Northern DMO Digital Group6th February14 February 2013
Search marketing through content creation• Background to our past activity• How Google is changing Panda and Penguin updates• Using content to attract visitors – onsite content and offsite content
To state the obvious…• Clear that digital has become more important and the website is the primary source of the majority of people‟s information.• Logical to spend money to attract people to the website• How do people find websites…Google
Where to put the money?• Google pay per click advertising – Guaranteed traffic – Targeted traffic – Instant – Flexible with expenditure and targeting• Value for money? It depends – Expensive – hotels – Cheap – event names
Budget – £20k spend per year – Around 6k visits a month – Cut down by running in-house (10k) – Higher levels of clicks, more targeted, lower cost and flexible• Next steps – Keyword research, split testing adverts, text, keywords – Could possibly double the traffic for the same money? – Sounds good! – What about the bigger picture, where is our traffic coming from?
Organic Google traffic• We now get well over 100k unique visitors a month• Over 70-80% of the traffic is from Google organic searches• Traffic increased by over 60% from previous year• Why is this? – SEO friendly site, no technical issues, title structures, headings, internal linking – Great content : 300+ events on at any one time, blog, „My Kind of Toon‟ – Panda and Penguin updates – changes to Google‟s algorithm , hurt sites with „thin content‟ and using „spammy‟ techniques – rewarded genuine sites with good original content.
How to continue to increase traffic?• PPC or SEO? – Focus on the 6% or the 80%?? A few examples : Quayside Restaurants House of Smith Team Valley Retail Park 3k unique visitors a month arrive on this page!
Have a guess??• Correct!• Onsite or offsite? – Our onsite is good, offsite needs work – Backlinks - we have a lot of good ones but dominated by “NewcastleGateshead Website” “NewcastleGateshead Initiative” – Need to look at ways of building links – lots of ways, can be time consuming and potentially run us into trouble.
Good links• Anchor text – e.g. “hotels in Newcastle”• From a high ranking quality website• From a relevant website• Proper original content• Not overdone!• Chosen blog/article content with SquareDigital
SquareDigital• Network of websites covering a huge range of topics• Publish articles and blog posts on these sites - 6 articles a month• Link back to newcastlegateshead.com • IT‟S DONE WELL! Matt Cutts approves!
The Process• Aims of the project – Increase of traffic to Hotels/accomodation pages (4 pages targeted)• Keyword selection – 1 main keyphrase for each page, plus 5 variations• Assessment of NewcastleGateshead.com• Content plan (monthly)• Suggestions/Proofing – all must be approved (monthly)• Publishing (monthly)
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Some examples Must visit Where to find Top free attractions museums in Newcastles best and activities in and Newcastle nightlife experiences around Newcastle
In conclusion - What to look out for• No false promises – Long term – Guaranteed first spot!• Quality content – Ask to see examples – Who writes it? – On what websites?• Avoiding running into trouble – Keyword rotation – Anchor text overuse – Frequency of articles – Original content – that is interesting to read!