Feb 03 2014

Does Google Know What’s Authoritative To A Human?

Category: generalTom Shivers

An interesting question was posed on Webmaster World last summer that got lots of attention, comments and suggestions – Authority and quality: Google definitions vs common sense

I’ve summarized the main points of the thread below in this poll. Go ahead and vote for up to 3 items:

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Nov 06 2013

Quality Content: The Mark Of Influence

Category: contentTom Shivers

Get-what-you-pay-forQuality content is an ambiguous term because it conjures up different meanings depending on who, what and why. For example, car enthusiasts are drawn to Car & Driver Magazine for its unabashed discontent for under performing cars while car shoppers are drawn to AutoTrader for its reviews, advice and comparison tools.

Quality means different things depending on who, what and why. And by the way, Google is not really evaluating content quality since Google is not a leader but a follower. G sniffs around the web for signals that tell whether an author, brand, company or entity has a following, has influence, and/or is a leader.

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Jul 29 2013

Entertainment Marketing: 17 Ways to Engage Your Prospect On A Budget

Category: contentTom Shivers

Most content I see these days is designed to be useful to targeted prospects. And that makes me wonder, have you tried entertaining content?

Why so serious? Chill and give your people something to enjoy.

“But Tom, we don’t want people laughing when considering our brand.”

I promise you, they won’t be laughing when it’s time to make a decision about your offer, but they might forget about you… unless you give them something that sticks in their memory, makes your brand lovable and Fun!

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Jun 24 2013

Is Author Rank Upon Us?

Category: social mediaTom Shivers

According to a poll I conducted, one of the top questionssocial-voting-influencer people have for Matt Cutts right now is this: “Is Google putting more trust in content based on Google Authorship?”

I submitted the question, along with others, to Matt for a video response at Google Moderator, but I doubt he will answer this one until a later time when Google sees success in Author Rank, or perhaps he won’t answer it at all for other reasons.

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Oct 15 2012

Top Problem For Businesses New To SEO: Conversion

Category: organic seoTom Shivers

This is a classic issue that can come up for newcomers to SEO and most don’t know what they should be asking before engaging.

The basic assumption from people new to this space goes something like this: “Yeah, we’ve never done this before but we have to now, so tell us about your pricing.”

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Jan 03 2012

Does SEO Support Marketing or Does Marketing Support SEO?

Category: organic seoTom Shivers

It’s interesting how many businesses act like Does your marketing make the mark?SEO is in a different department than marketing… “oh that’s IT.” This is a real problem for people who implement SEO because the expectation is often: “go do your technical thing to get our site ranking but don’t expect any help from us, that’s your job.”

This kind of thinking might have worked out fine a few years ago but today the search engines treat sites that don’t engage as not so useful – and that impacts search rank. “But it’s just a program, how could it know what’s engaging or not?” Oh my friend, the algorithm is a program, but don’t be naïve, that’s not all search engines have at their disposal to evaluate and rank sites today.

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Oct 24 2011

Generate Business Leads By Producing Useful Content

Category: businessTom Shivers

Many businesses have a blog but don’t use it because its time consuming to write a good article that they would want to publish. I’ve heard lots of different excuses about not producing good content for the company blog.

But, here’s the fact: a blog that publishes useful content regularly draws more and more attention even to the point that it generates business development leads, including b2b lead generation.

Last year HubSpot published “101 Marketing Charts and Graphs” from a survey of numerous businesses and in it was a chart entitled “Leads by Indexed Web Pages” which clearly demonstrated the ratio of search engine indexed web pages to leads generated. It climbed from 60 pages indexed to 120 pages to 200 and so on. The most dramatic increase in lead generation came when a site moved from 200 or so pages indexed to over 311 pages indexed. The number of leads jumped by well over 200%! So adding quality content to your site or blog can produce real business development leads if your target audience uses the Internet to find solutions to problems related to your business.

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Oct 10 2011

Top SEO Skills for Today and Beyond

Category: organic seoTom Shivers

This article is intended for SEOs who want to stay fresh, but others may find it useful as well:

  • Companies hiring for a web project
  • SEOs on the job hunt
  • Businesses who want to do better with SEO

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Sep 25 2008

Is Your Content Worthy Of A Top Ranking?

Category: organic seoTom Shivers

Believe it or not, this is the question that Google is asking about your website. Could it be that Google really wants to provide its users with quality choices for every search request?

Here’s the hard truth about SEO. For every keyword phrase you want to gain high organic rank, you must be prepared to do two things:

  1. Create the kind of content for your website that will set you apart from the rest of the sites who are also targeting that keyword and make your site “authoritative” on these subjects.
  2. Re-organize the design and navigation of your site so that the major keyword themes stand out and shine to both web visitors and search engines.

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