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Now that we've gotten you through the content creation step of your inbound marketing strategy, you've got to optimize your financial website content.

Without optimizing it for clicks and search engines, the exchange of a lead's information for content can't occur, and conversion opportunities disappear.

The last thing you want is for all of your hard created content be for naught.

1. Add Call-to-Actions

technology contentCall-to-actions, or CTAs, are exactly what the name implies: a button, image, link, or text that directs your audience to take, well, the action that you've called for.

Popular CTAs include, 'Schedule a Meeting' or 'Subscribe to My Newsletter,' but when it comes right down to it, you can ask your visitors to do anything.

CTAs can go anywhere - throughout your blog posts or at the bottom of them, within the body your emails, as a tweet, and even though it took a call-to-action for a prospect to get your ebook, you can put them in there, too.

The bottom line is that you want to make it really, really easy for your web visitors to do whatever it is you want them to do, so the bigger and more obvious your call-to-action, the better.

2. Tackle Search Engine Optimization

contentWhile many advisors consider Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to be a low priority, the fact remains that a higher ranking on a search engine results page means greater visibility, which means more web traffic and therefore more conversion opportunities - ultimately, going to the trouble to create your web content is a fruitless endeavour if no one's ever going to see it.

Here are a few ways to optimize your content for search engines.

Fresh content: Adding new material to your website on a regular basis is important for keeping it in a search engine’s spotlight.
Specific content: Articles centred around keywords or phrases is preferred over unfocused financial website content.
Lots of keywords: Give search engines plenty to look at by also including keywords in title tags, descriptive text, headers, sub-headers, and links. A good meta description will help convince searchers that your page is worth navigating to.
Don’t over-stuff keywords: Not only will you be penalized by search engines for it, but redundancy doesn't make for a particularly enthralling or informative read. Accessible text: Search engines like it, and so do readers. In other words, refrain from obfuscating your intended message with excessively verbose or inordinately intellectual language.

(P.S. Close counts: Your keywords don’t have to be an exact match to what is being searched. In 2012, Google introduced the ‘close variant keyword search’ so that not only would exact matches appear, but so would various tenses, synonyms, and semantically related terms.

‘custom website’ → ‘customized websites’ → ‘customizable web page’

According to Google, 7% of searches contain misspellings, a number which increases with every word added in the search bar. Just because none of us can type particularly well on our phones, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be able to find what we’re looking for.)

2 1/2. Create a Pay-Per-Click Ad

contetnThe alternative to search engine optimization, an organic process for gaining rank, is to buy your content's exposure with pay-per-click links, or PPC.

PPC advertisements, paid for by you, appear at the very top of a list of search results – above all the organic chumps in the rat-race below. As the name suggests, you pay only when your link is clicked.

A PPC means that you don’t have to tinker with your website to fit an ever-changing algorithm, you can direct traffic to pages that aren’t built around your keywords, and you have complete control over the ad. PPC is quick, easy, and guaranteed effective in immediately increasing the visibility of your content.

Just make sure the content you're providing on the other end of your PPC ad has a high conversion opportunity. In the end, you want the ad to be able to pay for itself.

Topics: call-to-action, content marketing, Inbound Marketing, SEO, Marketing, PPC, Search Engine Optimization