When we talk about “authority” in SEO terms, most marketers’ thoughts go straight to link building. Links have historically been the No. 1 factor in building domain authority, and while that’s still the case to a degree, there’s a more effective and organic way of building your site’s authority that doesn’t require link building or turning to the dark side with black-hat techniques.
Analytical marketers are obsessed with tracking metrics. As an industry, we’ve gotten very good at it. But when it comes to the more subjective elements of a content marketing strategy, like creating “high-quality content,” the to-do’s become a little more foggy.
In order to compete with and differentiate yourself from other online businesses today, you need to invest in content marketing. You have to go out of your way to develop original, helpful content that can build brand awareness, boost web traffic, and land more customers. But it’s not enough to simply publish mediocre blog posts on your website week after week. You have to take the time to create outstanding, memorable content that your followers, prospects, and customers will love. It’s the only to get any real ROI from your efforts.
As marketers know all too well, Google has been focused on cutting down web spam and rewarding high-quality content. As mentioned previously, Google rolled out the Hummingbird search engine update in 2013, putting an emphasis on Relevant Terms as the #2 factor determining Google PageRank. Another animal in Google's fearsome arsenal is the Panda; this post will focus on the Panda 4.0 update in late 2014.