What if I told you quality content isn’t enough to gain you content marketing success?
Because the truth is, it’s not.
You can post tons of content online, but unless it’s backed by content strategy, it’ll be like going on a journey without a set destination and map. Or like building a house without the blueprints.
So, how do you implement content strategy so you can start seeing real results in your content marketing?
In this blog, I’ll narrow down and share with you one concept in content strategy I teach in both my course and book:
A concept I call the “content house.” 🏡 Where you commit to building a long-term, lasting online presence.
I’ll show you:
- The three parts of a content house.
- Where you should build your content house.
- Practical steps to follow as you construct your content house.
Ready to start?
Let’s dive in!
What is a Content House?
Content strategy involves determining the core content your brand will create, then building a house around it.
Here’s what the house should look like.
We’ll look deeper into each level of your content house in a minute. For now, think of your content house as your authoritative online presence. It’s the voice that calls to search engines, “Hey! We’ve got excellent, stand-out content here!”
Where to Build a Solid, Lasting Content House
It’s essential to build your content house on your own turf: your own website.
Years ago, I had a contributor account on HuffPost. Since HuffPost has a huge following, guest posting on the platform was a great opportunity for me to expose my brand to new people and link back to my website.
However, in January of 2018, HuffPost announced it would kill its contributor program. That meant shutting down the accounts of over 100,000 contributors!
Almost overnight, I lost my contributor login and access to all my posts.
But did it ruin my online presence? Did I lose a ton of leads when I lost those guest posts?
No. Far from it!
Because I’d focused my primary efforts on building my content house on my own website, I lost no traffic with the loss of my HuffPost account and guest posts.
My content house was still standing strong because I’d built it on my own platform: my own website. In fact, I lost no traffic with the loss of my HuffPost account and guest posts.
Of course, guest posting, social media, and marketing on other platforms are important. But they’re only the roads that lead to your strong, solid, lasting content house.
Three Steps to Building a Content House that Increases Your Brand’s ROI
Now, let’s go into the different parts of your content house and dig into best practices for building them.
Step #1: Lay the Foundation of Your Content House
The base of your content house is a deep knowledge of your audience, realistic content personas, and a list of long-tail keywords.
1. Get to Know Your Audience
When building a house, the most important thing to consider is who will live in it. Are these people affluent? Do they love luxury, or would they rather keep things simple? What is the main goal they want to achieve by having the house built? Comfort? Security? Bragging rights?
When you know the answers to these questions, it’ll be much simpler to craft the house’s blueprint.
The same is true when you build your content house. Before anything else, you need to know who you’re creating the house for.
This means knowing your audience. You need to dive deep into your audience’s:
Once you know your audience personally, it’ll be simpler to build your house with content that speaks directly and intimately to them and results in higher conversion.
2. Create Realistic Personas
After you’ve dug up facts about your audience, it’s time to create personas for the content you’ll write.
To do this, go across the data you’ve gathered about your audience. As you sift through the information, you’ll notice a number of trends standing out.
For instance, the majority of your audience is male. These men are over 40, and they’re worried they haven’t saved up enough for a comfortable retirement.
Once you discover a trend, lump the information into a persona. For instance, you can call this guy Worried Walter. How can your brand help Walter? Can you offer him expert advice on investing? Help him determine how to choose an insurance plan that fits his lifestyle and spending capability?
Every time you sit down to write, pull up Walter’s persona from your file. Add a photo to go with his details.
When you share this persona with other members of your team, it’ll be easier to craft consistent content your audience will devour.
3. Do Keyword Research to Find Long-Tail Keywords to Optimize Your Content Around
Remember, long-tail keywords work better than short keywords most of the time.
- Long-tail keywords drive high-quality traffic to your site. A person searching for “pink mini prom dress” is deeper into the sales funnel than a person simply searching for “dress.”
- Long-tail keywords have lower competition. For instance, “shoes” forces you to compete with brands like Nike and Adidas, while “black patent leather shoes for men” puts you on fair ground with competitors you can outrank.
- Long-tail keywords in question format help you rank for voice search.
When making a list of long-tail keywords for your content house, it’s an excellent idea to build an editorial calendar. This will help you schedule content to write around keywords and when to publish each piece on your site.
Step #2: Build the Structure of Your Content House
When building your content house’s structure, focus on best practices for crafting high-quality content.
1. Quality Content Creation, Done Consistently
With content creation, quality is always better than quantity. However, don’t forget to be consistent.
- You shouldn’t write a blog every single day simply for the sake of posting something. But, you shouldn’t lay off posting anything for weeks because you’re waiting for the inspiration to write something spectacular.
- You should post regularly. But, you should never sacrifice the quality of your content.
So, how do you come up with excellent content that’s also consistent?
- You don’t have to post a blog every single day. Posting two (2,000-word) blogs a week works well for me.
- If you have talented expert writers on your team, you can switch from doing the work of writing to simply overseeing it.
- Do you have old content that’s ranking well on Google? You can update or repackage this content and repost it on your blog.
2. Optimize Your Website’s Pages with Your Long-Tail Keywords
Optimizing for SEO is essential. How can readers see your content if Google doesn’t find it for them first?
To optimize for SEO, use your chosen long-tail keywords in all your content. Put them in your blog, your landing pages, your Home and About pages.
Always remember, however, to use keywords naturally. You shouldn’t have to count them. Simply craft content addressing a long-tail keyword topic, and the keywords will flow effortlessly into your piece.
Step #3: Protect Your Content House with a Roof
Make a mistake with your content, and your whole house can come crashing down on you.
For instance, your site’s landing page is trite, boring, and lumped together into one never-ending paragraph.
Will people be interested to click through to other pages?
Of course not. They’ll click the back button like it’ll save their lives.
The best way to watch out for content that isn’t performing is to attach metrics to every single piece you publish.
- Track your bounce rate to determine how many people visit your site without clicking through to your other pages.
- Measure scroll depth to find out if readers scroll all the way to the bottom of the page, or where they stop scrolling and leave.
- Take notice of the time on page each visitor spends on your blog or website pages.
Metrics and maintenance are the roof of your content house. By helping you weed out bad content, they protect your house from damage.
The Benefits of Having a Solid Content House
Your content house is your brand’s online presence.
Which means you shouldn’t build it on someone else’s real estate.
And you need to take care to construct the foundation, structure, and roof precisely and skillfully.
When you put all elements together, you have a solid content house. Because it’s packed with high-quality content and valuable keywords, it won’t take long for both Google and readers to discover it.
Greater authority online, a ton of new leads, and higher ROI.