Category Archives: Web Content

Keying In To The Proper Keywords For Your Blog

Keywords are an important part of web content development. While social media is starting to compete in the area of blog traffic, it is still vital to ensure you are grabbing the attention of the all-mighty search engines. Being new to blogging myself, I have done a fair amount of research into what keywords are, why they are important and how they help get your blog more traffic; and here are a few of the things I found out.

What is a keyword?

A keyword is a word, or phrase, that you incorporate into your blog post. It must be a relevant word; meaning, you don’t want to just pepper a word like Google throughout a post that has nothing to do with them just because it gets a lot of hits from the search engines. To begin with, the search engines will pick up on this and give your blog a lower ranking, which puts you lower on the list that pops up when you type in a search question or term. Secondly, the readers that find you through irrelevant keywords will get annoyed that they wasted time clicking to your post, when the web content you have provided has nothing to do with what they are looking for. If you aren’t sure which words to use to get your blog more traffic, there are many free tools available that will help you with this. One such tool is word tracker. You just type in the word you are thinking of using, and it will give you the number of hits it has received that day. This brings me to another point; just because a certain word got a lot of traffic one day, doesn’t necessarily mean it will get the same amount everyday. That being said, it is a good indication of how popular the word is. You can also try asking the people you follow on twitter, or other social media sites. I have found them to be a great resource, and the diversity of ideas out there gives you a much broader knowledge-base to work with.

How do I work keywords into my web content?

This is where good writing comes in. You want to use the keywords a fair amount throughout your blog post, but you want it to flow and seem as if they naturally go there. Never, and I repeat never, sacrifice quality content simply to get more traffic. It may work in the short run, but eventually people will not see you as credible or knowledgeable, and that spells death to any blogger. There is a lot of competition in the area of search engines, and getting loyal readers is the most important way I can think of to market yourself or your business. The web content you produce should be helpful, entertaining and/or thought-provoking to the people that take the time to check it out. Some of the research I found suggested that your keywords should make up approximately 3%-6% of your blog post. That number should be easy enough to achieve without cramming these specific words down your reader’s throats. If you aren’t sure how to do this, check out some of the blog articles that people post on social media sites like StumbleUpon. There are many great writers out there, and I believe in following the example of those who are already successful.

I have also found that keywords, or at least the main one for the particular blog post you are writing, should be incorporated into your title as well. Again, don’t sacrifice quality to do this. I believe it is far better to leave them out, if you can’t come up with a good title with them. This is just a few of the things I have learned so far. Search engine optimization has a lot of aspects to it, and keywords are just one component. What have you found out about the importance of keywords? How often do you use them throughout a blog post? Do you think your web content suffers from trying to stuff them in, or are you able to make them flow. Please share your thoughts,questions and suggestions, by leaving a comment.

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Blog Content That Moves Your Readers

Providing quality blog content isn’t always as easy as it may seem. There are a lot of things you have to consider, if you want readers to click on your post, especially with social media sites becoming more popular and competitive. The bottom line is that you are trying to utilize your blog to market yourself, product or services, so you want to make sure you’re writing content that will raise your credibility.

The first thing to consider is what your blog post for the day will be. You can get great ideas from comments left on your blog, comments on other blogs with similiar content as yours and social media sites like twitter and StumbleUpon. Once you have a good idea, you have to come up with a relevant and eye-catching title that will help market your post. There’s a great, detailed post about blog titles at ProBlogger that can help you with this particular aspect. Once you have an idea and you have come up with a marketable title, you reach the hardest step; actually writing the post.

As with everything else, the best blog content is written by people that are passionate about the topic they are writing on. There are millions of blogs out there, so finding a completely original idea is almost impossible. If your readers feel your passion through your words, you’ll have a much easier time marketing it. You also want to put your own spin and personality into it. Danny Brown at dannybrown.me wrote a great post on how to be a leader in social media, and the same information can hold true when creating blog content.

The best advice I can give you here is to let your voice shine through. If you’re quirky, let your readers see that in your blog content. If your serious and more academic, try and give your readers a comphrehensive guide through your topic. Just be yourself and write content you’re passionate about, and readers will be moved by your honesty and the information you are providing them. You should also do the same on any social media site you are on. It will help you stand out above the crowd.

@BostonSarah on twitter just reminded me that being open to discussion with your readers is another important factor in creating blog content, and I couldn’t agree more. You do this by inviting comments, suggestions and even disagreement with what you’ve written. Let your readers feel like they are part of the conversation, and they will want to keep coming back for more.

What have I left off? What do you do to create blog content that moves your readers? Please leave a comment, and let us know.