Stating the obvious here, but content is a massively important part of any inbound marketing campaign. The problem that most of us run into — and I know this well from years of SEO consulting with publishers — is that even “good” content can fade from view without a share, link, or conversion. Engaging an audience isn’t as simple as clicking “publish.”
So, how do we avoid making phantom content a habit?
For Moz, timely data has been a big part of the answer. Over the years, we’ve built internal tools like 1Metric to guide our work. It’s a simple strategy, but the more analysis we perform, the better we understand our audience. The better we understand our audience, the easier it is to produce engaging content.
The problem is that the process looks easy. You brainstorm some ideas, choose one that you like, design and build it, do some outreach and you get traffic, links and social shares. Job done.
It’s a bit like link building, where someone may say, “Just build great content and the links will come.”
Unfortunately, it’s very rarely that straightforward.
Yes, sometimes you can get lucky and something will fly with little effort. But anyone that says that content marketing is easy has probably never done it over and over again. This is one of the reasons that I really liked this post last week by Simon Penson, because he admitted that he’d failed many times before getting it right. Simon pointed out that the plan he shared just increases the possibility of success — it doesn’t guarantee it.
When it comes to the link building process, there’s a lot to keep track of — and that process today is pretty different from what it was a few short years ago. In this week’s Whiteboard Friday, Rand scores 20 different attributes that can influence a link’s value based on whether or not they still matter in 2015/2016.
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Howdy, Moz fans, and welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. This week we’re chatting about the attributes that influence a link’s value and which ones we might still need to care about.
When the client asked to “go mute” during our monthly client call, there was no reason to sound the alarm. After all, being able to talk through what they’ve heard as a team, in private, was normal. But when the always-skeptical global marketing director said the COO (who has been in the room for the 10 minutes of analytics discussion) wants to take the discussion offline for a bit, but wants you to hold on, I knew things had likely gone off the rails.