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Gabriël Metsu [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Most people have a general idea of how to optimize their content for search engines. That search engine algorithms are proprietary and evolving inevitably causes different opinions on SEO. Of course there’s another school of thought (that I belong to oftentimes) that minimal keyword research and a green-light from Yoast’s SEO plugin are enough to publish a piece.

I love this infographic because it challenges writers and some of the preconceived notions about SEO. It has a mixture of tips and tools to help you rank better in search. Initially I thought that the recommendation for longer posts would be contrary to popular opinion, but if you look at any SEOMoz post or Yoast’s most popular pages, they are considerably longer than a typical post. Size matters, but keyword density maybe not as much.

Let me know what you think about this one, especially if you disagree with some of their suggestions. :)


http://contentverve.com/seo-copywriting-10-tips-content-ranks-infographic/
 

Gabriël Metsu [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Jim Dougherty

Jim Dougherty

Writer and chief of miscellany at leaderswest.com
I aspire to give people something to think about rather than tell them what to do. My favorite Google Alert is "social media research," I am increasingly compelled by Gen Z, and I appreciate good writers agnostic of where they write. At one time I was Kred's 12th most influential social media blogger and Klout's most influential person on the topic of David Hasselhoff. Transplant from Seattle living in Cincinnati. Haven't entirely adopted the local sports teams yet.
Jim Dougherty
Jim Dougherty
Jim Dougherty

So, we actually have to write quality content now? lol ;-)

April 29, 2013, 11:52 PM
Diane

This is great information – thank you. The long tail is interesting. I am somewhat annoyed by Google forcing content creators to become active on G+ in order to rank well, but I understand why they are doing it. :-/

April 30, 2013, 9:09 AM
jimdougherty

Thanks for the comment Diane! Agree with each of your points – Google is changing the game and Bing hasn’t been a very apt challenger (or differentiated challenger for that matter)

April 30, 2013, 9:47 AM
jimdougherty

As you can see from the post above, I’m not all-in on that proposition. :)

April 30, 2013, 9:47 AM

Hey Jim,

I think every one of those suggestions makes one a better writer – in terms of visibility, relevance, and serving the audience. Thanks for a great post!

April 30, 2013, 7:18 PM

This is great information,and I especially like the tip about using the tilde. But I am surprised that pages with 2,000 words rank well. I always heard maximum length should be 1,000 words. Is this just arbitrary?

May 1, 2013, 6:10 AM
jimdougherty

Thanks Jamie! It looks as if they did analysis of pages on the SERP and found that was average… though that probably means there are deviations one way or another. Seems to indicate 1000 is not a limit. Joost de Valk also recommends turning your cornerstone material into a page: http://yoast.com/articles/wordpress-seo/#pagesvsposts

May 1, 2013, 10:13 AM
jimdougherty

Thanks Mark – I don’t know how much I contributed to the knowledge pool but I’m glad to share it. I thought it has some great ideas.

May 1, 2013, 10:14 AM

I agree with everything that’s in here… my only caveat is that one might get the impression that these 10 items are equally important, and they’re not. I’d say that #8 is as much as 30-40% of Google’s weighting factors these days.

May 2, 2013, 12:02 AM
Bart van Maanen

Thanks for a helpful post and a nice infographic. Though a lot of people probably probably still think keeping copy short is a service. Then again, because of the iPad and tablets people started reading more online.

May 3, 2013, 8:54 AM
jimdougherty

Thanks Bart. I think there’s value to short form – I prefer it for most blog pieces. But I’ll commit to a longer, more valuable piece and I guess Google will too.

May 4, 2013, 3:31 PM
jimdougherty

Thanks Scott – the rich get richer, right? Great insight.

May 4, 2013, 3:33 PM

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