11 Lessons Learned from Failed Link Building Campaigns

Posted by kerryjones

We’ve created more than 800 content campaigns at Fractl over the years, and we’d be lying if we told you every single one was a hit.

The Internet is a finicky place. You can’t predict with 100% accuracy if your content will perform well. Sometimes what we think is going to do OK ends up being a massive hit. And there have been a few instances where we’d expect a campaign to be a huge success but it went on to garner lackluster results.

While you can’t control the whims of the Internet, you can avoid or include certain things in your content to help your chances of success. Through careful analysis we’ve pinpointed which factors tend to create high-performing content. Similarly, we’ve identified trends among our content that didn’t quite hit the mark.

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In this this post, I’ll share our most valuable lessons we learned from content flops. Bear in mind this advice applies if you’re using content to earn links and press pickups, which is what the majority of the content we create at Fractl aims to do.

1. There’s such a thing as too much data.

For content involving a lot Read the rest

August 8, 2017  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

Lessons from 1,000 Voice Searches (on Google Home)

Posted by Dr-Pete

It’s hardly surprising that Google Home is an extension of Google’s search ecosystem. Home is attempting to answer more and more questions, drawing those answers from search results. There’s an increasingly clear connection between Featured Snippets in search and voice answers.

For example, let’s say a hedgehog wanders into your house and you naturally find yourself wondering what you should feed it. You might search for “What do hedgehogs eat?” On desktop, you’d see a Featured Snippet like the following:

Given that you’re trying to wrangle a strange hedgehog, searching on your desktop may not be practical, so you ask Google Home: “Ok, Google — What do hedgehogs eat?” and hear the following:

Google Home leads with the attribution to Ark Wildlife (since a voice answer has no direct link), and then repeats a short version of the desktop snippet. The connection between the two answers is, I hope, obvious.

Anecdotally, this is a pattern we see often on Google Home, but how consistent is it? How does Google handle Featured Snippets in other formats (including lists and tables)? Are some questions answered wildly differently by Google Home compared to desktop search?

Methodology (10K –> … Read the rest

June 3, 2017  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

3 Surprising Lessons From Building 26,000 Links

Posted by KelseyLibert

The Fractl team has worked on hundreds of content marketing projects. Along the way, we’ve kept track of a lot of data, including everywhere our client campaigns have been featured, what types of links each campaign attracted, and how many times each placement was shared.

While we regularly look back on our data to evaluate performance per campaign and client, until now we’d never analyzed all of these data in aggregate. After combing through 31,000 media mentions and 26,000 links, here’s what we found.

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Most high-authority links don’t receive a lot of social shares.

Most marketers assume that if they build links on high-authority sites, the shares will come. In a Whiteboard Friday from last year, Rand talks about this trend. BuzzSumo and Moz analyzed 1 million articles and found that over 75 percent received no social shares at all. When they looked at all links – not just articles – this number rose to around 90 percent.

We (wrongfully) assumed this wouldn’t be the case with high-quality links we’ve earned. It turns out, even the majority of our links on sites with a high Domain Authority (DA) didn’t get any social shares:

September 27, 2016  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

3 Big-Name Companies You Should Take Social Media Lessons From

3 Big-Name Companies You Should Take Social Media Lessons From is a post by SEO expert Megan Fludd. For information about our SEO services or more great SEO tips and tricks, visit the SEO.com blog.

Okay, so Starbucks isn’t exactly hosting a presentation on “Social Media 101,” but if you watch carefully, there any many companies that are excelling with social media in ways that you easily can too. Large corporations often have expansive budgets and resources for their social media efforts that small businesses don’t have access to. However, smaller companies, especially those just starting out, can watch, analyze, and learn from these social media giants. Replicating strategies is a great way to take advantage of their large budgets and downscale them to something that works for you. These are three companies you should be taking lessons from and why.

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Staples

Staples has an endearing social media strategy that allows you to truly connect with them. When you scroll through their feed, it feels like they “get” you. You’ll laugh at their humor, appreciate their philanthropic efforts, and be inspired by their creativity. For example, on the 4th of July they created a video of … Read the rest

August 8, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

Music SEO – 7 Lessons in Brand Optimization for 2015

Posted by evolvingSEO

Bands, music, and SEO – A different paradigm

For B2B or ecommerce, people often
discover your brand with commercial queries like ”dining room lamps” or an informational search like “how to fix a dishwasher”. 

Then they look around your site, your social profiles, get retargeted—before ever making a purchase—but in many cases that journey started with an non-branded organic search. Search is certainly not the
only discovery channel. But important enough that investment in non-branded keywords is essential.

A (very simplified) illustration of this discovery path might look something like this:

content discovery path b2b ecommerce

The above is NOT the case for musicians and bands though.
When’s the last time you discovered a band with a search engine? Probably never.

For bands and musicians, the discovery path is 
flipped aroundTHIS is probably more realistic:

discovery path for bands

The search engine is 
more about reducing friction on the path to becoming a die-hard fan. I don’t think many people are discovering their new favorite band like this:

searching for bands on google

But you HAVE probably tried to learn more about bands and musicians
after the initial discovery with searches like this:

current fan search


(No, I am not a Lumineers fan—just so there’s no confusion ;)  )

I don’t think many musicians, bands, record labels or managers are looking at … Read the rest

March 31, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments



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