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  • us.cision.com  866.639.5087  Copyright © 9.24.2013 Cision, Inc. All Rights Reserved.ca.cision.com  877.269.3367 332 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60604 1100-150 Ferrand Drive Toronto, ON M3C 3E5 Amazing content can’t reach its full potential if it’s not easily found by the right audience. With the tools available today, a great piece of content that is optimized for search and social media can deliver value immediately, as well as for years to come. Here are ten tips to help you take your great piece of content to the next level by optimizing it for readability, search and social media. Optimize for Readability 1 Get to the point Use the inverted pyramid approach when writing copy for the web. You want to immediately hook the reader with the value of your content. Start with the most newsworthy or helpful information at the top and give details afterward. 2 Drop the jargon Your audience might not speak the same language as you when it comes to niche industry terms. Jargon can be confusing and lose your readers’ interest. Drop the buzzwords and write for the masses. 3 Break information into sections Most people scan content online. Make your content engaging and easy to read by breaking information into sections or bulleted lists. Optimize for Search 4 Know your keywords Keywords are the words/phrases that are typed into a search engine. Select keywords that define what your content is about in a few words. Your content should focus on a single over-arching keyword, which you should keep in mind as you write. 5 Don’t use branded keywords A big mistake people make with content is targeting keywords that are brand specific. Using your brand or product name as a keyword will only net an audience who already knows your brand. With good non-branded keywords, you’re targeting those who don’t. 10 Tips to Optimize Your Content Tip Sheet
  • us.cision.com  866.639.5087  Copyright © 9.24.2013 Cision, Inc. All Rights Reserved.ca.cision.com  877.269.3367 332 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60604 1100-150 Ferrand Drive Toronto, ON M3C 3E5 6 Place your keywords properly Your keywords should appear in at least three places on your content: The title tag of the post (this is the text that appears when you hover over your browser or tab), your headline tag (also known as h1), and the first paragraph of your content. Placing your keywords in these three places helps search engines and readers understand what your content is about. In your title and headline tag, make your keyword the first word, if possible. Search engines put more weight on keywords at the beginning of each of those tags. Optimize for Social Media 7 Use multimedia Photos get over 50% more Likes on Facebook, and over 100% more comments than average posts. This increase in engagement makes your post more likely to appear in other users’ Facebook News Feeds, garnering it more visibility. The same concept holds true on Twitter. Tweets that include multimedia get 3 to 4 times more engagement than those without. 8 Make sharing easy Include social media buttons on your site so people can easily share what they’re reading with others. The small barrier of not having these buttons can be the difference between engagement and a lost share. Definitely include Facebook Likes, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn buttons. If you are creating a lot of visual content — including videos — a Pinterest “Pin it” button is a must. 9 Share more than just a headline Most social shares may just include the headline of a post with an image. This is a great place to start, but think of other things within your post that you could share. Are there stats in the content that you can share? How about quotes? This allows you to reposition your content on social media, and hopefully appeal to readers who might not have been swayed by your headline. If there’s anything to take away from this tip sheet, it’s this tip... 10 Create great content It all starts with delivering real value to your audience. If you deliver great content with actionable insights, people will share it, link to it and talk about it. Those activities are what get your content seen more on social channels, driving up short-term views—and in turn get it to rank highly in search, driving long-term views Want more tips on how to optimize your content? Check out Cision’s eBook: Power Your Story, Content Marketing Essentials for PR Tip Sheet