“Four Ways to Come Up with New B2B Blog Topics - Business 2 Community” plus 1 more
Posted: 13 Aug 2019 11:03 AM PDT
As you know, managing a B2B blog on your organization's website can be an effective content marketing tactic for your business to use to demonstrate your expertise in the industry as well as drive traffic back to your website. However, consistently coming up with new content can sometimes be creatively draining and there may be days when you simply cannot come up with your next blog post idea.
If this sounds like a challenge you've faced in the past, here are four easy ways to stay away from a writing rut:
Research your audience's interests and pain points
The first step to take when brainstorming new ideas is to see what is trending in your industry. Find what keywords or topics are of interest to your audience to direct your writing. One useful brainstorming tool you can use is BuzzSumo, an easy-to-use tool that analyzes what content performs based on social media engagement and number of links. BuzzSumo puts everything together in one place to help ensure you reach the right audience with unique, high-quality content.
Another useful tool to consider using to research your audience's interests is Google Trends. Google Trends allows you to gauge consumer search behaviors over time by providing you with trending search data on specified keywords. These results can help influence topics that you want to focus on when writing a new blog post.
Answer the Public is another great tool to use to brainstorm ideas as it visually displays a web of questions and prepositions with your keyword in it. Answer the Public helps determine why people are searching for certain words and phrases and helps supplement SEO efforts.
Scan your favorite industry blogs for inspiration
Keep a bookmark folder in your browser of your favorite blog posts to reference for new ideas or use content aggregation and curation tools like Feedly or Flipboard. With these tools, you can create your own topic boards and gather content from various publications, blogs and media outlets to easily see their latest articles in a stream or feed view. If you see multiple blogs being written on the same topic from the various sources you follow, you may want to consider writing about that subject as well.
As you read, keep an open notepad to write down quotes or statistics that stick out. You can leverage these as engaging social media graphics and include them in your blog content. Once you've read through a few blogs and articles, highlight and organize the phrases that relate to each other. Find common themes or threads of information that could be expanded on further.
Keep a running brainstorm list
Write every idea down! Even the mediocre brainstorm sessions can flourish into great ideas with a little bit of time and a fresh mindset on a new day. Utilize online blog topic generators like Hubspot's to help you think of new ideas.
When it's time to get started on a new blog, you already have topic ideas to pick from instead of wasting time researching and trying to find another topic.
Never stop adding to your list. Each moment you have a burst of an idea, be sure to write it down so that you don't lose it later. Your list will continue to grow and your blog will be regularly updated with new content.
Interview a co-worker or industry-experienced colleague
Some of your greatest resources are seated at the desks near yours. Set aside time to discuss ideas or set up an interview with your colleagues who are subject matter experts in your industry. It doesn't have to take long either. Be proactive and come with a topic to discuss or questions to ask. The content created during the meeting is both original and already tailored to align with your business views. We utilize this tactic with our Four Questions Answered blog series.
Keeping up with new B2B blog topics doesn't have to be a tedious or time consuming task when your idea pool is always filled. Talk with the knowledgeable people around you. Write down every idea so you can pull from your list later. Research your audience's interests and behavior trends and browse through other blogs or organize them in a content aggregation tool.
Posted: 12 Aug 2019 02:31 AM PDT
In a Google Webmaster Hangout, someone asked Google's Webmaster Trends Analysis John Mueller about schema structured data and Expertise, Authoritativeness and trustworthiness.
John Mueller offered insight into how how Google recognizes author information.
Question About Increasing E-A-T
Expertise, Authoritativeness and Trustworthiness are abbreviated as E-A-T. The question was about communicating author information.
There is an SEO idea that an author page or displaying author information is useful for ranking well.
It's beyond dispute that E-A-T in content is important. However, Mueller's answer emphasized doing what is good for users.
John Mueller's answer did not confirm that author bio is a ranking signal. Expertise, authoritativeness and trustworthiness are so much more than a self-authored author biography.
This is the question:
The question assumes that Schema.org structured data can increase the expertise, authoritativeness and trustworthiness of a web page. Structured Data does not confer any such thing. Telling Google you are expert is not the same as being expert.
Structured data is simply a way to communicate information. It doesn't communicate signals of quality.
Mueller answered that using structured data was up to the publisher and that authorship information was gathered by Google "through a number of ways."
This is what Mueller answered:
Structured Data Spam
It must be pointed out that putting information in the structured data that does not exist in the web page itself can be viewed as spam and result in a manual action.
This is what Google's Structured Data Guidelines says:
John Mueller didn't warn about the dangers of misusing structured data. However he did say how it's not useful for users.
Which Structured Data to Use?
Mueller then addressed which structured data to use, article or whatever. Mueller simply stated to use what was appropriate.
That's it. Just pick what's appropriate.
Structured Data and E-A-T
Mueller didn't seem enthusiastic about using structured data as a way to increase E-A-T. He stated that the use of structured data was "up to you."
That answer seems to make it sound like Structured Data is not a particularly strong signal for E-A-T. Mueller didn't say it was any kind of signal, only that the use of it is up to you and that information visible to users was important.
What is E-A-T?
E-A-T is a general term that encompasses a great many things.
What makes a site trustworthy?
What makes a site authoritative?
Users seeking a specific web page and citing it could be signals of expertise.
Communicating who the author is and their credentials are weak and untrustworthy signals. What a publisher writes about themself on their own website is not authoritative. Anyone can publish anything about themselves on their own website.
Author Bio is Useful to Users. That Doesn't Make it a Ranking Signal
I don't understand why some individuals believe that author pages carry a strong ranking weight. It doesn't take much consideration to realize that a statement on an author page by the author about themself is of dubious reliability.
Structured data is not a piñata filled with candy, waiting for Google to come along. It is just a way to communicate information that is visible to users on the web page itself.
John Mueller himself said that Google tries to identify E-A-T "partially through the content directly."
What other people say about an author or a web page is more important than what you stuff into your structured data or your author biography page.
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