Here’s a clue…it’s in the tag line of this blog: Content Marketing! Here’s why I say that…
Imagine you’re starting out online – maybe you’ve been in business forever, but you’re just taking your business onto the web. You don’t have a large staff or a big budget. You look at the Web from your own perspective and try to imagine how your potential customers would search for you.
They’d use certain keywords, wouldn’t they? Maybe you don’t know squat about "keyword optimization" or "search engine marketing" or any of that. But I’ll bet you can guess how your prospects might look for your products and services, can’t you?
Okay, that’s step one. You might want to use a keyword tool like the one at www.freekeywords.wordtracker.com to see which keyword phrases are more popular. Or not.
You can guess what the next step is… put up lots of pages on your site writing about what your company can do for people. What are the benefits they get from using your products and services?
Then use sentences with lots of those keywords so that the spiders
or robots or whatever they call those automated indexing systems can do
their work. They try to match up search requests with pages on the web
that have those same words in their content. Get it?
Of course, the key is to write well so it engages your readers. You want them to know, like and trust you and your company’s services or products. Use the keyword phrases in a way that makes sense.
HINT: Write your content for meaning first, then edit for keyword placement. That will make your writing flow more naturally.
Simple, right? Okay, I’m no techie, but that’s my understanding of
the way search engines work. I’m talking about what’s called
"organic search strategies." (The SEO experts may be laughing up their
sleeves right now, but too bad.)
Stick with me here, I’m trying to help out some of you people who
may be recovering techie-twits like myself. Just want to make this
simple and easy to grasp so you can start writing content that
naturally markets your business on the Web.
Step two: make a list of all the different keyword phrases and a list of topics or categories your readers would find interesting and relevant to their needs.
Step three: write those pages! A blog is an obvious choice for creating content pages that are keyword rich.
There’s a lot that goes into writing and publishing content that markets well for your business. I’m thinking about writing a series on content marketing this week and next to cover all the nuances I’ve learned over the years, so stay tuned.
Oh, and if any of you readers are search engine experts and want to set me straight on all this, please do! My goal is to make this easy for the average person to understand and use in their writing so that they will get maximum "Google juice" with content pages on the Web.
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