Author: Mike Murray

Mike Murray has shaped online marketing strategies for hundreds of businesses since 1997, including Fortune 500 companies. A former journalist, he has led SEO studies and spoken at regional and national Internet conferences. Founder of Online Marketing Coach, Mike is passionate about helping clients identify their best opportunities for online marketing success based on their strengths, his advice and industry trends. You can find him at his blog, Online Marketing Matters or on Twitter @mikeonlinecoach.

By mike-murray published June 13, 2016

The Ultimate Blog Marketing Checklist: 65 Tips, Tools, and Resources

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Success at blog marketing depends on a myriad of content, design, technical, and promotional factors. Though it would be prohibitively exhausting to excel at all of them simultaneously, the good news is that there are many small changes you can make that can significantly improve the success of your blog content over the long term.

Whether you’re just starting to explore the world of blog marketing, looking to spruce up the look and feel of your existing blog, or are ready to take your efforts and expertise to the next level, the 65 tips (8 more than when I wrote the original post two years ago) on this handy checklist will support your journey to blogging success.Continue Reading

By mike-murray published June 3, 2016

54 Content Writing Examples, Tools, Tips, and Resources

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Consuming great writing is like listening to a great singer. If the performer makes an emotional connection with me – even though she misses a few notes – I eagerly listen to the rest of the song and anticipate the next performance.

A year ago, I shared helpful lessons on powerful and effective text with 48 examples, tools, tips, and resources. Today, I share those plus another six to help you win over as many of your readers as possible.Continue Reading

By mike-murray published March 21, 2016

SEO Page Titles: 15-Point Checklist for B2B and B2C Brands

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SEO page titles cause their fair share of confusion among B2B and B2C content marketers. In the old days, it was easy to throw a bunch of words in there with commas and rank well for some of those keyword phrases.

The SEO page title still carries weight, but other ranking variables matter as well. If the quality and quantity of inbound links had to go head to head with SEO page titles in a strange Internet game, the links would crush the titles.Continue Reading

By mike-murray published February 1, 2016

Big B2B and B2C Companies: Fix SEO and Content Marketing Strategies [Study]

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Big companies can make huge gains with reasonably small adjustments to their SEO and content marketing strategies. The opportunities are staring them in the face. They just need to update existing content and be willing to create new website pages.

In my new study, Big Businesses Fall Short with SEO and Content Marketing, I took a close look at the Fortune 100 to size up how they’re dealing with basic SEO tactics for their website content. Their performance isn’t surprising on some levels. They command No. 1 rankings on Google and often fall safely on the first page of Google search results.Continue Reading

By mike-murray published May 6, 2015

48 Content Writing Examples, Tools, Tips, and Resources

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Editor’s note: Because great writing and technology continue to evolve and are essential in any successful content marketing plan, we’ve updated this post.

Consuming great writing is like listening to a great singer. If the performer makes an emotional connection with me – even though she misses a few notes – I eagerly listen to the rest of the song and anticipate the next performance.

I share helpful lessons on powerful and effective text with seven real-life examples, then provide 10 content writing tips and many more tools to help you win over as many of your readers as possible.Continue Reading

By mike-murray published April 26, 2015

68 SEO Content Tools, Trends, and Tips for B2B and B2C Brands

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Time-strapped, budget-conscious B2B and B2C marketers can’t afford to make unwise choices with SEO and content marketing.

You won’t find a do-everything-for-me software product, but you can make excellent progress by continually asking these questions:Continue Reading

By mike-murray published July 9, 2014

The Great Content Checklist: Tips, Tools, and Examples

fortune cookie-rewarded for effortsIf you want to produce great content, it’s time to leave ordinary in the dust.

By the time you’re ready to promote your latest creation, you may distribute it in a popular medium like a PDF or a deck that makes its way to SlideShare. But the content itself also needs to be so exceptional that it commands attention — even in a crowded and competitive environment.Continue Reading

By mike-murray published May 21, 2014

The Ultimate Blog Marketing Checklist: 57 Tips

figure working-laptop-cmi screenEditor’s note: Because blog marketing continues to evolve and is essential in any successful content marketing plan, we’ve updated this post.

Success at blog marketing depends on myriad content, design, technical, and promotional factors. Though it would be prohibitively exhausting to excel at all of them simultaneously, the good news is that there are many small changes you can make that can significantly improve the success of your blog content over the long term.

Whether you’re just starting to explore the world of blog marketing, looking to spruce up the look and feel of your existing blog, or are ready to take your efforts and expertise to the next level, the 57 tips on this handy checklist will support your journey to blogging success.Continue Reading

By mike-murray published April 23, 2014

How to Prepare Your Brand for Business Storytelling Success

triangle image-brand componentsCreating quality brand stories requires skill, insight, and ongoing effort — it’s definitely not something that can be mastered overnight. But even if you had all of the time in the world, your brand’s business storytelling efforts probably won’t get any easier to develop and manage unless you have the right strategic plan in place.

What is business storytelling anyway? Definitions abound, but basically it boils down to brands sharing their messages in ways that engage audiences and drive them to take a desired action (like making a purchase, calling a sales person, downloading or subscribing to content, etc.).Continue Reading

By mike-murray published January 23, 2014

4 Online Content Best Practices for Success

“All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary — it’s just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.” — Somerset Maugham

happy woman with computerI like Maugham’s understated way of referencing the skill and effort that goes into writing. But as content creators know, it takes more than just good grammar skills and a flair for words to be successful at marketing and web content creation. So, as we collectively kick off our web content creation efforts for 2014, I thought it would be helpful to compile some of the best practices CMI contributors have shared for web content creation — including a few observations based on my own personal experience.Continue Reading