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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Web Content Creation: Ten Approaches For Small Online Publishers

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A website is more than a container for written articles, news, photos and graphics. Webmasters, authors and small online publishers must also integrate "special" and "uniquely valuable" quality themed-content into it.

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A so-called "sticky" website is one that attracts individuals and encourages them to return. "Sticky websites" integrate high-value content that is related and of interest to its readers.

A sticky web site is a place people will want to visit again and again. By creating a user-experience people like to re-experience, will likely increase your ability to capture some readers loyalty and to make them your best marketing agents.

Here some popular and tested alternative content creation ideas that can help online small publishers increase their reach and visibility while providing a useful information service to all Web users out there.

1. Top 10

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Create a top 10 list of industry sites resources, and products that are related to the website's theme. The list should contain helpful resources or authority sites that are respected and have genuine useful information. Providing a credible top 10 will help web visitors and showcase tenability of the website.

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2. Product Comparisons
If you managed an industry website, consider creating a product or service comparison guide. Use a grid to illustrate the differences between the specific products or services. The comparison guide will be of interest to website visitors and contain unique aggregated data to assist in the visitor's decision making.

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3. Consumer Reports

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Product warnings, recalls or alerts are generally issued by government agencies. The product alerts contain a list of related products, and any critical information related to that product. Consider syndicating the RSS feed of products from a specific industry or sector, displaying critical
information will generate goodwill with potential customers and demonstrate social-consciousness.

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4. Buyers Guides

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Creating a buyer's guide is especially useful in the holiday season. A buyers guide or gift guide will attract both advertisers and web surfers. You can create a Buyers Guide using a web form, which effectively makes the process easier to manage. You can take the the Buyers Guide a step further,
by making the guide interactive. Ask website visitors questions and offer helpful suggestions, based on their preferences. Analysis of product specifications, features, reviews and comparisons can be provided as part of an online buyers guide, important products or services can be highlighted in the guide.

Active Buyers Guide
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5. Tutorials

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Creating educational tutorials or demonstrations about how a technology or service is effective in a specific industry or sector, is not only useful but it helps website visitors consider how they might further use a product or service. Consider providing wizards, tutorials or educational
material that will assist in educating users. Educational materials also distinguishes the website publishers as knowledgeable in a specific area.

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6. Glossary

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Decipher those difficult to understand words, for your website visitors. Despite sometimes being entrenched in an industry, consumers often remain unaware of what specific terminology means. Provide a clear, concise glossary of terms related to a product or service. Educating users about the lingo will help them better understand a product or services benefit.

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7. History

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Profile the history of an industry, event, or individual related to the product or service that you are promoting. The historical perspective will educate and attract those who have an industry interest.

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The Sony Rootkit Story
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8. Online Tool or Service

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Provide a online web tool or service. Webmasters or search engine marketers may provide a free website critique or a free tool related to the product or service they are marketing in order to attract web traffic. The tool or free service will act as a lost leader bringing web visitors to their website for an indefinite amount of time.

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9. Interviews or Success Stories


Generate content by interviewing industry professionals. Not only are interviews interesting to website visitors, but also webmasters might find a number of interviewees provide links back to the interview from related industry websites.

Software Success Stories and Interviews

10. Interactive Content


Content that is interactive will not only generate buzz, it will draw in website visitors. One of the first examples of interactive content, the Subservient chicken, generated not only buzz, but a good amount of traffic for Burger King. Marketers have adapted interactive content allowing webmasters to cater content based on web visitors choices or behavior.

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Creative content building techniques can draw interested website visitors. Create timeless, unique content and watch your webtraffic and visitors grow.

About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for NotePage a wireless text messaging software company.

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Readers' Comments    
2009-05-19 07:19:42


Thanks for info. this can make my spirit of online business burnout. Now i am making some research for get listed in the top ten ^_^

2009-01-10 21:15:05


Fantastic post. If anyone could use just three or four of the tips, they would likely generate more readers. I like the Top Ten. Just by using the Top Ten phrase, you could create numerous articles based on the theme of your website.
Product comparisons and even buying guide will also never fail to interest the reader.
Good post. Keep up the wonderful work, Robin. You're always an inspiration.

2007-03-30 21:28:25

Liz Smith

Wow... great article. Can't believe I just found it.

2006-02-26 00:22:57

Rose DesRochers

Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge and insights. This was a very imformative article.

Rose DesRochers

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