- Confused users don’t spend money
- Your search marketing needs to thread in your brand’s messaging, targeting, design, and overall experience to ensure trust, clarity, and eventual sales.
- SEO pioneer, serial entrepreneur, and best selling author Kris Jones helps you weave a tight SEO and search marketing strategy before 2022 ushers in
Spend enough time in the digital marketing space. Even if you focus on just one area of it, you’ll eventually catch wind of the intersection of SEO, paid media, web design, and link building. There’s no avoiding it since all these areas run together to form a robust online presence for a business ideally. Within that context, if you’ve ever been the one to devise a digital strategy for yourself or your clients, you’re probably familiar with the types of market niches that would push a business to focus more on SEO or paid search marketing.
SEO is a fantastic tool for just about anyone, but don’t discount the power of paid media. Each has its pros and cons, and when done the right way, neither will hurt you.
However, what will hurt you is making mistakes in your efforts and then letting them go for a long time. Weak points in your SEO and paid media can be tricky things. They can harm your digital presence in the long term yet be difficult even to detect unless you know what you’re doing.
With the home stretch of 2021 right around the corner, now is the best time to stitch up those holes in your search marketing for 2022. Here are four tips for cleaning up your SEO and paid media marketing.
1. Stop writing for keywords over topics
SEOs know the old story, but here it is again for anyone who doesn’t. Ten to twenty years ago, it was a widespread practice to keyword-stuff on web pages. That just meant overusing a specific keyword on a page in an attempt to get Google to rank the page more highly.
In 2021, we know this is a bad practice because it doesn’t help users answer their questions. What answers questions for online users today is content that discusses popular topics rather than just keyword-spamming.
To find topics relevant to your desired industry niche, you can use popular topic-research tools such as BuzzSumo, Answer the Public, or Semrush. Then, do your research to generate valuable content. Always think of the user first.
Keywords still have their place, though. Google needs to match up queries with content, and the content that makes the smartest, most useful, and natural use of keywords will tend to perform better. Content needs to have keywords in its headings and also use naturally within the body. But don’t think that you need to overuse keywords or focus your content entirely around the keywords. Instead, determine the intent of the keywords and align that with your topic research to create killer content that ranks.
2. Don’t abandon paid media message consistency
When your search marketing includes paid media, too, you have a whole other set of guidelines to follow. Again, everything you do should be with users in mind. Put yourself in their place. How would you respond to this ad if you saw it?
Then, click through to the landing page to make sure everything still makes sense. The thing is, here is where PPC specialists can fail if they aren’t careful.
Sounds straightforward, right? As long as you do your research and get the ads’ messaging correct, you should be golden. Except you can go way wrong if your messaging isn’t consistent across the entire paid search journey. Your landing pages need to contain the same type of messaging as your ads. They need to reference the information users saw when they first clicked the ad.
That shows continuity across your paid campaigns. Without that continuity, users will be confused without landing pages that reference offers or claims made in ads. They’ll wonder if they clicked the wrong ad or got taken to the wrong website.