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Here is a list of basic things to do when setting up a new Wordpress blog. This assumes you've already chosen a them and setup the blog, but that it may not have gone live yet. This article covers adding certain Wordpress plugins like Yoast and Schema, properly setting up Title and Description meta information, setting up Google Analytics and Google Search Console, content length, outbound links, simple ways to test speed, and more.
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How Google Knowledge Panel can be changed
Google Knowledge Panel pulls information from many sources. It can be changed to some degree. Here's how.
The Knowledge Graph is a technology created by Google that shows relevant information about a search query in the upper right corner of search results. Results from Knowledge Graph and other sources appear in Google Knowledge Panel. To change the panel, change the information from where it gets its data. This isn't always possible, but sometimes it is.
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Content on your website gets stale. This is the plan we use to keep it fresh. The first step includes creating your blog post (step 1). We have a detailed blog post about that you can check out. This article is about what to do after your blog post has initially gone live (after publishing, initial social media sharing, and any initial link building you may be doing).
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Most people stay on a blog post for less than a minute.
Follow these steps to create a blog post that checks all the boxes. The illustration below outlines the parts of a blog and how to treat each one. Each letter calls out a section below you can refer to, as well as resources that should help you create the "ideally structured" blog post or article according to many experts. This certainly isn't the only way to do it, but one of the best.
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As a client, you need to understand what your SEO provider is doing in an objective way. This article outlines the types of things you should look for in an SEO report.
SEO service providers must prove the value they are adding to your business both in the short and long term. Remember that SEO work is often a long game, so don't expect to see massive changes overnight. It's more important that your SEO service provider keeps you in the loop of changing search results with transparent reporting every step of the way.
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This article outlines how to build a strong executive brand online to support personal as well as corporate online reputation. It includes an overview of the issue, challenges, and a basic checklist of what to do.
Every executive is the face of their company. A strong brand for every executive supports the mission of the organizational brand as a whole. Here is a summary of the issue and challenges before we get into the nuts and bolts of improving executive image online. If you just want to see the checklist click here.
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Expired domains can be used under certain circumstances to improve the Google rankings of websites. But it must be done right. Here is a summary of the contents of this article:
- Do expired domains work for SEO? Our studies say yes - sometimes - to a degree.
- Can you rely on expired domains for all SEO? No.
- Are expired domains Google-friendly? Yes if not abused.
- Should expired domains be used for the main website? Maybe.
- Can I use expired domains on websites I do not control? Yes, with limits.
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An SEO press release often ranks well quickly for reputation management purposes, but sometimes fades with time as the timeliness of the release fades. A well-structured, compelling press release that is naturally shared and talked about can serve your purposes well.
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Schema markup can improve your search engine profile
Schema markup tells search engines a lot of important things. They are optional, but helpful in websites. For reputation management, we use schema to help Google and Bing know which sites are related. For example, we recommend schema be placed on the main website of a company and use "sameas" markup (more on this later) to show search engines the websites of sites related to the company, like it's Facebook page, Twitter, and more. By adding this type of schema to the HTML code, search engines know for certain which sites are related to the company. They don't have to guess. This often results in a better search engine profile for the company. It works for people too.
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You’ve just finished your latest blog post. You’ve dedicated hours to create it. But what happens if nobody reads it? Without a solid content promotion plan in place, your readership may never increase. In fact, you should be spending more time promoting your posts than you spend actually writing them. Here are the main points:
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It takes hard work to snag a spot on the first page of Google search results. There are many aspects to consider, such as creating relevant content, incorporating relevant keywords and links, and crafting an enticing search result that makes people want to click on it. But before you can create content that excels, you need to understand how it might be displayed.
- Understanding the anatomy of a search result page can help you create content that entices people to click your link.
- Structure, organize, and promote your content effectively to rank high in SERPs.
- Update and refresh content to keep it relevant.
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Just because you write something doesn't mean it will rank well or be visible in search results. How an article is structured can make all the difference. This article outlines how to create an article people will appreciate, and search engines will reward with higher visibility.
- Publish on the right website
- Choose the right title
- Technical and psychological/clickbait headlines
- The Description gets people to click
- The first paragraph is important
- Page length advice
- Bullets and numbered lists (like this one)
- How rich media increases dwell-time
- Add "schema" to your HTML to get rich results in Google and Bing
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In sales there is a method known as "predictable revenue". It's an outbound sales method of marketing and sales that enables a business to predict what their revenues might be. But is there a way to do that with content marketing?
How can one predict whether a content campaign will be worth it? It’s a constant battle: executive leadership and check-signers won’t approve a marketing budget unless they can be assured of a Return on Investment (ROI) of X%. Marketing departments continue to push to develop new marketing strategies, but without budget approval, their hands are often tied.
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The best reputation management firms use some degree of influencer outreach to promote a positive online image for their clients. They're working to change the narrative about a person or brand, so third-party affirmation and brand amplification is important to reinforce brand messaging.
In its best form, influencer marketing is a mutually beneficial relationship: companies leverage influencers in order to get more people talking about specific aspects of a brand or person, and influencers get compensated for their efforts in the form of promotion and compensation from brands.
Before you rush out to find influencers, ask yourself this question. Who are the ideal, or right, influencers are for your company? If you’ve ever asked yourself this question (and if you haven’t, you should), you probably have an idea of why a particular influencer is a great fit. Perhaps they have a large following in an industry you’re trying to reach, they have expertise in a field that’s crucial to your business, or they have a personal story that will help attract your target market.
Remember that it's usually more productive to start with small- and medium-sized influencers, who may be more receptive than larger influencers because they are easier to reach. It's also easier to get something published or featured on their site, which can help your message get in front of a larger audience.
Once you've decided which type of influencers you'd like to work with, it's time to start the search. Here are a few methods to find influencers online.
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Create these five types of content at the same time, and in a specific order to give your inbound / SEO campaign consistency and make it easier to execute.
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If you make or edit online content, you are are a content creator. As a content creator, you’ll need to strike that balance between SEO (search engine optimization) and a positive user experience. To make sure everyone is on the same page, here is a list of the different elements that combine to create an engaging and well optimized piece of content.
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This relatively simple step-by-step inbound content plan will work for most small and medium-sized companies. While the schedule is weekly, it could very well be monthly. It's flexible to fit most time and budget constraints.
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Don't like the way Google profiles you? Delete it. Can't delete it? Hide it. Can't hide it? Dilute it. Can't dilute it? Suppress it. Google is more important than reality in many ways.
Do you define your reputation, or does your reputation define you? Do you control it, or does someone else? The good news is that perception can flow in both directions - for example when a business or person works to actively curate or repair their own reputation.
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You've written great content, now what do you do? Just post it and pray for traffic? That's not good enough. Instead, schedule multiple social postings and then syndicate your content. Here is how to promote content in two 'sort of easy' steps.
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Content marketing can be hard. This content marketing plan should make it easier for you. This simple content marketing plan represents a fictitious small company or individual that already has basic online reputation web properties like Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. in place. This plan uses relevant, organic search results as a basis for an online reputation content plan.