In today’s world of technology and easy access to more information than you could ever possibly need, standing out is harder than ever. Creating content that will get the read over other resources covering the same topic can be difficult. Today, we will give you a recipe to help you create great content that will help you get the click.
Every once in a while, I find myself staring at a blank Word document. The pulsing cursor and untouched keyboard taunt me as I realize I’ve fallen victim to writer’s block again. I ask myself, "Why I can’t think of something, anything, to write? Am I all out of blog ideas?"
In my last article, SEO Basics: How Long Should My Blog Articles Be?, I discussed how longer articles are often showing up closer to the top in search results and getting more engagement. I also talked about how quality content always comes first, and you need to write for your audience and give them what they’re looking for to resonate with as many of your target readers as possible.
Today’s article goes hand in hand with this philosophy. We’ll discuss the relevance of keywords and how our keyword strategy needs to be different today than it has been in the past. As search engines continue to better understand how a user thinks and searches for answers, writers and content marketers need to alter the way they create new content so it can perform as powerfully as possible and work toward reaching long-term goals.
If you want to draw potential customers to your website with inbound marketing, your blog is an important part of building an effective strategy. Your blog is a place where you can continually add relevant, up-to-date content while keeping your website’s navigation clean and easy to use—both of which will help your site gain visibility in search engine results. More important that the existence of your blog, however, is what it contains. If you want to engage your potential customers and inspire them to become actual customers and promoters of your brand, then you’ll have to be sure you’re providing quality content that they want to read.
Inbound marketing relies heavily on creating engaging online content that your audience will value. This content can take a variety of forms, including video, graphics, and audio; however, to reach the widest audience online, much of it must be written. If writing isn’t your strong suit, don’t worry. Following these five basic tips will help you get your ideas into written form that will draw your readers in and communicate your message effectively.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has come to organic search, and it’s changing the way marketers approach search engine optimization (SEO). Google began rolling out its AI-based search called RankBrain in early 2015. Since then, this new application of machine learning has proven to be an effective way of bringing users the kinds of results they’re looking for. So, how do you optimize your online content for AI? The simplest—and best—answer is essentially the same as it always has been: Give your audience what they’re looking for.
If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of time creating content. Each blog post or ebook is carefully crafted, and you care about the end result for your readers. So why spend so much time writing and developing content to only publish it once? Content should be a gift that keeps on giving. And unlike re-gifting the t-shirt or coffee maker you got for Christmas, it’s not considered a social faux pas to re-gift—or repurpose—your content.
The answer to this question is probably more complex than you think (or want to believe). Over the past few years, many bloggers have pushed for 500–800-word (on average) blog articles, thinking that was the sweet spot. They weren’t necessarily wrong, but if we don’t keep learning and evolving with the latest SEO advancements and effective tactics, we’ll quickly lose touch, and our strategies will lose their value.
An effective inbound marketing plan relies on compelling content that attracts and engages your audience. How do you make your content compelling? First, you must understand who makes up your audience. What’s compelling to one reader can be completely irrelevant and boring to another. Once you understand who is in your audience, you can begin to think about what interests them and, more specifically, what issues or topics may cause them to seek out a business like yours. When you understand your audience’s needs, problems, questions, and interests, then you have the tools you need to build articles they will want to read.
In our last blog post, we examined what you need to do to lay the foundation for a successful business blog. Today, we’ll get more specific and look at how to use that foundational work to make each individual blog post a valuable online asset.