The art of SEO – achieving those page rankings so that your site gets plenty of traffic – has evolved considerably since it first came into being. And the past year in particular has seen some pretty momentous shifts. Search landscapes no longer revolve purely around browser-based search engines such as Google but have expanded to include a much wider range of territories, such as social media. In many cases there are few rules of engagement for the new horizons of SEO – it’s all still being figured out.
Content writing is still a major part of any successful digital marketing strategy, and Press Releases are just one part of this strategy. However, PRs are also a part of your wider SEO strategy, and are therefore extremely useful for making your brand known online. If you’re not sure where to start with Press Releases, here are all the basics that you need to know:
Over the years, Google has consistently released updates which have rendered some areas of digital marketing ineffective. Where it was once possible to create a large volume of links to your site, or cram in keywords that weren’t all that relevant to your content, now these techniques will result in your website being penalised by Google and moved down in search engine results. Google’s algorithm updates mean the search engines now favour websites with high quality content and white-hat methods of making themselves more visible.
On September 1st, Google released another algorithm update. SEO experts have termed this the “Possum” update. The name was suggested by Phil Rozek, who thought the name was apt considering the Google My Business listings have now been filtered which can make it seem as if they are no longer there – as if they are “playing possum”.
SEO is a fundamental digital marketing channel, as it holds the basis for the rest of your online strategy. SEO makes your website more visible in Google searches under the term you think your audience is searching.
Content marketing is another vital area of your digital marketing strategy, whereby on-page content such as blogs, and off-page content such as Press Releases, work together to drive traffic to your site. But how do SEO and Content Marketing complement each other and why are they an effective combination?
Ranking at the top of Google is becoming increasingly challenging with the growing competition as more businesses move online. The top result on Google is the most highly esteemed place to rank, taking 40% of clicks, but the majority of the remaining clicks are to pages within the first page of Google, so achieving measureable results is paramount.
Google has just announced their new branding which is now appearing across all Google products. Google is not the first to undergo a simplification of their brand. In recent month's we have seen a chain of Silicone Valley bluechips rebranding to make their logos and identity simpler and more easy to read on smaller devices.
In addition to text, content and links, images can also be used as an effective way to increase the visibility of your website. Images that are both relevant to your content and optimised properly can bring more traffic to your site, particularly through images found in a Google search. However, search engines cannot physically “see” your images, so how is it that you can use them to boost your SEO?