While TopRank’s Online Marketing blog started with a focus on search marketing, we’ve grown and evolved over the past 15 years just like the marketing industry has. Plus, instead of me writing 3-5 posts a week myself (over 2,400 total), I now have a great team that does most of the hard work. Partnering with amazing conferences as a media sponsor and content partner including a 7 year relationship with the amazing team at Content Marketing World (UBM) Source of marketing experimentation with content themes, SEO tactics, and other ways to attract measurable results 2018 has been a great year for our blog and more importantly for our business. Another catalyst for improvement has been Lane Ellis joining our team as Social and Content Marketing Manager, where he runs our agency social accounts and publishes our weekly news posts. Annie Leuman 21 posts in 2018 30 career posts 7 Influencer Marketing Trends That Will Rule 2018 Caitlin Burgess 18 posts in 2018 124 career posts 4 Top Trends in Customer Centricity to Drive Digital Marketing Success in 2018 Ashley Zeckman 17 posts in 2018 377 career posts Press Start and Get in the Game with the Ultimate Guide to Content Marketing Josh Nite 17 posts in 2018 129 career posts How Artificial Intelligence Is Transforming Marketing Tiffani Allen 11 posts in 2018 101 career posts Digital Marketing News: Social Media Trends, What CMOs Search For & Mobile Ads Soar Alexis Hall 10 posts in 2018 42 Career Posts Redesigning Your Website? Make Sure SEO & Content Have a Seat at Website Migration Table Debbie Friez 2 posts in 2018 13 career posts Building Better Influencer Relationships: 7 Cues Marketers Can Take from Sales Jane Bartel 2 posts in 2018 2 career posts Ashley Zeckman Dispels B2B Influencer Marketing Lies at CMWorld Lee Odden 37 posts 2593 career posts 25 Influential Women in Digital Marketing Who Rocked and Inspired in 2018 Thank you to all who have contributed and to our team members who have shared and helped promote the quality content published here at TopRank’s Marketing Blog. Industry feedback on TopRank’s Online Marketing Blog – As I travel around the world speaking at marketing industry conferences, I continue to be approached by people who say they’ve followed our blog for years and how it has been a great resource for them in the marketing career. On the topic of feedback, I asked a few of our team members to share their thoughts on contributing to TopRank’s blog: “The TopRank Marketing Blog has become part of my core as a member TopRank Marketing team. Congratulations to Lee and all of the stellar marketing professionals who have for 15 years contributed to making the TopRank Marketing blog an industry leader.” Lane Ellis “The TopRank Marketing Blog has been an amazing resource for me. At the same time, we will continue our coverage of B2B marketing, content marketing, influencer marketing, search and social media marketing best practices.
I think it’s safe to say that there are not many marketing blogs that have hit the 15 year mark.
However, I am happy to say that the class of 2003 includes an impressive cohort of marketing blogs including several that have become industry standards like Search Engine Roundtable by Barry Schwartz and Search Engine Journal founded by Loren Baker.
While TopRank’s Online Marketing blog started with a focus on search marketing, we’ve grown and evolved over the past 15 years just like the marketing industry has. Plus, instead of me writing 3-5 posts a week myself (over 2,400 total), I now have a great team that does most of the hard work.
There have been many great contributors to our blog over the years and today I am thankful for Caitlin Burgess who handles much of our editing and blog operations duties, Lane Ellis who contributes posts weekly and creates our Friday News post + handles our agency social channels. Then we have Tiffani Allen and Joshua Nite who shoot the Friday News video summary which you can see archives of over at TopRankMarketing.TV. We also have regular contributors Nick Nelson, Annie Leuman, Alexis Hall, Jane Bartel, Debbie Friez and Ashley Zeckman.
It has been a fun 15 yeas of blogging with 4,310 posts using over 2.1 million words. Our Google Analytics started in 2007 and since then the TopRank Marketing Blog has had over 11 million visitors and 25 million pageviews.
During the past 11 years we have analytics, our most popular posts based on visitors are:
Master List of Social Media Marketing Tools – 250k visitors
21 Digital Marketing Trends & Predictions – 210k visitors
BIGLIST of Marketing Blogs – 186k visitors
It’s somewhat ironic that the BIGLIST of search marketing blogs was so popular, because we discontinued adding to the list several years ago. Even more interesting is that we’re bringing the BIGLIST back in 2019! Be sure to watch for the all new list of marketing blogs which will serve as a comprehensive resource for all things marketing coming in January 2019.
While it’s fun to reminisce about the distant past, 15 years is a like 1,000 years in internet time. So much has changed.
As we close out 2018 and enter a new year, I think it’s worth reflecting on some of the changes we’ve experienced with our blog. With the skyrocketing growth of social networks and mobile apps, people have questioned whether it still makes sense to have a blog. If corporate America is any indicator, blogs are alive and well. According to 2018 research by UMass Dartmouth, 53% of Fortune 500 companies on the 2018 list have a corporate blog, up 11% over 2017.
My experience is that blogs continue to serve as an effective hub of communications that tie together thought leadership, content marketing, social media marketing, SEO, influencer marketing, demand and lead generation activities. The hard part is finding a way to contribute a variety of engaging topics consistently and to break through the information overload competing for readers’ time and attention. Doing all those things well is no easy task, but I think our team has made great progress.
Some of the benefits we’ve realized from blogging include:
- Unsolicited media coverage from The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New York Times and many others
- Speaking opportunities all over the world: New York, San Francisco, Moscow, Madrid, Sydney, Antwerp, London, Hong Kong, Auckland, Tonoto and even Coralville Iowa.
- Consulting with major brands: General Mills, HP, Dell, McKesson, Staples, LinkedIn, Marketo, Oracle, SAP, 3M, and many others
- Attracting a major book publisher, Wiley, through which I published my first book: Optimize – How to Attract and Engage More Customers by Integrating SEO, Social Media and Content Marketing
- Recruiting top talent – smart, creative and focused on results!
- Partnering with amazing conferences as a media sponsor and content partner including a 7 year relationship with the amazing team at Content Marketing World (UBM)
- Source of marketing experimentation with content themes, SEO tactics, and other ways to attract measurable results
2018 has been a great year for our blog and more importantly for our business. We’ve refined many aspects of our content production…