What is “High-Quality Content” and What Does It Mean for Your Business?

We’ve heard “Content Is King” — the rallying cry for every content marketer and an ideology that most businesses live by. The creation of content is important. How important you say? 


After Google reduced the impact of generic content and updated its algorithm to take context and prepositions into account, content creation has become even more crucial for your business. 


If that’s not enough, industry influencers continue to bash us over the head with illustrations of how content has taken their businesses to new heights, highlighted by their rapid growth and improved company identity and branding.


We know content is important, but what kind of content do we need to create? What kind of content is important


Some professionals say, “High-Quality Content”. 


This phrase has been thrown around for some time without much explanation. So, I will do my best to explain what this concept means and how you can work towards creating high-quality content to advance your business and inbound marketing strategy. 


What is “High-Quality Content”? 

“High-quality content” is content that is relevant to the customer query, contains or suggests significant authority, and ultimately, answers their pertinent questions. 


As long as the content you create adheres to these signifiers, you will be highly regarded by users and the designated search engine you’ll be using to generate traffic. 


How To Create High-Quality Content

First, you need to create original, relevant content. Irrelevant content won’t be found and serves to be less read compared to content that fulfills its desired purpose. So, how do you do that? 


Let’s break it down. 



  • Inspire A Connection


Don’t settle on simply informing the reader by emphasizing ideas or concepts. Theorize these concepts, and push the reader to use your tips with actionable, engaging titles and content.



  • Answer Their Questions


How did you find this blog? Did you have a question about high-quality content and came across my blog? 


It’s called a “search engine” for a reason! People are here to search for and find information. Provide the answer and people will come running. 



  • Use Your Own Experiences 


As a content creator, you are also a teacher, and nothing teaches people better than experience. Use your experiences to highlight your point. Hopefully, readers can learn from your mistakes and develop their business using your advice. 


If they learn something, it’s likely they will share it with their friends and colleagues. The more shares, likes, backlinks and references, the more your search engine ranking will rise whether socially or online.



  • Original means ORIGINAL


Rehashing pre-existing content is not going to raise your rank. In fact, it’s sort of cheating. Plagiarised or duplicate content will get you in trouble. 


Consider creating content around the specific kind of reader you are hoping to attract, or the verticals you are hoping to do business with.  


As a writer, you must maintain a focus on the notion that you are providing content for specific audiences.  With a particular audience in mind, you can write content around the questions this individual might want the answers to. If you have the answers and you’re passionate about the topic; there’s truly no limit to the amount of content you can produce. 


Try creating a spreadsheet with the type of buyer persona you are trying to reach and then create content dedicated to answering their questions. Through a quick Google search or Q&A websites and message boards, you can discover what people are asking, so if you have the answer, you can create content around this question.   


Do I Need “High-Quality Content”? 

The only way to rank and rank highly is through the development of “high-quality content” – your business won’t go far without it.  Therefore, you need to invest and make a concerted effort to create content. Consider outsourcing, an internship program or inspire your team to write original content. 


Written content is easily the most accessible form, but you don’t need to stop there. Video is an immensely powerful medium. A well-made video is bound to catch the attention of many and nowadays, they’re fairly inexpensive to produce


Most people are visual learners anyway, so if you can condense your content to a few minutes, you are sure to see some likes. It’s important to note different videos do better on different platforms. You should research the platform and create content accordingly.  


Podcasts are taking the business world by storm. Their versatile format allows for the production of different kinds of content, whether socially or visually. These pieces can be posted on a variety of different platforms, increasing your potential reach to fans and clients alike. Podcasts require a little more investment, but if you have a fantastic idea and an engaging host; you’ll set the world on fire!


It Sounds Like A Lot Of Work. Should You Even Get Started? 

The answer is yes! As Neil Patel says, “You get what you pay for”. It’s an investment in yourself and your business. 


People won’t associate with your business if you don’t have experience or expertise. Most small businesses don’t have a lot of experience but might have significant expertise. So, show off! Show potential clients your knowledge and expertise – show them how capable you are. If you can do that while providing answers to their deepest concerns, why wouldn’t they choose you? 


How Will People Find My Content With All These Experts Around? 

Your written content does not need to be on par with industry experts. Everyone writes differently and these days written content is often a smorgasbord of writing styles, grammar, and form. 


You do not need to be an industry expert in order to create great content. Eventually, through thorough research and continuous engagement in your field, you may be positioned by your followers or by your own devices as an industry expert. This process takes time, but as I stated, with continuous engagement and content, you will become an “expert”.


How Will I Know My Content Is High-Quality? 

This is not a question you need to answer. Ultimately, the audience decides. Clearly, content created by the appropriate authority will always garner the best results, but that doesn’t mean you can’t position yourself as an authority if you know what you are talking about. 


Content is THE great equalizer. It’s going to generate business, but it’s also going to support your business. Content is a window towards greater transparency with potential clients and people are more than likely going to respect you for being honest and upfront. It’s also a quality a lot of people are looking for. 


Hopefully, with a stellar content strategy and some great content, you can see growth in your business for years to come. 

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The Impact of E-A-T In 2020…and Beyond

In uncovering strategies for 2020, I was struck by an article on MarketingLand.com.


According to marketing influencer and Director of SEO at Path Interactive, Lily Ray, most marketers should be focusing on E-A-T – Google’s response to helpful and useful content. It’s been a long time since I’ve thought about E-A-T, and while it governs most of the content we produce; rarely, if ever, have I considered it as a key feature of our marketing strategy.


The concept is rather simple to understand but it seems very few businesses are considering E-A-T as a major component of their marketing campaigns or content marketing strategies and even fewer making it a focus, particularly going into this next decade.


To better understand the conversation, here’s some background information.


What Is E-A-T?

E-A-T is an acronym that stands for:



Expertise means you need to show the skill of the author and mention it in your content. Expertise is less critical for humor or gossip websites, but it’s vital for medical, financial, or legal websites. The good news is any site that can show their expertise if the content is truthful and useful for users.



Authoritativeness means your ability to show that you are an authority or the authoritativeness of the creator. If your page is a community or a forum discussion, the quality of the conversation drives authority. Credentials are necessary, but so are personal experiences like reviews.



Trustworthiness, as the name state, is rather implied. It’s especially important for eCommerce websites that ask users for their credit card information. Everything about your site should make users feel safe while they’re visiting. As a starting point, you should immediately implement an SSL certificate on your site as at least 70% of first page results are using SSL (it’s one of many scoring signals that Google uses).


Why is E-A-T So Important?

Lily Ray goes on to explain E-A-T’s significance, particularly in the medical, legal and financial fields. “It’s really important to think about E-A-T as part of your SEO strategy.
Nevertheless, I feel her comments ring true regardless of what field you may find yourself in.


So why is having expertise, authority, and trust so important? After all, the Google quality rater guidelines don’t determine a page’s rankings.
Essentially, E-A-T determines a website’s value. Quality raters keep E-A-T in mind when judging how well a site or page provides what they need. They look to see if they’re getting a good online experience and if the content meets their standards.


If the raters feel like a user would feel comfortable reading, sharing, and recommending the content; that earns the site a high level of E-A-T. Ray sums this up stating, “You have to be telling search engines why you should be trusted.”


Think of E-A-T as the reason why users would choose your site over your competitors’. It could have a direct impact on how Google receives — and ultimately ranks — your website.
Implementing strategies to enforce E-A-T within your content also helps to level the playing field. “It’s going to be increasingly difficult to rank, to compete, because a lot of these core updates are resulting in companies that maybe don’t have great E-A-T seeing pretty big performance declines”, states the SEO Director.


Over the last few months in 2019, we’ve experienced 3 major updates that have affected the way we search and the kinds of information searchers are shown. Therefore, it’s incredibly likely, that we’ll continue to see these changes as Google attempt to become more specific. E-A-T may be the only way to ensure people read and engage with your content.


What’s The Impact of E-A-T Moving Forward?

We have established that E-A-T is an important part of Google’s algorithms. A lack of E-A-T makes it very hard to rank. So, does this mean that only sites recognized as authorities can rank well? Is there anything else that can be done?


E-A-T can definitely be improved upon. Here are a few strategies you could implement to your content and marketing strategy:

  • Get good reviews
  • Get Wikipedia mentions
  • Get mentions on authoritative sites
  • Get mentions on forums
  • Be trustworthy
  • Optimize Your About/About Us Page
  • Show The Expertise Of Your Company On Your Site
  • Manage Your Reputation
  • Improve Your Content
  • Demonstrate E-A-T on your website


Businesses should continue to produce great quality content with links. Links still play a significant role in ranking websites. If businesses are experiencing changes in their ranking after the update, it is most likely due to their content. Sullivan went on to say in a later tweet, “There’s no ‘fix’ for pages that may perform less well other than to remain focused on building great content. Over time, it may be that your content may rise relative to other pages.”


Producing quality in accordance with Google’s E-A-T proves to be the best way forward. Especially in an ever-changing environment like the world of digital marketing.

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How To Create Effective Content in 2020 and Boost Your SEO

“Is your content driving the right type of traffic and potential leads to your website?” 


If you answered, “I don’t know” or “I’m not really sure how effective our content is”, then this is for you. 


Each year, Google makes hundreds of changes to search. In 2018, they reported an incredible 3,234 updates — an average of almost 9 per day, and more than 8 times the number of updates in 2009.


In the week of October 25, 2019, Google announced it’s latest algorithm update and one of its most significant in the last five years. They’ve named it BERT. 


BERT stands for Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers.


Google’s algorithm updates can impact your search volume, ranking, and results. This is important, and why you should keep track of these changes. But in order to see the best results, you need a strong content strategy. 


Why Do I Need A Content Strategy?

Content can still serve its purpose but if it is not optimized for SEO, it is far less effective. On the other hand, SEO will not and simply cannot work without a solid amount of content to support it. 


A solid content strategy will help to really get the most out of your SEO efforts.   


Creating a content strategy isn’t as hard as you might. Useful strategies are constantly being created and updated, but we’re going to talk about Pillar and Cluster Content. It’s one of the most used and flexible strategies out there. 


Pillar Content is a large piece of content covering a topic in broad strokes. 


Cluster Content takes these broad-strokes and boils them down into actionable tasks and the bare essentials.  


Here are a few tips on how to create these pieces of content:



Content can’t be written in a vacuum. You need to know what people are searching for and what’s trending in order to create the best content possible.


Compile a list of your keywords using some of the most accessible SEO tools – Ubersuggest, Ahrefs, and Moz. 


It might be helpful to create a shareable spreadsheet with all your keywords so everyone on your team can see what’s being created. 



Before you start writing anything, you must first identify your head term. Your head term is a broad overarching topic. You should have this from your research.  


Create content around the keywords or trending topics, here’s a thorough guide to creating engaging blogs to grow your organic traffic.


As your head term is broad, maybe create a Pillar Content page around this. 




Focus on answering the specific questions that people have. You are effectively turning your website into a content-generating and answering machine.


If you know your ideal customer and their pain points, create topics around them. Remember, you want to create content that’ll reach your intended audience. Your content should work for them. 


By creating content with highly searched keywords, you’re ensuring the possibility of your content being seen, and thus, read – you’re providing answers to questions people want the answer to and you have the data to back it up! 


As you delve deeper, you’ll naturally discover questions related to your supporting content and pillar. Keep discovering and answering questions, and you’ll never run out of ideas. 


Use your Cluster Content (subtopics) to engage ideas expressed in your pillar content or answer questions readers might have. It’s even better if you answer questions pertaining to your pillar content. 


Remember your supporting content doesn’t need to be written. It can exist in a variety of different formats; video, podcasts, eBooks, guidebooks, infographics, social media posts – the possibilities are truly endless!  


Nevertheless, in light of BERT, your content needs to be specific, even more than it used to be. Greater specificity only lends itself to more relevant content, however, if your content is not specific enough, the chances of it being found are greatly reduced.




So, you’ve created the content, but where should you distribute it? 


Your Website

It’s great for SEO purposes, and it positions your company as the leaders in your space. If people like your content, they’ll more than likely share, utilize and find value in it. This helps to advertise your business through social media or word-of-mouth marketing and converts casual viewers into ambassadors for your brand or even potential clients


High-Authority Sites With High Viewership

You want eyes on your content, so posting it on platforms with high-traffic or dedicated and consistent viewership will dramatically aid your SEO efforts. 


To avoid getting penalized for duplicate content, make sure your content exists on your site first. Simply import content from your site to these other platforms. 


Popular Social Platforms

For Video, you can utilize YouTube. It’s free and it’s the second-largest search engine next to Google. Google also owns YouTube, so if it works on YouTube, it’ll work on Google. 


For Audio, podcasts and other forms of sonic media, you should utilize all streaming platforms. Top platforms to consider are iTunes Podcasts, Spotify, and SoundCloud. 


The content you make needs to be relevant and optimized for the platform. A short 10-minute video is bound to provide better results on YouTube or Vimeo than it would on Facebook or LinkedIn. Consider Your Audience and How They Consume Content! 


Also, look to repurpose your content. Most mediums can be converted or altered to create a whole new medium. Don’t make things harder for yourself



Lastly, you need to analyze the data. It’s only through data and analytics that you’ll discover how effective your content really is.


Check your content’s performance. See what’s working and what’s holding you back. It’ll also help you to better your content. For example, if your content is performing better on LinkedIn than it is on Facebook, maybe you should double-down on LinkedIn. 


This does not mean you should abandon other platforms and formats. You don’t want to luck out when the scales shift, but it’s a great starting point.   


So, what’s the point?

It seems very clear from Google’s latest changes i.e. June Core and BERT, everyone’s favorite search engine is adapting their algorithms to provide more relevant and specific results for your queries. 


Creating a strong and fluid content strategy will only help you. It’s only optimizing your content from the get-go.  


Your content has to be created with the question in mind and specific enough to be found for an exact and specific query. 


With a content strategy, you’re not hoping your content will be found. You’re ensuring it will be.


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Voice Engine Optimization – The Next Frontier

Businesses have relied on managing and optimizing their websites for desktop searches in order to state their presence online. For years, optimization through the creation of blogs, backlinks, and content was enough to maintain relevance and a high ranking. With Google’s update, a new branch of Search Engine Optimization has been created in the form of Voice Engine Optimization.

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