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How Can a Press Release Benefit Your Brand and SEO?

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When done right, press releases offer a fantastic opportunity to promote your business and boost link building efforts. In this blog post, we’ll explore how you can maximise your PR and SEO through press releases.

Traditionally, press releases have always been about sharing a news story with the wider world. You’d send them off to the appropriate media contacts or a newswire service and hope your story would get picked up. If it got overlooked, that was usually the end of the line for that particular release.

Today though, it’s quite different. Whilst the basic principle remains, in so far as a press release will still contain a news story and be sent to appropriate editorial teams, the Internet has provided an additional freedom to distribute.

In fact this freedom has brought with it plenty of opportunity. The most obvious of which is the ability to use a press release to glean SEO strength. Your release doesn’t live or die by the hand of a newspaper editor anymore, it has a life of its own. A good press release can live on, providing invaluable links that will generate site strength, improve keyword relevance and create traffic for your site.

Distributing releases online

That’s right, the modern press release has a dual purpose. Great news for SEOs, bad news for editors.

The promise of free (or cheap) links has turned the press release into a key SEO tool, not just an opportunity for publicity. Newsworthy releases have the chance to get syndicated across search engines, featured on various blog and Google News, and anywhere else that deem the content valuable or relevant to their industry. Whilst never appearing in the local paper, they still do a job.

This of course leads to manipulation. People use press releases like articles, firing them off in all directions and hoping that they find somewhere to stick. This over saturation means that it’s become harder to cut through the noise, but at the same time, an interesting, and most importantly newsworthy (that word again) release still has a really good chance of gaining valuable backlinks.

Ultimately, if you have some genuine news to share, press releases can’t be beaten. When you use a professional service like PRWeb or Cision, you have the opportunity to get your story seen right across the world. You can still send it to your press contacts as usual, but the whole process is simplified and sped up for you.

Even if you get overlooked at first, over time your news will start filtering through to editorial powers. Your brand name will become more recognisable and you can become a really trusted source of news. It’s an easy way to boost your profile where it matters.

What is newsworthy?

If you want your press releases to get picked up by the media it has to have some sort of appeal. Whether that’s locally, nationally or that it’s just generally really interesting. So, as examples, if you’re doing some fundraising, have done some important research or have reached a momentous milestone within your business, you might be in luck.

You won’t necessarily be targeting national publications. It could be that you’re going after more localised media coverage or to get seen within a particular niche industry outlet. Regardless of your target, you need to be able to give them something that’ll engage them and their audience.

For example a major recruitment drive might get picked up by a local newspaper, but is unlikely to get much outside interest. Conversely, if you have made a major scientific breakthrough that has broad appeal and, if sent to the right places, should get you significant attention.

SEO-focused releases

If you’re more concerned about developing your link building and getting seen in search engines, then your press releases still need to stand out. It has to command the attention of blog owners and re-publishers as well as search engine users who stumble upon it.

You can optimise your release by using specialist keywords throughout, although not to a spammy extent of course. Two or three links to supporting content or relevant pages will be sufficient too. As they will be embedded in set key terms you’ll get the benefit of added relevance for target pages. They should also be contextualised by the surrounding language too, so again, great for keyword relevance.

It should still be written in a style that will engage with readers and follow the principles of a standard press release. As it will be carrying your brand name it needs to be treated with the same respect as a page on your website. A press release is promotional, therefore make sure that you do yourself justice.

Producing decent press releases can have a significant impact on your SEO work and brand visibility; however it has to be done right. Many companies don’t have their own PR team and outsourcing can be costly. Professional press release writing services can help to avoid the pitfalls of a poorly written and over-optimised release. We’ve also written a blog post which explores how to write a press release, which is quite helpful too.

When you’ve got something to shout about, make sure you do so properly. Get it seen by the right people, distributed to the best online sources and optimised for SEO purposes too. There’s a lot to remember, but get it right and it can pay dividends.

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Stacey Cavagnetto

Content & PR Lead

With nearly a decade of experience, Stacey is our talented content marketer with a flair for writing and a passion for driving results for her clients. Having worked with exciting brands like Bandai and Srixon and with in-house travel and financial services experience, Stacey is our go-to content guru. In her personal life you’ll find Stacey shooting hoops on the netball court, or binge watching something on Netflix with a cuppa.

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