Public Relations Myths

Dear PR Professional

You probably had no idea, but the work you do could be among the most valuable SEO strategies out there, And it’s not because you’re a press release  or SEO-optimization guru (sorry!), but because you know how to drive media, mentions at scale and media mentions can drive links.

So in this spirit, let’s address a few myths and assumptions so we can work together effectively, I going to do couple each a day for the next week.

PR-SEO Myths and Truths

1.Myth: Press release optimization is an important value-add for PR-SEO.

Truth: There are very few situations where the tens or hundreds of transient,
low-quality links gained from an SEO-optimized press release will be more
valuable than a single link from “earned” coverage. Press release
syndication sites tend to be poor signals of quality because anyone use them,
even relatively poor websites. In other words, the links tend to be low
authority. Also, any good links tend to disappear as quickly as they appeared.

2.Myth:
PR delivers its primary value in traffic, branding, word-of-mouth buzz, awareness, influencer mindshare, and thought leadership.

Truth:
Maybe for some, but for websites that care primarily about organic search traffic (i.e., traffic they get from Google), your value is in links. And since search engines can only see links that stay in place, and only count “followed” links, PR’s value to SEO’s is measured by its ability to deliver permanent followed links. In fact, to put this in perspective, in most
cases, an SEO-driven site would prefer 50 links from no-name, medium authority
publications than a mention in a USA Today story.