Content Writing and Custom Web Design
|Date Added: May 19, 2010 03:32:59 AM|
|Category: Webmaster Blog|
A visitor is not expected to stay on a site that does not provide the information the he is looking for. Furthermore, keyword-rich content can give a website greater chances of landing on top of search engine results page which is essential in generating more targeted traffic. In other words, a stunning design and well-written content go hand in hand in creating an effective website. Deciding on the kind of textual content must be made even from the onset of a custom web design project. If web design is the look and feel of a website, textual content would be its soul.
Aside from the “copy” and other information that will be included in the textual content, it is also important to identify the proper “tone of voice” and writing style that will be used. These elements should be in sync with the company’s overall brand message and placement. Textual content plays a key role in effective search engine optimization (SEO) which is a very powerful marketing tool. Search engines have programs (called “spiders” or “robots”) which visit websites and collect the data they find there. They will store this data in search engines’ database so that when someone searches for keywords, these sites’ data will be considered in their algorithms.
Depending on how a site does in the algorithm, it will appear higher or lower in the organic rankings. A well-optimized website have greater chances of getting on top of searches and thus attract more audience who are all looking for certain products or services. Thus it’s imperative to write the content for your website in a way search engine robots can read it and use it. Writing content for websites is different from writing for other media. Online folks “skim read” which means they will move away from a website if they don’t see what they are looking for and find a site which is relevant to what they are searching for. Below are some tips on how to write content.
* Use subheadings. Since users skim read, subheadings are great way to help them find relevant content quickly.
* Keep it short and simple. Use bullet points; clear and simple language; and avoid using slang, or technical jargon unless necessary. Try and include one concept per sentence.
* Front-load content. Putting the jist of the article on top helps users determine whether the article is relevant to him or not.
* Keep the audience interested. Ensure the text is relevant and doesn’t go “around the bush” to get to the point. Write in an interesting way which will engage your audience. Aside from writing relevant content for human audience, there are other content that are targeted for search engine “robots”.
These are invisible to the human eyes but are necessary for any website to be successful. These include tags in a website’s page source code (title tags, keyword tags, description tags etc). Implementing a custom web design project can be complicated for the inexperienced. It is ideal to leave this difficult task on the hands of expert web designers and developers who are capable of creating websites that are visually-stunning, have relevant content and also search engine “robots” friendly.