Posted by bridget.randolph
As a marketer, if your product is the obvious solution to an obvious problem, your job is relatively straightforward. You simply need to show the customer why your product is the best one out there. Often the easiest way to do this is by demonstrating your USP; sometimes you can also compete on price. Either way, if your customer is already looking for the product or service you offer, and not attached to any particular brand, all you have to do is convince them that your brand does it best.
This is where the old saying comes from: “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.”
But the reality is, a lot of us don’t sell products that fill an obvious need. Even if your product or service does fill a genuine need or solve a real problemâ€¦ do people actually realise that they have that problem? And do they know that a solution exists?
The three stages of consumer awareness
A lot of marketers today are facing this conundrum: “How do I sell the benefits of my brand over those of my competitors when my customer … Read the rest
Posted by randfish
Why hello there! You’re looking marvelous today, you really are. And, in other good news, Open Site Explorer has a bit of a new lookâ€”and an entirely new section called “Link Opportunities” to help make some link prospecting tasks easier and more automated. Come with me and I’ll show you; it’ll be fun
The new look
We know a lot of folks liked the old tab structure but we ran out of space. With this redesign we now have the flexibility to add new features and functionality simply by popping in new sections on the left sidebar menu. It’s a little bit more like Moz Analytics, too, and we figure some cohesion between our products is probably wise.
- New side navigation with plenty of room to grow and add new features (spam scoring and analysis, for example, will be coming in Q4â€”but shhh… I didn’t actually ask for permission to talk about that yet. I figure begging forgiveness will work.)
- Improved filtering that lets you slice and dice your link data more easily.
- Notice How Fast the New OSE Is? Oh yeah, that’s the stuff
You can still access the old Open Site Explorer’s design for a … Read the rest
Posted by Paddy_Moogan
Building the types of links that help grow your online business and organic search traffic is getting harder. It used to be fairly straightforward, back before Google worked out how to treat links with different levels of quality and trust. However, the fact that it’s getting harder doesn’t mean that it’s dead.
What does the future hold?
I’m going to talk about links, but the truth is, the future isn’t really about the links. It is far bigger than that.
Quick sidenote: I’m aware that doing a blog post about the future of link building the week of a likely Penguin update could leave me with egg on my face! But we’ll see what happens.
Links will always be a ranking factor in some form or another. I can see the dials being turned down or off on certain aspects of links (more on that below) but I think they will always be there. Google is always looking for more data, more signals, more indicators of whether or not a certain page is a good result for a user at a certain moment in time. They will find them too, as we can see from
patents … Read the rest
Posted by russvirante
It was a little over a year ago that I first wrote the “Broken Link Building Bible” and it seemed like it was time for an update. If you haven’t had a chance yet, please head over to the original, as most of it is still highly relevant today, and it contains the basics which will not be covered in this post.
Table of contents
- Ethical Guidelines
- Advanced Prospecting
- Advanced Content
- Advanced Outreach
Posted by Trevor-Klein
It is my great pleasure to announce the release of Moz’s third guide for marketers, written by the inimitable
Paddy Moogan of Distilled:
We could tell you all about how high-quality, authoritative links pointing to your site benefit your standing in the SERPs, but instead we’ll just copy the words straight from the proverbial horse’s mouth:
“Backlinks, even though thereâ€™s some noise and certainly a lot of spam, for the most part are still a really, really big win in terms of quality for search results.”
â€” Matt Cutts, head of the webspam team at Google,
Link building is one area of SEO that has changed significantly over the last several years;
some tactics that were once effective are now easily identifiable and penalized by Google. At the same time, earning links remains vital to success in search marketing: Link authority features showed the strongest correlation with higher rankings in our 2013 ranking factors survey. For that reason, it has never been more important for marketers to truly earn their links, and this guide will have you building effective campaigns in no time.
What you’ll learn
1. What is Link Building, and Why Is It Important?
This is where it … Read the rest