7 Proven Ways to Come Up with Content Ideas for Your SEO Program

SEO professional brainstorming content ideas for an SEO program.
Expert, shareable content is the backbone of your SEO program. But coming up with topics can be intimidating if you don’t have the proper guidance. Here, I’ll outline seven ways you can keep your SEO editorial calendar filled with useful content:

  1. Keyword research
  2. Personas 
  3. Old content
  4. Company initiatives
  5. Industry news and updates
  6. Repurposed content
  7. Subject matter experts
  8. FAQ: Why is repurposing content a powerful approach in optimizing a website’s search visibility?

1. Keyword Research

One of the most obvious places to start is your keyword research. Your keyword research should drive endless new webpages on your website.

Keyword research helps you identify the things that your target audience is looking for. It helps you understand your customer journey, so you can create content to support them at every step.

As you research keywords, you get a sense of the type of content that is ranking for those keywords. That tells you what search engines like Google believe is quality and what other websites say about the topic.

To learn more, read: What Are Keywords?

2. Personas / Audience

Persona research and development can help you create content specific to the challenges your various audience members face. Brainstorm a list of topics that each persona would be interested in, then optimize that content with any of your target keywords.

To learn more, read: 3 Steps to Define Your Target Audience for Your SEO Program

3. Old Content

At one point or another, you’ve probably heard someone say you need evergreen content. Evergreen content is content that can stand the test of time. For many topics, it is hard to trust several years old content, but that might be the content that is ranking for your site.

This is true for any content but especially important for what Google calls “your money or your life” topics. These are topics that can impact a person’s health, financial stability, or some other important aspect of their life.

I’ve written in the past about how to do a content review, and that advice still stands:

  1. Start by reviewing the top-ranked pages. These are pages that rank in the very top results on Page 1 and drive the most traffic.
  2. Next, identify the rest of the pages ranking on the first page in Google’s search results, and driving good traffic.
  3. Identify the pages that are ranking on Page 2 and beyond that have the potential to rank better.
  4. Finally, find those pages that are not ranking well nor driving traffic, and are irrelevant or low quality.

For each of these categories, you’ll want to consider:

  • How to handle the content: Will it be a rewrite? How will you handle duplicate content? Will you combine like-topics into one in-depth article? Will you get rid of some content altogether?
  • How to optimize the content: For the pages that you want to give a boost, make sure they are optimized with the basics.

To learn more, read:

4. Company Initiatives

There will always be company news, a product or service announcement, or a new section of content that needs to be added to the site based on an initiative. Save space on your SEO editorial calendar for these types of announcements and webpages.

Target an 80/20 mix here, where 20% of the content you create is company-focused and 80% is educational or useful in some other way. This helps ensure you are not inundating people with sales pitches.

5. Industry News and Updates

Your industry will likely have news, trends, reports, or something else interesting to report on from time to time. Keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in your sector, and plan to write about attention-grabbing headlines.

6. Repurposed Content

There’s so much potential in a single piece of content. So make sure you look at the entire library of resources your company is creating, and think about how to repurpose that for your SEO program. Videos, webinars, training materials, ebooks, and much more can be repurposed into web content.

To learn how read: What’s the Best Way to Revive Dead Content and Get New ROI?

7. Subject Matter Experts

There are a lot of people in your company who know a lot about what they do. Take the time to get to know the subject matter experts and what topics they might be able to come up with.
In particular, we always suggest talking with your customer support staff or reviewing support tickets to get ideas for content that will answer real questions. As a bonus, you can talk about common pain points and issues in your customers’ own words.

Among your in-house experts, some people like to be guest contributors on the company blog, while others can just give you really great ideas to write about.

More Tips

As you are creating content for your SEO program, here are some tips:

  • Always strive for quality. Google and your website visitors are scrutinizing the quality of your content. Make sure that every webpage is something to be proud of. Read: What Makes a Webpage Quality?
  • Always have a tech or editorial review. To further enhance a webpage’s quality, ensure you have a dedicated editor. In some cases (like technical topics or YMYL webpages), you’ll also need a technical/expert review.
  • Always optimize your content. Having great content is the first step, and optimizing it comes next. Read: The Always Up-to-Date SEO Checklist
  • Use tools to track your SEO calendar. A simple shared spreadsheet works great to track the topics you want to write about, what’s in the queue, what’s published, and more.

With a little creativity in how you go about it, it’s easy to find inspiration for content. Use the seven steps outlined in this article to get your SEO content plan going.

We develop content for many of our SEO clients. For information on our content services or help with your SEO projects, contact us today for a free quote.

FAQ: Why is repurposing content a powerful approach in optimizing a website’s search visibility?

Optimizing a website’s search visibility is a cornerstone of a successful online presence. One highly effective yet often underestimated strategy in this pursuit is content repurposing. By repurposing content, you harness the power of creativity and resourcefulness to maximize the reach and impact of your digital assets.

The Versatility of Repurposing

Repurposing content involves taking existing pieces of content and adapting them into different formats or for various platforms. This approach leverages your existing knowledge base, allowing you to present your expertise in fresh, engaging ways. The possibilities are vast, from transforming a blog post into a visually compelling infographic to converting a webinar into a series of informative articles.

Search Engine Visibility and Repurposed Content

Repurposing content can significantly boost your website’s search visibility. When repurposing content, you create multiple entry points for search engines to discover and index your material. As each repurposed piece gains traction and attracts links, your website’s authority and relevance grow, further elevating its search engine ranking.

Captivating a Wider Audience

A key advantage of content repurposing lies in engaging different audience segments. Not everyone consumes information similarly—some prefer videos, while others lean toward podcasts or written articles. By repackaging your content to cater to varied preferences, you expand your reach and captivate a broader audience, driving more organic traffic to your site.

Evergreen Value and Time Efficiency

Repurposing content breathes new life into evergreen topics. Even though the core message remains unchanged, the new format provides a fresh perspective that resonates with both new and returning visitors. Moreover, repurposing allows you to optimize your content creation efforts. Instead of starting from scratch each time, repurposing enables you to create valuable content while efficiently ensuring consistency across all platforms.

Integrating Repurposing into Your Strategy

Incorporating content repurposing into your SEO program requires a thoughtful approach. Begin by identifying high-performing content that can be repurposed for different channels. Tailor the content to suit each platform’s requirements while maintaining its essence. Ensure seamless integration across your digital ecosystem to maximize its impact and benefits.

Step-by-Step Procedure: Enhancing Search Visibility Through Content Repurposing

  1. Identify Existing Content: Review your website’s archives to pinpoint high-performing and evergreen content that can be repurposed.
  2. Choose Repurposing Formats: Determine the various formats (e.g., infographics, videos, podcasts) suitable for repurposing each piece of content.
  3. Tailor for Different Platforms: Modify the content to align with the characteristics and preferences of each platform or medium.
  4. Optimize for SEO: Incorporate relevant keywords, meta descriptions, and alt tags to ensure the repurposed content is search engine-friendly.
  5. Maintain Consistency: Ensure consistency in messaging, branding, and tone across all repurposed materials to maintain a cohesive online presence.
  6. Create Engaging Titles: Craft compelling titles that resonate with the target audience and encourage click-throughs.
  7. Leverage Visual Elements: Use visuals such as images, graphics, and videos to enhance engagement and convey information effectively.
  8. Distribute Strategically: Share repurposed content across appropriate platforms, including your website, social media channels, and relevant industry forums.
  9. Monitor Performance: Track the performance of repurposed content, analyzing metrics such as traffic, engagement, and conversion rates.
  10. Adjust and Refine: Based on performance insights, make necessary adjustments to optimize the impact of repurposed content.
  11. Encourage Social Sharing: Encourage users to share repurposed content, expanding its reach through organic sharing.
  12. Engage with Your Audience: Respond to comments and engage in discussions to foster a sense of community around repurposed content.
  13. Collaborate with Influencers: Partner with industry influencers to amplify the reach of repurposed content.
  14. Repurpose Regularly: Continuously identify opportunities for repurposing as new content is created.
  15. Update and Revise: Periodically revisit repurposed content to update statistics, refresh visuals, and ensure relevance.
  16. Analyze Link-Building Opportunities: Seek link-building opportunities by contacting other websites that may find value in your repurposed content.
  17. Measure ROI: Evaluate the return on investment of repurposing efforts by assessing factors such as increased traffic, higher rankings, and lead generation.
  18. Optimize Over Time: Fine-tune your repurposing strategy based on insights gained to improve results continually.
  19. Educate Your Team: Train your team on the benefits and best practices of content repurposing to ensure consistent implementation.
  20. Stay Current: Keep up with industry trends and content consumption changes to effectively evolve your repurposing strategy.

By following this comprehensive procedure, you can harness the power of content repurposing to optimize your website’s search visibility, engage a wider audience, and establish your brand as a trusted authority in your field.

Bruce Clay is founder and president of Bruce Clay Inc., a global digital marketing firm providing search engine optimization, pay-per-click, social media marketing, SEO-friendly web architecture, and SEO tools and education. Connect with him on LinkedIn or through the BruceClay.com website.

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22 Replies to “7 Proven Ways to Come Up with Content Ideas for Your SEO Program”

By implementing these strategies and staying attuned to your audience’s needs, you can generate a steady stream of content ideas that boost your organic visibility, drive traffic, and engage your target audience.

Hi Bruce! There is a lot that goes into a truly good content strategy; simply producing excellent content is insufficient to generate amazing SEO results. Since links and content are two of the top ranking variables in search, content planning is crucial to SEO.

a very good article it is! i like it because you are explaining important things through your blog and spreading knowledge by giving ideas for SEO program. keep going and sharing these kinds of helpful blogs.

I can’t believe I am just discovering this now. Awesome content. I will share with my co worker & apply the same to get ranked in Google.

Nice documentation Bruce!!!

Some great tips here Bruce another good one is forums and Q&A style sites often good topics there as well.

Content is the king of SEO. You are saying we should update our content …

This is such a wonderful post. Anyone who has an interest in SEO will benefit from this post. This is great information for those who want to write SEO-friendly content.

Thanks for the post. Very interesting post. This is my first time visiting here. I found Important stuff related to SEO in your blog. Keep posting

These are the great ideas!!

I prefer this blog because it has much more informative stuff.

very good article Bruce , given more information about seo checklist for my website ranking boost.

Amanda

Thank you very much for this useful post!
I am a student of marketing and this content is very helpful!

Thanks for the article, it is inspiring! I love the idea am new to seo so its very helpfull can I also get some training Bruce sir.

Robert Stefanski

Hi Todd,

If you interested in SEO training, check out the Bruce Clay SEO Training & Membership program at SEOtraining.com. Signing up for membership gives you unlimited access to Bruce’s video training course, plus tons of helpful resources like mini-courses, live Q&As and much more.

Very useful tips for content ideas. Keep sharing

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I really like this post…. Well done.

This is a fantastic article. Each year, I’ve always struggled to come up with new content ideas. I found the exact information that I was looking for. Thank you for providing this information.

These are the great ideas!!

Some great tips here Bruce another good one is forums and Q&A style sites often good topics there as well.

A great article, I’ve always struggled with coming up with ideas for new content each year. Recycling articles with the Evergreen method is logical option where you’re not starting from scratch each time. Industry news and updates is also a good one, you can keep it simple and get more posts out quicker. You don’t always need massive blog posts, a good mix of both sometimes works.

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