Which is the best strategy for brand growth and outreach, and when is best to use it?
Building your brand online used to be heavily weighted towards questionable SEO link building and often quite clumsy, and paid for, curated content links.
Fortunately, in more recent times, Google and Facebook algorithms have shown a preference for original, well written copy that will remain robust during the trials and tribulations of semantic search and more recently, voice search.
However, this in no way means that there is only one way to do things or that only one way is right. Let's have a little explore of how each method works and the best way to make use of the strengths of each approach.
Original content was once the niche of media publishers; content creation and distribution was relatively expensive to commission and access was pretty limited to newspapers, TV stations, established media houses etc, however, the rise of accessibility and affordability to blogging platforms and the ease that anyone can now start a personal or business website opened the opportunities with to a much wider client base in the years following the ‘dot com’ crash.
Some advantages of utilising original content creation:
The possible downside of content creation:
Curated content used to mainly consist of a link to other existing content on another site, often with a reciprocal link back to the sharing site to help build good links. In reality this was often a poor-quality attempt resulting in ‘spammy’ black hat SEO techniques.
The rise of YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr etc has created a funnel into which a huge amount of new content traffic is delivered to existing and newly emerging content creators and curators. These easily accessible and hugely popular sharing platforms produce millions of words, videos, images and memes every day. It is all openly available to share, like and curate.
Evolution has made the curation process much more sophisticated, particularly with the assistance of content curation platforms and apps such as buffer, Hootsuite, Content Gems, Fark, et al. Others such as BuzzFeed and Diply for example, stand in the crossover between being content creators and content curators by creating ‘new content’ based on the curation and expansion of existing content across social platforms.
The most obvious advantages of content curation;
The negative aspects of content curation;
The solutions to the problems you face when deciding on the original content creation vs content curation can be easily found if you stop for a moment and create a clear plan.
Decide who you are as a brand and what message do you want to get across. Who is your target audience?
Original crafted content, carefully commissioned will definitely drive your company forward, and if the initial outlay seems beyond your reach financially or time critically, take a moment to look forwards and think what that investment now could mean a few weeks or months down the line; new traffic directed to your website, organic traffic and less of your time spent searching for clients - good content will help them find you.
Despite this content explosion, original content still offers the best value to brands through more effective SEO and stronger brand identity and visibility, it showcases you as a thought leader, demonstrates your brand thinking, your unique voice and opinions, highlights your credibility and encourages deeper relationships with your intended audience.
Using curated content as a scalable and cost effective add on to use in conjunction with your original content is a perfect strategy to benefit from the wider audiences you will attract and engage. When done well, curation can make your brand the ‘go to’ authority on products, processes or news within your industry.
Sharing content that is curated also adds to the collaborative mindset of helping other businesses within your industry. Now I am in no way suggesting you signpost your potential clients and customers to your competitors, but, with a few minutes thoughtfully spent curating meaningful and relevant content about areas of your industry that are not in direct competition, you will create networks of interdependence with your marketing. When you give something to a community, the community will give back to you. Curation is cost efficient, time efficient, builds new relationships as you widen your audience and introduces your existing audience with a wider range of alternative views and information to create a more enriching interface for your target audience.
If you rely solely on one or other strategy you may miss out on the positive benefits of both, if the balance of Curated Content -vs- Created Content is maintained mindfully, the negatives of each will be reduced, securing your place as a high-ranking authority in your field.
To find out how Creative Copy Writers can help you strengthen your brand identity through content creation and curation strategies, do get in touch…
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.
Here at Creative Copywriters we provide a fully comprehensive Social Media and Network Writing service. We write blog posts, social media and network updates, all absolutely violation free. Blog posts can be written as a 'one off' project or several posts can be commissioned to keep your online presence stimulated and enlivened without any of the unsavoury aftertaste spam may leave you with.
Better briefs-better copy.
Time spent compiling a robust brief will enable you to reap greater rewards. Working closely with your copywriter is one of the most useful strategies for improving your website visitor conversion rate and engaging your customers wholeheartedly with your product or services. The time taken to develop your working relationship with your SEO copywriter will be time (and money) well spent.
Here are my 5 top tips for getting the best out of your Seo copywriter;
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