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Nicolette Beard

Content Marketing With Press Releases: Pros, Cons, Examples & Best Practices

Nicolette Beard on Nov 26th, 2013     Content Marketing, Online Marketing, Online PR, Press Release Optimization

Press Release Best PracticesWhen Matt Cutts, head of Google’s web spam team, announced that links in press releases have no value for SEO, it created a lot of discussion and debate in the SEM community. But, if you look at his comments in their entirety, you’ll notice that he also said press release sites do have value for press and marketing reasons as Cheryl Conner, contributing writer at Forbes, so eloquently points out.

Consider,

  • 92% of journalists use search engines to research stories and 81% of journalists use search engines daily (MarketingSherpa)
  • Blog readership, RSS feed subscriptions and social media sites are visited in record numbers
  • Journalists using Google News surpass usage of major networks, like MSNBC & CNN!
TopRank Online Marketing

SESNY: 5 Tips To Optimize Press Releases For Search

TopRank Online Marketing on Mar 24th, 2010     Online Marketing, Online PR, Press Release Optimization, Search Engine Strategies, SEO

TopRank Online Marketing has been working with PRWeb providing SEO consulting services starting in 2008. PRWeb was founded in 1997 to help small businesses and communications professionals leverage the web to share their news directly with the public. As part of this process PRWeb lead the way for the “direct-to-consumer” press release, enabling companies to communicate their news directly to customers, prospects, analysts and the media.

During the past decade, PRWeb has reshaped the traditional press release and changed how companies large and small distribute news. Innovations of PRWeb over the years include:

  • Search engine optimization (SEO) for press releases to increase the visibility of news in search engines like Google and Yahoo!
  • Social bookmarking tools like trackbacks and bookmark links to take advantage of the explosion in social networking
Lee Odden

PRWeb Discontinues Free Press Releases

Lee Odden on Oct 12th, 2006     Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, Online PR

Big news from PRWeb’s David McInnis to all PRWeb account holders last night.¬† Free press release distribution will cease as of Oct 23rd.¬†¬† The new packages are as follows:

SEO – $80
This is the distribution level that has set the standard for search engine optimized press release distribution for the last five years. In order to provide a difference for our $80 users, we’re making some clear changes we believe will provide beneficial differences between SEO and the next level.
* To reduce noise, we’re creating a dedicated page for our $80 product. Less competition on the page means more visibility.
* We’re also streamlining the submission process for this level, reducing the time it takes to upload your press release on PRWeb.
SEO with Social Media – $120
This package incorporates all of the SEO features from the “SEO” distribution, plus all of PRWeb’s social media features including our patent pending TrackBacks/PingBacks and PR Tag Clouds. Other features available at this level include Technorati tagging, ‚ÄúQuotables,‚Äù and social bookmarking. (If you haven‚Äôt taken advantage of these new features, I encourage you to turn them on. Your press releases‚Äô performance improvement can be significant). Also look for your release in Pheedo‚Äôs RSS and Blog network. First-page positioning on PRWeb is guaranteed the day of your release.
Advanced Online Visibility – $200
This distribution option gives you access to all of the enhanced SEO and social media functionality, coupled with new tools including our exclusive eBook creation utility and our newly enhanced statistics. We have spent the last year re-thinking and re-vamping the way we measure online visibility. Our Advanced Online Visibility program gives you incisive leadership in your media campaigns, the broadest toolset and the very best positioning on PRWeb.com.
I hope to talk to David McInnis about more details including revised press release statistics later today.
Lee Odden

PRWeb Sub-Domain Mapping for RSS Feeds

Lee Odden on Aug 7th, 2006     Online Marketing, Online PR, Press Release Optimization, SEO Tools

PRWeb announced today that they are now offering a service that will allow their press release distribution clients the ability to map the company domain name to the RSS feed of the release hosted by PRWeb.

When you submit a press release through PRWeb and associate that press release with a RSS Group in the PRWeb control panel, the release is then published as part of an RSS feed. This feed url can be pinged to the RSS search engines and also used in an auto discovery tag for RSS feeds in the company web site. That way RSS enabled browsers and feed readers can automatically detect the company press release RSS feed and subscribe to it, even if they do not have a blog.

Lee Odden

Trackbacks and Press Releases

Lee Odden on Feb 21st, 2006     Blog Marketing, Blogging, Blogging News, Online Marketing, Online PR, RSS

Today PRWeb officially announced the launch of their support of trackback functionality with press releases. While press releases have traditionally been used to announce news to the media, PRWeb has pioneered a direct to consumer model that allows companies to announce news to a broad audience using PRWeb’s distribution channels.

The addition of trackback functionality creates a link between bloggers and press releases in a way that is not found elsewhere. Now when a blog comments and cites a press release distributed via PRWeb, it can send a trackback to the release, which will in turn create a link back to the blog.

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