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September 6, 2017

6 Ways to Gain Organic Traffic With Content

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After the most recent Google algorithm update, it’s no wonder most SEO specialists are puzzled. So are most of the copywriters.

Where do we go from here?

Do we have any chance to get our new website to rank?

How can we fight big brands or competitors who have been in the industry for years?

All these (and many more) are questions I heard from my agency’s clients after I told them we needed to re-evaluate our content strategy.

So yes, I can understand the panic even though it’s not in my nature. I’m a digital marketer by trade, so planning is in my nature.

I went back to the drawing board and came up with individual plans for my agency’s clients. While they are each personalized for their respective industries, they do have some things in common.

Here are some of those things:

6 ways to up your content game and get more organic traffic

If you’re a regular on SiteProNews and have read some of my articles here, then you must already know that I never advocate for vanity metrics. In my opinion, traffic is irrelevant if it doesn’t lead to actual revenue.

Thus, every SEO and content plan I create has ROI in mind first and foremost. Traffic is a means to get there, not the end goal.

This is what I do to make sure the traffic my clients get is relevant to their business in the dawn of the new “Google era”:

1. Create more content

One 500-word article per month no longer cuts it. You need long form content if you want to get ahead and boost your rankings. And you need it frequently and regularly.

Forty-one percent of content marketers agree their efforts have brought ROI. The fact that both B2B and B2C companies strive to create more content is not a coincidence. It’s today’s norm.

A constant flow of great content brings a constant flow of targeted organic traffic. In turn, that traffic turns into business opportunities.

It’s a seemingly simple equation, but we all know that creating great content is not exactly a walk in the park for everyone. When I hire new SEO copywriters for my agency, I always ask them to come up with a brief content plan for boosting an imaginary client’s ROI.

Those that tell me they just follow instructions and insert keywords fail instantly. I don’t need them to be marketers. I just need them to have a marketing or a growth hacking mindset. If they don’t, this will be shown in the copy they write, no matter how impeccable it is from a grammar point of view.

2. Create better content

What does that mean besides the marketing angle I discussed above, you ask?

Offer your readers something valuable. That’s it!

Your marketing angle is important. But offering actual value is crucial. Depending on your niche, that value can be information, entertainment or inspiration.

Whatever it is, it needs to be your main focus. So, before you sit down to write, make sure your research is thorough. Think about the right tone of voice to appeal to your buyer persona and about coming up with a fresh angle.

You see, search engines are advocating for people today. They can easily spot an article that offers no real or new information. And they will bring down its rankings.

As long as your customers find the articles valuable, so will search engines. And, if you come to think about it, as long as you can produce valuable content, you’re in for a double win.

3. Target long-tail keywords

You will never rank for ice cream. And why would you want to? But you could easily rank for best ice cream shop in West Melbourne.

Again, this is the type of traffic that brings the best of both worlds: organic traffic and customers. It’s important to be realistic and set your expectations right when you do keyword research.

This is one of the mistakes that most business owners and even SEO experts do most frequently: targeting keywords that are both irrelevant and hard to rank for.

4. Use LSI keywords

LSI (or Latent Semantic) keywords are terms related to your main keywords. Not synonyms, though. They help Google pinpoint the exact topic of your article.

For the ice cream example above, we could have: vanilla ice cream, chocolate, mint chocolate chip ice cream, all-natural ice cream and so on.

You can read more about LSI keywords and their importance for your SEO strategy here.

5. Use outbound and inbound linking

I’m sure you already know about the importance of inbound linking: connecting your blog posts between each other through links strengthens their relevance for certain keywords in Google’s eyes.

But what about outbound linking? Why would you want to link to someone else’s website and help them gain more traction?

Here’s why: if you link to high-DA websites, you tell Google you’ve done your research. Better yet, you tell Google you’ve analyzed a problem from multiple angles. And that is exactly what Google needs to deem your piece of writing relevant and boost your rankings.

6. Create great headlines

Sometimes, you will spend more time creating a good headline than the rest of the article. And that’s perfectly OK.

Why? Because 80 percent of readers never get past the headline anyway. When you create great headlines that have the potential to go viral, you stand a chance at getting more than 20 percent of those who see them to actually click on them and read the rest of your copy, too.

And, as you know, traffic attracts more traffic. Plus, if you share them with the right social media crowd, you might even get a lead or two out of a great headline!

Organic traffic and quality content go hand in hand

Thinking about hiring that guy who promised to deliver articles (SEO-friendly, of course!) for $50? Think again!

The reason why the cost of copywriting services has soared so high is because getting traction with Google and potential customers has gotten harder and harder. If you offer anything but exceptionally good content, both Google and your readers will penalize you.

In a nutshell: if you want organic traffic, don’t write for search engines. Write for the people who use search engines to find great content.


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Adriana Tica is an expert marketer and copywriter, with 10 years in the field, most of which were spent marketing tech companies. She is the CEO of Idunn, a digital marketing agency that helps clients all over the world with copywriting, social media marketing and marketing strategy. Follow her blog here: http://idunn.pro/blog.

13 Responses to “6 Ways to Gain Organic Traffic With Content

    avatar SEO Canada says:

    Nice!!!
    I saw a similar article on backlinco a few weeks ago.

    Thanks for sharing.

    avatar RS Pandey says:

    Very informative article about new concepts to draw traffic after google update of its algorithm.
    Thanks.

    avatar Raman says:

    Thank you for sharing great post. I believe that content is king in SEO, also long and local keywords are very good to get google ranking..

    avatar Andrea Torti says:

    Also, I’d add

    7) Repurpose your content

    Re-hashing it under different forms extends its lifespan and makes it available to different audiences.

    avatar Adriana Tica says:

    Andrea,

    You are absolutely right. Repurposing content is a great way to get more traction with very little effort.

    avatar adam says:

    it’s no wonder most SEO specialists are puzzled. So are most of the copywriters.

    avatar nick sharpe says:

    I’m here to testify- my web customers who follow a content strategy get better ROI than those that don’t. And “Fiver” don’t cut it anymore.
    the proof is in the pudding.
    This article is def a share!
    How can one client get (slightly) lower serp (for PKW) but more traffic that the top guy in his niche?
    By doing what Adriana just outlined.
    Now, I gotta do it… 😉

    avatar Rob Fermin says:

    A heads up for my article to write today. Thank you very much.

    Great tips to get backlinks from content marketing.

    avatar minicart.in says:

    Content is King. Thank-Q for the great tips.

    avatar Matt says:

    Using some other sites such as Medium, Growth Hackers and Quora to demonstrate your expertise is also a good tip.

    avatar D2G says:

    I think the key is to post the content on High Authority website or blog. Content will certainly be great quality if that is approved in high domain blogs or websites

    avatar Yogesh P says:

    Awesome post. I am struggling with this at the moment, so thank you very much.

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