It’s Time to Move Beyond Keywords to URL-based Content Monitoring

April 16, 2011
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Our friends at PostRank issued a new white paper this week. “Listening Beyond Keywords” highlights some key ideas to consider in the realm of social media monitoring and the need to move past the standard keyword-based approach. PostRank thinks the future is in URL-based content monitoring and they make a pretty good case.

Our friends at PostRank issued a new white paper this week. “Listening Beyond Keywords” highlights some key ideas to consider in the realm of social media monitoring and the need to move past the standard keyword-based approach. PostRank thinks the future is in URL-based content monitoring and they make a pretty good case.

PostRank says this is key for two reasons:

  1. It will reveal the secret life of your content, enabling you to see what works well, and where, so you can optimize your content going forward.
  2. You’ll be able to map and tell the story of your competitor’s content. Where it’s going, what they’re doing well and again, what you can do to optimize your own content.

One of the challenges with social media is the sheer amount of content. There is no way to be sure you’ve captured everything about your own brand, let alone competitors, industry trends and customer chatter.

This problem compounds when it comes to reading, understanding, prioritizing and engaging with all the conversations you do come across. It is time consuming, expensive, and frustratingly, only gets more difficult as your monitoring gets better.

The solution PostRank suggests is URL-based content monitoring. By following the URL attached to a specific piece of content, you can go right to the source of the conversation and follow its path across the web.