How to write Content for a Website
Web Writing Tips
Writing content for your website can be a challenge especially if you have never done it before. Writing great content takes time, a lot of work and above all is a choice. Yes, it’s a choice like everything else in life. In order to boost your search rankings, you need to have great original content on your website and you need to understand what the users today want and expect. Your content must be easy to scan, it must inspire trust and it must be written around your readers needs and not yours. It must be helpful, relevant and one of a kind. Nothing impacts the quality of a website more than its written text and also plays the most crucial role as whether the visitors will return in your website in the future or not.
Know your audience
It may sound simple but it can be difficult if you don’t ask yourself who is it you are trying to reach. Ask yourself what is your primary audience and how you can inform and influence them. You ‘ll have to answer most of these questions when you choose your niche market (read my post How to choose the right niche market) but you also need to consider your broader audience. Take some time and build the profile of your audience groups. Remember that the visitors must always come first so build a customer-centric website. In order to converse you should speak with interest and relevance and engage with your audience. Be able to provide answers to your readers because that’s what they are looking after all in the first place. End your post with a question or with some food for thought provoking sentence.
Create original and valuable content
Creating original content is something that matters to Google and can help you increase your traffic. Copying other people’s content on the other hand will result in punishment from Google. Write content in a refreshing way instead of just using the same concepts again and again from other posts. Use original ideas and write naturally. Structuring your content can be the key to success and can be as important as your content. The structure of your content will guide your readers through your content and keep them focused. Include the most important points of your content in the beginning and not at the end. This method is called the inverted pyramid and is very popular for writing web content. Be direct and write simple and clearly. Include overviews and use bullet points so you can keep your readers interested. Be accurate, research before you publish your content and provide your readers with the information to make the decision for themselves. Help your readers to learn and become better by providing them the tips to apply what you are offering them. Stay on topic and add links within your post to related topics on other pages of your site rather than trying to include all of your information on one page.
Choose your Keywords Wisely
Readers find the web content they are looking for from search engine results, links from other websites and social media. Make sure that your posts are as search engine friendly as possible because that is the method the people use the most to find answers to their questions. Use searchable keywords that search engines will spider within your posts. If your posts aren’t optimized for search engines there are little chances people will find it. Make a list of the top researched keywords and include them in your posts especially in headlines and sub-headers.
Create Strong Headlines
The first thing your viewers will see is your headline. It must be packed with meaning and it has to be catchy enough to attract the interest of your audience. Remember 80% of people will read your headline but only 20% will actually read the rest of your content. The heading is the basis the viewers will use to decide if they are going to read your article or not. So take your time, don’t rush and write a few down before you decide. A strong headline holds the weight of your content, should sound positive and excite the readers interest to read your post. Also don’t forget to use subheadings and break up your writing into readable short paragraphs. It’s much more easier for your viewers to digest all the information that way instead of long clumps of text.
Edit & Refine your Content
Try not to edit your work the same day you wrote it. Put it away for a day or at least for a few hours otherwise you will automatically make up the gaps of your post. Use images and videos to expand on your text and not just to decorate it. An image can help you make your content much clearer and improve the experience of your readers. Images can also help you to break up your text and make your post easier to read. People process visual information a lot faster than text. Check for spelling, punctuation, grammar and good sentence structure. You can use websites like grammarly.com for free.
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Now you are ready to publish your posts. Creating content for your website can be challenging, but if you follow these simple tips it will be easier for you to write quality articles. Or at least now you know how to start.
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