The Ultimate Guide To Remarkable Content


The smartest, fastest, and easiest way to start creating amazing content is to learn from the best. What systems do they use? How did they go from being unread to running one of the top blogs in their field?

I reached out to a hand-picked selection of copywriting and marketing experts – people who reach more than a combined 125 million readers every month.

We dug deep into the important questions:

How do you come up with such great content on a regular basis?

What have you learned that’s had the biggest impact on how you write?

What do most who want to hit it big not get about blogging?

How do you know if your writing is good?

Here’s what they’ve learned from years (even decades) of studying and writing.’

I’m really excited about this section, and I guarantee it’ll be one of the biggest breakthroughs you have from this entire Ultimate Guide.

Neil Patel

Co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar, and KISSmetrics. Neil was named one of the top 10 online marketers by Forbes and writes about online marketing at

What’s your favorite post that you’ve published recently?

“5 Steps to Creating a Profitable Facebook Advertising Campaign” is my favorite recent post. It reminded me that you don’t have to create advanced content to drive a lot of traffic. There are a lot of popular topics that still aren’t written on well.

What’s something you’ve learned recently or discovered that’s been helpful to your writing?

Something I learned recently is that most of the posts that have done well on the social web typically don’t do as well on Google.

Writing basic content that has high search volume usually isn’t as popular as click-bait from a social media perspective but, in the long run, these high search volume posts usually generate more traffic due to their search engine rankings.

What is ONE piece of advice that you’d give to someone about to start publishing content?

Use a lot of statistics and data. Posts with stats tend to generate more backlinks, which will increase your overall search engine rankings.

Mark Manson

Author, blogger, and entrepreneur. He writes about unconventional living and personal development at his blog,

What’s your favorite post that you’ve published recently?

Favorite thing I’ve written recently is “The Four Stages of Life” because a lot of the ideas came out of my own major life transitions happening this year. I also think the piece manages to be both intellectual and a bit poetic while not sounding up its own ass with self-importance. That’s a hard balance to strike.

What’s something you’ve learned recently or discovered that’s been helpful to your writing?

When to stop. I used to approach writing the same way most people approach work: do as much as you can. But what I’ve learned is that I really only have 2-4 hours of really good content in me each day. Anything past that, even if I push myself to get it out, it’s probably not going to be very good and I end up just creating revision/editing problems for myself later on. So in a way, it’s been more efficient to write less. Focus on quality over quantity. An amazing 1,000 words is worth more than a decent 3,000 words, both in terms of publishing, but also in terms of workflow and my own mental sanity.

When do you know if what you’ve written is GOOD?

When I get so sucked into it that I forget I’m the one who wrote it.

What is ONE piece of advice that you’d give to someone about to start publishing content?

Publish now. On a blog. On Facebook. On forums. Wherever. Start putting stuff up and getting feedback as soon as possible. There’s almost no downside today to putting as much of your writing out there as possible. It gets you used to exposing your work and receiving feedback/criticism. For me, you really aren’t able to get a sense of how people are viewing your work until people are actually viewing your work. So get it out there ASAP.

Brian Dean

An internationally-recognized entrepreneur and SEO expert. He is the founder of Backlinko, which provides practical strategies that professionals can use to get more search engine traffic.

What’s your favorite post that you’ve published recently, and why?

It would have to be “How to Launch an SEO Campaign In 2023.” 

Creating epic content for a plumber isn’t easy. But as someone that’s ranked content in some mind-numbingly boring industries, I know it can be done.

And I love this post because it’s black-and-white PROOF that you can create remarkable content in any niche (even so-called “boring” ones). In the post I reveal how a Backlinko reader (Mike Bonadio) created a viral infographic for his client in one of the most boring industries online: pest control.

So if Mike can do it, so can you

I also love this post because it shows that remarkable content can boost your bottom line. (Because last I checked you can’t pay your employees with Facebook likes.) That means that it’s important for your content to be strategically designed for a positive ROI. And that’s exactly what happened with Mike’s infographic. Not only did Mike’s client get a surge of traffic, but the buzz boosted their organic search traffic by 15.5%.

That means that this single infographic resulted in more clients walking through the front door.

Pretty cool, right?

What’s your go-to technique/tactic when writing?

I always base my content on something that’s already proven to work. I used to fire up WordPress and stare at the blank white screen. And I’d get NOWHERE. Today, I base my content on a topic, framework or structure that’s already performed well. (I call this The Skyscraper Technique.)

For example: A while back I noticed that several other SEO blogs attempted to list out Google’s elusive list of 200 ranking factors. Even though these bloggers listed only 125 ranking factors, they got crazy amounts of links and shares. So I decided to take this proven topic and make something even better. The end result was a post on my blog called Google’s 200 Ranking Factors: The Complete List.

And to date that piece of content has generated in over 3,000 backlinks…

…and 363,000 unique visitors.

What’s something you’ve learned recently or discovered that’s been helpful to your writing, and why?

I recently learned that telling stories (ANY stories) makes your content 2x better.

When I first started blogging, I avoided personal stories and anecdotes at all costs. I thought to myself, “People subscribe to your newsletter for actionable SEO tips. They don’t care what you made for dinner.” But I kept reading about the power of storytelling. (I also noticed how much I enjoyed reading Ramit’s hilarious stories in his newsletter emails.)

So I decided to give it a shot.

I published a post that had some actionable tips like usual… But this post also outlined the story of my SEO journey.

Even though this post was 70% story, it was well received. In fact, it has over 400 comments.

What is ONE piece of advice that you’d give to someone about to start publishing content?

Don’t hit the “publish” button until you’re sure that your content is the bar-none, #1, undisputed heavyweight champion of awesomeness on that topic

Libby Kane

Personal finance editor at Business Insider, overseeing the YourMoney vertical. Keep up with Libby by following @LibbyKane on Twitter.

What’s your favorite article that you’ve written recently, and why?

I’m lucky enough that I get to write lots of fun articles, but one recent standout is: A couple traveling from Thailand to South Africa without flying shares what it’s like to live and earn on the road.

I love getting to speak with people who are doing the things the rest of us dream of. Plus, getting to scroll through every single Instagram of their adventures isn’t so bad, either.

What do you think makes an article REALLY remarkable?

What makes an article remarkable is generally one of two things:

  1. Providing a unique insight or experience. If you’ve seen 25 articles sharing something you disagree with, write about your take, and why. If you had an epiphany that changed the way you think about something, share it. If you got to do something other people don’t get to do — say, visited an unusual place, attended a cool festival, got access to somewhere other people don’t get to go, met someone other people don’t get to meet — you can bet people will be interested in reading about it.
  2. Presenting information in an unusual way. Most of what’s written and what we read is information we’ve heard before, and that’s ok. In fact, it’s a good thing — who remembers something they read once a few months ago? You can make your version stand out by writing it the way you’d want to read it. Do you like lists? Pictures? GIFs? There’s no rule that says you have to write a neat article of five three-sentence paragraphs. If you write the way you want to read, other people will want to read it, too.

A great example of providing unique insights and experiences, and sharing in a different way is the website Wait But Why:

Why I’m Always Late — Being late isn’t a revolutionary idea, and chances are, most people who are late have a similar process that they consider a boring, typical part of their day … but people love to read about themselves, and people who aren’t late are fascinated by the glimpse into an experience they don’t personally have.

20 Things I Learned While I Was in North Korea — Who gets to go to North Korea?

What’s something you’ve learned recently or discovered that’s been helpful to your writing, and why?

You don’t have to say it all at once. Every article doesn’t have to be 1,000 words outlining your nine principles of wherever your expertise lies. What about sharing one at a time? Let’s be honest: Everyone skims articles sometimes, so why not provide a little less information to digest at once? You readers will still get the information you want to share, but in bite-sized chunks that will hopefully keep them coming back for more.

What is ONE piece of advice that you’d give to someone about to start publishing content?

You are the only person with your original experiences, insights, and opinions, and that’s what will set you apart from everyone else.

John Romaniello

Angel investor, author, and expert in the fields of fitness, writing, and marketing. John is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, “Man 2.0 Engineering the Alpha,” and blogs at

What’s your favorite post that you’ve written recently, and why?

My most recent favorite is also the most personal that I’ve ever published, titled “There’s Always More to Say: Tattoos, Semicolons, and Suicide.” The post is more or less a rundown of my personal history with depression and suicide.

It’s my favorite for a lot of reasons, not least of which is that I feel was able to truly capture the feelings of the condition and allow people in. Like all personal posts, it was scary to write and publish, but I’m of the mind that such vulnerability is one of the missing pieces for anyone who publishes personalized exposition.

In the most technical sense, while it’s certainly a clearly written piece, it’s not my most impressive piece of writing. However, where I think it really shines is in the storytelling.

Which I think should be the takeaway here: If you tell good stories, and tell them well, people will read and absorb just about anything you write.

What’s your go-to technique/tactic when writing?

In “The War of Art,” Stephen Pressfield says, “It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.”

For most content creators (and here I am especially referring to myself) I think that overcoming the inertia and just getting started is one of the most challenging parts of the entire endeavor.

The specific reasons for this are probably different for every writer, but I personally seem to struggle with blank pages. Sitting down to write and starting at a bare Word doc creates massive anxiety for me, which in turn hampers my ability to create.

To overcome this, I’ve got a few strategies.

Firstly, I notice that the more “formal” the writing seems, the harder it is to get going. While opening getting started in a word document is difficult, writing in an email comes more easily. For that matter, typing it in an app like Notes, or even in the body of a text message allows things to flow pretty easily. So I’ll often write up to half of an article somewhere else, and then copy and paste it over to a Word doc. Further, I find that things flow more easily when I write by hand than type them, so I often get started in a notebook.

Secondly I create a simple outline. I more or less write my three main ideas, and then leave space for 1-3 supporting points for each of those ideas. From there, I write one sentence for each idea, and one for each supporting point. Many times, just creating this skeleton is enough to grease the wheels and let things flow.

Thirdly, I impose time limits for specific projects. When it comes to my writing, I can fall into the trap of perfectionism, and agonize over every word. Probably necessary if you’re writing the great American novel, but when you’re writing about nutrition, this is a waste of time. Once I’ve got an outline done, I like to force myself to finish a draft as quickly as possible.

When do you know if what you’ve written is GOOD?

Hemingway said, “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know.” No matter what I’m writing about, I try to follow this maxim.

As long as a piece communicates the information clearly and effectively, and there’s at least one sentence that I feel truly proud of as a writer, I’m confident shipping it.

What is ONE piece of advice that you’d give to someone about to start publishing content?

Read everything you write out loud. In fact, have someone else read it out loud. If there are sentences that cause them to stumble or if the article does not flow well, be willing to go back and edit—a lot. If it sounds like shit, it reads like shit.

Steve Kamb

Author and the creator of, a website to give average people struggling to get healthy a fighting chance.

What’s ONE surefire way to overcome writer’s block?

I’m always reminded of a quote: “I only write when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes at nine every morning.”

The best possible cure I’ve found to overcome writer’s block is to set myself up to succeed: a clean desk, a cup of coffee, distracting websites blocked (I use the program “Freedom”), and a great playlist (usually vocal trance).

I then task myself with writing 500 words of whatever. It can be terrible, it can be grammatically incorrect, but I need to write 500 words. Usually after 20 minutes, an idea is sparked, something new is discovered, something written gets me in the zone, and I can kind of zone out and just crush content.

When do you know if what you’ve written is good?

This is a tough one, as it’s pretty subjective. However, it’s often the things that I have the most fun writing, the articles that I truly enjoy putting together, that tend to resonate the best with my audience. I love breaking down a difficult concept or a controversial topic and attacking it from a unique angle with our twist of nerd culture references and lessons. Occasionally I’m off in my predictions, but when I’m writing something and saying, “I can’t freaking wait to publish this,” those are the articles that go over incredibly well.

What is ONE piece of advice that you’d give to someone about to start publishing content?

Please be freaking unique, especially if you’re jumping into a crowded industry. Nerd Fitness has been successful because I write in a way that you can’t find anywhere on the internet: diet and fitness advice, catered specifically to beginner nerds, wrapped in nerdy metaphors and video game analogies. Don’t try to appeal to everybody – start by catering to a tiny subset of people that you can speak with directly, and only after you’ve made a name for yourself in that arena can you start to expand your target audience.