Need help with writing your web content?
For most people, writing web content can be a daunting process. Not only must your content be written with search engine optimization in mind but it needs to captivate your audience when they arrive on your website and it needs to keep them there as long as possible.
Your content needs to engage your audience within 15 seconds to avoid them leaving your website before finding out what you offer and how your services will benefit them.
Once you’ve gained their attention how do you keep them there?
You could hire a web content writer, but if you don’t have the budget and need to write your own content, here are some useful tips that should make writing your content a little easier.
- Key Phrases
- Write Concisely
- Meta Content
Know your website’s goals and
the goals of your target audience
When planning your website, you determined your website’s goals and now have a clear understanding of what your target audience needs. This knowledge will help you a great deal in deciding what information you should include in your web content.
Put yourself in the shoes of your visitors. Think about what they want to achieve and focus on how you can help them achieve their goal(s).
Give them some of the answers they’re looking for but leave them wanting to know more. Always provide a means for them to contact you for more information.
Need more help determining your website (or your company’s) goals? Do a S.W.O.T. analysis. Read more »
Think A.I.D.A. when writing your content
Write your content with the view of first grabbing your visitors’ attention, then arousing their interest and curiosity, creating a desire to learn more and providing a clear “call-to-action”.
A. I. D. A. stands for attention, interest, desire and action.
- Attention: Use strong, effective headlines to grab your visitors’ attention
- Interest: Identify with their problems and/or goals to gain their interest
- Desire: Focus on benefits and provide clear promises so that they want what you have to offer
- Action: Make it absolutely clear what actions they need to take to achieve the desired outcome.
Use strong key phrases in your headlines to facilitate scanning and also aid SEO
Use key phrases in your headings so that your visitors can scan the page quickly and get the gist of its content.
The use of strong key phrases will also aid search engine optimization.
Know your web site’s goals and choose key phrases that you think potential visitors will type into search engines to find your site.
Each page of your website should have one or two key phrases which should be repeated with slight variations several times within the content (but be careful not to over do it).
Your key phrases should be followed by
clear, concise content
Each page in your website should contain around 400-600 words of well-written content. This is enough to aid in search engine optimiziation (S.E.O.) but not so much that it will bore your visitors silly.
Content should be written in clear, concise sentences, and paragraphs should be kept short with lots of white space between them so that your content is easy to read.
Use sub-headings or paragraph spacing to break up long paragraphs and use bullet points and bold text to add emphasis key points.
Add key phrases to your page titles
and meta descriptions
Search engine robots also “read” the background coding (the source code) of your web page. Your web page title and the content contained in special tags called meta tags help search engines identify the key phrase(s) for your page.
The page title as well as the content from the meta description also appear on a SERP and should be written with the soul purpose of attracting potential visitors to your website to read more.
Again, when writing your meta description content, put yourself in the shoes of your potential visitor, and focus on the best way to entice them to your website.
- What problem are they trying to solve?
- How can you solve that problem?
Add images, videos and flash to enhance your content but use text for important messages
They say a picture tells a thousand words. And it is true, visitors can learn a lot from the images you include on your website, particularly if you sell products or want to demonstrate past work you’ve done.
Images presented interactively in videos or flash animations will also encourage visitors to stay on your website longer. But don’t substitute written content with image and video files.
Text in flash presentations, videos and images is not searchable. Large images, flash and video files are also slow to load and may result in your visitors leaving before they finish loading.
Use images, videos and flash for aesthetic, emphasis and demonstration purposes only. Use text-based content for all your important information, particularly your key phrases.
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You only have a few seconds to gain the interest of your visitor and make them want to read more. They should be able to get the gist of what’s on your page quickly, and most like to do so without scrolling. The following tips should help you achieve this goal.
- Communicate your message clearly and concisely
- Make your text as easy to read by keeping sentences as short as possible
- Incorporate plenty of white space by breaking up large chunks of text
- Use headline titles so visitors can scan the page
- Make the text easier to read by using sub-headings
- Use bullet points to help with scanning and to add emphasis
- Put the most important information at the top of the page
- Provide lots of relevant, interesting and useful information, don’t just fill the page
- Put yourself in your target audience’s shoes and write in a style they understand
- Be effective using the least amount of text
- If your text looks difficult, boring or confusing your readers will leave without reading
- Demonstrate professionalism by organizing your text
- Convey skills and knowledge but don’t sound like a know-it-all
- Break up lengthy pages to avoid endless scrolling
- Write unique content so that it stands out from the crowd
- Your content should grasp your audience interactively
- Add links to other pages where relevant but don’t over-do it
- Include links to resources on other sites but not too many – you don’t want your visitors leaving
- Avoid the use of “click here”
- Update your content regularly to keep it current
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