How to Write an SEO-Focused Content Brief Your Writers Will Love

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Posted by KameronJenkins Tell me if this sounds familiar: As an SEO Manager, you’re responsible for growing your company’s organic search traffic. You’re working with your dev team on some technical improvements, but you notice a big slice of the opportunity lies with content. Your company has a content team, but you notice they’re not using keyword research to inform their articles. You’ve tried to send them keyword ideas, but so far, they haven’t been receptive to your suggestions. Or how about this scenario? You’re a marketing director at a startup. You know that you need content, but don’t have the expertise or time to do it yourself, so you ask your network for recommendations and find yourself a freelance writer. The only problem is, you’re not always sure what to assign them. With little instruction to work off of, they produce content that misses the mark. The solution in both of these scenarios is a content brief. However, not all content briefs are created equal. As someone who lives with one foot in content and the other in SEO, I can shed some light on how to make your content briefs both comprehensive and beloved by your content team. Let’s start by agreeing on some terminology. What’s a content brief? A content brief is a set of instructions to guide a writer on how to draft a piece of content. That piece of content can be a blog post, a landing page, a white paper, or any number of other initiatives that require content. Without a content brief, you risk getting back content that doesn’t meet your expectations. This will not only frustrate your writer, but it’ll also require more revisions, taking more of your time and money. Typically, content briefs are written by someone in an adjacent field — like demand generation, product marketing, or SEO — when they need something specific. However, content teams usually don’t just work off of briefs. They’ll likely have their own calendar and initiatives they're driving (content is one of those weird roles that needs to support just about every other department while also creating and executing on their own work). What makes a content brief “SEO-focused”? An SEO-focused content brief is one among many types of content briefs. It’s unique in that the goal is to instruct the writer on creating content to target a specific search query for the purpose …

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7 Emerging Technologies in SEO and Their Applications

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Posted by AbdulGaniy_Shehu SEO is a dynamic industry. What worked some weeks ago might not work again right now. As an SEO professional, you need to know the latest trends and emerging technologies, to keep up with the ever-changing demand of the industry. That way, you can stay on top of your game and become more efficient in your business. In this post, I’ll share with you seven emerging technologies in the SEO industry and how they impact your work as an SEO expert. Finally, I’ll show you how to apply them in your business for optimal results. If you want to scale your SEO processes in 2021 and beyond, you should watch out for these technologies, and start implementing them in your business right away. 1. Natural Language Processing (NLP) In December 2019, Google officially rolled out the Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers (BERT) algorithm update worldwide. This update …

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Search Intent and SEO: A Quick Guide

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Posted by DawnMacri Understanding search intent can be the secret ingredient that brings your content strategy from okay to outstanding. As an SEO Strategist at a digital marketing agency ( Brainlabs ), we often find clients on the brink of ranking success. They’re sitting on stellar content that simply isn’t ranking for their target keywords. Why? Oftentimes, the keywords and the intent simply don’t match. Here we’ll discuss the different types of search intent, how to determine the best intent for given keywords, and how to optimize for search intent. First–let’s iron out the basics. What is search intent? Search intent (also known as user intent) is the primary goal a user has when searching a query in a search engine. Many times, users are searching for a specific type of answer or resource as they search. Take pizza for example. Searching for a pizza recipe has a different intent …

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How to Stay Creative With an SEO-Driven Content Strategy

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Posted by Caroline-Forsey When I first joined HubSpot's blogging team in January 2018, I loved our writing process. Once a month, we all met in a conference room with a list of ideas on Google Docs which were pitched one-by-one (intricate, I know). The process was extremely creative, iterative, and collaborative. Of course, it was also often a matter of guess-and-check. Plus, brainstorming can be a bit of a selfish process. The ideas I pitched in those meetings, I pitched in part because I wanted to write them and because I was interested in them as a reader. I could only hope our audience would be interested as well. While we developed a pulse for understanding what our readers liked from reviewing top viewed posts from the past, our process didn't enable us to develop content that matched what our potential readers wanted from us. So, just a few months …

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LSI Keywords: What Are They and Why Do They Matter in SEO?

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Posted by JessicaFoster The written content on your website serves to not only inform and entertain readers, but also to grab the attention of search engines to improve your organic rankings. And while using SEO keywords in your content can help you get found by users, focusing solely on keyword density doesn’t cut it when it comes to creating SEO-friendly, reader-focused content. This is where LSI keywords come in. LSI keywords serve to add context to your content, making it easier to understand by search engines and readers alike. Want to write content that ranks and wows your readers? Learn how to use LSI keywords the right way. What are LSI keywords? Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) keywords are terms that are conceptually related to the main keyword you’re targeting in your content. They help provide context to your content, making it easier for readers and search engines to understand what …

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SEO Copywriting: How to Write Content For People and Optimize For Google

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One of the biggest challenges that bloggers and content marketers face is writing content that’s optimized for search engines, yet will also appeal to people. If you want to build your blog audience , you’re going to have to get smarter with your content. The principal way to accomplish this is SEO copywriting. Though SEO may sound complicated, it’s easier than you think; especially if you understand that writing for people, and not search engines , is a best practice. To thrive, your online business must go beyond simply “writing content.” Your content needs to accomplish two goals: solve a particular problem appeal to the end-user (customers, clients, prospects, readers, etc.), How do you create content that meets those goals? How do you create content that ranks well with Google and also persuades people? That’s what SEO copywriting is all about. Don’t worry if you can’t afford an expensive SEO …

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How Does Latent Semantic Indexing Affect SEO

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In SEO, you’ll hear plenty about keywords and how they affect your content rankings. But you don’t hear so much about Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) and the influence it may have on SEO. If you’re not familiar with the term, Webopedia.com defines LSI as an “algorithm used by search engines to determine what a page is about outside of specifically matching a search query text.” More clarification on this is below. When used effectively, LSI can give your rankings a significant boost—and using it in your content may be easier than it sounds. Let’s get started by explaining what LSI keywords are and why they’re important. What are LSI Keywords? Put simply, LSI keywords are terms semantically related to your subject . Each LSI keyword, groups of words, or phrase you use is relevant to the main keyword you’re targeting. But, they’re not always synonyms—LSI also searches for ideas commonly …

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How to Use AI SEO to Improve Your Website

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The internet has become the go-to source for everything from trivia about celebrities to fixing our kitchen sinks. But AI SEO may be changing the way marketers help their sites rank high on search engine results pages (SERPs) . Failure to rank may result in your business missing out on valuable search traffic. Which means far less revenue for your business. For a long time, you could get by with basic SEO strategies. But not anymore. With artificial intelligence (AI) taking over the world, you need to up your game. What does that mean for your SEO strategy? What is AI? Artificial intelligence (AI) is an umbrella term that covers several different technologies, including machine learning (ML), computer vision, natural language processing (NLP), deep learning, and other, still emerging technologies. What’s the point of AI? AI has one principal goal – to perform (often laborious and mundane) cognitive tasks better …

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17 Advanced SEO Techniques for 2020

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This is a list of 17 advanced SEO strategies, techniques and tactics. In fact, these strategies have helped my site bring in 350,973 visitors per month from Google. So if you’re sick of reading the same old beginners stuff (“create great content!”), you’ll really enjoy this list. 1. Rank for “Journalist Keywords” 2. Use Animated Images to Improve Time On Site 3. Create Content Hubs 4. Target Comparison Keywords 5. Use Dynamic Parameters for Pagination 6. Build Backlinks With Podcasts 7. Forge a Content Alliance 8. Maximize SERP Real Estate 9. Embed Original Images In Your Content 10. Optimize Your Content For Keyword Relevance 11. Create a Comments Section On Your Blog 12. Uncover People Also Ask Keywords 13. Add “Content Features” To Your Page 14. Publish Topic + Year Content 15. Get Backlinks From Unlinked Brand Mentions 16. Optimize for Google Discover 17. Find Low-Competition Keywords From Reddit Bonus …

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How to Get Quick Results With SEO Sprints: The DriveSafe Case Study

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Posted by ChristopherHofman Currently, many businesses face challenging times and are moving their SEO budget to disciplines which offer quicker wins. But you can also create instant results with SEO, and it can be done on a small budget even when you are up against bigger players in your industry. In this blog post I will show you my framework to do SEO sprints. I will show you how you can use Google’s ability to index and rank faster to your advantage. Later, you will be presented with a case study, where we used SEO sprints for a chain of opticians. The result: an increase in bookings of vision tests of 73%. But first, let's have a look at the layout on page one of Google (for most queries). Google never took SEOs into account when designing for the user. As a result, their transformation over the last few years …

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Local SEO for Nonprofit Organizations: 5 Tactics to Try Today

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Posted by kellyjcoop Many marketing channels are interruptive by nature, meant to divert attention away from a task, be it reading and replying to emails, perusing articles online, browsing social feeds, listening to the radio, watching TV — the list goes on. SEO is one of the only marketing channels (the only?) that serves to first deliver something, instead of asking before delivering. At its core, SEO is used to deliver helpful content to people actively searching for it. And, it can (and should!) be used to reach target audiences at the local and national level. According to Google , searches for local places without the use of “near me” have grown 150% over the last two years — showing that, when people search, they’re increasingly expecting local results. This creates a powerful opportunity for those organizations primed to take advantage of it. Through the “search and deliver” dynamic of …

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