Founder of the Arizona Interactive Marketing Association (AZIMA)
Instructor for the Content Marketing Institute & Online Marketing Institute
Author of Accelerate! Move Your Business Forward Through the Convergence of Search, Social and Content Marketing
Available on Amazon Twitter: @ArnieK
Google Panda Update Biggest Google Algorithm update in years 100% Algorithmic, No Manual Changes Clobbered Content Farms & Article Sites Even YOUR website could be affected if you have pages with weak content More Coming with Respect to Cleaning Up Spam on the Web (IMO) Twitter: @ArnieK
“Sites with original content such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on, will move up.” Matt Cutts & Amit Singhal (WSJ – 2/28/11) Twitter: @ArnieK
The New Marketing is Content Marketing If you have a website, you’re now a publisher Twitter: @ArnieK
Companies Are Getting It! Twitter: @ArnieK
Develop Your Strategy Why are you creating the content you are creating? Who is your audience and who are you? What will you measure? What is different a year from now? Where do you plan to publish your content? When & how will you develop your content?
Why Are You Creating Your Content?
Strategy will evolve through the whole process
Have you taken an inventory of your current content?
What will your new content accomplish?
Lower Customer Service Costs?
Open New Markets?
When & How Will You Develop Your Content? 1-7-30-4-2-1 Plan 1=Daily (Twitter, Blog) 7=Weekly (eNewsletter) 30=Monthly (Webinar) 4=Quarterly (eBook, Magazine) 2=Bi-Annually (User Event) 1=Yearly (Large Research Project) Twitter: @ArnieK
Start With Keyword Research Keyword research should be the foundation Brainstorm for keyword phrases your customers use when searching Use tools like: Google keyword suggest & instant search Google Adwords keyword tool Bing’s Commercial Intent Think long-tail! Twitter: @ArnieK
Then Do Online Market Research Check trending topics on Twitter, Yahoo and MSN Answer sites: Yahoo Answers, Quora, LinkedIn or Facebook Check sites like Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit and Mixx. Check Google’s Discussions in search Twitter: @ArnieK
What Works For Your Competitors? Twitter: @ArnieK
Determine Types of Content to Create Twitter: @ArnieK
List The Possibilities Twitter: @ArnieK
Create Great Content Twitter: @ArnieK
Lists – People Still Love Them Twitter: @ArnieK
Interviews – Makes You the Expert Twitter: @ArnieK
Videos – Not as Hard as You Think Webinars Interviews Fun Twitter: @ArnieK
Let’s Not Forget Product Pages Optimized Title Detailed Description Statistics Images & Video Product Comparisons User Generated Content Zappos, Amazon are great examples Twitter: @ArnieK
Benefits of a Corporate Blog
Gives you a vehicle to post new content
Allows for internal linking
Keeps the search engines coming back – have 434%more indexed pages*
Have 2X as many backlinks*
Your site gets 55% more traffic*
You have 79% more Twitter followers*
*Hubspot Twitter: @ArnieK
How Often Should We Post? Twitter: @ArnieK
Long Tail is the Key! Twitter: @ArnieK
Optimize Your Content Twitter: @ArnieK
All Different – But Core Items Content is found through social media and search engines – so optimize it! Web pages, News, Local, Images & Videos Links pointing to your content Titles & title tags (viewed in results) Description meta tag (viewed in results) Image alt text tags H1 Tag (headline tag – only one!) URL structure (short & include KW’s) Page load times Twitter: @ArnieK
Search Optimization Elements Title tag URL H1 tag Content Meta Description Award winning SEO Link Building Services. Vertical Measures is a reputable, USA Internet marketing company helping businesses get more website traffic thru higher search engine rankings, link building, social media, local search, and search engine optimization. Twitter: @ArnieK
Local Search Optimization
Submit to: Google Local, Yahoo, Microsoft, Yelp
NAP: Name, Address and Phone Number on each page of website- indexable, not an image
Meta Data: All pages with local content should have properly optimized meta data with those geo-specific keyword phrases
Microformats: wrap location-specific information such as address and phone number to increase chances of search engines picking this up and displaying as rich snippets in SERPS
Optimization – Localized Content Create an area on your website for each location, each optimized for geo-specific keyword phrases Include geo-tagged photos, videos and other multimedia elements specific to each location Include directions and maps for each location, making it easy for people to find you – great for SEO Consider having a blog for each location, creates a targeted and personal approach appealing to visitors in each area Twitter: @ArnieK
How to Optimize Images Image files should be compressed as much as reasonably possible to reduce file size. Smaller files mean faster site load speeds. Use relevant keywords in image filenames, separated by dashes (not underscores). Instead of "DL000031.jpg", use something like "red-sports-car.jpg" Make sure <img> tags have their "alt" and "title" attributes defined with descriptive, concise, keyword-related text. Do not stuff <img> attributes. Context matters. Google looks at content placed around the image, like titles and captions, for context about your image. Be sure to include images in your sitemap. The XML tags provide additional opportunities to define an image's title, caption, and even geographic location. Twitter: @ArnieK
How to Optimize Videos Specific, Compelling Title –Would you click on “Our Company” or “V00023.mov?” neither will your audience. Tags –This is where you can help your video appear in the “Suggested” or “Similar” videos section. Don’t be dishonest, but if there are pop culture or social media references in the video, tag them accordingly. Description - Say as much as you can in the first sentence or two, because many video sites will hide the bulk of your description. Include at least one link placed at the start of the description. Video Quality / Resolution – Shoot, edit and export the video in the highest quality available on the devices and software you use. The online video audience is very forgiving of skill level, but a low resolution video can make it difficult to see what is going on. Thumbnail Image – If it’s an organically made video (not planned), pick the most visually compelling of the options they give you. Twitter: @ArnieK
#5 Promote Your Content
Understand who your customer is and where they are online.
Conduct PR and blogger pitches
Develop relationships & build partnerships
People share your ideas, link to your content.
Those references and citations will help with rankings
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Twitter – AJ Bombers Milwaukee restaurant formed a community by publishing specials & answering customer questions Have more than 16,000 followers Estimate 75 percent of customers are Twitter followers Treat everyone on Twitter as if they are regulars Allow customers to write their Twitter names on the walls of the restaurant Twitter: @ArnieK
#6 Distribute or Repurpose Content RSS feeds Email Campaigns Article Syndication Web 2.0 Sites Social Media Sites Video, Photo, Presentation & Podcasts sites These links will help your rankings! Twitter: @ArnieK
#7 Build Links to Your Content
Identify low hanging fruit
Blog & forum participation
Targeted Links via…
Competitive research for similar content
Use search operators to find opportunities
Ask your clients & suppliers for links!
Offer t-shirts, gift cards, discounts, etc.
Or even a good old fashion reciprocal link
When all else is equal, links win!
#8 Measure! Measure for successes… and failures Check your rankings, traffic, conversions and other key metrics Focus on the strategies that are providing the best ROI and keep rolling out the content Twitter: @ArnieK
“People need content that makes them more informed before a purchase. Organizations that provide that info will win.” Arnie Kuenn, Totally Cool Guy Twitter: @ArnieK
Success Like This… Twitter: @ArnieK
Results Like This… 19 out of top 25 landing pages Twitter: @ArnieK
All 8 Steps Matter Only $14.36 on Amazon! When all the links in the chain work together, just as in a bicycle chain, the net effect is acceleration. Twitter: @ArnieK
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