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Think About Your Web Content on a Sentence Level

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There are two ways that most people think about web content: the overall message and the specific keywords. In some cases, the message takes priority. The content is designed to answer questions and engage readers. Getting the right message out, and keeping it on-brand, is the critical part of the process. In other cases, when thinking strictly about SEO, the focus becomes identifying which keywords people are using and what type of results they want. In most instances, the two are related. You want content that works with Google on a keyword level and that provides something valuable to your reader so they'll stay on the landing page once they arrive.

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Can You Increase Dwell Times?

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When people first start thinking about search engine optimization (SEO), they tend to concentrate on visibility. The site needs to rank higher in the search results so that more people can find it. The traffic numbers are too low. They want more clicks. These are all valid concerns and they are definitely the focal point of a lot of SEO efforts. Your site will not succeed if no one visits. However, you don't want to get so caught up in those clicks that you have low dwell times -- the time people spend on your site -- and high bounce rates. How can you keep people from bouncing from the page and increase the amount of time they spend reading it?

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What Does Your Bounce Rate Mean?

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When you rank higher in search results, you get more clicks. Ideally, many of those people will stay on your website. Some of them, however, are going to quickly leave and return to the search results page. This is known as "bouncing" and it's a problem because it often signifies that your site did not give them what they were looking for. You ranked well for SEO and for the terms that they were using, but your site did not deliver in some fashion. The percentage of users who quickly leave your page is reported in analytics as your bounce rate. High bounce rates can undercut your efforts and it's important to ask yourself what is going wrong.

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The Importance of Headings in Web Content

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When trying to create effective web content, you need to think about more than simply what information that content provides to the reader. You also have to carefully consider formatting and layout questions. Ultimately, quality content is a must, but you can make it more effective if you understand how to set it up and how that layout can impact the reader. In the same way that a printed book uses formatting, white space, chapter headings, page numbers and many other marks to help guide the reader, your web content has to provide them with the proper visual cues. One of the best ways that you can do this is by properly using headings in your content.

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Why You Need Consistent Content

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If you check your Google rankings and you don't like where you're sitting, it's natural to decide that you need more content. First and foremost, you want to provide something fresh and valuable that readers will click on. Beyond that, you want to get more keywords onto the site in an organic way that shows Google how valuable your site is. That's what helps you rank higher.

Do not assume, though, that you just need to buy some content, post it, and figure you have taken care of the problem. That can provide a quick boost, but it's not going to last. SEO is certainly not a one-time job. You need to focus on consistency and increasing the volume of your content over time.

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