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Content ideas: What special day is it today?

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The calendar is packed full of special days from Martin Luther King Day to, er, Talk Like A Pirate Day and Superman's birthday. Nick Usborne shows you how to use special days to make special content your readers will like and share.

How Brent D Payne increased Tribune sites’ monthly visits by a cool 20 million

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Brent D Payne, as the Tribune Company’s in-house Director of Search Engine Optimization (and bald SEO legend), has managed a 20 million increase in monthly visits to its websites, including the Chicago Tribune and the LA Times. Payne tells Rachelle Money how these spectacular results have been achieved, including using keyword research to help give readers “the news we know they want”.

How newspapers plan to make money online

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In Wordtracker's last Online Journalism article I posed the question of whether readers would be prepared to pay for stories online and the response was a very loud NO! But the days of free are numbered and despite the seemingly reticent position of many readers, the momentum is beginning to build towards a variety of pay models such as subscriptions, micropayments or pay walls. We take a look at what newspapers and publishers are doing to get money from online content.

Would you pay to read your newspaper online?

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Newspapers are struggling to find a new business model for their online editions. Some have folded at the challenge and packed up the printing presses while others have thrown up pay walls. The only question editors want the answer to is, are readers prepared to pay for online content?

The bad, good and ugly advice given to journalists on SEO

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How do journalists learn about SEO? Many of them will Google the term to find out what it's all about and how it will impact on their writing skills. When looking at the kind of advice there is for journalists online, it seems clear that many commentators from the journalistic side of the fence misconstrue what SEO is about, while SEOs themselves seem to be clueless about what journalists actually do, and about what writing responsibilities they have.

How Hearst magazines increased website traffic by 150% with SEO and Wordtracker

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Since using the Wordtracker keyword research tool Dan Roberts says Hearst Publication's online traffic has grown 150%. Hearst publishes 15 of the world's most popular magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Oprah's O Magazine, and Good Housekeeping as well as five web-only magazines. We talked to Roberts, Senior SEO Analyst for Hearst Publications' Digital Media team. As a former print journalist he knows all too well the challenges of introducing SEO and keyword research to a traditional media platform. And thank goodness he did.

Can SEOs and journalists really be friends?

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Search engine optimization (SEO) makes journalists groan. They bristle at the idea of ‘stuffing keywords’ into their copy while managers who often don’t understand SEO are desperate for the extra traffic good search rankings could bring. But the truth is that there are many parallels between SEO and journalistic writing and that SEO really can be a journalist’s best friend. Rachelle Money explains.

Online Journalism: An introduction to the blog

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In journalism, the question of how print reconciles itself with the challenges online news has brought is a hotly debated topic. In our new blog on online journalism we will be joining the conversation and looking at what newspapers are doing to grab online readers, but first here's an introduction to what you can expect from the blog.