Content Writing Pitfalls To Avoid

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Content Marketing |

A content marketing strategy is great, but getting the actual writing part right is a bit of a skill. If you have already committed to blogging and posting in 2019, make sure you avoid some of the pitfalls that many writers and bloggers fall into:   Sounding Like A Robot Maybe the topic you are writing about is very corporate and not at all fun, funky or funny. That does not mean you have to sound like a robot. If you are not familiar with the topic and are doing research online, consider listening to a few podcasts or watching a couple of YouTube videos on the topic. The best way to write naturally is to write the way someone speaks, so hearing about a topic you are researching instead of reading corporate articles and reports can help you to sound less stiff and formal.   Clichés Nothing is as boring as reading clichés in writing. One cliché that we often read in blog posts related to digital marketing is “in this day and age”. Nobody needs to read that. Other clichés include “tantalise your taste buds” and “stuck between a rock and a hard place”. If you are on a roll with your writing, it can be tempting to use these tried and tested sayings, but rather spend a bit of extra time coming up with a new way to get your point across.   No Subheadings People do not want to read long bodies of text online if it is not formatted in a digestible manner. Use subheadings and bullet points to break up your text so that people can skim the content to find what they are looking for.   Need help with your content marketing? Then contact WSI OMS today. Please follow and like...

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Avoid These Blogging Faux Pas

Posted by on Feb 18, 2019 in Content Marketing |

Not every business owner has a content marketer doing their blogging for them. If you and your team members are drafting your own blogs, congratulations! This type of marketing is a great way to increase conversions, boost brand awareness, and portray yourself as a thought leader in the industry. Just make sure you are not making any of these common faux pas:   Not Doing Keyword Research Even minimal keyword research can make a huge difference to your search engine optimization strategy. If you are not doing keyword research and sprinkling them into your content, then you could be missing out on a lot of readers. If you have not used keyword research in the past, take stock of where your blog posts are ranking in Google before and after you include the keywords. Many times, you will notice your posts move from page three or four on Google to the first page if you have optimized the pages correctly.   Better Titles For some reason, many writers struggle to come up with great, catchy headlines for their articles. It is for this reason that journalists usually do not write their own article headlines (editors and sub-editors do this). According to best SEO practices, headlines should not be longer than 60 words. A good tip is to first write, edit and proof the article before trying to come up with a good headline. If you start with the headline first, it can tend to be bland and boring.   Don’t Let Search Engines Auto-Generate Meta Descriptions While the headline is the thing that will draw the clicks, do not discount the impact that a good Meta description can have. Don’t leave this area blank, because search engines will auto-generate the Meta descriptions for you. You have 160 characters at your disposal. Use this space to create an attention-grabbing description of your article that compels people to click on the link.   Need help with your content marketing? Then contact WSI OMS today. Please follow and like...

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How to Get Press Coverage without Spending Money

Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 in Copywriting |

Paid media is a huge part of digital marketing. Whether you’re a marketing manager or a CEO, you are undoubtedly aware of the fact that a huge part of your marketing budget goes to paid media in the form of Google Ads, Facebook ads and other promoted ads on the internet. There are, however, ways to land a lot of media coverage without spending money. You can get traffic, leads and sales just by getting press coverage as well as coverage from bloggers. So, where do you start? You start by finding your competitors, who are already getting press coverage, find the journalists who are covering the topics and reach out to them personally with your own news. You can’t just reach out to a journalist and ask them to feature your business. Journalists don’t care about your marketing goals, but they care about the articles they write and their publication. When you contact a journalist, you can refer to the article that was written and then offer to provide additional value by giving your own opinion. To make it even easier for the journalist to publish your point of view, have an article prepared that you can submit as well. This approach can be used in a number of instances. If a journalist has published an article about trends in your industry, a relevant event or anything related to your field of expertise, reach out and offer value in the form of a carefully thought out opinion. Many times, you will need a professional copywriter to write your press release, article or blog for you. WSI OMS has expert copywriters who can help you with this. Contact us for more information today. Please follow and like...

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Content Creation – taking the slogging out of blogging

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Blogging, Content Marketing |

Many business owners simply don’t have the time (or the skill) to write their own blog posts, which is why this kind of content creation is regularly offered as part of an SEO package or an online marketing campaign. Content for SEO: blog posts that bring traffic to your website  The key here…yes ‘key… is keywords. Your SEO service provider will be doing keyword research from month to month to determine what people are typing into the search bar to try and find your service or product. This is used for SEO of your static website content and Adwords campaigns, but it’s even more useful to help structure a content strategy that has the potential to drive enormous amounts of traffic to your website.   Sure, you are the expert on the subject matter, and you will get final editing say, but if what you need written is clearly defined as part of an SEO strategy, there’s no need to actually find the time to sit down and write it yourself.  In fact, it’s better not to. Regular posts, pre-planned, written as per schedule have been shown to be far more successful than sporadic posts that are not keyword based or part of an overall strategy.   Blogging for social media marketing Then there’s content creation specifically aimed at social media. You want posts that people will like and share on social media, but have no clue how to go about achieving it…or, once again…no time nor particular skill at writing. Again, there are methods that experienced content creators use to get attention on social media and inspire people to share posts.   It’s simply better to let the experts write your blogs for you – so let them take the slogging out of blogging and generate traffic, conversions, sales and ‘Shares’.   Contact us at WSI OMS to help you create regular blog posts as part of your SEO and content marketing strategy. We can create a content calendar and we know what works and what tried and tested formulas will drive traffic to your website – over and over, for years to come. Please follow and like...

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Answers to commonly asked SEO questions

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in SEO |

Many businesses out there with an online presence find SEO and all its intricacies very confusing and either outsource it completely, or ignore it. Unfortunately, it’s not something you can really ignore, not if you want to succeed in the digital world. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions, which might help to get your head around the importance of optimizing your website and content to get maximum returns. Should I outsource SEO or do it myself? It really depends on the size of your business and how much time you have available. Larger businesses could potentially afford to hire someone to take care of the SEO as part of a bigger portfolio, but smaller businesses may want to outsource it to a trustworthy digital marketing company who has more experience. If the business is a start-up and the owner has the time to learn about the basics of SEO and do it in-house, the experience and understanding of SEO practices will help with monitoring later on if it ever gets outsourced. Why is blogging such a big deal for SEO? Google loves fresh content and websites that continually post, so blogging is one of the easiest ways to achieve this. In addition, your blogs posts will hopefully inspire other people and encourage them to share your blogs, which helps to stretch its reach. Blogging regularly helps to establish you as an expert in your field, increase exposure and establish trust with your customers. But quality far outweighs quantity, so concentrating on blogs that provide relevant, interesting and engaging content is more likely to be read, shared and improve your reputation. What’s the most important thing I could do right now to improve my SEO? Do some research into what keywords your customers and potential customers are using in their searches. Also, ensure that your website has no technical issues. Fantastic content is wasted if there is a miscoded file that stops Google from crawling your site. Go into your Google Webmaster Tools account to see what HTML improvements they recommend for your site. Make sure you have an XML sitemap submitted too. How much time should I be spending on SEO? This depends on your type of business – a product based website with many products would need more time than a service based business. You should dedicate a couple of hours to SEO per week, but only once you have a clear understanding of who your audience is and how you plan to target them. For small businesses focusing on blogs, an hour a week should be sufficient, but this includes commenting on other platforms, guest posting and doing interviews or podcasts. Just how important are...

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