Now that 2018 is here, all of my clients are excited about producing content that helps them rank at the top of Google. Of course, creating content is always fabulous, but what if you’re producing content for your business but aren’t gaining traction in searches? Sherry Bonneli with SEM Rush just wrote this excellent article about 5 ways of doing more with your content which will help it reach its full potential. Here’s the skinny:
Tip #1 - Make Your Blog Posts into an Ebook
The “Olden Days,” creating an eBook used to require hiring a writer, design firm, and various editors to produce the final finished product. Fortunately these days, Technology is here to save the day! Designrr is a publishing tool that allows you to take a blog post you’ve written and turn it into a visually stunning e-book. From there, you can use the e-Book as a lead magnet on your site, sell it on Amazon, or make it as a value adding product as part of something bigger. Pretty cool! I’m definitely going to check this tool out.
Tip #2 - Turn Videos into Blog Posts
If you’re not already producing videos for your business, you need to start doing this right away? Why? Because videos are fast and easy to do, are easy to make into blog posts (or other site content), and do amazing things for SEO! Sure, you can use tools like Content Samuai or Lumen5 to help you make video, however, if you’re already a “one take wonder” with video, don’t hesitate and get going! My suggestion would be make a list of commonly asked questions and answer those questions in 2-4 minute videos. From there, you can upload them to YouTube, get them transcribed on Rev.com, and make them into blog posts on your site.
Google has sometimes been known to include video results within searches, so it’s a bonus if that ever happens for your business. But, the best thing that I love about creating videos is just the fact that one can get excellent content at a small fraction of the cost $5 to transcribe a 5 minute video on Rev.com) vs hiring a writer (which costs $12 to $200 per article, depending on article quality).
Tip #3 - Create Inforgraphics
For the past 5 years, Infographics have been “all the rage,” and is easy to understand why. Jeff Bullas says in this blog post that ine one day “we create 1.5 billion peices of content, 140 million tweets, and 2 million videos.” Wow! That’s just a lot of content. Overwhelming. He describes this content as a “mountains and oceans of data” that everyone is constantly trying to make sense of. Actually, since it’s really impossible to consume that much data, so the best thing is to create an Infographic that makes sense of it all.
- a beautiful piece of art that communicates complex data in a stunning visual format.
- wonderful at taking tons of data and presenting it in a beautiful shorthand format.
- an efficient way of combining the best of images, text, and design into a story that people might want to share.
Tip #4 - Harness the Power of Email
Ladies and gentleman, we have an announcement: “email is not dead.” No, email is in fact, very much alive. Sending emails to your clients and customers is still a great way to keep in touch with them, start a two way conversation, and let them see your brand.
The thing is, some of us just don’t know the first thing about how to distribute email. If that’s you, don’t panic. All you need to do is get in the habbit of emailing your list about your most recent piece of content, link to that content in your email signature, and send out personalized emails. Here’s the breakdown:
1. Share your most recent piece of content: Send out a simple email (with little html or design) informing your list about your latest piece of content. This could be a blog post, Youtube video, or inner page on your site.
2. Link to that content in your email signature: Tweak your email signature to include a link at the bottom to your most popular piece of content. Yes! People will click that link in your email and read your blog post! Absolutely.
3. Send out personalized emails: Don’t be afraid to email your best clients and customers directly with a personalized note, special offer, or other value adding bit of content. They’ll love you for this!
Tip #5 - Use Reddit and Web 2.0 Blogs
Reddit and other Web 2.0 Blogs like Weebly, Tumblr, and Blogger are great ways to sharing and promoting your content. Also, when you share content on these places, it sends the right signals to search engines. This then, in turn, helps your new content rank in search engines.
When using Reddit, all you have to do is create an account, do a search and find a sureddit that has an audience and would be interested in your content, and submit a link to your content right there. Easy.
Boosting Your Content
Now that you know a few ways of boosting your content here in 2018, I totally encourage you to start incorporating these ideas into your content publishing this year. If you do, you’ll see your content become superpowered! When content becomes superpowered, it’s liked, shared, and linked to. All of this fabulousness will translate into more business, more growth, and a bigger bottom line.
Go forth, always add value to the web, live, and prosper.
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JunkEver seen this type of writing on the web? Seriously? What does this stuff even mean? What we’re looking at here isn’t high quality writing. No, my friends, this is junk. Everything you publish on your site or on the web should ad value for the searcher. Never, ever, is it OK to publish junk, anywhere on the web. Unfortunately, the web is littered with junk like this: See how the words “red apples” are repeated over and over in the content of this paragraph? The process of doing this is called “keyword stuffing.”
Keyword StuffingGoogle defines keyword stuffing as the “practice of loading a webpage with keywords or numbers in an attempt to manipulate a site’s ranking in Google search results.” Quite often, keywords appear over and over again in lists, groups, or patterns. Most of the time, these keywords appear totally out of context and repeated over and over. And, guess what? Google doesn’t like keyword stuffing. This is because the act of doing keyword stuffing is an attempt of manipulate Google’s algorithm. Google especially hates any attempt to manipulate their algorithm in any way. What happens when Google finds out a website is trying to manipulate them? Yep, you guessed it. Whenever Google finds violations like this they will “add a slap” to the website and penalize it in the rankings. In real world examples, this usually means that the offending site will drop out of Google’s First page into the second, third, or hundredth page. Basically, the offending website disappears from Google’s Search altogether and it can take alot of work to make that website “move to the top” again. Sometimes it’s not even possible.
Why Publish this Junk?So why do we see this so called “keyword stuffing” across the web? Once upon a time back before 2012, keyword stuffing was actually common practice among people that did SEO. The reason that SEO people did this was because it actually worked. The combination of keyword stuffing and publishing articles across the web would actually make a website go to the top of Google. Unfortunately, the web was littered with more examples of things that look like this: Keyword stuffing is, at it’s core, spam. And, Google hates spam. When the engineers at Google saw that the web was being littered with all this spam, they decided to do something about it.
Google RespondsSo, what happened? Google got smarter. Around 2012, Google started releasing a whole bunch of updates to their algorithm that began to penalize sites for keyword stuffing. At that time, thousands of sites that were using keyword stuffing dropped out of Google completely, never to be seen again. 2012 were dark days for many SEO’s because they lost thousands of hours of hard work down the drain. Because they considered Google unpredictable, many people stopped doing Search Engine Optimization completely. Since 2012, Google has gotten better and better at recognizing and penalizing all types of spam. The actual process of Google’s engineers updating the algorithm, over and over, have made it much more intelligent. It’s my opinion that all this algorithm updating has made Google into the first Artificial Intelligence (AI). No worries though, Google isn’t an artificial intelligence that wants to “take over the world,” it’s an AI that wants to make the world a better place by giving the user a great experience. Thing about it? If suddenly, Google started delivering search results that had spam, would people keep using it? Of course not. People would start flocking over to Bing (gasp) and Yahoo (double gasp) away from Google. Google would start loosing it’s 64% desktop market share of the search engine market. For that reason, Google’s top concern is delivering an excellent user experience. Google wants:
- people to quickly find what they’re looking for.
- results that solve problems.
- results that answer questions.
- to suppress spam as much as possible.
Adding ValueOne of my mentors would always repeat this mantra: “Always add value to the web.” When he said this, we meant that whenever we publish anything online, we must make sure that it adds value. We need to make sure that the content we’re publishing answers questions, solves problems, and helps people. Why is Value so important to Google? The reason is that sites that provide a high amount of value help people quickly find what they’re looking for. The more value that people find using Google, the more they’ll tend to keep using Google vs other search engines. When a site answers questions that people are asking for, that’s value. When site’s provide direction to life’s persistent questions, that site is providing value. When a site has a high quality design, that’s value. When a site publishes excellent content, that’s value. Value also gets ranked at the top of Search Engines.
How Can You Add Value?Ok, we get it. Value is, well, valuable. Publishing high quality content on your site will actually boost your company in the search results and also increase your site’s value at the same time. So, what are different ways that you can add value to the web? Here’s a list of pages or blog posts that you could create on your site to add more value:
- Blog Posts that answer your most common questions.
- Pages that Answer Specific Questions.
- Videos about your Company’s Service and/or Offerings.
- Info-graphics about humorous, interesting, and great topics.
- Transcriptions of videos or audio that you’ve recorded on your phone.
- Blog Posts that comment on trending relevant topics on the web.