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High Quality Blog Content: Keep It Simple

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High-quality website and blog content builds brand awareness, and turns website visitors into customers and referral sources. The 2019 B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks report shows that 96% of the most successful content marketers strongly believe that their organization’s credibility has increased because of high-quality content.

Below is a list of some of the elements that constitute a high-quality blog post. If you follow this checklist, you are well on your way to creating quality blog content.

The Content is Aligned With Brand Objectives

Our objective in creating this blog post is to establish ourselves as experts on content marketing, SEO and brand development.  If this article does not at least partially support this objective, than it is not high quality. Having a one-on-one conversation with the website visitor that helps that visitor to better understand the subject matter at hand is the objective.  To have organized and well written content will further help to achieve that goal.

The Content is Designed to Provide Solutions

High-quality content solves specific problems and offers actionable advice that the readers can apply to their situation.  In our case, many of the solutions require technical expertise that most of our customers do not possess, but it is still comforting to know that there is a resource or a procedure available for solving a problem.

The Content Shares Specific Tools To Solve The Problem

Useful content provides resources to solve problems.  For example, we often cite resources like SEMRush, Ahrefs.com, and Google Search Console that help to provide solutions for various SEO problems ranging from backlinks to keyword research to on page SEO techniques.  The point is that you should not be shy about providing the sources of your solutions. That is what makes your blog content unique and valuable.

The Content Should Be Easy To Read.

A study by the Nielsen Group found that 79% of website users scan the content on a webpage for highlighted headings. In fact, the study shows only 16% of users read the content word for word. Use highlighted headings, keep the content brief and to the point, and use graphs and illustrations to explain complicated concepts or conclusions that require a lot of data to support.  Use language that is conversational and easy to understand, even when explaining technical subject matter.

Conclusion: Keep It Simple

Creating high-quality content is not complicated.   The key is to have a firm understanding of the topic that you are writing about, and explain it as if you are talking to a friend who is not in your industry, or better yet, explain it like you are speaking to a new customer of your firm.  If your discussion covers the problem at hand and provides the theory and assets necessary to create a solution, then you have satisfied most definitions of high-quality content.

Eric Van Cleave is the CEO and Digital Director for Zenergy Works, A Santa Rosa California Digital Marketing and SEO Agency.

Zenergy Works + TIV Branding

As the digital landscape continues to evolve and evolve quickly, Zenergy Works continues to evolve as well. Our biggest evolution has been our merge with TIV Branding, a long-time partner in design, branding and traditional marketing. With changes in the Google and Facebook algorithms putting more emphasis on strong brands, our merge turned out to position us perfectly. It’s almost as if we planned it that way…

Put simply, Zenergy Works is TIV Branding’s digital marketing department. We have TIV Branding clients that need branding, packaging, traditional advertising, and digital marketing. Those clients are the ideal fit for TIV Branding, especially since the TIV and Zenergy Works merger. But we also have clients that only need digital marketing and SEO, and those clients are a perfect fit for Zenergy Works.

Not only do branding and digital complement each other perfectly, but the process we have in place for both services have helped to form the approach we use for all of our projects. The DISCOVER phase we do at the beginning of every project now involves digital strategies even when the project is not digitally focused. The information we look at when we’re developing the perfect keywords for digital marketing can also be used to drive the strategy of a packaging design project and the research we do when developing a new brand can help drive an SEO campaign approach.

We have 16 of Sonoma County’s best working in our office. The ability to have the Zenergy Works digital team interact with the designers, the marketers and the copy writers is one of the other reasons why our evolution has made us so successful. Even though we primarily Slack each other, if so inspired we could lean over and discuss how a packaging project can most effectively be supported by digital marketing.

Let us know if you’d like to discuss Zenergy Works and TIV Branding. Chances are we have the people to help you not only with the digital marketing that Zenergy Works has been knocking out of the park for years, but branding, packaging, print advertising, marketing collateral and much more.

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How will the end of Google+ affect SEO?

Google+ launched in 2011 as Google’s attempt at a social media platform. Originally conceived to take market share from social media juggernaut Facebook, it never achieved its goal. Other than some hardcore fans, Google+ by 2018 has become largely a has-been. So when news broke that there had a been a data breach of user information at G+, it was not a huge surprise that the corporation announced it would be shutting down operations over the coming months.

The end of Google+ has seemed inevitable for a while. The question is, now that Google has officially announced the end, what impact will it have on SEO?

Google+

When it first launched, Google hinted that Google plus and +1 buttons would be a factor in search rankings. They did show up in searches over the years. Google also offered Search Plus Your World, a personalized search that showed results based on what your Google plus friends searched for and clicked on. Google actively tried to drive conversation on its social network by recommending people take their search to Google+, including highlighting Google+ content in search results and in Google News and showing users what was trending on Google plus. There was also an in-depth local search integration between Google Local and Google plus results.

Ultimately, all these attempts to promote Google+ failed. Over the years, Google stopped the heavy promotion of G+. Features and integrations with other Google products slowly faded. At this point, G+ does not play a large role in Google search. Although it has affected search in the past, it has been inactive for a while now.

When Google+ is shut down for consumer use in August 2019, I expect no impact to SEO. This has been a long time coming, Google just made it official.