Writing for SEO: Simple Tips to Write for Humans While Keeping Search Engines Happy

If you’ve ever run across a keyword-stuffed page, your first thought might be, “Why would anyone publish garbage content like this?” This is bad SEO writing and should be avoided at all costs.

HOWEVER, search engines are not people and those keywords found in many low-quality SEO articles help search engines to determine what a given web page is all about. Luckily, there is a happy medium.

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Following are two “tricks of the SEO writing trade” I use all the time to write good content for readers, while giving search engines what they need to rank my sites well.

1. Write Like People Talk: Many writers take pride in their skill. And that’s as it should be. But, using “big words” and twist of phrases only confuses search engines. So, write like people talk. Let me use an example to illustrate.

When I was in New York last month, some friends and I went a karaoke bar in my old neighborhood (on 44th and 10th Ave by the way if you live in NYC).

My friend didn’t say to me, we’re going to . . .

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SEO Help: Niche Domination — How to Get on the Front Page of Google without Spending a Dime

In yesterday’s post on InkwellEditorial.com, I talked about how to repurpose your SEO content to get more web traffic (and sales). Today, I wanted to offer just a little bit more insight before closing the door on this subject for now.

To dominate, you must go wide and deep.

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I went over a few places to distribute your content after it’s been written – all of them free and all of them effective. It’s how I drive traffic to my sites and helps me with my freelance writing ebook and ecourse sales.

In fact, I rarely spend money to market my products and services online. Outside of the few Google AdSense campaigns that I’ve run and a few inexpensive ads I place on high-traffic freelance writing websites, all of my income is generated from free online marketing methods.

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Here, I want to tell you about one more I didn’t mention in yesterday’s in-depth post. It’s helped me get on the front page of Google in several niches I dominate. See graphic below for proof, then learn how/why I did it.

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Writing for SEO: With 30,000 to 100,000 Websites Going Live Every Day — Here’s How to Make Sure Yours Is Getting Found

In early March, I received the following email from a writer who read this post, SEO Writing Tip: Why I Write with Google’s Keyword AdWord Tool Open at All Times. She wrote:

Yuwanda, I just read your above article. For the last year and a half I have been writing a career column for a non-profit. People have been finding the article (they have been e-mailing me at my website which is linked to article) telling how much they enjoy the column, seeking writing or job related advice, etc.

Question: should I be using keywords with my articles and how will that help me as a freelance writer, direct more traffic to my own site? I am working on a third book (non-business) and need to up my game, create book hype, etc.

Sometimes, I forget that because my head is in SEO day in and day out, not everybody else’s is. So here, I wanted to address this – a basic SEO writing issue.

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In answer to her question, yes, in my opinion you should always write for SEO, which means identifying and using keywords in all of your articles and doing a myriad of other things that help drive traffic to your site.

It’s no longer enough to write good content to succeed on the web these days. Experts say that 30,000 to 100,000 new websites are published every day. How in the world will yours get found – even if it has the greatest content in the world?

Unless you have a lot of money to put into online marketing, you’re going to have to break out the sweat equity. This means that you must, must, must get in the habit of “writing for SEO,” so to speak – eg, doing keyword research, writing search-engine optimized copy, consistently doing article marketing, distributing content via social media outlets like Twitter, etc.

This is why I call my SEO company an “SEO writing AND distribution” firm for, once you write your content using search engine optimization guidelines, it has to be distributed in order to drive traffic and sales.

Now that you have a better understanding of why to write for SEO, here’s some detailed info on how to go about it. Employ these tactics consistently, and you will get more website traffic. I guarantee it.

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How to Land More Clients by Making Your SEO Writing Stand Out from Others

Today’s post was inspired by a question sent in from a freelance writer who is just sticking her toes in the waters of SEO writing.

She brings up a couple of issues I faced myself when I first started writing SEO copy, so I figured it was a good one to address in this post.

To give some background. This freelancer had written in that she was about to be laid off and she was stepping up her efforts to become a freelance writer.

Her comment (below) was one featured in a post I wrote after receiving a few emails from those laid off or about to be laid off. Her comment was:

. . . gettin laid off in 2 weeks. It’s crunch time. but w/your [SEO and freelance writing] tips I’m not worried. Thnx 4 your value!

This brings me to today’s post. She wrote:

Thanks again for answering my questions about Content Crooner [I gave her some article marketing advice] and giving me support w/ my recent lay-off. It’s scary and exciting at the same time. However, I know if I keep following your steps I will be fine.

Anyway, the reason why I am writing is because I wanted to know how can I differentiate my writing from others on the web. (emphasis added) I don’t know if this appeals to other writers as well, but my dilemma is I feel like I am just regurgitating information. For example, I am in the middle of doing research for an article for one of my clients, and it is about [detoxing].

However, when I do research I get different articles with similar content from different authors. I am wondering how can I make my article stand out so it won’t be a re-hashed article. My client seems to love the articles I write for her, however, I feel I can do much better. But I think I am being too hard on myself, when I send the articles I cringe thinking that she is going to tell me to revise, revise, revise, but that’s far from the case. She thinks that I am the best researcher in the world and knows her industry well. Anyway, do you have any tips that you are willing to share to help us” hard on ourselves” writers (emphasis added) out?

Thanks again!

–NL

Long email, but two questions to address (the bolded text). Taking them one by one, following is my advice.

The Best Way to Make Your [SEO] Writing Stand Out

Whether you’re writing on topics you know nothing about, or subjects you know intimately – you will undoubtedly find that content of that nature already exists on the web. We live in the age of information, after all, which means that practically nothing under the sun is new.

So get over the fact that you’ll be covering new ground — it just ain’t likely to happen. That’s the first hurdle. Once you accept this, then making your writing stand out is easy.

I can only speak for myself, so I’ll tell you how I do it. To make my writing stand out, I . . .

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This is all in line with my mission here – which is to provide useful, concrete information you can apply to your freelance [SEO] writing business. And, this is — in my opinion — what makes this site on SEO writing so unique.

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