keyword optimization process

keyword optimization process

keyword optimization process

Whereas it’s actually not 100% essential that you include the primary keyword that you want to rank a page for in that page’s title, if you leave it out then it makes ranking well for that keyword much more difficult. Without the keyword in the title, to rank for that keyword you’ll need other people to link to the page using that exact keyword. They may well do that, but it’s out of your control and so it isn’t a good position to be in.

Also, search engines ‘bold’ the words in their listings that exactly match the search query being made. If none of the words in your page title are in bold then your title will be less visible than the titles above and below it and so your CTR will drop. Whereas there’s benefits to having the keyword in the title, there’s no benefit to repeating it. You should actually avoid doing this unless it happens in the course of writing a title naturally.

If the keyword being targeted consists of more than one word, there’s s a benefit to having those words in the right order, but it’s not essential for good rankings. There’s also a benefit to having them closer to the start of the title than the end. If they’re nearer the start then it indicates to search engines that they’re more important, and it may also increase CTR, as searchers often skim read the start of titles in the results but won’t necessarily read each title in full.

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Having decided how many keywords to target and which keywords are best for you to target, based on relevance, commercial intent, search volume and competitiveness, you then need to correctly use those keywords on your website. The aim with this is to keyword optimize the pages on your site without anyone (who doesn’t have knowledge of SEO) being able to tell that you’ve done so. If you achieve this then you’ll please both visitors to your site and Google.

These days, keyword optimization, due to keyword spamming in the past, has been reduced in importance. It’s purpose is only to tell Google that, for example, this page is about x, and you want them to include it in their search results when people search for x and variations of x. Lessening the importance of keywords is very different from disregarding them altogether though.

Keywords are still a factor in how Google ranks websites, however, you shouldn’t expect to optimize your website with keywords and then see your site rise to the top of the search results for those keywords. You still need to, at a minimum, create content based around your keywords that you want to be top of Google and to build links to your site to boost it’s trust and authority.

Still, whereas just using keywords correctly on your site isn’t enough to get you good rankings, if you poorly optimize your site for your target keywords, you rule out any chance of ranking highly for your chosen keywords. So, you need to get the balance right between optimizing and over-optimizing – i.e. using a keyword on a page but not using the exact same keyword, in as many different places as possible, and as many times as you can.

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keyword optimization process

These are the three issues to consider during the keyword optimization process:

  • Where to use keywords
  • How to vary keyword usage
  • How often to use keywords

Where to Use Keywords

There are 8 places that you can use keywords on your website to signal to Google which pages on your site you want to rank for which keywords:

Page Title: The page title, also known as a title tag or title element, is written in the coding of the page, like this – <title>Mention Your Keywords Here</title>. The page title isn’t displayed on the page itself, but is shown in the search results and in the web browser. You definitely need to add your the keyword for a page here, but don’t just put the keyword and nothing else. At the very least, put your business’s name either before or after the keyword.

Url: The web address for the page (i.e. www.yoursite.co.uk/mention-your-keywords-here). This is a good place to add keywords as you can use them without needing to use them in a catchy or enticing way like with the page title or H1 tag. Using keywords in your url isn’t possible when trying to rank your homepage though.

H1 Tag: The main header tag for the page. This is normally the title at the top of a page that tells the reader what the page is about – like an article title in a magazine or newspaper. This should ideally grab the interest of visitors to your site, to make them want to read on, so you need to balance using your keyword with making it interesting.

Body Content: The main written text on a page, such as a product/service description or an article. You only need to mention the keyword once, though you can mention it more times if that happens naturally when you’re writing. You definitely don’t need to aim for any kind of keyword density (2%, 5%, etc.).

Site Navigation Link Text: The text that forms the links in your top navigation bar or sidebar. Using your target keyword in its exact form here can look spam, and can negatively affect the user experience, so normally you’ll have to use a shortened or alternate version of it.

In-Content Link Text: The text that forms the links on your pages that link to other pages on your site (e.g. this links to a page on this site about SEO for internal links). Mix up your usage, by sometimes linking up the exact keyword and sometimes linking up a partial sentence that the keyword is in. Always keep the user experience in mind with this.

Image Tag: The html code used to add an image to the page (i.e. <img src=”file-name-including-keyword.jpg” title=”Title of the image including the keyword” alt=”Description of the image including the keyword”>). This text won’t show up on a page, unless, for some reason, the image itself doesn’t load. If there are multiple images on a page, you can add variations of the keyword to each of them. Find more data Image optimization.

Meta Description: The snippet of text that gets displayed in the search results to describe the content of the page. Search engines don’t use this as part of their ranking algothrim, however, they do highlight/bold any keywords used here, which makes your site stand out more in the search results and seem more relevant.

Google no longer takes into account the meta keywords tag (i.e. <meta name=”keywords” content=”Keyword 1, Variation of Keyword 1″>), as it’s too easy to manipulate and spam. As they don’t pay attention to the tag, it makes no difference at all to your site’s rankings if you use it or not. Some sites still use it, some don’t. If anything, you’re better to not use it, as doing so makes it easier for competitors to pinpoint what exactly keywords you’re targeting.

How to Vary Keyword Usage

You can target multiple keywords on one page but, unless they’re very closely related, it can be difficult to do. The best approach is to have one main keyword target for each page, and then to also target variations of that keyword with that same page. Keyword variations will typically be the main keyword with one or more extra words (online, service, review, buy, cheap, London, Yorkshire, etc.) added.

If the only difference between keywords is the order of the words, a minor word (a, an, in, on, to, etc.) or plurality (s, ies, etc.), then you can target those keywords on the same page as multiple main keyword targets, as Google recognises each of those variations as being nearly the same, and will generally return pretty much the same set of search results for each of them.

So, if you wanted to rank a page on your site for ‘San Diego SEO service’, you could try and rank that same page for…

…by using variations of the main keyword in the keyword placement options listed above. For example, use….

Page Title: SEO services San Diego
H1 Tag: Best SEO services company San Diego
Body Content: If you need an affordable SEO Service in San Diego…
Image Tag: – John-San Diego- SEO Service
Meta Description: We are one of the best SEO Service in San Diego …

That would be preferable to using the main target keyword (i.e. ‘SEO services San Diego’) in the page title, h1 tag, body content, image tag and Meta description. As well as removing the risk of, and a penalty for, over-optimizing for ‘SEO services San Diego’, it improves your rankings for those keyword variations that you use. So, not only is it not necessary to use the exact keyword repeatedly, it’s actually more beneficial for you not to do so.

You also don’t only need to use keywords (main or variations) in their exact form or in isolation. You can, and again it’s beneficial to do so, use them as part of a phrase or use dividers, like dashes (-) or pipes (|). This can make your keyword usage look more natural to both visitors and search engines. Sticking with the ‘Birmingham Accountants’ example, you could do the following…

Page Title: “SEO services San Diego | Name Of Company” or “Name Of Company | SEO services | San Diego

H1 Tag: “We are one of the best SEO Service in San Diego” or “Name Of Company – best SEO Service San Diego”

How Often To Use Keywords

The page title is by far the most important place to add the keyword for a page, so make sure, at the very least, you use the keyword there. If you need to make it part of a phrase, change the order of the words, or add a divider or two, so as to make it look more professional or to target more keywords, then that’s fine – it won’t prevent you ranking 1st for that keyword.

In addition to using the keyword in the page title try to use it, or a variation of it, in at least 2 of these 3 places…

  • Url
  • H1 Tag
  • Body Content

…and at least 2 of these 5 places…

  • Site Navigation Link Text
  • In-Content Link Text
  • Image Tag
  • Meta Description

If you do that, then your keyword, or variations of it, will be in at least 5 of the 8 keyword placement options, and it should be clear to Google what keywords to rank that page for. You can safely use your keyword in all 8 places, however, if you do so, it’s essential that you use multiple variations of the keyword. If you list the exact keyword target (e.g. ‘SEO Service San Diego) in each of those 8 places, then you’re really risking an over-optimization penalty.

You don’t have to use a keyword, or variations of it, x amount of times to be able to rank a page for that keyword – there’s no magic number to aim for. What you should not do is let the quality or professionalism of a page suffer because you’re trying to force a keyword in a couple more times. You should always place the readability and usability of your site above keyword usage.

If, for whatever reason, you can only use a keyword in a couple of places on a page, that doesn’t necessarily mean that ranking well for that keyword is impossible – it just makes the process of ranking it a bit more difficult. You can still rank 1st in the search results for that keyword if you have better content and more high quality backlinks than your competitors.

 

 

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Why Optimize LinkedIn and SlideShare?

Why Optimize LinkedIn and SlideShare?

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LinkedIn is currently the world’s largest professional networking site with 347 million members. The company has transformed itself with a high-quality publishing platform. And with their acquisition of SlideShare in 2012, Google has taken notice of the site and appears ready to reward them in search results.

Ready to put LinkedIn and SlideShare to work for you? Let’s get started.

Identify Target Keywords and Phrases

Off-page SEO includes anything done outside of your website, proving to search engines that your digital footprint is relevant for certain keywords and phrases. This includes LinkedIn and SlideShare.

One tool you can use to identify SEO keywords is Google’s Keyword Planner. To begin, log into your Google AdWords account, click on Tools and choose Keyword Planner from the drop-down menu.

Why Optimize LinkedIn and SlideShare?
Why Optimize LinkedIn and SlideShare? Include your keywords in the Title, Description and Tags sections.

Then choose the option to Search for New Keyword and Ad Group IdeasClick on the Get Ideas button to adjust the settings.

After identifying your target SEO keywords, put them to work on LinkedIn and SlideShare.

#1: Optimize Your LinkedIn Company Page

Here are some ways to optimize your LinkedIn company page for search engines:

At the top of the description field, list your most important keywords and phrases separated by a symbol, such as an asterisk (*)Limit text to roughly 100 characters with spaces and symbols.

Why Optimize LinkedIn and SlideShare?
Why Optimize LinkedIn and SlideShare? List important keywords and phrases at the beginning of the description field.

Next, draft an engaging company description and use your keywords and phrases throughout the descriptionAvoid keyword-stuffing and writing for search engines by keeping it natural. Have someone proofread the final content to make sure it reads well.

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Also take advantage of the Specialties section of your page. You can use up to 256 characters in this section, so be sure to include your top 10 to 15 SEO keywords.

Why Optimize LinkedIn and SlideShare?
Why Optimize LinkedIn and SlideShare?Include your top 10 to 15 keywords in the Specialties section.

To create engagement, invite people to follow your company page once you start publishing status updates. Be sure to include your target SEO keywords in your updates.

Why Optimize LinkedIn and SlideShare?
Why Optimize LinkedIn and SlideShare? Include SEO keywords in your status updates.

#2: Optimize Your LinkedIn Showcase Pages

LinkedIn’s showcase pages are an extension of your company page and are designed to highlight particular brands or product lines. As with company pages, LinkedIn members can follow your showcase pages, and you can publish status updates to them.

Here’s how to make showcase pages work for you:

Include target SEO keywords in the showcase page name and the description. You can use up to 200 characters to make the description text compelling.

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Be sure to provide a link to the corresponding service or product page on your website. And invite people to follow your showcase page.

When posting relevant status updates, include target SEO keywords.

Why Optimize LinkedIn and SlideShare?
Why Optimize LinkedIn and SlideShare? On your showcase page, use target keywords in your description and updates, and include a link to your website.

A quick note: Showcase pages haven’t gained a lot of traction, so LinkedIn may not keep them around forever. However, Google likes them, so I recommend you adopt them for now.

#3: Optimize Posts to LinkedIn Groups

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Currently, you can join up to 50 groups on LinkedIn. Finding the right groups can work in your favor because Google indexes and displays LinkedIn group discussions in their search engine results.

Here’s how to get the most SEO juice out of your group postings:

Always abide by group rules so posts don’t end up in the Pending Review section.

Include a target SEO keyword in the title and description fields of the group posting.

Use keywords in your Group updates.

Gain extra mileage by perpetuating the conversation. Respond if someone comments on your post. Google loves social media posts that get engagement.

Conclusion

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As with all SEO activities, getting your LinkedIn assets to rank high organically in Google will take a bit of time, but it will be well worth your effort. Get started and have fun!

 

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What comes to mind when you see the term “SEO“? Where do you focus all your energy when you’re trying to improve your search rankings?

Most people focus a large proportion of their time on “keywords” and not much else.

However, if you’ve been working diligently on keyword optimization but are still not getting the results you want, you may need to consider other factors that affect search engine ranking.

Search engine algorithms not only rate the relevance of your keywords on pages, and in the meta data, in relation to a user’s search terms, but they also evaluate information such as the duration visitors stay on your site, bounce rate, broken links, pages viewed, inbound and outbound links and so on…


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Getting users to stay on your website and interact with your content can boost your website’s ranking, and you can do so by improving the user experience and usability of your website.

Using keywords to get visitors to click through to your site is only half the story. If you approach SEO as “optimizing your website for people who use search engines,” the notion of user-friendliness becomes an important factor.

In this article, I’ll look at the various aspects of website usability that impact SEO, how to improve website usability to boost SEO ranking and what to do when there seems to be conflict between usability and SEO “best practice.”

What is website usability?

Website usability encompasses many elements of website design, most of which are also tied to conversion.


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Here are a few that can affect search engine ranking:

  • Effectiveness: can users achieve their objectives when they land on your website? e.g. Can they find the information they need, order the products they desire, or contact the company for customer service?
  • Efficiency: adding to effectiveness is efficiency. Besides being able to achieve an objective, how quickly can a user complete a task? If visitors cannot find what they need effectively and efficiently on your website, they’re more likely to navigate away. The shorter time they spend on your website may have a negative impact on the SEO ranking.
  • Learnability: can users learn to navigate your website quickly? Are the calls-to-action that are clickable consistent so visitors know how to interact? When visitors spend too much time trying to figure out how to use your website, they’re spending less time consuming your information or looking at your products. Plus, when they can’t find what they need, it’s likely that they will get frustrated, navigate away and never come back.
  • Memorability: can users re-find your website next time they go onto a search engine? Repeat traffic can help you get a Google ranking boost. Visitors may find your website and then navigate away for a number of reasons. They may remember it later and try to search for it again. Is the keyword associated with that particular search memorable enough so they can find your site again?
  • Error Prevention: certain errors on a website can affect not only user experience but also SEO ranking. e.g. A 404 Page Not Found error, a link that says one thing but displays something else, or a broken link that is no longer valid.

 

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Why is Website Usability Important?

The main reason that usability is so important is because there are so many similar websites that people will go to the next site if the first one they visit is not usable. You can have the most beautiful website in the world, but people will leave immediately if they are unable to figure out how to navigate your site quickly.

Usability testing is used to test all forms of interactions that humans have with devices (Image credit – Mediamatic)


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As stated in the article Why Web Site Usability is Important for a Company, on the web, companies entirely rely on their web presence in order to achieve their online goals. Similarly, a user of a company’s web site will formulate a judgement about that company that is strongly correlated with the way they perceive its web site. Furthermore, usable websites increase user satisfaction whereas web sites which violate usability conventions confuse users and result in a loss of revenue for the companies behind them. This is because improving usability is a great way to encourage users to visit your site instead of the sites that belong to your competitors and is often an approach that keeps customers coming back to your site again and again. Indeed, high-quality websites that are easy to use bring in customers and give a particular site a competitive edge over the competition.

What is Usability Testing?


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Usability Testing is a technique used to evaluate a product (in this case a website) by testing is on users. Most people who set up a usability test carefully construct a scenario wherein a person performs a list of tasks that someone who is using the website for the first time is likely to perform. Someone else observes and listens to the person who is performing the tasks while taking notes. Watching someone perform common tasks on a website is a great way to test whether the site is usable because you will immediately be able to see whether they are able to perform the tasks and any difficulties they have while doing so.

The result of usability testing using an eye tracking device indicates where the user has looked and the length of time he/she stared (Image credit – User Vision)


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There are 3 main categories of usability testing:

  • Explorative:Used early in product development to assess the effectiveness and usability of a preliminary design or prototype, as well as users’ thought processes and conceptual understanding.
  • Assessment:Used midway in product development or as an overall usability test for technology evaluation. Evaluates real-time trials of the technology to determine the satisfaction, effectiveness, and overall usability.
  • Comparative:Compares two or more instructional technology products or designs and distinguishes the strengths and weaknesses of each.

 

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Optimize Images for Search Engine Rankings

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Optimize Images for Search Engine Rankings

 

Ranking on image search requires both the optimization of images and page elements to promote the ranking of those images in search, as well as optimization of images and image sizes so they load faster and improve page speed.

You may not realize this, but images can generate a TON of traffic from image-based search engines (Google Images for example).

If you want more of this traffic, you must learn how to optimize your images to score some of this traffic.

Luckily, it’s easier than you think. Here’s Smart Clouds show how to do it.

Image Optimization Practice #1: Alt Text

A picture might be worth 1,000 words, but only if it gets seen and only if it will benefit your business to rank for image search.

When you see a picture of a baby laughing, you instantly recognize what’s going on in the picture.

The problem is, this instant recognition isn’t possible for search engine spiders at this time. Instead, you must help the spiders understand each of your images with alt text.

The text that the search engine uses to understand images.

To include it, you simply add alt=”describe your image here” to your image tag. Here’s an example:

<img src=”baby- laughing.jpg” alt=”Baby laughing” />

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Cute baby Laughing

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Image Optimization Practice #2: File Size

Page load times matter for SEO very important that you can increase it with reduce size of your image.

So, to ensure that you’re the images file size as small as possible (without sacrificing quality, of course).

The familiar program that everybody work with it, is Paint just press “Ctrl+W” and do it or With free tools like Picnik and Image Optimizer at your disposal, there’s no excuse Oh, and one more thing,

DO NOT let your browser resize a large image to look smaller.

When you have a large image, and input height and width tags on that image to make the image smaller, people load the large image first, and then the browser resizes it.

To solve it, always use an image editing program to make your image a desired size, and upload that. http://smartclouds.co/ +1(619) 800-3614  SEO services San Diego

 

Image Optimization Practice #3: File Name

Before you upload your image, pick a descriptive filename—preferably a file name you want that image to rank for—because it will help with your search engine rankings.

For example, if you want to see this in action, just do a sample search and view the images that rank. They almost always have the keyword you searched for in their file name.

See the image below… here with graphic SEO rank higher.

 

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Image Optimization Practice #4: Captions

As of right now, there’s no direct relation between image captions and search engine rankings (that I know of).

Image captions are important because they are one of the most well-read pieces of content on your entire site.

So, if you fail to use them, you’re losing out on one more chance to lower your bounce rate.

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Image Optimization Practice #5: Tag, comment, link to website

Optimize Images for Search Engine Rankings


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