Why You Should Beware the ‘Quick SEO Copywriting Fix’

The question comes up during almost every conference at which I present.

“I hear what you’re saying about writing quality content. But I need immediate results. What’s a quick SEO copywriting fix I can try?”

I understand this mindset. I really do. Now that the recession is easing its iron grip on marketing budgets, companies are trying to make up for lost time. Now, more than ever, forward-thinking businesses have the opportunity to make a huge impact on their search engine rankings. And they’re doing what they can, where they can—as fast as they can.

But here’s the thing. There is no “quick SEO copywriting fix.” There’s no “easy way to get to the top of the search engines” like the spam e-mails promise. You can’t wave a magic algorithmic wand and transform your copy into search engine goodness.

You just have to roll your sleeves, do the hard work and get it done.

Unfortunately, many companies fall prey to this quick fix mentality and do stupid things that mess up their SEO campaigns, branding or both. For instance:

  • Building out stand-alone “SEO pages” geared to pull rankings
  • Hiring $10/post bloggers to write keyphrase-stuffed posts
  • Tweeting incessantly about their products or services without becoming a part of the Twitter community

Although these folks feel like progress is quickly being made (“Woo-hoo, now we have 50, poorly-written posts about legal services”), what they don’t realize is the unforeseen consequences. Poorly written content doesn’t convert. “Stand-alone” pages typically are over-optimized messes that search engines ignore. Splattering your sales message all over Twitter makes your firm look like a spammer.

So, what can you do to start seeing the search results (and conversions) you crave? I am so glad you asked …

1. Evaluate your existing content. Every marketer can leverage its own low-hanging fruit and focus on what specifically matters for its site. For some sites, penning new page titles can drive amazing results. For others, keyphrase editing (adding keyphrases to existing content) may be appropriate. Consider bringing in a consultant for this part of the process. The reason? The consultant doesn’t “own” the copy and can see it with fresh eyes. Because he’s not close to it, he can notice opportunities your marketing department may not.

Described as a fast-talking, fiery redhead, Heather Lloyd-Martin is a 20-year marketing veteran, a recognized author and considered the pioneer of SEO copywriting. Recognized worldwide as a first-generation search marketing expert, she has been training corporate in-house SEO copywriters and creating revenue-driving Web site content campaigns via her consultancy, SuccessWorks.

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  • http://LauraCrest Laura Crest

    Heather,

    Fabulous! Simple fabulous! As usual, you are right on target with taking the larger perspective and longer time line for successful SEO web content!

    With clumsy, keyword- gourged content, the company brand/message is lost in the medium. I have much to learn from you, as you have so generously shared your wisdom with new copywriters like myself, and with marketers.

    What can I say? I’m a fan!

  • http://SarahZ.Cordell Sarah Z. Cordell

    Thank you, Heather, for the great article and the great resources. Creating readable, keyword-rich content isn’t rocket science, but it does take time and talent. Here’s hoping more businesses take the time to invest in those two!

  • http://SumanRoyChoudhury Suman RoyChoudhury

    Heather,

    Thank you for the crisp article on Quick SEO Copywriting fix.
    Information on this issue is to be made aware amongst people. SEO’s also need to be aware of the ethical practices to be used by them to service clients.

  • PPC Management

    Website content writing requires the right combination of technical research coupled with the ability to write so the reader can understand. Make sure your page content matches your Title descriptions and Meta data. The titles and Meta data should be as accurate as possible to describe the content. which give your readers a high comfort level with the material and a reason to pursue your technical services.

  • Annie Key

    Unluckily, lots of companies fall easily to this quick fix mentality and do absurd things that really mess up their SEO campaigns, branding or both. Evaluate your existing content and check your key phrase research- are always important thing.