5 SEO copywriting mistakes you should avoid

Copywriting is a very important element of every SEO strategy. High-quality content is THE thing that’ll help you rank and that’ll set your site apart from all the other sites out there. You probably want to do SEO copywriting the right way. Without making any fatal mistakes. So what SEO copywriting mistakes should you definitely avoid? I’ll tell you all about it in this post.

Read more: SEO copywriting: the ultimate guide »

1. Not starting with keyword research

SEO copywriting always starts with keyword research. Take some time to think about the terms you want to be found for. You should take keyword research seriously. It can be rather daunting, but it’ll definitely pay off.

Keep reading: Keyword research: the ultimate guide »

2. Bad, unoriginal content

One of the biggest SEO copywriting mistakes people make is to write content purely for SEO reasons. Content is King. Content will probably help you rank the fastest way possible (providing you have some important technical issues covered). But content should NEVER be written only for SEO purposes.

Think about what you want to write about. Consider your audience. Define a message. You should write high-quality content based on original ideas. That’ll be the content that will drive traffic to your site. That’ll be the content that will convert visitors into customers!

3. Keyword stuffing

Do not go overboard with mentioning the term you want to rank for. Do not mention your focus keyword in every sentence. Your text will become really awful to read and your audience won’t like that. Above that, if you over optimize your text, you’ll also risk a Google penalty. In our SEO plugin, we check your keyphrase density higher. If your focus keyphrase is mentioned to many times, you might get a red bullet. In Yoast SEO Premium, we added word form support so the plugin can now understand and count all the different forms — plural, singular, etc. — of your focus keyphrase. In addition, you can add synonyms and related keyphrases so it becomes a lot easier to optimize your text.

4. Focusing on only one focus keyword

Don’t focus too much on one focus keyword. Try to rank for multiple keywords, keyphrases and synonyms. Especially if you’re trying to rank for a certain long tail key phrase (like [vacation home Southern Florida]) try to use a different word order every now and then. Otherwise, your text will become really weird to read. Luckily, Yoast SEO now finds your focus keyphrase even if it the words appear in a different order in the same sentence. In addition, the Yoast SEO Premium plugin actually has great functionality, helping you to optimize your text for synonyms, and related focus keyphrases.

Read on: Why should you use multiple focus keywords »

5. Unreadable texts

A final SEO copywriting mistake that people often make, is that they write difficult or dull posts. We know writing is hard. Nevertheless, copy should always be nice and easy to read. Don’t use too many long sentences. Avoid to use many difficult words. If you write for more than one region, check if you didn’t make any confusing mixups. Check whether the structure of your text is clear. In short: make sure people understand the message of your text. A big part of your SEO copywriting strategy is making sure you are writing a clear and readable text. People should be able to understand what you want to tell them. If you succeed in creating copy that’s easy to comprehend, people will be less inclined to click away. They might even return to your site to read your next post.

Conclusion on SEO copywriting mistakes

SEO copywriting mistakes are made when people focus too little on the quality of their texts. Text should have an original idea, a story. And, texts should be nice and easy to read. You should optimize your text for the search engines without making any concessions to the quality of your text. Perhaps it’s possible to mention your focus keyword yet another time. However, if the sentence becomes awkward, you should decide to leave that focus keyword out. And if it’s starting to look good, you can check for other common SEO mistakes as well.

Keep on reading: SEO copywriting: the ultimate guide »

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8 Responses to 5 SEO copywriting mistakes you should avoid

  1. Nathan
    Nathan  • 3 years ago

    as someone who hates doing copywriting and outsources it, this is a good checklist against the work I get back. Thanks.

  2. @AbdelMaleck
    @AbdelMaleck  • 3 years ago

    Clear and helpfull for us. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Alessia Martalò
    Alessia Martalò  • 3 years ago

    Point 4 is really important. Using related kws is crucial.

  4. Tomek
    Tomek  • 3 years ago

    Yes, but everone knows this. This is totally obviousely

  5. Matt
    Matt  • 3 years ago

    Isn’t this article itself, 100% unoriginal?

    • Anna
      Anna  • 3 years ago

      “Check wether the structure of your text is clear” – and maybe not clear :)

      • Helen Penland
        Helen Penland  • 3 years ago

        Wether? A castrated goat…Hmmmm

        • Marieke van de Rakt

          Oops… fixed it know.

          Funny… I was just answering comments on another blog post about engagement https://yoast.com/blog-engagement/ and suggested that putting in typo’s could get you a lot of comments… (this was a joke of course).