Organic search results are unpaid – the kind everyone craves – and organic SEO means the practice of gaining rank in the natural search results. But today I am suggesting that there is a deeper meaning to organic SEO that is much closer to organic growth – growth from within the organization that results in more productivity and sales.
In an ideal business, effective SEO and online marketing takes place when the people within the organization take ownership of the project. You may have heard of those companies whose people enjoy their jobs, work well together and when they decide to do something together, it gets done!
Last year a colleague of mine and I put on a SEO Bootcamp where we covered many different topics from beginner level to pro. One of my topics was optimizing content for conversions. Here’s a video snippet of that piece (the audio isn’t great but adequate):
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!
Duplicate content isn’t just caused by content scrapers. Content scrapers do create issues with your own content, but what happens more frequently is that webmasters generate their own duplicate content issue without realizing it. If you’re still doing clean-up on your site because each Google Panda update inflicts more pain, be sure to review the common duplicate content causes and rid your website of these issues.
This is a classic issue that comes up for most businesses and if handled correctly, it can provide a nice boost to the entire site’s search rank and conversion rate.
I work with businesses who are expanding by providing complementary products and services to their core service. In most cases the entire site is written for their core service and targeted at their core audience with only a few pages devoted to complementary products and services. And, they usually haven’t done much to get their core service pages ranking well in Google.
Often, when I discuss the project with the company’s team, they seem pulled in two different directions – some want to focus on the new side of the business and others want to focus on both the core and the new.
As an editor/manager of numerous blogs, I’m always looking for great guest bloggers who will contribute great content. What are some keys or indicators that I’ve found a great guest blogger or contributor?
Great guest bloggers are not only able to write (that is a bare-minimum requirement), they take the time to look at what you have published in the past in order to suggest a topic that fits your blog. They ask about your requirements and they are upfront about what they require, such as how many links they expect and to what site(s). They ask how to submit the post: Should it be in the body of an email? Text? HTML? A Word doc? How should links be formatted?
When promoting a product, you use all the usual mediums – Facebook, TV, magazine ads, Twitter – but have you used a blog? I don’t mean a business blog that you personally maintain, but someone else’s blog? If not, it’s a marketing path that is worth considering.
“We see blogger outreach as the opportunity to leverage influencers and connect with a new audience. We recognize that there are conversations happening in the blogosphere that are applicable to the brands we represent and we believe it’s valuable for our brands to join the discussion.” – Technorati.com
Lots of bloggers and marketers have participated in social voting sites like Digg and then give up because they didn’t see many of their posts get to the front page. What is really possible if they participated in a more effective way with these sites?
Blogging is a fantastic way to grow your reputation as an individual or a business owner. Blogs have become many people’s preferred information and entertainment source and having a blogging presence is a wonderful way to disseminate information, increase traffic to your website and gain credibility both as a writer and as an expert in your field. If your blog lacks engaging content, however, readers will not be impressed and blogging will do little for you or your business. These five alternative ways to add interesting content to your site will help you ensure that your blog will constantly pique your readers’ interest and keep your readers coming back to your site. Continue reading “Five Creative Ways to Add Content to Your Blog”