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Easy Furniture Web Tip 205: Avoid SEO Awful Copywriting

Furniture World News Desk on 2/13/2015

By Katherine Andes

Many companies provide template websites to specific industries. This is especially true in the furniture industry. Local companies can buy “storefront” websites that provide huge catalogs for online shoppers.

This can be a very efficient and affordable way to have a robust website without starting from scratch.

Sometimes these companies will also offer to write search engine optimized local content for an additional fee (SEO copywriting). And here is the problem. Rather than assigning a writer to find out about your company and it’s uniqueness or history, they will simply write a page that discusses the flora and fauna of your area while mentioning your city and main keyword over and over. It might read something like this.

If you're a new homeowner in Sacramento, you may want new furniture to go with your new home. New furniture can make financial sense when purchased wisely in Sacramento. And don’t forget, with tons of sunshine, Sacramento, is a great city for outdoor furniture, too. While on your Sacramento patio with your new furniture, enjoy your bright pink bougainvillea splaying over the garden wall and be on the lookout for the colorful American Goldfinch or Anna’s Hummingbird — birds often spotted in Sacramento.

Okay, I exaggerated with the example I made up above, but just a little. As obnoxious as the above copy is, this technique does work and will probably get you local search rankings for furniture+city.

But it does degrade your website and dampens your ability to make a sale. With a little effort, you could use that page to, yes, get the search results and, even better, to connect with your customer.

Easy Furniture Web Tip 205: When looking to hire out SEO copywriting work be sure to check samples to ensure they don’t write SEO awful.

Katherine Andes specializes in web content development and copywriting for SEO — including page customization for storefront and franchise web sites. Visit her website BetterWebSales.com or phone her at 559.589.0379.
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