SEO and Content Creation

You may read a lot about keywords and SEO and how Google can 'read' your website. You may read that images are key and pictures speak a thousand words. Maybe you're even a little bit confused by the whole thing! But despite advances in Google’s algorithms and the differing opinions, the bottom line is that you still need good, organised content on your website.

SEO and Content Creation

Even Google thinks you need great content saying: 

“The words on your pages, the keywords if you will, are still important for Google's (and your users') understanding of your pages. While our systems have gotten better, they can't read your mind: be clear about what your site is about, and what you'd like to be found for. Tell visitors what makes your site, your products and services, special!” Source: https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2016/11/saying-goodbye-to-content-keywords.html

Any designer who tells you that you can put a few images on your site and that will do is, unfortunately, doing you a disservice.

A larger image and only a few lines of content might work on your Home Page. But you need to have good cornerstone content on the rest of your site. This content answers your website visitors' questions and gives them quality information.

Be clear when you create content

When you create content for your website, don’t be afraid to state the obvious. It may seem simple to you what your business is about and what products or services you offer, but it might not be to your reader.

If you are a marriage celebrant, talk about different types of wedding styles, vows and what you need to do as you plan a wedding. If you are an earthworks contractor, discuss machinery, digging and drain laying or showcase your recent jobs.

Your content must convey what you do and how you stand out from others in your industry. For example, I might tell you that Kitchen Table Web Design offers high-quality, affordable website design. We specialise in working with small businesses and non-profits. Our websites will help you increase customers, repeat business, and establish your brand online.

I might also tell you that we have a range of packages to suit different budgets. Or that we also offer clients training options to update their websites.

As well as having a good overview, it can be great to have more detailed articles. These give the reader more information or clarify your services. This could be a blog or sub-pages on your website for specific services or products. But again, remember to be clear. Explain your processes or services in a way an ordinary person will understand. These clear descriptions combined with keywords relevant to your industry will also help Google determine what your site is about.

Website content needs to be well-written and informative.

I cannot emphasise enough the importance of this content being well-written. If you aren’t a good writer or don’t have time to write the content yourself, please consider whether someone you know could help. Seriously consider hiring a professional copywriter - the investment will be worth it.

 

 

Whatever you do, don’t copy from another website. Not only does this risk your reputation with other businesses and customers, Google knows and it will penalise you.

 

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Why you need Content Creation for SEO

In today’s competitive market, having a pretty website with a few keywords stuffed in random places isn't enough. Today’s internet users - and Google - want to see quality content.

Great content with relevant information encourages Google to show your website in search results. It also makes users more likely to stay on your website for longer. Google tracks the time people spend on your site, so engaged users help your search rankings get even better.

Good SEO depends on good content.

Modern SEO is about more than just sticking keywords on any page or tricking people into clicking on your site. It is about providing what searchers want logically.

This means the content on the page should clearly convey what the page is about and be relevant to the keyword you are targeting. It should also be useful and informative and encourage people to read and share it. Remember that social sharing is an important factor in website ranking these days.

I can do many technical things to get your website ranking higher. But honestly, if the content isn’t great, we are fighting a losing battle.

Good content doesn’t have to be complicated.

You don’t have to have a PhD to write website copy. Do the basics well, and your site will attract readers.

Here’s an example of the type of content you might have:

If I look at a florist's website, I will probably want to see some examples of the available bouquets, perhaps with a short description of the flowers used and pricing options. I might also like to read testimonials from other happy customers. Lastly, I might be looking for help picking the right flowers for an occasion. In this case, some short articles about wedding flowers or seasonal blooms would be helpful.

The writing should be simple and easy to read. Studies show that people on the internet skim (especially if they are reading on their phone or tablet). So make sure you have clear headings summarising the page in case the reader misses the bits in between.

If writing is a struggle, call an expert.

Nothing puts people off more than badly written website pages. So if you struggle with writing, I strongly recommend hiring a copywriter.

As a small business owner, you might be the expert in what you do. But if you can’t convey that to potential customers, how do they know?

A professional copywriter can work with you to craft great copy for your site. Good copywriters can match your business’ tone and incorporate those important keywords.

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Yes, content creation is a crucial element for effective Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Well-written, informative, and original content can help a website rank better in search engine results pages (SERPs). Search engines like Google use complex algorithms to determine the relevance and quality of content. Creating useful, targeted content increases the chance of your website being found by people looking for information, products, or services like yours.

SEO is vital for content planning because it helps you understand what your potential customers are searching for online. By understanding relevant keywords and topics to your audience, you can create content that solves their problems or answers their questions. SEO-friendly content is more likely to rank higher in SERPs, increasing your site’s visibility and driving more organic traffic.

  1. Keyword Research: The first step is identifying keywords relevant to your business or niche. Use tools like SEMRush to find these.
  2. Competitor Analysis: Look at what your competitors are doing. What content are they creating? Where are they ranking?
  3. Content Calendar: Create a calendar to schedule when each piece of content will be published.
  4. Content Types: Decide on the types of content you will create. This can range from blog posts and articles to videos, infographics, or podcasts.
  5. On-Page SEO: Plan on how to include the keywords in the titles, headings, and body of the content. Don't forget meta descriptions and alt text for images.
  6. Content Creation: Write quality content that is both user-friendly and search engine-friendly.
  7. Optimisation: After publishing, monitor metrics like page views, bounce rate, and SERP rankings to understand the performance.
  8. Update and Revise: SEO is a long-term game. Keep your content updated, and don’t hesitate to make changes as needed.
  1. Keyword Placement: Include keywords naturally in titles, headings, and content.
  2. Meta Descriptions: Write compelling meta descriptions using target keywords.
  3. Image Alt Text: Include descriptive alt text for images, incorporating keywords where appropriate.
  4. Internal Linking: Link to other relevant pages within your website.
  5. Readable and Scannable: Make content easy to read with short paragraphs, subheadings, and bullet lists.
  6. High-Quality Content: Focus on delivering value to the reader. High-quality content is more likely to attract backlinks, which are beneficial for SEO.
 

Content Marketing: This is a broader strategy to attract and engage a target audience by creating and distributing valuable, relevant content. It’s not just focused on improving search engine rankings but aims to build brand authority and customer trust.

SEO Content: This is content specifically designed to rank well in search engines. It’s a subset of content marketing focusing on implementing keywords and leveraging other SEO strategies.

 
  1. Research Skills: Ability to research topics and keywords effectively.
  2. Writing Skills: Creating grammatically correct, engaging, and informative content proficiently.
  3. SEO Knowledge: Understanding SEO basics, like keyword placement, meta descriptions, and alt text.
  4. Analytical Skills: Ability to interpret analytics data to gauge the effectiveness of SEO strategies.
  5. Technical Skills: A basic understanding of HTML, CSS, and how a website works can be beneficial.
  6. Adaptability: SEO rules change frequently. The ability to adapt to new algorithms is crucial.

I hope this information helps understand the interplay between SEO and content creation, especially in the context of WordPress website design.

 
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