SEO Tips to drive organic blog traffic (Part 2)

Posted by on Aug 25, 2020 in SEO |

Due to the popularity of our previous blog post on SEO tips, we’ve created a part 2 to provide you with even more relevant, actionable advice to drive organic traffic to your blog. Here’s what you need to know. Link to your own content If you have a lot of valuable information to share about a specific industry, niche or subject, make it easy for readers to find everything they could need with internal links that are organised in a hub and spoke model. Let’s suppose that you’re writing about gardening. You may have already created a library of useful content that your readers could find valuable. Now go through your posts and see if you can link words or concepts in one post to others, for example: if you’re writing about “water-saving plants” it could form your hub, and you could link to other articles like “caring for succulents” or “ground coverings that keep your soil moist” as spokes. The idea is to keep your reader on your site as long as possible by providing them with content they want to consume in a way that is easy to navigate. This will help Google to see that your content is relevant and useful and can help to boost your page ranking.  Keep your content updated  It’s incredibly annoying to find a great resource that answers your question only to realise that the source is out of date. Revisit your content often and update it so that it remains relevant and applicable to your audience for as long as possible. Update broken links and add new information if you can – this also allows you to tell your audience that your great resource is now even better, which leads us to the next tip. Repurpose your content  Be sure to get the most out of your content by adapting it to be suitable for different formats and platforms. Your audience members may come from a variety of different sources, so you need to make it available for as many people as possible. Unfortunately, this means that you will have to put some work into adapting it for different purposes. Although it takes a little longer, it will give your content the best possible chance of getting seen, which will indicate to Google that your content is valuable for a broader audience.  Let people know about your content In addition to your regular audience from social media and newsletter sign-ups, you also want to reach a broader audience in your network. You can do this by letting people know that you’ve mentioned them or their resources in your writing. You can even go a step further and reach out to...

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5 SEO Tips to drive organic blog traffic

Posted by on Aug 20, 2020 in Blogging, SEO |

Blogs and SEO go hand in hand in the digital marketing industry. If you’ve been neglecting your SEO strategy, you could spend a lot of time on creating content for your blog without seeing the organic traffic you’re aiming for. We’ve rounded up 5 SEO tips to help you drive organic traffic to your blog. Driving organic traffic to your blog with our SEO tips 1. Don’t write blindly  The most common mistake made by bloggers and writers is to think that trending topics will drive massive amounts of traffic to a blog. While a trending topic may be a great way to grab attention, you’ll need to be an established, trusted name in the industry you’re writing for (with lots of followers) to benefit from writing about a trending topic. If you’re not a well-known expert in the industry, you won’t be the go-to resource, and the interest in the trending topic you just wrote about will die off long before a large number of readers find your article or post.  You can remedy this by writing what we call “evergreen content” that will keep attracting the attention of readers for a long time. Evergreen content is not time-sensitive, and stays relevant for long after it has been published, driving traffic to your blog over several months or (even better) years. Evergreen content does not rely on a specific event or trend to remain relevant, instead it remains valuable for readers over a long time and does not need to be updated often to remain factual and correct.  Research is key to understanding if your topic is trending or evergreen. You can research topics by using search engines, keyword research tools (to determine traffic) and by looking at what your competitors and other writers in your industry or niche are ranking for. Another great tool to determine if your content is evergreen is Google Trends. Do a quick search for your topic and you’ll be able to see if your topic has a notable “spike”. If there is a spike, it means that your topic could be trendy (or possibly seasonal) which makes it less applicable in your search for evergreen content. If the line is more or less straight (with spikes and dips), it might be an evergreen topic. Try searching for “Christmas” and “social media” for a demonstration of how this tool works.  2. Understand why people are searching for a specific term  If you want to rank better on SERP, then you need to have an understanding of why someone could be searching for a specific topic so you can write content that answers the question. Google wants to deliver the best search results to its users,...

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Your Blog – The Ultimate in Content Marketing

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Content Marketing |

Are you considering adding a blog to your organisation’s website, but wary that is sounds too much like “bog”? Then read on to discover how essential a blog webpage as a means to share your content marketing. What is a blog anyway? The dictionary defines a blog as a noun referring to “a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.” If that brings to your mind a fashionista strutting her stuff or an intrepid traveller on an adventure, you are on the right track. In the business of marketing, though, a blog is a simple and easy-to-use way to connect and share current information with customers. Communication It gives your company a voice, and inspires two-way communication with customers, prospects and industry peers. By encouraging interaction, comments and feedback; and by using analytics to monitor click-throughs, popular topics, and so on, you will gain invaluable insight into your readers. Being authentic and letting your brand’s personality shine communicates with customers that you are a reliable resource for information on your industry. Then they will come to you with their wallets open. Marketing Think of your blog as the core of all of your content marketing efforts. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email newsletters, e-books, etc. all feed off it. Creating a blogging schedule and sticking to it keeps you focused on your content marketing strategy Each post becomes a tangible, valuable tool with which to build brand awareness and promote your expertise, products and services. Discussing new offerings, current news topics and industry trends, and company initiatives sets you up as a subject expert. Journalists often interview bloggers as industry experts. This free PR and press makes blogs cost-effective marketing investments. Search Engine Optimisation Search engines are fuelled by valuable content and will up your SEO rankings as a reward. Blogging requires inspiration. By seeking out ideas all around you, newsworthy topics, and trends in your industry, you will keep your keywords relevant, but also ahead of the curve. Instead of bombarding your audience with adverts, maybe it’s time to look towards sharing valuable content marketing via a blog. For assistance on this topic and more, get in touch with leading global Internet marketing franchise. Please follow and like...

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How to gain customer trust through your website

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Blogging, Content Marketing |

Establishing trust with your customers or potential customers is not instantaneous – it takes hard work and continued service and support to win them over. What many businesses don’t realise though, is that your website plays a big part – if visitors to your site have any doubts about your business or its integrity, they’ll bounce right out and never come back. Your content may be engaging and the CTAs compelling, but trust is earned over time and not something you want to forget about. There are ways to maximise the impression of trustworthiness on your website, starting with the images. Authentic images, rather than stock photos, give your website visitors a closer look at you and your business. Using a professional photographer to take photos of your team, your office and your products is worth the cost (and probably cheaper than using stock photos). Another way is to ask your customers for feedback that you can use on your website – preferably with their photo, to help drive home the authenticity. Then, look at your content. Visitors to your site probably won’t buy straight away, so try to create content that shows the benefits of your product, rather than a loud sales pitch. Use your blog to answer questions that your customers have and share case studies or feedback that demonstrates how your product helped your other customers. Use media logos on your site to show where your company has been featured – newspapers, industry journals and radio stations, they all give credibility to your business. If you have collaborated with other companies or have partner agreements, use their logos on your site too – even unknown brands can make an impression. Another reason visitors to your site may feel nervous, is ambiguity – use microcopy on your site’s various tabs, CTAs and links to make it very clear what’s going to happen when they click on the tab. Knowledge is power and people want to know what they’re getting into when they sign up to your email list, or make a purchase. Keeping the customer informed at every step of the visiting and converting phases of a website visit goes a long way. If your website lacks the ‘trust’ factor, or if you’re looking to redesign or revamp it, contact us. Our team of designers can help craft a website that reflects you, your brand and what it is you do, in a way that speaks volumes to your visitors. Please follow and like...

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What is social media’s Rule of Thirds?

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Content Marketing, Social Media Optimization |

It’s not a new term, but one which some people may have missed – the Rule of Thirds. What this refers to is dividing your social media content into thirds and using it in different ways, to increase and maintain an engaged audience. These are: 1/3 of your social content promotes your business, converts readers and generates profit. 1/3 of your social content should surface and share ideas and stories from industry thought leaders or like-minded businesses. 1/3 of your social content should build your personal brand and be based on your personal interactions. While sharing your own branded content to promote your business is easy enough, the other two thirds may be a bit harder. Sharing another business’ content is equally important to your own, showing your audience you’re aware of the competition, you know your industry inside out and you’re willing to collaborate. Sharing another business’ content also shows that you are confident in your own brand and it helps to broaden your exposure to the online community. To find shareable content from other businesses, you need to identify industry influencers and your competition. You can follow industry hashtags and keywords, which has the added bonus of giving your more material for your own content. Set up streams for easy listening and retweet relevant material to make your Twitter feed look more dynamic. Without this important element of sharing in your social media, your business will look like the person who only wants to speak about himself. Building your personal brand can be done in two ways – you can use your own channels, like Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, to share engaging content; and your business’ social media channels to show a more personable side of the business – you could share customer’s stories, like their comments and share a bit about your team in a social setting.  You should empower and encourage your team to contribute to blogs, comment on customer feedback. If you receive a particularly good piece of feedback from a customer or supplier, invite them to guest blog. Finding the right balance can be hard, but it’s worth it. If you’d like assistance in achieving the Rule of Thirds in your social media strategy, contact us. Our social media marketers know all the secrets and can help you build and maintain an online community. Please follow and like...

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