SEO is certainly changing, evolving as an industry. Agencies that once relied on SEO as a service are now adapting and morphing into something that is more in tune with content marketing. And while content marketing can certainly be done poorly, it’s much more transparent than bad SEO. Bad content is just… well, bad! It’s hard to fake good content creation and that’s just how Google wants it, and frankly I’m perfectly fine with that. In fact, I love that!
Step one in producing good, compelling content is to gather information and ideas on what you want write about. You might already have a stash of information, white papers, or a mind full of ideas, but at some point – likely sooner than you think – you’re going to find yourself struggling to come up with topics. This is why you often see corporate blogs that start out with a bang, but then over time the posts get further and further apart. But don’t fret! The Internet is full of ideas on pretty much any topic across any number of media that can help you.
Search engine optimization (SEO) as we (at least in the trenches) have known is over. It’s not dead, but it’s evolving. Those white hat, but passé, tactics of directory listings and link building, in mass, are gone; as is mass content syndication, and these are good things. Google is trying to do its job of providing the best search results based on what people are looking for, and while they want the user to explore more options based on their search, they are still committed to providing the best options.
Over the past couple of years Google has implemented a number of algorithm changes (Panda and Penguin) that have helped blur the lines between search engine optimization (SEO) and content marketing. And that’s a good thing! When I first started optimizing websites back in the day it was more science and less art; link building and keyword density ratios made for a rather scientific approach to constructing and optimizing sites for search. This has all changed and frankly we have Google to thank!
We’re constantly speaking to clients, prospects and friends about the power of social media and blogging. What kind of power and what ROI expectations usually become part of the conversation. I certainly understand the need to justify marketing spend; my marketing roots are in direct response, where measurement and ROI reign supreme. That said I think that too much focus is spent on ROI when it comes to social media marketing and blogging.
Today, content and content marketing are playing a central role in online brand visibility. Without a steady flow of fresh, relevant, well-written content your site will not be maximizing its search engine presence.
Content can come in many forms, all of which – if optimized – can set your site apart from competitors, giving you better online brand visibility, but perhaps even more important – a voice. A seat at the table, as they say, brings thought-leadership which goes miles toward shrinking sales cycles and converting new business.
These content ideas and more are what it takes these days. Explore our site to learn more or give us a call today to walk through countless content marketing ideas that will have you standing out from the crowd.