Blog: Content writing and content strategy insights

Start your H1 Project: a powerful 'micro' strategy for digital content teams

Producing a big website is like running a marathon, culminating in a frantic sprint over the finish line. After the mad dash of go-live, it is easy to forget that the real race begins — that is, the race to top search rankings and win customer engagement. 

Our latest blog offers a super-charged micro strategy to content teams looking for direction and impact after go-live.

Look out for the free spreadsheet to help you get your H1 Project up and running.

Continue Reading >

Nine digital content skills that open up many job opportunities

People who know how to write well for digital media — websites, intranets, social media, blogs, e-newsletters — have amazing career opportunities.

Today when you write for work, you need to understand 'digital'. Digital technology is a game-changer for writers and communicators.

People who write for work must know how to:

  1. attract online readers
  2. improve search rankings
  3. use metadata and keywords
  4. follow web standards
  5. use a content management system properly
  6. write for mobile devices
  7. write plain English
  8. write for Google Translate
  9. publish on multiple channels.

    Continue Reading >

    The careers of five best friends begin to merge in a digital workforce

    When I grew up I had four besties. Together we were just like Blyton’s Famous Five. Sure, we didn’t roam the countryside solving mysteries and capturing villains. Golly gosh no! But we did freely roam our cul-de-sac for hours enjoying jolly adventures — at least until dinner time.

    After university, we all dispersed into very different jobs — one into journalism, one into strategic planning, one into advertising, one into corporate comms, and I moved from solicitor to information designer.

    But in the last five years or so, something funny has happened: all our job descriptions are starting to look the same. Disciplines are merging. My friends and I are doing similar tasks and use the same skillsets.

    Continue Reading >

    Spot-check your own web content

    We all hope and trust that our content authors are creating findable, usable, valuable content for both web and mobile. But how can we be sure? Here's a quick way to spot-check your own web content without user-testing. 

    Continue Reading >

    Google boosts ranking of mobile-friendly pages for smartphone searchers

    Search results on mobile phoneSince April 21, Google has expanded its use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. They say, "This change ... will have a significant impact in our search results." Wow. Huge implications for web designers, content managers, content strategists and web writers. 

    Continue Reading >

    Writing tip: Use keywords in tweets

    Using Twitter for business or professional reasons? Include keywords with hashtags.

    Continue Reading >

    Are SEO article writers like battery hens?

    We've heard about factories pumping out SEO articles, and now they're in my face. Inescapable: truckloads of garbage web content churned out by slave web content writers. I picture them caged like battery hens, pecking randomly on keywords in a database, assembling sentences in their gut and laying 100 'articles' per day.

    I feel sorry for these writers and I'm sure no amount of training from Contented.com would make the slightest difference to their lives or the quality of their writing.

    But perhaps these queasy-making quasi-articles are produced by machines or software, not writers, in which case compassion is misplaced.

    Last week I had idly set up a Google alert for the very vague term 'web content', and now every daily email includes alerts like this:

    Looking At Unskilled Web Content Writers Versus Professional ...
    Search by Author, Title or Content. Article Content, Author Name, Article
    Title ... Unskilled web content writers, on the other hand, may indeed be
    good ...
    http://goarticles.com/article/Looking-At-Unskilled-Web-Content-Writers-Versus-Professional-Freelance-Copywriters/4019378/

    Click the link and you get meaningless words tumbled together like this:

    Today, writers play an of import part in the online selling world. They are rendering best quality info to their clients about different types of goods and services that are offered by different companies. The authors use a certain shape of writing style, which looks different from the other website subject.

    The intention is for such pages to be recognized by Google as genuine, original, serious web content, giving weight to a link to another web site:
    http://contentdesigner.co.in/

    The proud claim of Content Designer is:

    We are doing 100% unique content writing, 0% grammar mistake and use high priority keywords

    And here we go: Yuwanda Black has written an SEO article for SEO article writers about writing SEO articles. (See how cunningly I loaded that enchanting sentence with keywords?)
    Get $100 Per SEO Article: How to Become a Highly Paid SEO Writer

    Jeff Atwood and other web commentators fear Google is broken. If so, SEO article factories helped to break it.

    Image via FoodJunta.com