Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Keywords Optimization

Keyword optimization (also known as keyword research) is the act of researching, analyzing and selecting the best keywords to target to drive qualified traffic from search engines to your website.
Keyword search optimization is a critical step in initial stages of search engine marketing, for both paid and organic search. If you do a bad job at selecting your target keywords, all your subsequent efforts will be in vain. So it’s vital to get keyword optimization right.

But optimizing keywords isn't something you do ONLY at the outset of a search marketing campaign. Ongoing keyword optimization is necessary to keep uncovering new keyword opportunities and to expand your reach into various keyword verticals. So keyword optimization isn't a set it and forget it process. By continuously performing keyword analysis and expanding your database of keywords, your site traffic, leads and sales will continue to grow

Benefits of Keyword Optimization

In a recent survey, participants listed keyword optimization as one of the hardest tasks in search engine marketing. Because of its difficult nature, most site owners, marketers and bloggers don't spend enough time optimizing keywords. This is ironic since optimizing keywords is the most important aspect of SEO and PPC. If you don't choose and use keywords your customers are searching for, you won't get found. That means no traffic, no sales, no money.
So to look at the big picture, you must practice search engine keyword optimization to:
  • Drive qualified traffic to your website: To drive searchers to your site, you must optimize for the keywords they're searching for
  • Measure traffic potential: Analyzing the popularity of keywords helps you gauge the size of a potential online market.
  • Write effective content: By incorporating optimized keywords into your website content, you can connect instantly with potential customers and address their needs.
  • Understand user behavior: By analyzing the words that your customers use, you get an idea of their needs and how to service those needs.

Where Keyword Search Optimization Comes into Play

Keyword optimization plays a major role in every aspect of Internet marketing from content strategy, to link building, to how you group your keywords in your AdWords ad groups, to how your site content is organized, a.k.a your information architecture.

SEO Keyword Optimization

When it comes to SEO, the success of your organic search efforts rests largely on how effective you are at discovering, researching, analyzing and selecting the right search engine keywords for your website. All other aspects of SEO rely on successful keyword optimization. What's more, optimizing keywords touches every aspect of your SEO marketing efforts.
  • Title Tag: Your target keywords must be included in the title tag (and front loaded). This is the most important piece of content on your website, both on and off-page.
  • Links: Keyword optimization should be integrated into your link building strategy. Internal links, inbound links, breadcrumb links, navigational links should all have your top optimized keywords. It's also important to track and manage your link text efforts
  • Content strategy: If you want to rank well and connect with searchers, you need to use your target keywords in your content. WordStream for SEO helps combine keyword research with content authoring (just saying...).
  • Images: Don't forget to optimize keywords in the pictures on your website. Target keywords should be used in your image alt attribute and file names, to name a few.
  • Meta Description: There's some debate over whether or not including target keywords in your text snippets helps rankings. But there's little doubt that having your optimized keywords here produces more clicks in searches, which is optimal.
  • URL: Be sure to include keywords for SEO in file name slugs, like I've done with this page's URL. The page is about keyword optimization, so the slug name is /keyword-optimization.
  • Site Structure: Keyword optimization is also critical to how you structure and organize your site content. Not only do you need to select the right keywords, but you need to group them hierarchically and order the corresponding pages on your website accordingly.
PPC Keyword Optimization

But optimized keywords aren't just for organic search marketing. There's tremendous value in optimizing your PPC keywords. To be effective with your pay-per-click campaigns, you must speak the searcher's language. The more keywords you select that your customers are searching for, the more traffic you'll drive to your website, the more consumers you'll convert to customers.
  • Creating a keyword list: Determining which keywords to target and bid on is the linchpin for all your PPC marketing strategies. Different keywords have different demand and traffic potential.
  • Grouping and segmenting: Keyword optimization helps organize your keywords into tight groups that are semantically related.
  • Improved relevancy: The key to a higher click-through rate is being relevant to the searcher's query. Higher CTR leads to better Quality Score. Optimized keywords are instrumental in being relevant.
  • Crafting ad text: To coax searchers into clicking on your ads, you need to integrate your keywords into your PPC ad text.
  • Landing page optimization: Once a user lands on your page, your message must match the offer. So the optimized keywords that were present in your ad text, must be present on your landing pages.
Social Media Keyword Optimization

Determining which keywords to target and how to incorporate them into your messaging is also a big factor in social media marketing. This guide to Keyword Research for Social Media is a good resource for determining which keywords your audience is using and covers everything from how to conduct keyword research for YouTube to researching keywords for Facebook.

What to Evaluate When Optimizing Keywords

When determining which keywords to choose for your optimizations efforts, there are a number of factors you should evaluate.
Keyword Popularity – The more popular a keyword is (meaning the more that people search for it), the more traffic it will drive to your website, should you rank highly for it, that is. When it comes to choosing keywords based on popularity, there are two lines of thinking.
  • Target the most popular keywords. This seems pretty straightforward. If you want to attract the most visitors to your website, you should optimize for the most searched for keywords. Right? But the more popular a keyword is, the harder it is to rank for.
  • Target less competitive keywords. It may seem counterintuitive to go after keywords that aren’t as popular, but for a new website, this is often the best approach. It’s very difficult to compete with mature websites that have achieved trust and authority for the most popular keywords in competitive ranking verticals. So sites that are young typically have more success optimizing for keywords that aren’t that popular or competitive or optimizing your keywords by integrating modifiers (thematic modifiers or geo-targeted modifiers) and creating mid to long tail keywords.
Keyword Relevance – It’s critical to choose keywords to optimize for based on how relevant they are to your products or services. If your keywords are not intrinsically relevant to what you're offering on your website, the traffic the search engines feed your website will not be delivered a relevant message. Thus, they will be unable to complete the “search and reward cycle.” You see, searchers seek relevance and without it you're unlikely to convert them into customers.
Keyword Intent – To determine the value of your keywords, you need to identify the intent of the searchers. Which stage are they at in the search cycle? Are they browsing? Are they ready to buy? Or are they simply looking for solutions or pursuing information?
The intent behind keywords or more specifically "search queries" can be broken down into three categories.
  • Navigational: company or brand queries, domain queries
  • Informational: curiosity, question-oriented, solution-seeking queries
  • Transactional: looking to purchase queries
It's important to optimize for the high intent keywords rather than keywords of low intent. By identifying, classifying and segmenting your high intent keyword groups into separate baskets of intent and eliminating the low-value keywords, you’ll see your search relevance rise and you’ll generate more, qualified traffic.

Formula of keyword density in SEO

An integral part of any campaign for search engine optimization (SEO) is the research and choose keywords for your website. This is basically the words or terms that you are trying to defend in the search engine. Do you sell PEZ dispensers? Then you may want to use "fish", the "providers", "candy flavored" or the most popular items, such as "Star Wars PEZ. Once you do choose these keywords, you need to enter keywords in the content and tags of your website is considered relevant for search engines when ranking your site. This includes the copy on your website, and all page titles, heading tags and links. It is not an easy process, but necessary for SEO.

When you insert your keywords throughout the content of the on-site, it is vital to understand the density at which the keywords are optimized on a page. The "keyword density" is referring specifically to how often a keyword is used in your copy of the in-page. Search engines compute the percentage of keyword density, and found the more often a search term in content, most will think that your page is relevant and should be ranked higher. However, there is a fine line between having an optimum density of the keyword and over-stuffing your content with keywords and terms.

Please note: Just because you have the right amount of keyword density in your SEO campaign, it means that the higher you will automatically align. The new Google algorithm favors really related terms to search only the keyword density. Focus also on the quality of its content, which only focus on your keyword density. If you exceed the optimal density of the keyword, you can face a penalty of over-optimization.

There's percentage of "perfect" in the keyword density in SEO, but strives to keep our Volacci density at or below 5 percent. The percentage of a page is relative to its length happy, so it is recommended that you know the formula for calculating each page. The formula for the keyword density is quite simple.

   1. Count how many words you have on your page.
   2. Count how many times you have used your keyword
   3. Apply this formula

      Keyword density = ([key word count]) * 100 / (total word count]

For example, let's say you have a 500 word article about PEZ dispensers, and you are optimizing for "FISH"

    * - Total Word Count: 500
    * - Applications of FISH keyword: 12

      Density of "fish" = (12 * 100) / 500
      The keyword density for "FISH" on page is 2.4%

SEO campaigns, have keyword optimization in content on-page is very important to be relevant to the search engines. However, if you focus too much on keyword density, you can potentially lose focus on other important elements in the dynamic approach to optimizing your site. Use the formula for keyword density to ensure that you are applying relevant applications of your keywords in quality content and links so that you are getting the most out of your research. If you abuse your keywords, Google will get you gods, so the stuffers are not saved.
 

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