Crafting Evergreen Content Means Less Posts & More Traffic Sure timely blog posts have value, but crafting evergreen content means ranking for high volume keywords over a long period of time.
Seasoned webmasters and Internet marketers are well aware of the importance of publishing high-quality content on their websites. Content attracts visitors and search engines alike, encouraging more traffic and higher search rankings. Today we’re going to take a closer look at a specific type of web content known as evergreen content, revealing what it is and why it’s beneficial.
Evergreen Content Defined
The term “evergreen content” is used to describe any web content that’s not time-sensitive.
Much like evergreen trees retain their leaves throughout the year, evergreen content retains its relevancy 2 days or 2 years from now. An example of an evergreen article for an automotive website would be “5 Ways to Improve Your Car’s Gas Mileage.” Because this topic remains relevant, regardless of the date or time, it’s considered to be evergreen. This is in stark contrast to news-style articles or blog posts that are focused around a trending or time-sensitive topic.
Benefits of Publishing Evergreen Content
There are several key advantages to publishing evergreen content, one of which is the fact that people will always be searching for it. If you publish an article about a current event, it may receive some initial traffic before slowly dying off. Evergreen articles, on the other hand, are always in high demand since they are not time-sensitive.
Another benefit of publishing evergreen content is the simple fact that search engines love it. This means you’ll have an easier time achieving a top search ranking for an evergreen article as opposed to a time-sensitive article.
Tips on Crafting Evergreen Content:
- Use the Google Adwords Keyword Planner tool to uncover high-traffic, low-competition keywords that are associated with your website’s niche.
- Follow the mantra of “quality over quantity.” A single article of exceptional quality is worth more than two or even three articles of mediocre quality.
- Keep an eye on your website’s statistics to determine which evergreen articles have the most hits. Using this information, you can replicate the process with similar articles.
- If you’re running out of evergreen topics, scan through some of your competitors’ websites to see what they are doing. You obviously don’t want to copy their work, but you can use it for inspiration.
- Remember, you shouldn’t focus all of your efforts on evergreen content. Diversifying your website with both time-sensitive news-style articles and evergreen content will allow you to reach a broader audience.
WordStream Provided the following Tips for common evergreen content formats you might consider in generating lasting content.
- Top Tips
- Instructional “How To” Tutorials
- Encyclopedia-esque Entries
- Product Reviews
Writing in these formats does not automatically make your piece evergreen, but these structures tend to work well with evergreen writing. Videos are especially effective when you need to illustrate how to do something, like how to frost a cupcake or how to grout a tub. If videos aren’t possible, consider using a series of images (photos or illustrations, diagrams, etc.) to your advantage.
Use of Images & Branding
Don’t make your evergreen content easy to copy or steal.
Brand and watermark your content! Your content can be based around an image or infographic, but try not to make it only an image post.
By combining different types of content forms together in one piece you’ll crush the evergreen criteria for ranking.
Video can be useful, too. It can just be in a slideshow format, as long as it is useful and brief. Longer tutorial videos should be able to be summarized for easier sharing.
Make sure all of your visual content is branded and that your posts incorporate your voice to make it stand out. Also, speaking of voices, you should consider creating podcasts or audio tutorials that can be easily accessed on streaming services. Why put all that effort into making a video for evergreen content and miss the opportunity to reach a wider audience?
People love to listen to guides, advice, and interesting stories on their phone or on their drive to work.
Tip: A great way to combine multiple content types when using video is simply to covert your video to text and publish both together as a blog post. This gives you the video and contextual advantage for ranking in multiple search categories.
How To Articles:
What you will often find is that evergreen content tends to be in the “how to” column of content formats with sites like:
…being the top producers of evergreen content across a broad spectrum of topics. This is important, because it tells us that evergreen content typically answers an introductory level question for a specific niche or topic. To help clarify this with examples:
- How do I edit the home page on BigCommerce?
- What should I know before migrating my Ecommerce website to a new platform?
- How do I convert my existing website to mobile friendly responsive design?
- How to identify sources of high quality backlinks?
If it’s your goal to start writing evergreen content for your blog, then remember these steps; write for your readers, narrow your topic and make sure that your content is comprehensive but not too technical.
by Chris London of Pixel Productions Inc. The Everything Design Company
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