Content Page Optimization Checklist
Assign Content to a Writer and Web Developer
Once the content type and purpose are determined, it has to go over to a writer. The writer conducts research and establishes what’s currently ranking for a given topic. The writer then creates a cohesive piece of content. Once the writing is complete a web developer will get involved. She has to load the content onto the website, find relevant images and make sure the image does not affect site speed.
We want the writer to write in the most natural form and then we will come on top of the writer and make sure that we are putting the items in there to help with the, let’s say technical SEO.
So the keyword subject should be used at the beginning of the article and then it should be sprinkled throughout the rest of the article. Whenever we can make the keywords bold, where it makes sense, you always want to use logic.
Content length is important but doesn’t blather if you don’t have to. It’s more important to make sure you thoroughly address the subject than it is to make sure you have 1,000 words. If you can address the subject in less than 1,000 and you feel like you’ve done a better job than the content that’s out there then you’ve done what you’ve needed to do. So you don’t always have to focus on those 1,000 words.
Internal and External Linking
We want to make sure that content is internally linked; meaning there’s probably other content on your website that is related to the current content. We want to make sure that we’re providing a link from one piece to another piece. On that same topic, we also want to provide external links. It’s okay to link to other sources if they’re good resources. It’s not going to hurt you, in fact, it can help you.
URL Structure Tells the Story
Next, we’re going to look at the URL structure. So this is going to be up at the top and the structure that we use in order to fill that URL, we want to make sure that that matches the H1 tag. Then right-click and hit View Page Source, then we want to go to control F and H1 and we can see what’s the H1 that we are using. We can do the same thing for Title Tags and we can go in there and put title. Now we only have one H1 but you can have multiple H2s and we want to write it like a story. So we want the title of the book. We want the title of the chapters as one H1 and then the titles of the chapters are going to be your H2.
Visual Considerations – Break it Up
You’ll see visually here we’re breaking this up. We have made sure that images have alt tags, they are carrying the keywords that go along with that page. We’re making sure that people get visual cues from the content through bolded or listed content and as well as well placed graphics. People might not want to read your content, but they might want to quickly skim for specific information so you want to make sure you make it easy for them. In our particular example here we actually have the video right here as well. This is an example of where we took and made a video and then we turned it into a blog post and then we sent out an email on that blog post.
Categories, SEO for a Blog
Once that content gets completed, if it is a blog post, a couple of other things to consider. Make sure that you have a category indicated for your post. So you should only have one category per blog post. Keep SEO in mind. There should be categories that people would want to see.
You can see on our website we’ve actually already divided up the categories. So these are the categories that we write about which are actually typically services we offer. There’s more that we offer but we have content that’s related to those and so for us, you can click on those right there and you can lead right down to the content that is about that.
Publish but Don’t Bury the Blog
The worst thing you can do is publish all this content on your blog and have it buried in your blog where people can’t find the information quickly. People should be able to find the content that is in your blog and relate it to a service line or product elsewhere on your blog.
Annotate in Google Analytics
Once we have done all that we want to make sure we annotate that in Google Analytics. So, we’re definitely all about data here. We want to make sure that we are making ourselves a task to follow up in three months and see how the content we created is performing. Are we getting anything out of it? Are we gaining organic traffic? Probably someone in there, we have instantly posted it to social media, so all the organic posting, we might have run an ad against it, we might have sent an email out against it. We might be running Google Ads to it, those are all things in order to promote the content.
Schema and Notify Google
Add schema markup. This is just a technical piece of code that’s telling Google what the information you posted on your website is. Of course, be sure to notify Google through Search Console that we do have this new page.