- You can optimize your content using a variety of techniques that will make it easier for search engines and users alike to read your text.
- It can have a huge impact on your performance by taking the time to plan your topics and conducting extensive keyword research.
- While you should always put the user first in your writing, it is possible to still use SEO best practices.
- Understanding the role accessibility plays in written content is important. It is also crucial to provide as much context information as possible
Because search engines and users can easily read your text, content optimization is crucial. Optimizing your content can bring you many other benefits. Optimizing content can help increase engagement, get links, build brand recognition, and make you an authority in your field. You can also improve your organic search rankings.
It sounds great, right?
Let’s see how we can all benefit by optimizing our content.
Think about your topic
Before you start writing content, it is important to choose the topic that you want to write about. Although it may seem obvious, this is something that you should consider. It will allow you to focus your planning time on specific topics and talk points that you are interested in. This will shape your keyword research which is a key component in creating SEO-friendly material.
It’s important to decide what topic you want to concentrate on at this stage. The topic should be broad enough to allow you to produce content on it but not too broad to make it impossible to cover all aspects. You might need to break down the topic into several articles. You might also need to narrow down your topic if it is too broad.
Conduct detailed keyword research
Good content is only possible if you do keyword research. This is the foundation for content production. It also ensures that you rank for keywords you are likely to be able to compete for. You should look for multiple types of keywords when you do keyword research.
Keywords with short tails
Short-tail keywords, also known as the main or head keyword, are limited to three words. These keywords are often very popular, and have high search difficulty.
These keywords are broad in search intent and should be used with more specific keywords to let search engines and users know exactly what your page is all about.
Keywords with long tail keywords
Long-tail keywords refer to terms that include more than three keywords. They are more specific than short-tail keyword phrases. These keywords have lower volumes but have lower search difficulties which makes them less competitive.
Because these keywords allow you to target the exact search intent of a user, they are crucial. The user searching for the keyword “motorbike” might be looking to purchase a motorbike, learn more about a model, or just view a picture.
This search could be extended to include ‘Motorbike helmet and Bluetooth speakers’. This narrows down the search intent to a specific product.
Keywords that have a loose connection to your main keyword are called LSI keywords. These keywords may be related to your main keyword or the topic in general, but they are not always directly related.
They’re instead used thematically to increase topical depth and to make it clear to search engines and users about the overall topic of your content. The LSI keywords can be compared to the trunk of a tree, where your long-tail keywords represent the branches.
LSI keywords are related to the main keyword, but they can still be used to give context and additional information. These keywords can be more difficult to find but you can use the suggested searches feature of search engines to get them.
Although these keywords may not always be relevant, it is important to include local keywords if you want to improve your rankings for local terms.
This is much easier than using other keywords. Simply add your location to your content with your main keyword. Don’t just put keywords in there for the sake! Mix it up and use different variations whenever possible.
People often ask for key phrases (PAA).
The suggested Search function is great for finding relevant keywords and phrases. These phrases are ones that users have searched before so we know they have value and high search volumes.
How can we make this work for us?
You can increase your chances of appearing on Search Engine Results Pages for these keywords by creating content that targets them.
The best part is that these questions can be asked in a different way to your main keywords. Your content will be more diverse and unique, and it will target the pain points your audience is searching for.
Always write for the user first
These days people skim content faster than ever. It’s therefore important to keep your content short, concise, and engaging. Google’s recent update to its helpful content has made it clear that writing for search engines is no longer a viable option.
This update emphasizes how important it is to write for the user first. You should focus on creating engaging, informative, and easy-to-digest material. After you have completed your work, you can go back and revise it to make sure that SEO best practices are being followed.
Search engines can see keyword stuffing from miles away so be careful not to make it too rigid. It’s best to keep it flowing and use natural keywords. Both users and search engines will appreciate this.
Add alt-text to your images
Alt text is essential if you include images in your articles, which you should. Alt text is written copy that describes the image to users who are unable to see it or when the image doesn’t load.
Alt text is the core principle of accessibility for users with visual impairments. Alt text’s secondary function allows search engine crawlers to add context and descriptions, which will allow them to properly index an image.
It is important to create appropriate alt text for images that contain crucial information. This will ensure that you adhere to accessibility standards while also improving your SEO.
Keep in mind both internal and external links
You can optimize your content by including internal and external links.
You can use internal links to direct users to related pages that may provide more information. This allows users to navigate your site more easily and creates a solid structure.
External links can also be useful as they can point to external data or sources of information that support your content. The use of useful external links can improve the authority of your content in the eyes of search engines.
Make sure to have both follow- and no-follow tags for your external links.
Consider site speed
When it comes to ranking well in search engines, site speed is crucial. A slow website is not something that anyone likes. Users are becoming more impatient with the process of loading pages. Users could be put off by a slow website and bounce off it.
It is important to regularly check the speed of your website and ensure that it is working well. You can reduce site speed by removing duplicate code and compressing large files.
Your content should be broken up
Imagine that you arrive at a website and all you see is text without headings or paragraphs. You won’t be drawn in by it, is it?
Your content will be more easily digested by users, who are more likely to consume it. This allows them to easily absorb the information they need quickly.
You can also use keywords to insert into your headings or subheadings. This is a powerful signal for search engines. It’s a win/win situation!
Keep it up-to-date
Even if you have a well-written and SEO-friendly article, it doesn’t mean that the hard work stops there. Google loves it when you update content on your website. It shows that you are keeping it up-to-date.
Is there a recent development that has an impact on the topic of your article? Perhaps you have some new data that could be used to expand your view. It’s worth your time to update your article or add useful information for your readers.
Optimized content offers many benefits
You will have a greater chance of being ranked for the keywords you choose if you are able to optimize your content. Your users will also be more likely stay on your site longer, which will increase your engagement rates as well as the time they spend reading your content.
You may find your site attracts more links from other sources if you produce high-quality content. This will increase your domain authority and make you a trusted and authoritative source for information.
These techniques can be used to boost your content’s quality. Although it may not always be possible for you to include all the information we have discussed, writing for users first and paying attention to keywords will help you get the job done.
Rob Phillips, Coast Digital’s Digital Manager, is
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