I was slightly ashamed of this for the first few years of my career in SEO, but in 2012, I finally stared coming to terms with it. I feel fine about admitting it publicly now.
I’m not great at content marketing and link building.
Well, that’s been changing rapidly; ever since I’ve forced myself into it following MozCon 2012. Before that, I was a pretty damn technically-focused SEO. I was a master of code and site speed and metadata, but I really struggled with acquiring legitimate links through force of effort, or planning and executing content that a site’s target audience would actually care about and consider sharing. Yet, seeing how that was the big missing piece in my inbound marketing skillset, I forced myself to jump into this whole content marketing business headfirst. One of my first successful attempts was with a coupon code site. We’d traditionally had trouble coming up with blog content that this site’s users would actually care about and want to read (I mean, they were there for coupon codes and not much else). We did have a not-insignificant core audience that was interested in general savings tips and thrifty culture, and they were moderately engaged on the brand’s social channels. So, I decided that I needed to figure out what kind of blog post they’d care enough about to actually read. [Read more…] about What I Learned From My First Attempt at Content Marketing