Search Engine Optimization Brings the Eyeballs to your site

A well-planned search optimization strategy will maximize visits to your site and blog.

Get Found to Get Results

Now, let’s start learning how to use SEO to bring the right eyeballs to your site.

If you have read my earlier posts, you have now learned how to use copywriting on your landing pages and posts in order to drive the actions you want visitors to take on your WordPress site and blog. But if no one gets a chance to see the media content on your blog you will not see any results. There are many ways to drive traffic to your site. The way most prospects who are not familiar with your business will find you is via search engine results (serps).

The Next Web has posted stats that show just how critical SEO is for your company:

  • 80 percent of consumers search for a product/service before purchasing it
  • 70 percent read online reviews before making purchase decisions
  • 68 percent of consumers begin their decision-making while searching for a keyword
  • Websites that blog regularly receive 55 percent more traffic and over 80 percent more leads compared to websites that don’t
  • Over 70 percent of search clicks are organic

Because SEO is an aspect of content marketing that changes monthly, weekly or maybe daily, I will only cover the basics of search engine optimization here. The search optimization service, Moz, has some useful resources that are always up to date at http://moz.com/learn/seo

Let’s start with a few definitions:

  • Keyword – an informative word used in an information retrieval system to show the content of a document. Searchers often combine them in keyword phrases. Hence, they are also known as search terms.
  • Guest Blogging – writing blog posts for external blogs with a link back to your site’s content in the author’s biography.
  • Hashtag – a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#) and used to identify the topic of social media messages.
  • Algorithm – a process or set of rules followed in calculations that search engines use to determine their results.
  • URL – uniform resource locator. Also known as URL address (what shows up in a browser’s address window).
  • Backlink – an incoming hyperlink from one web page to another website.
  • SERP – search engine result page.

Ranking factors for search engine results

The two factors that most impact your serps are external links to your content and your pages/posts titles.

Links

If you want to use the major component of search engine ranking to drive traffic to your content, there is one single, but time-consuming thing you must do. You must create extraordinary media on your blog. Content that people will want to share with social media and link to on their website’s pages and posts. These are inbound links to your site from external websites, not links in your content to other sites.

Your content must provide real value to visitors and make their lives better. When other people link to and share your content, it shows Google and other search engines that your site is authoritative, trustworthy, and useful. They will then feel comfortable recommending your posts and pages in their search results.

Backlinks

Acquiring quality links back to your site takes a long time to bear fruit. You must get them via shareable content if you want to show up at the top of the results for your keywords. You must post fresh content consistently and regularly. Longer posts show your expertise so make sure they are around 500 – 1000 words in length. Posts larger than this are hard to consume on mobile devices. This content must inspire people to link back to it from their sites.  Moz has a tool, Open Site Explorer, which will show you who is linking to your site at http://moz.com/researchtools/ose/. You will need to paste individual page/post URLs into the tool for analysis.

Guest blogging on other websites is an excellent way to get links back to your site. But, the content of your guest posts must be just as good as anything you would put on your site. It must be unique content to the third-party’s site not something you have copied and pasted from your blog.

One thing you should never do is buy links. Ever. Google in particular only credits you for links from sites that do not sell links. If you buy links, Google will punish your rankings.  Continue reading “Search Engine Optimization Brings the Eyeballs to your site”

Use copywriting to turn your website into a money-maker

Copywriting gets your audience to take the action you want them to after consuming your media.

Words Make Prospects Take Action

Now, let’s start learning how to use copywriting to turn your website into a money-maker.

Copywriting is what moves your potential customers through the sales cycle. And it convinces them to buy at the end of it. You must use copywriting on your web pages, blog posts, email marketing, and social media communications. It is the most important part of any individual item of content on your website. It involves every word you see anywhere on your site.

In addition to the parts of a blog post (that we covered here) it also applies to what is called micro-copy. That is your website’s title, tagline, menus, forms, additional site navigation, and call to action buttons. Copywriting gets your audience to take the action you want them to after consuming your media.

Professional quality copywriting is a must for successful content marketing. Thus, it is a must for your business. Unless you are a persuasive writer, you will need to hire a professional. They can write copy for your webpages, blog posts and email messages (or at least edit them). Copywriting is what you should invest in first as you start to implement your content marketing strategy. It has the most impact on your bottom line.

But even if you hire a professional copywriter you need to know what goes into copywriting that converts. You want to be sure you get your money’s worth. That’s what this post will cover.

The core concepts of copywriting are unchanging. The best practices that worked in the 1920s will work in the 2020s. That is because they appeal to human nature. These practices include having an optimized headline/title, using clear and explicit language, promoting benefits rather than features, overcoming buyer objections and having a call to action.

You must allow the reader’s inherent desire for a solution to be channeled by your copywriting into purchasing your product(s). You must appeal to that desire in their brains.

Of course, you must first know your prospects inside and out so you can know what their desires are. Having a buyer persona/ideal client(s) can help you write to them.

Copywriting Strategies

A variety of copywriting strategies and techniques exist. Here are some strategies that work well for small business:

  • Promise a solution and demonstrate it with your copywriting.
  • Establish your expertise, credibility, and authority. You want to generate good feelings and trust.
  • Sell time rather savings. Show your prospect what the value is with vivid language. Create a picture in their mind.
  • Use verbs rather than adjectives. Tell your audience what your products do. Don’t list a hundred features.
  • Use storytelling rather than dry monologs. Your prospect is the hero of the story.
  • Get the prospects to visualize themselves using your product. Your products are a tool they use to achieve their happy ending.
  • Appeal to their emotions to move them through your product’s buying stages. Show how you will relieve their pain points after first emphasizing them. Overcome the viewer’s objections and fear of buyer’s remorse.
  • Provide proof of what you are saying. It lets your new customer rationalize their decision to buy from you after choosing your product because of the emotions you created.
  • Use a strong call to action to get them to take the action you want for each stage of the buying process. Unless you are writing a social media post, repeat your call to action multiple times.

Copywriting Techniques

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How to make sure your blog posts are seen and read

If your site is your online salesperson, its posts are the subtle tools of its trade.

Let’s start learning how to write a blog post and how to get the most out of them for your small business.

Posts are Most of Your Content Marketing

If your blog is the heart of your content marketing world, your blog posts are its lifeblood. They are what will move visitors from being prospects to becoming customers. They are what you will share with social media to draw people to your site so you can convert them into customers. And they are what you will promote in your email marketing to current customers in order to deepen loyalty and gain a larger share of their wallets.

Blog posts are the most important form of your marketing media.

Blog posts will be where you establish thought leadership in your industry. They will demonstrate your expertise and authority. They will create trust and get people to like you and your business. They will build your brand and your business. They will draw relevant traffic to your site, the types of visitors that will buy your products. Your posts will show your value up front. They will qualify your leads. Paradoxically they will generate leads best if you don’t try to generate leads. If your site is your online salesperson, its posts are the subtle tools of its trade.

Posts are also an excellent resource for your sales and customer service teams. They can share posts in their email conversations with clients and prospects. They can even be used to educate new employees and win over vendors. They can help you gain access to capital. Blog posts are the most. So, let’s look at how to write a blog post.

What to put in your posts

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