Great content for your industry is more important than ever for your website to climb the ranks in Google’s search engine, to grow your business, to attract people for your business. And while it can seem painstaking to write out all that needed content for your own website, breaking down the process makes it manageable and much less time consuming.
1) Identify Your Audience and What They Want
Who is most apt to visit your website and just what is it they’re looking for? You can gather information to identify your target audience by looking for reader feedback and blog comments, setting up surveys, looking at reports or studies , or speaking with people at length.
Once you have your target audience identified, figure out what they want. Are they seeking specific information? What are their concerns? What questions are your audience always asking, that you would like them to know?
2) Find a Topic to Write On and Do Your Research
Take those commonly asked questions and concerns of your audience or better yet, combine them with keyword searches to find useful information for your content. From there do your research to become an expert if you are not already. And if you are? Dig a little deeper to get further insight into the topic.
It’s at this point you can take a look at what your competitors and associates are doing and learn what’s industry-standard if you have not already. While it may not make you stand out to do exactly what everyone else is doing, knowing what works in the industry and what does not can only benefit – even if you decide to break those rules later.
Internet readers like to be educated and like spending their time learning something of value, but tend to distrust a hard sale. Your website is more likely to maintain return readers and gain loyalty if the audience values your word as an expert, and feels that your website has something to come back to and share with social media.
3) Write for Your Audience
Use casual tone on the web for most industries, but don’t use excess jargon or slang unless it expressly gears toward your target audience. Keywords can be added to the content for SEO, but keep it organic and don’t force it.
Keep concise and organized in your writing, making sure to add headers and bullet points or lists to make text easily scanable. People on the internet do not expect to spend as much time reading as they would in print, so get to your point quickly to keep attention.
4) Create Content with a Call to Action
The internet is an active medium. People like to learn, share, interact, and feel like they’ve walked away from something more than passive information, so embrace this and give your readers something to do. Use active voice in your content and ultimately give readers a call to action, whether it be to interact with the website, call for an estimate, try out what they have learned on their own, or even click the ‘share’ button.
A static, unchanging website will fall by the wayside of active, continually updated sites no matter your industry, and Appletree Mediaworks LLC can work with you to create a dynamic website where creating and updating your own content is simple and takes little effort.