How does an SEO content writer use keywords?

Old Skeleton keysThe job of an SEO content writer is to create articles that get their online clients to show up higher in search engine results. One way to do that is with strategic use of keywords.

What are keywords?

A keyword is a word or phrase that people type into search engines when they’re looking for something. For example, if they live in Minneapolis and are planning a trip to Hawaii, they might type in “Minneapolis travel agent.” That’s the keyword in this scenario.

Why do SEO content writers care about them?

Your client, which just happens to be a local travel agency, wants to be the first thing they see in those search results. Failing that, they at least want to show up on the first page, the higher the better (few people read past the first page of results, and most concentrate on the first few in the list). For that to happen, the search engine has to consider the client’s site a relevant authority for the keyword.

Now, here’s where your writing comes in. When Google sees that your client’s site has numerous articles using the keyword “Minneapolis travel agent,” it assumes it must have something important to say about the topic. So, who does it show that person planning a trip to Hawaii, right there on the first page of the results? That’s right – your client.

Is it really that simple?

Of course, there’s a whole lot more to it than that. It’s not enough just to have content with the right keyword. The content has to have the right keyword placement. The ratio of keyword to text shouldn’t be too high or too low. Too low and the search engine won’t consider the site relevant. Too high and it might penalize the site for attempting to exploit the system (this is called “keyword stuffing” – don’t do it!).

Numerous other factors contribute to well-optimized writing, but we’ll save those for another article.

The most important thing to understand is that search engines look at keywords to determine the order of results, so your writing is a crucial factor in your client’s success at reaching the top of a Google search.

Article first published as How Does an SEO Content Writer Use Keywords? on Blogcritics, with slight changes.
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