2007 Bloggies Finalist for Best Web Development Blog

2007 Bloggines Finalist

I have to admit, it caught me a bit off guard to see Copyblogger as a finalist for the 7th Annual Weblog Awards in the Web Development category. Many thanks to whoever nominated and voted for me!

I’ve got some pretty stiff competition though:

Head on over to vote, and make sure to check out all the categories… Lifehacker got my vote for Weblog of the Year. Winners will be announced at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin on March 12.

SEO Copywriting Techniques
That Readers Love

SEO Copywriting 2.0While the reaction to your content off-page has become the critical determining factor when it comes to search engine rankings, your targeted keyword phrase should still appear on the page itself. And while there’s little consensus in this area, having your keyword combinations appear throughout the page copy generally helps search engines further identify the relevancy of the page for those keywords.

The good news is, copywriting best practices can create compelling, engaging content that also contains repeated keywords and phrases. You never want to sacrifice readability in the pursuit of rankings, but given that links are more important than on-page keyword repetition, you should never have to.

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Linkbaiting: Vote Yes or No This Week Only

Coming into the New Year, I resolved not to use the term “linkbait” any longer. Linkbait is simply compelling content that’s remarkable, and in social media the remark is mostly made via the link. Compelling content is simply compelling content, right?

However, not only has the term not gone away, it’s gaining strength. For example, we have this and this and this and this, and also this and this thus far in the first 24 days of 2007.

If you’re still not sure what I’m talking about, read this.

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The Benefits of a Holistic Approach to Social Media Marketing

It came as quite a shock to see Performancing abruptly shut down its advertising network yesterday. Since I often chat with Chris Garrett and Nick Wilson about various things, I’ve known that there have been serious cost issues, especially related to maintaining the huge server expense that the free Metrics service caused. Unloading Metrics simply had to happen, but I expected the Partners program to carry on, even after Nick resigned.

I think people are surprised that such a high-profile company could fail. After all, they did everything right—scores of valuable content, the Performancing for Firefox blog editor that resulted in untold amounts of back links, and other remarkable free services.

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Five Link Building Strategies That Work

SEO Copywriting 2.0We’ve seen that the real secret to SEO Copywriting 2.0 is creating compelling content that naturally attracts links, rather than begging for links to our keyword-stuffed “optimized” web page. In other words, SEO copywriting is now all about response-oriented copy—concepts and words that ultimately result in a favorable action from the reader.

Since the popularity of our content depends on the reaction to it off-page, it makes sense that we might also need to step outside the confines of the page itself to get the word out. Luckily, the same copywriting skills you use to conceive and create your content apply to promoting it as well.

The way to create compelling content is to focus on “what’s in it for the reader.” Likewise, no one is going to link to you unless doing so gives them a benefit as well.

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Why Linking to Other Blogs is Critical

Kevin O’Keefe posted a great piece recently called Linking to and blogging about competitors’ blogs is smart. Darren at Problogger has also pointed out Kevin’s thoughts, because Darren knows that other than developing your own compelling original content, linking out to other relevant bloggers is critical to growth.

And often, the most relevant bloggers in your field will be your competition.

Kevin writes about lawyers specifically, and how many of them can’t see the benefits of linking out to others in their practice areas. By refusing to link out to and engage with other legal bloggers, attorneys are missing the entire point of the power of blogging.

I can’t say I’m surprised by this attitude, though.

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On the Air Live With the DMZ

I’ll be on the air tonight live with the DMZ show on Blog Talk Radio. Should be good stuff, as we attempt to be the first group ever to respond to a marketing blog meme with a podcast. Feel free to call in at 646-915-8556 and add your own two cents.

The rest of the DMZ team includes:

Paul McEnany of Hee-Haw Marketing;
Scott Baradell of Idea Grove; and
Cam Beck of Chaos Scenario.

What: Dallas Marketing Zoo
When: January 16, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. CST
Who: You
Number: 646-915-8556
Where: Blog Talk Radio

The P.T. Barnum Guide to Online Publicity

There’s a sucker born every minute.

Guess what? P.T. Barnum never said that. A competitor of his did, and yet it’s been wrongly attributed to Barnum for 140 years.

That’s a shame, because although Phineas Taylor Barnum used outrageous stunts and hoaxes for promotional purposes, he was insanely focused on delivering exceptional value to his customers. He even crusaded against schemers and charlatans that swindled people out of money.

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Why the Blogosphere Will Eat Itself

Markets are conversations, so tell us something interesting for a change.
The Cluetrain Manifesto

Create a remarkable product and tell a remarkable story, and people will spread the word.
Seth Godin

If a company succeeds at the above, let’s not talk about them.
Dave Winer

How to Create Cornerstone Content That Google Loves

Imagine with me for a second… someone has just arrived at your website, and this person has no idea what you’re talking about. And this is an important visitor.

Pretend further that this single visitor could make the difference between success and failure for your business. She has no time to waste poking around your site trying to figure out what you’re all about, so she immediately picks up the phone and calls you, demanding an explanation.

What do you tell her?

You’d likely explain by giving her the essential information about how you can help, and why you perfectly meet her needs, right? And I’m betting you’d want to explain it in the most compelling fashion you could, given what’s riding on the deal.

In a nutshell, that’s what Google wants you to do with the content on your site.

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