Writing For SEO -The Dos and Don’ts

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Writing For SEO -The Dos and Don’ts

Writing For SEO -The Dos and Don’ts

Writing for SEO is the same as writing any regular piece of content right? Wrong. There are some similarities, but SEO copywriting is a different kind of art form. 

While normal content writing is more focused on attracting, engaging, and converting leads, SEO writing focuses more on creating content that is both search engine and user-friendly

This content type is dedicated to creating compelling content for visitors while following SEO best practices.

But wouldn’t you want your SEO copywriting to be attractive and generate leads? Of course! And in order to do so, a good place to start would be to develop a solid content strategy that merges both SEO writing and marketing content writing.

What is quality content for SEO?

Let’s start with why content is important and good for SEO. We’ve all heard that “Content is King!” Which is true. However, we should not forget that not all content is good.

You should strive to have quality content on your website. Quality over Quantity. Why? User experience is a huge factor in the overall quality of your content. 

Search Engines rely on user behaviour amongst other factors to determine rankings. If your website seems to have the content or answers a user is looking for, but users leave without engaging, this can be harmful. It signals to search engines that your website or webpage is irrelevant or simply put, has poor content, thus dropping your rankings and visibility.

In order for your content pieces to be considered quality SEO copy, they should answer questions for real people, be easy to digest, and engagingly informative depending on your intent. 

Is more content better for SEO?

Having a huge chunk of redundant and noninformative content will never be as effective as having quality SEO content. In most cases, big pieces of content are of poor quality because writers end up keyword stuffing, being repetitive or moving off-topic completely. 

Search Engines do not like this and neither do users.

So, what are the dos and don’ts of SEO Copywriting?

The Dos:

  1. Do your Keyword Research
  2. Develop a Content Strategy
  3. Write Unique meta titles and descriptions
  4. Write for users first before writing for search engines
  5. Add your main keyword early on in your content
  6. Write for voice search
  7. Use internal linking
  8. Conduct Competitor content reviews
  9. Keep writing quality content and publish consistently
  10. Perform content reviews and refresh your content periodically

Also, remember to pay attention to how search engine algorithms change over time. A great way to avoid this curveball would be to invest in creating evergreen content. You can expect new trends to come and go. But one factor will always remain the same. Quality content will forever be valuable.

The Don’ts:

  1. Avoid keyword stuffing 
  2. Do not put all of your keywords on one page.
  3. Do not engage in unnatural phrasing
  4. Avoid duplicating content
  5. Do not target multiple topics on one page
  6. Do not neglect your content
  7. Do not purchase backlinks

SEO content improves your visibility on search engines. Black hat SEO practices are futile and time-wasting. They will never render the results you need. 

Following the correct, and up-to-date SEO copywriting best practices will help drive traffic to your website and encourage users to purchase your products or services.

Can I do SEO copywriting on my own?

Sure you can, but It is best to acquire SEO content services from an SEO specialist agency. SEO is very broad and there are a number of components that keep this complex wheel spinning.

Algorithm Agency offers bespoke SEO content strategy and writing services that will ensure your website performs at its best. Let us help you create content that drives results today!

Article Author : Khethinkosi Mthimkhulu