Content For More Links Building
Content can earn links; this improves your online visibility and conversions in the long run. There are many things written about link building but the crux of it is content worth reading and sharing. High quality links can only be earned if the content deserves it. Important websites will only associate with content that is useful and valuable for their audience-this is why publications such as The Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal and New York Times are harder to earn links from. Do you want high quality links from well known publications in your niche? Then you need to improve the quality of your written content.
Why low quality links hurt your ranking
Low quality links, such as the ones from mass directory sites, spammy blog roll sites and poor quality guest blogs will cost you your time and reputation. They signal to Google that your website has associations with other poor quality websites. Think about it, would an authoritative, trustworthy website be linked to spammy, low quality websites? To maintain your online reputation and long term visibility, you need to disavow harmful links.
Why shares are not links
Shares are very common in social media marketing but they are different from link building. Social media links can drive traffic to your website and give you brand exposure, but they are not links recognized by Google. High quality links can improve your organic SEO; they signal that your website is worthy of being linked to. The context of social media sharing is completely different from link building. Social media shares are sometimes reciprocal and vanity metrics. You do not even need great content to get reshared. The gold standard of sharing content is to earn links from relevant and authoritative websites.
Setting link baits
Link baiting is a surefire way to get your content noticed. If your content is useful, promoted well and easily accessible then it can be used as link bait. Link baits that ask for consumer information in exchange for content does not work so well. Unless you create the illusion of not asking for anything from readers, link bait should be ungated.
Well researched long form content for earning links
According to BuzzSumo and Moz, long form content backed by thorough research earns the greatest number of links from authoritative websites. In addition to the research and 2250-2500 words content, the most link worthy content also expressed different opinions and and were promoted on social media. This may seem easy in theory, but only 25% of content get links. That means 75% of content published are not link worthy and a waste of marketing resources.
Another link worthy form of content is the listicle. The list content is satisfactory for readers because they provide a solution to common problems. Content such as ’10 ways to recycle your old clothes,’ and, ‘100 ways to use baking soda,’ are popular because they appeal to the human psychology of wanting to know. The list form is also easier to digest.
Spend more time on link earning
Now that you know the most link worthy content and what efforts they entail, it is time to invest in good quality content. This can be outsourced to experienced writers or planned in advance so you can promote it in good time. You need to know where to promote it and who to promote it to. Half of successful link earning requires active promotion. You should be reaching out to influencers, paying for social ads, reformatting your content and retargeting.
Another point to remember is to trim your content but not the information. What this means is eliminating any content that does not add value. Long form content in excess of 2000 words are not waffling if they present detailed research and valuable insights.
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