Ron Lieback has been in journalism since 2001 and he’s been doing SEO since 2010.
And he says that when journalism and SEO join forces, they explode into a mix that blows away the competition.
Journalism tactics can help your writing while simultaneously fueling Google’s E-A-T guidelines (Expertise, Authoritativeness, and Trustworthiness).
Ron shared 9 journalism tactics to boost your ranking in the search engines. The first one is a concept that every journalist learns about:
+ The inverted pyramid: You start with what’s most important to the article in the first paragraphs, and structure the content from most to least important. You can provide the most crucial information first within an engaging lede, followed by a body of info that supports that information.
SEO benefit: This helps to hook the reader from the first moment and keep them engaged for the rest of the article.
+ Answer the 5Ws and 1H: Who, what, when, where, why, and how. Answering the who, what, when, and where within the lede will increase engagement. Then through the body, address the how and why.
SEO benefit: You’ll be frontloading some vital keywords that search engines may see as important.
+ Engaging lead: Attention is precious these days. And the first step to keep the attention of the reader is writing an engaging lead. The goal of your opening lines is to heighten the interest of the reader, emotionally and intellectually. Here’s how to accomplish this:
- Provide a unique fact that triggers curiosity.
- Show don’t tell: paint a picture in their mind.
- Create an open loop so the reader wants to keep reading.
SEO benefit: When the reader clicks on your article, reads the first paragraph and then goes back to the Google search, you’re sending bad signals to Google. But when you hook them, so they consume your whole article and it satisfies their search, Big G will send you love.
These are just three of the 9 tactics shared in this Search Engine Journal post. And as these three, the central point is engagement. This is critical in journalism, as well as in SEO.
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