Wear Yellow For Seth: A Viral Tale

I’ve watched a little viral miracle occur this week over my social media platforms and it’s got nothing to do with marketers or SEO-ers, but rather with a little boy from Manchester who has – almost single handedly – caused an internet sensation.

 

It’s practically impossible for even the most seasoned of digital marketers to predict what will go viral or when, and so it’s understandable that this turn of events has left the little boy’s family a little bit dazed; it’s certainly clear from their response that they had absolutely no idea of the impact their little video would have.

 

And yet really, when I sat down and thought about it, it seemed completely reasonable to me that this should have happened, and not purely because it is such a worthy cause; it genuinely ticks all the boxes for an internet viral success. So, having done said thinking, I thought I’d tell you lot about it too; so here we go, it’s the story of Seth; The Internet SensationRead more

The Role Of A Freelance SEO Consultant

I’ve talked about the changing role of SEO Consultants a few times in my previous blogs, but I was talking to a client the other day whilst I was doing a quote and it became obvious quite quickly that this client had misunderstood the role that GrowTraffic would play; hence, I thought that I would reiterate the point. Not that any of my clients ever read my blog but hey, I’ve got nothing better to do. Not!  Read more

The Power Of Networking

I’m afraid that, with one thing and another, I’m a little bit behind with my blogs this week and so what I’m about to tell you is actually not one, but two weeks out of date! So much for responsive blogging! But hey, I still think it’s interesting and relevant so I’m going to tell you about it anyway; you’ll just have to forgive me my tardiness. Read more

How to use newsjacking in your content marketing strategy for SEO

As the term content marketing grows to be ubiquitous, many of you will find probably find yourself using this technique I’ve been advocating for years, and which David Meerman Scott calls newsjacking. That is to say, finding a breaking news article, injecting your own personal or corporate slant on the story before it’s got to the point where journalists are searching for more information on the piece, thereby naturally getting your perspective into the mainstream media. Read more

Do We Need A Family Social Media Policy?
Image courtesy of Nitrozac & Snaggy @ www.geekculture.com

OK, I’ve got an age old query for you here, lovely blog readers, about the things that you upload to your social media accounts and to what degree they should be controlled.

 

The Background

First of all, let me give you the background. In our family, I work from home as a Freelance SEO Copywriter. I run a digital marketing and SEO consultancy with my husband who has a day job as a Marketing Manager; it would be fair to say that our household is pretty digital marketing orientated.

Unavoidably, social media is a massive part of our lives; both my husband and I have personal accounts for multiple platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest etc.) and we also both manage the social media accounts for our own companies and often some for our clients too. Believe me, that is one heck of a lot of social media to keep track of and I dread to think how many hours of our lives we have spent glued to our phones or our laptops.

Naturally, we’re both also aware of the value of a good social media policy, especially in the context of a business’s online marketing campaign. Just for the record.  Read more

The Law of Unintended Consequences: Part 2

The Content Creation Machine

At the beginning of December, I wrote a little blog post about Google and the Law of Unintended Consequences, a phenomena of which Google seem to be particularly susceptible to. I did promise you a Part 2 to that Part 1 however and, as I am a woman of my word, voila!

In Part 1, I discussed the fact that a lot of Google’s algorithm updates/changes – whilst they do deal with certain issues and advance Google’s goal of providing the searcher with the best search results – nevertheless have unintended consequences, which themselves affect the practicalities of search marketing and the implementation of SEO.

 

The Content Creation Juggernaut

 

One such unintended consequence that has far reaching implications and has greatly shaped the world of SEO lately is the formation of the ever hungry content creation machine. In fact, this is possibly the one biggest factor that rules my life as a Freelance SEO Copywriter; it is both the blessing that acquires work to keep me writing and the curse that chains me to this never ending treadmill of having to constantly create new and interesting online content.

The biggest aspect of SEO now is content creation and it is the one universal piece of advice that we give to every client, no exceptions. Basically, if you want your website to rank highly in the SERPs, whatever your field or business sector, you can no longer just build a lovely shiny new website and then leave it static. Oh no, in this crazy world we currently inhabit, to a greater or lesser degree, you have to regularly generate new, original content and upload it to your site.

You know this, I have written many a blog about this already, but how have we got into this situation?  Read more

Happy (Sort Of) New Year!

Happy New Year and welcome to my first blog of 2015! Now I know what you’re thinking – your first blog of 2015? January’s nearly over, what have you been doing for the past three weeks? Well, unfortunately for me – and GrowTraffic too, as it turns out – I’ve been having a little holiday courtesy of the NHS and your favourite SEO Consultancy’s rankings have taken a bit of a hit as a consequence.

So I’m going to kick off this year’s blog posts with a little look at what has gone wrong and why; but instead of treating you to my usual 1,500 word moan, I’m going to start as I mean to go on in 2015 by putting my Positive Thinking Hat on and we’ll see what we can all learn from this experience. Let’s look on it as group therapy, and then we can pass around the sick bags once we’ve finished.  Read more

The Law of Unintended Consequences: Part 1

Google and the Law of Unintended Consequences

It is a fact of life that every action has a consequence; we’re all aware of this, but mostly we act under the belief that our actions will have a positive impact in one way or another. Unfortunately though, this is not always the case and the law of unintended consequences is an unavoidable and often darkly humorous reality of the human condition (my favourite example of which being the Streisand Effect, when someone’s (usually a celebrity’s) attempts to conceal something about their private life in reality leads to the fact being promoted vociferously accross the internet. Brilliant).

Whilst some of the most ridiculous – or perhaps best publicised – examples of unintended consequences are usually credited to governments (China anyone? The United States? Even the UK has had its moments!), Google seems to be doing its best to give the current reigning champions a run for their money. In fact, the entire dalliance played out between search engines and SEOs seems to be one big round of ‘how do we deal with this unintended consequence now?’. Or maybe I’m just being grumpy about it all; it has been known.

 

Humble Beginnings…

The giant of search started off its enterprise over 14 years ago with the laudable goal to bring the best possible results to anyone using their search engine for any given search term. Great! That’s exactly what we want, that’s what a search engine should be providing; so how are you going to do it…?

As with any other business, Google’s growth and dominance over the market has been a slow evolution (although slightly more evolutionary, seeing as they’re creating as they’re evolving) and to call it a learning curve would be an understatement, certainly from the point of view of the search engines but also from the point of view of the average folk using the search engines and those of us trying to cunningly manipulate them.

Every link in the evolutionary chain has been forged as the result of the one that went before it; so, there was an issue, Google created a solution, that caused an issue, Google created a solution and on it went, whilst all the while we poor SEOs tried to figure out how to make it work for our clients and look like we know what we were talking about, preferably at the same time.

In the ever changing world of the search engines, the law of unintended consequences is not so much an evolutionary quirk, popping up every now again to give us all a laugh, but rather the primary means of deciding policy and shaping the internet! Read more

Black Friday Overload?

Usually, every morning, my first job is to sit down for a bit with my laptop and peruse my social media feeds and SEO blogs to see what’s going on and if anything staggeringly interesting has happened overnight. Admittedly, on occasion, this ‘research period’ (ha!) does result in me getting drawn into wasting an hour on Facebook, fighting with Neo-Nazis about the validity of racism in today’s society (I know, I work from home) but, more often, this hour enables me to turn my vague wonderings about the subject of my next blog post into a solid theory from which to work.  Read more

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