Link Building Within Your Website – How To Make the Most of Internal Links

Link Building Within Your Website – How To Make the Most of Internal Links

One of the most effective ways to make your website fully Search Engine Optimised (helping your website rank higher in searches) is through link building. However, there are two examples of link building: external and internal links.

External links are the links made to and from other websites, which help your website become more legitimate, particularly if the other sites linking to yours are reputable. External links are renowned for helping your website boost its SEO, although internal links can be just as effective. Internal links are the links made within your own website, including links to your website’s pages, links in the header and footer, or links created in blog posts on your site.

 

Internal link building is one of the most overlooked ways to help Search Engine Optimise your website. Your site acquires just as many benefits from internal linking as it does from external linking to and from other websites. Plus, there are many advantages to creating a flowing internal linking system within your website, that helps users easily access and navigate around your site. For example, the main page that you would expect to find a range of links to other pages and posts is on your Home Page.

However, internal link building isn’t just necessary on your Home Page. You should make your entire website linkable, and easily accessible. If it is difficult to get to a certain page or part of your website, then there will be less traffic towards that part. Users want a site that they can easily navigate around, and often if a site is difficult or slow, then they will simply click off.
 

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Internal Link Building Through Blogging

In making your website wholly linkable and functional, you must include your blog and each blog posts. Often, you will find that your blog starts creating its own navigation of links as you develop your blog. For example, if you write about a topic that’s relevant to a past blog article, then it is useful to link back to that post. Shortly, all of the topics that you regularly write about will start to link back to one another, and will be helpful to a user who wishes to learn about that topic in particular, without having to trawl through your archives.

Also, if you find that you regularly write about a particular topic, then it would be useful to create a main page for that subject. Creating a page on your website would help drive traffic, and help with the SEO. SEO can particularly be reached if you were to name that page something that encompasses the keywords around that certain topic. This page would be utilised effectively, as you could link all of your blog posts onto that page, and it would create a better flow and navigation, especially for users who want to find out all they can about that topic.

However, the main method of internal linking through blogging is to simply feature the links to other blog posts and relevant parts of your website throughout the article. It would also be beneficial to direct the clickable links to open in separate website tabs, in order to make sure the user stays on the first blog article until they click off naturally.
 

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Accessible Navigation Helps SEO

We have already touched on the importance of navigation, and making sure your website is easily accessible. Navigation is perhaps the most important part of utilising internal links on your entire website, including your blog. If your website is not efficiently and easily accessible, then you will lose traffic and users on your site.

Navigation is one of the most important ways to guide the user onto the pages and blog articles that you want them to see. Guiding the user is particularly essential for a business. Each website user is either a current or potential consumer for your business, and it is paramount to direct them to purchase a product, service or simply contact you directly. Your website should be designed and navigated to create sales, increase your consumer base and ultimately benefit your business.

Another benefit of utilising internal link building into your site navigation is that it keeps users on your website. If users can keep clicking through onto pages and blog articles that all contain interesting, relevant information, titles and keywords, then they will stay on your site for longer. A good internal linking structure is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the bounce rate on your website. If you have engaged your website users with interesting content on one page, with easy links to other pages then they will likely click through to read more.
 

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Accessible Interlinks

When utilised fully, your website’s internal linking will benefit your website, SEO and your business in general. Making sure your internal links are accessible is vital in allowing search engines to index your site. In order to fully Search Engine Optimise your website, you must therefore ensure that there are no broken links or blocked pages, for example.

Also, most importantly, you must make sure not to overdo your linking (whether internal or external), and particularly ensure that these links don’t exceed 100 per page or blog post. If a page or article is overly peppered with links, then it can definitely overwhelm the actual content. Particularly, make sure that each link is relevant and contributes to the content and topic of the page or blog post. Relevancy is important for both search engines and for your regular website users.

Ultimately, don’t underestimate the importance and benefits of internal link building in your website. It is the easiest way to generate traffic, search rankings, and ensure that users stay on your website for longer. It can be just as effective as external links, even link building to reputed websites.

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If you are unsure how to optimise internal (or external) link building to boost your website search rankings and all-round SEO, then we can help!

Here at Bright Yellow Creative, we know exactly how to create an easily accessible, flowing website, that is fully Search Engine Optimised. We will increase traffic to your website, and create more online business for you.

Take a look at our services here, and how we can optimise your website utilising specifically link building here. Also, please find our brilliant price packages here, where you can find more of how we can help you.

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Bright Yellow Creative Group’s Brand New Monthly Priced Packages

Bright Yellow Creative Group’s Brand New Monthly Priced Packages

We have recently introduced our monthly priced packages for our Social Media Management, Content Marketing and WordPress Blog / Website Design Packages, which can be found here.

We have designed these packages to be as flexible as possible, and clearly show exactly what we do, and how we can benefit you and your business!

The packages are created for you to pick and choose the services you would like to receive, and at what quantity. For example, if you were to pick one of our Social Media Management packages, it is easy for you to add Content Marketing to the package at any time, simply at a small extra cost.

The packages are all priced monthly, with our Social Media Management and Content Marketing additionally separated into Bronze, Silver or Gold Packages. The Bronze Package would give you the minimum amount of management, leading up to the Gold Package, which would give you the maximum amount of complete management for either your Social Media or Content Marketing.

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Platinum Package

There is also our additional package, which is the Platinum Package. Our Platinum Package differs slightly because it covers all three of the ways we can help you Digitally Market your business: Social Media Management, Content Marketing and WordPress Blog / Website Design.

We strongly suggest our Platinum Package if you are a business starting out, as we can really boost your online presence and consumer base, as well as creating a Blog and Website for your new business.

Also, the Platinum Package would include every Social Media Channel you would like to be managed, as well as our maximum Content Marketing and Blog Creation every month. It is an absolute value for money, as it provides you with everything you could possibly need to enhance your business.

We can make our Platinum Package bespoke to you, suiting all of your business’ needs and brand values.

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However, if you would like to purchase the packages separately, here is a breakdown of the three different packages and how we will benefit you and your business!

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Social Media Management Packages

Our Social Media Management Packages are separated into our Bronze, Silver or Gold Packages, as well as being included in the overall Platinum Package. However, we also include our Starter Package for Social Media Management, which acts as an introduction to the Social Media Management we offer.

So, from as little as £49 a month, you can receive our Starter Social Media Management Package, and witness how we can improve your business’ online presence initially. Our Starter Package only covers Facebook and Twitter, as we would consider these the two predominant Social Media Channels. It will give you a taster about how we can boost your business’ Facebook and Twitter usage.

After our Starter Package, we can then expand into our Bronze, Silver and Gold Packages. Our Bronze and Silver Packages allow you to choose 3 Social Media Channels for us to manage, although the Bronze would give you minimum coverage and the Silver would give you extra. Then, our Gold Package allows you to choose 4 Social Media Channels, and we will manage them all fully and maintain a constant presence for your business, expanding your consumer base thoroughly.

These packages are priced monthly, although in this price you will receive weekly attention to your Social Media. This is why we have broken down our Social Media Management services into weekly tables, so you can easily see exactly what we will do for your business week-to-week. For example, if you were interested in Facebook Management, we have broken down exactly how many updates you will achieve per week through the separate monthly packages, depending on whether you choose this channel via our Starter, Bronze, Silver or Gold Package.

We are highly experienced in Social Media Management, and know how to expand your brand, consumer base, and make your business succeed online. We offer a wide variety of Social Media Channels that you may be interested in, from the obvious Facebook to the more unique Vine. We can handle any Social Media Channel of your choice, and we have broken down each Channel into tables so you can witness how we can use them to enhance your business.

Check out our Social Media Services here for a fully comprehensive breakdown of what each Social Media Channel offers your business.

Additionally, if you were wondering about the exact benefits of Social Media Marketing, check out our article here.

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Content Marketing

Our Content Marketing Packages are also separated into Bronze, Silver and Gold Package options. We outline exactly what we will do for your business monthly, including Targeted Marketing Campaigns and monthly SEO for your online presence, as well as blog creation and written blog articles relating to your business.

It is also possible for us to maintain and manage your website and WordPress blog, if you were to acquire our Gold Package. However, for all three packages we offer written blog articles, however we can offer you a greater quantity of material in our larger packages.

For all three Bronze, Silver and Gold Packages, we will handle your SEO and Online PR to a varied extent. We also offer monthly reports from Google Analytics statistics. This will reveal how well your website is doing and how much traffic your business is generating, as well as showing how your consumers and website visitors are acting on your site, including the pages and features that resonate with your audience.

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Please check out our Digital Marketing Services here! We fully explain how SEO and Content will enhance your business, boosting your online presence and brand identity.

If you were wondering how Content Marketing works and how it will benefit your business, take a look at our article here for more information.

 
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WordPress Blog and Website Design Services

The services we can offer you towards your blog and website design vary slightly to the monthly packages of the other two, mainly because we don’t offer separate Bronze, Silver or Gold options.

However, this is mainly due to the fact that many of these services come as one-off costs. For example, we can create a WordPress blog or Landing Page for your business, which would start at a one-off guideline cost. We can also offer services such as banner or header designs, either for your WordPress Blog, Website, or any Social Media Channel.

As part of these services, we also offer you the opportunity to manage your WordPress Blog or Website, separately from our Content Marketing. These prices would start at approximately £49 per month, although would vary depending on the amount of management required. Also, we offer our blog article and content creation at a separate cost, at the guideline price of £28 per 1000 words. Additionally, we can also offer proofreading and editing services, if you would like us to check your blog article content, for only £16 per 1000 words.

We would like our services to be as flexible as you would like, and if you would like to receive an individual service outside of the entire package, that is fully available.

Check out our WordPress Blog Creation and Management page here, explaining exactly how this will help and boost your business.

Also, if you were wondering how blogging helps your business, and truly boosts your Search Engine Optimisation, then take a read of our article here.

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Pricing

Our prices for each package are additional to our other packages, however if you would like to combine any of our three Digital Marketing Services, we can offer you discounted prices. For example, if you would like to combine our Social Media Management and Content Marketing services, then we can offer you a combined price point, depending on the quantity of services you would like.

Also, if you would like to receive individual services outside of the full packages, then that is available. We would be able to agree on a bespoke quantity and level of services for your business, and quote you a guideline price for these services. Please don’t hesitate to contact us directly about any prices or options for tailoring our Digital Marketing Services.

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The full breakdown of our services can be found in our Price Packages here. Also, take a look at our comprehensive breakdown of our services and how each channel and option can benefit your business here.

Please contact us today to speak to us and arrange any of the packages. We look forward to hearing from you!

How Often Should You Post to Facebook?

How Often Should You Post to Facebook?

When posting to Facebook, on either your business or personal account, it can be tempting to post continuous updates as well as all of the interesting/funny news stories you find online. Facebook is designed for sharing content and connecting with people, so theoretically there is nothing wrong with constant updates and links.

However, you will run the risk of being considered a News Feed ‘spammer’, and other Facebook users (either in your Friends list or who Like your page) will most likely get irritated by you. This will obviously lead to the opposite desired effect of making a connection and informing fellow users, and may result in your Friends and Like connections possibly removing you from their News Feed somehow.

So, this is the main question when it comes to Facebook: how often should you post? Also, how often is too often?

 

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The first thing to do when it comes to your Facebook posting is check how much you are posting every day. For a business page, you can run a higher risk of coming across as ‘spamming’ if you post too often, and too often is definitely less than for a personal profile page.

As a business page on Facebook, you will find that at first it is difficult to find a brand personality, and the type of content you want to link to your followers and potential consumers. However, once you have found your brand niche, and the content that relates to and connects with your consumers, you will often find that there are so many things you want to share with your audience. This is great, but this is also when you will find it difficult to control how often you are posting.

As far as what constitutes as ‘spamming’, or irritating your followers and consumers, if you find yourself posting 3 times a day or more, you are on the verge of crossing the line. Studies have shown that, in fact, after an average of 2 daily posts, your Facebook followers will tune out and find your post more annoying than interesting. Therefore, we would advise that the most optimal amount of times to post on Facebook is 2 per day, and 3 maximum, if you require.

 

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Space It Out

The second factor is to consider the times of which you are posting in detail. If you have ever typed in anything about Facebook posting into Google, you will find at least one infographic informing you of all the best times in a day to post to various social media platforms. However, not saying to completely ignore these, but we believe that the best way to work out what times to post per day is by trial and error.

Each business page is different, relates to individual business and services, and relies on a different audience and consumer base. This all means that the times to post per day would be different for every separate business and brand, in order to get the most engagement and connect with your audience beneficially. For example, a lifestyle brand would find that the best engagement is during lunch hours, or later in the afternoon or early evening, as opposed to in the morning. Whereas, a financial type of business would find that they reach a better audience in the earlier morning, and would achieve no reach if they were to post in the evening.

The best way to go about starting your Facebook posting is to begin with the standard 2 posts a day, during morning and afternoon periods, and monitor your engagement and views with your audience over a certain timeframe. Also, consider how your target audience would use Facebook on the weekends, and whether it would change from the weekday. Then simply adjust your Facebook posting, based on the monitoring, to gain the optimal engagement with your potential consumers.

 

Facebook Engagement

Recently, Facebook has gained a lot of media coverage with regards to the engagement that businesses and brands can reach through the platform. Many marketers have been complaining that Facebook has drastically dropped the organic reach of many business pages’ posts. For example, the engagement dropped by over half for many pages.

People are generally unhappy about this decrease in organic reach and engagement, as it appears to come from Facebook’s desire to have brands and businesses paying to advertise and reach their targeted audience through the platform. In June 2014, Facebook’s VP of Ads Product Marketing, Brian Boland, even stated as much, saying: “Facebook is far more effective when businesses use paid media to help meet their goals. Your business won’t always appear on the first page of a search result unless you’re paying to be part of that space.”

However, another reason for this drop in Facebook engagement for brands is that there are simply a lot more people and businesses on Facebook, meaning more traffic and other posts to compete with. Facebook works by generating relevant news stories in your News Feed, which they feel will be of interest to you based on your most clicked on and viewed posts. This means that not only does it affect business pages, but you will also find more stories from people you communicate with or view more than with other people in your Friends list.

The fact that Facebook curates your individual News Feed isn’t bad, as it assures that the users who are interested can view all of the content and not miss updates that could be important to them. However, their policy just makes it more awkward for businesses to try and reach their target audience if Facebook is editing the individual user engagement.

 

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Page Engagement

In addition to these general Facebook reach rules and News Feed curation, individual business or brand pages have their own organic reach statistics. In general, Facebook seems to make sure your posts gain more widespread reach if you post less frequently per day.

For example, if you only post the 1 link or update per day, Facebook will allow more of your consumers to view that post. Conversely, if you post 5 per day, Facebook appears to separate the organic reach out over the 5 posts, meaning less reach per post. This basically confirms the fact that not even one user who has liked your page will receive all of your updates in their News Feed, without visiting your business page directly.

This fact just adds to the fact that you should post a maximum of 3 updates per day, and preferably 2. Although, as far as individual business page engagement, if you posted just 1 update or link each day, you would technically gain more reach from that one post.

 

Ultimately, we advise for businesses to keep to the 2-per-day rule, in order to make sure you are reaching your business’ potential on Facebook. However, it would be interesting for you to test out your brand and business page on Facebook during different times, to find out the optimal times for your individual business.

Also, as far as Facebook engagement, their rates and organic reach have currently begun rising again. Facebook has reacted to peoples’ complaints about the lack of organic reach, and attempted to amend this for business and brand pages. As part of this, recently Facebook has created their “Save” button feature, which you may have noticed on brand pages, alongside the “Like/Unlike” button. This is an attempt to further the organic reach and traffic from Facebook, as it works as a reading list function, to save the page for later. This “Save” buton will count towards your overall business page engagement, and will be beneficial for businesses through this channel, according to Facebook. So, time to wait and see how much difference the “Save” button makes.

 

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If you are interested in finding more about how often your business should post on Facebook, and how you can best optimise your audience and potential consumers to gain desired brand engagement, then Bright Yellow Creative can help!

We will sort out your Facebook business page, and create and share interesting content to engage with your viewers and consumers.

Contact us for more information about our social media packages here, and take a look at our social media services here (our specific Facebook services can be found here).

See how we can benefit your business through Facebook, and other social media, starting today!

What is… Content Marketing?

What is… Content Marketing?

Content Marketing is not about advertising. In some ways, it is not even about marketing as viewed in the traditional sense. Consumers have long since shut down to traditional forms of marketing, including standard advertising. For example: Sky+ services to skip adverts, magazines are becoming more widely read online, and online users are becoming adept at simply glossing over things like banner ads, and there is always AdBlock. This means it has become more difficult than ever for a business or product to grab a consumer’s attention, both online and in traditional publications and advertising.

However, this doesn’t mean that all is lost for advertising and marketing. With these changes, there have been great advancements in the online world of marketing, known as digital marketing. For example, the use of social media has become so widespread, that Social Media Marketing has become one of the main ways to reach your desired audience effectively. (Read more about our definition of Social Media Marketing here.) Although, asides from social media, another brilliant and beneficial way to gain an audience and consumers for your business, is through a fairly new technique known as Content Marketing.

Content Marketing is simply all about the content, and creating content of worth and value to a potential, clearly defined audience. It is a focus away from traditional advertising, which allows your consumers to really connect with you as a business. Content Marketing can be worked in a number of ways, including: written informative blog articles, sharing original image based content, and creating and sharing videos intended to inform your audience. The majority of these forms of Content Marketing work on a basis of being shared through Social Media Marketing, and so often the two go hand in hand.

 

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Written Blog Articles

The written blog articles is arguably the most important way to make the best use of Content Marketing, through creating articles of interest and appeal to your desired consumer. The majority of business and brand websites have begun attaching a blog to their site, including articles based on relevant topics that will interest your audience.

Blog articles work as a way of keeping consumers accessing and engaged with your website, which allows more time for them to consider your business and brand. Also, the blog can be utilised as an interesting way to get your voice and brand ethos out to your consumer. A potential consumer will be able to recognise your brand easily, and subconsciously, consumers will connect to businesses of similar viewpoints and values to them. It works for the consumer to see your business as more humane and customer-orientated, and more than just a business and brand front. It will also assure that your business has a more reliable voice and standpoint, which will reflect positively onto your business and services offered.

Another positive and beneficial facet of Content Marketing, and particularly important for written blog articles, is that the content created will be available to access for years to come. Articles that you create today will be available to read and view on your website for years into the future, in a similar way that a consumer today can access posts that you may have uploaded a year or so ago. Also, if a consumer is attracted to one blog article on your website, they may be interested to keep clicking through and reading post archives. This means that you will engage with the consumer more, and they will appreciate your content related to your business and services. Therefore, Content Marketing, and written blog articles on your website, becomes invaluable to your business.

Although, if you are unsure about creating a blog section of your website, then consider other methods of creating written articles to share your content and information about your business. For example, many businesses utilise Email campaigns as a way of sharing original, created content. This mainly works as an Email sign up, where they share regular updates with fresh content straight to the inboxes of their Email list. This also counts as a Content Marketing campaign and strategy, although it works better to include shorter articles as the Emails, to provide a more concise, informative written article to your developed consumer base.

If you are interested in the invaluable benefits of written blog articles, but are unsure what to include in your blog content, then start off with short posts based on your business, services and products. Creating a blog on your website is a great way of communicating with your consumers, and offering them examples of how a product can be best utilised, and describing how a particular service you offer fully works. It is also a perfect way to inform your consumers of unique positives and interest points of your business, for example if your head office is based in an interesting location. Think about your business, services and products, and start creating talking points for your brand.

 

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Creating and Sharing Original Images and Videos

If your business works on a more visual basis, or perhaps you would enjoy creating original images and videos based on your business and services, then Content Marketing is a great way to create and share. Content Marketing isn’t solely based on written articles relating to your business and brand, and creating original image and video content is an efficient, fun way to convey information and relevant details about your business.

Images are one of the top ways that gain potential consumers’ interest and attraction to a business, service or product, simply based on the fact that images are fun and eye-catching. There are two main ways that you can share relevant, creative images about your business. Firstly, you can share original images through social media, linking consumers to your various accounts, where creating fresh image content would be a great way to grab consumers’ attention. There are also certain varied visual-based social media platforms, such as Instagram, which can help promote your brand through created images.

Secondly, you can create original images to be shared on your website directly, through creating a main image-based blog. This would work well if you were a very visually based business, and you could focus more on creating and generating fresh image content, rather than basing your Content Marketing on written blog articles mainly.

However, another way to attract consumers to your business and brand in a visual way is through utilising videos and creating video Content Marketing. This is similar to images in that you can use these videos to share on both social media, as well as your own website, as unique content. Businesses and brands can also creatively utilise videos in a blogging format, in the form of a video blog, where you can convey information to your consumers and desired audience in a similar way to a written blog article.

 

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Why Use Content Marketing?

Ultimately, Content Marketing works as the newest, most beneficial way of marketing and advertising businesses. It has adapted to provide potential consumers, and your desired audience, with relevant, valuable content that they will find interesting and engaging. It is one of the most effective ways to inform consumers about your business, services and products, and connect with them on a more personal level.

Content Marketing is built to last. A blog article, image or video content that you create today can easily be accessed years from now, and will always be related to, and bring consumers to, your business. It will attract potential new consumers in a unique way that allows your audience to feel connected to your business and brand.

Also, effectively utilising Content Marketing online, and particularly on your website, is one of the easiest, and most beneficial, ways of gaining a solid, reputable brand identity. Businesses are able to build up and form an identity through providing a voice for your brand, and supporting your brand values and ethics, which your desired audience will connect with.

 

Many businesses understand the many positives and benefits of Content Marketing, and how it makes huge gains for their brand awareness and all round sales. However, if you are stuck for ideas about how to create this content and best utilise this new style of marketing for your business and brand, this is where Bright Yellow Creative Group can help!

We can create fresh, interesting content, which is relevant to your business and brand values. We can develop your voice, and allow you to effectively connect with your consumers and potential desired audience. This will allow you to focus on your business alone and creating your brilliant products and service, with the ease of knowing that an effective Content Marketing strategy is in place and taken care of. Content Marketing simply needs a lot of focus and an everyday presence in order to connect with viewers successfully, and allow you to become a reputable brand. An effective Content Marketing strategy will ultimately improve your business’ services success and sales figures.

Bright Yellow Creative offers an effective, creative Content Marketing package and strategy, which will benefit your business and brand. We can create as much brand-related and brand-boosting, relevant, original content that you would like. Utilise your content creation beneficially, and allow it to work for you, creating mass brand awareness that will directly increase your consumer base. Take a look at our bespoke content marketing services here!

We will boost your brand, starting now! Contact us here today for more details!

Instagram vs Pinterest – Visual Marketing to Improve Your Business

Instagram vs Pinterest – Visual Marketing to Improve Your Business

Social media marketing has become more important than ever, with visual social media taking the lead on the traditional text-based channels. The majority of social media platforms utilise imagery and videos to boost their content, however the most effective way to make the most of visual marketing is through social media channels that generate imagery and videos specifically.

As far as video based, YouTube takes the clear lead as the main go-to for videos relating to all sorts of purposes, including brand marketing. Although there are other video based platforms available, including Vine and Vimeo, the niche isn’t as competitive. However, with regards to image based social media, there appear to be two distinct platforms, which seem similar in offering identical services. These two options are Instagram and Pinterest. These channels often make businesses feel torn with regards to which one to choose to promote their brand.

We will discuss the main points of interest for both platforms, and see how Instagram and Pinterest compare. Therefore, hopefully working out which visual platform would be most beneficial to boost your brand.

 

Users

Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social media networks, currently weighing in with approximately 70 million regular users. Also, Pinterest is unique in offering an audience that is predominantly female at a majority of approximately 68%, with the largest gender difference of any other social media channel. Pinterest users also tend to be slightly older in general, with the core demographic being 18-34 year olds.

In comparison, Instagram has a phenomenal 200 million active and regular users, with approximately 45 million photos shared and 1 billion photos “liked” every day. Males and females are more evenly represented on the platform, although females just take the majority at 55% of the users. The application is also most popular with younger users, and has the same core demographic of 18-34 year olds as Pinterest. However, this core demographic is far bigger, making up nearly 70% of users. Also, the popularity drops dramatically with regards to older users. Interestingly, the most popular (or “liked”) brand on Instagram at this moment is the official MTV account, which perhaps sums up the target audience within Instagram quite accurately.

 

Engagement

As far as user engagement, Instagram far outweighs the engagement rate of Pinterest, possibly due to the fact that Instagram has over double the amount of active users. Additionally, Instagram’s user engagement has over 50 times the engagement rate of Facebook, as well as 20 times the engagement of Twitter, according to recent research. With regards to Instagram vs. Pinterest: two thirds of Instagram users use the channel everyday, whereas only one quarter of Pinterest users use the network daily.

However, as far as accessibility goes for both Instagram and Pinterest, Instagram does seem to be more difficult to access, as the platform is only currently available through a phone application. Although Instagram makes it possible to view the site online on a computer, you are limited in what you can do on the computer. You can create an Instagram account on your computer, as well as search for users and view public profiles, and choose whether to follow or unfollow other users. It is also possible to engage with other users and brands, as you can like and comment on content freely from a computer platform. However, it isn’t possible to view who users follow, or other users who are following them. And, more importantly, the platform doesn’t allow you to upload content from your computer, including profile pictures, and the only way you can edit your profile online on a computer is through changing your written profile bio.

With regards to Pinterest and accessibility, you are able to fully access and create a Pinterest account using your computer online solely. It is also possible to get a Pinterest application for your phone, where you can generate pictures and other users’ content in a similar way to Instagram, however this is not necessary in order to get the most out of the platform. Conversely, Pinterest works better used from your computer, and allows you an interesting platform to view other users’ images and content. Pinterest looks aesthetically like an online pin board, and lets you easily view and curate other users’ content onto your own Pinterest boards. In this way, it appears far more accessible than Instagram, and you can engage with the platform easier than if it were mainly on a phone application.

 

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Content

With regards to content, this is where the two are most dissimilar, surprisingly. At first look, it appears the content would be practically identical, as they are both visual social media channels that generate images mainly. However, the main difference is in the content you can generate onto your personal and business Pinterest and Instagram accounts. Specifically, Instagram promotes original content, and encourages users to create photos that they can edit with filters and other photo altering tools on the application. Whereas Pinterest allows users to curate other users’ content onto their own profiles as they wish, so long as they keep the sources.

On Instagram, the platform is based on uploading your own content, which can either be a photo that you have already taken on your phone, or the user can take a photo directly through the application. There are many options to put filters over the images, to enhance them or make them look a certain way, as well as other editing tools. However, with Instagram, it isn’t possible to re-post, or generate any content that belongs to other users, and the stress is very much on fresh, original user-created content. Therefore, the main way you can interact with other users is through “liking” their images, or commenting.

Pinterest is therefore slightly different in its content generation. On Pinterest, you are allowed to “re-pin” other users’ content: in fact, the majority of posts on Pinterest are “re-pins” from other content, or from outside websites. You are also able to upload your own original content, however there isn’t as much emphasis on this. Also, there aren’t any tools or plugins for editing or altering your images, and the upload method is quite simple. If you wanted to upload content onto Pinterest, they give you the option to Pin from outside websites, via the URL, or upload from content on your computer. Some outside websites also make their images able to be “Pinned” straight from their pages, and add a “hover-on” button, which appears when you pass your mouse over the image.

 

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Linkbuilding

One of the main pros of using Pinterest for your business, rather than Instagram, is that you can utilise linkbuilding far more easily and efficiently on Pinterest. The majority of the images on Pinterest are links, and when you click on the image it takes you to the website source. Therefore, when you upload your own original content, you can include link backs to your website and business. This also makes it a lot easier to upload written blog articles from your site, as you can “Pin” the main image from your website, and add the description, so that the image links back to the article. This makes it a lot easier to find your article and website, and improves the number of links you have built.

Pinterest is one of the main social media channels that can create the most referrals and links to your website, and studies have shown that the network often generates more referrals than Twitter, for example. It is easy to see why, as each image has a website link and source behind the content. Also on Pinterest, they allow you to include a large description to accompany your image, and often it is featured just as important as the image itself.

This is completely different to the feature of links and linkbuilding on Instagram. On Instagram, the images aren’t able to have a link source when you click on them, either on the phone application or the website. Also, if you add a link into the description, you are only able to click on this on their phone application currently. This is similar to their use of hashtags – they only work on the application, and don’t come up as links on the website at all. So, you would only capable of copy and pasting the link if you were on the website. This means that Instagram doesn’t add to your business as far as linkbuilding, and isn’t classed as a very impressive referral site.

 

Winner

In conclusion, in the debate of whether Instagram or Pinterest is more effective for your business, there doesn’t seem to be an exclusively clear winner.

Both Instagram and Pinterest are popular photo-based platforms, with similar audiences who are interested in attractive, original content. Also, they are both great for sharing your visual social media, including images and videos, in order to effectively showcase and attract interest to your business and brand. However, for people who believe that they are inherently similar, that is not entirely true, as there are clear differences between them. They have completely different pros and cons and can’t fully compare, as their uses are quite conflicting.

Instagram has more users, and is more focused on original, fresh content, whereas Pinterest is more accessible from various platforms and is more beneficial towards linkbuilding and generating website referrals. Basically, it completely depends on your needs and requirements as a business, as to which one to choose. Or, if you are still stuck with your decision – choose both!

 

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Our Guide to Search Engine Optimising Your Social Media – Part 2

Our Guide to Search Engine Optimising Your Social Media – Part 2

Welcome to the second part of our SEO through social media guide! We have already discussed how to get the most out of your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram profiles, which you can access here. In this Part 2, we will explore Pinterest, YouTube, Vine and LinkedIn, and how to Search Engine Optimise these platforms and get the most out of them for your business and brand.

Firstly, a reminder again: for all of the social media accounts, you must ensure certain things are on point, for example: you must use relevant profile pictures, headers or banners, descriptions, URLs, and links or linkbuilding. The various platforms have some differences, but these are usually similar, and you must ensure the information is fully correct.

This is Part 2 of our Guide to Search Engine Optimising Your Social Media explaining how to utilise your social media profiles, and make them work for your business:

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Pinterest

Using Pinterest as a platform to Search Engine Optimise your business and brand is a relatively new method, although it is becoming highly effective. Particularly as, recently, Pinterest created “Pinterest for Businesses”, which is essentially an opportunity to get analytic reports and various other benefits. In order to access this, however, you would need to have an active business page, as well as the newest available version of Pinterest. Here, we are going to guide you through simply creating your business Pinterest account, and how to utilise SEO through the profile.

After you ensure that your profile picture, profile title and URL are all relevant to your business, you can utilise the description tool again. On Pinterest, it is important to keep the description brief and use keywords, using relevant information about your business and brand. Pinterest uses a separate line for your website URL, and allows you to verify your website on the account. In order to verify your site, you would need to upload a file or plugin for your website, including a verification code that Pinterest gives you. Then, your website will appear as verified and it will make your Pinterest account more reliable and legitimate.

Pinterest works as an online pinboard, and the best way to use it for your business is to create a good number of boards on various topics, which all relate back to your brand image and values. Pinterest makes it easy to “like” and Re-Pin relevant content from other boards and users, as well as images and content from other websites, other than your own. However, when you can upload interesting created content from your website, do so, as this will create even more backlinks to your website from this social media platform.

This platform is similar to Twitter, in that it works on a follower basis, and you must follow people in order to generate follow-backs. However, Pinterest makes it possible to either only follow one specific board from a user, or the option to “follow all boards”, which means you are following all of the content that user uploads. This means that it is possible for other users to follow the boards that they are interested in, without necessarily following your entire account, which is helpful as it creates a wider interest in your brand and business. Also, Pinterest is open to allow users to Re-Pin without necessarily following any board, which creates a wider share and potential audience for your profile and brand.

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YouTube

As with your other social media accounts, it is firstly important to choose a relevant title, URL, profile picture and header for your YouTube account. However, make sure to follow their given guidelines and infographic to make the most of your header on your YouTube profile, as it can be tricky! Also ensure to include a relevant, brief page description including good keywords. YouTube is a platform owned by Google; therefore everything you include on the account is searchable in a similar way to Google+.

Google Search contains a video search application where you can find and watch YouTube videos on Google, which means your uploaded videos are all searchable content separately. However, the content included in your video is not included in the search, and they only generate your search rankings through your video titles and descriptions. Therefore, it is important to include relevant titles, which include keywords and commonly searched for terms in your niche market, to help improve your Search Engine Optimisation. YouTube also allows you to include as long a description as you like, and it is recommended to make use of this and write long, keyword-inclusive, descriptions on each of your uploaded videos. Google has access to all of the content in this description, meaning they can be ranked in searches as well.

It is important to utilise YouTube to create original, unique content to share and generate interest in your business and brand. You can share YouTube content and videos over your other social media accounts, as well as embed the videos directly into your website. Using YouTube, your business can create fun ways to convey information to your consumers, rather than through writing, and, in a way, YouTube often serves more as an application to enhance your other social media accounts and website rather than a social media account on its own. However, it is still important to encourage YouTube subscribers and linkbuilding to your YouTube account, as YouTube is a public site where people can access and view your video content without requiring a YouTube account, which encourages furthering your search rankings and traffic to your website and other social media accounts.

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Vine

Vine works in a very similar way to Instagram, only instead of images, Vine is a social media platform based on short video clips. The video clips can only be up to 6 seconds long, and creates a more fun social media video platform to share uniquely created content. It offers another exciting way to share insights into your company, and create more accessibility into your business and brand for consumers. For example, you can share short tutorials, reveal snippets of work information, office space or employees. Vine also utilises hashtags as a search method, allowing users to find video content based on keywords in your videos’ titles and descriptions.

Vine also makes it possible, similar to YouTube, to share your videos and content onto other websites and social media accounts, meaning it is a good way to share information and improve your brand awareness. This is good for Search Engine Optimisation as it creates a web of links back to your website and business over the various accounts. Other people can also share your Vine videos, which would improve your brand awareness. The most successful Vine videos are ones that become viral, meaning they are shared and seen by a wide audience of potential consumers, who will all be made aware of your business.

The most important factor for Vine is to keep in mind your brand image and values, and keep relevant to what you want to convey to your consumers and wider audience. Pick a relevant, searchable account title and description, as well as profile picture, and upload videos that reflect your values. It is also paramount to create interesting content that will interest and appeal to users, and draw attention and traffic back to your website and business, encouraging success and sales.

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LinkedIn

Within the LinkedIn social media platform itself, the search engine results are displayed using an internal set of algorithms to prioritise certain profiles over others. One of the main ways LinkedIn ranks you in the search is through the size of your network and the amount of connections you have. LinkedIn shares results that have at least some connection with the user searching, even if the connection is only 2nd or 3rd level. This makes it paramount to expand your network, and create connections with as many users and profiles as possible, in order to become a prioritised search result.

LinkedIn is very much a platform where businesses can connect with other businesses, and having a business LinkedIn profile helps your business appear more legitimate and reliable for consumers. In order to increase how searchable your business is on LinkedIn, it is important to fill out your profile completely in every relevant area, and constantly use keywords and correct information. It is also possible to use LinkedIn, similarly to other social media accounts, to share information and fresh content, in order to encourage engagement and connections.

One of the main ways you can expand your network and number of connections on LinkedIn is through participating in LinkedIn groups. This increases your LinkedIn profile awareness to other users, and allows you a way to connect to people easily and share information about your business and brand. It is important to use these LinkedIn groups to contribute content and engage with others, and encourage consumers to discover more about your business. It is important to share links to your other social media accounts, as well as your website, on LinkedIn, as well as linking to your LinkedIn from your website and other accounts. This is important in order to become fully Search Engine Optimised on the LinkedIn platform, as well as in a search engine.

Ultimately

the more social media platforms your business expands within, and the profiles you create, will help increase your business’ online presence. It is important to attempt to target all of these separate social media consumer bases in order to expand your brand awareness and Search Engine Optimisation. It is useful to understand how to fully utilise each account separately, however, and learn the strengths and positives that the accounts can bring to your business.

Remember, if you have any further questions about SEO and social media; don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Also, if you want to read about Search Engine Optimisation through different social media platforms, don’t forget to read Part 1 of Our Guide to Search Engine Optimising Your Social Media here.

Bright Yellow Creative has a wealth of experience in social media marketing, and how to optimise each platform to benefit businesses. We understand the role of Search Engine Optimisation in creating links to your website, and generating interest in all aspects of your brand and its online presence. Improving your search rankings directly widens your business’ consumer base, and therefore increases your overall success and sales.

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