Originally posted on Twitter by Matt Gray
Here are 9 tips for writing the best SEO content:
- Focus on Keyword Research
Choosing the right keyword will make or break your SEO efforts. Use these tools to find hidden gems:
- Answer The Public
Good content is nothing without the right keywords. Spend 80% of your time here.
- Just Get On Base
Most people fail at SEO because they go too big, too soon. Instead, choose keywords with:
- Low difficulty scores
- Low search volume
- Thin competition
Don’t swing for the fences too soon. Just focus on hitting the ball.
- Long Keywords > Short Keywords
Short keywords look sexy but have too broad intent. Long keywords:
- Target your ideal customers.
- Convert higher.
- Rank easier.
Don’t try to rank for “Best Pizza”. Instead, rank for “Best deep dish Chicago style pizza in NYC”.
- Keep Your Enemies Close
Study the articles that are ranking for your target keywords. Your competition will tell you:
- How many products to list.
- How many words to write.
- What topics to cover.
Now do what they do, but better.
- Don’t Write Without an Outline
The Superbowl is won in the preseason. Make an outline with:
- Keywords to include
- Article subheadings
- Article inspiration
Good SEO writing comes from good planning. Get organized first. Write second. Edit third.
- Make it Effortless to Publish Often
Like most things in life, SEO is a game of consistency. In the first 30 days:
- Build an article backlog
- Document your processes
- Create a publishing schedule
Consistency doesn’t come from willpower. It comes from strategy.
- Study Search Intent
You have a goal in mind when you open Google. The most common goals are to:
In SEO, these goals are called “search intent.” Learn your audience’s search intent then help them achieve their goal.
- Build Content, Not Links
Most people think more backlinks = more rankings. Maybe in 2010, this was true. Now, Google prioritises:
- Page count
Building backlinks manually = spinning your tires. Focus on content, and you’ll get backlinks naturally.
- Use Original Photos
Google hates recycled content. Instead, do this:
- Find free use images
- Edit it slightly in photoshop
- Add some text overtop
If possible, use original photos. If not, remix someone else’s.
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