Blog Writing for SEO

Show Your Blog Some Love

Congratulations you made it through Valentine’s Day. You survived the gushy Facebook posts, the lovey Instagram photos, the heart emojis, and ate all the cinnamon heart candies. So what’s the deal with this big overhyped marketing day? Frankly, it gives you something to look forward to in what can be a dreary month.

Kind of like that feeling when you open your RSS reader or email and discover a new blog post from your favorite writer, brand, product, or famous person. Your heart does a little flip and you can’t wait to read what your favorite blogger has to say about SEO, cooking, fly fishing, or digital marketing. Name a brand, product, service, or topic and there are multiple blogs to choose from.

Some of these blogs are truly outstanding, featuring a keen sense of style and confidence, clean writing, and just the right tone that keeps you wanting more. So, how does your blog compare? Wait – you do have a blog on your company website – right? You do know that your potential customers, partners, investors, and fans expect you to have a blog. Read more

Digital Marketing Acronyms Explained

Digital Marketing Acronyms Explained

To say we love digital marketing would be an understatement. We live, breathe, and think digital marketing. However, we do have one beef with our industry – the acronyms. LOL there are so many acronyms we often find ourselves ROTFL.

We want to help ourselves by helping you – the more you understand about digital marketing, search engine optimization, page conversions, and social media marketing – the better off we’ll all be. When we’re all talking the same language, it’s easier for us to explain to you what we can do for you and it’s easier for you to ask questions about how we do our job for you.

Let’s get to it and dig into the common and not-so-common acronyms you’re likely to hear and read. Now, we promise the first time we meet or chat, we’ll do our best to the keep the acronyms to the minimum and please do stop us to get the explanations that you need. Read more

SEO Trends in 2018

SEO Trends in 2018

We’re here to predict the future for you. Yes, we’re that good… Okay, okay, we take it back – we can’t 100% predict the future of SEO but we can give you a glimpse into the key SEO trends for 2018. We can do this because – we are very good.

As you know, there are no guarantees when it comes to SEO, search engine results, Google, and keywords. However, we can do deep analysis of keywords, user habits, user wants, search engine algorithms. Doing this along with keeping our fingers on the pulse of SEO and digital marketing, gives us a professional understanding of what SEO is in 2018. Read more

How to Implement Hreflang

Let’s Talk Hreflang

You’ve got a really sharp website. The content is perfect. The graphics are magic. The headings, pages, and sitemap are all up to snuff.  The blog is updated regularly. The social media marketing is ticking along. You’ve localized the content and have websites for multiple countries. Problem is, no one is visiting.

It doesn’t make sense – you’re following all the SEO best practice that you’ve read about. You worked hard on the website, and even though you’re not an SEO or digital marketing expert – you feel like you’ve ticked all the boxes. Hmm, must be a problem with Google – it can’t be something you’ve done – or could it? Read more

The Truth Comes Out About SEO

The Truth Comes Out About SEO

Smokes and mirrors. Funny business. Rabbits out of hats. Guessing game. These are just a few of the misconceptions floating around about SEO. Believe us when we tell you we’ve heard and read it all when it comes to SEO. No wonder so many of you are confused and don’t know how to start, who to trust, and what to do.

All you know is that someone told you or you read somewhere on the Internet that it’s easy to be ranked high in Google search engine results. You’ve tweaked your website, dropped in a few keywords, got on all the social media channels, added images, and wrote some flashy headlines. But still – nothing.

We’re sorry to tell you the hard-cold truth – but you’ve been misled. SEO isn’t easy. SEO isn’t a mystery. Effective SEO that is in it for the long-term takes science, expertise, research, and smarts. This SEO (the only kind we do) is the kind that works and gets result. However, to get these results, you need to ask yourself and your website a few hard questions.

  • What are you doing right?
  • What is holding you back?
  • Where do you want to be?

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Let’s Talk Google Ranking

Let’s Talk Google Ranking

You want to be on the first page of the Google search engine results page. Your competitors want your Google ranking to be on the first page. We want to be on the first page (oh wait – we are). Everyone wants to be first – on the first page and first in the list of first.

This is a lot of firsts, and we’re here to tell you that it can happen. It’s just not going to happen as quickly as you’d like. Your website with its updated SEO and content is great – it reads well, the keywords are spot-on, the design looks good, the links work, and the overall design is smart.

But guess what? There are a lot of other websites with the exact same characteristics. These websites have got smart people (like us) working behind-the-scenes, running data analysis, crunching keywords and user wants/needs, creating content, and generally making the website pretty close to perfect.

So, yeah, it’s hard to get noticed. It takes time to catch the attention of Google and be first. The key to all of this is patience and trust. Know that the right things are happening to get your website ranked and found. It just takes time. It’s a crowded Internet out there. Read more

BrightEdge Smart Content

Smart Content is Your Game-Changer

Content is fuel for the marketing fire – without content you’ll definitely stay lost. However, not just any content is going to work for you. You need Smart Content – this content is the game-changer for your content marketing strategy.

Smart Content works for you, getting you found, clicked, read, linked to, and shared. Now, this Smart Content is not like your regular run-of-the-mill content – no – this content stands out and meshes with how your users are using the Internet. Read more

Stop Playing Favorites and Use Internal Links

Stop Playing Favorites and Use Internal Links

We all have our favorites. The favorite restaurant or favorite shirt or favorite ice cream flavor or favorite web page. Yes, favorite web page. All too often when we’re working on a specific web page or blog post, this current page become our biggest focus. We pour all our energy into creating the best page we can. We create super useful backlinks, we’ve got the SEO perfect, the word length is exactly what we wanted and the image is super relevant and catchy. But what about the other pages on the website – those pages that were at one time, our favorites…. We can’t neglect these pages, and this is where internal linking comes in. Internal linking is how you can show these other pages some love and remind them that they are still your favorites.

Internal linking is a way to connect the pages that make up your website. This mean linking from a descriptive page to a product page or linking from a blog post to a service page. Think of internal links as a way for your readers to find their way around your website. These links take your readers on a tour of your website giving them relevant related information.

Now, we’re guessing that you might be asking yourself – but why? Why do I need internal links if I’ve already got backlinks, good SEO, a regularly updated blog, a search function, and all the other stuff you’ve told me to do? To be blunt, you need internal links to help your readers. But, as with all things Internet, there is of course more to the benefits of internal linking than this…. Read more

Give Your Blogs the SEO They Deserve

Give Your Blogs the SEO They Deserve

Standing out online is not easy. The Internet is becoming more and more crowded with content. It used to be that having good content would generate search engine results and hits. This is no longer the case. Now your content needs to be optimized to capture the attention of search engines and readers.

The good news is that with five key steps you can give lost content a new life.

Search engine optimization. SEO. Smart SEO sets the great content apart from the good. Yes, it’s a fine line between great and good, which is why SEO is so vital. Yes, there are lots of opinions on SEO, but we can tell you that SEO is what we do, day in and day out. So, trust us here and let’s dig into SEO and start showing your blog some love. Read more

Get Your Internal Links Working for You

SEO Value of Internal Links

No one likes a lazy internal link. If you’re going to put the time and effort into building internal links, you need to do it properly and make sure that your links are doing what they’re supposed to be doing: working hard to improve your SEO.

In previous posts we’ve written about why you should use internal links, how not to use backlinks and how we really want you to use backlinks. We’ll continue on with our linking and SEO themes with a deep dive into how you can make sure your internal links are working for you and not against you. So, without any more preamble, let’s get to it (we’re guessing you skipped this paragraph as it is anyway…). Read more