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SEO: What Is THEIR Rank Telling You - Curagami

SEO: What Is THEIR Rank Telling You - Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

How Their Rank Teaches You SEO Lessons
SEO: Their Rank Talks To You, but are you listening, emulating category leaders and finding ways to disrupt your space to win hearts, minds and loyalty online is the "new SEO". 

So if your question is, "You talking to ME?" and you are asking Google the answer is YES.  

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Updated this post with a PageRank is Dead note from my friend Mark Traphagen. 

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The Platform Revolution #infographic via @Curagami

The Platform Revolution #infographic via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

The Platform Revolution "
Google is all about big brands now," a frustrated customer said. The complaint was about how this Small to Medium Sized Business couldn't win organic listings anymore. We disagreed. Google isn't rewarding top organic listings to Big Brands. Big brands look and feel more like platforms and that is why they are winning in spite of themselves. 

Learn more about why you MUST think in platforms NOW: http://www.curagami.com/magical-thinking/new-seo/the-platform-revolution/  

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QDF - Quality Deserves Freshness & "Fixing" An Editorial Mistake

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What Is QDF
Google has a favorite core concept - Quality Deserves Freshness. The concept changes content marketing in many ways such as:

* Content is publish & done.
* Content that sparks comments is prized.

* Content that promotes links and shares is good.

* Static Content is bad.

On Monday I made an editorial mistake. @Cendrine Marrouat - SocialMediaSlant.comwrote a great guest blog post for Curagami about content curation. My mistake was building a reference into an embedded slide deck in the title.

That editorial decision assumes too much. Any post MUST live up to its title and this one DID if a reader looked at Cendrine's great slides. If you didn't it was confusing. I added to the confusion by using a numbered list in the title and then NOT numbering the tips contained in Cendrine's slides.

We received a comment noting the dissonance my editorial decisions made. NOW WHAT DO YOU DO? Change the title back to Cendrine's better title and destroy the ripples the post earned. Change the blog title without changing the URL and Google sees and punishes the dispariety.

Better to ADD CONTENT IN because of QDF. I wrote in a couple of hundred words and re-shared the post on social as an object lesson in my need to become a better editor and QDF. NEVER take something away from Google they've indexed, has been shared or is inside your website's modeled evaluation.

Taking things away creates suspicion. Adding in new content helps with QDF and provides a new hook to share on social. QDF can be helped by:

* Comments.
* Feeds (if structured and embedded properly).
* Curation (of comments or other material).
* User Generated Content (UGC) such as social shares, comments, reviews and forms.

* Questions - great because "new to them" evergreen content promotes UGC for years.

* Polls - voting brings customers back and creates new social share hooks too.

If this information sounds like you really can't "fix" an editorial mistake as much as you create, curate and surf you way out of it you understand implications of QDF. Content in Google land is forever, but content in the new QDF world isn't static, unchanging and inviolate either.

Promise to write a post on QDF and how Google's search for the latest greatest and most relevant content means your content marketing needs to shift from "publish and done" to "publish, curate and publish again".


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Got Authority? Become A Site Google Respects

Got Authority? Become A Site Google Respects | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Great tips from Curagami co-founder Phil Buckley (@1918) about how to create the authority your site needs to please the Google gods: http://www.curagami.com/featured/becoming-worthy-of-rank-authority/



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Is Google Becoming Amazon? WSJ Video

Is Google Becoming Amazon? WSJ Video | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

When Google went public 10 years ago, co-founder Larry Page said he wanted to get his search engine's users out of Google and to the right place as fast as possible. Today, Google is often doing the opposite. WSJ's Rolfe Winkler reports on the News Hub with Tanya Rivero. (Photo: Getty Images).

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10 years old Google is moving from search to a content and commerce portal. Increasingly Google wants to be s destination not simply the world leading sieve. Content is king and the king is beginning to emulate one of their subjects - Amazon.

Amazon has been successful at balancing their business between content and commerce. Many Amazon interactions are "rich search" engagements where we use Amazon's reviews or vast scale to teach us something about an online marketplace.

Look at Amazon's nascent entry into streaming video market. Using their loyalty program, Prime, Amazon has the most addictive and best looking streaming option. Amazon's advantage? They SELL movies as well as giving away what feels like about 1/3 of their titles FREE to prime members.

BRILLIANT use of a loyalty program since it reinforces a key benefit, access, and creates a crack cocaine like addiction. When I want to find a movie Netflix doesn't have Amazon is where I go. Lately I even pay to "rent" or "buy" a title too having plowed through free titles.

Now let's turn back to Google and realize that content, search and content are VERY different things. Amazon's use of prime to improve their streaming option into a viable digital marketplace demonstrates the interconnected synergies a commerce & content player like Amazon can achieve.

Can Google become equally as successful at content and commerce? Perhaps, but one need only look at Yahoo's struggles to be both search and content portal to question whether either is sufficiently difficult to demand full attention.

As we search less and differently Google wants to diversify and protect the kingdom they've built. Entering oceans made red with competition as both content and commerce are is a different gig. Will be interesting to see how the king adapts to being a lowly prince.


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Invisible Giant: Why New SEO Is So Hard To See via @HaikuDeck by @Scenttrail

Invisible Giant: Why New SEO Is So Hard To See via @HaikuDeck by @Scenttrail | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

There is a new invisible giant using 5 "tricks" so the "new seo" is getting harder and harder to see and understand. This Haiku Deck and Curatti blog post is about how to see the invisible giant. How to win hearts and minds online.

Why New SEO So Hard To See
* Google Float & Filter Bubbles.
* Social Media Marketing's Disappearing Act.

* Friends of Friends Marketing.

* Multi-channel Marketing.

* Web's "Fabric" Like Space/Time.

Adding a Curatti blog post at midnight tonight too.
http://curatti.com/invisible-giant-hard-see-new-seo/

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malek's curator insight, August 5, 2014 7:37 AM

Thought provoking on many fronts. The notion of need of predictive models (and other tools) to link content with visitors.

donhornsby's curator insight, August 5, 2014 8:02 AM

(From the article): Content Marketing is a tricky idea. You need to create authoritative content, but just enough that community is forming comfortably. Talk to much, in the wrong voice or at the wrong time sand you kill your fledgling community (easy to do). 

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What Is Long-Form Content and Why Does It Work?

What Is Long-Form Content and Why Does It Work? | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
Ask two content marketers about long-form content and you’ll likely get two completely different responses. The first might say that long-form content is a gamble, given audiences’ supposedly min…
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Storify Long Form Content To Win
Great post explaining why SHORT or LONG form content works and the middle drags. Amazing charts and graphs supporting why long form works ins a heuristic TIME ON SITE time (like this one). If your readers are ENGAGED they are more valuable than if they are "one and done" and long form content creates more engagement.

The post speculates on why, but my theory is its easier to tell a better story. It takes me 500 words just to get my scene set (lol). I'm kidding, but I do like to "storify" my content.

In this context "storify" means to find a larger story I can riff INTO the post or share a personal but relevant story that provides the same kind of "backbone" content.

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malek's curator insight, May 12, 2014 5:04 PM

A great piece of reading about adding more value with more content.  The examples are highly illustrative, turning a dry rock into live rock.

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Social Media Referral Traffic +42%, $ Jumps + 63% and SMBs Rule [infographic]

Social Media Referral Traffic +42%, $ Jumps + 63% and SMBs Rule [infographic] | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
In 2013, both large and small retailers earned business by making social media a priority. But it was the small merchants, operating exclusively online, that dominated the top ranks of the social media 500. This infographic takes a closer look at how SMBs can harness the power of smart placement, great content and nimble response.


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I Loved this Line
"According to an Internet Retailer study, monthly referral traffic to e-commerce websites from Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and YouTube increased 42 percent, while the revenue generated from those visitors jumped nealry 63 percent."

There has been a debate about social media and SEO. Google continues to insist SMM has no role in ranking. This is disingenuous because it isolates Google from its parts.

Social media, as this infographic shows conclusively, helps with important Internet concepts like traffic, revenue and loyalty. Those are the "parts" that Google's continued claims that SMM doesn't impact rankings discounts.

Everything impacts rankings. Everything that brings traffic to or back to a website impacts SEO rankings. It has to since that is the nature of the game we play.

Good conversation breaking out on G+
https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/VG9kxyBLaAH  


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malek's curator insight, February 26, 2014 10:52 AM

It's all about the interaction of consumers with products online. The recently released Google's new Hummingbird algorithm put more weight to how your business, product, or service is being talked about on the social Web.

Ali Anani's curator insight, February 27, 2014 12:16 AM

Stay in the race by grasping social media

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Startup Trends 2014 II Including Nest.com's $3.2B Sale To Google via Curatti

Startup Trends 2014 II Including Nest.com's $3.2B Sale To Google via Curatti | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Startups are fun, creative & may be our best hope. This second of a two part Curatti series covers startup trends from digital homes to wearable tech.

As I was putting the finishing touches on this second post in a 2 part Startup Trends 2014 for Curatti.com one of our featured Smart Home Startups @Nest sold to Google for $3.2B. Amazing.

More than 25 other cool startups covered some of them will be worth billions too :). M

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Amazon's Social Rebirth ScentTrail Marketing

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Amazon's New Social Relevance
Amazon was late to social media and they paid a price for being tardy. Almost 90% of Amazon's pages have been eliminated from Google's index post Panda and Penguin.

Granted we would all like to be left so "high and dry" since Amazon still has 127M pages in Google, but, as this linked post describes, Amazon is embracing social media marketing now with new tools such as Amazon collections and a social share widget that is approaching ubiquity.

If Amazon can learn new social shopping tricks so too can your website. The key idea is even a website that was slouching toward having a billion pages in Google must play for social relevance now as so should we all.  


Related

Amazon's Collections on Scoopit
http://sco.lt/7eE6Tp 


Amazon's Social Rebirth on ScentTrail Marketing
http://scenttrail.blogspot.com/2013/08/amazons-social-rebirth.html  

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Google Authorship MATTERS new Study Proves [@jeffalytics Study]

Google Authorship MATTERS new Study Proves [@jeffalytics Study] | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
Google Plus impacts search and Google Authorship Sweetens the deal. Learn how it all works in this comprehensive 3 week study that isolates the impact of G+
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Impact of Google Authorship Study
Amazing, comprehensive study from @Jeffalytics on the impact of Google authorship. Their conclusions that YOU are becoming more important than any single website you contribute to is one important conclusion. There are many more including if you aren't using Google Authorship tags expect to be beaten to a pulp.

Another implication is BRAND your writers in addition to your website. The value of branded writers is you can apply their author rank anywhere and at any time for an immediate impact on SEO.  

Great conclusions at the bottom.
http://www.jeffalytics.com/google-plus-search-authorship/  

I followed up this Scoop with a brief post on ScentTrail Marketing sharing my best resource to LEARN about Google authorship and a handful of content strategy implications:
http://scenttrail.blogspot.com/2013/04/google-authorship-matters-jeffalytics.html 

Also wrote about the study on Google Plus and received one comment about the study's flaws. The study may have flaws, but it is helpful to do what I need to do - get the tags added. The over, what we stand to gain, is so much greater than the under, the cost of tagging, you would think adding authorship tags is a no brainer. Not so much as it turns out (lol).

Here is the Google Plus conversation:
https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/45ZBpspdjK

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