SEO Content Writing: The Basics

If you own a business, then you probably already realize that it is important to have a presence on the internet, meaning, at the very least, that you have a website and some social media presence.

However, merely having a website isn’t enough. It is important, if you are going to be competitive, that you have a website with top-of-the-line content that is search engine optimized. Search engine optimization, commonly known as SEO, is a must for content.

While many people think of SEO as only relating to having the right keywords to rank well with search engines, that is not the case. True SEO, and furthermore, truly good SEO extends to all of the content that your business publishes, such as blog posts and the very text on your website.

The Goal of SEO Content

As mentioned, SEO is not just about having the right keywords so that you rank high in search engines; however, it does have to do with search engines and the traffic that they can bring you. Good content is content that not only attracts search engines to your content but also that delivers once users are on the site.

Yes, getting users to your content through search engines is half the battle, but once you get them there, you have to keep them there with engaging, relevant, helpful, and useful content. If your content does not deliver on the latter front, then, while you might get users to the content, you are not going to actually accomplish your goals or retain your visitors. As the saying goes, you can lead a deer to water, but you can’t make it drink!

That’s why truly good SEO content involves not just the right keywords but also the right content in general. You can’t just throw your content together haphazardly and expect to have success. For most businesses, a team of skilled, SEO-experienced content writers is necessary to truly generate the results you want.

Research-Driven Content

One of the most important factors in having good, attention-grabbing (and keeping!) content is to have research behind that content.

Firstly, the content should be geared toward topics that users are already searching for and looking for more information about. If you are delivering content that people are looking for and content that includes the right keywords to help them find it, it’s easy to have people landing on your site and, because they find useful information, staying there. You can only discover what the needed and desired content is, however, through careful, professional research, which most businesses will need help to complete.

Furthermore, your content should be well-researched and accurate so that it doesn’t just look useful but also is useful to your clients and potential clients. Delivering truly useful and helpful content builds brand trust and helps your customers and potential customers to put faith in your business and want to use it.

As you can see, content, whether it’s good or bad, impacts your visitors and your business in a variety of ways. To ensure that that impact is a positive one, strive to have only the very best, most optimized content possible; after all, your content speaks volumes about your business and its overall quality.

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