SEO for Rookies #2 – “What should I write?”

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Most small business owners glaze over when asked to “write a blog post for their website.”  

Today I’ll make it easy to understand exactly “what to write.”

Quick review:

  • A blog post is like a magazine article that sits on your website.
  • If a person is searching for answers on Google, and your blog post does an excellent job explaining the subject, Google delivers your blog post to the searcher.  This is much like when your grandmother snail-mails an article she knows you’ll like.
  • Getting people to your blog is good because you now have a potential customer on your website (and not your competitor’s).
  • Google does not charge you to deliver your blog to searchers.  Google is in the business of delivering the best search results to their searchers; if your blog post is the “best answer” to a searcher’s Google query, Google happily offers up your blog post to the searcher on the first page.

Wait, what’s in it for Google?

  • Google’s “world-class search experience” keeps searchers returning to Google and away from other search engines.
  • The more people who start their searches on Google, the more Google can charge for its paid ads to small businesses. But remember, paid ads aren’t what we’re talking about here.

But why can’t my SEO agency write my blog posts?

You should write your website posts and have your SEO agency edit your words to optimize them for SEO because:

1. You know your business

2. You know the jargon, the vernacular, and the subtleties of your business and the local area.

3. A writer without your expertise is much less skilled in writing anything nuanced enough to rank high on a Google search.

4. The best a freelancer or SEO agency could do is re-write information that’s already on the web. And Google does not reward this type of writing.

Google tends to reward skilled and nuanced perspectives that offer a peek into the mind of someone out there grinding in the day-to-day of their industry.

Upholsterer working on a chair

No freelance writer could write about upholstery better than this guy.

Nuanced, specific, original writing has a better chance of ranking high on search results than content written by a non-expert and swiped from the bowels of the web.

So while a freelance writer at your SEO agency could easily rewrite information from other sources about upholstering a sofa, a person who actually upholsters sofas could write about the intricacies of the thread they use, the stitching they prefer, and how they like to finish off the underside of the furniture with a different type of cloth.

Deciding what to write for your small business website:

I use two rules of thumb when deciding what to write on my website.

  • Choose a subject your customers ask you about over and over. Remember, if your customers ask you questions, they also ask Google those same questions.
  • Prioritize subjects that are associated with your high-value products. For example, writing articles about painting epoxy floors in large warehouses is more lucrative than painting front doors. Eventually, you can break this rule when you’ve published a lot, but start with high-dollar-value subjects first.

My next post will center on exactly “how” to write a blog post, especially if you “can’t/won’t or hate to write.”

Read my other “SEO for Rookies” posts here.

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