One of the primary purposes of content marketing is to generate qualified inbound, organic traffic from search engines. It’s the most basic element of a content marketing plan and what drives many marketers to become brand publishers. This task has gotten a bit more complex as Google continues to refine and update its Panda algorithm. The purposes of these updates are to improve the user experience and search results for the consumer.
It is important to remember Google’s motivation in refining the process of which sites rise to the top of the rankings. They make their considerable fortune from search engine ads (Adwords) and that depends on having customers searching hundreds of millions of times per year. If consumers were not getting quality search results they would go elsewhere and Google would lose their traffic. Bottom line – Google’s allegiance is to the customer, not to companies like yours trying to rise up the search rankings for unpaid organic traffic.
The purpose of Panda is to encourage site owners to provide quality content and user experience to customers that help them make more informed buying decisions. Panda rewards high quality content and punishes “light” and duplicate content. Duplicate content is an issue for many SMBs who... Read more
The purpose of this post is two-fold - to report on the results of an affiliate project I wrote about last year in my post, "How to Get an Affiliate Site Up, Running and Earning in 2 Weeks", and to introduce my next affiliate project (which I will also document the results of).
Google's recent Hummingbird algorithm and the arrival of KitKat are forcing agencies and brands to stretch their search marketing minds and strategies even further - for the better. More focus on meaningful content and mobile engagement with content translates into a need for longer-term SEO and content marketing commitments. It is clear the days of quick wins and overnight successes in SEO are indeed an era that is well behind us.
In a previous blog post, Time for a New Definition of SEO, many readers commented with their own insights and opinions about the requirement for a new definition of SEO. The following concept seems to be prevalent:
“SEO is the long-term process of enhancing a brand’s opportunity for discoverability in search and social, throughout the prospect’s buying cycle and across any device.”
Understanding searcher behavior by channel, intent by geography, and engagement by content asset throughout the buying cycle is key to a brand’s web presence reputation.
Mobile Usage is Forcing a Shift of Search Strategies
It is projected that the number of mobile devices on this planet will surpass the population of the world in the very near future. As it stands, according to data available on Wikipedia, there are 6.8 billion mobile... Read more