4 New Rules for SEO Success in 2013

February 26th, 2013

Measuring SEO success by your ranking position for your favorite keywords means failing behind the curve.

With users’ behaviors and Google’s algorithms rapidly and constantly changing, measuring SEO success by your ranking position for your favorite keywords means falling behind the curve. Here are the most meaningful metrics for SEO for 2013.

1. Focus on Your Keyword Portfolio, Not Rankings

Search engine users are getting smarter and more specific. Today, over 70 percent of searches online contain three or more words in the search query. Furthermore, Google reported that over 20 percent of search queries are completely new queries that had never been searched before! The long tail is where the growth is happening, and your strategy needs to be built around this growth.

Focusing on “fat head” keywords is an unbalanced strategy with diminishing returns. Marketers need to focus on increasing the number of keywords sending search traffic rather than improving a specific keyword position. This is known as your keyword portfolio.

2. Create Problem-Solving Content

Creating great content isn’t rocket science. If you have trouble coming up with ideas, or you think your industry is too boring, focus instead on solving a customer’s problem. This can be done easily by utilizing your organization’s intellectual property to create how-to guides, white papers, or research studies. If you’re in business, then you’re solving problems! Combine people, processes, and software to scale content marketing.

3. Publish Content on Quality Sources

Last year’s Penguin update eliminated the value of content published on untrusted websites. This includes low-quality websites, content farms and many “free” PR websites. Showing up in Google search is a lot like getting a job–it’s your references that make the difference. Concentrate on earning references from high quality and trusted industry websites. Industry organizations and online communities are where you should be publishing content on a regular basis.

4. Distribute and Promote Content through Social Media

Social media is an extremely efficient channel for distributing and promoting your content. This includes content that you publish on your website, as well as content that you publish on highly trusted third-party websites. Social media channels enable you to reach millions instantly, as well as stay on the radar of search engine algorithms for topics related to your content. Google and Bing have both admitted to using social signals in their ranking algorithms, so social media engagement is a must-do for digital marketers.

Never before have SEO and inbound marketing had more potential for digital marketers. When executed effectively, these strategies will drive leads, attract customers, and grow your brand’s community.

Credit for this post belongs to Aaron Aders.

Aaron Aders is co-founder and chief strategy officer of Indianapolis-based Slingshot SEO, a national leader in online marketing, planning, and execution. Aders steers the strategic vision behind software and business processes. @SlingshotSEO

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5 Terrific Things Your Business Should Be Blogging About

November 19th, 2012

I believe that we are all living out a story. You play the hero. You have villains, allies and mentors. You face and overcome tragedy. You triumph and sometimes fall short. The poets among us have called this the “human condition”

I feel that marketing is about connecting the vision of a business with each person’s story and businesses succeed when they have won a role in that story.

I love blogging because it is the purest way for a business to audition for a role in their customer’s story. Taking the metaphor a bit further I figure that the business blog needs to “nail” 5 lines to win the part of “friend.”

Here they are:

#1 Being Vulnerable: Vulnerable businesses are captivating. It’s nice to see Apple screw up every once in a while. It’s compelling when a consultant says “I was wrong. Let’s try another way.” Every once in a while, share your businesses bloopers reel.

#2 Being Sentimental: Every business has a sappy side that celebrates little things that mean a great deal. I once worked for an agency that burned to the ground. It’s employees watched it burn from the parking lot.

The next day, employees met in houses and coffee shops determined to not miss a single deadline. The day the newly rebuilt agency opened its doors, the employees received a sweatshirt with a match on the front. I still have that sweatshirt 14 years later.

Being sentimental isn’t weak. Its special and you should blog about it.

#3 Being Heroic: Sometimes it’s difficult to dream big. Our institutions have done a great job of training heroism out of us. Every once in a while a business does something heroic. Most likely someone in the business decides to dream big and pull the rest of their colleagues along. These times are special.

When was your businesses heroic moment? Tell your customers about it.

#4 Being Selfless: When was the last time your business did something truly selfless? Google pays the spouses of employees who’ve died up to half their salary for ten years and their children get $1,000 a month until they are 19. Amazing, now I want to hear more about Google.

Your small business or large business probably does amazing selfless acts like this too. Your readers should hear about them. It makes them proud to do business with you.

#5 Being Foolish: Some things don’t make any sense.

I’m not sure why Google wants to build driverless cars. I wish I understood why Jeff Bezoes is committed to mining asteroids. Why in the heck does Richard Branson own Virgin Galactic? None of these things make sense. They seem foolish. But they do remind me that real people with crazy dreams run these businesses and I want to hear more. How about you?

There isn’t a Formula for You to Copy-Sorry.

You know I’m incredibly practical about blogging. I’m sure you were looking for a nice template to follow.

The only nugget of wisdom I can give you is this…

Pay attention to the drama playing out in your readers’ lives. Look for the drama playing out in your own business. Find ways to connect the two.  This post was written by Stanford.

About Stanford: I’m Stanford and I want to help you stoke your passion, spread your message, and help your blog get noticed and promoted. Take a look in the archives.

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