The cat’s been out of the bag for a while now – content is as essential to a website as coffee is to a morning.
You’ve been working on creating content for months – anything from blog posts to videos, podcasts and webinars. The only problem is that no one is engaging with it.
Here are seven reasons why people aren’t reading your content.
1. The writing is C- at best
You could have the most fascinating information in the world, but if it reads like it was written by a monkey mashing its fists on a typewriter, your readers won’t bother trying to decipher it. The same can be said for content that is overly complex—you want to position yourself as an expert in your industry, but you still want the general public to be able to understand what you’ve posted.
Our advice: invest in a solid copywriter who can make your words sing on the page.
2. Your formatting is a chore
If you’re going to promise readers an article with seven reasons why no one is reading their content, you had better give them a numbered list with seven reasons. (Yeah, we just got meta.)
But seriously, if you make that kind of promise in the headline, then offer up a chunk of text meatier than a stegosaurus, there’s no way they’ll still be reading at the end. Use line breaks, sub headings, bullet points, and images – generally, make your content as easy on the eye as possible. A wall of text is intimidating to even the biggest bookworms.
3. It’s not the content your audience wants
Remember that what you’re passionate about isn’t always what your audience wants to read. Don’t write content just because you find it interesting—instead, put yourself in your readers’ shoes.
If you’re struggling to find out what your audience wants to read, there are a number of free online tools for generating smart content ideas. Eventually, you’ll be able to analyse your own content to see what sticks and what doesn’t, refining your content strategy as you go.
4. There isn’t enough of it
How often are you posting? Because if it’s less than once a week, it’s simply not enough.
Many companies will aim for a new post two to three times per week, while the real big hitters will go for a couple of pieces of content a day. At minimum, give your readers something new at least once per week, or you risk losing their attention for good.
Plus, regular posting can help with your organic SEO, which is always a win.
5. Lack of a paid strategy
Sorry Kevin Costner, but just because you build it doesn’t mean they will come.
You might have the best blog on the internet, but without an amplification strategy, how is anyone to know it exists? Unfortunately, simply posting your content to Facebook or Twitter isn’t going to do the job unless you already have a massive following on social. In most cases, you need to consider putting some of your marketing spend behind paid promotion. This could be pay-per-click, display ads, social media promotion, a mix of all three, or something else altogether.
6. It’s too salesy
Did you know 11% of the global internet population uses adblockers? Nobody likes to be sold to, especially not if they’re trying to read up about whatever it is you’ve promised to tell them in the headline. If your blog post or landing page reads more like ad copy, you’re going to annoy your readers (and see your website traffic suffer).
Instead of making a hard sell in your copy, throw some natural links to landing pages or products, and use clear calls to action in the side bars or as buttons throughout the content, rather than trying to sneak it into the written word.
7. Your blog isn’t optimised for mobile
It’s been almost a year since the number of people browsing on mobile tipped the scales on those browsing on desktop, and it’s a trend that’s certainly here to stay.
With the majority of people surfing the web on their mobile devices, you need to be absolutely sure your content is easy to read on smaller screens. If your site isn’t responsive, now is the time to invest in a developer who can help you get up to speed. Otherwise, you risk losing out on the heaps of mobile traffic that could be coming your way.