Okay, as I'm sure you suspected, that deliberately-provocative headline isn't quite true. What your website doesn't need is boring, repetitive, same-old-same-old content. Interesting, useful content — content that helps drive sales? That, of course, you do need.
The problem (for me, at least — and I suspect for others as well) is coming up with fresh ideas. I mean, let's say I have a site that sells red lederhosen. Made from the finest, most supple suede, hand-crafted to my exacting standards by authentic Alpine lederhosen makers, these are by far the most comfortable and durable lederhosen available today. And did I mention they're red? Talk about unique.
But what can I write about these lederhosen? My first temptation is to simply regurgitate the same “history of lederhosen” article that every other lederhosen site has. The problem is, that topic is tired and overdone... and it doesn't do a darned thing to promote sales of MY lederhosen.
What to do, what to do?
One thing I've found that works well for me when I need to come up with fresh, original article ideas is to observe every day life and see how I can relate my experiences to my product or service.
So let's say I'm standing in line for a long time at the bank (or the grocery store or the “fast” food restaurant or where ever). I start to think how how stylish and comfortable I'd feel if I were wearing a custom-fitted pair of lederhosen made from my company's signature extra-soft suede.
How about an article on how to properly take your own measurements so as to insure the most flattering and comfortable fit for your lederhosen? (Along with a call to action linking to my lederhosen order page.)
Or I'm riding in a car for a while, and when I get out at my destination, I notice some creases in the legs of my lederhosen and, uhmmm, a flattening of the “nap” of the suede on the backside. I decide to write an article about how to properly care for your lederhosen if you wear them when traveling (which, by the way, would be a very timely thing to post a month or two before the summer vacation season).
Of course, I'd also mention how comfortable and breatheable genuine suede lederhosen are on long trips, and include a call to action linked to my lederhosen order page.
Or I'm eating my favorite schnitzel and sauerkraut for supper, and I spill some on my lederhosen. I realize my customers would likely appreciate an article with tips on how to remove schnitzel stains and sauerkraut odor from suede without destroying the suppleness of the leather.
And, naturally I'd mention how my lederhosen are pre-treated for stain and odor resistance with (you knew this was coming) a call to action and a link to the lederhosen order page.
Do you see what each of these articles have in common? They all:
Now that's the kind of content I think every sales-oriented website could use.
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