital Marketing Tools and AI

These kinds of tools can measure link quality and help websites filter out broken links. They’re already more advanced and becoming more so.  In 5-10 years from now, they’ll likely be even better at focusing on quality links.

In the future digital marketing tools may also be able to tell us more about our audiences. Then digital marketers will be able to improve SEO metrics and tactics.

Marketers will be better able to analyze their audiences and that will not only increase productivity but also improve user experience. Chatbots and custom product recommendations are growing big in e-commerce.

In short, long-form content does have a place in the future of digital marketing, and research tools and AI will improve the way we engage with customers online.

Social Media

As social media consumption is ever-evolving, the kinds of content you need to draw users will keep changing.

People seem to look at videos much longer than static pieces of content on social media platforms, such as Instagram and Facebook, and are more willing to make a purchase once they’ve seen videos of products in action.

The power of visual content will continue to grow over the next several years. Therefore, as a modern-day marketer, it’s important that you continuously restructure your digital marketing plan to keep it adaptable to the content consumption changes ahead.

Another major prediction is that reaching your followers on Facebook organically will be nearly impossible.

According to Facebook, there is so much content published on this platform each day it’s becoming a lot choosier about what it places on users’ feeds. This social media giant is all about making sure any content that appears on a user’s feed is as relevant to them as possible.

It’s obvious that Facebook is increasingly becoming a paid advertising and marketing platform and you’ll see this even more.

Dark social, which is traffic on the Web that you can’t track through a Web analytics program, will rise. For example, it’s essentially the private sharing that takes place when people share a link to content through a mobile messaging app. Research shows that the majority of content shared online comes from dark social.

To make the most of dark social, you should include “share” buttons on the social media platforms you use. If your buttons are highly visible, your content may be shared more.

Pinterest has been shifting its focus away from offering inspiration to promoting action.

Many businesses view LinkedIn’s video ads as an effective and compelling way to reach their audiences.

It’s predicted that YouTube will remain a huge digital marketing player in the near future and will be used for generating leads.

As people are becoming more concerned about who has access to their data, social media platforms are tightening up their data sharing policies. So, persona-based marketers are now dealing with how to get around that. Although social media advertising isn’t dying, from here on out there will be more restrictions on how companies get user data.

As platforms seek to improve consumer privacy, one of the largest changes will be to how we track advertising through third-party cookies. However, this doesn’t mean that first-party cookies won’t still be applied to track interactions with your site, so no need to panic.

To stay updated on the latest changes from Google you can use their Privacy Sandbox News.

It explains the latest changes are that from January 4, 2024, they will begin testing a new feature that limits cross-site tracking by restricting website access to third-party cookies by default. (Tracking Protection). They’ll roll this out to 1% of Chrome users globally, a key milestone in their Privacy Sandbox initiative to phase out third-party cookies for everyone in the second half of 2024.

How do you succeed in today’s digital marketing world?

To stand out in the marketing field, you should do more than simply broadcasting as most people do. Most people are broadcasting on channels. If you don’t take the time to search and discover new information and respond to users with these tools, all you’re doing is advertising like you would in a newspaper. You absolutely must engage with your audience and learn from them.

You must understand the time and money it takes to use various marketing channels.

Do the research needed to learn where your target customers spend time and consume content.

Before launching a marketing strategy establish a buyer persona. Use buyer priorities for developing and researching an appropriate keyword strategy. This will help you with choosing proper social media marketing channels.

The cost to acquire new clients and prospects is rising so it’s in your best interest to improve all actions your clients perform and have automated follow-ups of their interactions with you.

You should take a totally different approach with the people who have visited your website, and were maybe going to purchase your product, than you would with those who have never displayed interest in your offering.

Using retargeting techniques, you can show your messages in the right order and at the proper time and get more bang for your buck long-term.

It’s more important than ever before to stay on top of industry changes and trends as they will change how you relate to your audience.

It’s very difficult to predict the future developments in digital marketing long-term, but keeping your eye on current trends will help you avoid being caught off guard later.

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March 25th, 2024

Blogging Trends You Should Not Ignore

by Rahimah Sultan

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While blogging’s basic foundation is still the same (write and publish) some changes do occur that may be short-lived trends or they may become permanent. In order to remain competitive you need to stay abreast of the latest blogging trends and keep up to date with content marketing approaches. To keep you up to date on what’s going on now, this post…

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January 15th, 2024

Turn Your Visitors Into Leads

by Rahimah Sultan

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You can use a good lead magnet to help turn visitors into leads. A lead magnet is a marketing method where a brand offers a free resource such as a discount, an e-book, a tool, etc. in exchange for a visitor’s contact information. The main goal of a lead magnet is to start and nurture a relationship with potential customers.

This is one option you can take to turn your visitors into leads.

What makes an effective lead magnet?

Six things that make an effective lead magnet. They are:

Helpful and actionable. A lead magnet addresses a specific problem that your target audience is encountering and provides a practical solution.

Compelling. Present something exceptional and irresistible.

Instantly accessible. Make your resource immediately accessible.

High-quality. Your resource may be one of the first contacts with your brand so make a good impression.

Relevant to your product or service. To ensure you get a more qualified audience and possibly higher conversion rates, make your lead magnet relevant to your product or service.

A Clear conversion path. Normally a lead magnet consists of a landing page with a sign-up form, a thank you page with access to the free resource, and a follow-up message or a sequence of messages.

Here are some lead magnet ideas:

1. Free tools

With this type of lead magnet, you offer potential customers a tool or service for free. This works because these days everyone expects to get something for free online.

You’ll attract visitors by offering to solve a problem for free while increasing your brand awareness. It will allow you to show a sneak peek of your product and offer an upgrade, and put the lead on a nurturing program so you can follow up with that person.

2. Early access waiting lists

An early access/waiting list is a kind of lead magnet you use to collect contact information in exchange for a lead accessing your product before everyone else. This might work for you if you have a product that you want to get exposure for immediately or if you want to launch to a limited number of people before going all out. You can use it to get feedback from that small group of people before the entire internet sees it.

3. Discounts and bonuses

With this lead magnet, you offer visitors a discount or a bonus as an incentive to give you their contact information. This solves two challenges at the same time. It gives people a nudge to shop for your brand while getting a direct marketing channel to people interested in your offer.

4. Free consultation

Free consultation lead magnets gather contact information in exchange for some kind of service or for the opportunity to consult with an expert about a particular matter at no cost. This is an ideal solution for all kinds of agencies and service providers.

This allows you to get in direct contact with your audience and personalize your message, it could lead you to a chance to do something that could lead to further opportunities, and it has the potential to create the reciprocity effect.

5. Courses

This type of lead magnet requires you to create premium educational material to turn your visitors into leads.

Here, you’re giving out a lot so you can ask for more in return. Education never ends for those who are about their profession so a quality free course can get you a “foot in the door” to offer paid courses. You don’t need to create a special course just for lead generation. You can use part of your premium course or repurpose existing content.

6. Ebooks

Since some problems are just too broad to tackle with one blog article, you can use an e-book. Ebooks are irresistible lead magnets because they offer free education on complex, professional topics that you’ll find hard to come by anywhere else.

E-books attract people who are interested in learning more about your niche. These people are likely good candidates for lead nurturing campaigns.

Ebooks are considered premium content. Ebooks and can be a part of a greater content delivery program and can even be made with repurposed content.

This gives you a rare opportunity to get someone’s attention for more than five minutes.

These are just some of the possibilities for using lead magnets.

There are many more that include:

Product trials and samples
Product demos
White papers
Webinars and virtual summits
and more.

How do you create a lead magnet?

Lead magnets are generally created in the following ways:

1. Find a proven topic. You can use keyword research, competitive research, or look for engaging topics on social media.

2. Choose content type
. The best content type depends on your topic.

3. Create your resource. Check out tools to help with this. For example, if you’re creating a course, use Teachable for the technical part. You only have to come up with content. This is FYI for which I receive no money.

4. Publish your lead magnet. To save a lot of time, use a dedicated tool like ConvertKit which can help you set up sign-up forms on your site and deliver your content. This is FYI for which I receive no money. Some lead magnets do not need a self-hosted landing page.

5. Promote it. Promote your lead magnet in your relevant blog posts, link your high-traffic pages, or share using your email or social media.

6. Follow up. Once you’ve delivered content, follow up with a short message or use a lead nurturing campaign as in an autoresponder.

An effective lead magnet can turn your visitors into leads and can help boost your business. You must decide whether leads are more important or high volumes of organic traffic and potentially more brand awareness.

A solution may be to try and get the best of both worlds by having your lead magnets search engine optimized.

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December 18th, 2023

11 Types of Copywriting to Use in Your Business

by Rahimah Sultan

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Businesses have always needed to reach prospective customers and to effectively communicate what they have to offer.

In our modern information age, this is even more important. People today are constantly receiving more and more competing messages through all forms of media.

Many businesses are investing heavily in marketing and copywriting to stand out from the rest. Copywriting, both in print and online, is an essential part of most modern business.

What is copywriting?

Copywriting is the method of composing persuasive marketing and promotional information that encourages people to take some kind of action, such as making a purchase, clicking on a link, donating to a cause, or scheduling a consultation.

Are there many kinds of copywriting?

There are many types of copywriting. In this article, we’ll cover 11 types of copywriting to use in your business. Let’s get started.

1.  Direct Response

This type of copywriting aims to get an immediate, measurable response and is very direct, as is implied. It’s clearly a promotional bit of writing that asks you to take an instantaneous action such as buying a product or service or signing up for a free newsletter.

Another key element of direct-response marketing is it’s measurable. The results of a campaign can easily be tracked whether it’s an online or print campaign. As a result of tracking, you’ll know the response rate, and how effective the campaign is.

There is what is known as “image” or “brand advertising,” which only notifies or reminds potential customers of a brand or product and cannot be tracked. So, you won’t know how effective those ads were.

2.  Business-to-Consumer (B2C)

These are companies that sell directly to consumers. Some examples you’ll recognize are supermarkets, most brick-and-mortar shops, and many online businesses like Amazon Zappos, and Dell.

These businesses use a full range of copywritten materials, both in print and online including direct response and content marketing.

If you want to purchase something online, you research it, and when you’ve finished researching you decide to order online or visit a local store to buy it.

The ads or offers you clicked on were direct-response marketing in action. If you go to a store to buy, you’ll probably see some printed marketing materials, such as product sheets, brochures, special promotions, or coupons. This is all part of B2C copywriting and it’s used by every business you can imagine that sells directly to customers.

3.  Business-to-Business (B2B)

As the name states, BTB businesses sell to other businesses and not to the public.

These companies tend to use even more written sales materials than the B2Cs. Their services and products are often very high-ticket purchases that need to be carefully considered. These would include manufacturers, factories, other industrial businesses, and hospitals.

4.  Content Writing

Content marketing is a term that refers to using informational content to attract and build relationships with prospective customers in the short term, with the long-term goal of converting them into buyers. It’s a huge industry.

Although content marketing is done mainly online, some is done in print and some may use both.

For example, an online company will have product descriptions on its website, and may also print brochures containing the same information to hand out at trade shows or other events.

5.  Social Media Copywriting

To reach their customers, most businesses use more than one social media channel. Social media has billions of users.

1. Facebook is consumer and video-focused.

2. Twitter is used for short, catchy, and sharable content, making it great for digital marketing firms and PR professionals.

3. Instagram is focused on brand awareness and audience engagement.

4. YouTube, the second largest search engine, is video-focused.

5. LinkedIn is used by job seekers and brands for networking, sharing trends, and finding employees and contractors.

6.  Ad Copywriting

Ad copywriters require readers to take a specific action with copy that is succinct, informative, and in demand, such as subscribing to a list, purchasing a product, or downloading a white paper.

7.  Creative Copywriting

To help build a brand, sell a service or product, or add to the customer experience, a creative copywriter adds fun, clever, witty, engaging catchphrases.  

Creative copywriters help increase brand awareness, and they can also produce the perfect newsletter or product packaging.

8.  Digital Copywriting

Digital copywriters create content for website pages. As a digital copywriter, you may write for a new website, write additional pages, or revise existing pages.

Since this is often combined with an SEO strategy, you need a good understanding of the use of keywords. As a digital copywriter, you can also write:

**Short-form copywriting of less than 500 words
**Video and chatbot scripts for the user experience
**Web3.0 which is related to crypto and blockchain
**Blogging for brands to raise awareness and educate
**Social media posts to share information
**Ads to run on social media channels

The focus of digital copywriting is how search engines index websites, and how users find and interact or use the content.

9.  Marketing Copywriting

The goal of your writing, as a marketing copywriter, is to connect with the target audience and lead them down the marketing funnel from:

Awareness to consideration to conversion to loyalty and finally, advocacy for your brand.

Then you create content throughout the funnel around what makes the service or product unique.

10. SEO Copywriting

This type of copywriting involves creating content that’s designed to attract organic search traffic, using keywords and metrics to choose topics and optimize content for search engines.

In SEO copywriting you want to make sure you’re using the right words and phrases associated with your content.

11. Technical Writing

Technical writers create process and procedure manuals, white papers, website content, and e-books. You must be able to remove jargon or technical terms that cause readers to stumble.

Some types of copywriting are sales-focused, such as obvious advertisements like the ones you see online or in newspapers. Then, other types are more information-based and contain very little “salesy” language, such as product brochures.

Most businesses use both approaches in marketing materials. So, there you have it, 11 Types of Copywriting to Use in Your Business.

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November 20th, 2023

Review: Beginner Blogger Mistakes (Part 2)

by Rahimah Sultan

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The last post was a review of Beginner Blogger Mistakes (Part 1). This covers the remaining mistakes to avoid which include tying specific posts to the larger picture, writing style, relying on the conceptual, plagiarism, etc.

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November 6th, 2023

Beginner Blogger Mistakes

by Rahimah Sultan

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When people actually try to blog, they find out that it’s not so easy. There are those who think bloggers just sit at home all day on the internet writing.

There are some common mistakes most beginners make that can be avoided.

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September 11th, 2023

Things to be Concerned About When Starting a Home Business

by Rahimah Sultan

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You may have dreams of becoming an entrepreneur and owning your own business, which is great. Just remember that it takes time, patience, and persistence. The process may seem bewildering. The first thing you need to do is brainstorm some ideas.

Do some thorough market research in areas that interest you. Explore whether or not there’s a need for the product or service you choose. Will it solve a problem better than the current available options? Is there a potential to fill gaps in the marketplace? Once you’ve made your choice, write out a business plan.

You should start small and expand later. There will be some startup costs, so be sure you have income and or savings set aside to get you through to the-making-profits phase. Do this by overestimating needed startup capital, carefully watching your expenses, and considering your funding options.

If you’re not planning to run a one-person business, you’ll want a solid, top-notch principled team. Look for the best people for your team.

Once you’re all set up, you need to aggressively advertise your product/service. Get an attractive logo that helps people identify your label and place it on all platforms across the internet including social media. Interact with your potential customers through follow-ups with promotions and discounts or just with free quality information related to the goal or purpose of your website. These are some things to be concerned about when starting a home business.

What should you consider before starting a business?

You should focus on your business journey and not compare your success to anyone else. You need to get into the right mindset. It takes consistency, follow-up routines, and laying out steps to achieve your goals.

Consider the following:

Determining your business concept

Scaling your business


Where do you prefer to work; a workshop or an office

Time to devote to your business

Your passions and interests

Your expertise or skills

The kind of support needed to start a business

Partnering with someone

Whether a franchise model makes more sense to you

Selling information rather than a product

Once you’ve decided what your business will be, you’ll need to get it up and running. You can do this by setting up a blog as your place of operation online.

You’ll need to choose a domain name and a blogging platform for your blog as well as a hosting company.

Now you’re ready to go.

Here are some ideas for a start.

What are some pitfalls of working from home?

Here are some things to be concerned about when starting a home business:

Remaining Focused

Some people are expert multi-taskers. If you’re not one of them, you need to devise a more formally structured day like in a traditional office setting.

You should have a dedicated office area, if possible, one with a door or a corner just for work or use a café for an hour a day so that when you go there your brain signals it’s time to work.

Keeping Boundaries

Although working from home has its flexibility, remember how easily time can be snatched away from your workday. Remember your work is as real as any traditional office job. Set up a schedule for hours and breaks.

Working Too Much

With any job, there is always more to do. If you’re serious about working from home for the long term, you’ll need time away from the computer and the stress of work for this lifestyle to be sustainable.

Feeling Isolated

You’ll need to create social interactions. You can:

Schedule lunch or breakfast get-togethers.

Use online social networks such as Facebook or Twitter as your virtual “water cooler” during the day.

Use Skype, phone calls, or chat instead of email.

Get involved with networking groups or local meetups.

Spend some time working in shared office spaces.

In conclusion, launching a home business can be exciting, although the real challenge is to keep it going. Work with established brands, come up with ideas, experiment, don’t be afraid to fail, be open to feedback, and network with others. All of these are things to be concerned about when starting a home business.

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