SEO Expert Ellsworth
Pay Per Click Vs Organic Search Engine Marketing
When preparing your content to be "search friendly", you must make a clear keyword choice. Even Google advises webmasters to "Think about the words users would type to find your pages, and make sure that your site actually includes those words within it." (Google Webmaster Guidelines)Let's explore some of the common mistakes that webmasters make when keyword optimizing:1. Mistake - Keyword Soup: in the bad-old-days, SEO was all about stuffing pages with tons of keywords, kind of the "buckshot" approach of long-tail SEO. It just doesn't work anymore. In fact, the only way to "win" a keyword nowadays is through focus and consistency -- both on the page itself and in links to the page. By definition, it is impossible to focus on two things at once -- and this especially applies to your keyword-strategy! The best approach is to build links with a single consistently targeted keyword phrase per page. Sure, the keyword phrase can change over time -- but even in change, consistency should be the goal.2. Mistake - Keyword Greed: Sure, you'd love to come up on the first page for some popular keyword like "backup"... but it's just not going to happen -- at least for a long time. If that's your keyword target, you're going to get buried on page 30 of the search results -- meaning almost NO traffic at all! Your new page is just getting into the game and it can take years of ethical link building to compete with the top players. In the meantime, you'll get NO visitors for all your effort!3. Mistake - Keyword Cowardice. Ok, you lowered your expectations and chose to go after traffic from a non-competitive "long-tail" keyword. Well guess what? There's not much competition because that keyword is is simply unpopular. Sure you can win a number one position pretty quick -- and you'll get a tiny trickle of traffic -- but that's all you'll ever see from that keyword! Congratulations, you're now the king of an ant hill.The "Keyword Ladder" Approach - a Simple but Effective Keyword TacticSo how do you choose which keyword to promote? Choose one that's too popular and your site will be buried. Choose one that's too unpopular and your page will, at best, be king of an ant-hill.In the early days, this was done by trying to calculate KEI - an index which tries to determine which keywords have relatively high reward (popularity) relative to risk (competitiveness). The problem with this approach is that ALL the top keywords are highly competitive by now. It's like trying to choose a good domain name when ALL the common-word domains have long since been taken. KEI analysis is a dead end -- it simply doesn't provide a pathway to winning over popular keywords.But there is a way to win high-popularity keywords over time without sacrificing the immediate traffic benefits of long-tail keywords. I call it a "keyword ladder" and it very effectively tackles the keyword-choosing delemma. This tactic is neither black-hat nor even devious -- in fact, it's pretty obvious after you think about it.Start by choosing an impossibly popular keyword -- this is your "ideal" keyword. Next, add additional keywords to the phrase, building out a list with each item increasing in specificity -- until your last item is a three or four word "long tail" phrase of very low search popularity (under 1000 in Overture.)For example, instead of choosing the impossible to reach keyword "backup", build out a few additional rungs such as "backup software" and then "free backup software". Your "keyword ladder will now have three rungs:1. backup -- your "ideal" keyword phrase2. backup software -- your "goal" keyword3. free backup software -- your "initial-target" keywordYour "initial-target" keyword phrase will be free backup software. Go ahead and target that entire phrase in your page, site optimization and link-building. You'll find that the three-word combination is much easier to conquer -- bringing you some degree of traffic-flow right away.Now here's the important part: Just as soon as you get to the first page for one phrase, stop promoting that phrase! Instead, step up the keyword ladder and start promoting the next (shorter and broader) phrase.Over time, you'll start achieving success from more competitive keywords up the ladder -- all the while enjoying traffic and still keyword relevant links from the "lower" rungs. This is critical because your initial link building efforts will both provide you with business traffic while providing a keyword relevancy to help you positioning for your "goal" and "ideal" keywords over time.To easily build your own keyword ladder, just use overture's keyword inventory tool (http://inventory.overture.com/d/searchinventory/suggestion/). Type your "ideal" keyword and scan down the list to add successively lower rungs to your ladder. Your lowest rung should be a phrase with under 1000 popularity in order to achieve immediate results.That's it! This technique really works -- and it works just as well for your site's home page. Please, don't link without a ladder!What's Next? Automate SEO by Letting Google Choose your Keyword LadderAs an exercise for all the SEO gurus out there: the next step is to have each page monitor its own search traffic and calculate an optimal keyword ladder based on actual search engine response. Nobody knows for sure how the Google algorithm will view your content so why not watch the search results and let Google provide your keywords? It's really quite easy to do. Just picture a field of sunflowers bending twisting to follow the arc of the sun across the sky. (Bad at metaphors? The Sun represents the Google algorithm changing over time.)
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