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There is a massive demand for content on the web right now, and it doesn't look like it's going to stop any time soon. But, if you are running a business blog, it's not just enough to offer your audience lots of content. It needs to be high-quality content if you plan on making an impact and boosting your business. So, in short, you need to be able to write awesome content, and be consistent at it, which is easier said than done.
But, the following 7 simple rules may be able to make your job a lot easier. Keep on reading.
1. Always Provide Answers
It's just common sense. Put yourself in your audience's shoes. If you are performing a search on Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yandex, or any other search engine, you are doing it because you are looking for answers or useful information. Once they click on your article, they will expect to find answers that correspond with their question. If they’re not there, they will go somewhere else, because the sheer volume of content out there is enormous.
2. Make Your Content Original
We all know that Google doesn't like duplicate content. In fact, it penalizes it. But, it's not enough to make your content unique in a sense that you're using your own words to describe something that is already out there. The goal is to make your content original, too. Try and tackle the issue from a different point of view and come up with some new solutions that haven't been shared anywhere else. Google's algorithm is pretty smart right now, and it will be able to sense if your content is original.
3. Come up With Strong Headlines
Because there is so much content out there that is easily available, people are extremely picky and impatient in their search for it. About 80% of the people will check out your headline, which sound like a good number. But, only 20% of those people will decide to read the article that is behind the headline. This means your headline should be catchy, but most of all, specific, so that the reader knows what's in it for them right from the get-go, before they even click on the link.
4. Make Sure Your Content Is Concise
This doesn't mean that there is no room for longer, more detailed pillar posts. But, the majority of your audience members are used to scanning and skimming the content first. In order to convince them to stick around and read the entire article, break it down into short paragraphs, each with its own subheading. Also, try and introduce only one idea per paragraph. You can also create a series of post that tie into one another, so that they keep coming back for more.
5. Present the Most Important Ideas and Information First
This is a logical continuation of the previous paragraph. Instead of waiting for the conclusion to provide your readers with an important insight, deliver it right away. Remember that they like to skim the content. If you provide them with your key ideas right away, you will spark their curiosity, and then elaborate your point within the article. This is also known as the inverted pyramid method.
6. Use Visual Content
People enjoy eye-catching visuals, so regardless of how good your written content is, spicing it up with some cool images, videos, diagrams, screenshots, or infographics is a must for every serious business blog nowadays. But, make sure that each of those is relevant to your content. Simply stuffing your article with generic stock photography should be your last resort.
7. Proofread Your Content
If your content is free of any grammar, spelling, and stylistic errors, nobody is going to notice, because that is something that should be a given. But, if your articles are full of mistakes, the readers will have a tough time taking your blog, and your business, seriously. It's a drag, but proofreading is something that needs to be done.
As you can see, coming with amazing written content for your business blog does take some effort, but if you decide to follow the tips shared in this article, you will be able to improve your results in no time.