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BuzzSumo’s free trial has been extended from seven to 30 days. That’s three more weeks of test-driving the world’s largest index of social engagement data. Lucky you!
BuzzSumo is a cloud based app. No software downloads, no lengthy configuration. Just enter your details and go. Plus, everything you see below is available in the trial – we don’t hold back any core features!
Now that you’ve got access, figure out how to use BuzzSumo and make the absolute most of those 30 days.
We’ve put together a 15-step guide to help you along the way.
Just select the action you want to complete in the contents, and when you’re finished reading, click “Back to contents” to scroll back up.
|1. Find new media & publicity opportunities||10. Do a full-blown backlink analysis|
|2. Find your best media opportunities||Discover|
|3. Turn media mentions into links||11. Create a trending news feed|
|4. Manage brand reputation & avert crises||12. Analyze customer keywords and questions|
|5. Find new content ideas||13. Find the best influencers|
|6. Do a Facebook page analysis||14. Integrate Twitter for influencer outreach|
|7. Do advanced content analysis||Projects|
|8. Spot content patterns and trends||15. Save insights to projects|
|9. Do a full-blown competitor analysis|
BuzzSumo is a cloud-based platform that helps you discover the best engagement, content and outreach opportunities across social and search.
Discover new keywords, trending stories, customer questions and content success, all while monitoring what’s most important to your brand.
Watch our quick explainer video to find out more…
How you use BuzzSumo depends on what you want to achieve, but there are four key areas to BuzzSumo: Content Discovery, Content Research, Media Monitoring and Influencer Research. BuzzSumo can be used to:
…And more. To get a better insight of how to use BuzzSumo, read on…
We surveyed 185 BuzzSumo users, and PR monitoring was top of the list, when it came to the things they liked most about BuzzSumo.
With a full text analysis on 3m articles crawled daily, it’s definitely one of the most valuable areas of the platform for monitoring and measuring PR, so it’s super important you make the most of it while it’s free!
BuzzSumo Monitoring scans blogs, news sites, forums and other online communities across the web, to show you what’s being published about the things most important to you and your brand.
In fact, this tool has helped us (the BuzzSumo team) discover different types of PR mentions, and creative reactive strategies which led to our highest free trial conversion rate ever. You can read about that here.
In short, Monitoring helps you find quick-win media opportunities, avert brand crises, and get ahead of your market.
See how it works and get some ideas
Simply head to Monitoring and click on the ‘Plus’. Here you can create an alert for your brand, and everything relating to it.
Track your brand name
Add in positive & negative keywords, limit certain domains, or make your alert case sensitive.
Track your competitors’ brand
Track backlinks of a specific website
Track specific content published by a website
Track your business’ keywords and content
Track authors across your industry
Benchmark your brand’s activity and success against others in your industry.
For example, below we can see that Spark Toro’s Rand Fishkin gains significantly more mentions than Lee Odden.
One of the other invaluable things about BuzzSumo Monitoring is its ability to help you prioritize your most important mentions and find your quickest wins.
In your 30-day free trial, make sure you don’t miss this low-hanging fruit! What may look like just another sorting option, is going to be pivotal in helping you find your most important mentions and opportunities.
Sorting by Total Engagement will help you find the content that’s making waves in areas most important to your brand.
Through this method of prioritization, your competitor’s most shared article can become the basis of your next piece of content, your most popular backlink can become your route to position one in Google and your most in-demand product mention can be turned into a link that earns you thousands in referral sales!
Arguably the most instant way to find opportunity in BuzzSumo, the Linked dropdown in Monitoring lets you sort by the Mentions Without Links – i.e. the ones that aren’t yet driving traffic to your website.
This link-building tactic is the perfect starting point for channeling authority to your article, page or overall domain.
Simply reach out to the author of the most engaging piece of content to request a link.
Hi FIRST NAME,
I just came across your article ARTICLE TITLE and wanted to say thanks for mentioning BuzzSumo – we really appreciate it!
If you have the time, we’d love it if you could add a link to the BuzzSumo website so that people can find their way to us if they need to.
Can you get the jump on your competitor, and pitch your alternative product or service to the author in return for a link?
For a quick SEO win, focus on getting linked mentions from content with the highest Domain Authority.
Pay attention to domain authority to track disinformation surrounding your brand.
A lot can happen in 30 days. Cancel culture is alive and well, and brand’s are no exception to that rule. Remember the infamous Kendell Jenner, Pepsi campaign debacle in 2017? That unfurled in less than 48 hours, and within three days the ad was pulled through some quick-turnaround crisis management.
Time is very much of the essence when it comes to brand reputation management, and 30 days is definitely more than enough time to minimize the fallout of an ill-judged decision.
The thing that’s most important here is momentum, and you’ll quickly notice that BuzzSumo tops nearly every other monitoring tool out there for speed to insight – even Google Alerts! But don’t just take our word for it…
“In my opinion, BuzzSumo has one of the best brand monitoring tools on the market. And I should know. I’ve tried em’ all. And since I started tracking mentions with BuzzSumo in 2014… I’ve noticed that it finds more brand mentions than any other tool. ”
So, make sure you have all your most important alerts configured, and set your most important ones to deliver straight to your inbox, either as they appear, or every day.
Early bird? Get your alerts before breakfast, and make a plan for the day ahead. Night owl? Scan your mentions before bed and let that sleeping brain think up some unique opportunities. In short, get alerted at a time that suits you best.
For some examples of the best crisis management alerts to configure in BuzzSumo, check out our Ultimate Guide to Crisis Management.
Be a brand hero 🦸🏾♀️
If you’re part of a growth team, comms team or just love to share a good brand story, quickly and easily hook-up your mentions to Slack. It might be a lot to pack into a 30-day free trial, but all of your settings and activity gets saved if you choose to sign up after the 30 days – so why not do it now? 😉
When you set up your alert, configure it to your exact preference by choosing minimum engagement, “must contain” or “must not contain” results and much more advanced filters.
One of the most exciting and well known parts of BuzzSumo is the Content Analyzer, which lets you explore the best headlines and engagement on social media, across days, weeks, months and years! (five to be precise)
Remember: Your free trial lasts for 30 days or 100 searches – whichever comes first.
That’s why it’s super important to get your searches right from the word go.
There’s a knack to searching in BuzzSumo’s Content Analyzer. We all have our own ideas on what generates content engagement. Sometimes we hit the nail on the head, and find loads of great ideas. Other times we go after words that are too specific or obscure, and come up short.
If you’ve done this, you might think that there isn’t enough content on the subject matter you’re researching, but it could just be that different words have been used in the headline.
Entering simple, overarching topics will give you a much better idea of how headlines are written, and fuel deeper-dive investigations.
Find out more about creating more advanced searches here.
A great workflow to figure out if your content ideas match reality
Start your content research journey in the Topic Analyzer (click to scroll to this section).
Entering a broad topic in this area will return hundreds of content ideas that already generate engagement. Choose the topic that best suits your objective.
Then you can either take this over to the Keyword Tool to see if that topic performs well in search, or over to the Content Analyzer to see how it’s received on social – here at BuzzSumo we like to do both!
With the Content Analyzer you can:
Save important ideas
Time is critical during your 30-day free trial, so bank as much of it as you can by saving the content searches that you always refer back to.
We think it’s a great idea to do this around your content pillars – topics you often write about that are closely aligned with your brand and its customers.
These searches get saved on the right hand side of the Content Analyzer or beneath the search screen.
Get content ideas from Journalist Profiles
Journalist Profiles help you better understand and connect with the people who have the power to push your content and brand forward.
But they can also give you great content ideas.
Just search your topic / keyword in the Content Analyzer, hit the Journalist Filter button and click on a journalist name.
This will give you information such as a journalist's top shared articles and topics, which can help inspire your next piece of content.
Read all there is to know about Journalist Profiles here.
Facebook Analytics is soon to be a thing of the past, so why not use your 30-day trial to optimize your Facebook campaigns to nth degree?
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get into the nitty gritty of content analysis during your 30-day free trial.
Just click on ‘More filters’ underneath your search in the Content Analyzer. This will let you hone in on: domains, B2B publishers, content types, word count, publisher size, Facebook reactions and country TLDs.
Filtering out the noise can help you find the content that’s most relevant to your audience and objective.
Explore different kinds of content success
Remember how valuable those ‘Sorting’ options turned out to be in the Monitoring tools?
Well they feature here too, and give you the option to organize content by what is most important to you.
Individual social network engagement:
Number of links
Also, don’t forget to check out the icons beside every search. They’re important next-steps in your journey.
Is your search part of a wider analysis that you want to revisit?
– Save it to a project.
Have you found a uniquely interesting story?
– Share it with your network.
Want to find out the most authoritative voices sharing this headline?
– View top sharers.
And finally, do you want to know which websites linked back to this headline to build your future outreach strategy?
– View backlinks.
Download BuzzSumo's Chrome Extension
One thing you absolutely must do during your 30-day free trial is download BuzzSumo's free chrome extension.
With this handy plugin, you can take BuzzSumo's content insights with you wherever you go online.
Get all kinds of content performance metrics in your browser, including:
And more. Read our full guide to the BuzzSumo chrome extension here or for other ways to optimize your content on the go, check out our list of 30+ marketing and SEO chrome extensions that marketers are actually using.
There are multiple ways to get the jump on your competitors in BuzzSumo during your 30-day free trial, and they all start with a simple domain search.
How to use BuzzSumo for competitor analysis
In this section, we’re going to be focusing on the Content Analyzer, but if you want to explore any of the options, just click the links above to scroll to the relevant part of the article.
How to use the BuzzSumo Content Analyzer to do a competitor analysis:
Simply input your rivals’ domain into the Content Analyzer to assess their strategy, most popular headlines and get new content ideas.
Get even deeper into that analysis by honing in on your competitors’ individual pieces of content. Input the URL of their blog or webpage to see its social shares, evergreen scores, top sharers and more.
Make your competitors’ success your success
Consider reaching out to your competitors’ biggest fans (their top sharers and backlinkers) to bring your brand to their attention.
Turn on the charm, and politely ask them to advocate for you; whether that’s via a link, a share, a content value exchange – even a referral discount.
Provide additional value-adds in exchange for your request.
At BuzzSumo, we recently received an awesome example of just that from our customers at Hunter.io. They noticed that we were linking to an article from Hubspot on the popular topic of email subject lines, and made a strong case for why their article would make a valuable addition to the BuzzSumo blog.
They also threw in a freebie at the end. Very nice touch Hunter, bravo 👏
Links are still, by and large, one of the most crucial elements of SEO. Google uses these authority indicators to connect entities together in the new Google, and get a better understanding of your brand’s online ecosystem.
Help the search engines to see the value of your site, out by finding new link opportunities:
Find out more on how to get the most of the Backlink Analysis Tool here.
It gave us a giggle!
The site (https://t.co/siuWoQeHXr) has 157K backlinks pointing to the site, coming from 6,352 domains!— Carrie Rose (@CarrieRosePR) April 16, 2020
Before the series launched on Netflix - the site had 4,391 domains linking to the site meaning they've seen a 45% increase in domain links in the last month! pic.twitter.com/a07Eh8J6dR
So she created a landing page - titled Carole Baskin on 11th April!https://t.co/vuS8TCUF9C— Carrie Rose (@CarrieRosePR) April 16, 2020
This page mentions her name "Carole Baskin" 30 times, has 7 internal links, NUMEROUS videos, including links to her books and DVDs she's trying to sell (of course) pic.twitter.com/C7RfcaV6T6
However using @BuzzSumo , I found that Big Cat Rescues's most linked to content piece is their refute against Netflix and Joe exotics fame which went live on 12th April! https://t.co/oMFu1B5DLL— Carrie Rose (@CarrieRosePR) April 16, 2020
In 4 days shes landed 1,036 links to this page from LA times, NBC news and Time mag pic.twitter.com/hh6OPyG0GU
Want to know what content is fast gaining traction on social media – whether it’s around your brand, or the topics your brand and audience cares about?
Set up a 24 hour trending news feed for ultimate trend spotting insight during your 30 day trial.
When you login to your trend dashboard, you’ll find Top Stories From Your Recent Feeds up front and centre.
You can also jump into ready-prepared feeds on popular general topics – no need to search!
The Trending Score shows you the speed of engagement, or how ‘Viral’ a piece of content is likely to be, but you can also prioritize your feed by total engagement and network.
Check out three examples of trend spotting with BuzzSumo here.
30 days is enough time to find out what your customers really want, when you’ve got thousands of global customer searches and questions at your fingertips.
Kick-off with the Topic Analyzer for ideas around the topics most important to your customers. Topics here appear by ‘Co-location’, or how often they appear in the same content as the main topic.
BuzzSumo Topics Explorer works super well with the Keyword Tool.
If you find a small topic in the word cloud, this means it hasn't been written about often.
You can then take this keyword over to the Keyword Tool and assess whether it has high search volume and / or value.
If so, you've just spotted a content gap!
Speaking of the Keyword Tool, head there to find out:
Build out your customer-led keyword strategy even further by heading to the Question Analyzer tool and discover five years’ worth of questions that your customers are actually asking, from across 250k forums and website blog comment sections.
Find Twitter Influencers
Find out how we did just this to find the top 100 PR influencers to follow in 2021…
You can in fact use all of these filters in combination, if you want to get super specific with your influencer search!
Your 30-day free trial should be about speed to insight.
If you’re conducting outreach, try adding “COMPANY NAME” “@” and “.COM” to your ‘Profile includes’ searches.
This will help you locate journalists and content creators that include their contact information in their bios.
Find the very best Twitter influencers
Prioritize the best influencers by ranking the most important insight: “Conversational metrics”.
Just sort by ‘Average retweets’ and ‘Reply ratios’ to find the best influencers, based on how they interact with their followers, and how their followers respond. The higher their average retweet value, the greater their potential reach.
This is a really powerful way to find the best influencers to promote your business. Get away from follower counts, and instead focus on the engagement your influencers are able to generate for your brand.
Don’t believe us?
We did just this when we created one of our highest traffic driving blogs to date: How To Develop An Outreach Strategy: 15 Tips From Experts.
Using the BuzzSumo Twitter Influencers Tool, we found some of the most engaging authors on the topic of “Outreach”, and created an evergreen compilation blog of expert advice.
To date it is one of our highest traffic driving blogs, taking positions 1 & 2 in Google for the valuable term “Outreach strategy” over the years.
Find top authors
Track down YouTube Influencers
Looking for new ways to boost your brand’s reach? Video generates 1200% more shares than both images and text, making it an awesome way for new audiences to find your brand.
Creating video content promoting your brand can be time and cost intensive, so why not spend your 30-day free trial tracking down someone else to do it for you?
Search by profile through 20m channels currently in our index.
Search for general industry keywords, and apply the category filter, to better segment your influencer results.
Categories refer to the tags that channels may have used to classify themselves.
For example, search the general keyword “DIY” and apply a category of “Food”, to hone in on a more targeted list of influencers that share food hacks.
Even the smallest businesses use up to an average of 40 apps. We get that you’re juggling a lot of data, and your time is precious.
Optimize your speed to insight during your 30-day free trial, by saving your most important insights to your Projects, and quickly revisit insight for your campaigns or next-steps.
So, there you have it.
🚀 15 things you can do in 30 days with BuzzSumo! 🚀
If you haven’t already, sign up to our extended 30-day free trial and make the most of all the awesome insights you can find in BuzzSumo.
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