Regular blog posts not only engage your audience, but they also contribute to SEO by offering fresh and relevant content, incorporating keywords, facilitating internal and external linking, and integrating with social media. Providing valuable and relevant content remains a key strategy for sustainable SEO success. Here are some of the things blog posts can have a positive effect on…
Even if your business is mostly word-of-mouth and doesn’t rely on SEO and organic search results, this is one of the most compelling reasons to put out regular blog posts. Posting articles on relevant topics showcases your expertise in your industry. This builds trust with your audience and establishes you as an authoritative source of information.
User Engagement and Dwell Time
Again, even if SEO isn’t a huge priority for your particular business, quality blog content can keep visitors on your site for longer periods, getting more of your messaging across, and potentially leading them to contact you—and at the very least keeping you top of mind. This also increases dell time, and search engines often interpret longer dwell times as a signal that the content is valuable and relevant to users, potentially improving your site’s rankings.
Social Media and Newsletter Integration
Not only do blog posts give your website fresh content, but the articles can be used in a newsletter and can be easily shared on social media platforms. This expands your reach and can attract more visitors to your website. There is some debate on whether social signals alone directly impact SEO, but increased visibility and engagement can contribute to improved search rankings.
Search engines tend to favor websites that regularly update their content. By publishing regular blog posts, you show search engines that your site is active and relevant.
Blog posts provide an opportunity to incorporate relevant keywords into your content. By using keywords that your target audience is likely to search for, you increase the likelihood of your website appearing in search results for those terms. (However, it’s important to use keywords in a natural and informative way, rather than “keyword stuffing”—we’ve all seen websites where they just list a bunch of cities and towns at the bottom of a page for the sake of SEO.)
Blog posts provide an excellent opportunity to target long-tail keywords—more specific and less common search terms that are often easier to rank for. Long-tail keywords can attract a more targeted audience interested in specific topics, products, services, or locations. These are words that might not otherwise fit naturally into the main content of your site.
Blog posts allow you to create internal links—links that point to other pages within your own site. Internal linking helps search engines understand the structure of your site and the relationships between different pages. It can also keep visitors on your site longer, which can reduce bounce rates, positively impacting SEO.
High-quality blog content can attract external links from other websites. When reputable sites link to your content, it improves your site’s credibility in the eyes of search engines. Keep in mind that it’s important to focus on creating content that is genuinely valuable and share-worthy among your target audience.
It might seem like a daunting task at first, but if you take a bit of time to come up with a list of topics, you’ll have them ready to go when it’s time to write and post—you can even draft a few at a time and schedule them for the future. If you need help with any of the steps from creating that list and coming up with content, to building a blog template and even doing the posting on your site, contact me and I’d be happy to help you get started!
And if you’re not sure where to start with content, stay tuned for next month’s article where we’ll talk about using AI as a tool to generate ideas and content!