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SEO Press Release Creation: How to Write a Press Release that Search Engines Love

Press releases are the most effective tools in helping your website climb to the top of search engine results. To be effective, a press release must be written correctly. Here is a list of the most important things that the search engines look for in a press release.

  1. The first three words of the headline. The first three words of the headline are more important than all of the other words combined in determining the effectiveness of your press release with search engines. These first three words must contain the keywords that you want to find your website under when people do a search on Yahoo or Google.
  2. Keyword density of the press release. You must use your target keywords the right number of times in the body of the press release in order for it to be effective. A good tool to determine keyword density is located here. This is a free tool designed specifically for press releases and determining their keyword density.
  3. Text links. Search engines absolutely love text links. Documents are written by Google confirm this. A text link is simply text that links to a website. For our site, prbuzz.com we like the phrase “press release distribution”. Therefore, we link this text to our site as often as possible. This is how it looks:  Our order form gives instructions on how to create a text link. It is very simple and effective.

Those are the important three things and the only three that are absolutely essential. If you follow these three tips, you will have a press release that the search engines love, and it will drastically improve your web site’s rankings!

Tips from a Press Release Professional – What to Do and What to Avoid!

Things TO DO:

  1. Include a dateline at the start of the first paragraph. It should look like this: New York, NY (PRBuzz) August 10, 2012 – [the first paragraph starts here…]
  2. Make your release new, unique, interesting, and timely.
  3. Be controversial whenever possible and appropriate. People love controversy, and it generates a lot of attention and comments from others.
  4. Begin your press release with a short description of your news, and in subsequent paragraphs, flesh it out with the details.
  5. Make your press release a fact-rich environment. Include the what, when, where, how, and why of your news or announcement.
  6. Always write in third-person, rather than first-person, to make your release more credible and less obviously self-serving. An example is as follows: “XYZ company will provide their users with the new widget,” NOT LIKE THIS: “We will provide you with the new widget.” First person commentary, such as testimonials or product reviews, should only appear in quotation marks, with the source listed.
  7. Keep the total number of words in your press release to between 250 and 500 for the best results.
  8. Proofread your press release carefully. Do not trust your spell check software – there are to many chances for it to meek mistakes.
  9. Check and re-check your contact info and test any links.
  10. Add ### at the bottom of your press release to signify the end.

Things TO AVOID:

  1. Don’t use the phrase “for immediate release” at the top of your press release. Everyone assumes that it is to be released immediately. Use the space for something important that people don’t already know.
  2. Do not re-use old press releases or old information that is already online. Search engines heavily penalize duplicate content. If you are not sure if your press release is similar to other content that is already online, use copyscape.com to check.
  3. Never include a “call-to-action.” Do not include sentences like “buy from us today”, “check out our website now”, “learn how to become a xyz expert today” or anything other than information about your announcement or news.
  4. Avoid long press releases or headlines. A headline should never be more than 100 characters long, including spaces. And the body of the press release should never be longer than 1,000 words.
  5. Don’t write a press release that does not have news or an announcement. The purpose of a press release is to announce something. See the other “how to” articles on this site for more details.
  6. You do not need to tell everything and every detail in your press release. Provide sufficient information to generate interest and leave the reader wanting more. Get their attention, and they will click the link to your website for full details.
  7. Never make your press release sound like an advertisement. It is not professional, and journalists hate it. Some call this “press release spam,” and send it to the trash with the junk mail. The purpose of a press release is to announce your news. If you sound professional and like an expert in your industry, people will go to your website and buy from you.
  8. Never send a press release without accurate contact information. Besides the company name and website address, you should include the name of a contact person, and that person’s name, email, and phone number.
  9. Don’t forget to include a link to your website at least once in the press release. This sounds obvious, but you wouldn’t believe how often it happens.
  10. Avoid using bland words in the headline that don’t work well in search engines. Your most important keywords and phrases should be the first words in the headline.

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10 Simple Steps to Writing a Great Press Release

  1. Determine what your news is. What are you announcing? Are you announcing a new website? A change to your website? A new product? A new feature to your product? Are you voicing your opinion to a topic in the news? Have you hired someone new? What is your news? This is the first step to writing a press release. Everything else is easy.
  2. Look at other press releases on this site and get a feel of how a press release is to look. Note: they are usually between 250 and 500 words.
  3. Next, put the dateline in the beginning of the first paragraph. Here is what a dateline looks like: City, State (PRBuzz) Month day, year  Here is an example New York, NY (PRBuzz) April 10, 2009 — begin the first paragraph now.
  4. Next, I always add the contact info and link to the website. I often forget to do this, so I do it right away. Also, I put ### at the bottom of the release to signify the end of the press release.
  5. Fill in the body of the press release with the what, when, where, how and why about the news. Everything should be written in the third person. You should not have any sales pitches that make it sound like an advertisement or spam.
  6. Think of a few quotes from the owner or spokesman like this: Joe Smith, the owner of xyz commented “this that or the other thing”
  7. At the end of the release, put an “About the Company” or “About Us” section. Here you will list some history, qualifications or details about the company or organization.
  8. Once done, proofread and spell check the whole document. Also, search for photos that you can upload that help explain your news. We allow up to 10 photos in the press release.
  9. Have someone else proofread the press release and look at other press releases on our site to make sure you did not forget anything that others have done.
  10. Go to our order form here and cut and paste your press release and details. Do not try to re-type your entire press release into our order form. Cut and Paste!

Congratulations! You are now done with your press release. Monitor your web stats to see clicks and watch referral stats.