Content is King…But Why? Here is a Data-Driven Answer

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Tired of hearing “content is king?” It’s a phrase that makes most marketers roll their eyes. Does it still ring true? If so, why is content still so important? Where Did the Phrase ‘Content is King’ Come From? In 1996, Bill Gates wrote an essay that changed the course of digital marketing. Titled “Content is King,” he suggested most of the money generated on the internet would come from content, much like broadcasting. Even more groundbreaking, Gates suggested content could serve as an equalizer because anyone (and any brand) could create and publish content: One of the exciting things about the Internet is that anyone with a PC and a modem can publish whatever content they can create. In a sense, the Internet is the multimedia equivalent of the photocopier. It allows material to be duplicated at low cost, no matter the size of the audience. Much has changed in the decades since Gates coined the phrase, so does it still ring true? I set to find out by asking marketers and business owners on Twitter whether content is still king and why—or why not. The results were split— the vast majority of people believe that content still reigns, but a growing number of people think content is beginning to lose its crown. What is even more interesting is the reason why people think content is still supreme—and there are a wide range of opinions on that front. So, is content still king? If so, why is it still so critical more than two decades after Bill Gates said content would be the force behind monetizing the internet? Users and Google Like Quality Content The vast majority of survey respondents said content is still king because Google and people like content. There’s no doubt that Google likes content. According to a study of more than 11 million SERPs, the average word count for pages that rank on the first page of Google is 1,447 words . That’s quite a bit of content. While Google has been notoriously quiet about what exactly it takes to get in their good graces, many expert marketers (and a few Googlers ) have stated that high-quality content is the key to ranking well on Google. Twitter followers agreed : It’s not just Google who likes content—people do, too. In fact, global online content consumption doubled in 2020 . Content is also one of the most …

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How to Detect and Improve Underperforming Content: A Guide to Optimization

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Posted by SamuelMangialavori Content, content, and more content! That’s what SEO is all about nowadays, right? Compared to when I started working in SEO (2014), today, content is consistently one of the most popular topics covered at digital marketing conferences, there are way more tools that focus on content analysis and optimization, and overall it seems to dominate most of SEO news. Don’t believe me? Here’s a nice Google Trends graph that may change your mind: Google Trends screenshot for “content marketing” as a topic, set for worldwide interest. But why is it that content is now dominating the SEO scene? How vital is content for your SEO strategy, actually? And most importantly: how can you be content with your site’s content? Puns aside, this post aims to help you figure out potential causes of your underperforming content and how to improve it. Why content is key in SEO in …

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Search Intent and SEO: A Quick Guide

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Posted by DawnMacri Understanding search intent can be the secret ingredient that brings your content strategy from okay to outstanding. As an SEO Strategist at a digital marketing agency ( Brainlabs ), we often find clients on the brink of ranking success. They’re sitting on stellar content that simply isn’t ranking for their target keywords. Why? Oftentimes, the keywords and the intent simply don’t match. Here we’ll discuss the different types of search intent, how to determine the best intent for given keywords, and how to optimize for search intent. First–let’s iron out the basics. What is search intent? Search intent (also known as user intent) is the primary goal a user has when searching a query in a search engine. Many times, users are searching for a specific type of answer or resource as they search. Take pizza for example. Searching for a pizza recipe has a different intent …

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What the SERPs Will Look Like in 2021?

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Google continually updates its SERPs (search engine results pages). With the constant addition of new features, like passage indexing and mobile-first indexing, the SERPs of 2021 look far different than they did just a year or two ago. It makes sense—Google’s entire business model is based on providing users with the best possible experience. For marketers, though, it can be frustrating. Every year there are dozens of updates, new features, and updated strategies. How do you keep up? Preparation is the key to search engine success. Here’s what you need to know about SERPs in 2021. SERP Result Trends in 2021 According to Moz, Google updates its algorithm thousands of times a year . Most of the changes are small adjustments with no significant impact. However, you can expect at least a few of those updates to cause major SERP changes. What SERP result trends should you pay attention to …

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The Step-by-Step Guide to Improving Google Rankings Without Getting Penalized

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Top Google rankings are a pinnacle of online business success. According to Backlinko , the first result on Google gets 31.7 percent of all clicks — while results on the second page receive just .78 percent of clicks. I’ve talked to a lot of business owners and managers – newbies and veterans – who have gone crazy trying to unlock the secrets of how to improve Google ranking without getting penalized. I wish I could tell you there’s a magic button that ranks your site #1 without fail. The truth is, it takes resourcefulness, dedication, persistence, and creativity. This is especially true because of the constantly-changing nature of Google’s algorithm. While there’s no magic, there are steps you can take to soar to the top of a search engine results page (SERP). I learned this the hard way. But luckily, you don’t have to. I’m going back to basics with …

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What is Passage Indexing & What Does it Mean for SEO?

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There are few things Google likes more than updating its ranking signals. If you’ve heard about passage indexing, there’s a good chance you have questions. What is passage indexing? Is it a significant update that will tank your website traffic? Or is it just another small change in Google’s ever-evolving algorithm and ranking factors? Take a deep breath and ignore the doom and gloom. There’s good news: Passage indexing is not a huge Google update. It’s a small tweak to help the search engine understand content better and deliver the best results to searchers. There is no reason to stress about this update, go crazy trying to update your content, or spend thousands of dollars to get someone else to update it for you. (If you noticed a considerable drop in traffic recently, I recommend using this guide to diagnose traffic drops using Google Analytics , but most likely, passage …

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10 Content Marketing Trends for 2021 and Beyond

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Organizations that have made consistent and sound investments in content marketing have reported those investments paying dividends in recent years. However, to maintain their growth, marketers must also stay tuned into the ever-changing content marketing landscape. What worked last year may not be enough to creep ahead in 2021. Being able to anticipate trends and changes in audience behavior based on technology trends and updates can help you adjust your strategy and get ahead of the wave. Here, we’ll detail some trends to keep an eye on in 2021, but before we do, let’s look at why content marketing keeps evolving. Why Does Content Marketing Change so Frequently? Content marketing continues to evolve to keep pace with trends, technologies, and consumer demands. For instance, increasing use of mobile devices, voice search, and social media all require us to stay on top of things. Then there are the platforms themselves that …

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8 major Google ranking factors — SEO guide

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The SEO community is always looking for new ranking factors and we have discovered over two hundred of them so far. But there may be hundreds more actually used by Google. Luckily, we don’t have to work on all of them. Most have very little weight in SEO and are often used as tie-breakers rather than ranking signals. Instead, here is the definitive list of Google ranking factors, each of which can make or break your search optimization strategy. 1. Backlinks Even though Google is planning to move away from backlinks in the future, they still remain the most important ranking factor for your pages. Except it is now too risky to use black hat SEO strategies — your links have to come from a variety of high authority websites that are similar to yours. Furthermore, some Google patents say that freshness and traffic may also be important backlink metrics. …

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How Does Latent Semantic Indexing Affect SEO

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In SEO, you’ll hear plenty about keywords and how they affect your content rankings. But you don’t hear so much about Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) and the influence it may have on SEO. If you’re not familiar with the term, Webopedia.com defines LSI as an “algorithm used by search engines to determine what a page is about outside of specifically matching a search query text.” More clarification on this is below. When used effectively, LSI can give your rankings a significant boost—and using it in your content may be easier than it sounds. Let’s get started by explaining what LSI keywords are and why they’re important. What are LSI Keywords? Put simply, LSI keywords are terms semantically related to your subject . Each LSI keyword, groups of words, or phrase you use is relevant to the main keyword you’re targeting. But, they’re not always synonyms—LSI also searches for ideas commonly …

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11 Proven Ways to Increase Dwell Time

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Are you doing everything you can to rank for a specific keyword? Are you struggling to get on even the first page, much less the top? Here’s the thing: there’s a good chance you are making a ton of mistakes that sends users back to the SERP. After developing hundreds of high-ranking pages, I’m here to show you the role dwell time plays in ranking and how you can increase it. Before I share 11 strategies to increase your dwell time, let’s look at what dwell time is and why it matters. What is Dwell Time? Dwell time is the length of time a user spends on your page before returning to SERP. Most SEOs consider dwell time to be a ranking signal, though Google hasn’t confirmed it. As an example, let’s say you want to establish a better morning routine. So you Google “morning rituals.” You click on the …

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Local SEO for Nonprofit Organizations: 5 Tactics to Try Today

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Posted by kellyjcoop Many marketing channels are interruptive by nature, meant to divert attention away from a task, be it reading and replying to emails, perusing articles online, browsing social feeds, listening to the radio, watching TV — the list goes on. SEO is one of the only marketing channels (the only?) that serves to first deliver something, instead of asking before delivering. At its core, SEO is used to deliver helpful content to people actively searching for it. And, it can (and should!) be used to reach target audiences at the local and national level. According to Google , searches for local places without the use of “near me” have grown 150% over the last two years — showing that, when people search, they’re increasingly expecting local results. This creates a powerful opportunity for those organizations primed to take advantage of it. Through the “search and deliver” dynamic of …

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