How to Create Content for Websites

Creating content for your websites has just become easier.

The role that quality content plays on your websites is very important, that is why it is necessary to plan ahead.

All the search engines, Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.,  rank sites according to how much content it has and how often the content is updated.  Content takes many forms. It can include text, videos or pictures, or all of the above.

A very important thing to remember when creating content is to speak candidly to the reader.  I always put myself in the reader’s place when I write, and whatever I would like to read in an article, I imagine that the readers would also like.

Of course, no one can please ALL readers, but the reader who finds your article interesting will return again and again.

Another very important fact is that the content should be original.  It is okay to refer from time to time to someone else, especially when you are giving credit to the source, but it is never advisable to copy someone else’s work word for word.  This will cause the search engines to frown upon your website, and it will defeat your purpose.

First you must choose a niche with which you are comfortable.  Your niche would be a subject in which you have a deep interest. When you have a deep research your topicinterest in a particular subject, it is easier to throw yourself into doing the research for that subject and to expound on your findings.

The Technical Stuff

It is a good idea to create an outline of how your website is going to look even before you begin.  What headings will you have for your pages?  I found that when I gave each page a separate topic then I could write various articles which could go under that topic.  This is known as framing your website.

The human brain learns a lot better when there is a visual image to assist it in absorbing the material the person is reading.  This is also true when someone is giving directions.  If you are going on a road trip and someone recites the route to you, you would no doubt have a better understanding if they drew out a diagram which showed you all the turns, right?

This standard also applies if you are following instructions for creating a website. Therefore, the best way that I can instruct you is to refer you a visual of the steps which are necessary in creating content for your new website.  Here is a good source which I have found exceptional.

Pictures in Your Site

Using pictures to illustrate your thought is another excellent way to bring the point home.  If you are discussing money, then have a picture of money.  I prefer to use actual pictures rather than clip art, because I am of the opinion that actual pictures illustrate the subject matter more effectively.  There should not be too many pictures to cause a distraction, but just enough to break up the monotony of the printed words.

How Much Content Is Enough

The length of your post is another big concern of bloggers.  In my opinion, length matters. Your topic should be well-researched, because this is one element which search engines look for, and consider to be evidence of a high quality site.  writing ideas for websiteHowever, your experiences, if any, and your opinion is also valuable information for a reader.  Therefore, the length should be just enough to hold someone’s interest – not too long, and not too short.  One of  my blogs which gained first place on Google had over 400 words, but less than 500. Others say that blogs around 1000 words are best.  But don’t let that scare you; you might start small, but it will come naturally as you progress.

Highlighting for Effect

The most important thing in writing a blog is to be able to hold your reader’s interest.  One way to hold someone’s interest is by creating sub-headings which can immediately direct a reader’s attention to the section in which they are most interested.  Be sure to use a heading font size as a better attention-grabber.

Don’t  Forget

Don’t forget to include a link to the product or service which you are promoting.  After you have provided some very valuable information which the reader can use, then you can point them to where they can obtain that product or service.  I believe that your blog should be a ‘one-stop’ location.

I hope that I have achieved my goal of simplifying the process of writing effective content for your sites.  If I can be of further help to you, please reach out to me by leaving a comment or question below.

Happy Writing!!

Judy

 

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18 Responses to How to Create Content for Websites

  1. Cathy says:

    Blogging isn’t the easiest thing for me to do when I started my online business. I was never a good writer, never really scored in English classes and simply just too lazy to write.

    So it was really challenging to create content for my first few articles. But when someone read it and left a positive comment, I was stoked. I actually like that type of virtual engagement and the best part is, it triggers new content idea for my blog which is great.

    • Judy says:

      Thanks for your input Cathy. Continue to write. You never know who your blog will reach and what impact it will have on their lives. Success to you!

  2. Rob S. says:

    Retirement is a great time to learn how to write content. It’s actually a lot of fun writing and inserting images. You want to write about something that you’re passionate about and that your readers will enjoy.
    It’s important to just write as yourself. I agree that you should make your fonts big enough to read and break up the paragraphs so it’s easier on the eyes reading.
    I feel that one thousand words is about right. Yours may be different but be engaging. That’s the most important thing.

    • Judy says:

      Thank you for visiting my blog Bob. Your input will help others to make a good decision regarding their future.

  3. Nikos says:

    Content is the most important part of an online business. Without it pretty much nothing else matters.
    I do agree with you that longer posts do better in the search engines.
    Sometimes is very easy for bloggers to write about things they only care but that doesn’t mean your readers will want to read that.
    The best content is the one that offers a solution and addresses your audience problems. That’s the best way to keep your visitors coming back for more.

  4. Neil says:

    Hi, Judy!

    As a blogger, I’m always being pulled in different directions when it comes to writing content online. Some say to write short articles, and other marketers say to write lengthy quality articles. It gets confusing after a while lol.

    But I’m glad I’ve found your article, because you’ve really put things into perspective where the length of content is concerned. However, I do appreciate your other advice too, especially when it comes to implementing imagery.

    Thank You!
    Neil

    • Judy says:

      Neil,

      I’m glad I was able to put things in perspective for you. I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you before, I’ve been traveling. I wish you all the best in your blogging career.

      Judy

  5. Hailey says:

    Sometimes I struggle to write content because after AP English class all my writing seems to be too proper and sticks out way too much in a blog post. I’ve been realizing recently that I should probably take a down a notch and just type more how I would talk. when I read some of my posts I feel like they are way too informative rather than interactive so I am focusing on fixing that and trying to create more pleasing content that is less structured and more fun.

    • Judy says:

      Hailey,

      I understand where you are, and my suggestion to you would be to always get a picture of whom you are addressing.

      If you are focusing on intellectuals, then AP English would be the best kind of writing, but yes, if you are speaking to an average person, then you would need to write in a style that an average person would understand, and from which they would gain knowledge.

      When I write, I always speak from my heart, and in a manner that I would want someone to speak to me. I research the facts, and then I omit highly technical details, preferring instead to share the information in my own words.

      I hope this has been helpful to you and have encouraged you to relax and be yourself.

      All the best in your endeavors,

      Judy

  6. Chris says:

    I used to think I was a half decent writer but just recently my blogging journey has dipped a little bit.
    I am in a niche I enjoy but the content ideas have just sort of dried up out of nowhere!
    I was wondering what your thoughts are on this – how do you keep your website content ideas flowing day after day?

    • Judy says:

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for taking the time to read and leave your comments.

      To answer your question – I usually get ideas for my posts from other sources. It usually happens when something catches my interest, which I can turn into a post. It may be a statement I read somewhere else; sometimes I see the heading of an article and that sparks my interest and I want to explore the subject and put my own spin on it. That happens quite often in my niche.

      I always try to be myself when I’m writing, not knowing whether anyone will agree or not, but I share from my heart. What niche are you in, Chris?

  7. Diana says:

    Hi Judy!

    Thanks for sharing your insight on creating content. This is a topic that I struggle with on a regular basis so I will definitely refer to this post in the future.

    An insecurity I have is length. I’m never sure whether I wrote too much or I didn’t write enough. I agree that the important part is to be as thorough as possible to get your point across.

    Do you have any suggestions for an average word count as far as articles are concerned?

    Thanks again,

    Diana

    • Judy says:

      Diana,

      The recommended number of words is at least 1000, but the more you write the better. We should shoot for 1500. I am told that the comments which others make on your post help to increase the number of words on the site.

      Judy

  8. roamy says:

    Hello Judy
    thanks for explaining how to create content for a website.Im new to online and still struggling to write good quality content.
    while looking for info how to improve things,your site came up,and in my opinion,l could not have landed in a better place.Terms like framing a website or how much content is enough are things l keep worrying about.
    Wow,1000 words seem like a full book, im not sure I have so much to say,but maybe with time as I get more practice and better with words, l might be able to produce 1,000 words.
    Right now, it`s a struggle to produce even 400 words.I like everything you wrote on your post, really helpful and written in a way that is easy to understand.
    thanks so much for sharing.

    • Judy says:

      Hi Roamy,

      Thanks for sharing. As you continue to practice writing, you become more relaxed and it becomes easier for the words to flow. Before you know it, you have exceeded the number of words of your last post.

      When you’re writing about something you like, and if you like helping someone with your knowledge, writing is a breeze. All the best to you.

      Judy

  9. Norman says:

    Being a website owner requires that you spend time creating content and not just content, but content that can help your readers find what they are looking for. Once you can connect with your readers through your content on that level, you would have won your readers for life.

  10. Craig says:

    Hi Judy,

    I also have an online business and I was searching for some tips to improve my workflow when I found this article.

    I think this “framing” of a website is good idea. I can definitely see how this would make it easier to write content.

    I have been averaging around 1200 to 1300 words per article. Do you think this is too much?

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