Tips You Need to Make Blog Writing Work for Your Online Business
Your eCommerce business needs a blog. Blog writing is one of the best ways to increase your search engine rankings and drive traffic to your site.
A great deal of content on your website is static. From your product descriptions to your landing page, there is only so much that can change day-to-day and month-to-month. For some eCommerce merchants, there might be few substantive changes to content for an entire year.
Blogs, on the other hand, add fresh content to your site on a consistent basis. This increases the indexed pages on your site and draws Google’s attention to your online store. New content is rewarded with a higher ranking among search results. Blog writing is also a powerful way to incorporate keywords into your site content. This builds your reputation with Google.
So, if your online store does not have a blog, it should. But, as with all digital marketing, blog writing requires strategy and precision to be effective. It is not enough to simply have a blog, you need it to be optimized properly to work for your online business. Want to know the basics to make blog writing work for your eCommerce business, read on!
The Key to this Blog Writing Business
Based on Google’s current algorithm for ranking websites and individual pages, keywords are essential. First, why do we keep mentioning Google and its search rankings? Well, upwards of 35% of search traffic goes to the first website listed on Google. That means garnering that number one position is highly lucrative for an eCommerce company. As well, ranking below your competitors, especially off the first page of results, could be fatal. So, your blog writing needs to play by Google’s rules to help with traffic on your site.
Back to the specifics of keywords. While return and repeat customers might know your exact URL to find your site, it is likely that new customers do not. A lot of your new business could come from people who search for broader topics or your general industry.
For instance, if you sell street savvy athletic clothes, your likely customer is young, fashion forward, urban, and fit. These are all assumptions, but after research likely to be true. If this potential customer is looking for a new clothing brand, he or she is going to search “athlesiure” or “all day athletic clothing” or simply “leggings,” rather than for a specific URL. To capture these shoppers through Google, you need to have these searches as keywords in your web content and on your blog.
Blog writing is an easier place to optimize for keywords than your static web content. First, popular search terms can change, and blogging keeps pace with these changes better. Second, your blog content is updated consistently, which will be noticed by the search engines when it skims for these keywords.
Reach out to an agency, such as 1Digital Agency, if you need more information on the basics of keywords or to identify the optimal keywords for your brand.
Build a Template for Every Post
If you thought the keyword conversation had reached its conclusion, think again. There are a million important points to make about keyword optimization in your blog writing, but this is one of the most important. Not only does it matter if you use keywords in your post, but also placement and frequency are imperative. To get this right, develop a template.
If you are already an avid blogger, consider this strategy going forward, and eCommerce companies new to blog writing should use it from the start. Decide on a keyword to write about. Before you write a word of relevant content, build an outline or a template of your blog post. You can use placeholder language for the template. You want the keyword to appear in the title, heading and subheadings, image alt text, and interspersed through the body of the blog.
To truly optimize content, you want the keyword to appear in multiple subheadings (also called H2 headings) and in the first sentence below the subheading. As well, on-site blogs are favored when the keyword density is between 2% and 4%, including use in all headings, subheadings, and captions.
Creating a visual keeps your blog consistent from post-to-post, and it reminds you of the ideal placement for keywords. Both are helpful when you go to draft the actual content. If you are using more than one keyword for a single post, this tactic is even more beneficial. However, blog writing isn’t all formulaic. You still need to keep readers engaged with compelling content.
The Tricks for Search Engines Are Always Changing
Digital marketers remember a day when ranking in the search results was based on the ability to send a spam campaign and manipulate a bit of code. Those days are long gone, and content marketing is better for it. However, keywords, meta descriptions, and readability didn’t rise to importance in the blink of an eye. These crucial aspects of SEO developed over time, as Google and other search engines tried to improve the user experience on their sites.
In fact, Google is constantly revising its algorithms. It typically inputs modifications or updates to the algorithm every few months, and these changes can disrupt search rankings significantly. Just when a blogger has mastered the current strategy for Google, everything changes again. This is one of the most challenging parts of SEO for blog writing.
Luckily, there are online tools, plugins for your eCommerce platform, and experts in SEO available for guidance and support. At 1Digital Agency we keep up with every move Google makes because we know how important SEO is to our eCommerce clients. Visit our digital marketing page to learn more about our how 1Digital Agency can make blog writing work for your business.
- Natalie Nako
- July 12, 2017
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