How to Increase your Ranking Using Long Form Content

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There’s been a saying that people nowadays have a shorter attention span due to a variety of reasons including busier schedules, use of phones and more exposure to social media marketing. Many marketers believe that customers are more likely to check your post only if they are in a shorter form.

Many marketers also believe that long contents are less likely to grab the attention of the readers and more likely to bore them. However, this isn’t always true as long-form contents have a lot more benefit compared to short contents.

The advantages of long contents show that you are an expert in your field. It shows potential customers that you’re highly knowledgeable and trustworthy. It can also increase your search engine rankings and improve brand awareness.

What does long-form content mean?

Contents with more than a thousand words are usually known as long-form contents. They can be found in articles and blogs and are written in depth on a specific topic.

Why you need to use long-form contents

There are a few reasons why long contents are now becoming more favoured compared to short materials. They also have a higher impact in today’s market. Users are also becoming smarter as more and more users are looking for answers on the internet. It’s also the reason why long-term keywords are becoming more popular.

Users are also looking for contents that will benefit them and increase their knowledge. As a content creator, you would need to produce detailed contents that are useful and at the same time helps improve your ranking and conversion rate.

The reason why long-form contents can help increase SEO is that readers are more likely to stay on your site longer and Google uses this information to determine the quality and trustworthiness of your website. Furthermore, long contents can attract more backlinks and shares which helps increase backlink and further brand awareness.

Using Google Analytics to Improve your Website

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Many web users are taking advantage of the free Google Analytics tool. But what is the hype all about? Well if you’re  a business owner, the tool can help with tracking the overall state of your website. It can even provide you with further detailed statistics that you can use to improve your website.

As much as Google Analytics can provide you with a vast amount of data regarding the performance of your website, some of you may feel overwhelmed especially if you are new to using this tool. Don’t make the same mistakes as others who gave up on this tool as Google can provide you with valuable information that can be used to improve your website. To help you use Google Analytics, we’ve provided some tips below.

Find out which content is most popular

To find out your most popular content in Google Analytics simply click on Behaviour, Site Content and All Pages. It will provide you with a data of each of your contents and tells you which content attracts more people. Now that you can see your most popular contents, it may be ideal to create a content similar to this to attract more traffic to your website. You can even highlight this content and make it easily accessible for your visitors.

Find out where your traffics are from

To find out where your traffics are coming from simply click on Acquisition, All Traffic and Channels. Here you’ll see the number of traffics coming from different channels including referral, direct, social, email, organic search and others. This is useful for finding out which channel you need to improve on to increase your traffic.

Find out what devices people are using to visit your website

You can find out which devices people are using by clicking on Audience, Mobile and Overview. Google recently launched the ‘Mobilegeddon’ which introduces how your mobile-friendly website can increase your search rankings on mobiles. So with the Mobilegeddon in place, it’s important to find out where your visitors are coming from. Let say that half of your visitors are using their mobiles to surf your website then you are more likely to decide on adopting a responsive design for your website.

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Why You Still Need An SEO Company In 2017

It has been speculated in the last few years (and in fact, for even longer) that search engine optimisation (SEO) as a service industry is on the verge of being killed off. The logic behind this assumption is based on the fact that search engines are becoming too sophisticated to be fooled by simple tricks and techniques, so websites can’t rank higher on organic results pages just because they’re following the advice of their SEO company.

However, this is actually not the case. In reality, all that has happened over those last few years is the focus of search engines, and therefore that of SEO providers, has changed. Meta data, website statistics and other quantitative information which used to be extremely highly weighted in Google’s algorithm are no longer very relevant. Instead, new priorities have been introduced which focus much more on the qualitative aspects of website structure, design and content.

For this reason, we would argue that SEO services still have a lot to offer for businesses in 2017. Even for those people who think they have mastered optimisation for search engines over the years, you need to remember that things are always changing. Only a professional SEO consultancy firm can actually keep you fully up to date with the latest trends and let you know which old-fashioned approaches you need to drop, while you’re busy managing other aspects of your business.

What techniques are now out of date?

Originally, the first SEO companies used relatively simple methods to get websites ranked higher on search engines. These methods were not widely known, but they worked in almost all cases for that reason, since search engines were nowhere near as sophisticated as they are today and their algorithms were relatively easy to figure out.

After a few years, many techniques that originally worked in a website’s favour started to be classed as “black hat” techniques because they allowed those sites to trick their way to the top. Google and its peers recognised that they needed to prioritise quality results in order to maintain their long term success, so they started to gradually penalise techniques. Some of these simply have no effect on your SEO but make your site worse for users. Techniques you need to abandon include the following…

Lists or blocks of keywords with no additional content

  • Excessive links on internal pages
  • External links from low-quality or spam sites
  • Copying and pasting duplicate text from other sources
  • Hidden keywords or other text on your website
  • Exchanging meaningless links with other sites
  • Sacrificing design or content for rankings

A great website is vital

If you want to increase your online sales in 2017 and beyond, the overall quality of your website is extremely important. The basics of early-2000s SEO will not be enough to get your site ranked or to get more people engaging with your brand online. It’s important that you understand your customers’ journeys, how they interact with your brand and what factors can set you apart from your competition.

An SEO company today will not just be focused on positions and metrics like they might have ten years ago. An increased emphasis in the industry has gradually been placed on actual business success, because this is what you really need to be chasing. You can expect your service not just to focus on technical aspects, but conversion strategy too. Everything is connected to your optimisation because you need to create a seamless journey for your customer every time.

Is content still king?

We have been hearing the phrase “content is king” for well over half a decade in the SEO industry. Early adopters of this approach found themselves more successful than their peers who were still using outdated SEO techniques like the ones listed above.

The simple phrase itself, however, does not explain how to go about implementing a successful content strategy. It certainly doesn’t provide a shortcut that saves you from needing an SEO company. Content that works for your users is not something you can throw together in a few minutes for the sake of SEO, it has to genuinely work.

Google is looking for valuable content and trying to work out how your content relates to people searching for a given keyword, and that’s not just about how many times the exact keyword appears in the text (although this still matters). Search engines are looking for content that matches at least most of the following criteria:

  • Structured logically
  • Easy to understandable
  • Formatted appropriately
  • Headers used correctly
  • Graphics and video embedded
  • Relevant internal or external links
  • Helpful and actionable
  • Relevant to keywords
  • Relevant to the rest of the site
  • Recently added

Most of these factors will directly contribute to the chances of people taking a genuine interest in your content and spending longer on your website. This is how Google is able to judge the more subtle, qualitative aspects of your content. For that reason, any SEO company worth your time will be willing and able to guide you through the basics of getting your content up to the required standard. They should also offer optimised writing services to help anyone with limited time or knowledge to write good quality content.

What else can my SEO company do?

Of course, the exact services offered by any individual SEO provider will vary significantly. Budget providers typically provide a simpler service, perhaps based more on consultancy and making recommendations rather than spending the time doing the work. At the higher end of the market, it’s more likely that you would be paying for SEO technicians to complete all the necessary work on your website to make sure it’s all up to the necessary standard.

A few of the services you might expect from a typical SEO company include the following:

  • Keyword research and strategy
  • Competitor analysis
  • Technical analysis of your website
  • Optimisation of titles, tags and so on
  • Content development and placing keywords
  • Google Local search optimisation
  • Position tracking on your chosen search engines
  • Help and advice about more ways to gain traffic

Your chosen provider should be able to offer a service that suits you, as long as you have the budget for it. In the end most businesses find that the investment is worthwhile, and we expect that this trend will continue as long as businesses on both sides of the market continue to adapt to changing conditions and trends.