Content Marketing (Marketo)

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Still struggling with the notion of freely providing rich online content?  Concerned that you’ll lose more than you gain by sharing your IP?  This article not only walks you through the basics (strategy, content types, social media promotion types and platforms), but with a few comments and key statistics, it also helps you understand why content marketing is vital to the success of your marketing strategy.

What is Content Marketing?

The marketplace we live and work in today is radically different from the one in which many of us started. Salespeople and store employees used to be the experts, and brands and businesses used to spend advertising dollars to find prospects who needed their services.

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The Beginners Guide To SEO (MOZ)

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A truly comprehensive guide to SEO.  MOZ does it again by taking you from the basics of SEO to everything you need to know about the value it provides, the factors that determine your rankings and various ways you can improve your scores.  See also the chapter on Search Engine Tools and Services that includes information and resources that can help you improve your website’s accessibility.

New to SEO? Need to polish up your knowledge? The Beginner’s Guide to SEO has been read over 3 million times and provides comprehensive information you need to get on the road to professional quality Search Engine Optimization, or SEO.

SEO is a marketing discipline focused on growing visibility in organic (non-paid) search engine results. SEO encompasses both the technical and creative elements required to improve rankings, drive traffic, and increase awareness in search engines. There are many aspects to SEO, from the words on your page to the way other sites link to you on the web. Sometimes SEO is simply a matter of making sure your site is structured in a way that search engines understand.

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Why SEO Is Actually All About Content Marketing (Neil Patel)

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We love this article because there are no short-cuts when it comes to SEO.  Unique, rich and helpful content scores high.  Gaming the system results in short-term gains that are likely to relegate you to the 20th page of Google results.  Instead, focus on meeting your customers needs by providing them with the information they need and want.

There’s a bit of confusion over SEO and content marketing. The confusion comes over how SEO and content marketing fit together. Do they fit together? Are they at odds with each other? If so, is it possible to force them together?

In a previous post, I explained why SEO and content marketing are like PB&J. They go together. They just fit. They work well together.
Now, I want to share exactly why that is — why SEO is actually all about content marketing, and vice versa.

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How To Choose A Good SEO Company For Your Business (MOZ)

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MOZ doesn’t just provide awesome SEO software.  Their Whiteboard Friday posts help explain sometimes complicated concepts in an informal, highly entertaining and visually interesting way.  This article and video provides Rand Fishkin’s tips on common mistakes you’ll want to avoid as well as his recommended process for choosing an SEO company.

This week we’re going to chat about how to choose a good SEO company, a consultant or an agency. It could be an independent person.

What I want to do as we get into this is help you to understand some of the mechanics behind SEO consulting work. This is a critical hire, because if SEO is important to your business, then the choice of which company or person to use is going to have a huge impact, probably one of the biggest impacts on whether you get great results.

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5 Actionable Google Analytics Reports To Improve Your Marketing Today (Neil Patel)

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Neil Patel’s blog has a wealth of information for marketers that are just getting started on SEO as well as those looking to refine their approach.  This article written by Brad Smith of Codeless provides insights on 5 Google Analytics reports that can help you improve your site for search and increase conversions by effectively funneling traffic.

This isn’t a 101-style post. It’s assuming you’ve got the basics down.

You’ve got a simple analytics framework down. You’ve got Goals or Events set-up (properly).

But you want action. You want to figure out how to move the needle in as short amount of time as possible.

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