Working at SEER Interactive, you hear a lot of talk about doing “RCS”. RCS stands for “Real Company Stuff”, where companies do real strategies that add value, instead of “Fake Company Stuff” where the sole purpose is to try and quickly increase search engine rankings.
An example of “RCS” could be creating an interactive visualization of industry data your company has collected and letting industry journalists know about it. By contrast, “FCS” is doing large numbers of spam comments, spinning press release articles, and other similar tactics that exist only to manipulate search engines.
The great part about doing RCS is that it makes your job as an online marketer easier. Here are a few ways you can promote and gain more links for your company’s Real Company Stuff.
1) Infographic Link Building
Infographics enable marketers to communicate an idea and data to their community. While lots of companies are employing this strategy, I believe most aren’t realizing the full value of their efforts.
How to find links – If you create an infographic, you should be sure to include an embed code so that people can post the graphic on their own site. Posting your graphic on the list of sites that Paddy gave makes it more likely that your graphic will be found and used by others. Sites that feature your infographic don’t always link back to your site. To find these opportunities, use Google reverse image search to see who’s using the graphic but not linking.
2) Brand Link Building
No matter how big or small your company, you will be surprised at how often your brand is mentioned online. It is important to find these mentions, not only to try and get links, but also to understand who and how people are talking about your brand.
How to find links - These are a few ways that I like to monitor a brand online:
- Use Google reverse image search to find people using your logo.
- Set up Google Alerts for your brand name.
- Set up Topsy Alerts for social mentions ( Topsy Tutorial )
3) Image Link Building
Like infographics, high quality images are great way to connect with your audience. An image link strategy works especially well for companies that already produce high quality photos of their merchandise – like gear, food, and clothes.
Where to promote - Like Paddy Moogan’s article about infographic sites, I recently created a list of high quality image sites where you can submit images.
How to find links - Like the previous strategies, using Google reverse image search can be extremely effective at finding people who are using your high quality images but not linking to your site as the source.
4) Protecting Your Quality Content
When you do RCS, you are producing quality content. Unfortunately, others around the web will borrow it without citing you as the source. We don’t always want people to take our content, but if they do, we want to make sure they cite us as the source.
How to find links – There are ways to make sure that high quality content gets properly attributed when used by others.:
- Google Alerts– Take a snippet of your content and make an alert for when someone uses it.
- TYNT is a piece of code that inserts a link to your page’s URL when your content is pasted into emails, content management systems, and onto social sites. Allie Brown wrote a case study on how TYNT helped one of her clients develop links.
- CopyScape protects your site against plagiarism and content theft by monitoring the web for copies of your content and emailing you as soon as they appear. John Henry Scherck also wrote an article on how this method obtained links for his client.