It is also important for editorial staff members to understand the difference between writing for organic traffic and for social media. Both serve a different purpose and how each is titled will impact performance on both. My trainings cover these important topics and more.
Longevity of news stories
News stories have a very short life span which can be anywhere from 1 – 3 days. It’s very common for many news organizations to have many highs and lows in search traffic depending on how popular a certain story becomes. However, publications fail to grasp how they can leverage old stories to gain a steadier stream of visitors from search without the increasing need to create more content. Alternatively, creating more news stories with little content is a waste of time as Google tends to ignore this type of content.
My training includes a strategy on how to leverage old content and how to implement other “features” to drive traffic to the site without needing to rely solely on Google search for traffic.
Competing key terms
News organizations tend to write a lot about a certain topic or person(s). This can cause cannibalization within your site and old stories may out rank newer stories. It’s important to understand what cannibalization is and how to prevent it from happening so that the right stories rank as they break.
I’ve trained many publications over the years including;
- Ziff Davis
- Fox News
- ALM Media
- Robb Report
- Men’s Journal
- Vibe Magazine
- Readers Digest
- Muscle & Fitness
- The Epoch Times
- Institutional Investor
Each training is customized to your organization specific needs, challenges and goals. I will speak with department heads and writers to gain a sense of the challenges each face and create a comprehensive training. The training can be broken up into different section and done over time.
I also include Q&A sessions after trainings, supply supporting documents, references and tools if applicable. Follow up trainings can also be arranged. Sessions can be recorded and viewed as need be by your staff. This is great to use when onboarding new writers and support staff. I offer both in person and video conference training and ongoing support if needed.