When Google does an update SEOs are hanging on to every last word to find out what modifications have to be done. The latest trend that is that Google is giving more weight to content that is shareable via social media channels.
At the moment it’s about social shares and you can’t fake it that easily apparently. But Google is anticipating that some will try and “fake it” by opening fake profiles.
One of the top SEO gurus Adam Torkildson tested this theory out. He created 1000 fake Facebook accounts a year ago and they all have been banned today. He confirmed that social signals are a much bigger part of the Google algorithm.
With social becoming more important, having relevant content that is engaging is more of a priority in SEO. Creating that buzz or the PR in your content will now weigh heavily on rankings. This is where mixing PR with SEO has now reaped some benefits.
A company that does this well is Dell. They have over 1 million followers on Twitter and their team answers every direct message from their community. They are truly staying on top of their brand and their reputation online.
So what does Google really want? They want content that is relevant, shareable and that engage audiences online. Interactions must be real and have community value. Those interactions will help bring a brand up in their search engine rankings.
So what does this mean? It means that in the future there will be less of a focus on traditional SEO methods. PR will become more prominent in SEO practices and social PR will rise to the occasion and become more relevant. Continue Reading
If you don’t have an online presence across several media channels, you and your brand suffer. Whether or not you have a brick and mortar business, it’s no longer enough to utilize direct mail tactics, or take out an ad in the in the local yellow pages. Even if you have a web page, you are only passively sitting out there in cyberspace, waiting for the right user to type in words that trigger your domain name or meta tags.
To really drive traffic to your site, you need to aggressively attack online marketing channels and force your company to the top of the Google hit list. There is nothing passive about hard line tactics, and simply updating your webpage to announce a new product or service is an unsuccessful approach. In order to propel your brand and your company to the forefront of the results page, you need to inundate online media channels with stories that relate to your business.
However, even those companies that have a grip on the concept of “content is king” tend to focus it in one direction. It’s wise to have a blog, better to have several blogs. Perhaps your business relies on a public relations company like 5WPR to churn out press releases to get your name and brand in front of users as they meander through online distribution outlets. 5WPR is not like the other PR companies: it picks up where these let off by providing the necessary internet content as support to drive traffic. Manipulating content across multiple channels of distribution is the priority of reputation management.
Don’t me wrong, the blogosphere is an enterprising – and necessary – way to maximize your online presence. But in the new age of online marketing, businesses that have just begun to comprehend the importance of having an online presence have not yet grasped the idea of diversified marketing on the internet. Adding a press release or two on a regular basis doesn’t pick up the slack. Think of your business is being at war with your competition. Would you make the mistake of attacking from one front and facing your enemy from a one dimensional stance? No great general would find this acceptable. From a reputation management standpoint, you need to elevate the battle and command the assault from several fronts.
Such a strategy would command countless hours, time that should be spent dedicated to your business’ specialty. A more shrewd investment is to retain a company with expertise in maximizing your online presence and manipulating content to direct attention to your site. 5WPR engages a multi-dimensional methodology to successfully accomplish this goal for its clients and position them among the highest ranks. Anything less would be medieval. Continue Reading