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  • Writer's pictureMark A Preston

The Key to Content Quality: Is It Time for an Update?

When it comes to the world of digital marketing, quality content is the lifeblood of any successful website. If you've ever wondered whether you need to improve the quality of your content, then I'm here to guide you through the process. After training numerous individuals and implementing these tactics on countless websites, I've distilled some proven strategies for content assessment.

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Why Should You Assess Your Content?

Let's start with the basics. Your website is your brand's online storefront. When potential customers land on your website, they are looking for answers, solutions, and a sense of trust. The content you provide serves as the bridge between their needs and your offerings. Now, let's delve deeper.

Reading Aloud: The Underrated Litmus Test

This might sound a tad unconventional, but bear with me. If you want to get an authentic feel for your content:

  1. Open a page of your website.

  2. Read the content out aloud.

By doing this simple exercise, you'll swiftly grasp whether the content:

  • Makes logical sense.

  • Sounds natural and fluid.

  • Serves its primary objective – addressing and resolving user queries.

While silently reading might give you an overview, reading out loud provides an immersive experience, revealing the true quality and impact of your content.

Your Competitors as a Mirror

Competition can be a driving force for improvement. Take a look at your competitors' websites and assess their content. Ask yourself:

  • Is my content superior to theirs?

  • What unique value am I offering that they aren't?

  • How can I enhance my content to be the best in my niche?

Google, like your potential customers, is always comparing. If your content doesn't outshine your competitors, you're at risk of losing both your audience's trust and Google's favour.

Measuring Success: Conversions

The ultimate aim of any piece of content is conversion. Whether it's to generate leads, drive sales, or foster engagement, every page on your site has a purpose. So, how do you measure success?

It's straightforward: Look at the conversion rates. For instance, if a particular page's objective is to generate leads, then its lead conversion rate will speak volumes about its effectiveness. Using tools like Google Analytics, monitor your sales funnel. If a page isn't meeting its goals, then it's time for a revision.

As I always say,

"Content should be a solution, not just words on a page. If it isn't driving your goals, it's time to recalibrate."

In Conclusion

Content assessment isn't just a one-time task. It's an ongoing process of refinement and adaptation to meet the evolving needs of your audience. Stay proactive in your approach, and always strive for excellence.

For those who are serious about mastering the art of content and SEO, I offer comprehensive training to help you navigate this ever-evolving landscape. Feel free to get in touch for all your SEO training requirements. Remember, in the world of online business, content is more than king—it's the entire kingdom.


About the author

Mark A Preston

Mark A Preston: SEO trainer & speaker with over 2 decades (since 2001) experience in the SEO industry. Host of 'The Unscripted SEO Interview Podcast'. Author of 'The Business Side of SEO' and 'The SEO Freelancer Survival Handbook', SEO Business Books.


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