10 Reasons your content isn’t taking off – Part II
Previously, we introduced you to some basic mistakes which could be keeping your content success at bay. Today – surprise, surprise – we’re taking this topic further. Here’s why your content isn’t taking off…
6. You’re neglecting the technical basics
With all of this strategic planning we showed you last time, it can be all too easy to neglect the basics. SEMrush have compiled a list of the most frequent weak points for on-page optimization. According to their analysis, every second website contains copied content – something which Google will never be fond of. Further errors include missing title tags, meta descriptions, as well as issues with H1-titles. Remember that there should only be one H1 tag per web page!
Further finds indicate that you should definitely have social sharing buttons implemented on your page. This makes it dead easy for your users to share your content. And when it comes to sharing, it’s equally important to make sure any infographics you have a code for embedding the image. An embed code enables third parties to comfortably and correctly display your infographic on other webpages.
There’s more to an embed code than just that, though. You can also include backlinks to your page as well as a short description or your logo. Sites such as embed.ly will help you get your embed code set up.
5. You’re extreming the SEO
Successful content is always written for the user, not the search engine. That said, your content still has to satisfy a few SEO-basics as keeping Google happy is one sure-fire way to making sure your readers see your content in the first place.
Satisfying impatient readers and search engines is possible – just make sure you keep the important, relevant words and formatting in the right places in your text:
- In the headers, especially the H1 title
- In the meta description and meta tags
- In the page title
- At the start of paragraphs and sentences.
You should only have one H1-title and this should contain the most important keyword. Depending on the structure of your article, format the other subheaders with H2 or H3 tags.
Don’t overdo the SEO, though. Stuffing keywords and H-tags into your article like there’s no tomorrow will see your website relegated to the bottom pages of the search results.
4. You’re on the wrong topic
Do you know what really interests your target audience? Does your expert knowledge position you as the thought-leader in your niche? ‘Cos it’s these factors that will really mark your content out from the rest.
Creating Personas is the ideal spring board from which you can write your user-targeted content. A Persona is a recreation of a typically ideal visitor to your site, and all you have to do is make sure your content is written to meet their needs, interests and goals. Start analyzing what your users like – find out what they search for online. Together with this, find out where your site is popular. Use tools like those at Buzzsumo to discover which social media channels are working well for your site.
3. You’re not distributing your content correctly
It’s not enough to just publish your content on your site in the hopes that some day, someone will read it. You have to distribute your work – target the sites and channels where your target group is active. Obviously, this means you have to know where your target audience are active online.
There are heaps of distribution options open to you. As well as using your social media channels, you could consider a paid-media strategy. You could also utilize your newsletter to share your most recent blog entries, too. Working together with some of the thought-leaders in your area is one very method to promote your content with success.
2. You’re not producing high-quality content
There’s more than enough dull rubbish out there online. These lifeless, poorly designed articles and webpages don’t satisfy Google and certainly aren’t going to grab any readers soon. Make sure you focus on producing high-quality content. Keep your message loud and clear (and error free). Think about:
- Making it unique
- Keeping it relevant
- Maintaining a clear understandable structure
- Correcting any errors
- Writing in an engaging, informative way
1. You’re not clearly connected to your content
Can you remember the hype surrounding the crazy chicken game? Turns out, the game was created by the whisky maker, Johnnie Walker.
Even though the game was a real hit, the impact on the creator was somewhat less impressive. The lesson learned: make sure your users know your content is from you! Your users have to connect your brand with your content, otherwise there’s no way it’ll be effective. Here, a little branding comes into play – keep your logo visible on any ebooks and videos you produce, for example.
There are a number of reasons your content might not be performing as well as you want it to. Keep these points in mind, though, and you’ll be well on your way to online content success.