If you are involved with social media for your business, you probably have some knowledge about search engine optimization (SEO). As a business person (whether a business owner or a business person), you understand the importance of a content marketing strategy in order to succeed. There are certain tricks that will help you with SEO.
The critical nature of SEO
Your ability to optimize your content in the most effective way possible can truly be critical to your business’ success. If you are not sure why it is so important for your business that you optimize your content, just remember that if your content is not optimized for the search engines, your rankings on the search engines’ pages will be low and people who are searching for what you do will not be able to find you. The truth is that people are inclined to choose whatever is at the top of the page and very few have the patience to drill down the list (or, certainly not to subsequent pages).
There are some SEO tricks that may help your business tremendously. In any case, they are certainly worth trying.
Present your content in short segments and make it easily searched and shared: As you are writing your content, it is very important that you do so with the search engines in mind. What you should have in your mind at all times is that you can break your content down into short segments (that can stand alone or be a part of a greater whole at the same time). Of course, your content should be search-friendly, easily digested, and easily shared at the same time. It is critical that you write content that satisfies the needs of your target audience members. It must be more about them than it is about you. You should have the concept of WIIFM? (What’s In It For Me?) in mind whenever you write content. What that means is that you must be able to solve the other person’s problems before you consider your needs. Of course, in due course, your needs will be met as well.
Focus your content in two different directions: Undoubtedly, your first responsibility is to write with your target audience members in mind. As you probably aware, you must connect with those people on an emotional/human level. If you are not able to do that, you will not be able to establish and grow a relationship with the other person in any real way. Now that we have established why the first direction is so important, it is time to consider the second direction. That is to focus your writing on the spiders. Just in case you are not sure what the term, “spider” means, spiders are the robots that search the web to look for clues about which pages of content are worthy of ranking high (higher than other pages). That second focus is just as important as the first focus because, without the spiders, your content will not get noticed. Of course, your ultimate goal is for humans to notice what you are sharing and build a relationship with you based on what they are reading. However, they won’t have access to the content if the spiders don’t deem it worth ranking at the top of the search engines’ pages. It is a simple concept. The concept of how the spiders work is that they pay attention to how frequently you post, how interesting your content happens to be, the strength of your headlines, how solid the structure of your content is, the quality of your links, and how engaged your audience is with you. Spiders are built to compare your content to the other content that is on the web (on a similar topic, of course). Because spiders are not human, they do have some limitations when it comes to being able to judge certain things, however.
Try out an auditing tool (but do the research to determine how much you can do with it and how much you can’t): The way that an SEO auditing tool works is that you enter one of your keywords or key phrases into the tool and then that keyword or key phrase will receive a grade (poor or good). That should be enough of a guide for you to tweak what needs to be tweaked before you go any further with your content. You can find a list of auditing tools by doing a search. You should take a good look at each one so that you can determine which tool will work most effectively for your particular business.
You have the potential to really make a difference for your business by implementing the tips that you have here. They may very well help you to drive more traffic to your website, which is one of your constant goals. Certainly, you have nothing to lose and, probably, a great deal to gain. Of course, none of those tips will be effective if you are not producing top-quality content, which you are undoubtedly doing.
Michael Cohn is the founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of CompuKol Communications. He has over 25 years of experience in IT and web technologies. Mr. Cohn spent a significant amount of time at a major telecommunications company, where his main focus was on initiating and leading synergy efforts across all business units by dramatically improving efficiency, online collaboration, and the company’s Intranet capabilities, which accelerated gains in business productivity. He also reduced company travel and travel costs by introducing and implementing various collaboration technologies.
His expertise includes business analysis; project management; management of global cross-matrix teams; systems engineering and analysis, architecture, prototyping and integration; technology evaluation and assessment; systems development; performance evaluation; and management of off-shore development.
Mr. Cohn earned a Master’s degree in project management from George Washington University in Washington, DC; and a Master’s degree in computer science and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ.