Are you a list-maker; in your head, on paper, or digitally? Then this post is definitely for you. On the other hand, for those of you who dislike listing to-do stuff and feeling like lists are somehow limiting, it’s time for us to set you free with this content marketing tip!
We hope that, by now, you know we believe strongly in the power of content marketing as the key to growing your business online. However, once you get your head wrapped around that little gem, a new challenge rears its head – how to create a content plan.
And so, you ask, “Just where do all these fantastic ideas for creating content come from?”
Take it as a given that you’re not alone in wondering. We get that. We also get that it’s vital for you to also understand that, in the highly competitive world of online marketing, you simply cannot “wing it” with your content.
As with everything that has to do with online marketing, you need to take a strategic approach. You need to make a plan for creating high-value content that attracts both the search engines and your target audience. Believe it – without a solid content plan, you will continue to struggle to create anything that engages and converts.
But, hey. Once again, we’re here to help and support you by letting you know that there is a very simple way to create a solid content plan that you can complete in 5-10 minutes – literally!
The 5-Minute Content Plan
If you’re willing to invest just 5 minutes of your time and energy, your new content plan can be completed in five minutes. Then it will become the foundation for all of the content that you produce, for three months, or six months, even for up to a year. Here is a step-by-step process for creating a fresh content plan:
- Grab a blank piece of paper – landscape not portrait (Did we say “paper”? Who uses paper anymore?)
- At the top, write your topic title – “Life Coach Content Plan” (as just one example)
- Below that, list 5-7 category topics – broad subject areas that matter to your prospects or clients, and you!
- Next, give yourself five minutes to list as many related sub-topics as you can think of – specific issues or pain points you or your clients may deal with regularly
- After five minutes – stop and check your list (You can expand on it whenever you need to)
- Keep it close at all times, in a place where you see it every day – tape it to the wall near your desk or pin it to your dog’s tail. (NOT! LOL). Just make sure you have easy and regular access to your new content plan.
Wonder of wonders, you now have a couple dozen or more, clearly defined subject ideas! targeted And yes, this works for all types of content: blog posts, videos, social media content, emails and newsletters, articles, opt-in freebies – even ideas for products and services!
Tada! No more saying, “I don’t know what to write about!” Because you will!
Content Plan Example
Need a little clarification? Check out the content plan example below.
Easy peasy, right?
It should go without saying that the categories and subject ideas for each will vary from coach to coach and business to business. (Which is great, BTW.) This is just an example. But, it should be clear just how you can use your areas of interest, training, experience with past clients, and even market forces to determine what each will be.
Two of the best things about this approach are: 1) none of it is etched in stone and it can be revised at any time; 2) you now have a plan of action in place. You can finally stop trying to improvise your content and hope for the best!
And finally, while the details of your content plan will be different, the basics of this approach are the same everywhere and this exercise can work – and has worked – for thousands of entrepreneurs and online business owners.
What would your categories and sub-topics be after investing five minutes in this content plan exercise? Feel free to share a few ideas with us by commenting below.Of course, if you still have questions about this content marketing tip that we didn’t answer in this post, click here to schedule a complimentary consultation for answers, or to let us help.