Why are Blogs Recommended for SEO?

Kate Ryan

September 8, 2021

When it comes to building site authority and generating quantifiable traffic for your website, having a good breadth of pages full of rich and valuable content is essential for successful SEO. This content can include everything from on-page category descriptions, to content on your About Us page, and product descriptions. If properly done, engaging content can attract more users to your website and increase your rankings, providing more opportunities to increase brand awareness, secure new leads, and become a brand looked upon as an authoritative voice within your market.

However, this can be challenging to do with just a small amount of copy. Blogs offer something unique when it comes to long-form, valuable content. In this article, we’re breaking down some of the benefits of blogging for Ecommerce businesses and how to easily utilise blogging for your overarching business goals.

Why Are Blogs Recommended for SEO?

There are many reasons why having a blog is recommended for SEO. Populating your website with informative, engaging content is not just for the benefit of the reader but can actually improve your site as a whole.

1. Helps Target Long-Tail Keywords

Blogs Can Help Target Long-Tail Keywords

One of the benefits of having a blog for your business is the ability to target long-tail keywords. As a blog is a type of long-form content, around 700-1000 words or more, there is a substantial opportunity to include words or phrases that are commonly searched by your customers. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult to rank well for highly competitive words, especially if you are a small business or don’t have an already established blog.

Targeting long-tail keywords, which includes three words or more, in a blog increases your likelihood of ranking for that searched term. These targeted keywords could include commonly searched questions or phrases about a particular topic that is specific to your customers. As an example, an Ecommerce fashion label could create content around possible wedding outfits for women if they sell bridal or formal wear, or similarly, an automotive parts retailer could write content answering commonly searched questions like “how to change a headlight bulb” to target the broader automotive community.

By dedicating time producing content that is relevant to your consumer base, means your website will be able to rank higher thanks to more people being interested and clicking on your content. A higher CTR and page sessions will make search engines think your content is worth ranking, thereby making your website more visible to new customers, providing new leads and opportunities.

2. Drives Users to Your Website Through Optimised Content

Drives Users to Your Website Through Optimised Content

For many of us, we read blogs about topics we’re interested in. If we landed on a blog that was too short, appeared untrustworthy, or didn’t contain any relevant information, we wouldn’t want to look at the rest of the website. Optimising your content is not just about getting people to click onto your site. It can be utilised to acquire new conversions or new leads alongside creating strong awareness for the brand.

One way to optimise blog content is by adding relevant internal links. Linking is something that the Google algorithm pays special attention to because it tells Google that your website is trustworthy. And it is very simple to do.

For example, if you are a men’s clothing brand and you wrote a blog about the different types of men’s ties, there is an opportunity for you to link to product categories on your site, like ties, menswear, shirts, accessories, etc. Not only does this allow readers to be prompted to click the links when reading, but it also tells search engines that the pages your blog is linking to are of high value.

3. Helps Your Website Build Authority Through Ranking

Build Website Authority Through Rankings

When searching for something on Google, such as ‘where can I buy flowers?’, most users are usually only going to click onto the first couple of websites that they see. This means that those websites which are higher in the search algorithm have the highest rank for the searched term. This is where every website wants and aims to be. Like we mentioned before, blogs allow you to target long-tail keywords, which means that by having a blog, you are more likely to rank for popular search terms and queries.

Not only this but each new blog that is produced and each new page that is created sends a signal to Google and other search engines that your website is constantly being refreshed and updated. This means that search engines will crawl and index each new page more frequently. With content that answers people queries and a site that is continuously updated, Google will see your site as highly authoritative and will show your content to new users, increasing brand awareness and visibility.

To Blog or Not to Blog: A Case Study

Difference between sites with and without blog content

When it comes to blogging and SEO, it can be hard to visualise the results straight away. However, there are many examples of how implementing a blog has increased different brands visibility and authority across search engines. For this case study, we are looking at two different brands and seeing how implementing a blog influenced how the brand ranked over time.

Brand A and Brand B are two very similar companies. Both are Ecommerce brands that sell within the same market category. Brand A has a blog that is updated regularly with rich, quality long-form content. Brand B does not have a blog, meaning they’re reliant upon their other content for rankings.

Blog vs No Blog Comparison

Brand A implemented their blog in the middle of 2019, and from July 2020 to July 2021, saw a 92% increase in keyword rankings for page one overall, and more specifically, a 50% increase for keyword rankings for blog-specific pages. Brand B in comparison, within the same period, saw a 7% decrease in their overall keyword rankings on page one. Brand B did see a 20% increase in their rankings on page two, however, only about 6% of website clicks happen on page two.

Because Brand B doesn’t have a blog, all of their rankings come from their smaller on-page copy and meta data. If this is not well optimised, then Brand B is going to have a very difficult time trying to compete against Brand A, which has 84% more keywords ranking on page one, 15% of which comes from optimised blog content.

Key Findings

As it is clear from this case study, Brand A has secured its position in the Google algorithm through quality, optimised content. Their brand is not just an Ecommerce destination for potential customers, but a space filled with well researched, informative content that help and assist customers, giving the brand a sense of authority and trustworthiness.

Brand B, on the other hand, has lost its rankings over time due to a lack of quality, informative content. Although Brand B may still be a strong brand in the market, its limited visibility and increasing position on page 2 prevent any new potential customers, resulting in a drop in conversions and brand authority.

Having a blog for your website is a crucial step in having an optimised site. As seen above, it can make a huge difference in keyword ranking and authority, website visibility, new leads, and conversions. Blogging for SEO is a holistic approach to successful marketing and although may start out small, will make the biggest, lasting impact for your business.

To find out about how Pattern can assist with SEO and blogs for your business, contact us now.

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Improve Your Amazon Advertising Strategy With One Simple Metric: True RoAS
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Improve Your Amazon Advertising Strategy With One Simple Metric: True RoAS

The purpose of advertising on Amazon is simple: increase traffic and conversions. But the approach to get those conversions is not always so simple. Your Amazon advertising strategy is based on current ad data and performance results such as your return on ad spend (RoAS). 

At a minimum, your RoAS number tells you how well you’re maximizing your ad spend. The problem is the RoAS you’re getting from Amazon or an advertising agency isn’t always accurate. 

As a top 3P seller on Amazon, Pattern helps brands improve their Amazon advertising strategy and results by providing them with one simple metric: true RoAS.

Understanding True RoAS

To understand why true RoAS is helpful to brands, you need to understand how Amazon and other agencies calculate and present your RoAS.

The key to growing your brand and maximizing your ad spend is to drive incremental traffic, rather than cannibalizing what has already taken place. For example, if you are selling probiotics, and paying for sponsored ads to win the keyword “probiotics for women”, but also organically ranked in the top results with the same keyword, that’s cannibalization. The RoAS score you would receive from Amazon includes that level of cannibalism, which inflates the number, causing you to pay more on ad spend. The best ads drive incremental growth instead of cannibalizing organic sales. 

At Pattern, we’ve created the acceleration software to make sure brands are getting their “true RoAS”. Pattern’s patented tool applies artificial intelligence to advertising to maximize incremental growth or true return on investment. 

Our software helps brands optimize their efforts by providing live and updated information on where your brand is not organically ranking, and what you should be paying for. If your ranking improves in one area, the ad spend will automatically decrease for those words or phrases until the software detects a drop in ranking, signaling that your ad spend should go up again. This dynamic monitoring of ad spend will help you maximize incremental growth and improve your RoAS.

Improve Your Amazon Ad Strategy with Pattern

Knowing your true RoAS is key to improving your Amazon performance. Advertising agencies and marketplace account managers often give you an inaccurate RoAS ratio or value, which only incentivizes you to spend more on advertising, ultimately increasing revenue for the agencies and/or marketplaces.

At Pattern, a 3P partner on Amazon and other marketplaces, we view our brands just as that: a partnership. When you win, we win. You succeed on Amazon by maximizing your ad spend and we have the data and resources to help you do just that. Accurate, transparent data and reporting will help improve your advertising strategy to drive more traffic to and conversions on your products. 

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Slowing Inflation is Music to Consumers’ Ears
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Slowing Inflation is Music to Consumers’ Ears

**Instrument Pricing Changes Tune Amid Record Inflation** Compared to 2022, consumers should expect to pay more for musical instruments, but the rate of inflation shows signs of slowing. **The backstory:** America’s most popular musical instruments saw a notable price increase in 2022 compared to 2021, but the rate of inflation eased in Q4 ’22. **Why it matters:** Slowing inflation within this product category could indicate economic pressures like increased demand, rising labor costs, and supply chain disruptions are easing across the consumer landscape. **What we’re seeing:** The average cost of musical instruments increased 7.5% from 2021 – 2022; however, when analyzing individual increases year over year, some instruments saw price increases as high as 21%. <iframe title="YOY Price Change for Instruments — 2022 vs. 2021" aria-label="Bar Chart" id="datawrapper-chart-02Lwk" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/02Lwk/2/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="379" data-external="1"></iframe><script type="text/javascript">!function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",(function(e){if(void 0!==e.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.querySelectorAll("iframe");for(var a in e.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var r=0;r<t.length;r++){if(t[r].contentWindow===e.source)t[r].style.height=e.data["datawrapper-height"][a]+"px"}}}))}(); </script> * Trombones experienced a 21.73% increase compared to 2021 * Trumpets +20.08% * Flutes +18.6% * Recorders +16.13% * Saxophones +13.63% * Clarinets +10.55% * Drums +5.41% * Ukuleles +5.17% **However:** Inflation among these same instruments was significantly less in Q4 ’22 compared to Q4 ’21. In some cases, prices decreased from Q4 ’21 – Q4 ‘22: <iframe title="Price Change for Instruments — Q4 2022 vs. Q4 2021" aria-label="Bar Chart" id="datawrapper-chart-6X6GZ" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/6X6GZ/2/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="379" data-external="1"></iframe><script type="text/javascript">!function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",(function(e){if(void 0!==e.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.querySelectorAll("iframe");for(var a in e.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var r=0;r<t.length;r++){if(t[r].contentWindow===e.source)t[r].style.height=e.data["datawrapper-height"][a]+"px"}}}))}(); </script> * Trombones +11.23% * Flutes +10.41% * Saxophones +5.94% * Clarinets +5.59% * Trumpets +3.10% * Recorders +2.85% * Drums -2.59% * Ukuleles -8.46% **Moreover:** Certain instruments saw inflation reverse in 2022. On average, prices for melodicas, guitars, and violas saw their prices decrease by 4.41%, 3.19%, and 0.97%, respectively. <iframe title="YOY Price Change for Instruments — 2022 vs. 2021" aria-label="Bar Chart" id="datawrapper-chart-0Tefk" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/0Tefk/3/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="259" data-external="1"></iframe><script type="text/javascript">!function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",(function(e){if(void 0!==e.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.querySelectorAll("iframe");for(var a in e.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var r=0;r<t.length;r++){if(t[r].contentWindow===e.source)t[r].style.height=e.data["datawrapper-height"][a]+"px"}}}))}(); </script> **Diving Deeper:** Inflation was more significant when comparing Q4 ’21 to Q4 ’20 than when comparing Q4 ’22 to Q4 ’21, indicating a slowing down of price increases for consumers. <iframe title="YOY Q4 Price Change for Instruments — 2020 – 2022" aria-label="Stacked Bars" id="datawrapper-chart-p6iqt" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/p6iqt/1/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="206" data-external="1"></iframe><script type="text/javascript">!function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",(function(e){if(void 0!==e.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.querySelectorAll("iframe");for(var a in e.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var r=0;r<t.length;r++){if(t[r].contentWindow===e.source)t[r].style.height=e.data["datawrapper-height"][a]+"px"}}}))}(); </script> * In Q4 ’21, average prices for all instruments were up 8.89% compared to Q4 ’20. * When comparing Q4 ’22 to Q4 ’21, the average price for all instruments only increased by 2.65%. **The takeaway:** While consumers should expect to pay higher prices for instruments this year, overall inflation impact within this product category appears to be slowing down. With National Ukulele Day coming up on February 2, now is a great time for ecommerce brands to take advantage of slowing economic worries and reach new consumers. * Want Pattern’s data science team to power your brand with consumer insights like these? Contact us to [request more information](https://pattern.com/contact-us/) today.

Slowing Inflation? What Musical Instrument Pricing Tells Us
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Slowing Inflation? What Musical Instrument Pricing Tells Us

It’s safe to say consumers and brands alike are eager for a change to the pattern of rising inflation, steadily increasing in many ecommerce categories . Pattern’s internal team’s data scientists analysis of instrument pricing shows a glimmer of hope that inflation may be slowing, which would be great news for brands selling online.

At Pattern, we’re interested in and monitoring trends and news related to pricing since price is a key factor in a brand’s profitability (as explained in the Ecommerce Equation). When brands are able to optimize their price, conversions, and traffic, they can optimize their profitability. And profitability leads to better allocation of resources, better brand control, and gives leaders the ability to expand their presence to new markets worldwide.

YoY Instrument Pricing Increased at a Slower Pace

When analyzing the pricing changes of instruments from 2021 to 2022, our teams found that prices increased, but at a slower rate than from 2020 to 2021.

As shown below, the year over year Q4 changes show quite a lower rate of increase.

Inflation Improvements Raise Profitability

Because inflation impacts online shopping behaviors, lower inflation can lead to better overall profitability for brands. This idea, of course, is nuanced, but Pattern’s Ecommerce Equation can help illustrate the general principle.

When inflation rises, consumers change their spending habits. Shoppers spend more time researching products, forego premium, higher-priced brands, and buy more in bulk. Brands tend to see a loss of loyalty as they’re forced to raise prices.

Price is a key variable in the Ecommerce Equation: price x conversion x traffic = profitability. As inflation lowers, brands can expect better performance in all of these areas—more traffic as spending habits return to normal, higher conversion from returning customers, and price that better fits consumer demand. As inflation lowers and these variables stabilize, brands will see profitability increase.

Raise Your Profitability with Pattern

As an ecommerce accelerator, Pattern is obsessed with gathering data that helps our brand partners succeed. We’ve created best-in-class technology, models, and analytics to understand changes on the horizon and inform our decisions. With an incredible team of data obsessed Pattern employees, we see what makes the difference in truly great ecommerce performance and apply those learnings for brand partners. 

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