Your website’s FAQ page is working hard to sabotage you. At some point during your content strategy and content writing process, you’ll end up with some loose ends; content that you don’t want to call too much attention to, but you don’t want to delete because it’s important stuff — these are FAQs. It happens to just about every content strategy project. But if you’re tempted to gather up all that miscellaneous and toss them onto an FAQ page, then bury the link in the footer and link to it “subtly” throughout the content as needed, please wait. This strategy…
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How do you go about creating an SEO-first content strategy? Hmm, let’s think about this one. Audience-First or SEO-First Content Strategy? We recently developed a content strategy proposal for a software company, and it included a basic level of SEO research, which we include whenever our client doesn’t have an SEO consultant or expert already on it. After all, knowing what people are searching for can help you shape and direct the content. But that’s only part of the puzzle. Our projects are what we call “audience-first” content strategies. In other words, we’re asking, Who’s going to use this content?…
Do Multiple Audiences Mean Tripled Content Efforts? How can you have a consistent brand voice and story, but appeal to different types of audiences? How do you do it when you have limited time and resources? Once you complete your audience analysis and core messaging priorities, both integral parts of your content strategy, you may be asking yourself a questions like these, too. Here’s a place to start:
“The more content the better, right? So why bother doing a content audit? And why do you recommend doing one every six months to a year?” Great question. A content audit (also frequently called a content inventory) is like opening up the hood of your car and realizing that your engine has been taken over by squirrels. Okay, not exactly like that. But the content audit is certainly revealing and often surprising to clients. Here’s what I discovered in the last few website content audits I’ve completed:
It’s never okay to copy someone else’s content … or to be copied … without permission, even if the source is credited. I do, however, understand the feelings of flattery when your content gets copied. Especially when it’s copied by a bigger or more popular source than yours, and you’d like a relationship with them. But before you let it slide, please understand copying is copyright infringement. Also, repetitive content on the web can hurt your SEO. What’s more, with copied content, true attribution becomes fuzzy, so even though it has a credit, it may be missed. Here’s how to…
Not creating content isn’t saving you time and money. It’s costing you. You know that not getting your voice and story out there is slowing you down … even holding you back … from reaching your business goals. But how do you fit it in? Here are a few content strategy ideas to help you get on a consistent schedule of showing off your expertise, inspiring brand loyalty, and keeping your audience close. Even if you’re short on time and resources.
Using similar language and a strong consistent voice in your web content is great for branding. But talking about the same thing in the same way over and over can be a bore. And it can hurt your credibility, stickiness, and search results. So what do you do?
Recently a software company asked me this question, and then proceeded to show me lots of emails that were not working. In quickly reviewing these emails, I noticed there was a lot going on. Lots of energy, lots of questions, lots of pictures, lots of things to do. If your lead generation (or targeted) emails aren’t working, here are a few things to try:
You’re flying down a hill on your bicycle in high gear, the wind in your face, and you see a left turn up ahead, and you know there’s an uphill climb just beyond the turn, and you make the turn fast and steady, then downshift to keep up the momentum and speed … but then it happens.