Cloud Living’s Weekly Digest 02

CONTENT FORMATTING, GUEST POSTS, OUTREACH TIPS, $20M DOLLAR BLOG, AND MORE...

Welcome to the second official release of Cloud Living's Weekly Digest. 

In this week's edition, we cover a bunch of new exciting developments in the online business industry, from content formatting to guest posts to lessons learned from a $20M dollar blog to outreach tips that actually work ​(plus, a lot more).

Give it a read and you'll come away with new tips and tricks you can use right away to give yourself a HUGE advantage over your competitors. 

Time to get started...​

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HOW TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL LOOKING CONTENT...IN JUST MINUTES 

https://thrivethemes.com/faster-content-templates/

A lot of us spend time creating high quality content, but most of us don’t spend any time formatting our content. And that’s why the internet is full of articles that look like this:

Nauseating, isn’t it? I agree.

People don’t read walls of text.

It doesn’t matter how good your content is – if it doesn’t look nice on the eyes – it’s not going to get read.

Fortunately, beautiful formatting doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult.

In fact, if you have Thrive Content Builder (and why wouldn’t you – it’s one of our favorite online tools) – you can create beautiful looking pieces of content in just minutes.

Simply create a template once…and you can reuse it as many times as you’d like.

This article does a great job at highlighting the five different content templates every website should have. And how you can create them.

Check it out and give your content a beautiful boost.

READ THIS BEFORE YOU PUBLISH YOUR NEXT GUEST POST...

http://www.sjo.com/guest-post-success/

One of the best ways to grow your traffic is through guest posts.

Unfortunately…

Most guest posts suck. And provide zero value.

Why?

Aside from horrible pieces of content – most people think their job is done once the guest post goes live.

This is a rookie mistake because this is when the real work actually begins.

By promoting your piece, you generate more exposure for the website you’re publishing on AND your content also gets seen by more people – creating a win/win.

Here’s an article that outlines the step-by-step process you should follow to provide massive value to not only yourself, but also the website you’re writing for (plus you’ll learn kick ass tips to make sure your guest post is dripping with value).

HOW TO USE GOOGLE DRIVE AND GOOGLE SHEETS TO TURN YOURSELF (AND YOUR TEAM) INTO A PRODUCTIVITY MACHINE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJjSuQB0Xb0

When it comes to online business, scaling your time and growing your business is always priority number one.

But, most people don’t have systems in place to save time (and increase productivity).

This video highlights how you can leverage the power of Google Drive and Google Sheets to give your productivity a huge boost (and take back your precious time).

LESSONS LEARNED FROM CREATING A $20M DOLLAR BLOG

https://mixergy.com/interviews/the-penny-hoarder-with-kyle-taylor/

Interviews are one of the best ways to learn.

And here’s one we highly recommend you check out – it’s a Mixergy interview with Kyle Taylor – the founder of the $20-million-dollar personal finance blog, The Penny Hoarder.

Aside from the inspiring nature of this interview, we love Kyle’s story because it goes to show the power of blogs. And how if you do it right, you can generate huge WINS!

It’s definitely a must-listen (especially if you’re thinking of starting a content driven website).

OUTREACH TIPS THAT ACTUALLY WORK...

https://ahrefs.com/blog/outreach/

Outreach is a very important part of online marketing. But most people don’t have the slightest clue on how to do it well.

When done well, you provide massive value to others. And generate backlinks in return.

When done wrong, you annoy a bunch of people. And end up in their spam folder (this is where most outreach efforts end up).

So, how do you avoid the spam folder and actually provide value?

Start by reading this article - it highlights a bunch of different tips and tricks…that actually work.

HERE'S HOW PENGUIN 4.0 HAS AFFECTED ANCHOR TEXT OPTIMIZATION

https://ahrefs.com/blog/anchor-text-after-penguin-4/

Penguin’s latest 4.0 release tampered with the SERPs of a bunch of different niches by changing their average anchor text ratios.

This was obviously cause for concern for not only the sites affected, but also for you.

Why?

New updates bring new changes.

And so you need to know the role anchor text optimization plays in SERP displacements and what you can do to recover rankings.

This article teaches you just that by providing 5 case studies of niches affected by this update (and revealing the exact steps they took to recover their rankings).

CONCLUSION 

This wraps up the second official release of Cloud Living’s Weekly Digest.

We highly recommend putting aside an hour or two this weekend and going through these links and putting into action the things you learn.

It’ll be well worth your time. And will ensure you’re keeping up to date with the ever changing online business industry.

Enjoyed this weekly digest?

Leave your feedback and your favorite lessons in the comment section below.

Amtej Dosanjh

Amtej Dosanjh is CloudLiving’s Content Marketing Apprentice. He’s been an entrepreneur at heart since the age of five, having started off selling baseball cards and slowly... [Read full bio]

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