Take a look at this infographic from Brafton’s Katherine Griwert. It makes a compelling case for the importance of quality content to drive organic traffic.
The trick is in defining quality. Google’s Amit Singhal and other experts aren’t quite as clear on this point, except to say that the search engines are looking for sites that create a “positive user experience” and that the path to that is through quality content.
What I offer my Web content clients is that search engines like the same things that people tend to like. So…
- Keep things short. 250 words is plenty long for anything you might call a page.
- Use bullets, paragraph breaks, bold type and other formatting tools to break up your text. If it looks long, it won’t get read…much less remembered.
- Headlines and subheads are huge. Think of them as if they’re billboards…and your readers are moving 80 miles per hour.
- Tell your story. Readers come to a professional service provider sites to find someone who a) can fix their problem, b) make their lives easier and c) clients will like working with. Consider deploying brief client success stories, what you do other than work and the like.
- Face the client. Make your copy about your client whenever possible and NOT all about you. Not only is client-centric content more engaging, but it will set you way apart from your competition.
PS: A tip of the hat to Larry Bodine for posting this story.