There is a lot of competition out there; 43% of B2B marketers say blogging is their most important type of content. The question is: how can you organically grow blog traffic and stand out from the rest? It’s not as hard as it sounds, but it will require your commitment.
Let’s begin with, what is organic traffic?
Organic traffic is when you naturally obtain the attention from your audience. Put time and care into creating your blogs and execution, and you’ll see a difference.
Follow our four steps and you’ll be on your way.
You’ll want your readers to want to click on your blog by using catchy headlines. Intrigue them to find out more before they’ve gotten an understanding of what your blog is about.
Use the following to write a memorable title:
Once they have clicked the blog, they still might not read it through thoroughly. 43% of people admit to skimming blog posts due to their short attention spans. Therefore, keep your blog between 700-1000 words. Now that they are reading, you want to keep their attention! Create quality content to organically obtain traffic to your blog. Check out our blog How Quality Content Can Help You Lead the Battle to get some tips.
Tip: Another way to keep readers engaged and interested, is to use statistics and lists. Studies show that blog posts with statistics improves consumer trust, and lists are the best format for reading engagement.
The only reason why you should be posting blogs is to inform your readers on what they are interested in. To empathize with your audience, you’ll want to understand their needs and what problems they encounter. From this you can create good content that your readers are wanting. Find the problems that they got, so that you can provide them with a solution.
Ways to empathize with your audience:
You’ve probably heard this a million of times, keywords are vital for search-engine-optimization. But, don’t just use the most popular keywords, use the ones that are specific to your product or service that have a low search volume.
Why should you care about long-tail keywords?
By using them search engines will be able to identify your blog as a destination for your subject. Focus on your niche topic to stand out from the others while simultaneously targeting your users and increasing organic traffic. Once you have chosen a keyword, you want to add it to post title, subheading, and in the blog itself.
Make use of your social media platforms and promote your content. Post about your new blog on your own socials, but the best way to advertise is to have influencers share it on their pages. When other people recommend your blog, it’s more likely for people to engage as they trust the content. Make sure your content is shareable by adding share buttons to your site. Check out our blog, 5 Simple Content Marketing Tips for Entrepreneurs, to learn how to make a great content plan for your blogging.
Social media shouldn’t just be used to share your content, it is an opportunity to connect and engage with your audience. Once you begin engaging with your readers, you’ll foster a stronger community around your blog. This will make them come back for more of your content as they will have a memorable experience. It might be time consuming, but it will be worth it to grow your blog organically.
There are plenty of other ways to increase your reachability, but we chose our top four tips that you can easily integrate!
Before we begin, do you know what SEO is? Read our blog, SEO 101: A Guide for Beginners to warm up and get a clear understanding of the basics.
Using the wrong keyword is one of the most common mistakes made in SEO. You can’t neglect the preferences of search engines and users. The way to reach your audience is by understanding and using the words that they use to refer to your products and services.
There is such a thing as using the incorrect keyword.
You’ll want to choose one that has relevance to your subject and will help your SEO. Conduct keyword analysis first to find out if it will have good results and will reach your potential customers. It should come across naturally in the URL, the title of the page, and your content. If there aren’t any relevant purpose to the content or the website, then you know it’s the wrong one.
We've only covered a tiny section on how to choose the correct keyword. Check out MOZ's blog post on Keyword Research to get a detailed description on where to begin.
To get the most of SEO, you’ll want to include a mixture of internal and external links on your page. Don’t fill your page with random links but use well-ranking websites with reputations to improve your content quality. Internal linking will bring people to relevant content on your website and will encourage them to stay longer on your website.
Tip: Avoid using “click here” as an anchor text strengthen it by using words that will teach the reader how it will be beneficial to them. This also improves SEO as search bots will know what the link is about.
Did you know that your Google business reviews have a huge influence on your business’ local SEO? By simply increasing the number of Google reviews with your specified keywords, you can see an increase in visibility of your website. You will want to take advantage of this and encourage your clients to leave Google reviews! Read our blog post on How Google Reviews Help SEO to get a better understanding and tips on how to optimize your SEO.
We are surrounded by content noise when we scroll through our social media feeds, and by publishing non-original content you will just be part of that noise. Publish interesting and valuable content that will set you apart from others. The goal is to provide real value content to your visitors. Your focus should be addressing their needs by crafting relevant content, and SEO should take care of itself.
Remember that you are creating content for people, not for robots. You want to make your content easy to read and follow:
Eager to know more tips on how to create quality content? Read our blog How Quality Content Can Help You Lead the Battle.
Once you’ve chosen a target keyword in your articles, you’re not done with optimizing your content. Fixing your page titles and adding meta descriptions are important for search engines when they are crawling your website. If these optimizing factors are properly done, they can improve the performance of your content.
Once your content is published, you’ll also want to optimize it on social media to get the attention of users, specifically of those that have a significant online presence. Create relationships with the appropriate influencers to get noticed by your target audience and by search engines. Use their credibility to promote your content.
Forgetting to track progress is one of the most common mistakes! You can’t improve your SEO if you disregard the numbers. Google Analytics is a useful tool to measure your analytics and to see how your optimization is working for the various content and strategies you are using. Get into the habit of regularly checking your analytics and tweaking your strategy if nothing converts.
It doesn’t matter how many SEO blogs you read, you’ll make a mistake now and then. We hope that you can learn from these common mistakes’ others have made and avoid them in your own efforts.