Why Your Organic Facebook Reach is Declining

It’s no secret that Facebook’s organic reach has been declining over the last few years. If you are a marketer and have noticed that fewer and fewer people seem to see your Facebook content unless it is boosted, you aren’t going crazy. That is happening and it’s because of the Facebook algorithm.

But there is a reason it is happening and there are ways to beat the algorithm and get your posts seen by the right people at the right time even with the decline in organic reach. Here is an explanation of what is happening to organic growth and how to beat the algorithm.

There’s too much content
Everyone publishes content on Facebook now and everyone wants their content to be seen. That has created a very crowded Facebook newsfeed. Facebook noticed that people were becoming overloaded with content and that organic reach was declining despite the algorithm.

Getting your content seen on Facebook has become an intense competition. Every company is battling to have their content seen by their people. The problem is, many people are fans of companies that directly compete with each other.
Because of that direct competition, Facebook had to make a choice on which content was seen. That choice was driven by two things: content and relevancy.

Facebook wants to give you the content you want
The extreme influx of new content forced Facebook to make decisions on which content was seen organically and which content wasn’t seen. Facebook has always had the goal of delivering people the content they want to see when they want to see it.
This means that whatever content is the most relevant to the Facebook user, that will be the content they will see. Facebook only wants to show people the content that they believe they want to see. Loading the newsfeed with everything that gets published every day is too much. It would drive people from Facebook.

In a nutshell, the relevancy measure is there to help you and Facebook users. There is no point in someone seeing your content if they won’t take action on it. Of course, that doesn’t make it any less frustrating for digital marketers.

Thankfully, there is a way to surpass the algorithm and get the reach you want.

More Facebook ad spend equals more reach
It’s not the ideal solution, but it’s the only one that seems to work every time. While video content and live video content have still managed to perform well organically despite the algorithm, Facebook is turning it’s platform into a largely pay for play model with companies.

Truth is, if you want your content seen, you have to pay for it. Facebook wants to make sure the users see the content from their friends, family, and pages they regularly visit first. If you want a spot on the newsfeed, you are going to have to pay for it.
As Facebook’s ads manager and ad tools have gotten more sophisticated, digital marketers have long been suspicious of the motives. There were rumblings of Facebook wanting to make advertisers hand over more and more money and unfortunately it seems like those rumbling were true.

While Facebook does still reward great content with good organic reach, if you are a brand, you have to pay to be seen. Facebook knows their worth. They know that their users are valuable and they know that brands have little choice but to pay to reach their followers.

Of course, you can still spend time on video and live video in an effort to cut advertising costs. There are plenty of ways to be creative and engage your Facebook followers. Embrace creativity and you will be able to beat the algorithm.

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Writing Web Content People Will Read

Creating web content is hard sometimes. Creating web content that people will actually read is even harder. When it comes to writing for the web, you have to create content carefully and intentionally. People on the internet have short attention spans and with all of the content out there, you are competing for every second of their attention.
Many web content creators don’t really understand the people who read content online. This is the major problem that causes web content to go unread. People don’t read content on the web, they scan. They want to pull out the important things from the articles without spending a lot of time on it.
Thankfully, there are some things you can do to make your content more attractive to those people that scan. Here’s a quick guide to creating web content people will read.
Not every word will be read
It is important for you to acknowledge that not every word that you write will be read by the person who opened your content. The sooner you accept that fact, the better.
Because not every word will be read, make sure you make the important parts of your content stand out. Use subheadings, bolded font, and lists to capture the reader’s attention and draw them in. The more confident they are that your content has what they are looking for, the more likely they are to actually read it.
Most important things first
A lot of people only read the first few lines of an article or blog. Because of this, you need to put your most important facts and points first. Do not bury the lede. People want to know what they are reading and if they should keep going right away.
When you put the important things first, readers are more likely to continue reading to learn the specifics. The more important information you can get in the first few sentences and paragraphs, the better.
Don’t over-complicate language
As tempting as it is to use diverse and sometimes complicated language, do not do it. Use common words that are familiar to the reader. Web content should not seek to expand the vocabulary of the reader. Web content is there to drive a point home in the simplest manner possible.
If you use language that is too complicated, people are not going to read it. Using simple language makes the content easier to get through making it more attractive to people on the internet.  Bottom line, keep it simple. You readers will thank you.
Write a little lazily
People on the internet are generally lazy. They want short sentences in short paragraphs that don’t have unnecessary words or jargon. In short, write for lazy people. More often than not, people reading web content don’t want to work hard to read it. The easier it is to read, the better.
Keep articles to one topic
When you are creating an article for your website, keep that article to one topic. People who are looking at your articles are looking for specific answers and insights. For each article talk about one product, one service, or one question that a lot of customers ask you.
Articles that have too much information on too many topics are unattractive to readers. When you keep articles focused and succinct, people are more likely to read it in its entirety.
Keep design in mind
Your written content needs to work with visually with your website. Font choices, photo choices, and colours are all important. Articles are an extension of your brand and consistent branding is important for success.
When you are writing your article, think about how it fits into your brand look. Consider where you want to places images, what the size of the font will be, and if you will use italics or boldface type. Design is just as important as the words.
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Outdated SEO Practices to Stop Doing

The world of digital marketing is constantly changing, especially when it comes to search engine optimization or SEO. SEO is one of those cornerstone practices for digital marketers that make the difference between a good online presence and a great one.

Because SEO changes what seems like almost daily, the most effective SEO practices are always changing and evolving. These changes mean that SEO practices are continuously becoming outdated as we learn more about the internet and search engines change their search algorithms.

In order to make sure that your website stays on top and current with SEO, there are a few SEO practices that you should permanently retire if you are still practicing them. To help you out, here are 4 of the top outdated SEO practices that you need to stop doing now.

Focusing on Keywords and Not Clicks

This may sound totally counterproductive to SEO, but you have to stop focusing on keyword density instead of clicks. Having all the keywords on your webpage or in your articles may seem like the best way to get a higher ranking on search engines, but if they aren’t drawing clicks, the keywords don’t matter.

Having the right raw keywords is still important for SEO, but it’s not more important than getting the click. If you want to rank higher, your webpage and articles need to have the proper balance between keywords and clickability.

Take the time to write and create engaging and interesting content that will draw the click and work the keywords in as you do that. It is important to note that we are not condoning clickbait titles and descriptions, but you should take a hard look at what is drawing the clicks and how to apply that strategy to all your pages and articles.

Too Much Anchor Text on Internal Links

It use to be that heavy anchor text on internal links would improve your SEO value. This is no longer the case. Search engines are now taking into account pages and articles that are inappropriately using anchor text to manipulate their SEO ranking.

Make sure that you are using anchor text appropriately. If the internal link is in the header, footer, site navigation, or sidebar, add appropriate anchor text. If you are using it simply to manipulate search engines and it has no other value, get rid of it to ensure that you penalized by search engines for bad anchor text use.

Creating Pages for Every Keyword Variation

Creating new pages for each variation of a keyword is still a very widely used tactic with SEO specialists and digital marketers. This use to be a highly effective tactic to ensure that search engines would rank your page for a keyword regardless of which keyword variation a person searching used.

Google has since gotten savvier about this tactic. It is now suggested that keyword variations are sprinkled into a single page in an appropriate manner instead of having multiple pages for each keyword variation. This signals to search engines that your content is designed to be helpful and useful instead of just to manipulate SEO rankings.

Paying for Links

When companies started to realize the SEO value in link building, companies started to appear that offered to sell links in large directories to help boost SEO value. This worked for a while. Search engines tracked these links as link building activities that signalled that the website being linked to was an authority and this boosted their SEO value.

Google and other search engines have since realized that companies were paying for these links to just boost SEO value and started pushing websites that were using them by downgrading their SEO rank. They recognized that these directories were not a credible source and wanted to discourage the link building manipulation.

As a general rule of thumb, it is advisable for companies to not pay for any links unless it is part of a legitimate partnership. For example, paying a blogger to write about a service of yours that they use and then have them link to your site is okay and helps boost your SEO value, but paying a random site directory to list your link is bad.

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How to Use “Spammy” Website Tricks Efficiently

Let’s start right off the bat and make it very clear that I am not encouraging you to spam your customers or trap people with clickbait. Those tactics don’t work out well for anyone.

That being said, there are a few “spammy” website tricks that can help boost conversions. With some subtle but effective methods traditional employed by spam sites, you can actually help boost your website traffic, leads, and sales without annoying your customers.

Here’s how to make three traditional spammy tactics work for you and your customers.

Countdown timers

Countdown timers are a great way to push a sense of urgency. If you are running a big sale or have a special offer and put a countdown timer on it, people feel like they have to act or risk losing out. No one wants to lose out.

When a person goes to your website and sees that little timer ticking down, their primitive brain goes into panic mode. Seeing time tick away makes them worry that they are going to lose out on something or that they are going to miss out on something everyone else is getting.

This panic isn’t a conscious response and it can be used to your advantage. Consider putting a countdown timer at the top of your website page when you are having a sale or in the checkout cart to help avoid cart abandoners.

Countdown timers can also be good for autoplay webinars. Delivering a little ‘webinar starting in 5 minutes” with a countdown timer as a pop-up in the bottom corner of a screen can draw people in. They will see the pop-up and think “Oh! What luck! I came to this page just as they were starting a webinar. Now I have to watch it.”

While countdown timers are great, make sure that you use them sparingly and only where appropriate. If your timers become predictable and expected, they lose their effectiveness. Keep your customers guessing and your countdown timers will work towards your advantage.

Autopilot webinars

Have you ever poked around on a company’s website, landed on a conversion page, and see a little “webinar starting soon” banner with a countdown clock? While it would be nice to believe that you landed on that page at the exact right time for a webinar, this is not usually the case.

Webinars are a great way to drive conversions and get leads; however, they usually don’t convert well when you are doing them live. People may express interest in them and even register for them, but it is more than likely that they will forget about your webinar and never watch it. This is there autopilot webinars came into play.

Autopilot webinars are designed to drive people down the purchase funnel. Someone’s interest in your services or product is highest when they are navigating through your website and registering to get more information.

The idea with autopilot webinars is that you capture those people when their interest is the highest, at the registering for more information stage. Adding an autopilot webinar to the registration confirmation page can make people more likely to actually purchase your product.

Choose a webinar that works well for these first time, exploratory customers. A webinar about the importance of what you do and how it helps others be successful is a great example. Make sure to add a countdown timer here and change the webinar once a quarter. That way you can keep people guessing and capture more customers.

Utilize overlays

Overlays or “Welcome Mats” are a great way to get leads and push people to take action. Essentially, they are a total screen takeover that pops up when people get to a certain page on your website. Usually, they include some kind of messaging like “Want to become an expert? Sign up for our newsletter now!”

Overlays can be a little annoying to customers, but they work. They work really well, especially when it comes to lead generation.

But when it really comes down to it, putting all of these tactics together gets the best results. Create a pop-up overlay with a lead generation box, an autoplay webinar, and a countdown to the webinar and you are in business. Using “spammy” techniques intelligently can give your digital marketing the boost it needs.

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