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Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving your brand’s ranking on Google’s search results pages. A successful SEO strategy requires both art and science.

If you can get the right balance, your brand could enjoy higher rates of organic traffic, better conversion rates, and greater brand reach compared to those who haven’t implemented an SEO strategy. However, it takes time, patience, and careful execution.

At A2dd, we believe that a great SEO campaign requires a thoughtful and well-executed content marketing strategy. Creating your own branded website content such as blog posts, images, and other multimedia will attract new audience members to your site. By providing a little guidance, you can turn them into valuable leads.

A great headline is an essential part of successful content creation. However, crafting a headline that is optimized for SEO is not as easy as many people think. But it can be done, by understanding how search engines and searchers work. Here’s our guide to crafting the perfect SEO headline for your content, every time:


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Research Your Keyword or Phrase

To write a successful SEO headline, you need to understand the keyword you’re targeting with a specific piece of content. Every piece of content should be tailored to one unique keyword or phrase. This keyword can be understood as one topic within a larger category, which we refer to as a “content pool.”

For example, a broad content pool could be “therapy for anxiety,” within which you could create individual pieces of content designed to target specific keywords in one or more categories. You could come up with keywords based on varieties of mental health therapy, mental health near me, or anxiety therapy online.

As you dive into greater detail in each keyword category, you’ll come up with more niche or specific headlines, which end up targeting long-tail keywords. Ultimately, the choices of content pools and keywords will be up to you, based on your brand’s offerings/inventory, the consumer audience you’re trying to reach, and other factors.

To craft a working SEO strategy, it’s vital to understand who you’re trying to reach and what keywords you’re going to use to reach them. You won’t come up with answers without putting in research, which can take the form of audience research, keyword research, and competitor research.


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Search Engine Results Page (SERP)

When writing an SEO headline, it’s important to keep in mind that you’re trying to reach users who will come across your content on a search engine results page (SERP). SERPs are unique beasts with their own set of rules and best practices, and your content will appear as one entry in a long list, surrounded by other search results and multimedia elements such as Featured Snippets, Google Ads, and Knowledge Graphs. This makes for a competitive environment, and a poorly written headline could severely damage your chances of getting clicks.



To craft a successful SEO headline that appeals to the SERP, you should focus on the “four S’s”: Straightforward, Structured, Short, and Separate from Social. A direct and to-the-point headline that emphasizes the value of your content is the way to go. Make sure to include your targeted keyword in the headline early on, so there’s no risk of it being cut off on the Google results page. It’s also important to avoid making any false promises about what readers can expect to see on your landing page.

There are several tried-and-true formulas that have been proven to lead to SEO success. Popular SEO headline formulas include “The Secret To…” and “Everything You Need to Know About…”, “How To…”, “5 Steps to…” or “The 7 Best…”. Additionally, headlines that feature compelling adjectives such as “proven”, “essential”, “surprising”, or “unbelievable” tend to attract more readers. However, it’s important not to overdo it with flowery language.

When it comes to headline length, shorter is always sweeter. Most experts suggest keeping your headline under 60 characters because Google typically displays the first 50 to 60 characters of a title tag. Finally, it’s important to remember that social media headline writing is a completely different art. While longer headlines tend to flourish on social media platforms such as Facebook, shorter headlines are better for the SERP. Consider using a distinct social media headline that’s separate from your primary title to optimize your content for two different platforms.

SEO Optimization

Focusing on everything else is one of the most important things you can do to ensure that your SEO headline is effective in getting you clicks and leads. SEO is a holistic process that involves both on-page and off-page elements. As we mentioned earlier, search engines, and the humans who use them, are becoming more sophisticated in analyzing, ranking, and understanding every aspect of your SEO content.

This means that they are evaluating the big picture of your content, as well as the nitty-gritty details. It follows that to support one aspect of the SEO process, you need to be conscious of every other part. Google and its peers will be looking at how all of these elements work together and how satisfied users are with their overall experience engaging with your content.

In other words, writing a great headline alone won’t guarantee clicks. The clicks these days are not just because of the headline, but because of a ton of factors, ranging from mobile usability to time spent on-site. Everything adds up.

So, to create a great headline, you’ll also want to create a great meta-description (the brief paragraph that appears below your headline on a SERP), URL (limit it to your targeted keywords for maximum search optimization), header and body image (make them striking, quick-to-load, and add captions, titles, and alt-tags to make sure that search algorithms pick them up), in-article heading (search crawlers will consider these when it comes time to evaluate the quality of a discrete piece of content), body copy (is your writing entertaining and informative, encouraging readers to spend more time on the page or click through to other parts of your site?), and link system (do all of the internal links within your body copy work? Have you secured backlinks from other reputable sources to guide Google’s bots to your content?).


Don’t overlook this step!

You may think you know what your audience wants to read, but you could be wrong. You may think you’ve hit on a great topic, but is it one that people will actually search for? You may think you’ve got a great keyword in mind, but the most successful keyword may be the adjacent term that you’re not using.

We’ve seen too many brands lose sales because they were targeting the wrong keywords. Search engines are smart and sophisticated, but when it comes to nailing the right headline, the details still matter.


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If you have any more questions about getting started with SEO for your brand or curious about how we evaluate our own headlines or grade SEO success, A2dd is here and ready to help! Drop us a line today to get the conversation started!

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At A2dd Branding & Digital Marketing, we work with private practices and mental health organizations nationwide to connect patients with the care they need across all service lines. Our mental health marketing services packages are specifically designed to interact with consumers at their moment of need, inform them of the need for care and inspire them to take the appropriate action.

We also know that capacity in mental health services can be challenging, and we align our proposed strategies to the population health aspect of raising awareness and education around these issues.

Our integrated suite of mental health digital marketing services include:


  • Brand design and brand development—Your brand needs to permeate your entire organization. When your organization is clear on the brand and can deliver on the promise of the brand, you will see tremendous fruit while building brand loyalty among your customer base.
  • Web / UX & UI Design—We offer prototyping, branding, UI (User interface) and UX (user experience) design for web and mobile products. Our approach is simple: we focus on how actual people will use our products.
  • Paid search campaigns—cost-effective targeting and turnkey execution of mental health marketing campaigns to connect people most urgently seeking help
  • Social media marketing—precision targeting on Facebook and Instagram that educates and engages your target audience
  • Unique landing pages—highly targeted with strategic, clear and conversion-focused content and calls to action that remove the guesswork from getting help
  • Reporting and optimization—real-time access to analytics dashboards, plus regular reporting discussions to drive ongoing campaign optimizations.As a leading agency for mental health marketing services, we’re here to help guide your community to better health and grow volume for these essential services.

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The internet is the most widely used means of communication today.

This is why it is used with frequency compared with any other form of outreach. When you are planning marketing your practice, you need to consider the internet as a potential medium for reaching out to a huge audience. You can make use of blogs, Twitter, Facebook and any other social networking sites to sell your services.


Hi, I’m Daniel.

Senior art director, visual artist, marketing consultant and project manger of A2dd Branding & Digital Marketing based in St. Petersburg, Fl.

Our experience in SEO, online marketing, branding, UI design, and advertisinghas given us the experience of working in many industries such as technology, startups, hospitality, non-profit, mental health, and private practices.

To stay top of mind and capture your ideal client, you need a strong digital marketing strategy. That’s where we come in. From website design to keyword selection and optimization, our full-service marketing program is designed to help grow your practice organically through the right channels. With a proven track record of increasing leads by 300 percent and driving more business through referrals, social media and online advertising than any other marketing firm specializing in mental health professionals, we’re your source for a complete digital marketing plan that works!

Let’s plan your next digital marketing strategy!

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