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How to measure the value of SEO with CTR

Written on June 21, 2022 at 4:29 am, by admin

“I see clients, again and again, having to evaluate the value of making this [SEO] change over that change at the ticket level,” said Jessica Bowman, enterprise SEO consultant and author of Executive SEO Playbook, in her presentation at SMX Advanced.

While all SEO tasks are important for the success of your site, there’s a key distinction that should be drawn: those that have the potential to increase revenue, and those that are designed to prevent revenue decreases. SEOs who fail to differentiate these types of tasks often find themselves burnt out and unable to show how their work impacts the bottom line.

“What usually happens is SEO managers fall into this whirlpool of trying to build a positive revenue case for all of the tickets they have,” said Avinash Conda, director of organic growth at Williams Sonoma Inc., in the same presentation. “But that’s not something you need to be applying to all of the tickets.”

Marketers need to prioritize those tickets/tasks that will prove the most SEO value. But they must also choose which metrics should be reported.

According to Bowman and Conda, detailing click-through-rate (CTR) metrics for your brand’s target keywords is a simple yet effective way to prove your SEO efforts are worthwhile.

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Data needed to measure SEO’s effect on CTR

To set up the template SEO impact on CTR, Conda suggested marketers first collect a list of specific URLs.

“This could be a subsection of the site, a folder on the site, or just a list of URLs which are impacting,” he said. “The second [step] is to get the list of keywords mapped to these URLs.”

This basic information will serve as the foundation for the formulas on the spreadsheet (see the template below).

spreadsheet showing CTR's impact on keyword and URL rankingsSource: Jessica Bowman and Avinash Conda

To ensure your team gets the CTR metrics it needs, SEOs should also consider adding the following data from Google Search Console (past 12 months) for the URL/keyword combinations:

Once this data is added to the template, the formulas will help you calculate the increases in CTR and forecast fiscal-year growth from search. However, there are a few additional manual inputs marketers will need to include to ensure it functions correctly:

Using the CTR template

Marketers can use a template like this to calculate assumed CTR, clicks and revenue increases. This is a great way to connect URLs/keywords to your organization’s bottom line, helping teams better predict the impact of these efforts.

spreadsheet showing assumed CTR and revenue increasesSource: Jessica Bowman and Avinash Conda

However, as most search marketers probably know, not every aspect of SEO value can be measured in such a clear-cut fashion.

“There are a few tasks which cannot be quantified on a traffic level,” Conda said. “Site speed [tasks] are a good example … We know they are going to have a positive impact on traffic because site speed is a big ranking factor, but I don’t think we’re there yet in terms of coming up with [quantifiable] methodologies.”

Trying to forecast traffic using CTR in such a scenario might not be the most effective plan. In these cases, Conda recommends estimating SEO gains with conversion rates.

For instance, a Portent study found sites with 1-second load times had a conversion rate that was three times higher than sites that loaded in five seconds. Tying less quantifiable SEO tasks to important metrics like this can go a long way in proving their value.

Still, CTR is a solid metric SEOs can use to show the value of their work, especially if the data is made accessible using templates like Conda and Bowman’s.

“This model is a straightforward way to see the updates we are making, which we know for a fact will have a direct impact on rankings,” Conda said.

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The LinkedIn Funny emoji is here

Written on June 17, 2022 at 7:08 pm, by admin

LinkedIn has finally added one of the most requested features. The Funny emoji started rolling out to LinkedIn users at some point in the last couple of hours.

What it looks like. It is a blue laughing face. Here’s what the new reaction looks like:

Why LinkedIn is adding it. Because LinkedIn users have been requesting it more than anything else from the platform. And LinkedIn has become incredibly good about listening to its users and giving them what they want.

If only more companies gave their user bases what they actually wanted instead of not – while shoving lame, minor UI enhancements or features nobody wanted or asked for. Granted, the Funny emoji is a tiny feature, but the ability to make lots of your users happy can be priceless. It can be the difference between loyalty and abandonment.

Reaction on LinkedIn. Joy. And lots of Funny emojis everywhere.

Why we care. LinkedIn has generally been thought of as a professional social network. But it’s not all serious anymore. There is some seriously funny content published on LinkedIn. Now brands, marketers and creators who post funny content can earn the appropriate reaction. Good, humorous content can get some excellent engagement, and engagement leads to greater visibility on the network.

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Spotify commits to brand safety for podcasts

Written on June 17, 2022 at 7:08 pm, by admin

Spotify has partnered with Integral Ad Science (IAS) to create a brand safety framework for podcasts. The technology will be the first of it’s kind across a digital landscape where safety precautions currently exist for video, but not audio.

The technology uses episode-level transcription technology to help advertisers exclude topics that don’t align with their brand. 

What Spotify says. In a blog post Spotify adds “As podcasts have grown from a niche to mainstream medium, so has the need for consistent, well-established brand safety guidelines and technology.” Podcast ad revenue surpassed $1 billion in 2021 and is forecast to almost triple to more than $4 billion in 2024. 

Understanding audio safety. Spotify and IAS will launch efforts to help the audio industry understand what tools and resources are needed to deliver brand safety. They’ll also develop reporting tools aimed at giving advertisers greater transparency into where their ads are being heard.

The new technology will be powered by Spotify’s first-party data and verified by IAS’ independent analysis solutions – which adopt the Global Alliance for Responsible Media’s (GARM) guidelines. Spotify announced last year that they were the first audio partner to join GARM, helping to define what brand safety is for audio.

Prospective timeline. There is no word yet on when the new safety solutions will launch. You can read the announcement here.

Why we care. In a world of automation, advertisers crave control. Spotify and IAS’ efforts aim to provide transparency into the platform and provide safety for brands, beginning with third-party podcasts in the audience network

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Pinterest introduces Idea ads and paid partnership tools

Written on June 17, 2022 at 7:08 pm, by admin

Pinterest has launched a new ad format – Idea ads – and a new partnership tool allowing creators to tag brand partners in their content. 

Idea ads. The new Idea ads follow a similar format to Idea pins, which were launched last year. Similarly, Idea ads are an immersive, multi-page format designed for advertisers “to showcase ideas in action.” When shoppers click on the ads they’re taken to the brand’s website to view relevant information. 

What the Idea ads look like:

The paid partnership tool. This allows brands to partner with Pinterest creators. The partnership allows large brands to collaborate with Pinterest’s community of creators and connect with their audiences. 

With the paid partnership tool, brands can review the tag and approve (or deny) the content. Brands will benefit from the authenticity of the creator’s content. Brands can also promote the creator’s content as their own Idea ad with paid partnership across Pinterest. 

Early adopters. An early launch of these tools showed that brands who worked with creators saw 38% higher brand awareness, and 37% higher Pin awareness. A few brands that saw success with this program in the U.S. are Gatorade and Scotch™ Brand. 

Gatorade. Gatorade’s goals were to help its audience stay interested and engaged. To do this, they launched an Idea ads with paid partnership campaign on Pinterest. By teaming up with popular fitness creators, they created ads providing workout inspiration, and reminders to stay hydrated. As a result, they saw 34 million impressions, 99k clicks to their feed. 

“Handing over the creative power to a Pinterest creator allowed for an authentic moment of fitness that could only come from that creator. It made our ads feel new, natural and engaging.” — Johanna Lugo, Marketing Assistant Manager, Gatorade.

Scotch™ Brand. Scotch™ had a goal to create a hands-on approach to back-to-school shopping. They wanted to showcase ads for making supplies like pencil holders, teachers’ gifts, and more. They found popular search terms related to crafts and created kid-friendly how-to videos using Scotch™ tape. The results were a 64% lower cost per impression than their initial goal, and a 4x higher click-through rate than their average benchmarks. 

Outside of the U.S., brands like Coty Canada and M.A.C Cosmetics have also seen promising results. 

The new formats and tools are now available in more than 30 countries. You can read the full blog post announcement here.

Why we care. Pinterest hasn’t really been on anyone’s radar lately. The development and launch of these new features was quite a surprise. Creators looking to monetize their social media content should take note. However, the results coming from the early tests show benefits to larger, already well-known brands, but what about the creators? It would be nice to see more credit given to the people who made Pinterest what it was pre-ad platform – a place to come for ideas and inspiration.

I can’t help but feel like this is another way for large brands to take advantage of smaller creators. Using them to build effective ad campaigns aimed at audiences they weren’t able to reach through traditional means. It sounds rather familiar. Either way, we’ll be watching. 

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Google testing new featured snippet layouts

Written on June 16, 2022 at 4:05 pm, by admin

Google has recently been testing new formats, layouts and interfaces for its featured snippet slot in the search results. Generally, Google shows a single source for a featured snippet but since 2018 Google has occasionally shown multifaceted featured snippets for some queries.

Many featured snippets. Google is testing showing many featured snippets, more than one, more than two – but up to four different featured snippets. Here are some tests spotted by William Alvarez on Twitter and Brodie Clark on Twitter – showing this in action.

Card Style Google Featured Snippets

Block and list view Google Featured Snippets

Why we care. Generally, Google will show a single site or source for a featured snippet. But when Google begins to show two or more sources in the featured snippet position – the “position zero” location – that can change how valuable that position is for site owners and SEOs.

These interface tests are worth keeping an eye on because the featured snippet position is one that is generally sought after to achieve by most SEOs and site owners. Changing the design, showing more than one featured snippet, can all impact your click through rate on that position and ultimately your traffic and conversions driven from Google Search.

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4 things to learn about paid search from The North Face

Written on June 16, 2022 at 4:05 pm, by admin

Managing a large international brand is hard work. Especially when that brand is multi-channel (sold direct and through retailers, online and through individual branded stores).

I was thinking about these challenges recently and wanted to choose a brand and deep dive into how they handle their search campaigns.

The marketing demands of these brands can be difficult when you balance all the stakeholders, internally and externally. So, let’s take a look at 4 things you can learn in search from one of my favorite brands in this situation, The North Face:

  1. Own Local – blocking and tackling when you have stores
  2. Strong organic to help fund or offset paid search
  3. Branded search – watch the competition
  4. Getting the website right

To be clear: I have never worked with The North Face as a brand and I don’t know anyone who works there, so I have no insider information. This article is from an outside point of view and how I would assess their performance if I were to be in a business development pitch for their business.

1. Own local – blocking and tackling when you have stores

Brands that have their own locations would prefer customers to shop directly with them. They can control the experience, don’t have to compete with other brands, and can take home the biggest margins.

The first thing brands should do is ensure their location data (Google Business Profile) is as accurate and up to date as possible. Even though e-commerce has grown, its offline sales are still 80% of total e-commerce sales.

The North Face does a great job of maximizing its listings. All details are completed, and they are supplemented with ads focused on what’s available in the store.

The key to optimization is to ensure you have ownership of all your locations and that the information in those listings is consistent across the web. There are a ton of great resources available on Search Engine Land here to help you maximize this channel.

2. Strong organic rankings to help offset competitive paid search

In retail, many brands find themselves in a negative or low ROI for non-branded keywords. It’s a competitive space and getting your conversion rates high enough to drive a positive ROI for non-brand alone is tough.

Below is just one example. I took the keyword costs for “men’s trail running shoes” and did a quick model assuming a 2% conversion rate. The ROI is negative.

Obviously, there are assumptions here that could be altered to get this to be higher (AOV, Conversion rates), but it’s in the ballpark. So brands will roll up their paid search into a portfolio that includes branded terms. This is one way to show a positive ROI on paid search and one I agree with.

The other approach is to have a strong organic traffic flow. Then you can offset lower ROI for volume by looking at the search program as a whole. 

The North Face does a nice job with its organic rankings. Take a look at some data points against some other competitors to see what I mean. The North Face has a paid-to-organic traffic rating of 1.75%. This is the lowest in the group.

However, they have the most organic keywords ranked, and the second highest amount of keywords ranked in the top 3 organically (only outpaced by Canada Goose which has about a third of the total ranking keywords).

The North Face has worked to make sure their organic rankings are strong so that when they do participate in paid they can win and the total portfolio looks strong.

3. Branded search – watch the competition

Branded search is something that is a never-ending discussion with brands.

Should you be bidding on it? Should you let organic listings handle it?

I’ve been a part of tests for the last 15+ years on this topic. There is no one-size-fits-all answer (for what it’s worth: I think you should bid on branded terms).

The North Face is a good example of why. It appears to me that they bid on their branded terms sometimes, but not always.

For The North Face, this is more of a defensive strategy. I found lots of examples where brands like Patagonia, The Gap, and REI were bidding on their brand.

If a customer is typing in your branded name into the search results and comes up on another brand, they’ll probably search until they find you. However, this isn’t true 100% of the time.

When you see the examples below, you know that other brands feel like they can squeeze out some sales and increase their own brand awareness. In this case, I feel like The North Face is giving too much up to their competitors and could be more aggressive here.

4. Getting the website right

Even though when it comes to search a lot of the interaction and decision-making is on the keyword side. But you still need a strong website to make it all go.

For SEO, that means strong content and a crawlable and highly performant site. For paid search, that means landing pages that tie to your search terms and can convert at a rate that exceeds the bid prices.

This isn’t easy to do. However, The North Face does a very nice job in this area.

We discussed earlier how well they do from an organic perspective. On the paid side they also do a very nice job.

All the keywords map to the proper landing page. They maximize the use of ad copy to include all the proper callout extensions and site links. It’s very well done. 

After writing this and doing some research, I’m reminded how tough it is to judge from afar. There are so many business nuances that make the decisions brands are making unique to them.

Sure, we can all bid on “trail running shoes,” but it’s really the conversion rates, AOV and broader business objectives that determine if that’s the right thing for your business.

Overall, I think The North Face has some opportunities to improve, but generally gets it more right than wrong.

Hopefully, this article gives you some perspective on your business and how you might view your competitors. 

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Microsoft to implement advertiser identity verification

Written on June 16, 2022 at 4:04 pm, by admin

To combat digital payment fraud and online scams, Microsoft is implementing a new advertiser identity verification program.

Rising threats. The pandemic has changed the way many businesses cater to consumers and transact online. Not surprisingly, this has also caused an increase in the presence of fraud and scams. To crack down on these efforts, Microsoft is introducing its advertiser identity verification program.

Launch. A spokesperson for Microsoft told us “We’ve already been running a limited test for several months. This next phase will expand to a small number of countries and verticals, but comprehensive release (ramp up and timing) is still being determined. In the future, we’ll enable all advertisers to verify proactively, but for now, we’re curating participation.”

The program will be available in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, the Netherlands, Poland, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 

Facebook recently implemented a two-factor authentication program to help protect user accounts. Google also has its own required verification program which users have 30 days to initiate and complete.

How it works. Microsoft has taken steps to ensure that the identity verification process is simple and automated. Advertisers will use government-issued, photograph-included personal identity documents or business-related documents issued by appropriate regulatory authorities to complete the process. 

Microsoft Advertising will request advertiser identity verification for one or more of your accounts via email. You will have 30 days from receipt to complete verification-related tasks.

What Microsoft says. In a blog post released today, Microsofts Neha Garg & Sandeep Krishnan said “This is one of our key investments to enhance digital advertising safety, which we hope to accomplish in partnership with our advertisers. We encourage all our advertisers to complete this process to fight misleading ads and deter bad actors. We’ll continue to use our machine-learning algorithms and systems alongside the domain knowledge of our human experts to further enhance this program.” 

When a searcher views an advertisers details, they will see the following information.

Identity verification help. You can read the official help documentation here.

Why we care. Microsoft advertisers should complete the verification requirements as quickly as possible to avoid interruptions in their ad delivery.

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Using digital PR to earn links and rank for your target keywords

Written on June 16, 2022 at 4:04 pm, by admin

So what comes first, the chicken or the egg?

Links continue to be an important organic search ranking factor. However, Google frowns on “link building” and states that the best way to build links is to create great content.  

If you build it, they will come. But how will they find you if you don’t rank, to begin with?

Ideally, when your site starts gaining authority and ranking well, your pages will start showing up in the SERPs, and you’ll gain links naturally.  

However, you can’t achieve this without some initial outreach and digital PR.

Let’s review the steps to create a digital outreach campaign.


You’ll need to do some prep work before starting outreach.  

Browser extensions

Install the following extensions to your Chrome browser:

Select outreach personas

You’ll need to determine who will be your outreach coordinator and make sure they have a strong social media presence.

From having a good bio and profile image to having active social profiles, it’s important that they are credible and trustworthy to elicit answers.

Make sure your outreach persona has:

All of these are signs of authority and will influence whether people open and answer the emails.

Select outreach targets

What pages should be promoted to receive inbound links? What keywords/anchor text should be used for the links?

In the past, it was common to build links using keywords in the anchor text. This can result in link penalties, so it’s important to vary your URL/Anchor text combinations to avoid being on the receiving end of manual action from Google.

It’s important to use a combination of brand terms, noise anchors and miscellaneous words for inbound links.

You should continuously track your pages and keywords using a tool (e.g., Semrush or Google Search Console) to identify potential targets for link building.  

You can select pages that are trending up, keywords that are within striking distance, as well as keywords that are sliding in rankings.

Build your outreach list

The first step is to create a list of potential sites to reach out to.  

Use sites from your content research

During your topic and audience research, you probably came across many sites that discussed relevant topics about your industry. In addition to adding all of these sites to your list of potential target sites, use tools like BuzzSumo to further expand that list.

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Using search operators to find sites on Google

The goal here is to uncover sites that have shared similar content in the past. To do so, you want to use search operators to build queries that will uncover the types of sites you need.

For example, for a site that offers online degrees, you could start off with broad keywords like “education,” “college,” and “online universities.” You’ll then want to qualify those terms by adding search operators, such as “education” + “infographics.”

Knowing how to search will greatly impact the effectiveness of your outreach campaign, so it’s definitely worth spending the time to gain more in-depth knowledge on how to use search operators.

Here are some ways to use search operators to turn up great outreach opportunities:

Quotation marks (”…”) for exact-match searches.  

The tilde (~…) before a word to generate similar topics and ideas.  

Inurl:guest-___ tends to yield good results, as many sites put “Guest Post/Blog/Writer/etc” in the title of the post, which ends up appearing in the URL.

The full search terms might come out looking like this:

• “guest post” “real estate”

• “write for us” real estate ~auction

• “foreclosures” inurl:guest-post

• ~home auctions “guest blog”

Now that you know how to find keywords, it’s time to start using them!

Create a spreadsheet with potential link opportunities

By using BuzzSumo and searching Google with search operators, you’ll be able to create a list of potential sites to reach out to and pitch your content. 

Once you have collected and added them all to a spreadsheet, your next step will be to verify the quality of these sites to ensure that they have strong authority metrics. 

You want to look at:

If you don’t check these metrics, you may waste valuable time and resources contacting and writing for sites that won’t help your link profile.

This is where your Chrome browser extensions can help by placing this information at your fingertips.

Find contact information

Now that you’ve added the metrics and have modified your list of target sites to make sure they are qualified, you’ll want to look for contact information.

Don’t stop by going to the “Contact Us” page. Look for other contact info such as direct email addresses, social media profiles and possibly even WHOIS info. You have to be thorough in this step.

Sending an email to the main site’s contact form may mean that your request ends up in the customer service department, or worse, their spam folders, where it doesn’t get forwarded to the right people.

Without trying to spend too much time navigating around the site, look carefully for their contributor guidelines and add the URL to your spreadsheet for tracking purposes. For example, there may not be a page for contributors, but perhaps the Twitter profile for the editor may be listed on the site, so you can use Twitter to contact the editor directly.

Writing pitch letters

People receive a lot of junk in their email, and many sites are constantly receiving requests for guest posting from humans and spambots alike. For this reason, it’s crucial that your pitch letters stand out and showcase transparency.

Here are some of the elements that help pitch letters stand out: 

Now let’s discuss the letter itself:

FROM: Use a company email address to make your email more credible and trustworthy.

SUBJECT: Short, catchy subjects will draw the “open”

BODY: Now, you need to mix all of the elements discussed above into the email:

It’s important to spend enough time crafting these outreach letters to have a chance to succeed.

Start outreach

Using email marketing tools such as Mailchimp or ActiveCampaign is not an effective way to send outreach emails. Many will go to the spam folder or will cause your email server to be banned.

Instead, use your email server or Gmail to send out your outreach emails. This is why it’s important to be thorough and meticulous in the steps above.

With a list of target sites and email templates, start sending out emails and marking the date that you sent the emails in a spreadsheet so you can keep track of what sites were contacted and when.

Once you start receiving responses to your emails, it’s easy for your inbox to become absolute chaos.  

Methodical organization is key at this stage to keep all conversations moving forward.

Label emails

When you receive a response, go ahead and label your emails. Here are examples of labels you could use:

This way, you can separate emails that require responses and move the ones that don’t need responses to a different folder.

Categorize positive responses

Create a folder and/or label for all of the positive responses. Some of the folders can be:

Now that everything is labeled and organized, you can actually take the actions required for each conversation. These will require sending topic ideas to people who accepted your request, ordering content with your writers, and sending follow-up emails.

Topic ideas

From the first email response, you need to cultivate a relationship with other website owners.  

When they respond and agree to accept an article, the first step is to spend some time on their site, becoming familiar with the type of content they share. What is the site’s theme? Who is their target audience?

You’ll need to spend some time researching so that the title you pitch will be relevant, interesting and appealing to their audience.

The ideas you pitch should also include something thematically relevant to your target landing page and keywords so that the link placement to your site is natural.

If you use BuzzSumo, you can try searching multiple relevant keywords, and BuzzSumo will sort the articles by total shares, which can help you surface the content that resonates with their audience.

Deliver content

As soon as the target site approves your topic, it’s time to get your article written. You may have a dozen open conversations taking place simultaneously; it’s important that you get your content written and sent to the site in a timely manner, or you may lose the chance of getting published.

Ideally, your articles should be at least 750 words long, include a link to your site and to other relevant authoritative sites, and contains a couple of links to other relevant pages of the target’s site.

Add optimized images and cite their source!

Following up

When you send articles to be published to other websites, you may need to send a few follow-ups to make sure the target sites received and has all the information they need. You may want to create a task or reminder for yourself to follow up a few times until the article goes live.

Sometimes, you may not hear from the site owner, but if you review the site, your article may already be published.  

If you don’t hear back from them, it could be that the article wasn’t relevant, and they preferred to drop the communication. Or it could be they went on vacation or got busy, and your emails drowned in their inbox.

Send out 2-3 follow-ups, and if you don’t hear back after that, you can mark your article as available and pitch it to a different site.

Promoting your published content

Getting content published on other sites can be an arduous process, but gaining editorial placements in targeted, authoritative is worth it!

Now, you’ll want to promote your published article.

Share the article in your social media profiles and tag the site where your article was published.  

If you have a budget for content promotion, consider boosting the post with Facebook ads to increase the readership and traffic to your article.  

You can also use each published content piece as “social proof” when pitching other sites.

Influencers and media

Influences have two things that every brand needs:

Consumers have learned to trust influencers and follow their recommendations, and guess what? So does Google.

Working with influencers can be a powerful way to gain authoritative links and citations, as well as gain social proof and increase brand awareness. These links and mentions will diversify your link profile and improve your site’s authority score. 

Let’s go through the steps toward creating and implementing an influencer marketing strategy:

Identify relevant influencers

Develop your influencer marketing strategy

Pitch influencers

Track the results of your campaign

Now that you have the inside scoop on influencer marketing, it’s time to get researching!  

Finding influencers and media contacts

  1. Research: You can use tools (e.g., BuzzSumo, Traackr, Izea) to create a database of possible influencers to contact.
  2. Create a connection: Before sending them a pitch, you should consider following them on social media and liking or commenting on their content. This way, your name will become visible in their feed before you contact them
  3. Personalize your pitch:  When you do reach out, make sure you send them a personal email, so it’s obvious you’re not sending an automated email to a million people.
  4. Agreement: Once you’ve talked to the influencer and negotiated an agreement, we highly recommend getting the details and deliverables signed to create accountability.  Some influencers may ask for a payment, others for product and others can become affiliates.  

Adding authoritative links and citations to your backlink profile can have a substantial impact on your site’s visibility.  

Digital PR

You should always be thinking about producing unique content that will be of genuine benefit to your audience and industry.

Some ways of producing this content include:

Once you produce these assets, you can promote them using outreach and work with influencers to help you extend the reach of these assets.

It’s a powerful way to earn media mentions and coveted links.

Track your progress

Track your outreach efforts by looking at your backlink profile periodically and seeing how your authority score changes over time.

What links have had a significant positive impact on your score? What is your link velocity? Are you continuously earning more links than you’re losing?

It’s important to keep a close eye so you can amplify your strengths and overcome weaknesses in your link profile.

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Search marketers agree: automation the least favorite part of PPC

Written on June 15, 2022 at 1:02 pm, by admin

Whether you love it or hate it, PPC is a part of digital marketing that just isn’t going away any time soon. I’ve been working in PPC for over 10 years and I’ve seen it all. ETA’s, RSA’s, cost-per-touch? (looking at you, Apple), broad match modifiers (RIP), and attribution to name just a few of the most recent changes.

Earlier this month we asked you “What’s your least favorite part of PPC?”

We received an overwhelming number of answers ranging in everything from Google support to agencies (no offense taken), to clients with unrealistic expectations. But one answer stuck out: Google automation.

Let’s dive in.

Automation can be your best friend or a nightmare. Learning how to navigate and find a balance between machine learning and manual management has been on a lot of marketers’ minds lately. (Did you catch Brad Geddes keynote on day 2 of SMX Advanced?)

Here’s what you said:

Google support. Many of the answers we received specifically named Google support as lacking when it comes to offering help. As hard as they may try, most times they miss the mark.

We’re starting to see a trend here.

But Google isn’t the only offender when it comes to paid advertising. Facebook and Microsoft make a cameo also.

What about clients? Agencies unite when it comes to managing client expectations.

 More least favorites. While these didn’t quite fit in any category, we thought they deserved an honorable mention.

Why we care. It’s nice to know that we’re not alone when we get frustrated with our jobs. Whether we work for agencies or in-house marketing teams, we all face similar issues and concerns. It’s important in marketing (now more than ever), to adapt to changes, but that doesn’t make them any less maddening.

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Webinar: Protect your PPC spend against ad fraud

Written on June 15, 2022 at 1:02 pm, by admin

By 2023, the global cost of digital advertising fraud will reach $100 billion. Invalid traffic and fraud are consuming your budget, leaving you with few genuine leads and poor advertising ROI.

Learn how to verify advertising engagements and proactively block invalid traffic with ad fraud expert Adam French, who will share his insights into creating better outcomes for digital advertising efforts. He will also discuss how organizations can deploy end-to-end protection and detection capabilities to maximize ROI.

Register today for “Protect Your Paid Advertising Spend Against Ad Fraud and Invalid Traffic,” presented by TrafficGuard.

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