At the end of every conference comes the onslaught of obligatory summary posts of the top takeaways from the day. You can learn about all the best speakers, who had the most creative slides and catch some great summaries of the more intricate details of the presentations. But this time I thought I’d write something ...
I was delighted to present to members of the Search London Meetup group at Google's new Shoreditch Campus.
My topic was earning links by telling stories. In particular I focused on leveraging business assets to create those stories . The main point I stressed is that earning links is a three-stage process. First ideation, then content creation, then distribution. It's not enough to create good-looking content, or good quality content. Without an idea behind it or a story to tell the content is one-dimensional and lacks the required value to earn links (or social shares for that matter). It's not enough to create good content, from a great idea and then expect people to link to it. There still needs to be a distribution phase. We still need skilled people to identify the right online audience for our stories, we need to conduct outreach to the people that write the content for those online audiences to position our story to them or offer our story wholesale.
If we don't have a story to tell through our content then it's hard to earn those links. This presentation looks at the ideation stage of the link-earning cycle.