On the 14th February every year there’s a bit of craziness in the marketing departments of most businesses. We go through a stage of thinking if we marry up our unrelated products and services to the annual day of love, we might in some way get some sales or interest. More cynical marketing but sometimes it’s as easy to jump on a bandwagon than not. Read More
You might say I should have better things to do with my life, but for the last few years I’ve been blogging about why content is king. It’s been the mantra of we SEO copywriters and content marketers for ages now, despite the intermittent prophecies that the content bubble is about to burst (it might, by the way, but I think we’re safe for now).
But is it still true that content is king?
It’s really easy to keep trundling along, doing the same old thing, without ever questioning if what you’re doing is still the right approach. But here at GrowTraffic, we pride ourselves on making sure that what we’re doing is actually beneficial to our customers. Unlike a lot of other SEO agencies, we don’t just apply a one-size-fits-all approach, nor do we do things that won’t get our clients any ROI.
Instead, we constantly review our procedures to make sure they’re still relevant and worth doing, which is why we’re asking this question today. Read More
I spent the best part of the past 3 and a bit years marketing in the HR industry – specifically HR software – and I thought it was a good idea to write up my thoughts on the experience.
Everything within this blog is anonymised – I suppose it’s not hard to join the dots and whilst you’ll get nothing commercially sensitive from this, you should be able to take something from it that you can apply to your SEO or content marketing strategy in your own industry. If nothing else, this blog is probably something of a cathartic exercise for me and an opportunity to take stock of what I’ve learnt. I wrote a similar case study about my experiences of the role of content marketing in the construction industry.
Just because we have nothing better to do with our weekends, on Saturday just gone we had our monthly GT planning meeting. I know, we’re riotous. However, as this was the first one of 2018, we set down our plans for what we all want GrowTraffic to achieve in the year ahead.
Now don’t worry, we’re not getting all preachy on you or anything – this is not one of those self-help blogs, where you have to write down your 5 year plan (although it would probably help you if you did!). No, we just like sharing, so thought you’d be interested to hear about our plans for 2018.
And if you’re not, please feel free to look away now, and pop back next week for something more interesting. We won’t mind. Read More
Happy New Year!
Having not written a GT blog for some considerable time, I have now been given the honour of writing our first blog of 2018 – and what an honour that is! I know, you’re jealous. I would be too.
And so, as it’s the start of a shiny new year and we’re all feeling positive and looking forward to all the good things that lie ahead (come on; it’s only the second week of January…we’re still positive!), the GT team are going to take it in turns to make some predictions on what this year may have in store for each of our areas of expertise. I know, the world and his dog are doing it, just bear with us…we need the keywords! 😉
So, as copywriting – or SEO copywriting, to be more specific – is my thing, I’m going to give you my predictions for SEO copywriting and content marketing in 2018, based on the questions I’ve most been asked recently. So, whether you’ve been content marketing for years or are a content virgin, you can make sure 2018 will be the year you finally start to grow your business online. Read More
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how blogs work from an SEO perspective and one of the core things I’ve been experimenting with recently is length. Specifically looking at blog word count.
There’s quite a lot of information out there about how long a blog should be and it’s something I’ve been experimenting with recently. Read More
Often in SEO, we discuss the issue of duplicated content. It’s something that many people working in the realm of digital marketing and copywriting are aware of, however, what do we know about the real impact of duplicated content?
Probably one of the most common myths in SEO is that duplicate content is penalised. Google reads the content of a page from an HTML perspective and when you take into account all the replicated elements shared between each page including templates etc most of the content on a page appears duplicated to Google. Read More
Google’s keyword tool was originally developed with Google Adwords users in mind. I’ve been using Adwords for more than ten years now and whilst it’s essential for this task, it’s also the basis for SEO research and many other business decisions including product development.
From the perspective of gaining rankings in Google SERPs, and thereby increase the number of visitors to a website through SEO, Google’s keyword tool can be used in a number of ways.
Before going any further I should point out that I’ve been in this game so long I still call it Google Keyword Tool when it’s proper name is now Google Adwords Keyword Planner.
The way we think about keywords has changed dramatically over the years. However many of us are still guilty of thinking about keywords too much. I think you could probably argue that our focus on keywords is a vestige of the bad old days of SEO and digital marketing. Read More
There’s going to be a huge impact to the way we do business and the way we carry out our marketing activities when The EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018. This got me questioning what the implications are for SEO consultants and SEO managers. Read More
I’ve been working in marketing since 2003. I created my first website in 2000. Sometime around 2004 / 2005, I started to get interested in SEO. It was during this time that I was managing a magazine called Professional Van and Light Truck Magazine. It was also around this time that I started noticing the impact promoting press releases had on our website’s rankings. Read More
Eh up, me Duck! SEO consultants extraordinaire, Grow Traffic, has arrived in South Yorkshire and its bloomin’ lovely! Sheffield, with its digital credentials, was the obvious choice for us to set up doing friendly SEO and with Rotherham, Doncaster, Worksop, and Barnsley right on the doorstep we are in the centre of a thriving region.
So put down your snooker cue, grab a pint of Pale Rider, gi’or wi thesen, and read on to see what SEO actually is and why you need it for your business.
There are a lot of different ways a business can facilitate growth. In order to do this, businesses will grow their sales team, create new products, explore different markets, create a new brand or merge with or acquire other businesses.
But over the last few years, businesses have taken up the mantle of content marketing to share out the knowledge they’ve accumulated as a business. They do this to project themselves as thought leaders in their industry and to attract new customers through SEO or through arrangements with industry publications. Read More
Every now and then someone says to me that PPC is really expensive and they’d rather go down the route of using SEO to generate enquiries or sales for their business. But as with all things marketing mix orientated, it’s never an all or nothing approach and it’s important to understand where each tactic fits into your plan. Read More
Over the last year, we’ve heard a lot about fake news. Even before that there were questions about celebrities and social media stars connections with large brands. Who believes the photos in glossy magazines haven’t been airbrushed? Or that celebrities write their own autobiographies? Increasingly, the general public is getting wise to the reality of the people they aspire to be like. And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read a post and believed Clint Eastwood has died! So what does this heightened awareness of ‘the fake’, do for influencer marketing? Read More
When asking the question do seo packages really work we’re not talking about the kind of bespoke seo solutions that we offer through GrowTraffic. As a freelance seo consultant I’ve been asked many times why I don’t just have a banded service offering packages you for £100, £200, £250 a month etc. Read More
The way to effectively create a well-known brand is exposure. Numerous small businesses are created fall mostly as a result of their neglect to consolidate the online showcasing of their product or service. Read More