Differentiating between content types: on-site and off-site content and their purpose

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Time and time again, Google has underlined the value of creating great content. While well-optimised, informative and user-centric on-site content is essential for building rankings around your chosen search terms, you’ll also need to create off-site content that can be used to generate coverage around your brand and secure those all-important links.

While off-site content should also be user-orientated and engaging, by nature it will often take a very different tone to the types of content you place on your own site. In this blog post, we’ll explain the difference between on-site content and the content created to generate links and coverage.

On-site content

On-site content is the content users see when they visit your website. It can take many different forms, including;

  • Optimised copy — the keyword-optimised copy that features on category and product pages.
  • Blog posts
  • Buying guides
  • FAQs
  • Informative pages — such as company profiles, delivery information and returns policies.

The copy on your website is designed to support the user journey and ultimately drive visitors towards completing an action — whether that’s enquiring or making a purchase. As such, this type of content is normally very self-promotional. From our experience, larger sites that hold greater digital influence are less willing to feature this type of content, as it offers little to their readership and is simply too advertorial.

Of course, there will be exceptions to this general rule — you may have created a particularly insightful blog post that appeals to a wider audience that you could repurpose for outreach, for example.

Off-site content

Off-site content is the content that is created and sent to websites in order to secure both coverage and links for your brand. In order to secure this coverage, it must have a broader reach than the content on your website, yet still remain linked to your business otherwise readers will struggle to see the relevance.

When creating this type of outreach content, consider the interests of your target demographic — what would they like to know about? For example, a motoring brand could discuss the costs associated with motoring or the issues affecting Britain’s roads.

While not a specific product showcase, this type of content will help your brand join a wider discussion, improving its chances of gaining coverage. What’s more, you don’t rely on a pre-existing interest in your brand — you have the opportunity to position yourself in front of a new potential audience, who may not be familiar with who you are and what you do.

By creating content that genuinely interests both your target demographic and a wider readership, you can increase your chances of building links back to your website, as more third-party sites are likely to want to feature your content. This will ultimately bolster your search engine optimisation (SEO) campaign, strengthening your domain and improving rankings.

So how can you make your content stand out? Our experience has found that outreach content that features original, new data or approaches a subject from a new perspective perform the strongest.

Of course, there are many other outreach methods and indeed content types that can be implemented to support your brand’s outreach strategy, including:

  • Competitions
  • Search-focused content — answering a particular search query
  • General articles discussing industry trends or topics
  • Press releases
  • Infographics and content marketing

Through devising an outreach strategy that combines a mix of the above with content that broadens your brand’s reach, you can fully harness its potential and achieve the results your brand needs to continue to succeed.

Don’t be afraid to trying new approaches to tried-and-tested techniques — it could have huge benefits for your business.

Do you need help or advice with your outreach strategy? Contact Mediaworks today by completing the below form or ring us on 0191 4040100.



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