Writing Web Content People Will Read

Writing Web Content People Will Read

Creating web content is hard sometimes. Creating web content that people will actually read is even harder. When it comes to writing for the web, you have to create content carefully and intentionally. People on the internet have short attention spans and with all of the content out there, you are competing for every second of their attention.

Many web content creators don’t really understand the people who read content online. This is the major problem that causes web content to go unread. People don’t read content on the web, they scan. They want to pull out the important things from the articles without spending a lot of time on it.

Thankfully, there are some things you can do to make your content more attractive to those people that scan. Here’s a quick guide to creating web content people will read.

Not every word will be read

It is important for you to acknowledge that not every word that you write will be read by the person who opened your content. The sooner you accept that fact, the better.

Because not every word will be read, make sure you make the important parts of your content stand out. Use subheadings, bolded font, and lists to capture the reader’s attention and draw them in. The more confident they are that your content has what they are looking for, the more likely they are to actually read it.

Most important things first

A lot of people only read the first few lines of an article or blog. Because of this, you need to put your most important facts and points first. Do not bury the lede. People want to know what they are reading and if they should keep going right away.

When you put the important things first, readers are more likely to continue reading to learn the specifics. The more important information you can get in the first few sentences and paragraphs, the better.

Don’t over-complicate language

As tempting as it is to use diverse and sometimes complicated language, do not do it. Use common words that are familiar to the reader. Web content should not seek to expand the vocabulary of the reader. Web content is there to drive a point home in the simplest manner possible.

If you use language that is too complicated, people are not going to read it. Using simple language makes the content easier to get through making it more attractive to people on the internet. Bottom line, keep it simple. You readers will thank you.

Write a little lazily

People on the internet are generally lazy. They want short sentences in short paragraphs that don’t have unnecessary words or jargon. In short, write for lazy people. More often than not, people reading web content don’t want to work hard to read it. The easier it is to read, the better.

Keep articles to one topic

When you are creating an article for your website, keep that article to one topic. People who are looking at your articles are looking for specific answers and insights. For each article talk about one product, one service, or one question that a lot of customers ask you.

Articles that have too much information on too many topics are unattractive to readers. When you keep articles focused and succinct, people are more likely to read it in its entirety.

Keep design in mind

Your written content needs to work with visually with your website. Font choices, photo choices, and colours are all important. Articles are an extension of your brand and consistent branding is important for success.

When you are writing your article, think about how it fits into your brand look. Consider where you want to places images, what the size of the font will be, and if you will use italics or boldface type. Design is just as important as the words.

Improving your written content so people will read it is simple. If you want to learn more about how you can make your written content work for you, take a look at my done-for-you system.

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Outdated SEO Practices to Stop Doing

Outdated SEO Practices to Stop Doing

The world of digital marketing is constantly changing, especially when it comes to search engine optimization or SEO. SEO is one of those cornerstone practices for digital marketers that make the difference between a good online presence and a great one.

Because SEO changes what seems like almost daily, the most effective SEO practices are always changing and evolving. These changes mean that SEO practices are continuously becoming outdated as we learn more about the internet and search engines change their search algorithms.

In order to make sure that your website stays on top and current with SEO, there are a few SEO practices that you should permanently retire if you are still practicing them. To help you out, here are 4 of the top outdated SEO practices that you need to stop doing now.

Focusing on Keywords and Not Clicks

This may sound totally counterproductive to SEO, but you have to stop focusing on keyword density instead of clicks. Having all the keywords on your webpage or in your articles may seem like the best way to get a higher ranking on search engines, but if they aren’t drawing clicks, the keywords don’t matter.

Having the right raw keywords is still important for SEO, but it’s not more important than getting the click. If you want to rank higher, your webpage and articles need to have the proper balance between keywords and clickability.

Take the time to write and create engaging and interesting content that will draw the click and work the keywords in as you do that. It is important to note that we are not condoning clickbait titles and descriptions, but you should take a hard look at what is drawing the clicks and how to apply that strategy to all your pages and articles.

Too Much Anchor Text on Internal Links

It use to be that heavy anchor text on internal links would improve your SEO value. This is no longer the case. Search engines are now taking into account pages and articles that are inappropriately using anchor text to manipulate their SEO ranking.

Make sure that you are using anchor text appropriately. If the internal link is in the header, footer, site navigation, or sidebar, add appropriate anchor text. If you are using it simply to manipulate search engines and it has no other value, get rid of it to ensure that you penalized by search engines for bad anchor text use.

Creating Pages for Every Keyword Variation

Creating new pages for each variation of a keyword is still a very widely used tactic with SEO specialists and digital marketers. This use to be a highly effective tactic to ensure that search engines would rank your page for a keyword regardless of which keyword variation a person searching used.

Google has since gotten savvier about this tactic. It is now suggested that keyword variations are sprinkled into a single page in an appropriate manner instead of having multiple pages for each keyword variation. This signals to search engines that your content is designed to be helpful and useful instead of just to manipulate SEO rankings.

Paying for Links

When companies started to realize the SEO value in link building, companies started to appear that offered to sell links in large directories to help boost SEO value. This worked for a while. Search engines tracked these links as link building activities that signaled that the website being linked to was an authority and this boosted their SEO value.

Google and other search engines have since realized that companies were paying for these links to just boost SEO value and started pushing websites that were using them by downgrading their SEO rank. They recognized that these directories were not a credible source and wanted to discourage the link building manipulation.

As a general rule of thumb, it is advisable for companies to not pay for any links unless it is part of a legitimate partnership. For example, paying a blogger to write about a service of yours that they use and then have them link to your site is okay and helps boost your SEO value, but paying a random site directory to list your link is bad.

If you are interested in learning more about outdated SEO practices and how to make sure that you aren’t using them, check out my website and my done-for-you system to improve your digital marketing.