There’s a lot to learn when it comes to SEO, from algorithms to techniques. In this blog, our Leeds agency will be sharing everything you need to know about SEO.
What is SEO?
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation. SEO content is content that is put on a website solely to improve its ranking position. This also applies to social media, where you can use keywords to improve the visibility of your content – but in this blog, we will mainly cover website SEO.
Google is the big boss when it comes to search engines, processing over 8.5 billion searches per day. Therefore, Google is the main place to be seen – which is why we primarily interrogate their algorithm when planning an SEO strategy.
What is the difference between SEO and copywriting?
Both SEO content writing and copywriting are incredibly important. However, the main difference between them is that they have opposing end goals. SEO content writing has a purpose to inform, and copywriting has a purpose to persuade.
Copywriting has the overarching aim of selling a brand or product, whereas SEO content writing informs, educates, instructs and entertains. We measure the success of copywriting through direct sales, whereas content writing is more about building brand awareness to keep people on your site.
How does SEO work?
SEO content writing is a science, so it needs a good content marketing strategy behind it. Search engine algorithms are constantly changing, so flexible approaches are often needed, as well as frequent strategy reviews.
That said, Google consistently rewards content that is authoritative, trustworthy and shows expertise. The acronym for this formula is commonly referred to as ‘E-A-T’. Here are some ways to implement this into your content:
1. Boost your credibility
Google rewards content that is written by someone who they can tell knows what they’re talking about. For example, a history article written by a commended historian is more valuable than a blog written by someone that likes history.
If you’re not an expert yourself, don’t worry! You can share quotes from people that are, within your content. Make sure that you include their credentials and as much information as you can. For example, their full title, any awards they’ve won, involvement in conferences etc.
2. Include backlinks with authority
Mentioning relevant, high-authority domains is one of the best tactics to improve your technical SEO ranking. This means you should mention government associations and market leaders when you can. For example, it would be better to mention a University study, than one done by a random person.
3. Write and update
The more you publish, the better! Google rewards sites that publish frequent and timely content. Content should also always be accurate. For example, a blog about the best trends of 2020 wouldn’t be relevant in 2023.
Which SEO strategy techniques should be avoided?
Google has cracked down on content that has been created purely to rank, rather than to help people. They favour content that has been made for people by people, rather than content that has been created for a search engine.
Once extremely popular, the main technique that should be avoided is keyword stuffing. This is where you pile as many keywords into a blog as possible, in order to rank.
In fact, only 5% of your content should consist of keywords! So write content with the E-A-T formula in mind, and you’ll succeed.
Will technical SEO be replaced by AI?
In short, no. Although it’s not a secret that AI can be used to write content, it can never replace human originality and thought. However, AI can be used as a tool to aid your SEO strategy, by helping you plan. It could give you 100 ideas for an article, or plan out each of your blog sections for you. For more examples of ways that AI can help with marketing, visit our blog: The Reason Why AI is Going to Steal Your Marketing Job
Why is SEO important for business?
It goes without saying that your business should have an SEO strategy. Here are five reasons why:
1. Return on investment
You don’t have to spend a fortune to drive people to your website. You don’t need to allocate any paid spend to technical SEO, as it’s all about organic Google ranking. Instead, invest in an SEO agency to help you with a tailored content marketing strategy.
2. Industry leadership
If you have an SEO strategy and your competitors don’t, you’re one step ahead of them from the off. Your brand will appear much further up the search results than they will! For example, if someone is looking for pet shops, (and you are one) you could be the first page people look at. By following the E-A-T formula, you should also show that you’re an expert in your field.
3. Brand awareness
The more people that see your name, the better. So, having your brand high up on the search results is key! Providing great high-quality content is the second step here, as it helps to build up a good reputation for your brand.
4. High-quality traffic
Let the right audience find you! When you rank for keywords related to your brand, your target audience will find you. Often, people search for a service, so if you rank for the right keyword and provide the right service, they’ll come to you. For example, if people search for hotels in York and your hotel comes up, they’re looking for a service that you provide.
5. Measurable success
Data is everything! Google Analytics allows you to see everything you should care about, including page views, time on page, bounce rate and the source of any traffic. Filter your results by organic Google traffic to gauge how well your SEO strategy is working.
Choose Punch Creative as your SEO agency to help you optimise your website to its full potential. To find out more, contact us today.