Content For Websites

Internet Marketing 101 – Generating Product & Service Content for your website

Now that you know how to set up your website, social media and your site is linked to from important niche directories, we need to discuss your on-site content i.e. the content within your website. We will work on blog-writing, profile descriptions and social media posts in different sections. For this blog, I want to dedicate our focus in understanding what good content for on-site (within your website) means.

Generally most people write on-site content different than blogs. They are directed towards the target audience. They tend to have a “sales-pitch” kind of a tone.

My recommendation for writing good on-site content for your product/s and service/s is to start with your core value proposition (why you are different than the rest and why your products and services have a slightly higher value than the competition). Although you really want to convince your audience, but the more you try, the worse it gets, so the best practice is to be precise.

By being precise, you are going to keep the content focused, brief and conclusive. The rest now depends on your readers. If you do not have a unique value proposition, it means you are selling something that has “low-value”, this simply means that you may have to re-think your entire line-up of product/service packages, inclusions, price etc..

“This is exactly the problem with Internet Marketing. While it opens a wide opportunity for small and medium sized businesses to grow fast, it rears an ugly second face to it as well i.e. if you are not unique, you will have to fall in line with all the other mediocre businesses with mediocre values”

We did not make the rules, the world generally works that way and there is no way to bend around this one. It only makes perfect sense to do internet marketing when you have a truly unique experience to give to your audience.

Now, that you have something of value to give to your readers, you will need to “generate” your content to be focused on the core essence of the products and services and their unique value propositions.  I say “generate” and not write, because your site content can be richer if you use different formats i.e. text, graphics, videos, slides etc

According to Googles Guidelines, here are 4 ways to create good content.

Basic Business information

Make sure your website has all the needful information needed. Some of the basics are location and contact information.

Unique content

Just because words are written differently, doesn`t mean that you have unique copy. Unique copy means that you have something to offer from a slightly different perspective than the others to your readers

Conversion Content

Make your website credible by having testimonials, citation links, case studies and reviews. This type of content also helps to convert people to buy products and services.

The Human Audience

Do not attempt to write for Search Engines, as that will not look impressive to the human audience. The only thing you need to write for the Search Engines are the meta data i.e. meta description, meta title, meta keywords and so on.  After that, you should only think about people on the other side of the monitor.

 

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Internet Marketing 101 – Setting up your Site, Social Media and Business Listings

In the last post (Internet Marketing 101 – How to Begin and Options), we discussed:

  • Why you should start internet marketing (we looked at some astounding data that reinforced the reasons why to begin internet marketing),
  • How to start by looking at your objectives and how you intend to find quality traffic.
  • Options available on how you can get to your target audience through a website, blog-site, social account or simply by listing your business information in review websites and directories.

Now, let`s see how you can effectively set up your website, social media accounts and business listings.

Setting up your own website

To set up your own website, you will need the following

  • Domain

Get a domain through a domain registrar such as Godaddy or Hostgator. There are plenty more registrars available.  The domain is basically the name/address of your website. Get a domain name that works well for you.

There are many TLDs [top-level domains – .com, .net,  .org and other country coded domains eg. .co.uk (UK), .com.ph & .ph (Philippines), .br (brazil)] that you can choose from, don`t fret if something you like is already taken. You just have to be creative.  Try and keep your domain relevant to your business, it should be as short and memorable as possible.

  • Server

While the domain is an address, servers are like “hard-drives” that keep all the digital information for a website. The domain although appears to us as a “name”, it is infact a numerical address. When this numerical address joins the numerical address of the server, they start to work as one for the needs of the website.  You can also configure the server and domain to start your own unique email with domain system. All you will need is a webmaster to help you with this. Sometimes, your site-developer can do this for free for you. You can get the server of your choice at Godaddy, Hostgator or Rackspace to name a few.

  • Website Layout

Get a web designer or developer to design and code your website. In case you feel that their prices are beyond your budget, consider downloading either free or paid website layout templates that may work for you.  You can get them at squarespace.com, wordpress and even blogger.

Setting up social media accounts

All you really require to set up social media accounts is an email address. You can get free email accounts at Gmail, Yahoomail or Hotmail.

Gmail is preferable in my opinion because later down, you will see that you will need a Gmail or Google account for various other free tools such as Google Places Listing, YouTube, Google Drive and more.

Free Google Products using Gmail

There are many social websites where you can choose to work in. Some of the most popular ones are:

  • Twitter
  • FaceBook
  • YouTube
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Plus or G+

All of these social media sites have an easy registration process. You will be up in social media in no time. After these accounts are made, you can start

  • Connecting with friends, family and people in your contact list. Most of these sites have fabulous features that allows you to massively upload email addresses into them, so that you can start connecting with these contacts in the different social media websites.
  • Making Pages – pages are different that personal profiles. When working in social media, it is more favorable to work in them from both perspectives i.e. personal and company accounts. Use company pages to highlight the very best of your won and other people`s content, while with the personal account, you can be more adventurous, bring out your own unique voice and build actual social media relationships. Read more about bringing your Uniqueness in Internet Marketing.

If you want further direction on how to start social media for business, read how businesses use Social media effectively.

Getting Listed

Sometimes, you may just want your customers to find you listed in review websites like Google Maps, Google Business and Yelp. Getting listed on other directory websites like Yellowpages can also be useful .

For Google listing products and services, all you will ever need is a gmail address to get listed along with a few requirements such as business name, address and phone.

There are many benefits to getting listed correctly. Google local seo, favors local businesses that build reputation in review websites and directories. By doing just so, there is a chance that you may just rank for a keyword or keywords in Page 1 of Google.

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