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How do I increase the ROI of content marketing?

How do I increase the ROI of content marketing?

Great content marketing takes serious time and energy, and the cost can also become quite high. That’s why it’s important to keep the return on investment (ROI) as high as possible, so you actually get something in return for all your efforts. That “something” can be, for example, more traffic to your website or increased online sales. How to improve your ROI, that’s what we’ll dig into in this series of blog posts.

Aim for position 0 in Google

Position 0, also known as the featured snippet, is the text box that pops up in a Google search and gives you a direct answer to your search query. Research has shown that position 0 generates a whopping 114% more traffic to a website than position 1. Clearly, it’s well worth the battle! You’ll see the best results by using the right keywords. To help you in that area, you can use Webtexttool Content Ranking. That tool indicates whether you’re on the right track and offers you tips for improved keywords.

Practical tips

You might think that position 0 is only available to online giants like Wikipedia. It’s actually also up for grabs for your company or organization, but of course within search queries that are relevant to your business! To improve your chances of reaching this position, you can apply the tips listed below.

  1. Use questions to your advantage. It’s smart to use actual questions in your web text, like “How do I rank higher in Google?” and “How can I maximize the ROI of my content marketing?” Then you answer the question very briefly in the intro and expand on your answer in the body of the post.
  2. Are you a small business owner? Focus your efforts on local SEO, like “Where can I find a washing machine in Amsterdam?” or “How do I get to the closest café in Victoria?” Make sure to answer those questions briefly, just like in tip 1.
  3. Use keywords that already score high in other articles on your website. Not sure which ones those are? Try using the handy Content Ranking Index by webtexttool.
  4. Run the Webtexttool Keyword Analysis to link the search queries related to your top keywords. That way you know exactly which searches rank highest in Google, allowing you to adjust your web copy accordingly.
  5. Position 0 likes things to the point and strong. The long pieces of web copy you use to explain a product or service won’t score you that ranking. That’s why it’s smart to create separate pieces of content containing about 54 to 58 words in total. Don’t forget about longer blog posts and articles altogether, since Google likes those, too. Make sure you include both styles on your website. Or make sure you have a main question followed by a short summary of a longer post.
  6. Columns, tables, rankings, lists… Position 0 loves those! Definitely use them in your content, just like we’ve done here.
  7. Make sure your articles and blogs are connected to related questions. Try explaining any jargon specific to your business on a separate page or come up with some questions that are linked to the topic of discussion in your article.
  8. Stay alert! Webtexttool’s Content Ranking Index will keep track of how you’re scoring in comparison to your competitors. That way you know exactly when it’s time to take action.
  9. Automation of SEO. Webtexttool offers the plug-in ‘SEO-editor’, which you can apply to your website (compatible with WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, SiteCore, and Word). It automatically ensures that your content is made Google-proof. Easy peasy, right?

Use smart tools

By applying the tips listed above, you’ll improve your chances of conquering position 0 in Google. But that can only work if your SEO basics are in place. Check to make sure that your website is completely optimized before even thinking of position 0. Make things easy on yourself, though, by using our Content Creation Engine and the Webtexttool Content Ranking. These smart tools make it much easier and a lot more fun to write great, discoverable, and Google-friendly content. Need more help than that? In this blog you’ll find more information. 

Whitepaper SEO

Would you like to dig a bit deeper into SEO and how to best apply it to your website? You could, of course, dig through thousands of whitepapers about SEO, all available online. But if you lack the time and desire to do that, you can simply use the Content Creation Engine by Webtexttool. Just start writing, and our tool offers you tips to update your SEO along the way.

Our team is always up-to-date, does take the time to read all the thousands of SEO whitepapers, and then integrates all that information into the Content Creation Engine. That way you can create great content quickly, without having to hit the books first. You can even have it check your “older” content. Copy and paste the existing copy into our tool to get advice about SEO. The tool will check the text against the latest rules and guidelines for Google and offer advice on that front. Implement the points of improvement, then paste the optimized text back into your website.  It’s practically child’s play!

Recommended reading – free e-book

Would you still like to immerse yourself in the wonderful world of SEO? We wouldn’t recommend sifting through all the SEO whitepapers out there. Online, you’ll often run into information that’s no longer relevant, which is such a waste of your time. Thankfully, there are many whitepapers that are worth your while. Which ones? Find out in our very own blog about whitepapers. And we take things a step further in our blog post about technical SEO and content marketing.

And while we already have you reading, this is where you can download our book ‘7 Ways to Maximize Your ROI with Content Marketing’. The e-book offers a short and practical summary of our blog posts that cover all the ways to get more out of your investment in content marketing.

How do I improve the ROI of content marketing?

How do I improve the ROI of content marketing?

Do you want to improve the return on investment (ROI) of your content marketing efforts? Of course, you do! Your content took blood, sweat, and tears to create, so you want to see something in return. Ideally in the shape of higher traffic, more engagement from your target audience, and revenue growth. That’s why webtexttool is gladly offering you this blog series full of tips and tricks to maximize your ROI.

Cater to voice search

Make sure you stay up to date on the latest developments in regards to search. Text search isn’t the only factor to take into consideration nowadays. Voice search is a quickly growing trend that will only gain more importance over time. Especially the younger generation enjoys asking Siri and other voice assistants questions like “where can I find a local painter?” or more trivial questions like “how much milk does a cow produce?”.

In the past few years, the number of spoken search queries has increased by 20%, and that number is projected to double in the coming years. Typing out a query takes more time and effort than simply asking Siri or any other voice assistant a simple question. That means your content needs to cater to that behavior. One way to do that is by using long-tail keywords. A text search usually contains fewer words than a voice search.

Casual language in your SEO

Don’t be afraid to integrate casual language into your SEO. The way we speak is generally less polished than the way we type. Of course, any written content for voice search should still prioritize relevance and readability, just like standard web copy would. Ultimately, you’re not writing content for search engines, but for your readers.

A clearly organized FAQ page on your website can also contribute to a high ranking in voice search. That’s where you quite literally include questions and answers that align with the grammatical structure of a voice search. For example, the question might be “what is webtexttool”, and the answer is “webtexttool is an online tool that helps you create easy-to-find content with great conversion rates”.

Mobile-friendly content

Keep in mind that your content should be mobile-friendly. Or rather the website that your content is presented on. Nowadays we are much more likely to use our smartphone for a search query than we would take the time to run to a computer. Data from Google shows that over 60% of all searches are done on a mobile phone! So make sure your website is prepared! The basis is a website with a quick loading speed. You could try installing Google Accelerated Mobile Pages to help with that. And create content that is easy to scan by using eye-catching subheaders and bullet points for clarity.

Evergreen content

Evergreen content is the kind of content that will always be relevant to your readers, without having to update it frequently. Green and sustainable! Additionally, this “green content” will be the source of traffic for years, without the added workload. That’s why evergreen content is such an important element in your content marketing strategy.

If you want to improve the ROI of your efforts in content marketing, the key is to create evergreen content for your website. We’ve outlined a few examples below that you can apply to your own business with a little creativity:

  • How-to manuals. Those are always up to date, and people are always looking for easy instructions. For example, think about a tutorial for a Christmas centerpiece or tips on how to remove those awful wasps from your back yard.
  • FAQ. A list of frequently asked questions plus answers.
  • Product reviews. Ratings and reviews stay up to date unless products get replaced by alternatives or newer versions.
  • A list of jargon and technical terms with an explanation of each one.

Evergreen content becomes even more powerful when you combine it with Search Engine Optimization (SEO). When you incorporate the right keywords in your content, it becomes more relevant and, as such, easier to discover in search engines. A wonderful result is more traffic to your website and a greater chance that your content will be shared for months (or even years)! In an earlier  blog post, we delve even deeper into evergreen content.

Get started on a higher ROI

The trends we listed above are step two in the improved ROI of your content marketing. Trends and tools in the field of content are always developing and improving. If you don’t integrate those into your website and use them for your content marketing, you’ll always be one step behind. So make sure you stay up to date.

Taking care of your own content marketing? Webtexttool will gladly share our knowledge and skills with you. Put our Content Creation Engine and the Webtexttool Content Ranking to good use. These tools make it a whole lot easier to write great, discoverable, and Google-friendly blog content.

 

Webtexttool launches Microsoft Outlook add-in

Webtexttool launches Microsoft Outlook add-in

With our new Outlook add-in our content quality suggestions are now directly integrated in Outlook. It will enable you to write better emails that actually match your target audience in terms of readability (“B1 level”), tone of voice, sentiment, company communication style guides etc.

ABOUT WEBTEXTTOOL

Webtexttool is the content creation and content performance monitoring platform that enables you to create content specifically for your target audience. The aim of Webtexttool is to make sure your content is found better and converts better. With Webtexttool you can make sure your content is SEO friendly and matches your target audience in terms of readability (B1 level), tone of voice, sentiment and several other important aspects. Resulting in more traffic and higher conversion on your site.

WEBTEXTTOOL INTEGRATIONS

Webtexttool has several other plugins available for popular CMS’s like ao. WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Sitecore, Craft, Umbraco and also for Microsoft Word and Outlook. More information can be found on the webtexttool plugins page.

 

 

Webtexttool launches the Umbraco CMS plugin

Webtexttool launches the Umbraco CMS plugin

We are excited to announce that the Webtexttool plugin for Umbraco CMS is now available for download!

The plugin enables Umbraco CMS users to use the Webtexttool content analysis and optimization services directly in their Umbraco CMS. There is no need to go from one platform to another. Just download and add the plugin in Umbraco CMS.
The plugin will give you optimization suggestions to improve the quality of your content and make sure it’s SEO friendly as well.

About Webtexttool

Webtexttool is the content creation and content performance monitoring platform that enables you to create content specifically for your target audience. The aim of Webtexttool is to make sure your content is found better and converts better. With Webtexttool you can make sure your content is SEO friendly and matches your target audience in terms of readability (B1 level), tone of voice, sentiment and several other important aspects. Resulting in more traffic and higher conversion on your site.

Webtexttool integrations

Webtexttool has several other plugins available for popular CMS’s like ao. WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Sitecore, Craft, Umbraco and also for Microsoft Word and Outlook. More information can be found on the webtexttool plugins page.

How do I maximize the ROI of content marketing?

How do I maximize the ROI of content marketing?

Content is King. We’re all very aware of that, especially if it’s our goal to become more discoverable in search engine queries. So what do you do if you’re creating lots of content, but not seeing many results in return? Your website traffic isn’t increasing, social media engagement is minimal, and your conversion rate isn’t improving. If this is the situation you’re in, don’t skip over this blog series. We’ll give you the practical tools to maximize the ROI of your content marketing.

Know your target audience

Great content starts with insight into your target audience. Who are you writing for? Get to know your audience, understand what intrigues and influences them. If you know who you’re dealing with, they’ll be much easier to reach. This might sound like a lot of research, but precisely by mapping out the details of your target audience, you’ll get a whole lot closer to your goal of maximizing your content marketing’s ROI.

The easiest way is to write out a persona. After looking into your audience, you’ll know their average age, where to find them, and where they’re from. You’ll also be able to understand how they think and what their needs are. That’s how you really get to know your target audience and how you’ll be able to write content geared towards them specifically. The more specific, the better, and the higher your ROI will be.

Use of SEO

Once you’ve taken the first step of mapping out your audience, it’s time to take things a step further. It’s a smart move to apply SEO (Search Engine Optimization) to your written content. Because you know your audience, you’ll be able to research which keywords they’re searching for in their queries to find comparable products or services. You can do that type of keyword research with the free Keyword Planner in Google Ads or through our Webtexttool Content Ranking Index.

By using the right SEO, your content will be easier to discover in search engines like Google. Be aware that your keywords need to be relevant. The content should directly relate to the keywords, otherwise, you’ll see the opposite effect. If you’ve written great content that is valuable to the reader, your search engine ranking will improve even more. So make sure both the SEO and the content are relevant!

Evergreen content

Evergreen content can also create added value in terms of search engine discoverability. This is the type of content that is frequently searched, for example ‘pregnancy and nutrition’, ‘how do I bake a pie’, or ‘how do I build a closet’. Every sector or line of business has this kind of evergreen content, so use it to your advantage. Once you combine this with the right SEO, your website traffic should quickly increase! Read our blog ‘Evergreen content & SEO: what’s the smart approach?‘. 

Attractive atmosphere

It’s quite logical, really: a user-friendly website creates an attractive atmosphere. A visitor who reaches your website through a search engine query will stick around longer if they find your site attractive. A website with lots of distractions or an illogical menu structure will likely scare readers away. So be kind to your visitors and provide them with a great environment in which they’ll read your blog posts. That’s not just good for the reader, but beneficial to you too. Your visitors will be more inclined to read multiple blog posts and become even more engaged in your website.

Gaining insight into your audience, researching the right keywords, and providing an attractive setting — together these form the first phase of action towards maximizing the ROI of your content marketing. Once you’ve applied those, it’s time to take things to the next level. How? You’ll find out soon in our next blog about this subject.