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[Guest Blogging and Content Syndication] T-Shaped Marketing for Authors

Kim Staflund: founder and publisher at Polished Publishing Group (PPG) and author of the PPG Publisher’s Blog

As I’ve discussed beforehand in a few of my books, the primary reason why blogging is so important is search engine optimization (SEO), which means to improve (optimize) your standing in the organic search results on search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Think, for a minute, about when you use a search engine to find something. Where is the first place you look when the search results come up? The top and centre of the page? In addition, how many links are you willing to click through to find what you’re looking for? Maybe ten at the most? Maybe your eye will scan down that first page for something interesting; or, if you have the time, maybe you’ll dig a little deeper and look through the second or third page to see what comes up there. Statistically, most people will stay on the first page. This is why it’s crucial to make sure you (e.g., author name, book title) appear on that first page for as many of the major keywords that are associated with your genre/topic matter as possible. Regular and consistent blogging is one way to help you achieve this.

Two Types of Blogging Can Help You in Different Ways

First and foremost, you can write and post content to your own blog.  When it’s your own blog, you set your own content criteria and can say whatever you want. Your posts can be an obvious advertisement for your products, services, events, et cetera, if you choose; however, it’s important to always provide quality content to your subscribers. The information has to be useful to them if you want to keep them engaged and attract even more subscribers down the road. Blog entries improve your search engine ranking depending on one of the major criteria that search engines are looking for: quantity of posts. Google’s algorithm rewards more points to websites that post new and relevant content on a regular basis.

Secondly, you can post content to someone else’s website that matches well with their content criteria (e.g., you can post articles to an online publication such as EzineArticles.com, or you can guest post on someone else’s blog). The idea is to write several keyword-rich posts—relevant topic matter that contains the phrases your prospective readers will type into a search engine when they are looking for your type of book, and that also contains a link back to your own blog/website— and then share them with others via email and social media websites. Guest posts and online articles such as these will garner higher points for your own blog/website using two additional criteria the search engines are looking for: backlinks and traffic. Backlinks are clickable referrals from one relevant webpage (someone else’s blog or a high-traffic online publication) to another (your own blog). The more backlinks to your blog (and the more traffic that generates for your blog), the higher its point value will be in the eyes of a search engine. As such, the higher it will appear in the organic search results.

A Great Alternative to Guest Blogging: Content Syndication

In a perfect world, we would all have time to write and post fresh content on our own blog and someone else’s website every single day. If we did this, we would quickly see an increase in our traffic and search engine ranking as a result. But that’s not always possible, so a great way to keep one’s momentum going is through content syndication.

In a nutshell, you can offer previously posted content from your own blog to someone else’s high traffic site if it appears to be a great fit for them and you can show them the value in partnering with you in this way.  For more details regarding exactly how syndicating your content works, including how to write a syndication pitch letter to relevant online publications, I highly recommend you read this article by Ritika Puri: Content Syndication: The Definitive, Insider’s Guide. It is a well-written article that should answer all your questions.

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How Online Writing for SEO Can Improve Your Search Engine Ranking

Whether you’re an author trying to sell a book or a business trying to sell some other type of product or service, online writing for SEO (also known as “blogging”) is a fantastic way to improve your search engine ranking for all your major key words. By doing so, more potential buyers will be able to find you online when they do a search for those key words.

You may have a fairly high search engine ranking for some of your key words (i.e. your business name). Blogging can help to improve your ranking for all of them. The idea is to write several “keyword-rich” articles—500-word essays that contain the phrases your customers type into a search engine when they are looking for your products and/or services—and then “share” those articles with others via email and social media websites. The ultimate goal is for your articles (and, eventually, your website) to show up in the top five search results on page one of a search engine as this will dramatically improve the chances of someone “clicking” on them.

Blogging has a cumulative effect meaning that it will drive more traffic to your business over time. The more articles that are posted online on a regular basis, the more momentum is built, and the better it works. Here are three major reasons why:

How Search Engines Rank WebPages

Search engine ranking is based on a “point system” of sorts. The higher your points, the higher you land in the search results. For all intents and purposes, each article is a webpage in itself and can garner higher points for your website with two of the major criteria search engines are looking for: backlinks and traffic. Backlinks are “clickable” referrals from one relevant webpage (an article, perhaps) to another (your website’s home page). The more backlinks to your website, the higher its point value will be in the eyes of a search engine. It also stands to reason that more backlinks will equate to more traffic over time.

Top of Mind Awareness (Brand Awareness)

Why do highly successful corporations like Pepsi and McDonalds still advertise after all these years? Because it works! They know the value of consistent branding and how it creates top of mind awareness in their respective industries. They remain at the top of their games because they remain in front of their customers—always reminding them of their brands week after week, and always calling people to action to buy from them.

Long-term Sustainable Competitive Advantage

No matter what industry you’re in, your market is dynamic. It’s always changing. Potential customers are moving into and out of your trading area all the time whether it’s due to relocations, deaths, other major life changes, or simply because their needs have been met or have changed. Consistent promotion of your business provides a long-term advantage over competitors who cut back or cancel their advertising programs altogether by catching the attention of new clients as they arrive. Understanding and accepting this natural churn of the marketplace can help you to counteract the loss of old customers with new while steadily building a sustainable business over time.

Related article: Online Articles Are “Word of Mouth Advertising” on Steroids! 

Not enough time in the day to write your own articles? Polished Publishing Group (PPG) has a team of qualified online SEO writers who can help. Just provide us with a topic (i.e. How Online Writing for SEO Can Improve Your Search Engine Ranking) and a few related key words for that topic (i.e. improve your search engine ranking, blogging, search engine optimization SEO) and we’ll do the rest for you.

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