If a tree fell in the woods but nobody knew, did it really fall?
If you designed the greatest eLearning course but nobody knows about it, does it really count?
When people think about online courses, generally they think about learning content and how it should be written and presented. To make a point, they might throw in an example of some “great” course that they have come across.
Seldom does anyone give a second thought to HOW they came across that awesome massive open online course (MOOC), which is aimed at unlimited participation and open access on the web.
Besides personal recommendations, finding good content in the ocean of the internet takes the support and magic of good marketing strategies.
SEO: The Savior of MOOC
Whether you have a team building the content in-house or you are outsourcing an eLearning course, if you wish to monetize it to its maximum potential, visibility is the key.
And the only way to make something visible on the internet is SEO.
Yes, search engine optimization is not a choice but a lifesaver when it comes to content marketing. It regulates the:
SEO is not a one-time exercise. Rather, it is a consistent process that requires patience and perseverance.
Even though the technicalities of SEO are essential for breathing life into an eLearning course, it is not enough.
Going by the basic definitions of these two concepts, SEO takes care of the needs of the search engine, whereas content marketing is about taking care of the audience.
But when your audience uses search engines to reach your content, then SEO and content marketing become two halves of one body. There is no SEO without content and, well, content needs the technicalities as proof of its existence.
The math is simple – use SEO to direct the right audience to your content and use relevant content at the right place to keep them interested and bring in a conversion.
But how? Let’s see.
The building blocks of SEO and digital marketing are keywords:
Once SEO has done its job of finding the keywords, content marketing kicks in to create similar content that interests readers, all the while using the keywords in the most natural way that does not create SPAM.
It does not matter if you are creating a course for children or for corporate Process and Technical Training; the right keywords mean that your content will reach its intended audience. However, to stick with the audience, having great content is crucial.
Every SEO professional’s dream is to get a DA 95 backlink.
But we all know these juicy links are not easy to find. They take hard work and, of course, original, powerful, outstanding content.
Without having great course content, trying to build backlinks means BUYING links, which can only go in three directions:
The only surefire way of building a link network is by creating mindblowing, original content that high-DA or .edu websites want to link to.
There is no debate on the fact that SEO is absolutely technical. Beyond the keywords, SEO takes care of improving metadata, using the right tags in the right way, optimizing the web robots, and creating an overall strategic and intuitive sitemap.
All of these details decide the performance of a website. But is it independent from content marketing?
While some people can hold different beliefs, there is a strong reason behind this conclusion.
All these advanced technical optimization practices are done for making the visitor’s (and potential customer’s) life easier when they land on your website. While navigating, reading and searching, users require a level of site optimization to not bounce back due to sheer frustration.
In other words, these optimization practices can serve to enhance the user experience of your eLearning website. And in the end, you do onsite optimization to promote your online course content.
It is common knowledge in the marketing world today that new and fresh content is better indexed and ranks higher on search engines.
This is why people optimize their old courses and articles with new, more relevant and trending keywords and facts from time to time.
This means that in order to stay alive, both SEO and content marketing need to be consistently worked on.
For a long-lasting online course, do not stop enhancing it in terms of content and SEO, and every time you do, market it like a new edition for gaining a maximum audience.
SEO and content marketing are trend-based domains and there is always something new to learn. And creating superhit courses take a little more than just content or SEO.
The important takeaway here is that in order to become successful and convert as many deals as possible, your online content should abide by a few rules:
If your visitors do not find the right content, then no amount of SEO can save your course.
Just remember: SEO and content marketing ALWAYS go together.