Content marketing is the backbone supporting all other types of marketing initiatives.
If you want to improve your page rankings, good quality content can help you do that. If you are running an influencer campaign, you will have them post good quality content for you. Your social media marketing strategy would fail without creating and posting attention-grabbing content on your social media handles.
In fact, content marketing is so versatile that it can help you achieve numerous marketing goals. According to a CMI report, here are some of the key objectives for which marketers use content marketing:
Content marketing has proven to be one of the best marketing tools in my arsenal as well. It has helped me not only to spread brand awareness but also get quality backlinks for my website.
Read this case study to learn how I used content marketing to get quality backlinks, boost website traffic, and get high search rankings.
The objectives of my content marketing campaign were multifold:
Back in 2016, my website was not getting any backlinks and even by mid-2017, the number of links was very low (~5,170).
Image Source: Semrush
My presence on social media was minimal and the traffic coming to my website through social media was very low. In 2016, the total social media traffic to my website was just 2K.
I started writing a lot of original content focussing on key industry topics and pain points. I wrote content for my own blog and also did numerous guest posts.
Some of the key types of content that I create are:
I optimized all content on my website to improve the search rankings for my pages. I ensured that all website content was of high quality and had proper tags and meta descriptions.
For example, consider this blog post with the keyword “influencer marketing goals.” I have optimized the content for the primary keyword and included the keyword in the URL, titles, and headings.
I also spent a good amount of time to research the most relevant keywords for my content and targeted the ones that could get me the best search results.
I checked the keyword difficulty scores of various keyword categories and analyzed 1000+ long-tail keywords. Using the right keywords, I was able to improve the search rankings for my web pages.
I specifically targeted keywords that were relevant for me and for which my competitors were ranking low. This allowed me to identify the white spaces in the industry where I had an opportunity to create quality content.
I used tools like Semrush to conduct this analysis and track my competitors’ rankings for various industry keywords. Following is a screenshot from one such competitor analysis to identify keywords for which the competitor was ranking 10 or lower.
This strategy helped me reach a broader audience and get more referral traffic.
I always ensure that I include examples, statistics, and data from credible sources to support the points in my content pieces. I also provide a link to all such statistics and research data used in my content pieces.
I consistently post content on all my social media profiles. This helped me build a good social media presence and get followers.
I do not limit myself to just blog posts or guest posts, but also create and post other types of content as well. I have created several infographics, videos, case studies, and several other types of content.
Here are some of the key outcomes of my content marketing initiatives:
And some even feature in rich snippets, which is a testament to the quality and relevance of my content. For example, my post on automated link building features in rich snippets.
I published this post on August 21, 2018 and since September 11th, it has continuously ranked on first page snippets, without requiring any link building.
Content marketing has been instrumental in helping me achieve my marketing goals. If done right, content marketing can boost other types of digital marketing campaigns like SEO or social media marketing.
If you have any questions on how to best leverage content marketing to achieve your marketing goals, feel free to contact me. Or you can add your questions and comments in the box below.
Originally published at ShaneBarker
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