Having high quality content on your site is a determining factor when it comes to SEO rankings. However it’s not always clear exactly how to create content that will be optimized to rank in organic search. This is where the SEO Content Template can help.
The SEO Content Template is a standalone tool that helps SEO specialists and Content Writers craft SEO-friendly content. Visit the tool here.
How can you benefit from the SEO Content Template?
- Enter your target keyword(s) and the tool will return a quick analysis of your top rivals on the SERP and a template of how you can structure content to outrank them
- Get basic recommendations for things like your title, description, headers, and keyword usage in text
- Receive a list of semantically related keywords that could help your content rank
- Get a suggested text length for your content
- Receive a target readability score based on how readable your competitors' pages are
- See how your top competitors are using the target keywords in their content
- Get a list of prospects for link building opportunities
- Integrate your template with a draft on Google Drive by connecting the SEO Writing Assistant
Why should you use it?
The goal of this tool is to help you outrank your rivals on the SERPs for target keywords. The way to do this is by creating fully optimized content and building links to your new content.
The SEO Content Template provides you with specific recommendations to build new content on your site specifically to improve your SEO. These recommendations range anywhere from suggested text length to related keywords, to backlink targets.
It's super easy to create templates and export them as files or even integrate with Google Docs to grade your draft's SEO value in real-time.
To start, select your targeting settings (country, region, city, device type) and enter a single keyword or group of keywords that you want to rank for in organic search results.
From your keywords, SEMrush analyzes the top 10 ranking pages (SEMrush calls these pages “rivals”) and generate a template of recommendations to create your content.
The goal is to outrank your rivals on the SERPs by creating fully optimized content. The tool provides two categories of recommendations for your content: Key recommendations and General recommendations.
Key recommendations include suggestions on:
Semantically related words - similar topics to include in your content.
Backlinks - target domains to try to acquire backlinks from.
Readability - how easy it should be for users to read your content.
Text length - how many words should be in your content.
Take these suggestions to formulate the big picture of your content. The semantically related words can help you outline your page with different sections to cover a wide range of topics.
Based on the suggested text length, you can determine how much detail you should write about each topic. Generally, Google likes pages with more in-depth content that can answer a searcher’s question completely.
You should also investigate the domains suggested in the backlinks recommendations. Look at the content of their website. Do they have a blog? If so, what types of websites do they send links to from their blog posts? After this kind of research, you can reach out and ask for a link to your website in one of their upcoming posts.
How is Readability Score Calculated?
The readability score is based on the Flesch-Kincaid test of readability and SEMrush will suggest the average of your top ten rivals’ readability scores as the goal for your content’s readability. As you or your content writer creates the content, you can check the readability score and see if you need to make copy edits to the writing style. The goal should be to have your page easy to read for searchers. To test your readability score live, download our SEO Writing Assistant from the Chrome Web Store.
Below the key recommendations, SEMrush shows your top ten rivals’ pages and highlights where they use the target keyword in their content. The number of occurrences will also be noted, so you can get an idea of how much density your competitors are having success with.
Basic recommendations will include suggestions on:
Page title - optimal length and usage of target keyword(s)
Meta description - optimal length
H1 - usage of target keyword(s)
Text - usage of target keyword(s)
Users can generate templates for up to 30 keywords per day. If you want to change the targeting of your template, use the “Google Search targeting” dropdown to the top right of your screen. This will change the template based on the different competitors in the newly selected targeting. If your keyword or website is location-based, then you should make sure to select the most specific targeting possible, so you know how to shape your content to outrank your rivals in the desired location.
Export to DOC
To save your template, you can export the template to a word document. The document will list your recommendations for Page title, meta description, text, backlinks, and your rivals’ URLs.
You can also locate your previously generated templates from the start screen with the “View SEO template” or “Export to DOC” buttons.
The keywords you use to generate your SEO Content Templates will be taken from your On Page SEO Checker limits. The number of keywords you can create SEO Content Templates or gather ideas for each month is based on the level of your monthly subscription.