Quality content is not a little island floating on your site, filled with carefully-crafted sentences. While you may indeed be creating quality content in the strictest sense of the word, Google cares just as much about the setting that lovely little gem sits in as the sparkling metaphorical stone itself. You'll need to be smart about the way you're presenting your content if you want that coveted Google stamp of approval, expressed as a lofty perch on the search engine's result pages.Read More
We have discussed topic clusters before as a method of organizing your website and choosing how to connect your pages with internal links. Basically, topic clusters are an extra-simple mind-mapping technique where you choose one important topic – your pillar – and then choose a cluster of lesser, related topics that should be linked to the pillar.Read More
Google drives the vast majority of content creation - how the search engine giant responds to, indexes, and places various pieces of content steers the practice as a whole. Google is in turn driven by the individual searcher: you can bet if searchers are gravitating towards a content format, it will be in a cheerfully-named algorithm update sooner or later. Throughout those recent cheerfully-named updates, one constant has emerged without showing any signs of slowdown: freshness. In fact, so much emphasis is placed on fresh, original content that it spawned a variety of must-haves in marketing: content calendars, social media campaigns, page updates and so on.
So where does that leave dated blog posts? In a prime spot for capturing reader trust and engagement.Read More
In B2B marketing, the biggest trap that companies fall into is the pursuit of the "One True Way" of developing their content and reaching their audience. Someone on the team - maybe even a leader - heard, read, or listened to something that sounded like a good idea and now wants to base your entire strategy on it. Nothing wrong with that, right? Well, the problem is that strategies tend to be static, while marketing tends to be mobile - literally, in some cases. You can't pin down something that needs to change with the times by adhering to the same tactics over and over and over.Read More
There is a part of the SEO process that isn't discussed quite as much as the other aspects – the Googlebot, or how Google scans sites for information used in page ranking. And while we love to talk about the value of content (important!) and tags (also important!), it's good to remember that this busy little bot needs all the help that it can get.
That's why Googlebot optimization is a small but important part of your web design, and definitely worth talking about. Here's what to know to make sure Google has no problems with your site.Read More
The transition from an outbound-based marketing world to an inbound one has progressed steadily in terms of tools and outward evidence in the last decade or so, but changing hearts and minds is always a little more uphill. Content ideation, for example, tends to be very insular if precautions aren't taken - echo chambers abound, and naturally-inherent bias poisons the well with self-serving concepts.
In other words, you may have a good grasp on what you want your target market to search for, but wishful thinking - or in this case, wishful content marketing - doesn't translate well in metrics. You need to follow the organic paths already tread by your ideal prospects, but how can you make that happen when you're trying to woo them in the first place? It's easy with a little reverse-engineering and a lot of conscious content.Read More
Getting the word out about your business has been the central function of marketing since the dawn of recorded ad space. In a world where an individual is exposed to dozens of ads before breakfast - perhaps even before they get out of bed, depending on their smartphone habits - getting tuned out isn't a potential danger, it's a reality. The eyes and the mind have evolved to be more discerning by default: can you imagine if every ad penetrated, if every product or serviced advertised was purchased? Every house on the block would be a stockpile of As-seen-on-TV products surrounding a horde of disenchanted, irritated consumers with no solutions in sight.Read More