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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

8 Ways to Determine if Your SEO Copy is Bad

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Poorly written SEO copy on your website can be one of the biggest reasons your website fails to be successful.

If this sounds familiar then it could be time to send it to a writer to fix it or if you have the time you could have a go at fixing it yourself.

Here are 8 things to help you work out if the copy on your website needs some TLC (hat tip to Heather Lloyd-Martin from Success Words for the tips):

  • Read the copy out loud and hear how it “sounds.” If your content sounds clunky – or if the keyphrases stand out like a sore thumb – send it back to the writer. Over-optimized copy will not do you any favors – and you don’t want your readers bouncing out of your site the second that they arrive.
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  • Do you have the urge to bring out your red pen and slice unnecessary words? Smart SEO copywriting is tight – which means that the writer is using as few words as possible to bring the point home. If you feel like the content is “fluffy,” send it back for editing.
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  • Does the copy make your company’s benefits “pop?” Or is it all focused around features? One tip: Review how many times the writer used the words “we” and “our company.” If you find that it’s focusing too much on features and not enough on benefits, send it back.
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  • Is the copy focused around one single keyword? Good SEO copywriting focused on two-to-three keyphrase variations. If you’re seeing the same word repeated over and over, have the writer rewrite it.
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  • Are there spelling or grammatical errors? Granted, your writer is human – and things happen. But if you are seeing multiple errors and you’re finding yourself correcting the document, stop. That’s what your writer is supposed to do for you.
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  • Is there a call-to-action? This could mean linking to a sales page, another blog post, or encouraging folks to sign up for a newsletter. Your writer needs to weave your site’s (and your page’s) conversion goal into the copy. If they haven’t, it’s time for a rewrite.
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  • How is your page Title (what appears as the clickable link on the search engine results page.) Does it include the page keywords? Is it enticing? Or is it a bunch of keyphrases separated by pipes? If you’re thinking, “Hmm, I don’t think I’d click on this result,” send it back to the writer.
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  • Is the page easy to read? Long, scrolling paragraphs are visually overwhelming – especially on a mobile device. If the paragraphs are long – and you’re not seeing any subheadlines that break up the text – have your writer rewrite it.

Hopefully these tips help you get your SEO copy back on track.

If you have any additional SEO copywriting tips, feel free to share them below.



Courtney Mills Courtney is an online marketing and communications specialist at ineedhits - a leading search engine marketing firm with over 16 years experience. Courtney has been living and breathing online marketing for over 5 years. She specializes in web and communication marketing, while providing news and opinion to online marketing communities.

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