Over 75% of web users skim the text on a website instead of reading the content word for word.
How can you optimize your text for web readers?
- Write small chunks of text or make lists.
- Create headings and subheadings.
- Write about 50% less than you would on printed material, such as a brochure.
- Italicize or bold key words or ideas.
- Each page on your website needs to serve a specific purpose and have specific content. Don’t clutter your content.
Statistics say web users spend as much as 80% of the time “above the fold.”
First things first!
- Put the most important and keyword-rich information first. This isn’t an essay that needs an introduction before getting to the “meat” of the content.
- Avoid incredibly long pages of content. Most people are not going to read it!
Search engines need to know what your business is all about!
What good is your website if no one can find it?
- Anticipate what customers and potential customers will search to find you!
- Use geographic key terms as well as traditional key terms about your business.
- Make a keyword list before writing your web content.
- Extra tip: Update your content frequently! Search engines wants to know your business is still around!
The web is an active medium! Keep your user engaged!
Web users are fickle. They go from web page to web page and usually have something specific they are looking for.
- Predict what your customer will want to get from your website and be precise in providing that information to them.
- Write actionable content. That is, content that allows for action to be taken.
- Use contextual links. These are links within your content that link to other pages on your website or blog. Whenever you write “contact us,” link to the contact page.
Keep an appropriate tone and use effective language!
Don’t eliminate potential customers.
- Keep in mind that most of your website visitors aren’t experts in your field; try not to use too much technical jargon.
- Use simple language and short sentences.
- Avoid cliches, sarcasm, or sayings as it may confuse some.
- Use active verbs.
- Be personal and direct. Keep a conversational tone rather than a formal one.
- Extra tip: Remember to check your site content for spelling and grammatical errors. This will give you less credibility!
If you need help writing effective, search engine friendly content for your website, contact us on our site or give us a call at 478-390-6770!