Today I'm going to share How To Turn One Blog Post Into A Money Generating ASSET. I've talked a lot about evergreen assets in the past. How they play a big part in helping to generate income for your business down the line. How one asset we created ten months ago on one of our websites is starting to show signs of traffic and will soon turn into an income-generating asset that we'll be able to use for years to come.
My goal for today is to help you learn how to create evergreen products that you can use to grow your own business if you're on the search for new ways to drive extra traffic to your website and get extra income from your blog and other content stick around!
The Importance of Evergreen Assets
I'm a big believer in evergreen assets and believe they play a vital role in your business's success. When you're ready to put work into your business and are decided on what areas to focus on, it's important to consider the Return on Investment (ROI). I don't just mean financially.
It's important to bring in new traffic to your website and focus on things you can do now that will benefit your business much later down the road. The key is to plant seeds in the market now that will help lead people back to your website for years to come.
Brand Creator's Case Study
For the particular piece of content I'm talking about today, we created the post last August on our brand new website. It was one of the very first blog posts for the brand. It was super basic, and we followed the same principles that we do for all the content we create on any of our sites.
The piece of content I'm talking about is a combination of product and question-based article. It actually only had 1429 words. However, for the most part, I would recommend keeping most of your posts between 1500-2000 if you're writing a basic yet informative piece. But also make sure to focus first and foremost on providing relevant information and answering the questions instead of trying to get to a certain word count.
You'll want to provide enough information on the subject that will help people make an informative decision. We also only had two images. So needless to stay, it wasn't the best post we've ever created, but it's still been able to help drive traffic to our website, which is the goal.
Three Blog Post Types to Write About
- Questions that the market is asking about (long-tail keywords)
- How To (Tutorials)
The key is to write your blog post and move on to the next. Don't spend too much time trying to perfect it. We will always make improvements on upcoming blog posts, but we are always moving forward instead of constantly going back to make changes to old content. We wouldn't get very far if that's all we did.
For this website, we've published over 160 articles since we launched the website last August. For the blog post, I'm talking about. It took about seven months before it started to get traction. That's why you need to get started now because it'll take a while before you see the results from your efforts.
Always create content that your marketing is searching for. Deliver simple solutions that will help make their life easier, and from there, just keep providing value over and over again. Never stop planting seeds. I like to compare it to being a gardener. If you plant 20 seeds, there may be three or four that never grow, but the rest eventually will. It just takes time and patience, but it'll pay off in the end.
The blog post we wrote for this particular brand was flatlined for about three months before it ever got any traffic. This could have happened for plenty of reasons. It may have taken that long just for it to get indexed or other websites that were ranking for the same keywords lost their ranking for that particular post. To be honest, I don't really care as long as we start to see traction, that's all that matters. If you create content regularly, that will help you for sure.
What Happens Now
Most of the content we create is considered evergreen content that will continue to bring traffic to our site. If you do everything above board, all your old posts will be beneficial and help your business grow. We just crossed 31,000-page views on the website we're talking about, and we've had the website for about ten months.
We got there by being consistent and using long-tail keywords in the content we've created. We're currently getting between 50-100 visitors a day. And instead of just focusing solely on Amazon products, we went to ClickBank to search for some digital products we could advertise on the site. We just searched our market and found a product we really liked for our particular niche.
Note: Don't worry about monetizing at the beginning. Now that we're getting steady traffic every day, we'll go back in and insert offers and experiment. But don't worry about it for your website until you have people visiting every day and viewing your blog posts regularly.
3 Steps To Create Evergreen Content
It's pretty straightforward to create content that will help drive traffic to your website for years to come. As long as you follow these three simple steps, you should be good to go.
- Start with Question type posts focused on particular products. You can also write some question type posts that don't talk about particular products.
- Write content that answers questions and elaborate on the why. Keep it basic but provide informative content for one specific thing a visitor is looking for.
- Publish the content.
If I had never published this particular piece of content or worried about it being perfect, we would never have had over 2000 visitors a month on our website! This piece of content serves a purpose and delivered the solution our audience was looking for, and that's all we need it to do. Just don't wait to publish!
I also recommend learning and improving from your old posts. You'll always get better as you go along. You'll never be perfect, so just keep posting.
Note for Utilizing Pinterest: We are now taking Pinterest and amplifying our content on the platform. This post didn't use Pinterest before, but we are not starting to create pins for it. Pinterest is another great Evergreen asset that will lead people to the evergreen content on our website. However, it's not important until you have content published that you can use.
Where to Get Post Ideas
It's much easier than you might think. Start with a google search and let it autofill. You can see what other questions are being asked and go from there. You don't need to know all the numbers and metrics initially, as that will slow you down.
Also, You can answer the public. What kind of questions are people asking about your niche, and what content can you create to answer those questions?
I also recommend trying out Uber Suggest. But don't get tempted to analyze the numbers. From experience, I've found they are not accurate. If you want to get more ideas to find other people that are already published and get ideas from them of what content is doing well, that's fine.
Note: Yoast for WordPress makes it super easy to make sure you're posts are being optimized.
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Takeaways From Today's Episode
- The Importance of Evergreen Assets (2:42)
- Brand Creator's Case Study (3:53)
- What Happens Now (9:33)
- 3 Steps To Create Evergreen Content (13:34)
- Where to Get Post Ideas (19:40)
Quote: Always create content that your marketing is searching for. Deliver simple solutions that will help make their life easier, and from there, just keep providing value over and over again.
00:00 If you've been listening to this show for any amount of time, you guys have been hearing me talk a lot about evergreen assets and really about how they can generate income down the line as well. We want to create these evergreen assets that create traffic, but also turn into income streams. Well, today I'm going to share with you how one asset that we created over 10 months ago is starting to show signs of traffic, but also signs that it can turn into an income generating asset that we're going to be able to use now, but well, into the future in this episode, I'm going to break down exactly how that even happened and how you can model exactly what we're doing here on the show, but also in brand creators Academy. So guys, if that sounds interesting, if you want to generate extra traffic, extra revenue through blog posts or content creation, stick around, cause that's what I'm going to cover in this episode way. Hey, Hey, what's up everyone. Welcome to the rock, your brand podcast. I'm your host, Scott. Bowker a serial entrepreneur on a mission to help you.
01:09 This show is designed to teach you to inspire you, to motivate you, to take massive action and build a future proof business. So whether you're just starting out or taking your existing business to the next level, this is your home. Now, if you're ready, I'm ready. Let's rock your brand. All
01:31 right guys, welcome back. This is episode eight 42, and I am fired up to dig in to this little case study really? And this just happened. I wasn't aware of it even happening until I took a peek under the hood inside of our Google analytics. And this is one brand that we're building inside a brand creators Academy and we're sharing everything inside of there. And, and really also, I should probably let you know that if you're listening to this before July 6th, well, we're going to be opening enrollment once again into brand creators Academy. If you're not yet in, well, you might want to consider joining us inside of the Academy and you can do that by going to brand creators.com, click on the checklist that will give you the brand growth validation checklist. And from there, you'll also be notified when we open brand creators Academy, which at the time of this recording will be July six.
02:27 We'd love to have you, but that's where we do all of this, all of this testing and all of this playing in building a brand and then sharing the results in this here just literally came to my attention about a week ago. All right. And what I'm talking about here is creating evergreen assets. I talk a lot about evergreen assets inside the Academy, outside the Academy, because I'm a big believer. If you're going to put the work in, if you're going to, you know, really focus on certain areas of your business and spend the time, then we got to look at the ROI. Okay. And that doesn't mean just ROI. Like what did that bring in financially? What did it bring in as far as new traffic or eyeballs or something that I can do today and then reap the benefits, you know, a year from now 10 years from now.
03:13 And that's why I talked a lot lately about Pinterest Pinterest traffic. And we did a whole workshop on that, but it's really, really important that you understand what we're doing here is we're planting seeds. We're planting seeds in our market that are lending, uh, or that are leading people back to our website. Okay. So that's what I'm going to be breaking down here inside of this episode. Now, let me just kind of give you a little bit of a backstory last August. I believe it was August 10th. I have some notes here. That's why I'm looking away. If you're listening, you don't see me looking away. If you're watching, you're seeing me look down that's cause I'm looking at my computer with some notes. All right. So August 10th, 2019, we created a blog post, one of our first blog posts, by the way. And in that blog post, it was very, very basic.
04:00 And we follow the same principles that I'm talking about today. There's three different buckets of content that we are following. We always always start with the questions bucket. Okay. There's a lot of questions that we are trying to answer that the market is asking about. And the reason why we do this as number one, it's easy to create this content. Number two, you have less competition because we're going after what we call the long tail keyword, how to catch bass in a pond, right? Like that would be a long tail and it doesn't have to be complex. Now the other bucket that we usually will create content in, and that's a little bit later is the how to bucket. That's where you share how to right now, the how to catch bass in a pond. That could be a how to, and a question combined.
04:48 But I'm talking more of like, if you're doing a step by step tutorial or something like that, that would be more complicated and more designed to be an exact, how to, if you're answering how to catch a bass in pot, in a pond, that can be not as visual. You can just kind of explain it. But what I'm trying to say here is, is you want to have questions and then you want to have how tos and then the third bucket is product based. Now the one that I'm sharing with you just happens to be like a product based, but also a question based. Alright, so also let me just kind of go back a little bit here. I have some examples here, but if I was to ask this question, can you catch bass using rubber worms? Like that's a long tail, but it also is asking a very, very specific question.
05:38 And also if I'm asking that I might be interested in buying some rubber worms right now, if I was to design this to be more of a product base, it would be five types of rubber worms to catch more bass. Right? That means I'm looking to buy. I want to know which ones to buy the and the cons and any tips. Right? So that's what that would look like. Now, this post that I'm talking about that we created only had 1,429 words. And the reason why I'm saying that is because a lot of people say, Scott, how many words does it have to be in order for it to rank as many as it needs to be. But we generally now say that we want anything from 1500 to 2000 for our basic posts, but you can see this one here, didn't follow the rules by the way.
06:23 Right? And these are just rules that we set internally, that we want to have articles that are just really well rounded. And they have enough information in there to give people what they need. All right. And we can elaborate on that a lot more if we're doing 1500 words, but you can see here 1,429 words. All right. The other thing, not a lot of images. We have two total images, two total images. That is it. That is on this post. All right. So here's what happened. We wrote the post and then we moved on, right? So many people will write the post and be like, okay, now I got to go back to the post a week later. I need to add this and no, we set it and we forget it. We'd go onto the next. And we might improve on the next one from what we learned, but we keep moving.
07:06 And that's the goal right now we have over 160 articles since we started this brand just under a year ago. Okay. But 160 articles. And you might say Scott, that's a lot. Yeah. But this article right here is one article. And it was our first one of our first articles. I think it was probably one of the first 10. And now it took about seven months before it started to gain traction. Now why? I don't know. Do I care? Not really. Because again, the mindset is this create information, content that your market is searching for, deliver the answer or the solution B you know, a, a, a resource to the market. And then from there, just keep giving them value over and over and over again. So we keep planting seeds, we keep planting seeds. It's kind of like a gardener. You're going to plant maybe 20 seeds.
08:02 There might be three or four that don't ever take and that's okay. But the other 17 did. Right. And that's the same mindset here is we're planting seeds in our market. So now what happened is I went in, I started looking at our Google analytics and inside of our Google analytics, I started to look at our pages in the past month, the ones that were kind of like rising stars, our hero posts, as you would say. And so I started to notice this one and I'm like, man, I don't remember that one in like the last month, two months, I'm wondering where that's coming from. And so I went back and I looked and I seen the date on it. And I was like, wow, that one there was written like in the first, probably month. And now it's starting to gain traction. And then I went back and I looked at the, at the graph and you could see it was flatlined for probably three months.
08:54 And then it just started to get some traffic. It started to get some search. Now it could have been shared, who knows? Right. It could have been, uh, it could have just been index. It could have taken that long. Right. Or it could have been some other websites were ranking, but then they stopped being ranked because maybe they had strikes against them who knows don't care. All I know is that the more content that we produce on a regular basis, that's the key word there, regular basis. If you could only create one post per week, that's what I would do. Right. Versus saying, should I do five a week? Yeah. But if you can't stick to that schedule and don't do it, whatever you can do consistently. All right. So here's what happens now. Now I see this post and I go, wow, that post is talking about a product.
09:39 So an example would be this guitar stand for five electric guitars. That would be the post, right? That's the, that's the post that was written, right? Guitar stand or stands. You could say for a five electric guitar, see how that's really niche. Right. But there's people that are, that are looking for guitar stands that will hold more than one guitar. I know, cause I'm a guitar player and I have multiple guitars and I would love a guitar stand with five different holders for my guitars. Okay. So again, guitar stand for five electric guitars, just so you understand what we're talking about here. Now we publicly share that inside a brand creators Academy, we just don't do it outside of that rate. Now that's part of the reason why people are joining is because they want to be a part of kind of building it along with us.
10:28 And then we can show everything behind the scenes. But I want to still give you guys the principles and the concept and you know, different things that you can apply to your business. And also understanding that all it takes is planting seeds consistently. Okay. Planting seeds consistently. And these are evergreen. Meaning they're going to keep growing. They're not going to die off and grow. Now, could they get hit by a Google update? Of course. Right. But if you do everything above board, you don't try to, you know, do a back Lincoln campaign that gets you a blacklisted or gets a strike against you. Or yet you use what they call a, a private blog network. And if you guys don't know what that means, it just means that people are trying to manufacture a results. And anytime you do that, you're playing with fire. So don't do that.
11:17 Right. We don't do that. We have never actually went out and tried to get backlinks, going to our content, not once. Okay. And we're still doing just fine. This site that I'm talking about, we crossed the 31,000 pages last month alone. Okay. And so it's just, you got to understand its consistency and its long tail. And it's, it's doing this basic stuff that a lot of people overlook because it seems too basic. All right. All right. So now we're at the point where we're like, okay, this is getting traffic. Okay. We're getting anywhere from 50 to a hundred visitors per day at Barry's. And I'm like, wow. And this is about products. So maybe what we should do instead of just doing Amazon affiliate products, maybe what we should do is try to find a digital product. And so it just happens that there's a marketplace called ClickBank.
12:07 If you've never been on ClickBank, you should go there, just find yourself. Or you'll, you'll find yourself looking through the marketplace and then searching your category and seeing if there is anything there for you to promote, if it makes sense. Uh, so what we did is we did that exact, that exact thing. We went there, searched our market for this specific thing. So if it was guitar stands, it might be like guitar stands or guitar playing. Right. But in this case, I would want it to be around guitar stands. Now it could be a DIY. Do it yourself. Um, maybe, um, how to build your own guitar stands, right? Maybe that's the product. And then I could then insert that into this post because it's already getting traffic. And I already know people are looking to have their own guitar stand. Some are going to want to build their own.
12:56 Some people are gonna want to buy their own right now, if I wanted to take that a step further, I could create a post that says, uh, build your own guitar stand. That could be a great post. If that took off, then I could take a product that shows people how to build their own stands and inject it into that post. But just so you understand what we did here, we didn't plan on monetizing it way back then, but now that we're getting traffic, we can go in and we can start to insert these offers and we can start to experiment. We can start to test because we have the traffic. All right. So number one, I'm giving you three steps here that we did and that you should consider doing as well. Step one is, start with question type posts around products and some without around products, because we just want traffic.
13:44 Cause if we get traffic, then we can also interlink inside of our ecosystem inside of our home base, as I call it our website and then we can keep people onsite longer. It's another thing that we focus on in brand creators Academy. It's really, how do you connect the dots inside of your ecosystem of your brand? So number two, we wrote the content. All right. I know that seems obvious, but you can do the research and you can find, you know, your keywords or fill your buckets. But until you're right, it can't do anything. Right. So we have to write the content. So we wrote the content and just to be clear here, we did not write the content. Um, I wanted to build these brands without me physically being involved, kind of like creating a piece of real estate that I can rent or sell down the line and have a management company do it for me, not me or another analogy would be, I want to build homes, but I don't want to actually swing a hammer.
14:40 Right. I want to be the GC. It's the same idea. So I followed that to a T uh, building out these brands inside of brand creators Academy that we're sharing. All right. So writing the content it's basic. Okay. But all we did was we shared information that helped them with that one specific thing. Okay. One specific thing, one specific thing that people are searching for, they Google that they found us, they were they're linked back over. Alright. Now the other thing is, I'll call a little time out here. I'm getting ahead of myself, but we are actually taking Pinterest now and amplifying some of our content, but this here was not done with Pinterest as of yet. I'll get to that here in a minute. All right. So number one, question type posts. Number two, we wrote the content, answering the question and elaborating on why.
15:32 Right? So a lot of people will be like, well, yeah, Scott, if I just answered the question, well, you know, uh, yeah. Uh, you can put five guitars on, on a stand. They make one, right? Like, instead of saying that you should talk about it and then talk about the differences and talk about the option. One, two, and three, and what the differences are, the pros and the cons. So if that's all you would do, right. It's not like, yeah, you can, you, you know? Yeah. They make a guitar stand that holds five guitars. Okay, bye. No, we're going to elaborate on that. All right. So number two, write the content. Okay. That's what we did. And then three ready for it. We published it. We hit send, we hit publish, not send, publish, sending as email, push publish. Right? We hit that button, which a lot of people don't do.
16:20 I was just on a coffee talk that I do in the morning. If you guys haven't heard about that, take action. Morning crew. That's where we, uh, we, we get stuff done. We hang out 10:00 AM. Eastern time, depending on when you're listening to this, you can head over to take action crew.com and join us over there. But I had Ashley on and, uh, she was telling me how she was all ready to go. She had five blog posts ready, but she was waiting to actually go in and just refine them and make them better. So what I told Ashley to do was just this. I said, tomorrow, I want you to post your first article, the second one that you got ready. I want you to do that the next day. And then the next day do the other one. And then the fourth day, the next one and the fifth day, the next one, I wouldn't do them all at once.
17:03 But get those things published. If they don't get published, we cannot get them found. Right. And then some people are like, well, you know, should I just, wait, I got five. I should do one a week now. No, get them out there, publish them. And then get on a routine once a week. Maybe, maybe two a week, whatever you think you can handle, you gotta publish it or can't be found, right. It doesn't have to be perfect. And this here, this one example I'm sharing with you. If I never published it, we wouldn't be looking at over 2000 visitors a month from an article that you might look at and go, it's not that great. I mean, yeah. I mean, it's gives the information, but it doesn't look that sexy. It's not like, you know, you would think this amazing, you know, blog posts, it serves the purpose.
17:48 It, it delivers the answer. It delivers the solution that they're looking for and that's it. And we can go back in later and refine it. Alright, so don't wait. All right. That's a big, big takeaway here. Alright. So number one, question type posts to write the darn thing and then three publish the darn thing. All right. So that's the three bottom line is this wasn't perfect. It doesn't have to be okay. Yes. You want it to be good, but don't try to make everything perfect out of the gate. Cause it never will be. You'll get better. I look back at that post from what we're creating now, and it's ours are now are better. We've learned from that, right? That's how you get better. Same thing happened to us in the photography business. My wife and I ran a photography business. We looked at our first pictures that we took of our clients to where we were five years in.
18:36 Oh my gosh. We're like, wow. I can't believe that we actually sold them. Right. They were good, but not good enough to us. Cause our eye had gotten better. Right. We have gotten better. All right. So just understand that you're never going to have it. Perfect. So you've got to publish it all right. Now, the other thing that we've added as of late, which I really think will be like adding fuel to the fire is Pinterest. And the reason why I love Pinterest and you guys, if you listen to any of my past episodes or if you were on some of the coffee talks, it's another evergreen asset, all right. This asset will then lead people to this asset on our website. So anytime that I'm talking about creating content, I need to know that it's evergreen. All right. I'm not talking about tic-tac. I'm not talking about Instagram.
19:23 I'm not talking about Facebook even. Right. I'm talking about evergreen assets. So Pinterest is another thing that we're adding to our process now. All right. I didn't add that in here because that's not important until you have a piece of content created. All right. All right. So where do you get content ideas? I get that question a lot. So I wanted to just kind of address it here and give you guys what we do still to this day. It's very, very simple. It always starts with Google. Do a Google search, let it auto suggest. Let it auto fill. All right. From there, we can also look down once we hit that result and we can see what are other questions that are being asked. Google will tell you that, okay. You do not need, especially in the beginning to know all of these numbers and metrics and all that's a Fest up there will slow you down.
20:07 All right. The biggest thing here is to get it out there. Number two, answer the public. It's another great resource. It's free as well. Answer the public. And then the last one is Uber suggest. If you use Uber suggest you could get tempted to start analyzing all the numbers. I would not do that because you might look at a post and go, Oh, it only gets 50 searches or a, a keyword that only gets 50 searches a month. Number one, that's 50 people per month. Number two, it's not accurate. I can tell you that from experience. All right. It's not accurate at all. And number three, that's 50 of what it was reporting from the past. What about the future? Right? So don't get hung up on the numbers. If you want to elaborate and get more ideas by then going through and finding other people that are already publishing and go through some of their content, what is doing good giving you're giving yourself ideas then fine.
20:59 I'm good with that. But I would not get hung up on the numbers or the metrics or what's the domain score I should be looking at. Don't worry about that stuff. Okay. Even to this day, we don't look at that stuff all that much. All right. We just look at, does it make sense? And is it a search that's coming up in Google right now? If it is good, right? So yes, as we start to broaden this out a little bit, we can get a little bit more, you know, data-driven uh, but even to this day, we don't really look at, okay. Bat gets 2000 searches. So that's the one we're going after right now. Okay. There's other factors that come in, but in the beginning, it's not that at all. All right. It's getting started getting a seed planted. All right. So let's recap real quick.
21:41 The three steps. Alright. Number one, question type content. That's what we're going after in the beginning, for sure. We still do that to this day. We're always sprinkling that in. We're always filling that bucket. Remember three buckets questions, how to products. All right. Number two. Write the content, publish it three. Right? So we have one question-based posts to write the content three, publish it. That's it. That's your three steps, right? So spend some time in your market, exploring what people are searching for. Find the long tail, write it after you're done writing it, publish it, optimize it and optimizing it. I'm not going to go into all the details here, but it's not that complicated. They even have plugins out there to help you with it, like Yoast for WordPress, uh, making it super, super easy. All right. And now, because we have this post that is getting traffic, we have an offer.
22:37 That's going to be sitting on it, or at least we're going to be testing that offer that one offer by the way, every single sale will generate between 20 and $25. And that's pretty much profit because we're not paying for that product. It's a digital product that we're promoting through ClickBank. Okay. So just understand $25 per sale that we can generate. We get four sales, a month, extra hundred dollars from that one post hundred dollars every single month, it could be $500. It could be a thousand dollars. You don't know. All I do know is it's getting traffic. And I also know that people are buying this thing that we are referencing to. All right. So guys that is going to wrap up this episode. This is eight 42. If you want the show notes, you might want them in this one because, well, we talked about a lot of stuff and you might want to actually, uh, you might wanna actually go through this process yourself.
23:29 All right. And, uh, you can get all the show notes, like I said, at eight 42. So that's brand creators.com forward slash eight 42. And then also just another quick reminder, if you have not grabbed your brand growth validation checklist, you might want to head over to brand creators.com, go to the area that says the checklist that we'll give it to you. And also you'll be notified about brand creators Academy. When we open on July 6th, if you're listening to this after July 6th, well, you'll be notified when we open it in the future. All right, guys. So that's it. That's going to wrap it up as always remember, I'm here for you. I believe in you and I am rooting for you, but you have to, you have to come on. Say it with me, say it loud, say it. Proud. Take action. Have an awesome, amazing day. And I'll see you right back here on the next episode. Now go rock your brand.
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