Spammy blogging, a thing of the past?
Well, I'm sure most of us saw it coming. Last year Matt Cutts,leader of the Websafe team at Google, started sowing the seeds that the days of spammy guest blogging were nearing an end. And now those early warning sirens are ringing out loud and clear.
The advice from Google is that if you are using guest blogging as a reliable vehicle to gain links ~Don't, those halycon days are over. But is this heads up all bad? I think not.
Guest blogging has established itself as being a valuable asset to enriching the content of your blog. 'Experts' in their field can write a post for your site that interests and engages with your readers. Once, to be asked to write a guest blog, or have your offer of a guest blog article accepted, was a great honour. However, the position of guest blogging has changed. The issue concerning the Websafe team is that guest blogging is now used by many as a way of linking to their spam filled website by offering renumeration, inserting links without you realising and getting around PageRank all in one guest blog post.
Matt Cutts offers this advice on his own blog; "guest blogging is done; it’s just gotten too spammy. In general I wouldn’t recommend accepting a guest blog post unless you are willing to vouch for someone personally or know them well. Likewise, I wouldn’t recommend relying on guest posting, guest blogging sites, or guest blogging SEO as a linkbuilding strategy."
The Google team have tried to assure the reputable bloggers that 'genuine' guest blog posts are not an issue here, this action is aimed at the blog writers that violate Google's quality guidelines and erode legitimate SEO work.
For companies that have in-house writers providing the bulk of their blogging activities, this should not present any detrimental effects. For companies that rely on low quality guest bloggers to provide the bulk of their blog content, times are changing. Many companies may not even realise the counterproductive affect of these posts, others may just not care as long as they manage to get their site higher up on a web search.
These changes will hopefully go some way towards cleaning up some spam, improving the integrity of the material we have access to online and ensuring sites work their way up google by containing relevant and readable content. There will naturally be winners and losers in these changes, and as a freelance SEO copywriter there could be exciting times ahead. One way to still optimise your site through blog activity could be to employ the services of a reputable copywriter. This would ensure the writing was fresh, original and PageRank friendly.
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Keeping the art of pursuasive writing alive.
Well, it's that time of year again, when writers young and old turn their hand to persuasive writing. Of course some people are using this skill everyday. SEO content and copywriters spend hours writing to persuade website visitors to become new and loyal customers. Some are incredibly good at it, others are particularly shoddy. However, at least there are people writing with gusto and enthusiasm. Sadly, for the rest of society, who never have to write a letter or memo, this enthusiasm for writing is often absent.
Children sit in classrooms trying to avoid writing at all costs; it is surprising how many trips to the loo, or times you need to sharpen a pencil, can occur in half an hour. But this reluctance to write seems to be forgotten about when they hear the words, " time to write your letter to Santa". Then it would seem there are no holds barred. Out come the gel pens and illustrations. Some young writers put the early monastic illumated manuscripts to shame with the amount of 'bling' they manage to cram on the page. This is good and encouraging as a writer to see. This shows that people know the potential impact their prose ( or early attempts at marketing) can have on the intended audience. For some, this skill remains with into adulthood.
This is something a friend of mine recently posted as a letter to Santa on her facebook page. This is a perfect example of how the childhood protocol of writing to Santa remains in our psyche well into adulthood.
As a piece of persuasive writing, which is exactly what SEO copywriting is, this ticks all the boxes;
These are important criteria for writing persuasive copy.There is no ambiguity as to the purpose of this writing. I have no doubt the elves are onto this request as I write.
A letter to Santa may be the only writing some kids do for pleasure, which in itself is a shame. However, a letter to Santa is a fantastic early steeping stone to writing persuasively. It becomes an instinct to understand the writing template necessary to acheive satisfaction from the intented audience. As writers mature, this skill can be finely tuned to empower the writer to become a master, or mistress, of persuasion.
Poor grammar, portmanteau or just evolution?
This is just something I can't get my head round. When you search on-line (or should that be online or on line?) there is just no consistency in how words seem to be formed. I find this an awkward position to be in as a Copywriter / Copy Writer. You see in theory, copywriter should be two words, copy and writer. Let me explain. A writer of fiction is a fiction writer, a writer of crime stories is a crime writer, a person that teaches in a school is a school teacher. Then the waters get muddied by other occupations such as hairdresser, bricklayer and barmaid. All of these occupations were once separate words. So shouldn't a writer of copy be a Copy Writer?
There is a definite split in the on-line community. This is a nightmare for the purposes of SEO content and copywriting / copy writing; by using different conventions you are faced with how to ensure both versions get picked up by the search engines. If you use both versions in one text it becomes confusing for the reader as the piece lacks consistency and quality, if you only use one version you are potentially missing out on all the potential clients who are searching for the other version. How has this happened?
I think there are three possible reasons for this;
Facebook on the button with 'sympathise' option.
I read with interest this week about the possibility of having a sympathise button on Facebook. The idea was discussed at a 'Facebook Hackathon'. A 'hackathon' is where software designers,graphic designers, computer programmers and interface designers get together to discuss new ideas. The new 'sympathy' button would enable friends and followers to show their 'sympathy' to someone if they had updated their status from a fixed list of emotions. This list is already in existence of course, I just love hearing how; brave, sad, ill, happy, exhausted, etc, etc, my facebook friends are. The only option at present is that you like the status to show an acknowledgement that you have read it, and care enough to press 'like'. I assume this action makes your sad, ill but happy and exhausted friends feel instantly better? The other option some people choose is to leave a comment saying, "unlike", this I feel, is just a lame cop out. The new proposal means that if you choose certain emotions and 'conditions' from the list in your status update, the 'like' button will be transformed into a 'sympathy' button.
I love the idea, how fantastic to be able to save yourself having to show true emotion to people you may never have actually met. In this world of internet communication, I'm not sure all people know how to interact effectively with face to face encounters anyway, so this could completely remove all those socially awkward moments.
The part of the idea I don't like is that the 'sympathy' button would only be available on certain emotions. I think it would be much more fun if you could offer your sympathy to someone when they announce their new relationship status with someone you really know they shouldn't be with. Or perhaps when your news feed is filled with status updates and pictures of what can only be described as the ugliest cabbage-patch-like baby you have ever seen. I would have hours of fun with that. (Although there may be an increase in those socially awkward moments should you ever see that person in real life? )
The thing that is slightly concerning though is why people would want to put things on Facebook, or any social networking site, that required sincere sympathy. Surely if you had lost your job, lost a loved one, had a terrible incurable medical condition or simply had a really ugly kid, you would save how you felt for those face to face interactions with people that genuinely care. I always think that if 'friends' hear about your personal triumphs and failures first on Facebook then they are not the type of true 'friends' to be sharing your intimate business with in the first place.
Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you view it, this is all highly academic at this point anyway as a spokesperson from 'Facebook' was quoted in the LA times earlier this week as saying, "Facebook holds hackathons all the time and countless features get created at these events, and a few of them get added to the company's website and apps.... but most of the features invented at Facebook hackathons don't ever make it to the final product."
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What a job opportunity for the right copy-writer.
Oh how I wish I had seen the job advert sooner, (although I wouldn't have applied for it if I had).
The Conservative party have been looking for a dynamic copy writer to drive forward their election campaign in preparation for the 2015 General Election.
On occasion, as a copy and content writer, it is difficult to sound enthusiastic about a product. However, once you discover the features and benefits of your product or service there is always much to be said so potential clients know just how fabulous you, and your services, are. But this job would be one tall order indeed.
Just imagine sitting down at your workspace to write a slogan for the billboards, enthusiasm mounting inside. As you lift your laptop lid, or pen if you are 'old school' , this is your big break- years of writing copy and content so that your writing career arrived at this moment.The eyes of all political commentators, politicians, the electorate and global media giants were going to see your writing. The future of the country for the next 4 years could be right there at your finger tips. The reality is probably that your work will be best received by the local nocturnal spray-paint political commentators. This will certainly get your writing seen. The first commuters of the day will have a little chortle to themselves as they sit in the morning rush hour traffic, it may get a mention on the local news- not directly of course. There will be a strategically placed reporter doing their piece to camera with the poster as a backdrop. If it is really clever and insightful graffiti, it may go viral and be bestowed with thousands of 'shares' on social network and media sites.
Writing for the manifesto would be an arduous task. How can you make the experiences of many over the last few years sound like a promising template for the future? That would take some creative copy writing to say the least. As the vision for Britain's future took shape on the page, the statistics possibly 'proving' we have never had it so good? What on earth could you write, what could you say? If I were writing it, I would start with a list of positives that would make the discerning British public vote conservative.
The copy writer position advertised also mentioned writing scripts for the party political broadcasts- that part of the job description does sound interesting. The tone of voice used within the brand marketing of the conservative party is very distinctive- regional with a twang of RP. (You know, the voice no one really sounds like) But as the copy writer, you could change Dave into Charles Montgomery Burns,although I think that may have been done already. Or the copy writer could write so creatively that the 'happy family' in the party political broadcasts say 'inappropriate' things when you play the film backwards. That is my favourite idea. I wish I had applied now after all.
Sophie Watts is our Chief Copy Writer.