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What Is SEO Content Writing? Tips for Strong Search Results

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“What is SEO content writing?”

What is SEO Content Writing? with Word Wise at Nonprofit Copywriter #WebWriting #WritingTips #FreelanceWriting

It’s a question I hear a lot – and not just from writing newcomers. The idea of creating content that conforms to any kind of acronym can be intimidating, akin to following a secret military code.

Your fears may be especially acute if you’re not technically-minded. Search engines are driven by a mass of algorithms, right? The complexities make even the most avid tech geek’s mind swim.

But there’s good news behind all those bytes, and it’s this: you can create online content that appeals to search engines without understanding all that technical gobbledygook. 

You simply need to understand and apply a few key writing principles.

Let’s break it down.

What is the “SEO” in SEO Content Writing?

SEO is acronym for “search engine optimization.” (Here’s a glossary of more keyword jargon.)  

  • A search engine is a computer program that looks for words or terms across the web. The results of the search are returned in a list, also called search engine results pages (SERPs).  AOL Search, Ask, Bing, Dogpile, Google, and Yahoo! are examples of popular search engines.
  • Optimization is the act of making your web page as effective as possible when it comes to appearing on results pages. 

Put together, SEO is the process of creating a page for the web to return strong search results. 

When your page appears higher on the results – ideally on the first page or two– then more users see your link, click on your page, and land on your site.

You get more traffic.

So if you’re looking for more organic traffic (visitors to your site that land there for free, simply because they found you via search engine results) then you want to optimize your pages in a way that appeals to search engines. 

In other words, you want to get a knack for SEO.

What is “Content Writing” in SEO Content Writing?

Content writing is relevant, valuable written information (versus visual information, like videos or infographics.) 

Written content can span the gamut from blog posts to articles, newsletters, landing pages, presentations, social media, eBooks, pamphlets, brochures … you get the idea. If it’s written and if it offers relevant, valuable information, then it’s considered to be content writing.

So … What Is SEO Content Writing?

  • SEO = the process of creating a page for the web to return strong search results
  • Content writing =  relevant, valuable written information

So what is SEO content writing? Put together … 

SEO content writing is valuable, written, online information that returns strong search results. 

Just how does your webpage land in the top of the search results? A few keyword rules are helpful to follow.

Write SEO Content That Goes Beyond Search Results

In your hunger to climb to the top of SERPs, you may be tempted to focus solely on those keyword rules.

But once a user gets to your site, you want them to stay there, right? You want your readers to become fans. You want them to return to your site over and over.

While it’s important to drive readers to your site, that’s just one piece of the website success puzzle. 

So follow the keyword rules, but don’t get hung up on them. Use them as one helpful tool in the web writing process.

And make sure you always deliver valuable content. 

When you write useful, relevant content, then readers will return to your site again and again.

And that’s a whole point of having a website, isn’t it?

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