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Paid Content: To Index or Not to Index, That is the Question

Hello, you there! Person reading this post. How did you find it? If you’re a loyal MarketingPilgrim follower then maybe you came in here via our daily email update. Perhaps you came in off a social media link or you clicked a bookmark. If you’ve never been here before, then chances are you came in via a search engine. Welcome. We’re happy to have you and we hope you come back often.

Search engines are vital to the success of any site with written content. So why would you want to stop them from indexing your site?

The UK newspaper The Times stopped them because they felt it ran counter to their paid content business model. Back in 2010, the newspaper blocked search engine spiders as part of their conversion to digital subscriptions. Apparently, they believed that their good name alone would drive traffic to the site.

127 Rockin’ Content Marketing Tips – A #CMWorld 2012 Cheat Sheet

Great conferences can be frustrating.

They inspire you, cram your brain with creative ideas and “ah-ha!” moments, jam your wallet with the biz cards of new friends, expand your waistline and kill your per diem. (That’s the fun part.) Then it’s time for goodbyes, the hassles of travel, playing catch up at the office and wondering where all that momentum went.

If, like me, you’ve been trying to keep up with the flood of valuable insights from Content Marketing World 2012, here’s a cheat sheet to help you out. It’s a mashup of highlights from fellow attendees, blog posts that stood out, and a couple bonus links for your listening pleasure.

SPONSOR: Join CopyPress for Free Webinar

Have you ever wondered how you manage an editorial calendar? Ever wondered how to generate ideas for content that are both attention grabbing and insightful? I know I do from time to time!

On August 22 at 1pm EST our Social Media Channel sponsor, CopyPress, will be hosting a free webinar where I will be talking a bit about my experience here at Marketing Pilgrim and I will be joined by Melissa Fach, Managing Editor of Search Engine Journal and Jennifer Haley, Senior Content Editor for SEO at eBay.

It will be a fun and informal discussion of how we try to tackle the day-to-day of content management and production. I bet I will learn a lot so I am pretty excited! PLEASE JOIN US!

The Content Marketing Universe [Infographic]

This post comes from our Social Media channel sponsor CopyPress.

The fabric of the universe are basic chemical elements that create the stars and planets. The fabric of the Internet is content, which can be broken down into sections such as copy, images, and video. Our lives online are largely made up of time creating and digesting content, but the amount that is available and shared online is staggering. CopyPress helps companies to figure out how to get create a content cycle to play in this ever expanding content omniverse.

Enjoy the full infographic!

Amazon eBook Sales Surpass Print Book Sales in the UK

“Amazon said it had sold 114 ebooks for every 100 print books in the UK so far this year.”

That news comes from ZDnet and it’s very good news for content marketers. Here in the US, ebook sales topped print sales in May 0f 2011. But Kindle EU chief Jorrit Van der Meulen said that it took four years after the release of the Kindle to hit that mark in the US. It only took two years to get there in the UK.

What it means is that more and more people are ready to make the switch to digital assets and not just in books. Digital music has nearly replaced the CD. Digital movie downloads are now taking a bite out of the DVD market and when was the last time you bought a hard copy of a piece of software?

Google+ Button Rolls Out Recommendations for All

Bloggers have long used “see related posts” widgets to try and keep readers inside their own site. Now, Google+ is lending a hand in that regard with their new Google+ Recommendation Button.

The button is the same one you’re used to seeing, but now, when you hover, you get a suggested list of additional articles for your reading pleasure. Nifty. Here’s how it looks on MarketingPilgrim.

 

I tested this on a few other sites and found a couple of things;

1. Not every site with a Google+ button has the option. It’s supposed to happen automatically, but perhaps there are different kinds of buttons, or perhaps the roll out is still happening. If it’s not working on your site, you should try updating your code to the latest and greatest before panicking.

SEO, Digital Marketing and the World of Indie Films

When we talk about SEO we are oftentimes talking about SEO for business products. We want to have our content come up during the discovery process that customers and prospective customers go through as often as possible. That can be intensely competitive when you are trying to market and sell things like life insurance or women’s shoes or (insert product here). But what about independent films?

Huh? How did we get here? Well, an email from the Co-founder and President of independent film company One World Studios Ltd., Zack Coffman, started the process. You see Zack gets it and simply notified us here at Marketing Pilgrim that had mentioned us as a top resource in an SEO post he did on the Sundance Institute’s site.