In some ways content marketing is an even better SEO strategy than link building. A few SEOs are recognizing its benefits and are making the shift from search marketing to content marketing in order to increase their search rankings and organic traffic.
Google now places a lot of value on natural links, social signals and authorship and it is only natural that content marketing will be the next step. If you’re planning to include content marketing in your marketing mix you want to do so in a way that brings success. Here are some content marketing techniques that you can begin using today.
In your eagerness to get started you should not overlook the most important step: preparation. Preparation entails more than thinking about what to write. You must also consider the tone and style of your writing, the people who will do your writing if you do not plan to do it yourself and you must organize your workflow. Preparation might not be the most exciting part of the process but if you leave it out you will definitely fail at content marketing.
The bulk of your content will have to be persuasive. The tone, the things that you say and the way that you say it are all very important. Being persuasive does not mean that you have to use complex words in order to impress your readers. In fact simple words are always best since readers respond better to them.
Also keep in mind that the best content are the ones where writers are not afraid to voice their opinions. Obviously not everyone would agree with your point of view but your audience will always respect you for speaking what’s on your mind.
Your content must teach. Your audience will keep reading and sharing if your content gives them the answers that they want and teaches them something new. This is one area where so much content on the web is lacking. Teach something new in a way that is entertaining and fun and you will be miles ahead of your competitor.
Use stories, images and characters to give your content more personality and draw your readers in. Readers connect more easily with stories than they do a list of boring facts. Stories are more personal, relevant and stick in your readers’ minds long after they’ve left your site.
Content marketing is more than just publishing a lot of content on the web. In order to be effective you must write content that is informative and displays the personality of your business. Businesses with stories, ideas and opinions that they are not afraid to share are the ones that stay on top.