SEO and Content Marketing in the Post-Panda & Penguin World
While Google’s Panda and Penguin updates have made things great for users, they’ve made things rather difficult for content marketers and SEO professionals. Thankfully, there are proven content marketing techniques that work well in the post-Panda & Penguin world.
Most major search engines (especially Google) have made a number of changes in the way they calculate the rank of web pages for particular keywords. The SEO and content marketing tactics that yielded rich dividends just a few months back do not work so well anymore. As Google is the most popular search engine, millions of blogs and websites around the world were built keeping in mind the preferences of this Internet search giant. The Panda and Penguin updates took blogging professionals, online marketers and SEO experts by surprise. The Google search ranking of several websites plummeted all of a sudden, and SEO strategies that seemed to work perfectly were no longer effective.
Most black-hat SEO tactics will not help you get back on your feet. Thankfully, there are a number of other ways in which you can use content marketing to get enviable search rankings on Google.
Successful Content Marketing Techniques for Google Panda and Penguin
1. Original, Quality Content
While the idea of writing quality and original content to impress and attract visitors has been around since a long while, most content marketers don’t take the pains to implement it. Panda update punishes spam and/or duplicate content. If your site has been hit, you need to take a close look at the content and decide for yourself whether it offers any real value to the user. For improving the raking of new websites, you should use original and quality content as copied content will never let you rise to the top of the search results.
2. Judicious Use of Keywords
A decade ago, it was understood that cramming your website or blog with a certain keyword will automatically take you to the top of Google results. As the search engines got smarter, content marketers and SEO professionals realized that, in the new circumstances, it was better to use the keywords just a few times in an article or web page. Those tactics don’t work so well now. In order to empower your content and make it beautiful in the eyes of Panda and Penguin, use the main keywords just a few times (2-3% of overall content) and use (but not repeat) similar, related keywords extensively.
3. Remove Unnatural Links
All the low-quality links that point toward your site are hurting your rankings. If you have purchased a number of links from a website and the links have the same anchor text, it won’t do you any good. On the contrary, it will hurt you. If you post comments on different forums using same anchor texts with a gibberish username, Google will view it as spam and hit your domain. Link from sites that are blacklisted by Google will also harm you. If any links of the above description point towards your website or blog, get rid of them fast.
4. Build Natural Links
Many content marketing professionals avoid link building after being hit by Google Panda and Penguin. But link building works well if you can get links from quality websites. Links from sites that are similar to your site can help you a lot. Also, links from trusted sources like reputed news sites, education sites and government sites can also help you boost your search engine results.
5. Make Social Networking a Part of your Strategy
Apart from SEO and content marketing through article and blog submission, you must also harness the power of social media marketing to work for you. Twitter has proved to be a dependable tool for micro-blogging; Facebook and other social media sites can also help you promote your products and services.