In honor of Thanksgiving, I’ve been thinking about what I’m deeply grateful for. I realized that throughout this year, and through all the challenges and hardships I’ve seen people facing these past months, I’ve been struck by something. I’ve been surprised by the things that everyday, ordinary people around me – colleagues, clients, friends, peers, children, and other inspirers – are doing that make the world a better, happier and more peaceful place.
Sure, there is so much around us that brings us down and makes us hang our heads in our hands (just spend the day watching the “news” and your mood will descend from upbeat to depressed in a flash). But I’ve seen a shift of sorts this year – a movement,shall we say – away from pain, suffering and misery towards something more positive, more inspiring. There’s been a keener focus on kindness, happiness, peace and support. And that shift in focus paves the way for a new, more hopeful way of living.
If I were to name the 8 most inspiring things that I see people around me doing around every day, this would have to be my list:
The single most inspiring and transformative act a human being can engage in is forgiveness. I’ve seen therapy and coaching clients completely transform after releasing the pain and suffering they were holding onto because they finally found a way to forgive. To me, forgiveness is looking directly in the face of someone or something that is hurtful, damaging, disturbing or disappointing, and deciding not to harbor hatred or resentment about it. Forgiveness doesn’t mean you’re a wimp and can’t stand up for yourself. It means that you understand that holding onto the pain, anger and resentment hurts you more than it hurts anyone else. It’s the knowledge that hatred and condemnation is not the pathway to recovery or resilience.
The year 2015 is nearly upon us, and every marketing department is forecasting and planning how to make a new splash next year. How is your SEO strategy looking?
Now is a good time to dust off your (possibly outdated) SEO strategy and get it ready for the new year. Make sure it’s pointed at the right goal, and make sure that goal is understood and adopted across the entire organization: Google says the user is in charge, so — yep, you guessed it — the user is in charge!
Google’s Destination Hasn’t Changed
Many content marketers are confused about what SEO actually is today among seemingly endless changes.
Yes, SEO has changed over the years, but Google has not. Google has always been interested in providing the best results for its users. Period. SEO has only “changed” because too many internet marketers have been looking for the short-term win.
Google algorithm journey
According to Rand Fishkin, Google and SEO don’t change much.
The problem is, all those quick wins (from keyword stuffing to spammy link building) went against Google’s goal of delighting the user, actually making Google.com less appealing to the general public. Bad search results = users go to other search engines. And that hurts Google’s bottom line.
How has Google responded? Panda, Penguin, manual penalties… and the list goes on. As a result, marketers have now developed a healthy fear of going against the Google.
As 2014 draws to a close, even the most stubborn SEO professionals are being forced to recognize that there is no quick win. Google wants to provide the best user experience possible, and you can’t get that by cheating.
SEO Is No Longer A Department (Neither Is Link-Building)
If SEO is not already an integrated part of your overall marketing efforts, it’s time to change your perspective. SEO success depends on an ever-increasing variety of factors, ranging from the popularity of your brand online (whether or not there are links involved) and even to the online impact of your live events.
Solid SEO teams want and need the ability to influence policy and strategies “beyond SEO” — and that can include everything from web design and development to content marketing, marketing technology, social media, branding, PR, corporate marketing and more. Integrating and coordinating these areas with SEO isn’t an overreach – it’s a necessity.
Put True Marketers In Charge Of SEO
The best SEO professionals aren’t necessarily deeply technical or wildly advanced in their understanding of detailed technical algorithms. The SEOs of the future are… marketers! Plain and simple. If you are making a change with your SEO team, hiring an SEO team member, or bringing in an SEO consultant/agency/firm, you must look for that spark of marketing genius.
The best SEO team member is a well-rounded marketer that can connect with audiences in a meaningful way, validate assumptions with real-world tests, and build a rich and engaging sales funnel experience. The SEO expert that will rock 2015 is focused on long-term big wins and steadily building your brand’s audience, not short-term quick tricks or gimmicks.
If your SEO team is made up of strong marketers, encourage them to use their marketing instincts and avoid getting caught up in SEO formulas.
For example, many SEO projects still invest countless hours in discussions of keyword placement and keyword density. But if SEOs spend that same energy on delighting the user (increasing clicks, decreasing the bounce rate), they will be able to realize a significantly greater impact with their SEO campaign.
The biggest risk to your SEO campaign is forgetting about the user and overthinking SEO as a lock-step, formulaic task.
All SEO Formulas Break (Some Sooner Than Later)
The only processes that don’t break are:
Processes that offer a tangible benefit to the user. For example, editorial teams that regularly produce content assets, each more valuable than the last.
Processes that deliver multiple benefits, not just SEO benefits. This may include activities such as securing a regular executive column in a popular publication. This can lead to direct SEO benefits such as new inbound links as well as numerous other benefits including increased brand exposure, engaging a new audience, thought leadership, etc.
It’s All About The User: What Does That Mean?!
All about the user is a paradigm to listen and watch for. Are your SEO team members and/or consultants making recommendations to improve the user experience? Are they monitoring metrics which quantify the “delight” users experience on your website?
Recommendations that are very technical in nature, with no metric attached to prove their value to the user, are red flags. Cater to the user, not the Googlebot.
Creating an engaging, resourceful, helpful website that allows users to complete the tasks they came for is the foundation of a strategy that attracts Google’s attention.
If your SEO is going to work, it can’t be a small silo near the marketing department (or the IT department or wherever it’s been stashed in your organization), and it can’t be about quick-wins and cheap shots.
Effective SEO — SEO that is working with Google instead of against it, that will withstand algorithm updates and marketing fads — is marketing, customer service, sales, PR, branding, and web development. 2015 is the year to take a step back, broaden the perspective, and finally get SEO really working for you.
Some opinions expressed in this article may be those of a guest author and not necessarily Search Engine Land. Staff authors are listed here.
Be member of community is a powerful and empowering things.
People is ready to help you out.
Just the waiting for you to do the same at first place.
Share something that never heard it before inner different way.
Scientific called it “social self marketing”.
More fancy approached to be more friendly and monitoring your connections.
Modern society has turned away from absolute standards of conduct. Instead of a guilt ethic (restraint by conscience) we have a shame ethic (restraint by fear of apprehension).” Thou shalt not get caught” is widely regarded as Eleventh Commandment.
Photo Credit: Todd Quackenbush
The successful criminal receives admiration and approval. Our society rewards bigness and success. If one kills a person, one is a murder; if one kills twenty person, one is a psychopath; if one kills a millions persons one is national hero. If a someone steals a thousand dollars society send him or her to prison; but if one steals a million dollars, society sends that persons to congress.
The kind of thieves that Jesus considered most reprehensible were those who did not live by their convictions but by conventions. Business fraud is conventional thievery.
Excessive profits and professional fees become theft when take more than is fair of another person’s goods. There comes a point when profits are not just obscene; they constitute outright stealing.