Inbound Marketing Blog

SEO Basics: The Truth About Keywords Today

Posted by Micah Hartmann on Aug 25, 2017 11:56:00 AM

In my last article, SEO Basics: How Long Should My Blog Articles Be?, I discussed how longer articles are often showing up closer to the top in search results and getting more engagement. I also talked about how quality content always comes first, and you need to write for your audience and give them what they’re looking for to resonate with as many of your target readers as possible.

Today’s article goes hand in hand with this philosophy. We’ll discuss the relevance of keywords and how our keyword strategy needs to be different today than it has been in the past. As search engines continue to better understand how a user thinks and searches for answers, writers and content marketers need to alter the way they create new content so it can perform as powerfully as possible and work toward reaching long-term goals.

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Topics: SEO, Content Creation, Blogging

Does Your Business Blog Need a Professional Touch?

Posted by Diane Campbell on Aug 24, 2017 8:06:00 AM

If you want to draw potential customers to your website with inbound marketing, your blog is an important part of building an effective strategy. Your blog is a place where you can continually add relevant, up-to-date content while keeping your website’s navigation clean and easy to use—both of which will help your site gain visibility in search engine results. More important that the existence of your blog, however, is what it contains. If you want to engage your potential customers and inspire them to become actual customers and promoters of your brand, then you’ll have to be sure you’re providing quality content that they want to read.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, SEO, Content Creation, lead generation

Why Doesn't My Business Show Up in Google Results?

Posted by Diane Campbell on Aug 21, 2017 4:59:40 PM

Getting a website to appear on the first page of Google search results takes time, effort, and an understanding of how Google finds and selects content to deliver to its users. The process of refining your website to become more visible and attractive to search engines like Google is called search engine optimization (SEO). Whether you’ve recently built a new website for your business or your old site just isn’t showing up in the searches that are most relevant to your business, following these five SEO tips can help you to improve your site’s search engine ranking over time.

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Topics: SEO

Understanding the Basics of Inbound Marketing with the Buyer’s Journey

Posted by Mikayla Wilson on Aug 18, 2017 1:01:29 PM

We all know that today’s consumer is well informed. Technology makes it easier than ever for users to research and compare products or services online before purchasing. In fact, 88% of consumers research before they buy, consulting an average of 10.4 sources. With access to product information at their fingertips, there’s never been a better time to be a consumer. However, marketers need to understand the buyer’s journey in order to stay in front of users.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing

Why Should I Incorporate Video into My Inbound Marketing Strategy?

Posted by Mikayla Wilson on Aug 15, 2017 11:01:00 AM

Video has become an integral part of inbound marketing strategy. Why? Because video stands out, and if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million.

Attention spans are dwindling, and research shows that marketers have only eight seconds to capture a user’s attention. The easiest way to grab someone’s attention is to create content that is easily-digestible and engaging. From vlogs to testimonials and tutorials, video has proven to be successful. So, finding ways to incorporate video into your marketing strategy is more important now than it ever has been before.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Video Marketing

5 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer

Posted by Diane Campbell on Aug 14, 2017 4:26:47 PM

Inbound marketing relies heavily on creating engaging online content that your audience will value. This content can take a variety of forms, including video, graphics, and audio; however, to reach the widest audience online, much of it must be written. If writing isn’t your strong suit, don’t worry. Following these five basic tips will help you get your ideas into written form that will draw your readers in and communicate your message effectively.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Content Creation

How Can I Use My Blog to Increase Brand Awareness?

Posted by Diane Campbell on Aug 11, 2017 9:05:00 AM

If you want your website to be more than a virtual pamphlet about your business that’s easily lost in the practically endless pile of online content already out there, you need to provide enough substantial content for search engines to identify your site as one that provides valuable answers to questions users are asking. If your website isn’t showing up in search engine results for queries related to your business, then it’s not going to draw new potential customers who aren’t already aware of your products or services. A blog provides an easy way to regularly add fresh, relevant content to your website that addresses questions your potential customers are asking now.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, SEO

Considering Trying Snapchat Ads? Read This First

Posted by Laura Stroup on Aug 10, 2017 3:22:00 PM

It seems like Snapchat is becoming more popular every day, but is it an effective way to advertise your business? In this article, we’ll look at two of the biggest issues advertisers are currently facing with Snapchat ads.

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Topics: Business Marketing

Where to Find Free Inbound Marketing Training and Resources

Posted by Mikayla Wilson on Aug 9, 2017 3:29:00 PM

If you're looking for some inbound marketing training and resources, then you've come to the right place! I'm going to share some of my favorite resources to help you learn inbound marketing best practices, tips, and tricks. Discover what's new and next in marketing, and get certified along the way.  

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Topics: Inbound Marketing

How Is AI Transforming SEO?

Posted by Diane Campbell on Aug 7, 2017 8:42:00 AM

Artificial intelligence (AI) has come to organic search, and it’s changing the way marketers approach search engine optimization (SEO). Google began rolling out its AI-based search called RankBrain in early 2015. Since then, this new application of machine learning has proven to be an effective way of bringing users the kinds of results they’re looking for. So, how do you optimize your online content for AI? The simplest—and best—answer is essentially the same as it always has been: Give your audience what they’re looking for.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, SEO, Content Creation