Thinking Beyond the Link Building “Campaign” [Case Study]

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Posted by Paddy_Moogan Over the years, I’ve often referred to our link building work as “campaigns”, which isn't wrong, but isn’t completely right, either. I think that as an industry we need to alter our mindset to focus on what link building should be: an ongoing, integrated, business-as-usual activity. Link building processes that work for brands now and that will continue to work in the future need to sit closer to the rest of the business. This means tighter integration with other disciplines, or at the very least, acknowledgment that link building isn’t a siloed activity or dark art like it used to be. In this post, I’d like to propose how we should think about link building and share some ways to make it more sustainable, efficient, and effective. The problem with campaigns I want to start by being super clear on something, and I make no apologies for reiterating this throughout this post: Link building campaigns aren’t a bad thing. My core point is that they should be thought of as one piece of the puzzle — not something we should focus all of our time and attention on. “Campaign”, in the context of link building or digital PR, implies a few things: It has a start and an end point It is a one-off activity It is about a specific “thing”, whether that be a topic, product, or piece of content There is nothing wrong with these as such, but link building shouldn’t be thought about only in these ways. If link building is seen as a series of one-off activities, or about a specific thing and with a start and end point, it’s never going to be integrated into a business the way it should be. It will always sit around the edges of marketing activity and not benefit the bottom line as much as it could. Even if you are reading this thinking that you’re okay because you have lots of campaigns lined up — maybe one a week, one a month, or one a quarter — the core problems still exist, but at a more zoomed-out level. As digital marketers, we want link building to be: Taken seriously as a tactic which helps support SEO within a business Integrated with other areas to allow for efficiency and wider benefits Fit into the overarching digital strategy of a business Have measurable, consistent results Let me …

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Thinking Beyond the Link Building “Campaign” [Case Study]

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Posted by Paddy_Moogan Over the years, I’ve often referred to our link building work as “campaigns”, which isn't wrong, but isn’t completely right, either. I think that as an industry we need to alter our mindset to focus on what link building should be: an ongoing, integrated, business-as-usual activity. Link building processes that work for brands now and that will continue to work in the future need to sit closer to the rest of the business. This means tighter integration with other disciplines, or at the very least, acknowledgment that link building isn’t a siloed activity or dark art like it used to be. In this post, I’d like to propose how we should think about link building and share some ways to make it more sustainable, efficient, and effective. The problem with campaigns I want to start by being super clear on something, and I make no apologies for …

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How to Get Quick Results With SEO Sprints: The DriveSafe Case Study

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Posted by ChristopherHofman Currently, many businesses face challenging times and are moving their SEO budget to disciplines which offer quicker wins. But you can also create instant results with SEO, and it can be done on a small budget even when you are up against bigger players in your industry. In this blog post I will show you my framework to do SEO sprints. I will show you how you can use Google’s ability to index and rank faster to your advantage. Later, you will be presented with a case study, where we used SEO sprints for a chain of opticians. The result: an increase in bookings of vision tests of 73%. But first, let's have a look at the layout on page one of Google (for most queries). Google never took SEOs into account when designing for the user. As a result, their transformation over the last few years …

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Interdisciplinarity: How to Integrate Organic Search, Paid Search, and Content Teams

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Posted by HeatherPhysioc As an industry, we talk a good game about collaboration, but the truth is it’s not really happening the way we tell our clients and bosses it happens. We stroll into new business pitches and make big claims about how “integrated” we are. We preach that our recommendations are better because we have a more “holistic” offering. But whether it’s across agencies working on the same client, different teams working within the same agency, or different teams in-house on the client side, collaboration is much harder to achieve in reality than we make it look on the outside. More often than not, experts get sucked into their respective silos, buried by the day-to-day task lists of their jobs, focusing on their own areas of expertise. Agencies write SEO scopes and PPC scopes separately, often without accounting for content resource needs to make the channels successful. Teams bring …

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Benchmark for Success: What Your Vertical Can Achieve With Content Marketing

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Posted by Domenica You’ve produced a piece of content you thought was going to be a huge success, but the results were underwhelming. You double and triple checked the content for all the crucial elements: it’s newsworthy, data-driven, emotional, and even a bit controversial , but it failed to “go viral”. Your digital PR team set out to pitch it, but writers didn’t bite. So, what's next? Two questions you might ask yourself are: Do I have unrealistic link expectations for my link-building content? Is my definition of success backed by data-driven evidence? Fractl has produced thousands of content marketing campaigns across every topic — sports, entertainment, fashion, home improvement, relationships — you name it. We also have several years’ worth of campaign performance data that we use to learn from our successes and mistakes . In this article, I’m going to explain how businesses and agencies across seven different …

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How to Choose the Most Link-Worthy Data Source for Your Content

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Posted by Domenica Fractl has produced thousands of content marketing campaigns across every topic, and for the past seven years, we’ve been keeping track of each and every campaign in order to refine and improve the content we produce on behalf of our clients. In my last post for Moz, I explained how to set realistic digital PR expectations for your content based on your niche. In this topic, I want to dive a little bit deeper into the data and share insights about how the source of your content can be just as important in determining how your content will perform. In this analysis, I looked at 1,474 client content campaigns across six different data source categories: Client data Social media Participatory methods Publicly available data Survey Germ swab It’s important to note that there are countless other data sources that we use for content campaigns every day at …

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How to Choose the Most Link-Worthy Data Source for Your Content

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Posted by Domenica Fractl has produced thousands of content marketing campaigns across every topic, and for the past seven years, we’ve been keeping track of each and every campaign in order to refine and improve the content we produce on behalf of our clients. In my last post for Moz, I explained how to set realistic digital PR expectations for your content based on your niche. In this topic, I want to dive a little bit deeper into the data and share insights about how the source of your content can be just as important in determining how your content will perform. In this analysis, I looked at 1,474 client content campaigns across six different data source categories: Client data Social media Participatory methods Publicly available data Survey Germ swab It’s important to note that there are countless other data sources that we use for content campaigns every day at …

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Risk-Averse Link Building - Best of Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by rjonesx. Building links is an incredibly common request of agencies and consultants, and some ways to go about it are far more advisable than others. Whether you're likely to be asked for this work or you're looking to hire someone for it, it's a good idea to have a few rules of thumb. In this classic Whiteboard Friday chock full of evergreen advice, Russ Jones breaks things down. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey, folks, welcome to another great Whiteboard Friday. I am Russ Jones, Principal Search Scientist here at Moz. I get to do a lot of great research, but I'll tell you, my first love in SEO is link building. The 10 years I spent before joining Moz, I worked at an agency and we did a lot of it, and I'll tell you, …

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Marketing in Times of Uncertainty - Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by randfish Our work as marketers has transformed drastically in the space of a month. Today, we're grateful to welcome our good friend Rand to talk about a topic that's been on the forefront of our minds lately: how to do our jobs empathetically and effectively through one of the most difficult trials in modern memory. We hope you've got a cozy seat in your home office, a hot mug of coffee from your own kitchen Keurig, and your cat in your lap as you join us for this week's episode of Whiteboard Friday. Video Transcription Howdy, folks. I'm Rand Fishkin, founder of Moz and co-founder of Sparktoro. And I'm here today with a very special edition of Whiteboard Friday. I think that now is the right time to talk about marketing in uncertain epochs like the one we're living through. We obviously have a global crisis. It's very …

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The MozCon Virtual 2020 Initial Agenda

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Posted by cheryldraper It's the question that's been on plenty of people's minds: What's up with MozCon this year? We're happy to report that 2020's MozCon is on like Donkey Kong, and as you can tell from its brand-new name, the format this year is just a tad bit different. MozCon 2020 is now MozCon Virtual , an online conference experience delivering every ounce of digital marketing expertise you expect in-person with the safety and security of social distancing at home. Today, we're here to tell you all about it — changes, challenges, nitty-gritty details, who's speaking and what you'll learn , and more! Here's the skinny on MozCon Virtual MozCon Virtual will take place from the comfort of your at-home office space across July 14 & 15, 2020. Business on top, social distancing sweatpants on the bottom — you'll be cozier than ever while learning all the latest and …

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Cardlytics combines ad tech with fintech to create a unique walled garden for advertisers

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30-second summary: Atlanta-based Cardlytics is an ad platform that operates within banks’ native digital channels. Cardlytics brings the worlds of ad tech and fintech together within a fraud-free and brand-safe environment, offering a high degree of trust. Cardlytics boasts an audience within the US of more than 125M monthly active users. Larger than Snap, Twitter, and Pinterest. The Cardlytics platform enables banks to send offers to their end customers and enrich the banking experience by getting cash back. Advertisers can show ads to potential customers to motivate online and in-store purchases, and they’re also able to give their customers cash back. Cardlytics sees 1 in 2 of all credit and debit card swipes in the US, which enables them to understand how a bank user engaged with an offer through the platform and then went on to make a purchase. Cardlytics has helped customers get back nearly half a billion …

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