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Google Cares About the Quality of Your Content

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It's easy to get pulled into the trap of thinking of search engines like Google as nothing more than computer systems that you need to appease with your content. You start thinking exclusively about statistics and numbers: how many keywords to use, how to break them up, what the ideal word count looks like, where you should put your links, etc. And let's be clear: All of this does matter. It's all an important part of SEO, and it's a complex process to get it right. But don't think that these details are all that matter, as if you can write any content you want and rank well as long as you check off the right boxes. The quality of your content still matters.

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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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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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Tips for Making a Call to Action Work

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One of the big worries that people have with a call to action is simply that they're going to annoy the reader and actively push them away from making a purchase. In fact, some business owners specifically do not use them on these grounds. They don't want to seem pushy. However, since studies have found that calls to action do work and do increase sales, it's time to shift that perspective. A call to action that is done correctly won't be annoying or detract from sales numbers. That only happens when it's not implemented well. So, with that in mind, what can you do to make it successful?

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Content Your Audience Wants to Read

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When you start researching content creation, you get a lot of advice to create more content or that the frequency with which you post new content is key. These things are, without a doubt, important parts of your strategy. How you reach your readers and how often you reach them matters. However, do not let this focus push you to overlook yet another key factor: the type of content your readers actually want to read. You need to put out content that engages them and piques their interest. Without that part of the equation, no type of content is going to have the same traction on social media or any other platform.

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