You’ve heard it all before – content marketing essentially is now the SEO service. Every man and his dog is binning their link building strategies, waving goodbye to their brochures and jumping on board the blog bandwagon. Everyone is embracing blogging and content in a big way.
But there hasn’t been much change to your traffic, and you’re just not seeing much of a return. So you stop blogging.
You might have stumbled upon many an abandoned blog in your time, or maybe your own is sitting at the top of your navigation bar gathering dust. So what are you doing wrong?!
The Right Kind Of Content
It’s all very well, happily tapping away on your keyboard, swigging coffee and quickly producing 300 words of uninspired rubbish. Anyone can do that. But it isn’t what content writing is all about, unfortunately. Our search engine overlords want a very specific kind of content.
It has to be good. And we’re not talking bestselling-literary-greats good, or could-be-published-in-the-FT good. There is no need to weep into your keyboard just yet, because blogging good is a bit more obtainable.
The most important thing is that your content is relevant and interesting to your target market. The topic might not seem all that exciting in itself, but it’s your job to find an angle. Ask yourself what you’d want to know or what you’re particularly interested in, and then plan an article around that. If you’re running your own blog then you might already know the answer, but if you’re managing a blog for a business that you’re not completely familiar with then you’re probably going to have to get researching. Have a look at what has already been written on the subject, and try and come in from a slightly different angle so that you’re creating something new.
Search engines now favor natural and useful posts, so crowbarring in awkward keywords might not be the best plan anymore. Instead try and come up with an article which will naturally include instances of your chosen keyword. If your chosen keyword happens to be ‘London coffee shops’, a post on French coffee trends is unlikely to work. Instead, consider writing a post about the rise of the British coffee shop.
How Long Should My Posts Be?
In an ideal world, for the most gloriously optimized blog, 600 words is a pretty safe bet. Keyword density is best at around one instance of your keywords per 150 words, so to get four in your post, around 600 words per blog post is ideal. For instance if you were an SEO Company writing a post on ‘Blogging As A Substitute For Traditional SEO’ including the keyword SEO Services would be easily achievable and would likely flow well within the copy, as well as delivering value to your audience, which is the primary objective of any piece of content.
Try not to just add words in order to get up to a word count; if you’re lacking things to say, try adding another new point , but make sure it delivers value. Concision in writing is a great skill, but when trying to reach a hefty word count it can sometimes be a hindrance. I always find myself deleting swathes of my writing when I proofread to keep on topic, but sometimes those little anecdotes get to stay in.
If your posts are sometimes a bit shorter, don’t panic. It is better to write a 500 word post on something really engaging which covers all the key points, rather than rambling on about nothing for 1000 words.
Super short posts won’t usually add any value for your readers, so it tends to be best not to bother. Establish yourself as a useful source of information rather than someone who blogs purely for blogging’s sake.
How Often Should I Update?
How frequently you update depends on what you can manage. A smaller company with limited access to SEO services might only have time for a blog once a week, whilst bigger companies with a focus on their blog might post multiple times a day. The more often you can update the better, and if you can get a blogging schedule and stick to it then you’re more likely to attract a regular readership.
Posting sporadically is better than nothing, but it won’t be effective in the long run. If you haven’t got time to manage your blog yourself, or the writing skills to write compelling copy regularly, content writers are available to provide that very useful SEO service. They might not have the same level of intimacy with your business as you do, but they are creative types who know how to write good copy.
There is no big secret when it comes to writing. There’s no fool proof tips which will fix every blogging slump, but there are a lot of ideas on the subject out there. Try not to let your blog become a chore and it will be much easier to produce. If you find your own writing boring then the chances are other people will as well.
Like anything, the more you do it the easier it will become. While you might be a little short on ideas, your process will still be improving.
So, if your blog isn’t working, don’t give up. Just rethink it.
Try not to let it become stale, and make sure you upload regularly. Read other industry blogs to give yourself a good idea of what works – and what doesn’t. Most importantly, focus on delivering value to your readers. If every post enriches the lives of those who read it, you can’t go wrong.