What to consider when writing SEO content

Posted on March 29, 2010


Many website owners initially decide to write their own content. They may feel quite enthusiastic about the task, but there are questions to be answered honestly before setting out in order to prevent problems later. Can they faithfully observe the rules of grammar, punctuation and spelling? If they are publishing blogs, can they consistently come up with new ideas? Do they truly have passion, a zest, for the written word? Are they able to impart that joy and zing throughout the content? Do their personal voices suit their sites and any potential visitors? If the answer to these questions is not a resounding ‘yes’ it is usually prudent to consider employing SEO copywriters to make sure websites reach their full potential.

Books about writing tend to advise people to read widely and well before picking up their own pens or keyboards, and it can take years to become accomplished. If a website owner makes a snap decision to create content, it is unlikely that the necessary foundations will have been established, leading to writing that is not quite up to scratch.

Writing for the web is different anyway, in many important ways. With the shorter attention spans demonstrated by people reading words on screen there is no need for large pieces of prose and, because readers are skimming through content, it is best to simplify. Although they are often true, such general rules could be inappropriate in some contexts. This is where professional knowledge is useful, and hiring a content writer to do the work will yield positive results.


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