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Interview With Andy Crestodina: How Influencers Can Drive Your SEO
What's influencer marketing? The art/science of collaborating with that influencer to borrow (or rent) access to that audience. They may not be content creators, but they share, they power word of mouth, they're readers and fans and advocates.
They influence search rankings.
Build relationships with content creators because content creators make links → links pass authority → authority drives ranking potential.
Not all influencers create content. Not all collaborations are on web pages.
If it's unpaid, there is still an exchange of value. They get some exposure value and access to your audience! ...hopefully, you've built your audience too.
I'm a huge fan of collaboration. As I rule, I never publish anything without a contributor quote from a friend/influencer/content creator/expert. Why would I?
Better content and better connections! Highly recommended. A journalist would never publish an article without a source. Content marketers shouldn't publish content with an expert contribution!
If you pay, it doesn't have to be a lot. $50 or $100 is sometimes enough to get an influencer to share something for you. Reach out and offer a little bit of money for a little exposure but never buy links.
1. Makes your content better
2. Can help improve the social reach
3. Make friends, and those relationships sometimes lead to links.
If an influencer is in your content, mention them when you share. Then send them the link to the social post. Ask politely if they'll amplify your post (like, comment, share.) This can trigger the algorithm to show it to many more people.
I always reach out and ask for a quote. I never just pull something from something already written. It's the difference between collaboration and just quoting someone.
It's always better to get a contributor quote from an expert. Without it, the content is a missed networking opportunity. With it, there's a strong chance I can learn by reading my own blog.
My goal is friendship! Show thanks in unexpected ways. Try a handwritten thank you note. Or a LinkedIn recommendation. Gratitude is the key to friendship.
Testimonial = Happy things said by a customer
Endorsement = Happy things said by an influencer.
✓ Pay attention to the content creators (bloggers, etc.)
✓ Build relationships with them (share, mention, comment)
✓ Include contributor quotes from them in your content
✓ Offer to contribute to their content!
To let people know you'd like to make things together, end every email with this sentence: "If you'd ever like to collaborate on anything at all, don't hesitate to reach out!"
1. Share, like, comment
2. Send connection request, endorse, recommend
3. Reach out, ask for a contributor quote or interview request. Make it easy.
4. Follow up with huge, unexpected gratitude.
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