SEO content marketing roundup, week ending November 2nd

This week’s web writing news focuses on the fundamentals. Content marketers discuss conversions, search and SEO folks emphasize basic SEO and link building practices, while social media marketers talk influence. Get back to the marketing basics with this week’s picks:

Content Marketing

So which brain is your website selling to? Smart read by Tim Ash at ClickZ.

Is your content getting boring? Five ways to bring “sexy” back are shared at Content Marketing Institute.

Does your copy suck the life out of your conversions? Heather Lloyd-Martin takes a look from the prospects’ point of view at SEO Copywriting.

Stoney deGeyter addresses the need to “give a little” information to get conversions at Search Engine Guide.

Gabriella Sannino discusses conventional wisdom and branding (“3 Tricks No Hooker Should Try”) at Level 343.

Jonathan Morrow posts six ways to sell online without “selling your soul” at Copyblogger.

PR Web posts an interesting read on making “meme” marketing work for you.

Tips to better listening (for better content marketing) are posted at Content Marketing Insitute.

Stepping into the way-back machine, Heather Lloyd-Martin posts a video on using old school “power words” to improve your conversions at SEO Copywriting.

SEO & Search

In the first of a series on basic SEO, George Aspland posts a read on organic keywords (“the first step in SEO”) at Search Engine Land.

Melissa Mackey discusses elemental PPC with “The 4 Pillars of a Successful PPC Campaign” at Search Engine Watch.

Vertical Measures posts seven criteria to consider when building links.

Neil Patel discusses the seven habits of highly effective SEO’s at QuickSprout.

SEO-friendly website features (that developers often miss) are posted at Search Engine Watch.

Vanessa Fox reports that Google’s Webmaster Tools now provides details on duplicate content (URLs) across domains via a new alert at Search Engine Land.

aimClear posts a fun read by Lauren Litwinka on the 66 worst search marketing books you’ll never read (“bookshelf of horrors”).

aimClear’s CEO, Marty Weintraub, shares his story in an inspiring and intimate interview posted at SEO Copywriting.

An SEO Q and A with Search Engine Land/Search Engine Roundtable’s Barry Schwartz (“Rusty Brick”) is posted by Dave Cain.

Josh McCoy pens an immensely helpful piece on “Agency SEO Pain Relief” at Search Engine Watch.

Events:

PubCon Las Vegas 2011 is next week, from November 8th – the 10th.

Only a couple of weeks’ away now:  SES Chicago 2011 is scheduled for November 14th – November 18th, and Top Rank lists six “must-see” internet marketing sessions to attend there.

Social Media Marketing

Social media and small business headlines Social Media Examiner’s weekly news.

Marketing Sherpa posts a how-to on interactive email, with “six tactics to leverage the influence of social reinforcement.”

Social Media Today posts five conclusions about Klout’s new scoring algorithm and changes.

StumbleUpon shares an infographic depicting stats on the lifecycle of a web page on its sharing platform.

George Passwater posts three elements to remember for an effective Google Places Page.

Mack Collier takes an honest look at being a social media consultant.

In the spirit of Halloween, Top Rank posts five social media marketing “tricks,” while Heidi Cohen discusses five social media marketing “monsters” via scare charts at ClickZ.

Events:

SMX (Social Media Marketing Expo) is scheduled for December 5th and 6th in Scottsdale, AZ.

photo courtesy flickrseo2/Cristian Borquez