Content Marketing and SEO: Creating High-Quality, User-Friendly Content

April 7, 2024

Educating your market and setting yourself as an authority in your industry means putting out regular content. Not just any content, but that which is engaging, informative, and accessible. This is where content marketing and SEO intersect, crafting a digital presence that not only ranks well in search engines but also resonates with users. In fact, as you consider your SEO strategy, content should be first made for users, and then checked to ensure the correct elements are in place so search engines can understand what your content is about.

What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Why Does it Matter?

SEO is the art of enhancing your online content so that search engines find it appealing. It’s a critical digital marketing strategy aimed at increasing a website’s visibility in search engine results pages (SERPs). SEO matters because it helps you reach your target audience by improving your website’s visibility, driving more traffic, and ultimately, enhancing your brand’s credibility and authority.

What is Content Marketing?

Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action. Understanding your customer journey then strategizing your content to reach all stages of that journey is the foundation of a solid content strategy. Unlike one-off advertising, content marketing shows that you genuinely care about your audience, offering them value through your content, which builds trust and fosters relationships.

Content Marketing and SEO: How They Work Together

Content marketing and SEO are not isolated strategies; they complement each other. SEO techniques make your content discoverable, while content marketing provides substance and appeal. When SEO strategy is combined with engaging content, your website becomes a magnet for both users and search engines.

With holistic SEO, you apply a well-rounded approach to ensuring your content can be found online. An initial competitive analysis can show you what your competitors are doing and at what rate. A technical SEO audit will analyze issues with your site that could keep you from ranking or keep Googlebot from crawling or indexing you. An on-page audit finds issues with your copy, html elements, or user experience, and a content audit will help find gaps in your content so you can fully answer all user questions and move customers down your funnel.

Content Marketing and SEO Considerations

Content Quality

Quality is non-negotiable. Google’s quality rater guidelines and the E-E-A-T principle (Expertise, Authoritativeness, Trustworthiness, and Experience) underscore the importance of creating content that is accurate, relevant, engaging, original, and well-structured.

Accuracy and Relevance

Ensure your content is fact-checked and aligns with user intent. Updating outdated statistics is key as users want the most accurate and recent information and search engines want to see that you’re staying up to date on changes within your industry.

Engagement and Originality

Craft content that captivates and offers unique perspectives. Your content should thoroughly cover a topic, and giving your unique experience and expertise will help you stand out to both users and search engines. Simply repurposing what others say (or what AI chatbots deliver) will not be enough to stand out and won’t serve your audience. They want to hear your viewpoint and expertise so be sure to develop quality, original content.


Use HTML tags effectively to highlight your content’s hierarchy and facilitate easy reading. The headings in your content (both on pages and in articles or blogs) should follow a structure that makes sense and allows users and search engines to understand the structure of your page.

While integrating keywords, meta tags, and headings is crucial for SEO, it’s vital to balance these elements without compromising the user experience. Be sure to use keywords naturally and contextually. Craft meta tags that entice clicks while accurately describing the content. Incorporating multimedia and interactive elements can also elevate content quality, making it more engaging and informative for users.


Ensure your content meets accessibility requirements including color contrast and font size that helps users see all elements on your site and read your text easily as well as alternative text on images that describes images on your site when users use a screen reader.

Measuring the Success of Your SEO and Content Strategy

To gauge the effectiveness of your content and SEO strategy, employ tools and metrics that provide insights into your performance. This includes evaluating not only traffic and keywords, but also user engagement, conversion rates, and behavior on your site. For a deeper dive into what sort of metrics you or your SEO consultant should be tracking, check out our blog on KPI reporting.

A Successful Integration of Content Marketing and SEO: Client Case Study

Explore how a local gym leveraged the power of content marketing and SEO to not only fill their studio, but also expand into a national nutrition and corporate wellness brand. To see more about this client, check out our SEO case study.

Elevate your Digital Strategy with Well Optimized SEO

In a digital landscape where content is Queen, and SEO is the crown, integrating both ensures your online presence is not just seen but felt and valued. Contact us today to craft digital experiences that resonate and achieve results.