Why Setting a Content Calendar is So Important
Frankly, your success will be defined by your content cadence. We love stories of wit, skill and strength beating odds, but the reality is that success in life is largely determined by perseverance, and the same applies to content marketing.
This post is part of the Content Coach series, a free crash course on content marketing.
Want to skip the course and put your content marketing on Cruise Control? With the Cruise Control plan, Scripted does the planning, writing, publishing, and tracking for you. It’s the all-in-one content marketing solution that takes care of everything, so you can focus on other important stuff – like where to take your next vacation.
If you’d rather do it yourself, continue through the crash course below.
Why is Content Cadence Important?
If you blog every day, you will succeed at content marketing. If you blog once a month, you won’t. It’s really as simple as that.
The one caveat to that is higher quality content will be more forgiving of a less frequent content cadence. Scripted writers are all vetted for quality, with only the top 2% of writers making it through the extensive vetting process. Every writer is continually scored based on the latest feedback they receive from their most qualified peers, so you can choose from the strongest writers that fit your industry-specific needs.
Still, whether using Scripted or writing high quality content yourself, we tend to recommend a minimum content cadence of once per week.
How Should Content be Budgeted?
It’s important to remember that the budget equation for Content is fundamentally different than the one for ads or traditional paid channels. Publishing content is a bit like building a home, whereas advertising is more like renting. Content is expensive upfront, but you reap the benefits forever at no additional cost. And similar to a home (in a healthy real estate market), the value builds on itself.
The reason a lot of people don’t succeed at content marketing is because building a home takes more time and upfront resources than finding an apartment to rent on Craigslist. But you’ve made the long-term, business-savvy decision to invest in internet real estate. So, onto the blueprinting!
We’ll use the Scripted Content Budget Tool to determine a cadence that makes sense. We recommend a rough monthly recipe of:
- 4 Standard Blog Posts
- 1 Long Blog Post
- 25 Tweets
Build Your Content Calendar
Now that we’ve determined your cadence, we’ll set up your content calendar. You don’t need anything fancy for this, a spreadsheet will suffice – or you can simply add a column to your existing keyword list that you exported from Moz in Exercise 3. Let’s plan out the next two months.
Sort your exported keyword list from Moz by Opportunity, and come up with a magnetic headline for each. Here are some insights on what makes a shareable headline to help you get in front of more readers, and don’t forget to include the keyword you’re targeting. If coming up with titles is too time consuming, use the Blog Ideas feature on Scripted to get ideas pitched to you by our community of talented writers.
Once you’ve converted your high-opportunity keywords to engaging, keyword-targeted, share-worthy titles, schedule a date for each. The soonest date should be at least one month out, to give yourself time to learn the process and buffer for any revisions you may want. Remember, you want to aim for at least one post per week, so you should produce eight or more titles to cover the next two months and space them out accordingly. Now you can place an order for each title, with its respective deadline:
Maximize Your Mileage
To maximize ROI on each post, we recommend using Clearscope to help create guidelines for each post and direct writers toward related terms and turns of phrase to incorporate into each article. Here’s how…
Create a new report in Clearscope for each of your high-opportunity keywords. When viewing the report, click through each tab to get insights into the page grade and average word count for the top search results, related keywords and estimated search volumes, and important terms to include in your content.
If you already use Clearscope, perform the above on your own. If you’re new to Clearscope or just want some additional help leveraging the tool, sign up for an upcoming webinar
- Based on your budget, determine your content cadence. You can use the Scripted Content Budget Tool to help.
- Create effective headlines for at least eight of your high-opportunity keywords and set a deadline for each beginning at least a month out.
- OR: Request blog ideas on Scripted to have writers pitch you ideas.
- Aim for at least one post per week.
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