No matter how hard you try to avoid it, if you want to do SEO, you’ll eventually have to come face to face with the fact that content is necessary. One of the best ways to build links to your site is through guest blogging; which is a simple process. You write an article that is published on another blog for free; the payment you receive in return for writing the article is a link back to your site.
Usually, you want to create some context for the link by writing about a related topic, which can be tedious and in all honesty, boring. Today, right now, I’ve decided something monumental; screw that noise, I’m going to write about why sometimes, if you choose to throw caution to the wind, guest blogging kicks ass.
My attempt here is to create a satire about guest blogging, but believe me that there is some useful information within the allegory. Please, do me a favor and share this; it’s on you, dear readers, to prove that an article like this can indeed do well!
Plus, sometimes we all get so caught up in the SERP chase that we forget to slow down and have a bit of fun. Hopefully you can learn a bit of something, and have a laugh this Friday, courtesy of me and SEM-Group!
Reason 1: Artistic License
Look it up if you must, but artistic license means one thing: I can make up whatever I want, call it art, and its 100% ok.
This is a fairly obvious point, because sometimes, you have to write about something that is just so monumentally draining that you have to throw in a couple of curve balls to keep people awake. With that, lets transition to when this principal is generally used, allegory.
In 2007, the mortgage bubble collapsed because the sub-prime mortgage crisis. Basically, many mortgages that had no chance of being paid off were combined with low risk mortgages and sold as a moderate risk investment to people who buy those things. It got to the point where imaginary money was generating imaginary money, which was then used to back more mortgages that couldn’t possibly be paid off.
Eventually, all of this unsustainable spending did what it was apt to do, collapse. In 2008, Pete Wise was elected as supreme emperor-chancellor-minister-king (S-E-C-M-K) of the stock market, saw this impending doom, and was far too busy swimming in pools bursting with imaginary money to do anything about it. When it really started hitting the fan, he was prompted by his S-E-C-M-K computer to do something about it; I was given two options.
1) Help the Situation by implementing a sound fiscal strategy
2) Delete Everything
Sadly, whoever had appointed me to this position didn’t read the fine print of my employment contract, which clearly stated that if ever given the option to delete everything, I have to accept. So, true to form, I deleted everything, immediately headed to 7-11 to get a burrito, and went home to have a nap. That is why the stock market crashed.
That is my artistic interpretation.
See that last bit, in bold and underlined? That makes all of that totally OK, and this is one reason why guest blogging can sometimes rule. You’re welcome politics, that entire recession, is all on me now.
Reason 2: Having Fewer Reasons in the Article than the Title Advertises
When guest blogging, sometimes you find that you decided on a topic to write about before you actually sit down to write it. You basically cover everything you wanted to in a fewer number of points than you originally promised. When this happens, you are left with a couple of options; you can revise the title, or you can forge on ahead and try to find another reason to add to the article to satisfy the title you’ve already chosen. Since this article is a satire of guest blogging in general, I’m sure its clear what I’ve chosen.
The reason that you have to choose a number is pretty simple; list-type articles do quite a bit better on social media than articles of most other kinds. In an effort to drive up social markers for articles, content marketers follow trends. Websites like Cracked.com generate top-X type lists almost exclusively, and get thousands of Facebook likes within a day. If you don’t believe me, here a screenshot of an article published TODAY, by a writer on their site.
Content Marketers dream of creating that sort of buzz, and rarely, such as the case of Larry Kim ruining the Facebook IPO, it happens. Far more often, we do our best to scrape every Like, +1, Stumble, and Tweet we can for our clients. We love doing it because SEO is honestly one of the most interesting fields to work in. Sometimes, we have to let loose, and that’s when you get articles just like this one!
Reason 3: Lying About the Number of Points in Sub-Categories, and Bad Grammar
Simple, because I can. Also, this usually happens because you think of something pertinent while writing the article that you want to share. I also know that I’ve switched between first person and third person in this article enough times to make the grammar-sensitive among us cringe. I’m sorry, but this is my party, so deal with it.
Reason 4: Because Unique Content is King
At the end of the day, the bottom line is simple. With every algorithm implementation, it is becoming more and more clear that search engines want to see websites create unique content that engages the reader. Keyword stuffing, cloaking, density, and anchor-text optimization are quickly becoming things of the past.
More and more, it seems to me that SEO needs to emulate the marketing strategies of brick-and-mortar businesses. Penguin more-or-less confirmed this for me, when it became important to have a link profile balanced between branded links and anchor text links. We all saw examples of sites that had over-optimized for a particular term become penalized, and some sites that had built links for those same keywords dropped off the SERPS entirely.
The message is clear, content is what Google wants to see. Far too often over the past 5 years I’ve heard complaints from my clients about how they have an awesome site, with a ton of content that is unique, but are being outranked by more spammy sites. We longed for the days that search engines would punish those that gamed the system and rewarded those that tried to make a website that truly engaged its users.
That day has arrived, and as guest bloggers, we couldn’t be happier. Above all other reasons stated in this article, this is why guest blogging is awesome for SEO. Do what Google wants and create good content, and you will be rewarded!
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