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Best Methods for Optimizing Your Website Content for Google

One of the challenges of writing your own content is making sure that it is optimized for search engines, which in particular means Google. Google is a very large search engine and powers what many agree is at least 90% of the searches conducted online. Ranking in one of the top 5 spots on Google can help you net potentially hundreds of visitors a day. However, one of the key ranking factors is the quality of your content and if it is optimized.

Optimized or SEO content is content that’s optimized for search crawlers. What you’re essentially doing with optimized content is telling the search engine what keywords best describe the content and its target audience.

Optimized or SEO content is content that’s optimized for search crawlers. What you’re essentially doing with optimized content is telling the search engine what keywords best describe the content and its target audience.

In this guide, we will cover:

  • What is SEO content?
  • Types of SEO content
  • Your SEO content strategy

By the end of this guide, you should be able to create your own SEO content. You’ll also be able to check if the person you hired to write your content has optimized it for Google search.

What Exactly is SEO Content?

As mentioned above, it is content that’s optimized for search engines. The goal is to attract search traffic by optimizing your content so that search engines understand what industry and keywords your content is best suited for. When people search using the keywords, you’re targeting they will run into your page on Google, and that will consequently mean that they land on your website. So, now you see just how important optimized content is for any business.

To optimize your content for search engines, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Conduct Keyword Research: Now if your goal is to generate traffic via search results, it is best to kick things off with keyword research. Before you write anything you should make sure that you know what keywords to target. That way, you can focus on the keywords within the texts you’re drafting. You can also formulate the topics for your blog posts based on those keywords. All of which should contribute and tie in a great deal to your future SEO strategy.
  • Keyword Optimization: Once you have the keywords nailed down, you should know how to use them in your content to improve search visibility. You should be able to find a number of excellent guides online, but we’ll run through the basics in this guide too.
  • Logical Content Organization: It is very important that the content on your site is logically arranged and organized. Not only is this step necessary for SEO but it also helps visitors find their way around your site. Not to mention that experts believe Google awards points to websites which are easy to use for visitors. That’s generally based on Google monitoring of how long visitors stay on your website.
  • Social Media Promotion: Finally, once your content is created, and live, it should be shared on social networks, and you can build links to the content. These links can come from external websites, but internal linking is just as important.

A More Detailed Look at Keywords

Think of keywords as being the foundation of your SEO work, as these are the phrases or words prospective visitors are typing into a search engine. That’s why it is essential to use the same terms and phrases in your content, i.e. blog posts, webpage content, articles, descriptions, etc.

Keywords should be grouped in terms of relevancy. For instance, if you owned a car dealership in New York, your primary keyword would probably be ‘buy a car in New York’, along with that the secondary keywords on your list would be ‘buy a used car in New York City’, ‘buy a cheap car’, ‘buy classic cars’ etc. These keywords would primarily be on your home page, about us page and products page.

Now you can have different categories of keywords too. For instance, if you also sell used Hummers, Dodges, and Chevrolets, you can have a separate page for each brand of vehicle. So, the sales page for the Dodges will probably use a group of keywords like ‘Dodge Viper for sale,’ ‘76 Dodge for sale’, etc.

The important thing is to start with a list of keywords that best reflect your business. Then group them into primary and secondary keywords. You then come up with a page or post for each group of keywords.

Content Optimization Starts with the Title

The first thing that people see before they even read the first line of your article is the title. It also happens to be the first thing that Google’s search bots see. That’s why the title needs to be optimized both for potential visitors and search engines.

The easiest way to do this is to come up with a compelling headline that best describes your article or content. Then insert your primary keyword into the headline ideally at the beginning. Finally, your title should be within Google’s prescribed character limit. You can use a tool like SiteChecker to check if your title fits the limit. Alternatively, you can search for “Title Checker” and use any tool you think is quick and easy.

Let’s say, for instance, your primary keyword is “Cat Food” and your article is about the cat food types, here are a few examples:

  • 10 Best Alternative Cat Food Types For All Cats
  • 5 Types of Dangerous Cat Food to Avoid

The Meta Description

When you Google using a search term, notice how each search result has a short description or summary of what is on the page. That titbit of text is very important not only for potential visitors but Google too.

Using the meta description, you only have 160 characters, to sum up your article or content, which includes your keyword. Ideally, the primary keyword and one secondary keyword should be in the meta description. However, if you can’t accommodate both then only the primary keyword should work well too.

Building on the previous instance, here is how the meta description will look:

Cat food and other feline products are causing many pets to become sick across the US. Here is what you can do to ensure that your pet food isn’t tainted.

The URL of the Page

The URL of your page needs to be optimized to provide search engines with a description of your page’s content too. Make sure that the URL includes the primary keyword or if the title has the keyword in it then it can be based off the title.

Building off our previous example here is how a couple of optimized URLs will look:

  • yourwebsite.com/Alternative-Cat-Food-Types-For-All-Cats
  • yourwebsite.com/ Types-of-Dangerous-Cat-Food-to-Avoid

NOTE

We’ve truncated a couple of words in the first instance, and the reason that’s done is to ensure the URL isn’t too long. You don’t want your URLs to be longer than they should. So, if you can shorten them while ensuring that the keywords are still in there then go ahead and do it.

The Importance of Header Tags

The <h1> tag also called the title tag, is one that encompasses your title. Now you don’t have to do any coding if you’re using WordPress, just make sure to choose ‘Header 1’ or ‘Header’ in the edit box.

The same goes for all the other sub-header tags like <h2>, <h3>, <h4>… etc. Making sure that these tags are included will help search engines make sense of your article’s structure which is useful for ranking.

Keyword Density within Your Texts

Over the years things have changed a lot, and now the common consensus is that you shouldn’t aim for a particular keyword density. However, in our experience your primary keyword or key phrase should make up 2-3% of your text. Secondary keywords can be added once or twice within the article.

You will also want the primary keyword in any one of your sub-headings. That said this isn’t super important and shouldn’t be done at the expense of making your content hard to read or look weird.

Outbound links

While there is a lot of controversy surrounding linking to external websites and how it affects SEO the fact is that having 2 or 3 outbound links can’t hurt. If anything if you’re linking to high-authority sites, it can be good in our experience.

The other reason why we advise people to use outbound links is that it improves a visitor’s experience. For instance if you’re quoting a line from an article in the New York Times, a link to the full article will give visitors a source which lends credibility to what you are saying. At the same time you’re allowing visitors to read the full article which improves their experience.

The one thing you need to make sure of is never link to dodgy, low quality or unknown websites. Also steer clear of sites that aren’t within your niche unless your article cites something they have published or its something that you think visitors to the website will find useful.

Inbound links and Interlinking

So, while outbound links take people to an external website an inbound link takes readers to a page within your website. Inbound links are crucial for SEO. However, that will require that you source links from other websites something which is beyond the scope of this article.

Adding internal links or interlinking helps you to avoid you having to create duplicate content which then competes against each other, and you also create value by sharing more information.

Internal links have been shown to reduce the bounce rate because people are not as likely to click on links that take them away from your website. That means they stay longer on your website and that translates to a good experience in Google’s eyes.

Social Sharing buttons

Social signals are a big part of SEO today and so having those social sharing buttons will make it easier for visitors to share what they read. Not to mention the fact that having a button for the three major social networks at least will help to increase social sharing considerably.

Make Sure to Analyze and then Re-Assess

We have left the most important part of optimizing your content for SEO until the very end of this guide. The reason for this is because you can only analyze and re-access once you have at least a few dozen pages live on the website. Knowing what is working and what isn’t takes time, it will require that you measure thing like page views, comments, links and social shares across all major networks.

If you are selling a product or service, it would be worth measuring your conversion rates. There should be a couple of primary goals of your analysis, such as:

  • To find out where you have succeeded so that it can be replicated – You will need to look for patterns like does your audience prefer videos or paragraphs of written text? Would they instead look at graphs and infographics? Knowing this will help you then create content that works better in terms of getting more people to read and share your content which should tie into the final conversion figures.
  • Update and improve your old SEO content – There are times when you might have tried to optimize an article for a certain set of keywords, but it is drawing traffic in from an entirely different set of keywords. Your best bet will be to go back in and re-optimize the content. Maybe put the main key phrase in the title and meta description to make it more impactful. Also, update your articles and blog posts as things in your industry change.

Conclusion

There you have it, folks, just about everything you need to write optimized content. We admit while this guide covers the basics it does not cover everything. That said unless you’re in a highly competitive niche the basics are all you need to create rankable content. However, if you’re competing against others who have excellent, highly optimized content it would be a good idea to hire a professional. That way there is little to no trial and error, which means you spend less time trying to figure things out for yourself which can cost you time and money in the long-term.

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