Keywords on websites
Keywords and keyphrases are the terms that best describe the content on each individual page of your website.
It is to your advantage to choose the phrases that web users would type into a search engine to find your type of product or service. It’s best best to target one to three key phrases for each page.
Looking at keywords Imagine that there is a business on the Gold Coast, Queensland (Australia) that produces and sells jelly cups, called “Joy’s Juicy Jellies”. Joy has decided that it’s time to take her business online. Before starting to write the content for her website, it’s a good idea for Joy sit down and draw up a story board for her site. She needs to work out what she wants on each page, and then brainstorm the keywords for each page.
Let’s take a look:
Joy’s Juicy Jellies
Gourmet jelly cups, children’s jelly cups, party jelly cups.
Other information: Home delivery service, home made jelly using all natural ingredients, situated on the Gold Coast, delivers to the Gold Coast only.
Jelly, Jelly cups, jelly cups for parties, party jelly cups, desserts, sweets, parties, party, children’s parties, kids parties, gourmet jelly, gourmet, home delivery, desserts home delivery, home made, natural, natural ingredients, Gold Coast, Queensland Looking at keyphrases
Now that Joy knows which keywords best describe her business, she can expand these out into keyphrases.
Keyphrases help web users to find a particular product, service, or information through a search engine.
Joy can do this in a number of ways. The most popular method is to use a program which tells you what volume of search queries there are per day for a particular phrase.
A great free tool is the keyword suggestion tool at seobook.com.
Google Suggest is another free way of discovering popular search phrases.
How to introduce a website If possible, have the opening paragraph of your website explain the main points of your site. People should not be left scratching their heads over what your website is all about. They may quickly leave your site if you don’t grab their attention. You can also put your key phrases here.
So – – write an attention-grabber – put in as much information as possible in the fewest amount of words – free offers or special offers are always good – remember to use your your main keyphrases
Joy’s Juicy Jellies Home delivered, all natural ingredients
This description is useless. It tells an internet visitor or search engine nothing.
Joy’s Juicy Jellies Home delivered jelly cups, 100 varieties, all natural ingredients. Children’s jelly cups. Gourmet jelly cups. Here in Palm Springs.
This is okay. It mentions a few keywords – okay for search engines but boring for the people coming to the site
Joy’s Juicy Jellies Add pizzaz to your next party or function with delicious home made jelly cups. 100 exciting flavours – from Luscious Lime to Sizzling Strawberry, both children’s and gourmet varieties. 100% natural ingredients. Delivered straight to your door. Home deliveries to locations all over the Gold Coast, Queensland. Special offer – free delicious sample pack with your first order!
It’s people who will be coming to your website, so be sure to catch their interest on the very first page. You want those people to return and tell their friends about your site. The more times people return to your site, and the more people they tell about your site, the higher your site will rise in the search engine rankings as well. Keywords are used as main points in the text.
Looking at ‘naming your website pages’ Each page of a website needs to have a name. If you look in the address bar at the top of this page, you’ll see: make-website.com.au/key-words-and-key-phrases.php Okay, back to Joy’s juicy jellies… On another page of the site, Joy wants to feature her range of delicious gourmet jellies.
But how should Joy name her pages to maximize chances of her pages being listed by the search engines? Let’s have a look:
Naming the second page, ‘page2’ tells a visitor or search engine nothing about what is on the page.
Naming the page ‘gourmet-jellies’ tells a visitor or search engine there are gourmet jellies on this page. what: jellies what kind: gourmet
Other things a webmaster can do
Use long-tail keyword phrases in the URL. Long-tail phrases are, well, long. They aim to compete for very specific things.
An example: homemade jellies Gold Coast If Joy knows that there is a market for homemade jelly on the Gold Coast, she could well be capturing the market by using that phrase.
Offer to link to other sites in return for a reciprocal link ( a link to your site placed on their website.) The other sites should have something in common with your website. Reciprocal links don’t do a lot for optimisation purposes, but they may bring you in customers – and that is a very good thing!
Write articles and place the articles in some of the better article sites – or even better – sites focused on the same theme as your website.
Advertise in your local area – newspapers, school newsletters.
Use internet advertising such as Google Adwords (this can quickly bring you targeted visitors to your site.)
Free resources from Google
Google trends Google trends is a great tool that allows you to type in any word or phrase and see how popular it has been in google searches – for any year, any month, and different countries. google.com/trends
Keyword tool This tool from google allows you to type in your keywords and find all related keywords, how much advertiser compeition there is for those keywords, the search volume for those keywords and other information. adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal