Content Marketing and Google Keyword Research are buzzwords of the moment but there is confusion over what that really is and why a business should do it. This article sets out some of the basics.
The Best Keyword Research and Better SEO Strategies
If you create content that your prospective customers need and want, they will find it, consume and engage with it and ultimately transact a profitable action with you. They may also share that Google Keyword Research derived content with their own friends and contacts, amplifying the effect.
So this is where you start – developing a content marketing strategy. First you need to work out what your audience wants. Finding them is easy, but working out what they’re really interested in and why they visit certain sites or retail outlets is the issue.
All consumers are looking for solutions to their problems. Work out what those problems are and you can target your article marketing based on your Google Keyword Research derived strategies for maximum effect.
Once the aims of the content marketing programme are set and customer needs identified, then you need to create the content to fulfil that need. That content can take many forms – here are just a few; videos, infographics, social media content, apps, website articles, blogs, eNewsletters, photos/illustrations, animations, webinars, microsites, etc.
If you can’t produce that content yourself, you will need the support of writers, bloggers, designers and web developers. You will need a network of tried and trusted partners – videographers, coders, app builders etc – who will work to your strategy and brief.
We have used (and regularly test) a variety of SEO tools and services in order to compare them. This includes not only direct competitors to my own products, but also the “Big Data” providers in the SEO industry.
Great data is only great if you understand what to do with it. If you’re a beginner to ranking your site in Google then you need guidance more than a bunch of stats and numbers.
This is where most of the SEO tools fail miserably. While the individual data points provided by these tools are often pretty good, when it comes to using this data to give you practical advice they almost always fall flat.
Take estimating keyword competition for example. How difficult will it be to rank in Google for a specific set of keywords? With all of that data at these tools disposal, you would think they would be pretty good at estimating that difficulty.
They’re not. In fact, they’re usually pretty bad at it.
Let me back this up by giving you an example of some keywords where these tools get it wrong. This example is a “long tail” (that is, a set of keywords that don’t get searched very often and contain 4 or more words).
Keywords: online acoustic guitar lessons
Difficulty rating from popular tools (scale is 0 to 100):
Moz – 50
SEMRush – 69
SpyFu – 56
KWFinder – 49
Difficulty rating from my soon-to-be-released SEO system:
Keyword Titan – 28
Notice the difference? The four popular tools shown estimate it to be about twice as difficult to rank for “online acoustic guitar lessons” as Keyword Titan does.
The reason why their estimates are so (incorrectly) high is because those tools appear to be averaging the authority of Google’s top 10 ranking domains / pages for the keywords. That’s a mistake, a serious mistake, and it’s where pretty much every keyword tool goes wrong.
You see, the true estimation of how difficult it will be to rank for a set of keywords in Google isn’t found in the strength of the top 10 sites ranking for the keywords — it’s found in the weakness of the weakest ranking site in those top 10 results.
That is, if there are 9 very strong sites ranking for a set of keywords and one weak site mixed in among them, that weak site is the true indicator that ranking in the top 10 for those keywords is not so difficult. After all, if it was difficult to rank for then that weak result wouldn’t be there, right?
Almost no other keyword tool gets this right. They always average the strength of the top 10 Google results together to come up with their difficulty estimations.
Content Marketing is the buzzword of the moment but there is confusion over what that really is and why a business should do it. This article sets out some of the basics.
If you create content that your prospective customers need and want, they will find it, consume and engage with it and ultimately transact a profitable action with you. They may also share that content with their own friends and contacts, amplifying the effect.
So this is where you start - developing a content marketing strategy. First you need to work out what your audience wants. Finding them is easy, but working out what they're really interested in and why they visit certain sites or retail outlets is the issue.
All consumers are looking for solutions to their problems. Work out what those problems are and you can target your content marketing.
Once the aims of the content marketing programme are set and customer needs identified, then you need to create the content to fulfil that need. That content can take many forms - here are just a few; videos, Infographics, social media content, apps, website articles, blogs, Enewsletters, photos/illustrations, animations, webinars, microsites, etc.
If you can't produce that content yourself, you will need the support of writers, bloggers, designers and web developers. You will need a network of tried and trusted partners - videographers, coders, app builders etc - who will work to your strategy and brief.
There is no point in creating content if it is not seen by the people you want to see it. Content search optimisation is key. Use all possible SEO techniques on every piece of content to make sure it is found by your target audience. Also make sure it is distributed on all relevant channels, not just your own social networks.
The Holy Grail is getting your content shared. To achieve this you need a deep understanding of peoples' motivations for sharing. The top two reasons people share content is to bring valuable and entertaining content to others and to define themselves and what they care about.
Your content must fulfil these desires to be shared.
Influencer marketing has become one of the most effective marketing techniques and is a core channel to get your content distributed and seen widely.
The principle is that ideas and preferences spread though communities socially, from person to person, as opposed to individuals making independent decisions. Some people are more effective than others inasmuch as others tend to follow their practices and/or advice; these people are called influencers.
Marketing to influencers is likely to be more effective (deliver better ROI) than marketing to everybody or marketing to, say, demographics. You need to identify the influencers in your sector and create a strategy to target them.
If you have been in business for any length of time, you probably understand that it is very important for you to gather analytics on your social media marketing efforts. There are various elements that you, as the business owner, will want to concentrate on. You know that gathering analytics is important but you may not understand why.
Why is it so critical for your business to gather web analytics?
There are many answers to this particular question. The answer for one business will possibly be very different than it is for another business. One of the first things that you will pay attention to is not only how many people visit your website but, more importantly, how many people stay on your website for any length of time.
If you find that a significant number of people are not staying on your website, you will want to analyze what you are doing and figure out why they may not be staying. There is probably something that you are doing or not doing that is causing that result. You may want to ask yourself if you are giving your visitors what they actually want and need. As a follow-up, what possible action will follow the visitor's reading your content? This goes back to the concept of WIIFM? (What's In It For Me?). No matter how wonderful you and your business are, if you can't figure out a way to satisfy your visitor's wants and needs, you won't succeed with that person. That is the key to your success.
Consistency is extremely important when it comes to content marketing and how you relate to your online visitors. When it comes to gathering analytics, you should have the same approach. That will be helpful because it allows you to keep a close eye on what is going and if something needs your attention, you will be able to fix any issues that come up very quickly. If you notice that people are paying closer attention (and reacting more positively) to certain pieces of content than others, you will definitely want to continue to gather those metrics.
Uncover the truth
It is very common for people to notice the content that comes at the top and then they forget about the content that comes at the bottom. That is a big mistake in many cases. There is a potential for a lot of value further down the page as well. You need to evaluate if your website is organized as effectively as it can be. Your goal, of course, is to get your visitors to notice all that you have to offer and you need to make sure that they can arrive at your content in the easiest way possible. In any case, it certainly is not a bad idea to evaluate your website every few years and move the sections around (or replace content if that is what you determine is necessary). The last thing that you want is for your website to appear stale and stagnant.
Get in touch with the meaning behind your analytics choices
It is critical that you understand the meaning behind your analytics choices as well as communicating that to your visitors. On your end, it isn't enough to pay attention only to the numbers. You need to look at what those numbers represent and figure out if you are moving in the direction in which you should be moving. If not, you will need to regroup and get onto the correct path. You and the visitor both need to concentrate on the appropriate key performance indicators (KPIs).
All businesses should have goals. Otherwise, what are you going to work toward? In the case of analytics, your goals should include gathering intelligence and recognizing other valuable aspects of what you are doing. That applies to every aspect of your business and does not necessarily have anything to do with money.
Keep the big picture in mind
As far as the frequency of your analytics is concerned, if daily notifications work for you, great. However, if you are not able to identify trends because that frequency is too much, you may want to consider adjusting it to a few times a week. That should help you to identify trends and patterns more easily.
Gathering Web analytics is extremely important to your business. Your results will be different (potentially) than those of other businesses. Don't be discouraged by that because it stand to reason and makes a lot of sense. Paying close attention to analytics means that you have the potential to bring your business to the next level. There are several available tools to help you to gather the data that you need for your business. It is a good idea to research what they are so that you can make an informed decision about which one(s) works best for your particular business.
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