SEO Content Optimization: 3 Easy Steps to Get You Organic Visibility!

Apr 5, 2024SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) involves a wide variety of tactics for web owners and marketers to elevate their organic presence. One of the most common and most important SEO tactics is SEO Content Optimization. Most folks know that their content needs to be ideal for search engines but they don’t know where to start and how to properly optimize their content for SEO. This article is a quick guide to help you get started with SEO content optimization!

Before we get too far into the article, it’s also important to note that all content should be written for users/readers not for bots. Google and other search engines are looking for unique content with perspective, not AI generated content that doesn’t provide any value. 

We also have a more detailed article about how to implement Integrated SEO into your overall marketing strategy. Make sure to give that a read too!

1. Choose Top Keywords for Your SEO Content Optimization

For marketing professionals aiming to refine their SEO content strategy, selecting the best keywords is incredibly important. However, you may not have access to all the paid research tools that an SEO professional might have. Don’t worry! You can still do quality keyword research with tools that are free and easily accessible.  

Here’s a simple way to choose the top 2-5 keywords for your content, ensuring it’s both discoverable and engaging. As a reminder, every pages on your website should ONLY target about 2 core keywords with a number of supportive keywords. You do not want one page that speaks to many topics, you want to stay focused on one specific topic. 

Start in Google Search

Begin with a broad Google search using a term that you think captures your topic. Let’s say you want to write a blog post about an aspect of a software that appeals to HR professionals. You may start with “software to help hr pros in hiring” or “HR software”. I suggest trying a few variations and determining which of these variations provide similar results to your site or content. This is likely the best term to use as your starting point.    

This term becomes your foundational keyword, setting the stage for a deeper dive into related terms and queries. Your goal here is to capture the essence of your topic as accurately as possible, serving as that starting point for further keyword exploration.

Use ALL of Google’s Features 

Google offers a ton of features that can be exploited to gather a strong list of keywords to use for your content. Utilizing these resources allows you to gain insights into the search behaviors and interests of your audience:

  • People Also Ask (PAA): This feature shows you related questions and topics, providing a goldmine of ideas for secondary keywords that reflect actual user inquiries. Incorporating these into your content can significantly enhance its reach and relevance.
  • Image Results: The keywords associated with relevant images can offer unique perspectives on your topic. They not only help with optimizing visual content but also in understanding the visual queries associated with your main keyword.
  • Knowledge Panel: Keywords found in the Knowledge Panel are generally high-authority and highly relevant. Integrating these into your content can boost its credibility and SEO performance.
  • Related Searches: This section, located at the bottom of the search results page, showcases alternative search queries. These terms can guide you in understanding broader or tangential interests related to your main topic, enriching your keyword strategy.

Choose Your Keywords

Armed with a broad list of potential keywords, assess their relevance and search volume using tools like Google Keyword Planner (this is a FREE tool!) Select 2-5 keywords that align with your content’s complexity and audience’s search behavior. Aim for a mix that balances high search demand with a level of competition your content can realistically compete in.

1. Integrate Your Keywords in Meta Tags and Headings

After selecting core keywords and supporting terms, the next step in SEO content optimization is to effectively utilize those keywords within your meta tags and headings. 

Meta tags (title tags and meta descriptions) are the Blue Links and Short Descriptions that are shown in Google’s search results. You will not see those on the actual web page other than in the code. 

Headings are seen throughout your content. To properly optimize your content for SEO you need to have well structured content with headings and subheadings that hit the core keywords that you’ve identified. This is absolutely critical for SEO success.

These elements are pivotal for search engines and users alike, helping to determine the relevancy and value of your content. Below, we delve into the best practices for creating meta titles, meta descriptions, and utilizing H1, H2, and H3 tags to enhance your SEO strategy.

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Meta Title (Title Tag) Best Practices

The meta title or title tag is the first impression your content makes on potential readers via search engine results pages (SERPs). To maximize its impact:

  • Be Clear and Concise: Your title should immediately convey the essence of your content, allowing readers to understand the topic at a glance.
  • Incorporate Keywords: Place your most important 1 or 2 keywords towards the beginning of the title to emphasize relevance. This practice improves visibility and search ranking potential.
  • Length Matters: Keep your title between 50-60 characters, including spaces. This length ensures that your title displays fully in SERPs without being cut off.

Meta Description Best Practices

While the meta description does not directly influence search rankings, it plays a critical role in click-through rates (CTRs), enticing users to click on your article. To craft a compelling meta description:

  • Write a Descriptive Summary: Clearly summarize the content’s value proposition, highlighting what makes your article unique and worth reading.
  • Use an Active Voice: Engage readers by using an active voice, making your content sound more dynamic and direct.
  • Include a Call to Action: Phrases like “Read on,” “Learn more,” or “Discover” encourage users to click through to your content.
  • Optimal Length: Aim for a description that is between 150-160 characters to ensure it’s fully visible in SERPs without being truncated.

Headings: The Hierarchy of H1, H2, and H3 Tags

Headings are the backbone of your content’s structure, guiding readers through your article and enhancing its readability and SEO.

  • H1 Tag Usage: Your H1 tag is the title visible on the page and should encapsulate the main topic. Use it to make a strong first impression, ensuring it’s engaging and includes your primary keyword. Remember, only one H1 tag should be used per page.
  • H2 and H3 Tags for Subheadings: Break down your content into digestible sections with H2s and further details with H3s. These subheadings help organize your content, making it easier for readers to scan and for search engines to understand the hierarchy and relevance of your information.
  • Keywords and Conciseness: Incorporate your selected keywords into your headings whenever natural. Keeping headings concise and to the point enhances clarity and focus, both for readers and search engines.

Are you a marketer looking to improve your SEO game. Check out our content brief guide to improve your content strategy today!

3. Create Great Content with the Structure 

The hard work of discovering the right keywords and creating a great structure with headings is done. Now you just have to write! (That’s the easy part! Ha!) I find that once I have a SEO-based content outline, writing does get much easier. You want to make sure to adhere to that outline and include your chosen keywords naturally throughout. There is no need to overly stuff keywords or force term X number of times. Just write helpful content that your readers will find valuable with the integration of key phrases throughout.

I can’t emphasize enough that SEO content optimization is not about appealing to bots or algorithms but rather making your content GREAT for readers. You’ll find the most amount of SEO success when content is driven by SEO research but is written by humans for humans!

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