Create Traffic that Drives Inbound Traffic

ByJason Cox

Create Traffic that Drives Inbound Traffic

Using Social Metrics + SEO + Questions

to Create Content that Drives Inbound Traffic

How do you create great content that captures organic search and social traffic alike?

Matthew Barby on September 14, 2016 at 9:55 am

Create Content that captures organic search

Content Marketing

Delivers results when it addresses what potential customers are searching for and sharing on social media. Content marketing delivers great results when it addresses what a large number of customers are searching for that your competitors are not covering.

So, how do you find out exactly what customers are looking for in search and social and identify potential competitive gaps? In this article, I will show you how to:

  1. Analyze SEO data for your topics, and uncover winning content ideas
  2. Validate your content ideas with social engagement metrics
  3. Use forums to identify trending questions related to your topic.
  4. How to analyze SEO data for your content marketing topics

How to Analyze SEO Data for your Content Marketing Topics

A great way to start is using a tool like the Moz Keyword Explorer for your topic:

MOZ Keyword Explorer tool

The four colored bars give a lot of insight into which topics (or, more accurately, customer searches) to build your content around. In general, the perfect topics to target have high Volume, low Difficulty, high Opportunity and high Potential. Here’s what all of those mean:

  1.  Volume is average monthly searches for your topic.
  2. Difficulty is Moz’s algorithm run for how hard it is to land on page 1 of Google (the Promised Land) given current competition on page 1. Moz looks at Domain Authority and SEO quality of existing results and gives you a 1–100 score.
  3. Opportunity is relative click-through rate for the first 10 organic results versus ads/verticals/maps and so on. This score is higher when ad competition is lower.
  4. Potential is Moz’s combined estimate pulling together all three metrics (Volume, Difficulty and Opportunity). You can use this when picking and choosing from several options to create your content map.

You can then dive deeper into potential keyword suggestions and try out a few interesting related topics. The more niche you go, the lower the difficulty tends to be (ability to rank higher in SERP).

I find Moz’s “Potential” metric tends to be understated for smaller brands targeting more niche keywords, as it underestimates actual search volume for your content (It will be considered for related searches):

MOZ SEO tools

While Moz Pro is a great tool, it costs money. Currently, the lowest-priced tier runs $99/month. If that’s out of your budget range, fear not, as there are other more affordable (even free) options. Here’s an example from kwfinder.com:

KW Finder Keyword and SEO Analysis

You will notice they provide keyword recommendations, overall search volume, and difficulty via “seo competition.” I really like how they give this score. Here’s how they break it down:

0 – 9: “go for it”
10 – 19: “super easy”
20 – 29: “easy”
30 – 39: “not hard”
40 – 54: “possible”
55 – 74: “hard”
75 – 89: “super hard”
90 – 100: “don’t do it”

This is one example of a lower-priced offering, and price is based on usage, with free, $12-per-month and $25-per-month options.

Another great free tool is Google AdWords keyword planner. One drawback is that Google is focused on paid ads versus creating content for ranking organically.

Keyword Tools

In order to get the most value out of this research, it’s important to build content for search. To improve SEO, make sure to use your targeted keywords in the URL, title and headings (h1, h2 and so on) of your content where possible.

How to validate your content marketing ideas against social media metrics

Driving traffic via organic search results is only one part of the equation, and social is becoming a more important source of referral traffic. A recent report by Parse.ly (registration required) found that Facebook drove more referral traffic than Google:

Keyword Planners

Bring SEO and social data together to improve inbound

Remember that search and social together account for the majority of referral traffic, so it is worth optimizing for both. I have found that they are not mutually exclusive in planning and tend to complement each other. You can find hidden signals while taking a holistic view of what customers are searching for and engaging with on social.

About the Author

Jason Cox administrator

Jason Cox, Owner of SC Media, Inc - Connecting People with Brands - is a Nationwide Digital Marketing Agency specializing in Custom Website Development, Paid Ads, Social Media Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Reputation Management, and more.

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