This is a question we get asked a lot by companies who have just launched new websites either through an agency or an in-house team. Bearing in mind that Google’s search algorithm uses more than 200 factors to rank websites, it’s not always an easy answer to provide. To make thing even more challenging, Google stays somewhat vague about exactly what and how those 200 factors rank.
However, along with nearly 60% of marketing executives interviewed, we firmly believe that on-page content creation is the most effective SEO ranking activity. This is also backed up by Search Quality Senior Strategist Andrey Lipattsev at Google back in 2016 and remains true to today. Quality, original content has consistently been a key factor toward ranking your website, pages or blogs for specific search terms. This approach will ensure searchers see your organisation as a trusted expert in your industry and help you to gain a slice of the visitor traffic.
Getting your website ranking on the first page of the search results is critical. To give you an idea of how important it is, the first five organic results (non-advert results) account for just under 70% of all the clicks. So if you want your website to be gaining a slice of those visitors, you need to have content on your website that is ranking on the first page, ideally within those first five organic results.
If you are wondering if this is all worth it and how many people are actually searching for your products and services, a great place to start is a free keyword research tool called Ubersuggest. A keyword is simply the term given to a particular word or phrase that you want to rank for to get people who are searching for that keyword on to your website.
Ubersuggest allows you to look at the volume of searches made for each keyword. A small difference in the word or phrase can make a big difference in the amount of traffic and the difficulty of ranking for that keyword. This will give you a good place to know where to start when sitting down to write your new content.
Just to reinforce the importance of ranking, as of 2020, Google receives approximately 2 trillion searches per year. That’s an average of 5.6 billion searches per day, 3.8 million searches per minute! Your potential customers are searching for a lot of things and if they are not coming to your site…
In fact, the whole buying process has been turned upside down since the invention of the internet. On average, people do around 70% of their pre-purchase research online, before they even get in contact with a company to discuss their products or services. Ranking highly in search engine results means that potential buyers can easily research and compare offerings from the comfort of their own home.
If you are worried about the time it takes to produce quality, original content, don’t worry! We have some tips and tricks to help. Firstly, updating and reposting old content with new statistics, trends and information can still increase your organic search traffic by up to 106%.
Secondly, images are accounting for more and more search results and are returned for approx. 20% of search engine queries. Thirdly, with the target word count being 500+ words per article, getting your customers to help you with new content is a great strategy! A quality customer review or reference can easily run into 150-200 words meaning that you only need to top and tail the article with another 300 words, setting the scene and including that all important call-to-action (CTA) at the end!
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