3 Simple Steps to Automate Your Content Marketing

3 Simple Steps to Automate Your Content Marketing

I strongly agree with most of the content of this article – especially this admonition to curate content!

One of the best ways to build your brand’s online presence and grow your audience is by finding useful content and sharing it. In fact, one content-sharing rule suggests that five of every 10 social media updates you make should be content from others that is relevant to your audience.

That means curating great content. By automating this process, you get the advantages of not having to go out and find the content yourself, plus saving yourself time and providing your audience with relevant information on a regular basis.

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The rest of the article is good as well!

Long-Tail Keywords: What They Are and Why You Need to Use Them

Irfan Ahmad shares this useful information about longtail keywords and why they are necessary:

There are short-tail (broad) and long-tail (narrow) keywords. Short-tail keywords are broad but short terms your customers would use to find you. For instance, if you operate a plumbing business a short-tail keyword might be “plumber” or “Tampa plumber” adding in location to direct search traffic a little more efficiently.

The problem with short-tail keywords is that they can be highly competitive depending on your field. For instance, a home designer may be competing with large-scale operations like Houzz and other sites that have much larger paid search budgets. You will, most likely, never outrank them.

That’s one of the reasons why long-tail keywords have become so important. Long-tail keywords allow businesses to rank for the language and phrases people are using in a search. To be considered a long-tail keyword, the phrase is generally over three words. Long-tail is more targeted than short-tail and addresses what people are looking for. Long-tail keywords often get at a problem. For instance:

Short-tail keyword: Tampa plumber

Long-tail keyword: solutions for clogged pipes

In this example, the searcher will find pages and pages of Tampa plumbers. It may even pull up plumbing supplies or other key terms that have a business overlap. You’ll find a big name, national plumbing franchises, as well as national companies who work with plumbers like Angie’s List, Yelp, and the Better Business Bureau. The list can be overwhelming for some users, and so they are apt to select the first couple on the list. If your search engine optimization hasn’t placed you there, you’re out of luck…

Go to the source for more: Long-Tail Keywords: What They Are and Why You Need to Use Them (SEO Tips)

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9, 4 or 2: Which ranking signals really matter?

My mantra here at Einstein’s Razor is ‘things must be made as simple as possible but no simpler’. If you want to get found, what are the things you really need to pay attention to? Google of course does not tell us so we need to listen to industry oracles who have done the research to suss out the most important factors. Here are 3 relevant articles for your analysis.

Masha Maksimava of SEO PowerSuite writes:

It’s no secret that a top Google ranking is made up of 200+ components, or “ranking signals”. But while it’s definitely useful to know what all of those are, the entire list is a very time-consuming (and frankly, a little depressing) read. It’s somewhat vague in terms of the impact of each individual factor, and all of those things don’t seem doable if you try to get each one right. With the news about another Google update or algorithm change rolling out every other week, how can anyone keep up, ever? But long-time SEO-ers have their tricks of the trade. The thing is, the 200+ ingredients in Google’s recipe aren’t all equally important. In the cheat sheet below, you’ll find the 9 most important ranking signals that multiple studies have found to have the biggest impact on rankings today. The cheat sheet is based on our own research at SEO PowerSuite, as well as this year’s ranking factors studies by SearchMetrics and Backlinko.Read on to find out what the major ranking factors are and how to optimize for them — or, download a free PDF version of this guide to always have it at hand.

Source: Google 9 main ranking factors: the ultimate cheat sheet

Aleh Barysevich of Search Engine Journal writes you need to pay attention to 4:

I remember being awestruck back in 2013 by Brian Dean’s list of more than 200 Google ranking factors. My first thought was, “Wow! Think of the work and research that went into this!” followed by, “This will be so useful!” and finally, “Oh god, there aren’t enough hours in the day for all of this.”Fortunately, not all ranking factors are created equal — you can maximize your SEO efforts by focusing on a few specific ranking factors. Of course, Google’s algorithm is always changing, and we can’t rely on yesterday’s ranking factors as we step into 2017. These top four ranking factors are based on the most recent studies by SearchMetrics, Backlinko, and my colleagues at SEO PowerSuite.Read on to discover how to optimize your site for today’s important signals.

Source: 2017’s Four Most Important Ranking Factors, According to SEO Industry Studies – Search Engine Journal

And then there’s Eric Enge who says you only need to focus on two!

How to proceed? Here’s my recommendation. If you have a limited amount of time, focus on Enge’s recommendations. If you have more time, add Aleh Barysevich’s ideas and if you are really obsessed with SEO, try to follow the recommendations of Masha Maksimava.  You can download her cheat sheet here.