SEO Checklist: Product Descriptions That Convert


Search engine optimization is defined as the process of building a website or a web page in a way that allows it to appear more often in search engine's organic results. SEO is an interesting and complex topic that is hard to fully understand thanks to Google.

Google does not fully disclose all the details in how to make the "perfect" SEO page, but there are some good rules to follow, especially for e-commerce businesses that are building product descriptions:


Before we get into the checklist, it's important to know a few things up front before building out product descriptions:

  1. Product descriptions for two products can never be the same, even if the products look exactly the same. Google frowns upon duplicate content and this will lower your organic search ranking. Make sure to spend the time to write unique copy.

  2. Always be accurate in your product descriptions: Never guesstimate a measurement or assume a feature that it doesn’t have. Google may not always be able to track this information down for complete accuracy, but it's never a good idea to have incorrect information that would ultimately lead to an angry customer.

  3. Before you start writing anything, create a comprehensive list of features and benefits for your products. Be sure to highlight the benefits of each feature.


Now you're ready to jump into creating great product descriptions. Here is a basic SEO checklist that you should follow when creating this copy:

  • Keywords should be used and based upon what people are searching for. For example: a stuffed animal deer should include the keywords: deer, realistic, handmade, stuffed animal.

  • Use keywords early, but don’t stuff descriptions full of them. Use a mix of different keyword variations throughout the entire description.

  • Use emotional language that has feeling words. Instead of using ordinary functional words, go for some emotional pizzazz (see examples below).

  • The best product descriptions address your ideal buyer directly and personally. Determine who your ideal buyer is and talk directly to them. Ask and answer questions as if you’re having a conversation with them, except you choose the words your ideal buyer uses.

  • Use descriptive words that describe your products vividly.

  • Write unique copy that adds value to what your selling. You are the salesperson, so sell them on what you have to offer, don’t just regurgitate what someone else has already said.

  • Provide enough content to fully satisfy the searcher’s intent: around 100-150 words per description is the ideal length.

  • Make content easy to read by breaking it into short paragraphs of 2-4 sentences each.

  • Follow your brand's tone of voice and writing style guidelines. If you are a smaller business and don't have a writing style and tone of voice, this is the opportune time to create them!

  • Use social proof (what others have to say about you) to help backup your descriptions.

  • If your products are selling on other sites like Amazon already, lookup those product reviews and use part of them in your description. Here is how that would look:

  • Amazon review: “My daughter adores her stuffed owl. Really soft and such a cute face. I have two of them just in case one disappears. My daughter would be devastated. I washed it multiple times and it feels and looks just like new.” - Nicole

  • Use in your product descriptions like this: Mom Nicole says her daughter loves her owl so much that “she has to have two of them just in case one disappears.” Now that’s a fan!

To give you a better idea of how some of these checklist items look in real product descriptions, see the examples below.

 

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It's important that you don't push this aside, especially if you're building your business by yourself. Take advantage and act on information. Don't wait for someone else to come along, who is willing to work harder than you, pass you by. This is a way to grow your website traffic organically - so don't ignore it!