You Ask, I Answer: The Difference Between SEO and Content Marketing?

Assaf asks, “Do you look at SEO marketing content differently than “regular” content marketing? Should all content be SEO oriented content? When would you make the distinction?”

There is no difference any longer, with the way search engines have implemented artificial intelligence and machine learning. It’s all one and the same. Make great content that’s relevant to both your audience and business, that covers your key topics with expertise, authority, and in a trustworthy way. Watch the video for the one major warning about SEO tools.

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\In today’s episode a soft asks, Do you look at content marketing differently than a regular content marketing? Should all content be SEO oriented content? When would you make the distinction? That’s a good question.

Today in today’s modern SEO environment with the way search engines use artificial intelligence and machine learning, there really isn’t a difference anymore.

All content that you create should be about your key topics, it should be relevant, it should be timely, should be diverse in content type.

It should have expertise, it should be from an authority in the space or be authoritative in nature, and it should be trustworthy.

And those are the major factors that go into content marketing anyway.

And it goes To SEO anyway, a few years ago, yes, there was a difference.

As the old, very, very old joke of this one goes, an SEO expert walks into a pub bar Tavern and so on and so forth.

And you ended up with a very stilted language that was trying to check the box on specific keywords of things.

But again, as artificial intelligence has taken over the way search engines do their analysis.

That no longer applies.

Now search engines are looking for things that we would write naturally to each other.

Right.

So if we were talking about, you know, a bar, yes, you might use the word tavern, but you’re probably not going to use all the other words and you’re going to talk about your food, your drinks, your service, the atmosphere, specials, entertainment, all the things you would expect to see on a website about a bar.

That’s today’s modern SEO, it is about What do the leading pages in a category like yours? have about the topic of your choice? What sort of words or even phrases? What topics Do you talk about? And how will and how thoroughly Do you discuss them that proves that you have that expertise, that you are an authority that your content is trustworthy in nature.

Now, where you’re going to run into some trouble is that there are a lot, a lot of SEO practitioners out there who are still working on the very outdated knowledge of really anyone who has not brushed up on their, on their skills on what the tools do, and how search engines work if they’ve not been keeping current in the last six months.

They’re really, really behind.

When you hear people talking about oh yeah, modify the h1 tag and Put these words in bold anyway, right? Yeah, it’s about a decade old.

And some of those practices don’t cause harm some of them do.

But almost all of them will not help anymore compared to the, the modern basics of topic centered content creation, and the timeless, get more people to link to your page and talk about you and send you traffic.

Those two things really are the bedrock of modern SEO.

Now, in terms of other differences, if you are doing SEO focused, content marketing, you will spend more time probably on the research about the topics and the technology used to identify what word should be in your content then you would with just straight piece of content marketing, we just go in and just create something for the sake of creating it.

Knowing what topics you should be creating, not knowing what should be in the page, knowing What similar pages that rank well how on them knowing what the category overall has that does take time.

And it requires a lot of research because I was digging around yesterday one of the industry leading SEO tools and even there it’s it’s struggling struggling to keep up you can see that it’s not I typed in this keyword for a very, very broad topic and yeah, it should have come up with other things that didn’t attacted as an example, I typed in the coffeehouse and coffee shop.

Now when I typed that in what words should be on the page? What words would you expect to be in that content will sure the coffee right? But this thing kept coming up with the coffee shop coffee shop near me coffee house near me, but at no point didn’t say espresso or lattes.

or music available or seating area.

And again, those are things that you would expect in a coffee shop business.

But this SEO tool, it one of the industry leading ones, one of the biggest names out there, just couldn’t do it, it couldn’t find those related terms that were semantically related, but not exactly what the customer typed into the tool.

So that’s where you’re going to run into the most difficulty is, when you’re working with these tools, they are not keeping up the way they should be.

And you will have to invest more time investigating on your own, maybe even building some of your own software just just to get to the point of getting those keywords.

Certainly interviewing your own subject matter experts to get the natural language that people use to describe something in your industry is is the easiest way to get some of those words.

So Good question.

Really, there’s a lot to unpack.

And there’s a lot to do that you will have to do on your own because again, the tools are not there just yet, compared to the way that of course, search engines with multi billion dollar r&d development budgets can can do so.

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