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FTC Releases New Guidelines for Native Advertising

In December of 2013, the Federal Trade Commission began investigating what was then a burgeoning content marketing strategy - native advertising. The investigation sought to answer many questions, but perhaps most pressingly, the FTC wanted to know if typical readers truly understand when they're being presented with paid content, what "paid content" means, and the ethics of essentially disguising promotional content as editorial.

Over two years later - now that native advertising is incredibly popular - the FTC has finally released guidelines for publishers, and they could end up changing how many advertisers approach this strategy.

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Survey Says Content Creation is the Most Effective SEO Strategy

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Despite social media creeping up on search as a leading source of referral traffic, search engines are still the number one way a user will find your site on the web. At the same time, you know that you need to undertake certain optimization strategies in order to get seen on search engines in the first place.

However, deciding which SEO strategies will benefit you most can be extremely difficult, as SEO's ROI is often difficult to measure, and search engine ranking criteria is changing all the time. Luckily, a new survey shines some light on what's working for most marketers.

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Is Facebook's 'Instant Articles' a Game-Changer For Content?

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One of Mark Zuckerberg's goals is to make Facebook's News Feed a "perfect personalized newspaper" for every user. To do this, the News Feed algorithm attempts to show users the updates, birthdays, events and shared stories that it thinks would be most important to them. It follows that news sites have been very successful under this system.

In fact, with so many news sites getting more and more referral traffic from Facebook, the network's influence has never been more powerful. But what will happen when they finally decide to directly host content instead of having publishers post a link? We're about to find out.

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Is It Time to Start Addressing Content Blindness on Social Media?

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A relatively new idea in the content world involves the notion that content marketing will become less and less sustainable for businesses as the amount of content on the internet continues to grow. Respected business consultant Mark Schaefer called the idea content shock last year, and it's been widely discussed ever since.

While not everyone agrees that content shock is actually something to be worried about, the results of a recent study certainly aren't encouraging. Basically, readers are adapting to the huge amount of available content by tuning out sponsored posts on social media.

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Content Tool Keywee Promises Unprecedented Audience Targeting

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The notion that the absolute best content will always get noticed without needing any promotion is slowly fading away. While valuable content will always beat out content of low quality, the sheer amount of content being published every day gives even the best pieces little chance of getting noticed on their own.

As a result, paid strategies such as Facebook post boosting and content discovery platforms have gained popularity by promising to get your content in front of the right people. Now, a new content tool known as Keywee promises to do it better.

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