Writing blog posts with an eye toward search engine optimization, or any other content for SEO, can be challenging, which is why we have prepared the following blog writing tips to guide you through the process.
1. Fresh Content — Do not begin writing for your blog unless you can commit to a schedule of at least one to two posts per week. Also, do not commit to a blog if you do not have your own unique ideas. Don’t worry; the next few tips can help you generate ideas if you are fresh out.
2. Blog Purpose — What is the purpose of your blog? Don’t lose sight of your reason for creating it in the first place. Brainstorm a number of words related to the topic and see if any of these words spark an idea for a post.
3. New New New! — What is new within your company or industry? People love hearing about new information and then sharing time-sensitive content they discover with their networks. Are you introducing a new product or service, revamping an older one, or actively participating in your community? Let people know with a blog post. If you have photographs, images, quotes, or videos to include — even better!
4. FAQs — For whatever reason, you find visitors to your website, prospective clients, or current clients, are asking the same questions over and over again. Besides updating the pertinent parts of your website and your FAQ page, consider writing blog posts that focus on answering each of these questions in depth. Not only are they likely to come up in searches for those looking for answers (which will then lead them to your website), but they can be used to send so the inquirer can read the answer at their own pace or have a reminder of a conversation they had earlier.
5. Events — Is your company actively participating in conferences, tradeshows, festivals, or webinars? Whether physically present, marketing at, or digitally sharing, any events with which you are involved are timely content your readers may be interested in hearing about. Don’t forget that events are good for at minimum two to three posts:
a. Pre-event coverage of where you will be, when, and why!
b. At-event coverage of what is happening.
c. Post-event follow-up, thanking those whom you spoke with, your hope to attend an annual event in the next year or to conduct a helpful webinar again soon, etc.
6. Ask Employees — Those employed at your company have a wealth of knowledge about the work that you do. Ask for ideas about what to post. Sometimes it helps if you ask a prompting question such as “What is something our company is doing right now that prospective clients would be interested in hearing about?” or “Do we have any client satisfaction stories we can pair with a quote and information about that product or service and post to our blog?”
7. Optimize! — Make sure that the titles of your blog posts are both interesting and relatively short. Write a description to be included in the meta-tags of the blog post when it is posted online. Consider asking your SEO agency to conduct keyword research to help you find niche or longer-tail keyword phrases you could write about. Consult your analytics data to see which blog posts are driving traffic (and if visitors are converting) and consider writing more on the topics that are delivering good visitors.
The above blog writing tips are a good starting point when you find yourself stuck before writing a blog post. Good luck with your own writing and if you ever need help conducting keyword research or would like to outsource your writing, we would be happy to help.
So many articles and other blog posts are starting to focus on what will be new in 2010 and how search will change. While it is good to focus on the future, let’s not forget that there is still time in 2009 to work on optimizing your website. While search is always changing and 2010 will be a year of change and new tactics, you need to crawl before you can walk and then ultimately run. In the next few weeks, focus on some basic items that can help your site now and well into the future. Below are some things you can focus on right now.
Fundamentals are the basis for good SEO and good website marketing. Make sure you have these basics down before you move on to the advanced steps. Once you have accomplished these steps, you will be positioned to take more advanced tactics.
What is a blog? What’s the purpose of a blog? How Often Should I write a Blog? These are all questions that have been asked by clients when we suggest that they post blogs to their web site. In simple terms, a blog is 2 to 4 paragraphs about your company, industry and/or product(s). For example if you have a shoe company that just released their spring shoe collection; a blog about the colors and types of shoes to wear for spring would be a great blog topic.
One important reminder about your blog topics is that they should be tailored and written for your products. The purpose of a blog differs depending on the context of the website. According to Wikipedia a blog “provides commentary or news on a particular subject.” Let’s say that you own a car insurance company and summertime is right around the corner. A blog about summer vacation spots would be a little off topic, bug a blog about “making sure your car is insured before going on summer vacation” or “summer savings on car insurance means more money for summer vacation” are topics that would work. This way you’re focusing on car insurance, but tying it into a current occurrence.
Another important factor for blog writing is to make sure that blog postings are a common occurrence. Some people write one blog in March and then don’t write another until June. A blog doesn’t have to be written everyday, you could post twice a week or once a month, but be consistent on the blog posting timeframe that you decide on.
Blogs are a great way to share your ideas and also let prospects/clients know that you’re excited about keeping them informed. Now, that you have a few questions answered about blogs, start a schedule and go write one.