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What Google Instant means for your SEO content strategy. September 9, 2010 • written by Heather Lloyd-Martin You may have noticed that Google operates a little differently now (and if you haven’t noticed yet, you soon will.)

What Google Instant means for your SEO content strategy

Google Instant, the latest search enhancement on the block, shows results as you type a query into the search box. What makes this different than Google Suggest is that the search results change on the fly, adapting to what you type. It’s localized and personalized – but there are no algorithmic changes. That is, the tasty SERP filling is the same as before – it’s the wrapper that’s changed. Google claims that the new feature will help people search faster and refine their queries more efficiently.

Let’s see what this means. Immediately, you notice one thing – PPC ads are highlighted with the current layout. Of course, there are posts saying that Google Instant is the death of SEO (been there, heard that.) Keyword research means checking out actual search results. As opposed to the search for “cheap amsterdam hotels” Content strategy is, in fact, the next big thing. In January of 2009, I started telling people that content strategy would be the next big focus for organizations worldwide.

Content strategy is, in fact, the next big thing

I even went so far as to say, “Content strategy will soon be getting more attention than social media.” Lots of folks smiled encouragingly, patted my shoulder, and told me to get back to my style guides. Some people just laughed at me. And that’s when I hit them over the head with my content inventory. Bam! Well. Numbers don’t lie. And now, here’s a look at Google search returns for “content strategy": I’ll refrain from saying "I told you so. " Content strategy is more or less on the same trajectory as social media was three years ago. I think it’s because the reality of social media initiatives—that they’re internal commitments, not advertising campaigns—has derailed more than a few organizations from really implementing effective, measurable programs. Strategic Content Management. Trying to fix an organization’s content problems by installing a content management system (CMS) is like trying to save a marriage by booking a holiday.

Strategic Content Management

We know that a successful web project needs a content strategy—but when it comes to the CMS, we stop thinking strategically. Despite all the talk about user-centered design, we rarely consider the user experience of the editorial team—the people who implement the content strategy. We don’t design a CMS, we install it. The problem: tools aren’t magic pixie dust#section1 Any web project more complex than a blog requires custom CMS design work. Wireframes are aspirational fantasies#section2 As Karen McGrane says, it’s easy to sketch a faceted navigation on a wireframe. Use a design process to select and customize a CMS#section3. Stratégies de contenu: la prochaine révolution. Avec l’essor grandissant des réseaux sociaux, on parle beaucoup de la nécessité de mettre en place des « stratégies de contenu » (Content Strategy) au niveau des sites web.

Stratégies de contenu: la prochaine révolution

Mais selon Kristina Halvorson de BrainTraffic, cette réflexion dépasse le simple cadre du web pour s’appliquer aux entreprises mêmes. L’échec de la plupart des campagnes de médias sociaux tient au fait que celles-ci n’ont pas mis en place, au niveau de leur entreprise, une infrastructure éditoriale pour plannifier, créer, gérer et diffuser des contenus. Pire, elles ne disposent simplement pas d’une stratégie de contenu. Cela revient à hurler dans le désert en espérant être entendu par une improbable caravane. La vraie révolution, selon Kristina Halvorson, va consister à l’implémentation de stratégies de création et de diffusion de contenu au niveau organisationnel. Désormais, la gestion des contenus est une affaire stratégique qui doit être traitée au plus haut niveau, de manière proactive plutôt que réactive. A Big List of Sites That Teach You How To Do Stuff.

With all due respect to Kevin Smith, the web is no longer only for complaining about movies.

A Big List of Sites That Teach You How To Do Stuff

In fact, there are a large number of very helpful sites that teach you how to do things. These are do-it-yourself sites, but we're not talking about building a deck or baking a cake -- the web is full of more general interest sites that give quality instruction on all sorts of fun and useful projects. Including, sometimes, how to build a deck or bake a cake. In this horribly-titled, but hopefully useful round-up we will specifically focus on such general purpose sites that include some sort of rich media instruction (generally video). We also might throw in a tech-focused site or two, since this is after all, a tech-focused blog. If you know of any instructional sites that are missing from this list, please mention them in the comments below.

Note: Household Hacker is a humor site, some of the tutorials have some truth to them, but you probably shouldn't try them. Image credit: docman.