Content Marketing: 12 Lessons to Learn

Great article by Neil Patel and definitely worth reflecting on it.  The top 5 Goals in Content Marketing that I feel are:

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  • Increase Visibility  with Brand and Awareness
  • Thought Leadership
  • Lead Generation
  • Conversions
  • Consistency through all Channels that are being used

The lessons of Neil Patel’s article: “Learn From the Best: 12 Lessons from 5 Content Marketing Case Studies“:

  1. Outsourcing Content Marketing Can Work
  2. Know Your Content Marketing Goals — Remember the Goal Can Change — be Agile
  3. Content Marketing isn’t Always Slow
  4. Transparency and Content Marketing should go Hand in Hand
  5. Always be Actionable
  6. Quality Always Makes the Difference
    1. Create an Exclusive Club
    2. Show that You Care
    3. Ask for Feedback
    4. Use Social Proof
    5. Get Personal
    6. Make Conversion a Habit
    7. Include Downloads
    8. Tell Readers What to Do Next
  7. Influencers can Drive Explosive Results
  8. Successful Content Marketing is Consistent
  9. Practice What You Preach
  10. Different Types of Content Lets You Expand Your Reach
  11. Great Content is Nothing Without Promotion
  12. Good Marketing Can Be Simple

It’s a great article and it sums up the importance of not only have content marketing but also create a content marketing strategy around it. Many companies I’ve been consulting or worked for are operating in their own silos.

What would be a good way to solve this type of isolation?

Don’t Sweat AJAXs Crawling but Website Performance

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Don’t Sweat AJAXs Crawling but Website Performance

Today’s blog post by Google Webmaster Central  written by Kazushi Nagayama recommends the AJAX crawling proposal they made back in 2009 is no longer supported.  The 2009 assumptions  are no longer valid.  As long as you allow Googlebot  and other bots to crawl your JavaScript or CSS files (you should do it for mobile anyway) you website should be in good shape.

I am very persistent in helping companies to improve their website performance, especially the first time load time of the website pages. Remember, slow websites are not very user-friendly and not very crawler friendly. Depending on your web architecture and/or API you are using there are solutions to make your website render quicker for both the web users and the bots.

Google provides us with tips & recommendations to increase the performance to remain relevant to the web user, mobile user and bots.  One option is to use History API pushState(), or the article by Robin RendleUsing the HTML5 History API” ensures accessibility for a wider range of browsers.

As you may know, web users expect a site to load in 2 seconds or less, and many of them would abandon the site if it is not loaded within 3 seconds. Speed Rules may help to troubleshoot your website.

PR-Big Part of SEO

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PR is as essential for SEO as technical SEO and optimized content. PRs, however, depend for their success outside forces such as editorial links. Ken McGaffin has wrote a great article on “14 things to Do When You Get Great PR but No Editorial Links

As an SEO Professional it is very fascinating how communication has evolved in the digital world. I’ve always encourage the in-house PR team to have links within their articles to increase the relationship and awareness of the products, services or the company. Ken has great advice:

  1. Continue to Target Leading Sites – Even If The Don’t Give You a Link — I would always recommend it as it adds on visibility
  2. Reply to Comments as Soon as They’re Published & Think of an Article that expand on the Comments
  3. Monitor Any Links to the Published Article – sometimes you have work with your analytics person to get dashboard setup
  4. Link to the Media Article from Your Client’s Site – encourage to share the article
  5. Expand on the Content of the Article – helps the reader to relate
  6. Follow up with Local Journalist and Bloggers
  7. Publish a ‘Badge’ or Link That says, “As Featured in.. ” this help increase credibility
  8. Email Your Client’s Customer Lists
  9. Pitch a Series of Guest Posts to Top Industry Blogs
  10. Build on Your Relationship with the Journalist, Bloggers & Freelance Writers
  11. Build a Store of Sound Bites of Stories
  12. Don’t Just Rely on Breaking News
  13. Build a Forward PR Plan
  14. Review the Content You Created

I also would recommend to do a social listening especially after publishing an article to understand more about your audience.

Beyond SEO & SXO

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Mark Munroe wrote a great article “From SEO To SXO: Search Experience Optimization.”  It really touches the elements I’ve encountered.

Most companies bring in agencies such as R/GA, RazorFish, Deutsch, Rosetta etc. to create a successful look and feel website that brings in a lot of unique visitors and increases customer engagement.

These firms do a fantastic job with award winning website designs, however, they don’t consider how web users will find the beautiful websites. Many of these firms have content SEO experts but not experts that understand technical SEO, forensic SEO, or SXO (Search Experience Optimization). Some of these fancy designs increase the page load i.e. compromise web performance, leave off editable open graph meta tags or disregard guidelines or 508 Compliance. Often Analytics or SEO tools (Search Console,  Screaming Frog, Majestic, BrightEdge and many more) are missed to be implemented.

Additionally, the majority of the site search APIs are either useless or have not been properly configured to the new website designs before the launch of the new web designs.

My opinion is that it’s about the overall web user experience by creating valuable & useful content, brand, digital reputation, social media activities, local search & easy crawlability for search engines.

Online Marketing should consider

I’ve been working in the online marketing professional for 15+ years and it’s changed a lot, however, the four basic elements need to be included into your Online Marketing Campaigns:

  • Web Designs — It’s tremendously important to maintain a strong presence online. Websites should be user-friendly, mobile-friendly, aesthetic, easy to navigate, provide interesting information to keep your web users onsite.
  • SEO — Without SEO (Search Engine Optimization) web users will not be able to find your website via organic search. SEO doesn’t stop on-page, consider to review your web performance, your web architecture, your taxonomy, your primary keyword distribution, your internal search engine functionality and more.
  • Social Media — Extremely important is to figure out what social media channels your audience is active. Social media is also a good way to monitor your Digital Reputation. Note that Corporate Branding needs to work closely with Social media. It also allows customers to immediately comment on any type of information such as on services, products or corporate engagement. It is greatly recommended to monitor Social Media Channel closely to instantly remedy any possible reputation damage.
  • PPC/Banner Advertising — Consider not only one search engine, also consider different technologies such as mobile or texting or supply reverse advertisement such as Google AdSense. Google Adsense is a great tool to figure out other channels where your audience might be.

For more details on the article “4 Elements You Need to Include in Your Online Marketing Campaigns” by Matt Morgan.

Why local SEO is as important as any other SEO?

SEO/SEM, Search & WPO AdviceMost small businesses rely to be found on search engines whether it is Google, AOL, Xfinity, Yahoo or Bing. The fact is that nowadays pretty much anything we consider to consume will first be researched on the internet. Either by going to a review site such as or manufacturing website to read about the products/services.

To adapt to the increasing mobile consumers  it is my recommendation to have a responsive web design. It’s a web design that allows consumers to visit your website with any device such as desktop, laptop, smart phone or any other mobile device. Most research starts with a quick search when on the go or when something sparks our interest.

Ensure that you have a “Google My Business Page” and claim your local listing with accurate business name, address and phone number (also known as NAP).

Next important step is to integrate schema markup. has been adapted by all major search engines and is really a “cool” way to display short information snippets of your web pages on any SERPs.

Reviews or word of mouth marketing can make or break a business. It’s a way of learning about your business via Facebook, Yelp, Foursquare, Yahoo, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin or any other social network web sites. It’s important to be proactive and provide customer services for both positive and negative reviews.

Local citations are crucial for local SEO. Best is to hire a company (such as Neustar, Infogroup, Acxiom Corporation, or Yext) that provides consistent information to all local directories.

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Search, Content & Social (SCS) = SuperGroup


SEO/SEM Advice and WebPresence OptimizationI love what I read on Andy Betts article “The Rise of Content Performance: The Search and Social Link”  Working with large companies such as Cisco or VMware you’ll find Organic Search, Paid Search, Social, Branding  & Content Creation in different departments with different budget, goals and objectives. Here is when a SEO professional can step in and break through these barriers.

Just a few steps away that leads to better content performance:

  • Work with all the groups and establish a shared goal, a cross-channel goal i.e. conversion, sale, or make an appointment
  • Work as a SuperGroup: Search, Content, Social (SCS) and invite Paid Search & Branding to your strategy meetings
  • Ensure that search (organic & paid) and social strategies are part of the content strategies
  • Always Execute, Test & Refine; continue evolve and adapt the groups tactics especially as you want to analyze various assets such as videos, images and possible text variations.
  • Analyze, attribute and measure performance

Figure out a way to report on all channels separately to see the impact of your content strategy in relation to final business outcomes.



Online Review – Credibility

SEO/SEM, Search & WPO AdviceThis is a need to know for SEO professionals, great article by Marcus Miller and many companies overlook digital reputation. I wrote an article on about it March of 2014. “Digital Reputation – Are You Monitoring Yours?

Studies are now confirming that reviews are a trusted, critical component of generating business from local search. An article written by Myles Anderson  that there are 9 out of 10 users referring to reviews before contacting a local business.

Truths to be known for SEO Digital Credibility is important. The Three Stages of Credibility:

  1. Initial Awareness
  2. Evaluation
  3. Credibility Over Time

Here are some tools to build your credibility

  1. Reviews
  2. Testimonials
  3. White Papers & Ebooks
  4. Case Studies
  5. Blog Posts
  6. Social Media
  7. Third-Party Sites

Read this great article in detail “Online Reviews, Reputation and How To Become Super Credible

Why Sites Rank High despite of not being Optimized?

Top 7 reasons why a website would still rank high on Google although it hasn’t been optimized.

  1. If a website has a high Click-Through Rate (CTA). Google algorithm calculates it as a percentage and reflect the number of clicks you receive from the total number of people searching for specific phrase and your webpage ranks for.
  2. The age of your domain. The older your website the more search traffic you will generally receive – caveat as long as you continually trying to improve upon it.
  3. How many relevant & high authoritative (high quality) Backlinks you have.  Google is able to look at the web page that are linking to you and analyze the text around the link as well as the text on the page.
  4. How much Cross-linking you have. It’s important not only to have navigational or breadcrumb perspective, but also from an in-content perspective.
  5. The quality of your Content. With Google Panda updates Google can do a better analysis of content quality.
  6. What’s your competition landscape look like? Low competition keyword phrases aren’t updated by Google as often as some of the more competitive terms.
  7. Too quick of a Growth Rate. Google is smart to know as it has data on a lot of sites within your space. Older website growing at a more ‘natural” pace versus one that seems manufactured.

Neil Patel is the author for the article. For more in depth please visit “Why Do Sites Rank High on Google When They Aren’t Optimized?

How Google Search Results Will Change By 2016

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Great article by Jayson DeMere and I completely agree with him on his comments.


  1. The Knowledge Graph Will Take Over
  2. Social Results Will Be More Prominent
  3. Traditional Listings Will Sharply Decline (on will be
  4. Indexed Apps Will Make an Appearance
  5. More Interactive Elements Will Develop (IoT = Internet of Things)

Read the complete article “5 Ways Google Search Results Will Change By 2016