While much of the business world has adopted the internet as its primary marketing outlet as opposed to print pieces, the importance of quality content has remained the same. Quality content is crucial to your internet marketing plan for a few reasons.
Websites require content. While a flashy website with slideshows and moving icons is fun to look at, websites still need quality, written content to draw the readers in. Just as with print pieces, the content needs to educate and inform consumers. Then, it needs to persuade them to buy. Graphics and photos are nice, but usually they are not the reason consumers buy the product or service. Instead, it’s the written content that drives the sale.
Article Marketing is all about content. In order to make the sale at all, traffic needs to be driven to your website. That’s where article marketing comes in. Article marketing is a form of free advertising in which you write and post articles on article directories on the internet. As consumers search for topics related to your product or service, they are directed to these articles which, in turn, direct them to your business website. Article marketing offers a couple of benefits. First, it’s relatively inexpensive compared to other forms of advertising. There is usually little or not cost associated with posting to the directories. The cost to your business would primarily be in paying a professional writer to write the articles and post them for you. Secondly, the traffic these articles will direct to your website is targeted traffic. That is, these consumers were actively searching for information related to your product or website. They are much more likely to make a purchase from you.
Content dictates your search engine rankings. Graphics optimized for the search engines: Content should not just be written well. It should also be optimized for the search engines so your website gets a higher ranking. Optimizing content for the search engines requires some research and knowledge about how to find keywords and determine which keywords are being searched for and how to incorporate those into your article marketing plan and into your website content.
Quality content should be custom-written and researched to your business’ specifications and needs. It should be well-written and free of grammatical, spelling and mechanical errors.