If you’re running a business that relies strongly on the internet, you’ll have to do a little bit of SEO. And a component of SEO is doing article writing for SEO purposes. There are slight differences between an ordinary article and an article that was made for SEO. SEO writing is the process of combining good quality content and proper keyword usage. In order to do that, see the steps below.

Always start with keyword research

The logical thing to do if you want to rank for keywords is to do keyword research. There are many tools available in the internet, some of them are free. These tools allow you to determine which keywords you should be using by providing you the number of searches per month, among other details.

Identify topics of relevance

Make sure to choose the topics carefully for your keywords. Lately, search engines are getting in terms of identifying which sites to give in the search results.

Write the article

Write the article like you do when writing ordinary articles. The basics still apply, providing an introductory paragraph, the content and a conclusion. Be sure to write high quality, valuable content, something which people would spend some time to actually read.

Insert your keywords

Here’s the tricky part. When you already wrote the article that’s related to your keyword, it’s most likely that you’ve already used that keyword. Make sure though that you haven’t used the keywords too much because it might trigger some spam filters. Instead of repetitively using the same keywords, it would be good to replace them with what we call ‘cousin keywords’. That way, you get to increase the relevance of your topic without being labeled as spam.

Don’t forget to link back to your site

A good practice when writing the article is to make sure that it links back to your site. If you’re writing for your site content, a common practice would be to link back to your home page or perhaps another page in your site. That way, readers can easily navigate through different contents of your site. However, linking to different sites isn’t necessary for your own content.

On the other hand, if you’re writing for article submission (another common practice for SEO), it’s important that you don’t forget to insert the links to your site. Otherwise, the content you wrote will just be good for reading and gives you no benefit in SEO perspective.