In anticipation of the release of the second edition of “SEO Visual Blueprint” I’m happy to provide you with previews of each chapter. Scroll to the bottom of this review for easy links to each review.
Creating compelling, original content is the most obvious and one of the most important components of effective SEO. On the one hand, the more original content you have the better off you are in terms of SEO; however, it’s not that easy because as you build content YOU MUST follow SEO best practices. In the perfect world you would build it and “they” would come – however, that’s not how it works with SEO regardless of how idealistic you wish the world (and search engines) were. So…..as you embark to improve your SEO standing you’ll absolutely want to read Chapter 6 a few times and begin thinking like a search engine….and a great writer…all in one!
Chapter 6 – Creating Content
Creating well-written, original content is absolutely critical to your long-term search-engine-optimization success. Content is what visitors use to determine value and one of the primary factors that search engines use to rank your Web site. Whether your Web site ends up on the first page or the one-hundredth page of Google largely depends on the quality and relevance of your content.
Although you should keep SEO principles in mind when you create content, the key to building long-term ranking on search engines is to write content for people, not search engines. OContent that is original and naturally flowing content provides your readers with a positive, enjoyable user experience and greatly improves your chances of top search-engine rankings. Avoid writing content solely for search-engine-optimization purposes and you can greatly increase your likelihood of long-term SEO success.
When you write content, you must avoid duplicate content. Duplicate content occurs when your Web site contains content that already exists on the World Wide Web. Duplicate content issues can have a detrimental effect on your SEO success and should be avoided at all costs. Writing original content is the most obvious way to avoid duplicate content. If you feel that you do not have the time to build large amounts of unique content, you can employ tools on your Web site, such as user reviews, that allow for user-generated content. User-generated content allows your content to remain fresh, which is one of the factors search engines use to rank one Web site over another with similar authority.
Writing original content and adding user-generated content does not entirely protect you from duplicate content issues. You must protect yourself from others stealing your content because Google cannot algorithmically detect who owns content. Fortunately, tools such as Copyscape are available that help you avoid and prevent duplicate content issues.
Although you should write content for people and not search engines, you should also use proper keyword density throughout each page of your Web site. First, you want to optimize each page of your Web site for no more than one or two target keywords, while at the same time making sure that you do not inadvertently repeat non-target keywords. By using available tools to maximize optimal keyword density, you can incorporate a substantial number of target keywords throughout your content without compromising the naturally flowing aesthetics of the writing.
You should keep in mind a few important content creation principles as you build your Web site. First, search-engine algorithms cannot read text that is included in images. Therefore, always include important text and target keywords that appear in images in text form. You can still use images, but search engines cannot read the text contained within them. Second, when drafting your content you can use a powerful content- creation principleal called latent semantic content, which involves using keywords very similar to your target keywords to enhance the theme and relevance of your page. For example, if your target keyword is “Old Spice,” you can also use words like “deodorant” and “cologne” to enhance the thematic relatedness and relevancy of your page for your target keyword “Old Spice.”
Next up is Chapter 7 – Creating Communities.
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