How To Stop Writing Fluff And Start Creating ‘Killer’ Content That Works

Traffic, Leads, Sales…

We all want them because they help us get so many other things:

Maybe more free time, less stress, or to hang out with family?

Maybe to remove yourself as the bottleneck in your business, work less hours or even have time to spend on that next important thing?

Or maybe?

 

Maybe you want your content to finally work so you can get your boss off your back and get some results without having to dive into the next new post?…

There are literally 80.1 million articles written per month and almost all of them go unnoticed…

No joke that’s a LOT of content being created and almost no one reading it

You might be in the exact same situation

Writing content with nothing to show for it…

But then you have those articles that simply crush it and generate almost half of all the traffic online

Why is this?

Are they some kind of mutant, ninja writing wizards?

Or do they just know something that you don’t?

In the last post I talked to you about our results and have shown you that yes IT IS POSSIBLE to write content and get traffic

We showed you how we generated 50,000 readers to a brand new site with only 2 blog posts

This lead to 300 client requests and $3 million dollars in potential sales

We also shared how our content has been seen, linked and shared by Billion and Million dollar CEO’s, marketers and more

And also how our content has been voted in the Top 10 of all time in content marketing forums…

But the best part?

We did this with only 8 blog posts total in 2 years…

This means you don’t have to write all the damn time to get results!

You can see that its possible right?

Its not easy but damn…

…we can make this a whooooole lot easier for you because we made all those mistakes so you don’t have to

I told you when I first started my content just wouldn’t work

Over 80 hours spent on a post that got 2 social shares total and my Nan was one of them

In all honesty my writing wasn’t that bad…

…I just needed to understand how to promote it and how to improve it

Once I understood those 2 things, our traffic and results shot off like a rocket

Even better?

I could write faster, easier, less stressed AND get more traffic

If you read Part 1 then you know that Promotion is more important than constant creation

But we also revealed that you can’t just share anything…

(Well you could, but you would be crazy to)

Why?

Because if you can improve your content and get it to that ‘killer content’ level?…

Then it helps you get more shares, traffic optins and links

Even better?

Killer Content’ is also far easier to promote because you’re proud of it, AND your readers LOVE it

I’m going to be honest with you it really isn’t that hard to write…

Once you know the things to miss and what to actually do to get results?

You can pretty much set it up to ‘paint by numbers’ and get it done

And I know it sounds too good to be true but trust me, its the truth

I learned the hard way by doing literally everything wrong

But its how I learned what not to do…

…and how to get actual freakin’ results

So let me help you bypass those mistakes right now so you can start creating killer content of your own

Keep reading to learn how…

The 9 Elements Of High Value Content

Back in Part 1 we talked about a study by Buzzsumo

In that study they looked at 1 Million articles online and their performance:

They found some pretty interesting things…

Less than half those articles had a single backlink and so zero chance to ever get traffic from Google

Why has this happened?

(They could literally link to new content from old content and get more than 1 link)

So why is the content just not performing for them?

From chatting to our own readers, students and clients its usually because people:

  • Don’t promote enough and write too often
  • They think their content isn’t good enough and don’t promote at all or
  • Their content sucks and so it gets no results

The thing is ALL of this can be bypassed to get you traffic

In fact if we look at the content that did well in the same study, we can start to see some patterns emerging…

Hmm longer content seemed to get more links and shares

But that wasn’t all…

Patterns kept reoccurring in all the successful content:

  • Long form content (3000 words or so)
  • Highly detailed with valuable steps
  • Large number of images and content

Pretty interesting right but whats the point?

Well because the easiest way to do anything in the world, literally any goal or task?

Is to simply replicate what others did to achieve that same goal…

Nothing groundbreaking

Literally see what works, figure out why and then do the same to get similar results

Its soooo simple

For Example

No one EVER ran a four minute mile until Roger Bannister did it back in 1954

Then once they saw it was possible others started replicating his methods

Soon more and more runners broke that four minute barrier (That’s 15mph btw)

And now?

Its the standard that all runners are based on…

Find what works, Follow the same process, See Similar Results

Its the same for content

When you look at the weak content that didn’t do well it also had patterns…

  • Short (500-900 words)
  • No real value
  • No structure or format
  • Walls of text with little images or content…

Like I said I’m no genius

I just made those mistakes and found what actually works

THAT is how we get results

We looked at the top performing content and the comparisons that keep arising

Then we looked for the elements that made them successful…

We started to look at what made content go ‘viral’ or ‘Contagious’

We looked at what actually drives people to share content or even do anything…

This was easy because some super smart people had already done the research for us

We started to look at research from Professors at Stanford, MIT and others

We looked at their work on virality and human behavior..

From these findings we started to see overlaps again and again

What did we find?

There Are Just 9 Elements That Make Up The Best Content Online

What do I mean by ‘the best’?

I mean the content that gets almost 37% of the ENTIRE traffic on the internet

The content that just crushes it…

Now that might seem complex but it isn’t

Its actually suuuper easy

If you break down what you need, it just means you create content that is:

  • Long form content 1500-3000 words
  • Has Step-By-Step definitive solutions
  • Has images, references and resources to provide context
  • Includes the audiences emotion, drives and mirror language
  • Use’s open loops, curiosity and transitions to pull them through the content
  • Use metaphors, personal stories and experiences in the content to help them remember

Follow those elements and suddenly you have that high value content also

Once you know what boxes to tick, you just make sure to tick them

Once I started doing this I would get more links and shares then ever before:

The absolute best in the business were emailing to make sure I didn’t miss out on this awesome post they had found…

…but it was MY POST they were sharing with me

I couldn’t believe it

I even had readers emailing me to let me know how much they enjoyed my new content!

I wasn’t doing anything different

I just edited the content to meet those 9 elements

Like I said…. its really not that hard to make sure your content performs

In fact that’s the easiest part

The biggest issue we had was getting past my own stumbling blocks to start writing…

What The Expert Writers Are Doing And Where You’re Stumbling

OK so we know what elements the content needs to have to succeed

But what about the actual writing process?…

This might be where you struggle

(I know it was my biggest hurdle when I first started)

Here’s the thing though:

Every writer goes through the EXACT same issues

  • Self Doubt or Feeling a Fraud
  • Analysis Paralysis and the dreaded blank page
  • Finding The Time or Needing Inspiration

Writers have had these exact issues since back in the Roman times

Fortunately they are easy to get past when you know how…

My Content Is Never Good Enough! (Perfectionism And Paralysis By Analysis)

We already know those 9 elements that make up killer content

As long as we hit those, then chances are high that the content will do well

But here’s the other thing:

Your content will never ‘be perfect’

Perfect is an unachievable state

All it means is that you never publish

How many articles and books are sat on a computer somewhere unread?

The only truth is this:

Content sat half done on your laptop will NEVER get traffic

Which is why its always better to click ‘publish’

Instead the goal is to be done and not perfect

When you understand the factors of what makes Killer Content you can simply make sure that you meet those requirements

Then you know that this content is ‘good enough’…

What Will People Think About Me? Will They Think I’m A fraud?

Here’s a hard truth:

No one cares about you

We’re all caught up in our own world and so we’re not worried about you at all

We’re worried about ourselves and what other people might think about us! (Just like you are)

And so we don’t have time to worry about anyone else

But because your content HELPS those readers, then that’s all they care about

They care that you helped them…

And the haters?

Pssh…

For every 1 hater you get, you have around 10 people who love your stuff

Its just that haters are more vocal about it

So reframe it in your mind

Every time you get a douche comment realize that you have ten more people who love you’re work

You count up the douches

Times it by ten and that’s how many people LOVE your stuff right now

In fact they are probably telling friends all about it

And so its ok

I know its hard to not worry about these people

And it can be hard to not feel a fraud

Even Seth Godin feels it when he hits publish

And yet he’s written 17 books…

Even crazier?

He’s ghost written a huge number of New York Times best sellers for other authors (i.e he wrote the book and their name was on it)

And yet he still feels it…

We ALL feel it

We just do it anyway because you can’t let it stop you

Don’t forget…

  • When you know those 9 elements of high value content?
  • When you follow proven archetypes and writing structures?
  • When you create systems for editing processes and research techniques?

Then you just have to understand the simple fact

Your content is now as good as it can be

And so waiting any longer won’t help

You have to put it out there and into the world to help your readers…

I Can Never Find The Time Or Inspiration!

Stephen King has a quote about writing inspiration but I think its taken out of context

He says he ‘finds inspiration at 9am every day when he sits at his desk’

Here’s my opinion

There is no ‘muse’ needed for you to be able to write

There’s no flash of lightning where you suddenly write an entire book in one night

It can happen but usually because of what I’m about to share with you

Do these things and you can’t help but get the work done

In fact you don’t even need inspiration

Its just a stumbling block that can be overcome…

…BUT you might not know that yet

It might be years till you figure this out so let me save you a whoooole lot of heartache

The biggest issue that most people have, is they lack systems when writing

Let me explain:

If you sit down to write and all you have is a blank screen in front of you, then this is an error

Its crippling and you get lost in thought or make zero sense

But if you’ve done your research and made some kind of notes?

If you have a goal for your content?

Then there is NO blank page issue..

Even better?

Once you realize that almost all content ever made follows a structure, then all you need to do is pick the best structure or ‘archetype’ for your goal

That’s right…

Almost every article, book, film and theater play follows 1 of 7 different archetypes

A structure that follows for every story written…

Sure there are a few different ones

But once you know these, you can simply take your notes and research and add them to your structure

Suddenly you have a framework for a first draft…

You know what goes where

Then you can start fleshing out that draft and it gives you something to edit

You DON’T edit as you go

This stops your train of thought and you lose concentration

Its actually harder to do and increases stress…

Instead you edit afterwards and you do it in phases

Editing for one goal or another but only one at a time

This ensures you tick those boxes

Simple right?

Writing really isn’t hard when you know the problems and how to get past them

Then you simply put each step into a logical order of completion:

  • You never get stuck on a blank page as you have all those notes, research and structure
  • Your content works because it ticks all the boxes
  • You feel a fraud but write anyway as you know this is the best version you can create
  • You’re never stuck to find time to write as you follow a sequence of what to do
  • If you have only an hour or even a whole day, you’re far more effective with your time because your writing follows a system (You’re not sat thinking what to do next or lost in thought)

Its not hard when you know the problems and how to get past them

But if you want to make it even easier?

You need to get organized

Because writing is far faster and easier once you have systems in place…

The Importance of Creating Systems

When I first started, the though of doing this seemed like I was making my life harder

In reality it made it so much easier

How much?

Remember I told you it took me 80+ plus hours to write a post and it got a whopping 2 whole shares?

But now our content is getting crazy results?

What if I told you that I got the first draft of those killer posts completed in around 30 minutes or so?…

That’s right

A 3000+ word first draft in just 30 minutes…

Intrigued?

I thought you might be

So let me explain how…

Systems are there to help make our lives easier

Anything that we do more than once, we create a system for

Its how McDonalds can take spotty kids and train them into making a multi billion dollar company

They simplify and break everything down from start to finish

  • This is a tomato
  • It looks like this
  • Here’s how to hold a tomato
  • How to slice it
  • Where to put it on the bun etc

It means that even brand new people can work at make that burger almost right away

But it also means that you get a certain level of quality EVERY SINGLE TIME

How helpful do you think this might be with your writing?…

Think bigger

Its more helpful that you can even imagine

Its so helpful we now have systems for writing, editing, promotion and so on

Why do this?

Everything that we do more than once is broken down into handy guides to follow here ‘in house’

It means I get past all those stumbling points and can create the best possible piece of content

But even better?

I don’t have to try and remember everything

There can be so many steps its easy to forget it all

But with a writing system I can simply follow along every time I create an article

I can ignore any other distraction and just focus on that one next task that’s in the writing system

(Or editing or promotion system etc)

This helps me stay mentally focused and means I don’t need a coffee every 15 minutes…

But even better still?

I can pass this onto a member of staff to do, outsource to a freelancer, use it to train new staff etc

How?

Because its all there as an asset for me or someone else to use

Its not just the steps for us to follow each time

But its also

  • Reminders on how to do each part
  • Templates to use,
  • Archetypes etc

It makes my life soooooo much easier

Sure it took time to make at first

But because its something we do more than once, it means that every time we do these steps its faster and easier

Pretty cool right?…

Example Writing System: The 30 Minute First Draft

Here’s how I can get a first draft done in less than 30 minutes

Its almost like cheating…

  • I have a post I want to write
  • I know the ideal audience and the goal for the post
  • I do the research and make notes
  • I put my notes into an archetype structure or template
  • I then create an audio adlib version of those notes and transcribe it
  • I then have a 3,000+ word post first draft finished and its time for lunch

Building systems like this make your life soooo much easier

This process alone gets me past almost all of those stumbling blocks we mentioned before

Then?

After that draft is done I can start editing it into something awesome

This means I can edit it to hit each of those 9 High Value Elements

So not only was it written faster, but now its also a better piece of content

Can you see the value in having systems for this?

And just like the initial writing stage, I have systems for each part of the editing

I simply follow along and do the task in order of completion

And because these edits are systematized I get them done easily and quickly…

What You Need To Do Now

So here’s the thing:

I just helped you walk past the main objections and stumbling points when creating killer content

You can see the value of it

Not only does it convert higher but it means you can write far less content and still get results

Its a no brainer right?

But the thing is…

To actually get results from this series, YOU need to take action

Its very easy to get excited and then forget about this

Action = Results

So here’s what I want you to do:

  • Go ahead and click above to get the bonus video

In that video I walk you through a previous article

I show you an original version, and then I show you a version that has been edited to meet those 9 High Value Elements

Then I show you each edit to help it hit those 9 elements of high value content

(But its ONLY in the video)

This will help you compare the 2 posts and see what a difference this makes

Then

  • I want you to go into an old blog post that YOU HAVE ALREADY, and make those same changes to meet those high value elements

Why an old post?

Because this means you don’t need to write anything new

It means you can get started right NOW

And most importantly?

Any traffic you already get to the post will improve so you can start to see almost immediate results…

Not only that but you need that post for whats coming next

Because in Part 3 we’re going to take same post and help you get 10% email optin’s from it

But…

You need to finish the work here FIRST

Once you’ve done that, do me a favor and leave a comment below of the post that you’ve improved

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