Old post but still the same game?
I wrote this post and it was originally published in SocialMediaToday.com here in August of 2012. But seriously this was six years ago?!
Did it really stand the test of time? When so many strategies and tactics were completely eliminated or had to evolve based on googles algorithms - did one stay the same over six years?
Read the post below (the only change is the updated link) and decide for yourself...
Content Marketing is a New Game
Content marketing is evolving. Earlier SEO was a cinch, as one could just plug in the most searched or popular keywords in the written content, build links, and BAM your page gets optimized in just few clicks! However, now the rules have changed and it is a much smaller field we are playing on as so many new updates have been made in the past one year than the past ten years put together!
The whole platform for marketing and developing one's rank in the realm of SEO has altered drastically and old shortcuts or tricks will not work.
It's time to stop all that flimflam and fluff stuff and do the real thing! The only reliable and real strategy available now is content marketing and SEO is inextricably linked to it more than ever before.
The Catalyst - Create Insightful Content
Content marketing and strategy in a nutshell is all about creating attractive and useful content that influences one to take action either by sharing it, buying your products and services or simply follow your cause.
Ensure that your title has the perfect punch and always try taking a unique angle about the topic you wish to promote. Add as many images as possible in the content to make it alluring, as a picture is worth a thousand words.
This Game Requires a White Hat
You can drop all that heavy keyword marinating for your content and stop availing bogus blogs with bad bait to build links (say that fast 3 times!).
The right way to achieve better ranking for the long term is to create great content all the time - that's the key for content marketing in this new game.
It's ultimately the quality of content that can make a huge difference, so ensure that you have an arsenal of good writers who can relate any topic conversationally but it must also be loaded with solid information.
Where do you get started in creating a content strategy and content marketing program?
Check out the QuickSprout Advanced Guide to Content Marketing by Neil Patel. It will give you great insight into where to get started and how to implement a content marketing plan.
Get advanced guide to content marketing here (updated link) -> https://www.quicksprout.com/the-advanced-guide-to-content-marketing/
Curate Your Content
Take the opportunity to market your content in various platforms like document sharing (docstoc, slideshare etc), publish articles in directories (ezine articles, go articles, etc), social networking sites (facebook, tumblr, twitter, etc), and in the form of newsletters to magnetize more traffic.
Also, blog at least 2 - 3 times per week and amplify your content through your content marketing ecosystem. A great tool to help with the amplification is LinksAlpha.com.
So it is not just creating great content, but sift and pull it together and be sure its a part of a much larger ecosystem to achieve great SERP rankings.
The game has changed and content marketing is the new star player that just walked on the field are you ready to win the SERP game?