Why Content Marketing Is Important for Your Business

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How often do you post to social media? Write new blog articles? Create fresh content for your email distribution list?

If you’re like many other small business owners, content marketing is something that’s squeezed into your day – often at the last minute (or sometimes not at all). And it’s no surprise why. Continuously coming up with suitable content to publish and distribute takes time and energy, neither in abundance as a small business owner.

But what if there was a way to write, design, and make great content for your target audience that will generate results – and is doable, no matter how busy you are?

Enter: a content marketing strategy.

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5 Reasons to Refresh Website Copywriting

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For most business owners, your website is your best marketing tool. You use it to attract new traffic from Google, provide further information about your products and services, and direct social media traffic. But only a great website can achieve these goals.

Website design and functionality are important – super important. Without them, brand image, user experience, and marketing metrics can suffer. But in the end, they don’t matter much if web traffic isn’t receiving the information they need from your site – and what makes that happen is effective copywriting.

Wondering if your website copywriting is working as hard as it can be for you? Here are five of the biggest reasons to consider updating your website content.

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4 Benefits of Using WordPress As Your Website Platform

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Unless otherwise requested, we build all of our clients’ websites using WordPress. We’re such strong supporters that we’ve even designed our site using it! Here are some of the major benefits of choosing WordPress as your website platform.

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The Biggest Challenges Faced with Copywriting – and How to Fix Them

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Tell me, how many times has the following happened to you?

After you realize your blog or website needs a refresh, you’re excited to get started. But then you sit down in front of your computer, ready for the creative juices to flow.

Except they don’t.

Instead, you start to feel overwhelmed, confused, and frustrated…eventually leading you to give up. An up-to-date blog or website isn’t that important, you tell yourself.

Except it is.

To see results, a lot of strategizing needs to go into each piece of content that you publish. What topic should you write about? What needs to be done to keep your readers engaged until the end of the article? How should search engine optimization (SEO) be completed for optimal results?

Just like you, we sometimes face roadblocks when writing fresh content, too. The good news for us is that we also know the best way to overcome them! Here are some of the biggest challenges you may face while completing copywriting – as well as our suggested solutions.

Lack of Fresh Content

To keep both visitors and search engine web crawlers coming back to your website, you need to be publishing new content regularly. Consider what is currently being searched on search engines and plan strategic blog and website copy using that information. Otherwise, your content’s not going to rank well (or at all) and your copywriting efforts go to waste.

But knowing what to write about can be tricky! First, you need to have a complete understanding of your brand: What is it that you offer? Why is it important? Who does it appeal to? Spend some time researching your competitors, too – how are they targeting the same audience as you?

Showcase how your product or service can help your target market. Research your customer persona to understand their needs and wants so that you can address them throughout your writing.

Next, decide on your brand’s voice – what writing tone do you want to be used throughout your content? First-person or third-person point of view? Choosing the best one depends on your industry and your target audience.

Then, complete keyword research. Find out what questions and queries are being searched by your target market and brainstorm engaging topics around key terms. In short, solve your target audience’s problems by creating relevant, timely content that answers their questions.

The Solution

Even though you may feel like you’ve run out of new ideas, always ensure that your copywriting never includes plagiarized content. Outsource your copywriting if you’re having difficulty brainstorming fresh topics.

Lack of SEO

You’ve been investing money, time, and energy into your company’s website for a certain reason. More than likely, your goal is to gain better visibility on search engine results pages (SERPs), drive more traffic to your site, and get that traffic to take some form of action. SEO techniques help make that happen.

There are two types of SEO – on-page and off-page. On-page SEO is the practice of optimizing web page content to gain traffic from search engines. Everything from page load speed and proper headline formatting to URL structure and internal linking should be used effectively to increase your site’s on-page SEO.

The act of overusing keywords in content writing (otherwise known as keyword stuffing) was once a successful on-page SEO technique. Now, it can actually produce negative results for a website. Instead, Google favours high-quality, useful content that provides an audience with the answers they’re looking for. Although keywords should still be included, they need to be intertwined naturally throughout your copy.

Off-page SEO refers to the work that’s done off your website to improve its ranking with search engines. Link building is one of the biggest examples of off-page SEO. Other examples include strategic guest blogging, social media marketing, and influencer marketing.

The Solution

The world of SEO changes regularly, so you need to remain up-to-date on best practices. When it comes to writing your website’s content, place importance on creating a great user experience rather than using black hat tactics such as keyword stuffing.

Lack of Proofreading

No matter how well you write, there is always a need for proofreading. First impressions are important and website content that has spelling, grammar, and syntax errors quickly makes a poor one. Plus, these types of errors can make you appear lazy or uncaring about your website’s appearance – when you’re anything but.

Poorly written content can quickly confuse your audience, distracting them from the meaning of your message. Using the wrong word or incorrect punctuation can create misinformation, too, which can lead to missed business opportunities.

Mistakes in your writing are not only unprofessional, but they can make your copy appear as being untrustworthy. And since building brand authority is one of the biggest reasons for blog writing, why would you skip this important step?

The Solution

Although it’s tempting (especially if you’re in a rush to get a piece published), never proofread your copy the same day you create it. Reviewing your writing with fresh eyes can detect more mistakes compared to editing it right after its creation. Even better, have a trusted employee, friend, or family member take a look at it, too. It’s sometimes surprising what your own eyes can miss!

There are many different spell check and grammar programs available (some even free) which are a great place to start when editing your work. But don’t rely on these programs completely for your editing. Although some of the software is quite good, no computer program is perfect. If spelling, grammar and/or punctuation aren’t your strengths, consider hiring a professional copywriter to ensure you only ever publish error-free, quality work.

The Bottom Line

Writing effective content that resonates with your audience and ranks well on SERPs takes a lot of time, skill, and commitment. However, it’s worth the hard work! When done well, copywriting can produce some pretty amazing benefits for your business.

Having difficulty overcoming some of the copywriting challenges discussed in this article? Hire a freelance Toronto copywriter to take care of this important task for you.

4 SEO Tips for Writing a Great Blog Post

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When you hear the words keyword research, backlinking opportunities, meta descriptions and URL structures, do they sound like a foreign language?

As complicated as it may seem, search engine optimization (SEO) is what helps your blog receive the web traffic it deserves. Use our following SEO tips for writing a great blog post!

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Time Management Strategies to Use When Blog Writing

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When you first start your company’s blog, you’re excited! It’s easy to come up with a topic to write about and finding an appropriate image to match the post isn’t a problem.

However, in only a matter of months– or maybe even weeks – you start to realize that blog writing is more difficult than you initially thought. Your well of topics has started to dry up and writing an article is taking you much longer than anticipated.

Sometimes, when the article finally gets completed, you aren’t even sure that anyone else will read it. Even so, you decide to publish it since you don’t want to start over.

Before you give up entirely on your blog writing endeavour, why not hit the refresh button? Use the following time management strategies when writing your company’s blog.

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How to Start a Blog for Your Business

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Housework, exercise and meal prep: For many people, starting is often the most challenging part. Once the procrastination is over, the task typically becomes easier to accomplish.

The same goes for blog writing for your business. In the beginning, it may seem like a daunting mission. But once you make the effort to begin, blog writing isn’t all that bad.

Wondering how to start a blog for your business in the first place? The tips below can help!

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The Top 5 SEO Mistakes You Need to Avoid Doing

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Sure, it’s important to know what you should be focussing on in your SEO strategy, but what’s equally (or possibly even more) important is knowing what you should be avoiding. The world of SEO is tricky – even for us professionals. If you do something that makes Google unhappy, it can be really hard to prove your website worthy of importance again. The best way to stop that from happening in the first place? Avoid the following five SEO mistakes.

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What Is SEO and How Can It Help My Business?

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It can be hard enough keeping up with customer inquiries, payroll and tax filing – but knowing what to do when it comes to SEO? That’s a whole other challenge.

Search engine optimization – more commonly known as SEO – can be a confusing, frustrating and difficult marketing technique for many small business owners to master. And it’s no surprise why. Each year, Google is reported to change its search algorithm approximately 500-600 times, with some of them being major updates that affect SEO methods.

Unless you live, work and breathe SEO, it’s impossible to keep up with the SEO community. But what’s not impossible is having a solid understanding of its foundation. This post should help!

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The Secrets Behind SEO Copywriting

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Although many of our clients have heard of the term “SEO copywriting”, most are still confused by the concept. Questions that we often get from small business owners include: what exactly does SEO mean? why should I pay attention to it? and how can it be incorporated into my company’s copywriting?

We always tell clients that if you want to get found on Google, you need to pay attention to your website’s SEO. Here’s how to incorporate it into your copywriting – and what will happen if you don’t.

What is SEO?

With over 1.8 billion websites on the Internet, small businesses need to do anything they can to stand out from their competition. That’s where search engine optimization (SEO) comes into play.

SEO is a method used to enhance your website’s content so that people can easily find your site using search engines.

When used effectively, SEO can help your website rank higher than other sites that target the same search terms.

How Do I Complete SEO Copywriting?   

When integrating SEO techniques into your copywriting, useful, engaging and valuable content is produced that targets a certain type of customer. The more people that read and share your content on social media platforms and their own blogs, the better your Google ranking will become.

The art of SEO constantly evolves since Google’s ranking algorithms frequently get updated. Besides having a fast download speed, there are six elements that are necessary for effective SEO copywriting:

#1) Captivating Headlines

In only a matter of seconds, your website’s visitors will decide to continue reading past your article’s headline or not. Make sure they do by coming up with an eye-catching, compelling headline that intrigues them to keep reading.

To further increase your website’s click-through rate, keep your headline to under 72 characters. This ensures the entire title will be visible in search engine results.

#2) A Purpose

At one point, crafting effective SEO copy was all about keyword placement. Although keywords can still play an important role in a website’s ranking, it’s more important to create copy that fulfills your audience’s needs.

People use search engines to find answers to their questions or problems. That’s why it’s important to take the time to research and write about topics that your audience wants to know.

Doing so will help search engines produce your website as the answer.

#3) Effective Keyword Research

Complete some keyword research to see what terms your audience is searching in search engines. Including these terms throughout your copywriting can help your SEO results – but do so carefully.

Going overboard and stuffing your copywriting with keywords can actually negatively impact your search result rankings.

#4) An Effective Meta Description

Google produces a list of websites with a short snippet that best matches a reader’s search results. These snippets, referred to as meta descriptions, compel a user to click through to your site or not.

A meta description is comprised of 150-160 characters including spaces or 113 for mobile. It includes a short description of what the page is about and a call to action so that readers are encouraged to visit.

Similar to title tags, if the meta description includes target keywords, they will be bolded in a user’s search query.

Although you may be tempted to duplicate meta descriptions to save time, avoid the temptation. Google will flag these and may use them to negatively impact your search rankings.

#5) Page Links

Google loves when a website includes page links to other information either on your own website or from another website. This shows that your content is valuable!

Try to include page links on your site that flow naturally within the content. If using an outside link, choose to have that website open up in a new window. That way, you don’t drive traffic away from your own website!

Attracting search engine traffic is something that can take a great deal of time and energy. With Google constantly changing the rules for how to effectively integrate SEO into your site, it’s sometimes easier to outsource this task to a professional.

As experts providing copywriting services in Toronto, we know how to write the best SEO copy. Let us do the same for your business!