The Year in Review for Content Marketing

What new discoveries did 2014 bring to the content marketing field? This year saw several format changes that sparked interest, including the following: Local snapshots. A list, article or interactive map that focused and targeted a certain segment of the population was a very popular form of content this year. Many of the most popular … Read More

Why You Should Not Ignore Local SEO

When you think of search engine optimization or SEO, the chances are good that you think of a global effort to draw visitors to your website. While there is no doubt that general SEO is important, many businesses are ignoring targeted local SEO efforts to their peril. Local SEO is one of the most underutilized areas of marketing and can offer your business great benefits if you pay attention to the opportunities you have to expand your local market.

Why Do I Need Local SEO?

Companies ignore local SEO because they are still trapped in a mindset of global search based on search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo. In the past, all businesses were basically thrown in the same pot. If you wanted to reach shoppers, whether they were down the street or around the world, you used the same SEO techniques. Many businesses still operate this way, competing for keyword shares and trying to climb to the top of the search engine pages for various search strings.

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Creating the Best Content For Your Website

Communicating ideas is at the bottom of every website design and creation of website content. No matter what your industry, you are communicating with others. Your website’s content says something to those who see it. As content evolves, customer taste does likewise. This means that customers demand more from your website, so you must be willing to give it to them.

This means that you need more than just good content. You need to constantly come up with fresh ways to present that content so that you retain your clients’ interest. Content updates and refreshes can be just as important and just as effective as writing new content, so it is important to set up a regular rotation for your content to keep it new and exciting.

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Can You Build Strong SEO Through Content Alone?

You may have heard the age-old statement “Content Is King” thrown around in connection with SEO, but what does that really mean? Can you actually build organic search rankings through content alone? It is possible, but not easy. Instead of focusing your efforts solely on link building, relying on strong content that is deemed by Google to be rich and relevant may give you much better long-term results than link building alone.

What Is Good Content?

Good content is defined as content that Google finds relevant to actual user queries. If you think about that statement, you will see that there is inherently a great deal of work involved in creating good content. You must create content that:

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Writing Great Content Is Possible

When you feel that you always have to come up with new, fresh content to keep your web rankings up, it can put a great deal of strain on you. Scaling, or the process of optimizing workflow, may include outsourcing content writing, but there is no reason you cannot write great content yourself when the need arises, even if you do not consider yourself an “author.”

Here are some tips to get you started generating great content that will enhance your SEO efforts.

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How Do You Do A Content Audit?

A content audit is the process of analyzing content on a site to determine if it is the best possible use of resources and if the content is promoting the website and brand in the way it is intended to. It is important for you to have a content audit when you want to determine why your rankings are not where they should be. In most cases, changes to content will boost your rankings even if you do not do anything else to help them such as a PPC campaign.

Whether you do your own content audit or have a professional do one for you, it is important to follow a pattern that will allow you to document the changes that must be made. A good content audit will accomplish several purposes, including:

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Making the Most of Sponsorship Opportunities

Does your law firm or company sponsor charitable efforts, a local sports team or some other group?  If so, you may be missing out on a huge marketing opportunity if you do not share this information with others.  People like to do business with someone who supports the same things they support, so sharing your … Read More

Is High Quality Content Always The Aim?

In the beginning was Google . . . and Google said that we all needed to be aiming for high-quality content.  Of course, Google did not really define what that meant, so we all took a stab at it and figured out our own definitions of “high quality,” eventually reaching consensus based on our SERPs.  … Read More