Guest Post: The Importance of Web Content

You’ve done all the right things to draw your target market to your online presence. You’ve optimized your website for Google Maps so you show up in location-based searches. You’ve dropped the right keywords in the right places to ensure a high ranking on organic search results. You’ve invested in Google AdWords or a similar SEO-based advertising campaign to make sure you appear on your prospects’ search destinations. And now you’re developing a strong online brand through social media such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and their rapidly proliferating kin. Your prospects respond to your brilliant strategies by flocking to your website to learn more.

Now comes the final step — keeping those shoppers on your site long enough to turn them into buyers.

Strong website content can help you get the best return on your online branding investment. You must stop visitors in their tracks within their first few seconds on your site to still that mouse hand. Exciting copy, vivid images, and easily navigated pages are all crucial to viewer retention — they’re the online equivalent of a TV announcer yelling, “Don’t touch that dial!”

How do you grab your new friends’ attention within those first few critical seconds?

Well, if you’ve taken your SEO seriously up to this point, then you already have one big advantage — keywords and key phrases. If your prospects are using these terms in their searches, then you can already guess what kind of verbiage pushes their buttons. Use those terms, by all means, but use them sensibly. Larding your text with keywords, with no concern for flow or eloquence, may enhance your search results, but the resulting clumsiness in the writing may cancel out any gain. Drawing more visitors to a poorly written website isn’t likely to boost business.

Even when the writing is perfect, watch out for other little slip-ups that can lessen your website’s overall impact. Consider the humble hyperlink, for instance. Links are great for guiding your reader to the next stage of the sale — and links written in detailed, targeted language can improve your Google-readiness. But drop a compelling link into the first sentence of your Home page copy, and you can forget about your visitors reading anything below that link — they’ve already been whisked away to another page. Don’t upstage yourself.

Finally, make sure your written message is consistent across all your online media. Your website, your tweets, your LinkedIn profile — everything you do online should form one congruent, powerful statement about what your company stands for. Once you get all your marketing tools supporting each other, you’ll be able to truly leverage the awesome power of the Internet for future business success.

William Reynolds is a freelance copywriter based in Austin, Texas who specializes in web content, print-marketing copy, radio/TV commercial scripts, and ghostwritten articles for corporate clients nationwide. His writing samples and other information can be viewed at

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