In today’s digital world, we are becoming increasingly dependent on the internet for the fulfillment of our needs. Whether we are planning a holiday or buying a plasma television, we increasingly rush to the internet to gather product information and shopping discounts. While consumers are becoming dependent on search engines like Google, Yahoo etc., marketers have developed savvy methodologies to fully exploit their advertising capabilities.
One of the most effective tools of Internet marketing is the use of keyword articles. The word or phrases used in online searches are called keywords. Increasingly, any website that hopes to draw traffic and sales towards it, has come to employ the use of strategic placement of keywords or phrases on its pages. There are different types of keywords. Some are purely for academic use example, ‘Articles on Shakespeare’s Macbeth’. Others signify the preliminary research conducted by a consumer before undertaking a major purchase decision. For example: conducting research on the price-point and features of mp3 players. However for internet marketers, most important are those keywords which actually translate into a sale or money transaction.
When a user types in a keyword into a search engine, the engines employs an ‘algorithm’ to sort out the most relevant web pages from its database and rank them in an order dependent on utility (which the engine determines) and then displays them. Type in ‘motorized lawn mowers’ and the search engine will display literally thousands of sites for your perusal. It is here that strategic keyword placement really pays off. It optimizes the text of a website for any of the major search engines. This results in a much higher-ranked listing and increasing the likelihood of the page being viewed by the consumer.
Thus choosing the right keyword is of the utmost importance. It is imperative to conduct proper research for your keyword. Guided by your instinct you might commit the folly of selecting a wrong keyword. Think like your targeted consumer, what is their methodology in approaching a service or product offered by your website. It is not useful cram the first page your website with numerous keywords because search engines do not operate in that manner. A much better strategy is to separately optimize each page because search engines rank pages on the basis of a rich and relevant content coupled with an effective use of good key words.
Avoid extremely general keywords, for example, ‘big screen television’. It is important to realize that consumers are highly selective about their own searches. So a much better keyword would be ‘Sony big screen plasma television’. Similarly websites targeting local area traffic should use specific regional markers to reach their customers (like ‘realtors in salt lake city’).
The keyword should be placed in the page title, sub-titles and dispersed in the content of the web copy. The keyword can also function as a link to your site from some other relevant website. A search engine specially looks in these locations to determine display ranking. By the strategic employment of keywords, marketers can effectively optimize their sales potential.
Keywords are specific words that are searched by internet users. When you are writing online web content, you may begin by imagining what words an internet searcher might type into Google or Yahoo if they were looking for the article you are going to write. The words you determine good search terms are your keywords. There are tools available online to help you choose keywords.
Using Keyword Tools to Optimize Keyword Density and SEO
Below is a screenshot of the Google Adsense keyword tool. The keywords “keyword density” were used to get the “monthly search volume” for those words. The Adsense keyword tool also suggests other possible words and phrases. Word tracker is another keyword tool available online that will help you arrive at good keywords.
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Once you have chosen your keywords it is time to focus on keyword density. Keyword density is a term used to describe how often keywords appear in your writing. If you are writing an article about apples, for example, repeating the word apple throughout the article will help you gain recognition with the search engines and optimize your writing. That is what is known in the writing business as SEO, or search engine optimization.
A good rule of thumb is to try to get a word to appear in your writing at a rate between 2 and 3%. Repeating any one word more than this will make your writing appear forced. Repeating the same keyword excessively for SEO is known as keyword stuffing and it is not recommended as it degrades the quality of your writing. On the other hand, not using a keyword at least 2% of the time will keep your article from being noticed by the search engine, because it doesn’t recognize your article as being about apples.
The keyword tool available at http://www.keywordhacker.com/ is a good one to use to check your keyword density while writing. The reason I recommend this tool is because it allows you to enter either an URL, to check the density of already published writing, or copy and paste your writing prior to publishing to check keyword density. Here is a screen shot taken from Keyword Hacker as I wrote this article to determine my keyword density for SEO.