Content marketing is a powerful way to sell.
Content marketers are able to interact with potential customers before they are ready to buy. Instant connection.
However, content marketing is completely ineffective without an effective distribution strategy.
In this post, I’ll show you why implementing a well-thought-out SEO content marketing strategy could power your business for years to come (and how to get started).
What is Content Marketing?
Content marketing is a form of marketing where the marketer creates content designed to engage with their users during the stages before they are ready to make a purchase. This could include content designed to answer common questions potential customers ask, or even content designed to entertain. The goal of content marketing is to generate interest and engagement with a highly targeted audience.
The advantage of this strategy is when the prospect is ready to buy, they already have a relationship with your brand. What’s more, the brand has established trust and authority, which are essential elements in making a sale.
The Content Marketing Challenge
You’ve invested myriad hours doing comprehensive research and writing an engaging blog post. Your peers and supervisors love your content.
You upload and publish your blog post confidently, you wait for traffic, and…
Days and weeks go by, and all you have for your donkeywork and unstoppable enthusiasm is just another perfectly written blog post gathering cyber dust in a lonely corner of the Google index.
So what’s the point of creating charmingly written content if it goes unnoticed by the public? Well, to be brutally honest — there is no point at all. The superbly written text needs to be seen and very often. But, search engines act like the ultimate judges deciding which content will live to see the light of day and which will be conveniently ignored. It means that outstanding writing skills aren’t enough when we talk about digital content.
You must have a way to distribute that content online. In other words, how do you get your content in front of your target audience?
One of your most powerful content distribution tools is SEO.
How Content Marketing and SEO Work Together
SEO (search engine optimization) is a fuel that powers up your content marketing by bringing it directly to your users. The better fuel choice you make, the better performance you can expect from your content marketing.
Although there are many ways to get your content in front of your target audience, SEO has a big strategic advantage over other channels. When a person types a query into Google, they are actively seeing an answer to their query. This means they are an engaged audience, actively seeking out content like yours. By optimizing your SEO, you are presenting your content as the very answer they are looking for.
A social media audience, on the other hand, is looking at cat videos (or whatever else people do on social media). They are not actively seeking out answers to their questions. By presenting your content on social media, you are in essence interrupting your audience.
This means by optimizing your content for SEO, you will be working with your audience and not against it.
The best way to make this work is to get SEO and content marketing to work together. In other words, there is a symbiotic relationship between content marketing and SEO.
For instance, SEO optimization strategies like including relevant keywords and high-quality backlinks are extremely important for the SEO success of your content. But first, you have to be sure that the content is well written from a technical standpoint, constructed with spotless grammar and rich sentence structure. Be aware that gigantic paragraphs, for instance, might show search engines that the post isn’t mobile-friendly and can lower its Google rank.
This means to get the best results, you should ideally create your content with SEO in mind right from the start.
So, good digital content means more than just good writing. It’s like a marriage between SEO and content marketing. You can easily understand how SEO and content marketing work together if you get familiar with the three types of SEO:
- On-page SEO, which refers to content (infographics, videos, blogs, etc.) on your site. This requires optimization and keyword research.
- Technical SEO refers to the non-content elements you have on your website. This means things like mobile optimization and site speed optimization.
- Off-site SEO refers to your website’s joint work with other online sites, usually through backlinks. But you must combine all of them to bring a higher rank on the post online.
SEO Benefits for Your Content Marketing Strategy
There are plenty of benefits of SEO-optimized content. One of the most appreciated benefits is the potential to see your post ranked on the first page of Google SERPs (search engine results pages).
Delivering valuable content that you’ve properly optimized with target keywords and top-quality backlinks helps your business reach a higher place in Google search engine rankings. In the case of small businesses, this is a perfect way to engage your target audience successfully.
Once you increase search engine visibility, you can relax a bit as your business will generate organic traffic from your target audience.
The way this works is, users are searching for a specific term or keyword online, and your perfectly optimized high-ranked content will show up as a result of their search query. By showing up for these searches, your content will seamlessly enter the conversation in your audience’s heads.
To do this effectively, you must present an array of content to invite your visitors through different sections until they feel satisfied to subscribe to your email list, mark your website, or make a purchase.
Another benefit that matches perfectly with lead generation is brand awareness. The larger your organic share of voice for specific keywords that link to your business, the higher chance a customer has of detecting your unique content on Google search engines.
You can easily track your organic share of voice with the Rank Ranger Share of Voice report. The report is designed to show you how much market share your site has in comparison to your competitors. Think of it like a big picture view of your rankings.
Now, let’s look at how you can get started creating your own SEO content marketing strategy.
The Art of Creating an SEO-Friendly Content Marketing Strategy
Now you are familiar with the value of the so-called marriage between SEO and content marketing, and you know the benefits you can gain from it. The next step is learning how to create a masterpiece using an SEO content marketing strategy.
Here are some SEO tips to get you started with your SEO optimization. However, to truly master SEO you’ll need to read more than this blog post.
I’ll be linking to some resources along the way to help you out.
Recognize Your Audience
It’s crucial to understand who your audience is and who you are writing content for. Recognizing your clients’ personalities will help you build content for particular types of people who have the potential to become your regular site visitors or buyers.
Check out our guide to target audience research.
Knowing your audience will also help you write unique content that’s designed for different stages of the buyer’s journey. For instance, content designed for the buyer’s stage has to be structured differently than content at the awareness stage. Different types of content have varying goals and have to be evaluated in unique ways.
Check out our guide to understanding sales funnels.
Do Keyword Research
Discovering what keywords your audience is looking for is crucial for gaining more visitors to your content on SERPs. For this purpose, it’s genuinely essential to conduct keyword research to check what types of keywords your competitors use to rank higher on Google.
Check out our guide to keyword research metrics.
Nowadays, in this modern technology era, owning a website packed with various keywords isn’t enough. You have to infiltrate the keywords naturally and let them dance through the whole content length.
Build High-Quality Backlinks
To deliver content that ranks well in Google, you must have backlinks that redirect visitors to your site. The more interesting links you include from top-quality sources, the higher the rank you might score. The effective phrase here is “top-quality,” of course. Links to poor-quality website directories created for link building are a thing of the past and will not help your business in the long term.
Check out our guide to creating a link-building strategy.
SEO, Your Greatest Content Distribution Tool
By now, you should be aware of how powerful SEO is when plugged into your content marketing strategy. When you get your SEO right, it’s like connecting your house to the power grid. The lights start to burn and your appliances start to work. Without an effective content distribution strategy, your site will look like a ghost town.
The next step is to just get started. Hopefully, the resources I’ve linked to in this post will help you on your way. However, the most effective way to learn SEO is to jump in and experiment.