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How to write “rich content” for Google success

website rich content explainedIf you are interested in the “performance” of your business website you will have heard many times that the “quality” of the content is of paramount importance.

I have this from google themselves:

Basic principles of Content Writing

  • Make pages primarily for users, not for search engines.
  • Don’t deceive your users.
  • Avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings. A good rule of thumb is whether you’d feel comfortable explaining what you’ve done to a website that competes with you, or to a Google employee.
  • Ask, “Does this help my users? Would I do this if search engines didn’t exist?”
  • Think about what makes your website unique, valuable, or engaging. Make your website stand out from others in your field.

I want to explore this further and provide some tips on writing good copy for Search Engines to index (record), because if they index your content then you are much more likely to be found higher in the search results, which of course is what you and everyone else wants.

Over the past 16 years and as a professional website development company the team at Clickingmad is asked probably 9 out of 10 times how to write effective website copy by our clients.

The answer is often easy to come by, dependent on the subject, but still eludes many a website owner. I will firstly provide four golden rules about the subject of SEO, (search engine optimisation) that everyone needs to know.

I will state them as negatives. I.e. what SEO is NOT. I’m talking about “natural”, or “organic” results here, not paid for advertising such as Adwords etc.

Some “Golden Rules” for SEO success.

  • Effective SEO is NOT cheap. Effective work on promoting a website takes time. Time is money. Etc.
  • SEO is not fast, it can take months to get any results from this activity.
  • Any work done on SEO is NOT guaranteed. There is no way anyone can try to manipulate the complex algorithms used by the big search engines to their own benefit. Frankly there is no need to try as if you’re spotted your website will either be blocked or so far down the list as not to be relevant.
  • SEO is not a one time operation, as the ways in which search engines work, their predilection to shake up their database on regular occasions and the fact that your competition is also working on their web search results means that you have to keep doing it, as frequently as required.

When I talk about SEO to clients or groups of businesses I use the “plate spinning” analogy.

To get the best from the search engines you have to do many different activities, all at once. So you set your plates spinning and keep them spinning effectively. The plates could be labeled;

  • web page updates
  • website structure updates
  • news updates
  • statistical monitoring
  • meta tag research and implementation
  • competitor research
  • website speed monitoring
  • generic domain name effectiveness
  • more and more updates

The list goes on and on.

Important; if your not updating your website on (at least) a monthly basis you’re not giving it a chance at being attractive to search engines.

As usual I have digressed, so back to content.

Click here to read the next article in this series

 

Slow websites can hit sales. Check your speed now.

free website speed testSlow websites affect whether your users engage with your content.

What do you know about your website’s speed?

You may recall my February 2016 post about “Can you do it in 4 seconds?”. (To read that in a new window now click this link: www.clickingmad.com/blog/can-you-do-it-in-4-seconds)

In that article I was suggesting that a slow website could hurt your rankings in Google. Now the BBC has reported on the same topic, so I must be onto something.

There is now evidence that speed of a website can impact on the actual sales volume of an online ecommerce store. The BBC ran a story recently on a report by US metrics company; Dynatrace, that the speed of a website loading has a direct affect on sales success. (Read the BBC article here)

As websites have become more complex in functionality, with multiple and often larger images, embedded videos, downloadable documents and other “rich” content, websites have become slower. As our broadband speeds through fibre and 4g have become quicker, websites have been allowed to become more cumbersome; slowing them down – again.

“…Globally, the average page load time
has gone up by 7% compared to last year…”

Norstrum, a US fashion retailer reported a fall in online sales of 11% when its website response time slowed by just half a second! When your sales total £10.6 billion per annum, that’s a significant amount.

Your websites physical hosting can also affect its speed performance. Many websites are on cheap shared servers as just “being live” was the most important thing at the time, and not the quality of the hosting itself.

Unfortunately the website design industry often neglects the technical performance of the websites that they create. If your website has any commercial impact on your company then you need to look carefully at the hosting setup. Is it fast? Is it secure? This is really important.

So it’s not just what Google thinks although lets face it, that’s important enough. It’s also about how quickly users expect the speed of your website to load on their devices.

If you ignore the speed of your website, you ignore the success of your website.

Would you like to know how
quick your website is?

If you are unsure what to do, give us a shout and we will help.

If you ask nicely we will do a free speed test!

 

The most expensive PPC keywords in Adwords

most expensive adwordsmost expensive adwordsThe image above shows you where Adwords PPC advertising is placed on a Google search result page.

Showing off here: On the search term “Search Engine Promotion” we are also on the first page – without paying Google. A “natural” or “organic” listing.;

most expensive Google Adwords phrases

and you can then see the other Adverts on the bottom of the page. Again paid for.

I had a thought tonight. I would look at some old posts and website pages that we have created over the years and see how they are doing in search. Some of these pages are years old.

Here is an extract:

Pay Per Click – What is it?

This is the process by which advertisements are shown in a search engine’s results and then paid for for every click, on a basis of how many times they are clicked; hence the name.

Google’s version of this form of advertising is called Google Adwords and is likely to provide your company with the most exposure due to its domination of the search engine market.

Adwords is a very measurable method of advertising your website so it will be easy for you to track your progress and indeed, control your spend.

Google Adwords appear at the top and bottom of the search results, as shown below.

most expensive keywords ppc

most expensive keywords ppc

most expensive keywords ppc

Google Adwords – how does it work?

You create an advertisement in the Adwords control panel and then decide how much you will bid for that advert to appear.

To get started you will need to create a Google account which is straightforward.

You then set up a campaign in Adwords and decide your daily budget that you are prepared to spend bringing visitors to your website.

 

How much is too much to pay?

We came across these phrases that seemed rather a lot of money was being spent on – PER CLICK!

  • Online live roulette – £75.02
  • TAC compensation – £70.19
  • No win no fee accident compensation – £66.75
  • Discounting accounts receivable – £64.90

Extract ends.

I wanted to update that information with the latest prices I can find.

I thought I’d start with money – it used to be very expensive:

  • mortgage – £11.07
  • loans – £13.09

Remember – these are PER CLICK, so each click on your advert will allow Google to charge you that sum of money – each time.

Then I thought “what about gambling?” So…

  • roulette – £29.00
  • online gambling – £171.69

Then the most I have ever seen:

  • Live blackjack – £318.02!

This is scary stuff. Therefore I wanted to be number 1 for 1 week for all the words above, I would have to pay them £64,479.35. In one week!

To put your mind at rest and indeed in the real world however we have recently been managing a campaign on behalf of a client that who sells shoes online and they have been charged on average 32p per click.

So the moral of the story. If you are going to spend literally hundreds per click on Google Adwords, you’d better me making a massive profit and converting 100% of your website visitors !

If you want to read more about this subject go to this page: https://www.clickingmad.com/promote/online-advertising-platforms/google-adwords. There are more links in the right hand column to other relevant information.