10 Free eBooks Every Content Marketer Has to Read

10 eBooks Content Marketers Have to Read

How often do you hear that content marketing is the sure fire way to success?

That it will bring you followers, traffic, leads and sales?

Quite a lot I bet.

But then how often does your content actually bring in followers, traffic, leads and sales?

If it’s not working out like you’ve been promised then it’ll have something to do with your approach.

Whether it’s a lack of copywriting or design skills, you don’t understand how to target your audience, or you don’t apply SEO techniques – there’s a lot that can impact the effectiveness of your marketing campaigns.

So that’s why I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 FREE ebooks that you need to read today if you want to succeed at content marketing.

1. Create buyer personas that work – Wyzowl

It’s easy to create content that you think will work, but if it doesn’t resonate with the needs of your audience then you may as well throw in the towel right now.

And that’s why a buyer persona can help you!

A buyer persona enables you to define your target audience so that you can speak in their language and resonate with what they care about.

This eBook from Wyzowl will walk you through all the steps that you need to create your own buyer personas for your business. It’ll get you to assess everything about your customers including demographics, buying trends, values and goals.

This ebook includes:

  • What a buyer persona is
  • What you need to include
  • A free guide to creating your buyer personas

You can download the ebook here.

buyer persona ebook every content marketer should read

2. The marketer’s crash course in visual content creation – HubSpot

Considering articles with images get 94% more views, a well-designed piece of content really can make a huge difference.

But if you’re not a designer then it can be hard to know what looks good, or even how to make something look good!

This ebook created by HubSpot is the perfect guide to use if you’re not overly confident with your design skills. It offers a crash course in visual content creation with plenty of tips on how to get it right.

The ebook includes:

  • How to create visually appealing content on a budget
  • Infographic tips
  • Real examples of what to do and what not to do
  • Software and tools to use
  • Stock photo tips

You can download the ebook here.

Visual creation ebook every content marketer should read

3. Copywriting 101: How to craft compelling copy – Copyblogger

Anyone can string a bunch of words together and claim that they know how to write, but how often do you read copy that makes you want to read more than just the headline?

Contrary to popular belief, copywriting isn’t easy. Readers get bored and/or they don’t have the time to read paragraphs of text – unless of course the writing is SO good – it captures their attention throughout.

So what better way than to learn how to write awesome copy than by reading an ebook from Copyblogger – the original copy experts!

In this ebook you’ll find plenty of tips on how great storytelling can help you create great copy.

This ebook includes:

  • How to write headlines that work
  • How to write persuasive copy
  • How to sell with benefits
  • How to effective write calls-to-action

You can download the ebook here.

Copyblogger ebook every content marketer should read

4. The ROI of content marketing – Kuno

Did you know that over half of marketers don’t measure the ROI of their content?

It’s probably not a lack of time that’s the problem, more so a lack of understanding how to measure content marketing ROI. But in the world of marketing everything should be measured, otherwise how do you know if your strategy is the right one for your business?

This ebook that has been created by Kuno, will help you think about the goals that you want to achieve with your content, and how you can go about measuring them.

This ebook includes:

  • Top tips on how to measure content ROI
  • The best metrics for measuring content ROI
  • How to gauge the success of your content
  • Tips on how to improve your content ROI

You can download the ebook here.

ROI Content ebook every content marketer should read

5. The definitive guide for social listening for smarter business – Meltwater

There are plenty of brands using social to promote their content – and why not – social can give your content the publicity that it deserves. But how often to you listen to your followers? And I mean, really listen to what they have to say.

Social media isn’t a place to simply talk at your customers. It’s a place to gather data and find out what your customers care about, so that you can start to create content with them in mind.

This definitive guide for social listening, created by Meltwater, can help you discover more about why you should give social listening a go, and how you can do it.

This ebook includes:

  • How to drive word of mouth marketing
  • How to find out if your followers really like you
  • How to keep tabs on the competition
  • How to find conversations that matter

You can download the ebook here.

Social ebook every content marketer should read

6. 8 steps to blogging mastery – Jeff Bullas

I probably don’t have to tell you how important blogging is for the success of your business. But did you know that 82% of marketers who blog daily acquired a customer using their blog?

Blogging really is a content marketers best friend. And what better way than to learn about it than by one of the best bloggers in the business, Jeff Bullas.

This ebook sheds light on how Jeff grew his blog traffic to over 4 million visitors a year!

This ebook includes:

  • How to create a memorable blog brand
  • A five step marketing plan that works
  • Building a successful blogging foundation
  • How to create inspired content

You can download the ebook from his homepage.

Jeff Bullas ebook every content marketer should read

7. The best practice guide for effective blogger outreach – Inkybee

Did you know that there are plenty of bloggers out there who would love to share or post your content? An effective blogger outreach strategy is a must!

By outreaching your content to bloggers and influencers within your niche, you’ll help give your content a better chance of being seen by a huge audience.

So where do you start?

This ebook created by Inkybee details everything you need to know about how to create an outreach strategy and will help you build strong relationships with bloggers.

This ebook includes:

  • How to set objectives for an outreach campaign
  • How to develop relationships with bloggers
  • How to track and measure your content
  • Top tips to maintain your blogger relationships

You can download this ebook here.

Inkybee ebook every content marketer should read

8. Building and scaling an inbound team – Hubspot

Understanding inbound marketing is the first step to a successful campaign. But as a content marketer, you know that already, right?

What you need to do is make sure that everyone else is on the same page as you – and you can do that by hiring the right people and structuring your team for success.

This ebook from HubSpot is the perfect guide to help you discover who will make a good inbound candidate and how to create an effective strategy within your team.

This ebook includes:

  • What to look for when interviewing inbound candidates
  • How to structure and grow your inbound team
  • Top tips from Hubspot about how they structure their team

You can download this ebook here.

ebook every content marketer should read

9. Understanding SEO techniques – Tone

Ah, SEO. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you want to be a successful content marketer, then you’re going to have to learn about SEO and what it can do for you.

This ebook from Tone is a great guide full of top tips for marketers to utilize SEO throughout their content.

This ebook includes:

  • SEO tools you don’t know about
  • How to use fresh content to help your SEO
  • How search engines view your site

You can download the ebook here.

new ebook every content marketer should read

10. Quick guide for content promotion – Relevance

So you’ve created an awesome piece of content that ticks all the boxes. But if you only promote it on your own channels then you could be missing out on a huge chunk of people consuming it – mainly your audience.

Content promotion is a must and in this ebook from Relevance, you’ll discover how to create an effective content promotion strategy.

This ebook includes:

  • The difference between paid, earned and owned media
  • 10 essential tools for content promotion
  • How to create a promotion strategy
  • Best practices and top tips for content promotion success

You can download the ebook here.

Sorry ebook every content marketer should read

Takeaway

Content marketing really does work, so long as you have the right strategy in place! Be sure to download these 10 useful ebooks and put the tips you’ve learned into action today. And if you’re looking for more ebooks like these then check out Publi.sh – a marketplace full of free guides and resources!

Guest Author: Sarah Quinn works over at Publi.sh – a free marketplace full of guides and resources for marketers! 

Comments

  • http://sherocksabusiness.com SamPicarello

    Great resources Jeff. Thank you for another wonderful resource.

  • http://www.brenmurphy.net/ Bren Murphy

    Wow, thanks Sarah – there goes my weekend – love getting free ebooks – always worth scanning as they have some valuable takeaway inside.
    thanks,
    Bren

    • http://www.wyzowl.com Sarah Quinn

      Thanks Bren, hope you enjoy them :)

  • http://www.joegullo.net joegullo

    Great list. I’m definitely going to check these out.

  • http://theaudaciouslife.com Stephani Roberts

    Comprehensive list! I love that it’s well rounded and includes SEO, promotion, ROI, and LISTENING. Excellent. Thank you!!

  • Van Hector Calma Callanta

    Thank you Sarah Quinn for providing us this information