Jason Acidre is the Co-Founder and CEO of Xight Interactive - a digital marketing agency based in the Philippines. He's also the sole author of this SEO blog. You can follow him on Twitter @jasonacidre.
Being invited to be part of this year’s Marketing Festival (as one of the conference’s speakers) in Brno, Czech Republic – is certainly one of the highlights of my year, and definitely of my career as an SEO too.
Below is my presentation for #mktfest – which mainly covers tactics and strategies for effective link acquisition campaigns, and how they all play in the new age of brand building.
Effectiveness and consistency in link building has always been about the process you put in place at the very beginning of the campaign.
That’s why it’s very critical to align your link building efforts with the site’s overall brand strategy –particularly in knowing the influencers/publishers/brands you want your brand to be associated with (to create better signals and perceived value).
Link building is still very valuable in today’s (and even in tomorrow’s) digital marketing. Links are still a major ranking factor in Google’s search algorithm, and its importance won’t go away as long as people use it to navigate the web.
Technical SEO has clearly been one of the pillars that enabled many businesses to thrive in the information age.
With 3.5 billion searches being made each day (which is still stirring towards a consistent growth pattern); it only proves how more significant – and more competitive – search optimization will be for many businesses in the years to come.
Millions of web content get published every day – from blog posts, videos, podcasts, image-based up to interactive content.
Standing out in the content game (in any industry) will obviously become tougher to be consistently accomplished, considering that there could be thousands of newly published content in your space each day (which will possibly grow even further in the coming years).
When I started doing SEO 4 years ago, it was already at a stage where everything was starting to get a bit more difficult (May Day, Caffeine and Pre-Panda era). And the way I see it now, it will seriously get a lot tougher in the coming years.
But I guess that was really the perfect time for me to start a career in this industry. I didn’t expect for me to be genuinely passionate about SEO – but I think that passion became the one main factor that really made me embrace everything about it, including its most challenging parts.
Many people already argue that links, as ranking signals, are getting less valuable. Google’s search algorithm is still based on the link graph.
Most of their actions (such as Penguin update, and the successive batches of manual unnatural linking penalties) to win against web spamming may perhaps just prove the real importance of links to the search technology. Seeing that links are still one of the best signals they can use in determining the relevance, authority, popularity and the credibility of a web page or an entity.