New Rules for SEO Success in 2013

 

Aaron Aders| Inc

With users’ behaviors and Google’s algorithms rapidly and constantly changing, measuring SEO success by your ranking position for your favorite keywords means falling behind the curve. Here are the most meaningful metrics for SEO for 2013.

1. Focus on Your Keyword Portfolio, Not Rankings

Search engine users are getting smarter and more specific. Today, over 70 percent of searches online contain three or more words in the search query. Furthermore, Google reported that over 20 percent of search queries are completely new queries that had never been searched before! The long tail is where the growth is happening, and your strategy needs to be built around this growth.

Focusing on “fat head” keywords is an unbalanced strategy with diminishing returns. Marketers need to focus on increasing the number of keywords sending search traffic rather than improving a specific keyword position. This is known as your keyword portfolio.

2. Create Problem-Solving Content

Creating great content isn’t rocket science. If you have trouble coming up with ideas, or you think your industry is too boring, focus instead on solving a customer’s problem. This can be done easily by utilizing your organization’s intellectual property to create how-to guides, white papers, or research studies. If you’re in business, then you’re solving problems! Combine people, processes, and software to scale content marketing.

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