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How to write SEO friendly article in easy steps?

Do you want to have a step by step process of how to write SEO friendly blog post?

But you keep on staring at the blinking cursor and find it difficult to come up with words and sentences. 

In this article, we discuss how to write SEO friendly article in easy steps. We will also optimise blog posts for SEO

As a content creator or blogger, it’s very important to create engaging content. The content should be valuable for your visitors and optimised for the search engines as well.

Google uses 200 ranking factors to rank content and 67 of these ranking factors are related to website content. 

This fact highlights the importance of search engine optimization during the process of content creation.

Here are the topics that I will cover

Find Your Target Audience.

Keyword research helps you uncover keywords that your visitor use to find your article or blog post. In this step, you look for the list of keywords and key phrases using keyword research tools like SEMrush, Ahrefs, Moz or ubersuggest. SEMrush offers a free trial. Check the offer here.

Keywords and Key-phrases

The first thing that we have to check is the keyword search volume. Keyword volume gives us the number of monthly searches for a particular keyword. Search Volume indicates the popularity of the search term.

Next, check the competition or keyword difficulty. We should target the keyword with low competition or keyword difficulty. These type of keywords are easy to rank on the google search engine results page or SERPs.

Target the keywords and key-phrases with a search volume of fewer than 500 impressions with the low competition or keyword difficult 

Using this method you can come up with 1-3 focus keyword. 

Find Related Keywords

Next, we have to find 9-10 additional keywords related to the focus keyword.

To find the related keywords, google the focus keyword and go through the search results. Check out the people also ask aka feature snippets and the related searches at the bottom of the google search page. 

During this process of finding the related keywords, click through the first 10 results and check out the content type and length.  Make a note of any gaps in the content that can be improved upon in your article.

Figure out the keyword search intent, search intent is the why or purpose behind the search. Is the keyword search for more information, comparison or to buy the product or service

Google’s aim is to presents the most relevant result to a keyword search query, If you optimise your content with the searcher’s keyword intent it will improve the user experience. thereby greater visibility from Google in the search results. This, in turn, will help you in improving your conversions

Structure Your Article

After the keyword research, you have come up with 1-3 keywords and 9-10 related keywords. We will now create a structure or outline of the article based on this information.

Now based on the available keywords, keyphrases and search intent data we should come with 4-5 headings and subheadings. This will create an article structure that you have to fill out. You have got a roadmap for writing and finishing your article. You don’t have to stare at the blinking cursor again.

The heading and subheadings can be more or less according to the idle length of your post or article. More in-depth pillar type posts will have more of them in comparison to shorter staple posts. 

This heading and subheading structure makes the article easy to scan and digest. 

Start Writing Article

We are now ready with an article structure. This process will help you to avoid the writer’s block. You have the skeleton of the article. Your job is to expand the structure topics into sentence and paragraphs,  

Headings and Subheading

Optimize the Headings and subheadings using the keywords and related. You should not over-optimize an article for your keyword.

Your keyword density should be around 1-2%. Keyword density of over 2% will result in keyword stuffing and may be  penalized by Google

You can use the related keywords in the H2 and H3 headings. It’s important that you use H2 heading for every 300 words.

Try to emphasise the important keywords, keyphrases in title and subheadings. You can make these keywords or keyphrases bold, italics or underline them. 

Start expanding the article structure using short sentences and paragraphs. Paragraphs should be at max 2 to 4 sentences and easy to read.

Use Focus Keywords

Use the focus keyword at least once in the starting paragraph. You can shorten the long paragraphs by making the use of bullet points or lists. 

This will help to improve the user experience. Which in turn will help in increasing engagement and reducing the bounce rate. Your article is more likely to get social media shares.

Writing Style

In order to add impact to your writing, you should write in an active voice. In the active voice, the subject performs the action that is described by the verb on the object. 

Make use of I, We and You in your article. It helps in personalizing the conversation. As if you are talking to the reader. If you want to make a point try using examples  

Remove Stop Words

In order to improve your article SEO, you should optimize the permalinks.  Remove stop words in the permalink of your article. Stop words are words that do not add meaning to a sentence like a, the etc. You can safely ignore them.

Internal and External Linking

In order to increase your conversion rate, you have to increase customer engagement. For this, you need to maximize the visitor time on your site. Internal linking helps you in ensuring the same. 

Always link to 2-3 related articles from your site. It’s better to use the keyword related to the post as anchor text. It helps in 

You should also link to other blogs or websites in your domain. This will help you in connecting with the community. You can also link to an article or site to back up your claims. The external links should be to reputable sources. Avoid linking to site with high spam scores.

Optimise Images

The use of images helps improve user experience, but images add weight to your site and lower the page load speed. Hence it is important to maintain a balance between user experience and page load speed

You must optimise the image for google image search. Always change the default image name to match your keywords. Use keywords in the image ALT tag and don’t forget to compress the images before uploading. 

Use a lot of graphic content like charts, diagrams, videos etc. As these type of content is easy to consume and adds variety to your article.

Always prefer custom images over the stock photos. It is found in studies that custom photos increase the conversion rate. 

Grammatical And Spelling Mistakes.

After you have finished writing the structure then you can start writing the introduction and description of the article. It easy to write an introduction and description when you have a body of information available at your disposal.

The Introduction

Start your article introduction with a hook. Anything that grabs visitors attention and then helps move them through the content using the “What is in for me” method.

You can also start with a question, this will help you in using the keyword again in the first sentence of the first paragraph. Add the keyword and keyphrases in the last 100 words as well. 

Always use clickable links at the beginning and end of the article. As this will help Google search to figure out the topic.

Select A Good SEO Title

An enticing title for your article in organic search increases your click-through rate. But optimise your article for search engines by including the main keyword early in the title.

The length of the article title should not be more than 70 characters. If the title is more than  72 characters, the extra part will not show up on the search page.

Write Meta Description 

The meta description is shown just below the title of the article in search engines. You can think of it as your articles ad copy. It should contain attention-grabbing information about the post. You can also create a sense of urgency in order to improve your click-through rate.

 You should not have more than 150 to 160 characters in the meta description. As characters smaller than this can be ignored and larger than this limit gets truncated

Install Yoast SEO plugin

If you are using WordPress you can install Yoast SEO plugin. It will take care of the search engine optimization of your article to a great extent. It will also give you suggestions to improve your readability 

Some of the benefits of installing Yoast SEO plugins

  • Change Permalinks
  • Create custom meta descriptions
  • Automatic removal of stop words from permalinks 
  • Adds page redirects
  • Add Breadcrumbs
  • Create XML sitemaps

Read: How To Create a WordPress Sitemap For Beginners?

Things to do before publishing article

Your job is not finished yet. Here are some last-minute checks that you should make before hitting the publish button.

Proof-read your article

No matter how good you are with your language skills you will miss words or use incorrect words. You may have left some typos. You can do it yourself or take the help of your friends or family members. This will improve your article as another pair of eyes scan your article.

Check your links.

You may have missed out some internal or external linking opportunities or it could be some affiliates links that you may have forgotten to add.

Include Images And Videos

Ensure that all the visuals like images and videos that you need to insert are in place.

Add the feature image as it impacts the click-thru rate, social sharing and reader engagement 

Do check to add a descriptive alt tag using the keyword and keywords you are targeting in the article.

Check Plagiarism 

Plagiarism increases your spam score, this can have serious implication for your blog or website. So don’t forget to check plagiarism score of your article.

Call To Action

You are creating content with a specific aim in mind. It could be to increase your website subscriptions, signup for your course or buy a product.

If you don’t remind the visitor of the desired action. You are missing an opportunity. Try to include a call to action at appropriate places in your article 

After you publish an article

After you press the publish button, some more important task are to be completed. A few important one are listed below for you

Share Article On Social Networks

The first thing that you should do after publishing your article is to share the article on your social media handles.

Share the article on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. This single action can give your article an early boost.

Share On Niche Communities/forums

Reach out to others in your niche communities or forums. Share your article using your signatures that include a link to your blog or website 

Create Backlinks 

Find out the other bloggers and website owners in your niche. Reach out to them with your article

if you are new to the digital marketing landscape, find out who is linking to your competitor’s similar article and reach out them.

This will give you an opportunity to get backlinks. You can check out this article on how to find and copy your competitor’s backlinks strategy.

Comment On Other Blogs

Commenting on other blogs doesn’t help you in SEO anymore, As the links, you drop there are “no-follow”. but these links do help in driving traffic to your site

Conclusion

We have covered a lot in this article. Now you have a step by step system of how to write a SEO friendly article in easy steps.

Here are the topics that we covered in this article.

  • Find Your Target Audience.
  • Decide The Topic You Want To Write About.
  • Keyword Research 
  • Structure Your Article
  • Start Writing Article
  • Things to do before publishing article
  • After you publish an article

If you would like to have a checklist based on this article. Do let me know in the comments and I will mail to you.

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As a founder of Startblogpro, Bhagwant Singh helps the reader to launch a blog. A blog can be started as a side hustle and converted into a full-time business. Blogging as a business can help you to leave the 9-5 grind and be your own boss.

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