Editor’s note: “A Day In the Life” is a regular editorial series in which MediaWhiz employees discuss their work and lives and how the two interact
Recently, I spoke with Bryan Scheiner, client services account manager at MediaWhiz, to discuss his life as an SEO expert by day and a music blogger by night. Bryan works with a number of MediaWhiz clients to help them develop and enhance their organic site traffic.
When he’s not working out of the MediaWhiz’s downtown New York City office, Bryan is busy with his hip-hop group WeatherPROOF, which most recently released its album “Dirty Naturals.” Away from the stage you can find him honing his blogging and SEO skills at TheBeeShine.com. There, Bryan has recorded more than 1,200 interviews with such artists as Redman, Questlove, 9th Wonder, DJ Premier, Pete Rock and more.
Watch the below video to learn more about Bryan and how MediaWhiz has helped propel his SEO career and his passion as a music blogger.
It’s not uncommon in today’s SEO landscape to wake up and find a sudden drop of organic search traffic and/or keyword rankings. When such a disaster occurs, most large brands have access to a qualified SEO agency or robust in-house team to identify and rectify any issues that led to the drops. For smaller brands with limited budget allocated to SEO, this could mean the end of the organic search channel as a driver of business.
It doesn’t have to be this way. As I explore in a new report, “10 Free, Must-Have SEO Tools,” there are a variety of excellent free SEO tools that marketers can use to analyze the situation and identify the problem and solution.
By taking advantage of the intelligence that is available for free, brands with low budgets can recover from SEO issues in order to return to leveraging the organic search channel as a revenue generator. Below is a review of three such SEO tools.
RELATED: 3 Free SEO Tools for Identifying Target Keywords (more…)
Choosing the right target keywords builds the foundation for an entire SEO campaign. If the right keywords with the highest potential for return are not selected, the foundation of the campaign will be weak and, therefore, success is nearly impossible.
In order to select the right keywords, data must be collected and analyzed so projections on return can be made. Gathering the necessary data, however, can be expensive and many businesses will not invest in best-of-breed SEO tools.
For those with limited budgets and without access to paid SEO tools, impactful keyword data is not out of reach. There are plenty of data sources and tools that can be used for free or offer free versions. By leveraging several free tools, advertisers can generate enough information to make informed decisions on keyword targets and set themselves up for successful SEO campaigns.
Below are three such tools. In subsequent posts, I will examine the best free SEO tools for auditing, troubleshooting and gaining competitive intelligence. For a full account of the 10 best free SEO tools, download MediaWhiz’s new report, “10 Free, Must-Have SEO Tools.”
Today, we’re releasing a new eBook in our growing stable of Insights reports (read them all here). Titled, “10 Free, Must-Have SEO Tools,” the report outlines our top picks for the best free SEO tools and resources marketers can use to identify target keywords, audit and troubleshoot onsite SEO issues and gain competitive intelligence.
Performance in organic search engine marketing requires an investment. Depending on the goals of a search engine optimization campaign, that investment can be quite substantial. Budget often must be allocated strategically in order to stretch it enough for success.
Part of the investment in any SEO campaign goes toward tools that help brands analyze data, strategize and track results. To do so, marketers need a bevy of tools and resources. (more…)
Location, location, location. Every business owner knows that for retail traffic, it’s all about your location. Increasingly, this adage is being applied to search marketing and search engine optimization campaigns. Yes, we have entered the era of geo-targeted digital marketing.
Given the current state of both consumer search behavior and evolving search algorithms in search engines and social media platforms, geo-targeted marketing is moving closer and closer to the center of many digital strategies. Search engines have long been customizing search results based on users’ IP addresses and delivering search results relevant to users’ location and recent searches.
Whereas IP-based search represented the first phase of digital services focusing on user location, the SEO landscape has fully blown open to the possibilities of geo-targeted marketing. Location-based user experience variations are a huge part of mobile search, as well as social media search (specifically with the introduction of Facebook Graph Search).
Let’s examine why that is the case.
The Emergence of Mobile Search
A strong local search presence is important not only to occupy more relevant real estate within search engine results (organic and local listings) but also to stay competitive with the growing market share of Web users who are searching on mobile devices. There are approximately 187 million Americans accessing Web browsers on mobile devices. This number is increasing at a rate of more than 50 percent year-over-year, while the year-over-year increase of those accessing browsers on desktop devices was only 3%, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism 2012 State of News Media report.
With more Americans using mobile devices for Web searches, and the search engine results on mobile devices becoming more geo-centric, having a location-based digital strategy is essential. (more…)
In order to maximize the impact of content marketing, both as a driver of leads and sales and as a way to augment SEO and drive organic search performance, marketers should utilize the following 10 best practices:
Know Your Audience. In order to engage with potential customers through content marketing, it is important to first know who they are, what they want and what they value. This starts with market research. Identify the customer segment and find out the types of websites they frequent. These websites provide an initial list of publisher prospects for the content.
Include Images. Part of the goal of producing and promoting great content is to influence customers and prospects to share your content with their online communities. Use large, engaging images within your content so that when it is shared via social media, the summary that is visible to other users will include a thumbnail. This will draw more attention to it and garner higher click-through rates. Don’t forget to properly tag your images so that they, too, show up in search rankings and improve the authority of your brand’s content.
Curate Content. Regurgitated information from another source is not likely to draw much attention from your target audience. Your content should offer a fresh perspective and draw from multiple sources. Curate content from a variety of trusted sources in order to provide readers with a new perspective or insight they may not have already seen.
Promote. Use multiple channels to promote your content. Leverage your current marketing channels, including email, social media, public relations, display advertising, etc., to inform your customers and prospects about new content resources.
Reference Industry Influencers. When discussing a specific topic within your content marketing piece, it can be helpful to reference and cite individuals who are known to the audience and have authority on the topic. People love to see their own names published and will likely promote the content on their own for free, thus further spreading the exposure and influence of your brand and its expertise. (more…)
Content marketing can provide tremendous value to a search engine optimization campaign, as outlined in our recent eBook, “Content Marketing Like a Pro.” There are many different content types that can be leveraged as a vehicle for lead generation with a strong return on investment. Today, we’ll examine how you can choose the right content type to increase your brand’s SEO value.
eMarketer recently published a study conducted by CopyPress in which marketers were asked which types of content are the most cost effective. Results of the study showed the growing demand among marketers of content marketing as a leading digital focus. Thirty-five percent of marketers surveyed identified content marketing as their leading focus in 2013 as compared to 19% in 2012. It is no secret that content marketing is a powerful lead generation tool and that the return on investment is high.
When it comes to segmenting the various types of content, a vast majority of the marketers surveyed identified featured articles as the content type with the best ROI. The main differentiator between featured articles and other media types is the relatively small cost and simplicity of development which makes the investment very low. The minimal hard costs and effort associated with producing featured articles combined with the innate value of any content marketing piece that follows best practices, makes these articles very attractive to utilize.
Another advantage of featured articles that makes them a priority content marketing piece is the ability to use authorship mark-up to help promote the content and improve organic search authority. Since featured articles typically contain a byline, the rel=“author” rich snippet can be leveraged to tie the content to an authoritative author, making it much more likely to rank for keyword-targeted search queries in search engine results. (more…)
Today, we released a new eBook on content marketing. Titled, “Content Marketing Like a Pro,” the report outlines the key pillars to content marketing and advises marketers on best practices for crafting and executing successful content marketing programs.
This eBook also provides a framework marketers can use to improve their brand’s SEO and generate leads via a content marketing program.
When consumers first encounter a brand digitally it’s not always the brand’s website that makes the first impression. What makes the greatest impression is the authority of the brand’s website measured by where it ranks when a consumer searches.
Content marketing is a method to build this authority and rank.
Facebook has once again decided to update its News Feed with a new look and algorithm. This update is meant to give members more control of what they see on their own customized News Feeds. What this means for marketers is that there is a higher importance than ever in successfully engaging with consumers and providing useful, compelling information in order to maintain or increase their current level of visibility.
One of the major changes to the News Feed that will need to be addressed by digital marketers is the ability for users to filter the feed for media types such as images, music, videos, news, or apps. This makes it essential for a Facebook marketing strategy to focus on a range of media types. For example, If a brand is doing a great job regularly sharing status updates, that messaging will be missed by people who are filtering only for images. By diversifying the types of content shared, a brand will be able to penetrate multiple filters and maximize their News Feed presence. Specifically for the image feed, Facebook will be displaying images from both Facebook and Instagram, so brands should be uploading photos to both. (more…)
SMX West comes to beautiful San Jose, Calif., in two weeks (March 11-13, 2013), and the MediaWhiz search and SEO teams will be there in full force. If you’re in San Jose for the conference, be sure to visit booth #321 to chat with us about our search marketing and SEO products and services. Several of our SEO and search marketing experts will be on site to discuss best practices for improving your brand’s SEO and search marketing campaigns.
MediaWhiz Vice PresidentDaryl Colwellwill take that discussion a step further during his March 11 presentation, “Content Marketing Like a Pro: Tactics and Techniques to Increase Search Engine Visibility.” Here is a brief overview of Daryl’s presentation:
It’s no longer enough to have great SEO for your website. In today’s Google-controlled era of search engine marketing, brands need great content that is engaging, informative and sharable to rank well and generate leads. Join MediaWhiz’s Daryl Colwell to learn about his best practices and techniques to increase your brand’s search engine visibility through content marketing. You’ll come away from this session with a top-10 list of content marketing best practices that the pros use to generate leads and improve their brand’s SEO.
Must-Have Information MediaWhiz will be exhibiting at SMX West, March 11-13, 2013. Meet us at booth #321.
Contact Keith Trivitt for more information or to schedule a meeting with us at the conference.
What to Do in San Jose San Jose is one of America’s most innovative cities. Centered at the heart of Silicon Valley, it is the home to many of the world’s leading technology companies, including Cisco, Adobe and eBay. It also has a vibrant night life and plenty of fun, free activities. Here are some helpful resources you can use to plan your time in San Jose during SMX West.