How Small Digital Publishers Can Grow Their Network and Save Time

Posted by lydiagilbertson

Being a small or startup publishing company is hard. The digital advertising industry is broken. Larger companies like Vox and Buzzfeed are some of the only online publications that can hope to monetize their content effectively. Smaller niche publications often have an even harder time attracting return visitors or getting people outside of their current active users to see their content at all. Already at a disadvantage, most small publications are also understaffed and underfunded. These publications can use content marketing and search marketing concepts within their online distribution strategy to better reach their audiences and to compete with bigger publications.

Platforms as distributors

Somehow, platforms have long been both the saviors and the destroyers of the digital publishing industry. Regardless, they’ve become a necessary evil for the content distribution strategy of almost all online publishing companies. There’s no real harm in trying out different ways to reach your audience, but don’t waste your time on a platform that isn’t growing your audience or enhancing its engagement. The usual contenders being Facebook and Twitter, there are a few more platforms that can be easily utilized towards helping you to reach your audience.

1. AMP

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May 7, 2017  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

How Marketing Like Netflix Will Save Your Lead-Gen Strategy

Posted by chelseascholz

Webinars are an incredibly popular lead-gen tool in most marketers’ toolkits. However, times have changed (and viewer attention spans have changed with it). Rather than try and force your audience to show up on time for live events and stay for a full hour (ain’t nobody got time for that), it’s time to consider delivering content they can watch anytime they want (just like their Netflix experience). We’re talking on-demand video.

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Now I know “on-demand” is an all-the-rage word as of late, but I really mean it. When is the last time you showed up for a live event or watched a television show on time? Can you even remember? I can’t. (Except for that time I bought expensive tickets to Wicked.) Now you can bet I’m showing up on time for that, because I paid for it. But if it’s free, my pulled-in-one-million-directions brain is going to forgo the things that aren’t urgent (or costly) – which means all those webinars I signed up for are lost conversions for the marketers who run them.

By thinking and delivering on-demand content like Netflix, the power is put in the hands of your audience to consume on … Read the rest

December 8, 2016  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

The Broken Art of Company Blogging (and the Ignored Metric that Could Save Us All)

Posted by evolvingSEO

The perception of success

The following screenshot is from an actual blog post. Based upon what you see here, would you call it successful?

I think it depends on perception.

The optimist might see this:

590 LinkedIn Shares

(This also might be what you put in reports to your boss) :)

The Twitter and Facebook manager might see this:

70 Tweets and 21 Likes

I see this:


Zero comments

Same blog post; three different measures of success. One looks great, one is OK, and my measure says its a fail.

But which perception is right? Which one would lead to better blogging decisions?

Let’s look at it another way. Here’s a the blog homepage of a known brand. Most people probably see it like this:

They scan:

  • pictures
  • titles
  • maybe a category or two

You might judge these posts based on whether the topics sound interesting, or if they are using high-quality unique photos.

Here’s how I see the same thing;

See the pattern?


Post after post receives 
no comments.

In fact, here’s how many comments this well-known brand received across 50 posts;

TEN! That’s an average of
0.2 comments per post. This is a well-known company, but I’m not here to call anyone out; it doesn’t matter who … Read the rest

July 22, 2014  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

How to Completely Ruin (or Save) Your Website with Redirects

Posted by Cyrus Shepard

Have you ever redirected a page hoping to see a boost in rankings, but nothing happened? Or worse, traffic actually went down? 

When done right, 301 redirects have awesome power to
clean up messy architecture, solve outdated content problems and improve
user experience — all while preserving link equity and your ranking
power.

When done wrong, the results can be disastrous. 

In the past year, because Google cracked down hard on low quality links, the potential damage from 301 mistakes increased dramatically. There’s also evidence that Google has slightly changed how they handle non-relevant redirects, which makes proper implementation more important than ever.

From Dr. Pete’s post - An SEO’s Guide to HTTP Status Codes

Semantic relevance 101: anatomy of a “perfect” redirect

A
perfect 301 redirect works as a simple “change of address” for your
content. Ideally, this means everything about the page except the URL
stays the same including content, title tag, images, and layout.

When
done properly, we know from testing and statements from Google that a
301 redirect passes somewhere around 85% of its original link equity.

The
new page doesn’t have to be a perfect match for the 301 … Read the rest

June 18, 2013  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments



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