Content. It’s a word we hear all the time, but we seldom really stop and think what good content entails. Of course, we know that it’s material that we put on the web to position ourselves or our companies such that we have a stronger Internet presence. Here are a few tips for rethinking web content to make it that much better.
- Know your audience.
Misreading your audience is perhaps the best way to fail in your content strategy. Because all your web material is directed toward a group of people with similar tastes and interests, if you don’t do your research about the type of person who would typically visit your blog, then your Internet traffic will plummet. The best way to assess your audience is to visit similar blogs, read your comments, and try to come up with your typical “reader” type.
- Understand that content isn’t just a bunch of words.
Whenever we think of web content, we usually just think of blocks of text, or our posts that we put up on our personal, confessional type blogs. Now, however, in the age in which content is everything, in order to differentiate yourself and your brand, you must expand your definition of content to include everything—video, audio, infographics, design, and more. And make sure that each component fits together to form a seamless whole.
- Place a very strong emphasis on style and voice.
While content isn’t just all words, words form a very important part of your content. As such, you have to do your best to impress. While there are many extremely excellent graphic designers and videographers, I truly believe that there aren’t as many good writers out there. Distinguish yourself by developing a voice and style that is all your own, whether it’s funny, lyrical, etc. Always take pride in what you post; treat your content as if it’s permanent.
While it is true that you can change a blog post if you mess up, way too many bloggers out there will try to throw up as much output as they can as quickly as they can, just so they can say that have lots of “content.” Considering that content pretty much represents your online reputation, be proud of anything you put up, and don’t half-heartedly post anything, including non-text items. Even if that means you will post less material less often, you’ll have more quality, which is what the Web 2.0 aims for these days.
Mariana Ashley is a freelance writer who particularly enjoys writing about online colleges. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be directed to mariana.ashley031 @gmail.com.