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Gisele Navarro

Operations Director at NeoMam Studios

“Your content is crap.”

Ouch, that stings a little, doesn’t it?

But getting honest feedback for your content is key if you want big links in 2018.

And the big problem?

Most people just want to be nice to you.

Clients will tell you “the infographic looks great.”

Colleagues will smile and nod.

But here’s the deal:

You need super harsh feedback from people who don’t care about your feelings.

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‘But Danny, it’s just not relevant enough to our business!’

This was the pain of my existence working as a freelancer, trying to come up with content ideas that would get links.

Over the years, since starting in SEO in 2006, this has never gone away.

Let’s be honest.

If you were not buying links in 2006, then you were not a proper SEO.

But even then, we worried about relevancy.

When you bought links, you made sure the content was as relevant as it could be to the site you were linking to.

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In-house SEOs generally don’t get much of a voice in our industry. I spent my entire SEO career working from the agency side, years before setting up NeoMam. At the early stages of our agency, most of our work was sold through some of the largest agencies in the UK.

Over the past few years I have seen a large number of skilled practitioners move in-house and I have been very impressed with what they have been able to achieve, compared to what I saw from agencies.

In this post, I have worked with a number of the top in-house SEO’s in our industry to understand some of the benefits of working in-house over choosing an agency.

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Good content is at the heart and soul of any successful infographic campaign. We’ve learnt that the content publishers will be excited about sharing has to be trusted and offer a lot of value against the content that is already out there.

We’ve learnt the easy way (through successes) as well as the hard way (our mistakes). Here’s 5 mistakes that we’ve learnt from, and never want to make again.

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Link-buying is a topic we discuss often at our offices.

On one side of the room, you’ll hear a team member mentioning that a blogger has asked for money or that we have lost the relationship with a publisher due to a new editor who now requests compensation.

On the opposite corner, you’ll hear me talking to a worried new client, who needs reassurance that we won’t exchange payment for features.

Dedicating part of our budget to buying links would certainly make a side of our work easier (i.e. getting those features up fairly quickly) but we’ve identified far too many reasons why it would be detrimental to our growth.

Today I will share why we refuse to exchange money for links, and hopefully this post will spark a constructive discussion about this practice.

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If you work in marketing, you might have a love-hate relationship with the trusty group brainstorm (or thought shower).

Did you know that no study has ever shown that this process works well since it first appeared in 1953?

You will have seen the extrovert taking over the room or the introverts stepping back and letting everyone get on with it.

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When group brainstorming goes wrong, it can be a massive waste of time.

In this post, I am going to share four simple improvements that will mean your next meeting will produce loads more original ideas.

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