What is Good Content?

Determine if that blog post is worth writing.

Wendy Ruyle 5.27.2014

We’re all becoming content creators in our businesses and organizations. But how do you know what you’re creating is worthwhile? Here are some basic guidelines to determine if that latest blog post, video, or infographic is worth making.

Does it work logistically?

You may have a brilliant idea for content on your website or in your newsletter, but if you don’t have the budget, time, or resources to accomplish it, you’re going to fail. Ask yourself these questions to figure out if your idea works in the real world.

  • Is it feasible to create or find the content in a reasonable timeframe?
  • Is it possible to create or obtain on a reasonable budget?
  • Is it expandable and can we repurpose it?
  • Does it have a shelf life?
  • Can we apply the idea to multiple channels?
  • Does it work with multiple audiences?

Is it of interest to your audience?

Remember, you’re creating content for someone. Think about what they need and want before you create something for them. Put yourself in their shoes.

  • Does the content solve a problem?
  • Is it memorable and unique?
  • Is it timely or current?
  • Is it scannable and easy to read?
  • Can it grow and evolve into more relevant content over time?

Is it right for your organization?

Think critically about whether you are the right organization to deliver this content. If it doesn’t fall into your area of expertise, perhaps you shouldn’t be creating it. Make sure you align what you make with your brand and mission.

  • Does it bring new value to our organization?
  • Does it bring new value to key audiences?
  • Does it align with our mission?
  • Is it consistent with our brand?
  • Do our competitors or peers already have this?
  • Can we “own” this content?

Does it improve SEO?

If you’re going to spend the time to create something, make sure your audience can find it. Craft it to be search engine-friendly and shareable so it gets seen.

  • Does it use our keywords?
  • Is it searchable?
  • Is it easy to share?
  • Is it visual?

Remember, you don’t have to answer yes to every one of these questions. Some of them are going to be more important than others in specific situations. Evaluate each piece of content through the lens of your organization’s goals and the value it will create for your audiences.

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