Creating new content is essential for your digital marketing strategy, but updating older content to boost search engine optimization (SEO) can also increase web traffic and engagement.
You should know what to look for during a Google Analytics review to determine which blog posts and other pages lack engagement. Check the click-through rate, bounce rate and the amount of time users spent on those pages.
Consider the following:
Google values quality user experiences, so crawlers evaluate websites based on their benefit to a human user. When you understand the intent of your target audience, you can update your existing content to better meet their needs.
That may include reformatting web pages and blog content into a more digestible presentation. Giving users information with concise copy and efficient navigation can improve their user experience and your site’s SEO value.
Large blocks of copy aren’t appealing to the eye and may even feel overwhelming to readers, so break those sections into smaller paragraphs. Add visual elements, too: branded graphics, images, videos and other multimedia.
When it comes to keywords, quality is more important than quantity, so stuffing a keyword many times into a page or blog article won’t improve SEO.
Site crawlers evaluate keyword use in the context of the user experience. That means keywords and phrases should be used in a natural way that supports a person’s search query.
Review title tags, meta-descriptions, headings and subheadings to ensure they include important keywords and phrases.
Does your current content include internal links to relevant pages and articles on your website? If not, using internal link building is an opportunity to boost SEO.
Google also prioritizes backlinking from other online entities as an indicator of your website’s credibility and influence. Click every link on a page to make sure you’re not sending users to broken links or unpublished web pages.
Are you now offering new services or products? Did you write a blog post that used statistics from an outdated study? It’s important to keep your website current and relevant. Updating your site’s information regularly will help keep it evergreen.
A misspelling or improper use of punctuation reflects poorly on your brand in the eyes of your target audience. Even if your website is optimized for search engines, grammar and spelling errors can discourage visitors from clicking on your website.