By now, assuming you’ve read my other posts here, you know that I just love Wealthy Affiliate. It’s, by far, one of the best affiliate marketing platforms around. I’d argue that it is actually the best one out there, not just because it offers great training and hosting but, because it offers some top-notch tools as well.
Today’s post is going to review the SiteContent tool offered by WA. I’ll discuss why you want to use a content management system, why it is the Best Website Content Management System around, the features I like and the things I wouldn’t mind seeing added or changed.
In the end, I hope this post introduces you to a new tool that can help you create and manage your site content efficiently and effectively. Let’s get started…
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Let’s face it, if you’re going to be effective, efficient, and keep track of everything you’re doing to better your site, you’re going to need to be organized and have goals set to help you stay on target. When it comes to your site’s content, nothing will keep you better organized than a website content management system.
Such systems will help you keep your pages, posts and articles organized by topic, site or any other organizational criteria you see fit. They should offer a way of tracking your word count, indexing status, structure (such as number of paragraphs, headings, etc.), creating templates for various writing styles and so on.
A good website content management system will check off many of the boxes you have on your list that you do manually today when it comes to tracking your website content progress and posting goals. If used properly, such a system should free you up to do more important things, like actually writing the content for your site(s).
There are plenty of systems out there to choose from. Each of us will have our own wants and needs. That said, there are few things that I think make SiteContent the Best Website Content Management System around. Let’s list it’s features and break them down, shall we?
This feature provides basic information at a glance.
This is a great tool that offers more detail and allows to see your current stats and set various goals for a certain time frame.
All-in-all, these metrics will help to keep you honest and on track. The Writing Stats section even allows you to view historical information (not just your current goals). Your options include All Time, Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Custom (to choose your own date range). Just select the option that interests you and the statistics will update accordingly.
That was just the statistics part of the SiteContent tool. Let’s take a closer look at what else it has to offer…
This is one of the best features offered by the SiteContent tool. You probably have various styles and looks for each of your post types or even specific formatting based on the post content (i.e. a review post may look different from an informational post or sales post, etc.) or the site the post is intended for. SiteContent allows you to create templates from scratch, or even turn a post you’ve written within the tool already, into a template for future articles.
It’s great to have statistics and be able to set goals and what not, but if you’re managing a large site or multiple sites, you need a way to organize your content. This is where SiteContent shines. You can assign your posts to buckets (think of them like folders). You can create buckets for post types (i.e. Reviews, Informational, etc.) or even by website (i.e. SmallOnlineBiz.com or MavicManiacs.com) and so on.
You can also display the posts based on various options such as published, unpublished, by title (alphabetical) and last edited. Another feature is to only display articles that match search terms, making it easy to find what you’re looking for quickly.
Think of this as the word processor you write the actual content of your post in. It offers several tools to take advantage of:
As you can see, there’s a lot to take advantage of. Now that you have the overview, let me tell you what I like about SiteContent…
I’ll be the first to tell you that setting goals is one of my biggest failings. That said, this tool makes it simple and helps me to hold myself accountable vs saying “Oh, that’s OK. I was close enough.”, etc. Because of this Writing Stats is one of my favorite features and one I didn’t realize existed until a month or so ago. That’s why I’m making sure to tell you about it now.
Second on my favorites list is Templates. As you know, I run two sites. I have a minimum word and heading count that I like to maintain. I tend to break my content down into supporting sub-topics or headers (usually 4 and a conclusion – take a look at this post you’re reading). I also have an affiliate disclosure line on each of my posts. Obviously the disclosure link differs between sites (the URL is different). Having 5 headers and my affiliate disclosure lines setup a templates saves me a lot of time vs doing it manually.
Organization is helpful and, being able to see posts for just one site or the other, or even published vs unpublished, lets me navigate to what I need quickly.
As you can see, there’s a lot to like about the SiteContent tool. That said, as with anything, there are things that aren’t so great too. Let’s see what I don’t like or would like to see added to SiteContent…
I don’t believe there’s something as all good. It doesn’t matter how much you like something, there’s always something you don’t like or a feature you’d like to see added to make it better. SiteContent is no different. Let’s see where it’s lacking and what I’d like to see added or changed to make it better…
Even though there are buckets, ways to sort posts and even search for them, more can be done. I’d love to be able to assign posts to multiple buckets. Say I have a review post and it’s for a specific site. I’d love to be able to assign it to the site bucket as well as the review bucket. Better yet, I’d love to be able to nest buckets. Then I could have a review bucket nested under the site bucket and be able to organize as I see fit. I’d like to see this type of organization flow over to the templates section as well.
When you publish using the SiteContent tool, it publishes the article with a status of Published. Usually, there are minor changes I’d like to make, tweaks to make the post look better, etc. I’d love to have the option to post as a draft so I can go in and make these tweaks before the post is actually live on the site. As it stands now, I have to edit the post immediately and change it status to draft.
Don’t get me wrong, I love them. I just wish they offered a bit more granularity. When you set goals, they’re set as an over-all goal. There’s no way, currently, to set specific goals per site. I’d love to be able to set separate word and post count goals on a site by site level. This would give me much greater flexibility and accountability when it comes to setting and reaching my goals.
That’s really all I can gripe about when it comes to using the SiteContent tool.
I actually ended up writing a lot more than I planned on for this article. As it stands now, I’m at 2,000+ words and I’m not even finished. This is where that over-all word count goal gets messed up because this post is well over 1,000 words. Luckily, at the template level, I can still make sure I meet my individual post word count goal.
Now that you’ve seen just one of the tools offered by Wealthy Affiliate, take a look at my WA review and see if they’re the platform for you. You might also like to check out the Jaaxy tool review (just another tool included with your Wealthy Affiliate membership).
So, now that I’ve shared with you the features of the SiteContent tool, offered by Wealthy Affiliate, what do you think of it? Is it the Best Website Content Management System as I believe it to be? Can you see it benefiting you? Do you like what it offers? Is there something you don’t like about it? Do you have a different tool you recommend instead? I’d love to hear what you have to say. Please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts.