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How to Build a Keyword Glossary

Monday, May 20th, 2013

This is an excerpt from my new eBook “SEO Principles 2013″. The following is Chapter 3, Building a Keyword Glossary:

To build a keyword glossary start with writing down 5 to 10 keywords or phrases that you think people will search on to find your site. Don’t worry about being wrong this is just as starting point.

Next go to Google’s keyword tool at https://adwords.google.com/o/KeywordTool.

The Google Keyword Tool will help you to identify how often keywords are searched on a monthly basis (globally and locally), what the competition level is for these phrases, and help you to identify other opportunities.

Next, type your 5 to 10 keywords into the “word or phrase” text box and click on the search button.

keyword glossary example 1

In our example we identified the following keywords: men’s shoes, men’s casual shoes, work out shoes for men, and men’s work shoes.

You can see what Google returned for this search:

keyword glossary example 2

As you can see this is fantastic information to have access to. Before we didn’t know how often people were searching for specific keywords. Now we’ve taken the guesswork out and can optimize for the keywords that people are actually searching on.

You will also notice that Google returns keyword ideas. You will want to scan through these ideas for additional keywords to add to your glossary.

keyword glossary example 3

You should end up with about 10 to 30 keywords in your glossary depending on the topic and size of your site. If your site doesn’t have a lot of pages yet, then feel free to start small – 5 to 10 keywords is fine. Once you feel comfortable with optimizing for these keywords, add new ones to your glossary every few months. At the same time, create new pages to go with these keywords to ensure the depth and breadth of your site increases. Building new pages and content will signal to search engines that you’re serious about your site and the content you write. Stagnant sites that don’t grow or aren’t updated will not be crawled as frequently by search engines.

When you scan through the list of keyword ideas, look for keywords that have a large amount of search volume. At the same time, make sure they are specific to what your site is about. If you just go for large volume keywords, the terms may be too broad (“shoes”) or have different meaning depending on the industry or service (acronyms can have different meanings in different industries) you provide. Keywords with large search volume are also going to have more competition making them more difficult to rank on.

When selecting keywords you want to make sure you find a good balance between volume and competition. It’s all right to have a few stretch words that you may never rank on. Just make sure that you have other more “realistic” keywords to provide balance.

Once you’ve selected your 10 to 30 keywords, complete the rest of your glossary by adding the search volume, level of importance, and the page on your site you want to optimize. You can even do a Google search to see if your site ranks in the top 3 search result pages. If it does, you may want to track this ranking in your glossary to see how it changes over time.

TIP: When using Google or other search engines to track your site ranking, make sure you are NOT logged in. Being logged in will bias your search results and potentially show your site ranked higher than what it would show for other users.

TIP: Track to see if your site shows in the top 3 pages (first 30 results). Listings beyond page 3 receive so few clicks that ranking there is not going to provide much traffic.

For more detailed information on optimizing your web site for SEO, please visit Amazon, “SEO Principles 2013″ is now available for $2.99.

SEO Principles 2013 eBook for Individual and Small Businesses

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

I recently launched my new eBook on Amazon called “SEO Principles 2013″. I wrote this book for individuals and small businesses that don’t have the time or resources to dedicate to having a fulltime SEO expert working on their site.

Over the past 9 years of optimizing sites for search engines, I’ve found consistent and proven  principles that haven’t changed regardless of updates and algorithm changes made by major search engines.

“SEO Principles 2013″ starts by taking you through SEO strategies, details how to build a keyword glossary, and explains each of the principles and what you need to do to make your pages ready for search engine crawlers. You will also learn what it takes to make your pages stand out in search results – ranking well is the first battle but you need people to click on your search result for it to be effective. Optimizing search results is an important tactic that is often overlooked.

“SEO Principles 2013″ is just $2.99 on Amazon. Download your copy today and start building your SEO strategy in no time at all.

Give WordPress a Speed Boost

Friday, January 8th, 2010

The other day I was looking at my sites performance score in Google’s Webmaster Tools. According to Google, my site was considered slow. This was very concerning as Google has made it known that in 2010 site performance will influence its rankings.

When I looked at my source code it became very clear what the problem was. I use WordPress to host this site and all of the plugins I was using were dragging down the performance. Each plugin had it’s own JavaScript file, it’s own CSS file, and several images. What makes WordPress so great can also be a detriment to you page load times.

Web Page Analyzing

I used the web page analyzer at www.websiteoptimization.com to find what areas of my pages could use optimization. The web page analyzer tool pointed out several JavaScript files that could be optimized along with CSS code that could be condensed.

WordPress Page Caching

Now that I knew where the problem was I had to find a way to fix it. There are several caching plugins for WordPress but the one that worked best for me was W3 Total Cache. This plugin allows you to perform several caching and page optimization techniques that will save you seconds on your page load times.

Page Caching
You can cache each page on your site to improve your response times.

Minify
Minify will shrink your web pages, JavaScript code, and CSS. It removes spaces and even comment tags to reduce the size of the files that are downloaded to support your site.

Database Caching
Caches database objects to improve your response time

Each of the features above have additional customizations which you should look at carefully. I found the minify settings to reduce my page load time significantly by putting most of JavaScript files into a single JavaScript file and the same for my CSS files. There are a lot of different features. I’d recommend trying several of them and then rerunning the web page analyzer to see which improve you site most.

Overall, I knocked several seconds off the load times shown in web page analyzer tool above. You’ll need to experiement a little to see which JS and CSS files can be combined in single files without breaking your web pages. I found that I could make great use of this feature but it didn’t seem to work with the Disqus plugin I’m using. This is unfortunate as Disqus is one of the biggest causes of slow page loads. If anyone is able to get W3 Total Cache and Disqus to work together, please let me know.

Referrer Tracking: How do people find your site?

Friday, August 14th, 2009

One question that every web site owner wants to know is “how do people find my web site”? Luckily there is a simple solution if you’re using a web analytics tool to track your site statistics.

The referrer stat tells you what web sites referred the most people to your site. This stat will list the URL’s of the sites who are sending you traffic. This gives you a great understanding as whether the search engine optimization you are doing is working or if the banner ad you’re running on a blog site is performing well.

Another important statistic which goes along with referrer is the keyword or search word statistic. This stat tells you exactly what a visitor typed into a search engine which led to them finding your site. You want to make sure that they keyword you’ve optimized your site for show up in this statistic. If not, you know there is work to be done. When you put the referrer and keyword stats together, you have a powerful way of understanding how people are finding your web site.

Deliver More Leads without Spending More on Adwords and SEO

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

When it comes to generating more sales leads, web marketers will usually look for ways to bring in more traffic. Many will go straight to Google Adwords and bump up their daily spend. Others will start new SEO campaigns. What is often overlooked is the steady flow of visitors already coming to your web site.

These are the people you should focus your attention on especially if you’re working with a small budget or one that has remained flat or decreased over the past year. Each person who comes to your site opens up the opportunity to meet a new client or customer. To do so, your content, messages, and promotions should be built to match the needs of your visitors. This ensures that they feel welcome and shows that you know and really “get” what their problems and/or needs are.

In theory this sounds great but in practice it can be very overwhelming trying to learn what hundreds or thousands of visitors each month want from you. This brings us back to why web marketers generally focus more on the masses and work on pulling in “traffic”. I think it’s time that we move beyond the masses. Mass-everything is dying in this new world of one-to-one communication and micro-niches. This is why we’ve been working so hard on Marketing for Mavens. We want to find a better way to hypertarget individual visitors that is both beneficial to you and them.

We’ve found that the best way to do this is by managing all of your promotions, niche content, persona content, and offers together in one location and then, using an algorithm, analyze your visitors based on the pages they visit, and in real-time deliver the best content that matches their needs. This simplifies the process for you and makes it easier for your visitors to find the content they want.

While visitors are browsing your site, we are gathering information on the pages they go to, where they came in from, and the content they are viewing and building profiles of each person to better understand their needs. Now, when someone completes a form on your site, you can provide additional information to your sales team other than the one PDF that was viewed or product that was downloaded. You can show a complete history of all the PDF’s, videos, downloads, etc. which will help your sales team provide a higher level of service to your potential customers and clients. From a Marketing perspective, you’ll learn which content and promotions are most active, which pages are converting the most leads, and more importantly connecting and communicating directly with your customers.

To learn more about Marketing for Mavens please visit www.marketingformavens.com. If you want to see how hypertargeting your content can build a better user experience for your visitors and generate more leads for your sale team please join the beta currently open to all new registrations.

SEO: What Are You Doing With the Traffic That Comes to Your Site?

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

It’s a tough economy for most companies. Layoffs and budget cuts are happening everywhere and companies are being forced to do more with less. Web Marketing has picked up as the web is a cheaper way to reach customers by providing a higher return on your investment. SEO, in particular, has become an even hotter topic as the focus turns towards “free” and “low cost” ways to promote a company and drive traffic. However, driving traffic is only part of the equation. It’s what you do with this traffic once people get to your site that really matters.

At Marketing for Mavens, we’ve worked hard over the past year to deliver a product that helps you do more with less while also providing a better user experience for the people visiting your web site. If your traffic was to remain the same for the next year, our service will help you make the most of that traffic, helping you drive more leads than ever before.

Marketing for Mavens matches your promotions and offers to each individual visitor based on the pages they view on your web site. This allows you to target your content more effectively while providing a better user experience. This is an automated process. You provide the content and Marketing for Mavens will match it to your visitors. It’s simple to setup and you can be testing the effectiveness of our service in a matter of minutes.

We are currently offering a free beta program that is running through the next few months. Once the beta ends (targeting March 09), the service will continue to be available for free with some limitations. Let us help you make the most of your marketing budget and see how matching your promotions to your visitors can more effectively help you turn visitors and happy customers.