Get links or die trying
For years, I’ve heard people say things like “SEO is dead!” or “SEO never works!” or “It’s all about content!” That last one I thought was complete horse manure, until I checked links to my old blog and this website. The biggest thing I learned? Content strategy takes a LONG time. Sometimes, years later your effort pays off (as you’ll see in the examples below).
I’ve been a big believer in SEO strategy for the past 5 years. Ironically, though, I’m not as confident in content strategy….yet. As much as I love creating content, I still think links are far, faaaar, FAR more valuable. But that’s the funny thing; good content ends up becoming great link backs from prominent websites. Finally, I’ve collected enough examples to give you an idea of what a real content strategy can look like.
Create content, get links, get traffic, get paid.
First off, you have NO CLUE what people want to link to. Best try as many different avenues, topics, and content as possible. Below you’ll see examples of podcasts, articles, quotes and stories people linked back to.
An Edu Link? Isn’t that like crack for an SEO?
Yup! The ever so difficult .edu link! And we got one not from just any old school, but PURDUE UNIVERSITY! Yes, that Purdue. How you ask? By writing about a story I heard on a Freakonomics Podcast on how Purdue is reinventing how to charge for tuition.