1. Don’t Fight for Dominance—Blaze Your Own Trail
There’s a marketing theory called the “Blue Ocean Strategy” which argues that companies achieve greater success by seeking out uncontested market space rather than fighting head-to-head with competitors. (Competing in clear blue waters rather than shark-filled, bloody waters. You get the idea.)
This is an important tenet of SEO. The more crowded the field, the harder it is to get noticed. If you want to rank higher in the SERPs, it’s to your benefit to look beyond what your competitors are doing and seek out new topics that haven’t been explored.
Sites like Google Trends or BuzzSumo are your friend, here. To illustrate this idea, below we compare the interest in the terms “content marketing 2018” and “content marketing 2019”. Obviously, everyone’s talking about 2018 content marketing IN 2018—but there aren’t many indexed pages covering the 2019 strategies midway through the year. As 2019 approaches and the gap shrinks, more people start talking about it.
Your job is to find that sweet spot where you can confidently provide advice before your competition bloodies the waters. By the time they jump on board, your page will already be indexed and you’ll be the established authority.