There is no doubt about the fact that Google has thrown many a spanner in the works in the form of complicated algorithm updates this year. If the infamous ‘Mobilegeddon’ wasn’t enough, towards the end of October, Google made another shock announcement by informing the world that it has been using a machine-learning artificial intelligence system called “RankBrain” to help sort through its search results – and that this has been going on for a while. For those who have been dedicated in terms of their SEO efforts, this is actually great news.Read More
In today’s market, the chances of getting by without a mobile-friendly website are pretty slim, especially if you’re trying to make an impression, or sell a service or a product. However, there are pockets of entrepreneurs that don’t understand the concept, let alone the importance thereof. After all, how can we expect those who are not part of our industry to understand when the lines between mobile compatibility and optimisation are blurred?Read More
Have you ever wanted to listen in on a conversation about SEO? Well, here’s your chance!
CEO of National Positions, Richard Fyffe and COO, Maon Seidel, sat down with David Watts of ‘Watts Involved’ for MIX FM to discuss the ins and outs of SEO.
After Mobilegeddon and ‘The Phantom Update’ caused a massive upset within the online community, everyone scrambled to make the necessary changes in order to comply with the new ‘best practice’ guidelines as set out by Google.Read More
We can all agree that we’ve reached a time of the year when budgets are reviewed, strategies are updated, scrapped or rewritten, and we take a look at how the year has treated us in hopes that it will give us an idea of what to expect in 2016.Read More
A Note from Joe Pulizzi at CMI
And Social Media Taketh Away
Have you heard about YouTube’s new Red subscription program? YouTube Red is the company's answer to Netflix, Hulu, and every other paid video content service (it will be offered at about $10 per month and will include premium + regular YouTube content — without ads).
TechCrunch reported last week that YouTube approached all its “partner” creators (people who generate advertising royalties from their YouTube pages) with an “offer they couldn’t refuse.” Basically, if the partners don't sign a new agreement to license their content on Red (at a 55% royalty rate), YouTube will make their content private.
Just think about that. Let’s say you had a million subscribers on YouTube, or even a thousand. What choice would you really have? Would you just flush those assets down the toilet?
Here’s the cold, hard truth: Your YouTube videos are not your assets. They are YouTube’s assets. You don’t own those subscriber connections — YouTube does. We’ve seen this happen before — and very recently. After Facebook’s latest algorithm change, how much of your content on Facebook are your fans really seeing? And after LinkedIn redesigned its groups? And after Twitter took away its tweet counts so you have to pay for its API? And after SlideShare moved from free leads to paid leads? And… well, don’t get me started about Google+…
I don’t have any problem with YouTube, or any other social media platform, making changes like this. It’s perfectly within their rights to make any business decision they feel will drive revenues or profits.
But you don’t have to play their games. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and now YouTube. They are changing the rules all the time, now; and they are doing so with alarming speed. Expect them to keep making more of these changes.
The prescription? I would start every morning with the possibility that your social media platform of choice could disappear at any moment. Use it now, and extract as much value as you can from each platform, but understand that the rules can, and will, most definitely change.
Don’t build your content house on rented land. Instead, consider building on a more stable, reliable foundation, such as a content program that drives subscriber growth.
Yours in content,
Content Marketing Institute
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Marketing veterans will agree that every company has a handful of unique content practices that work best for their brands. These practices are tried and tested, and yield some sort of success, time and time again. Your content ticks off all of the necessary boxes and falls perfectly into what your target audience wants - or so you assume.Read More