How to Write a Simple SEO Excerpt for Your Blog Posts

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Last week, we talked about 7 BIG ways blogging helps improve your website’s SEO and makes it easier for your dream clients to find you online. Today, I want to share just one aspect of making your blog posts SEO friendly: including an SEO excerpt.

What is an SEO Excerpt?

First, it’s worth mentioning that there is a difference between an “excerpt” and an “SEO excerpt.”

Excerpt: A short snippet that appears as a preview of your blog post. This excerpt can appear on your main blog page (where all your posts are listed), as a preview when you share the link to platforms like Facebook or LinkedIn, and sometimes as the preview that appears in search results.

SEO Excerpt: This excerpt is written solely for the purpose of helping search engines categorize your blog post. It appears only within search results.

Where should you add an SEO Excerpt?

In Squarespace: If you go to your blog post and click “Edit,” you can find the SEO excerpt section under the “SEO” tab of your blog post’s settings.

In WordPress: Depending on the version you are using, the excerpt section is either in the right-hand sidebar and/or at the bottom of your blog post. If you use the Yoast plugin, you will always find the SEO excerpt below the blog post.

Note on the Yoast plugin: Yoast will tell you that if you must use the same single keyword over and over again to get the “green light” for SEO. This is for their plugin but not for search engines as a whole. Search engines like Google know when you are using synonyms and are smart enough to categorize them as such. (Example: home decor / decorating / decoration; sofa / couch)

What should you include in your SEO Excerpt?

Your SEO excerpt should…

  • Be short, 1-2 sentences total

  • Get directly to the point; low on fluff

  • Include your blog post’s keywords

  • Be inviting, if possible

Yes, that’s really it. Here are a few examples to help you write your own…

Sample SEO Excerpts

Before I dive into these 3 examples I’ve prepared for you, let’s define a couple terms:

What is a “Keyword?”

These are word(s) that describe the main topic of your post and the terms you want your post to rank for. If this feels a little abstract, don’t worry — you’ll see what I mean in the examples below.

What are “Sub-Keywords?”

I don’t know if this is a technical term, but by my definition, these are keywords you’d also like to rank for, but they are lower in importance. These add additional specificity to your topic and help search engines further categorize your post.

Here are some examples…

Example Blog Post 1

Blog Post Title: How to Choose the Best Countertop Stone for Your Kitchen

Keyword: best countertop stone

Sub-keyword: kitchen

Excerpt: Renovating your kitchen? Here’s how to choose the best countertop material, from quartz to quartzite, soapstone to granite, and more.

Example Blog Post 2

Blog Post Title: 9 Creative Pendant Designs that are Lighting Us Up

Keyword: pendant designs

Sub-keyword: creative, lighting

Excerpt: I spy… 5 creative pendant designs that will transform any space in your home from drab to fab! Come see the latest in lighting trends.

Example Blog Post 3

Blog Post Title: How to Select the Best Flooring for Your VRBO

Keyword: best flooring

Sub-keywords: VRBO, Airbnb (synonym), rental property (synonym), durable

Excerpt: Here are the top 5 best flooring materials for your VRBO, Airbnb, or rental property. Durable. Long-lasting. Beautiful.

There you have it. Three examples that are short. Clear. Strategic. Intriguing. Done! Just like this blog post here… 😉

Yes, this week’s post is a short one, but I don’t think there’s any need to overcomplicate things. Follow the model above and your blog posts will have SEO-friendly excerpts. These will help each blog post rank well in online searches and will entice any prospective readers to click on over to your content — which is the first step in starting a relationship with you!

Do this for all of your blog posts and you’ll soon have a blog that is SEO strong. In the meantime, don’t forget to download our complimentary SEO Checklist for blog posts!

Until next week, my friend,

Jaquilyn

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