SEO content over the top? How to tell & fix it!

Over-optimized content happens to even the most experienced of SEO copywriters.

In today’s SEO copywriting how-to, Heather discusses her all-time favorite online writing tip, which is… the easiest possible way to make sure that you’re not over-optimizing your Web content…and how to fix it if you have!

Check it here:


Afraid of over-optimizing your content?

  • It’s easy for new writers (or even experienced ones) to push the optimization envelope and accidentally create spammy copy.

I still see over-optimized content out there, especially with new writers who are not quite used to putting keyphases into copy – it’s very easy to add too many!

I also see experienced SEO copywriters lapse into heavy-handed optimization. It well may be they’re just tired and have been churning out a lot of content, and they accidentally add too many keyphrases in their copy. It happens, but…

The end result is the same.  Over-optimized content, which…

-      Throws off the conversion flow of the Web content

-      Makes the copy “sound”/read spammy

-      Is not good for Google

-      And it’s definitely not good for readers!


The easy-breezy secret?

To avoid over-optimizing your content:

  • After you’re done writing, print out the document and read it out loud. Don’t do it in your head. Actually read it out loud.
  • You will instantly hear if your text is too keyphrase-stuffed, and you can easily start deleting some words.
  • Another option – replace them with synonyms.


I recently addressed using synonyms in your keyphrase vocabulary in the SEO copywriting video post, “Keyphrases: why synonyms are your friends.”

By using keyphrase synonyms in your optimization, you’re including different words that help your copy flow more naturally. Additionally, including synonyms is a smart SEO content optimization step.

It’s a win-win for everyone!

Thanks for tuning into this week’s SEO copywriting how-to! As always, if you have any questions, comments, or an idea for the next video post, please let me know! Email me via, or find me on Twitter @heatherlloyd!


photo thanks to Dreaming in the deep south (Beth Scupham)


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