A Content Strategy that’s Right for You
Finding the right strategy for your company.
Blogging without a strategy is like driving at night without your headlights on. It just doesn’t work out well for anyone involved. This is why having an effective business blog strategy is so important. Having a viable content strategy will help you to maximize your returns.
And we’re not just talking about monetary returns like your return on your investment. We’re talking about maximizing the effectiveness of your blogging efforts. After all, who wants to take the time to write a blog post, or have one written, just to have it essentially shelved.
When you take the time to have a great piece of content written, maximizing its exposure should be the goal.
Find Your Audience
The first step toward optimizing your web content for your customers is understanding who your audience is. Knowing your audience will help you to form the content around a focused concept. This takes research, however, but it is definitely worth your time. You must distinguish demographics during this process. Individuals in a specific age range, gender, income bracket, region, etc., make up the demographic target audience.
For example, if you are attempting to market walkers to the elderly, you would not use slang, CAPS, or exclamation points in your web content. This is generally held for the 18-24 demographic, and only in certain markets, such as music. The demographics here would consist of 65+, male and female, $35,000 or over, and retirement communities/communities with a high percentage of retired individuals.
Know Your Product or Service
The value of your product or service does not begin with a price tag. It begins with understanding its worth to your potential customers. Understanding the value of the need associated with your product or service should be the platform, or, “showcase” for your content.
The value in regards to this need, in combination with your demographic statistics, will assist you in finding your tone, or “voice”. For example, you would not structure your content in a fun and light-hearted manner when selling medical supplies to the sick. Your tone needs to match your demographics and be equal to its value.
Know How Much is Too Much
Always keep in mind, it is not about how many words you use, it’s about how you use them. The message is the key. Content should be written in a manner that is consistent with its approach. Content should be useful, informative, and in-depth – while remaining interesting and engaging.
The inclusion of tips and tracks into an article is especially helpful when warranted. Encompassing the ability to entice the reader to take action in some form or another should be your primary focus in regards to your website’s content. The length should not be a concern, as opposed to uniformity, precision, and engagement.
Understanding SEO and Keywords
Keywords are important to SEO. However, your content should not revolve around their inclusion. Keywords should be used when needed, when necessary, and naturally. Remember, the old adage of 1-3% keyword density is not the end-all, be-all of SEO. Keywords should only be used when they are needed to describe your product or service, or when they are needed to support a sentence.
The sentence should never be constructed to support the keyword. Search engines like Google rank websites higher when its content caters to its visitors, not when its content caters to the search engine. In fact, you are more likely to be penalized because of it. Content should be written naturally, and keywords placed organically. Use them when they are needed. Content should never be written around keywords, only the concept of the meaning of the keywords, granted they represent your product or service.
Leave it to the Professionals
Sometimes it is best to leave content creation to the professionals. This is true for all businesses who create content in-house or rely on freelance writers. In these instances, the individual writing the content may be too close to the project to be objective, or not knowledgeable enough in the industry to create content with real value.
A content writing service such as Textworkers employs industry professionals and expert researchers who, together, discover authoritative facts, understand industry-specific terms, and craft content that is valuable to a knowledgeable audience. Providing readers with value and substance is the goal of creating better content for your customers.
Textworkers can help you make this goal a reality.
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