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Search Engine Optimization

SEO or SEM, Which Works Better for B2B Lead Generation?

Should your business focus on acquiring leads through an SEM strategy or focus its efforts on improving SEO for lead generation?

For B2B lead generation, the answer isn't always cut and dry. To get to the bottom of what will be the most effective strategy for your business, you'll want to evaluate the pros and cons of both SEM and SEO against your business goals and the search landscape you're trying to break into.

Read on to explore both strategies and why it may be beneficial for your B2B company to put both into practice.

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How to Make a Pillar Page: Creating 10x Content Pillars

Pillar pages are a great tool to organize and plan future content as well as improve SEO and the user experience of your site by giving both searchers and Google what they want.

Thinking about writing a pillar page for the first time and don’t know where to start? Here, we’ll walk you through the process of making 10x content pillars, from laying a foundation of research to launching your page.

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What Are Pillar Pages? 10x Content and Resource Pillars Explained (with Examples)

Pillar pages have become a popular content format and the subject of experimentation and discussion among content marketers. Maybe your colleagues have talked about them. Maybe you’ve been tasked with writing one. Or maybe you’ve come across articles discussing their virtues and where they fit into your marketing mix.

But pinning down a satisfying definition of exactly what a pillar page is—in a way that's genuinely helpful for creating one—can be tough to find. There's tons on perspectives floating around the web.

So at the risk of adding more noise to an already loud conversation, we've kept it short and simple.

Read on for a functional definition of a modern pillar pages and learn how the concept has expanded to included several varieties of pillar pages.

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6 Ways to Refresh Your Digital Marketing Strategy in 2020

If this year's digital marketing strategy looks the same as it did four or five years ago, you're likely missing out on new tools and techniques that have made their way into the modern marketer’s arsenal.

While the core mission of digital marketing remains the same as it always was, changes in how we interact with online content have prompted marketers to find new ways to accomplish their goals.

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Asking for Local Business Reviews in 2020: The Owner's Guide

For businesses focused on selling to a local market, reviews are crucial not only for driving business to your door (as many as 90% of shoppers read reviews before making a purchase), but also for helping your business appear higher up on search results. Having positive, recent reviews can significantly improve your search rankings in your local market.

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Beating Big Brands to the Top with a Smart SEO Strategy

If you’re a small to mid-sized brand, competing with industry heavyweights online (and elsewhere) can seem like a virtually impossible task. Search for any popular product or service and it doesn’t take long to realize big brands have a chokehold on the basic keywords people are searching for.

Depending on what these keywords are, this big brand dominance can consume the entire front page of results and beyond.

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4 Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Franchise PPC Strategy

Pay per click advertising has been a go-to marketing strategy for franchisors looking to sell their opportunity for years. While it works better for some than others, one of the best things about PPC is that unlike other components of content marketing, which involve lengthy periods of planning and discovery, pay per click only requires you to know what serious buyers are searching for on search engines.

Eye-catching headlines, concise one-sentence summaries, and wisely chosen keywords can be very effective when combined with an equally attractive and compelling landing page on your company website.

In addition to being relatively straightforward, PPC can be very cost effective when done correctly. Whether you’re putting a PPC strategy together for the first time, or haven’t touched it since your first put your first campaign in place, there are a few things to be mindful of if you’re not seeing your ads gain traction.

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4 SEO Tips For Your Madison, Wisconsin Small Business Website

Although I’m using local Madison small businesses as my target here, these tips pertain to any small business around the country looking to attract more eyes to their website through inbound means.

If you’re totally clueless as to what Search Engine Optimization (SEO) pertains to, familiarize yourself with the concept here. Like almost any other dimension of digital marketing, SEO is a dynamic component of a broader ever-changing online environment, so it’s essential to routinely check out what new changes are taking place and reorient your strategy accordingly.

Similarly, this may be helpful to businesses that integrated some SEO in the past and are looking for some ways to update their optimization.

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Why Don't I See My Website When I Do a Google Search?

Why don't I see my website when I do a Google search?

For such a simple question, the answer sure is hard to nail down.

Google processes 40,000 of our searches per second worldwide, but even the most seasoned search engine optimization (SEO) experts among us can't predict how the search results are ranked any better than a coin flip.

That said, learning the basics of search engine functionality and a bit about how people use search engines will give you a better understanding of the context of the answer to your question, if not the answer itself.

Here's what we do know about Google search, and some possible answers to the question at the top of this post:

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5 Ways Small Businesses Can Increase Local Search Ranking in 2019

In the last decade, local small businesses have experienced a fundamental shift in the way customers find them.

Print advertising, yellow page listings, and outdoor advertising - while still relevant in some cases - have gone by the wayside.

In their place, we have the most advanced discovery engine ever created: the internet. Savvy local business owners shifted with their customers, prioritizing increasing local search ranking via engine optimization (SEO), conducting internet advertising, and participating in social media.

However, those tactics are no longer enough. Things have changed again, and will continue to do so whether or not local businesses are prepared.

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