– A New Learning Tool for Inbound Marketers

by Jason Acidre on February 12, 2012 · 33 comments · Search, Social is a newly launched community-based content sharing website – created by two of the most renowned thought leaders in the field of inbound marketing, Rand Fishkin (Founder of SEOmoz) and Dharmesh Shah (Founder of Hubspot).

It’s a very promising community, basing from the reception it gained from active online marketers worldwide (getting 10,000+ visits on the second day of its launch – and on a weekend), considering it as a new home of the best educational web-based materials in the industry.

I do personally consider as a learning tool for both new and seasoned online marketers, as you’ll see some of the most brilliant minds in the internet marketing industry sharing not just high-utility articles/guides, but highly linkable works that you might have missed reading before.

It’s also a great place to connect with other content creators in the industry, engage and get into their radars, as well as a place to promote your “great content” (relevant to inbound marketing).

In case you’re wondering what inbound marketing is (as defined by Wikipedia) – it’s a marketing strategy that focuses on getting found by your prospects/target audience, which is dissimilar to traditional marketing principles that often focus on interrupting its target market through excessive advertisements/promotions.

The whole strategy is usually composed of organic online marketing practices such as:

  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Link Development
  • Social Media
  • Content Marketing
  • Analytics
  • Conversion Rate Optimization.

Features I would want to see on in the future:

Advanced Search feature

It would be easier for users to find specific posts or topics that they want to look for within the site if it has a search feature.

Top links of the week

I noticed that the arrangement of the list of posted links on the front page changes a lot and it’s possible for people who are checking in for updates to miss other awesome content. Curating the top links (voted by users) for each week could be a good solution to this, and can also be a good reward for awesome content creators.

Favorite links (bookmarker)

With a lot of links being submitted to the site daily, it would certainly be hard to keep up on reading everything that you’ll find interesting through the website. Adding this feature will make it easier for users to save links that they might want to check/visit/read again

If you’re keen to learning more about the overall processes that inbound marketing involves, you can check out and follow them on Twitter @inboundorg.

Bonus Round

Here’s a great infographic from Voltier Digital (created last year), explaining why you should invest on this marketing approach instead.

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Jason Acidre

Jason Acidre is Co-Founder and CEO of Xight Interactive, marketing consultant for Affilorama and Traffic Travis, and also the sole author of this SEO blog. You can follow him on Twitter @jasonacidre and on Google+.

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