How To Make The Right Keyword Analysis For Your Website (Part-2)

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In my previous post “How To Make The Right Keyword Analysis For Your Website” I have shared my experience in choosing the best sweet keywords for the website. We have ended up with an xls table with the list of pages names and the keywords breakdown for these pages. As promised, today I’ll be speaking about On-page search engine optimization- that is how and where to use the keywords on your website page to get higher positions for the given keywords and key phrases in search engines results yet keeping the page organically readable for your website visitors.

Though I’ll be mentioning Google most of the times, the principles of the On-page SEO are same for all search engines.

First of all and before we get into details, let me emphasize that the valuable/interesting/unique information presented on your website is what matters most. You have to write your texts for website visitors and not for the search engines. The aim of SEO is not just to get on top of search results and get some additional traffic to your website, but rather convert this traffic into sales, new members, subscribers whatever. Even if Google or other search engines won’t penalize your for keyword stuffing and you get’ll somewhere close to top 10 results (just theoretically) and people will be clicking on your website name, if you don’t offer the qualitative content they will leave. So please be very careful when using the tips I’m going to give you today and do not spend your time on something that is not going to work. Remember that it’s people who are visiting your website while On-Page SEO is a technique meant to help people find your amazing products.

On Page Keyword Characteristics

There are several characteristics that can be applied to the keywords and key-phrases in the context of on-page SEO:

  • Prominence
  • Density
  • Frequency
  • Proximity

Prominence

Prominence is how close your keyword/key phrase is to the beginning of the analyzed area on page. Speaking about introductory text on your home page, 100% prominence is when you use your keyword in the first sentence of your first abstract and start your sentence with this keyword.

Density

Keyword density is a number of keywords to the rest of content on page, usually measured in %. For example, if you have a text area of 150 words, and use the keyword “development” 5 times on a page, the density will be calculated as 5/150X100% and that is 3,33%. If the keyword consists of a single word, obviously its density within some context will be lower than if it consisted of two words or a phrase.

Frequency

Frequency is simply the number of times you use the keyword in the analyzed area of a page.

Proximity

Proximity is how close the keywords that make up your key phrase are to each other. For example if your key-phrase is “website design” but you don’t want to repeat it (and don’t have to!) twice in that same short sentence, you may finish the sentence with “website” and start the new one with “design” or something like cool “design”. The closer they keywords in your key phrase are to each other the better.

SEO important page elements

Page Name

Let’s start from the very top of the page. When you create the page you give it the name something like services.html (or php/asp whatever). This is the first place to use your keywords. If you’re a design studio offering logo design and corporate identity design, use the according keywords to name your website pages- something like logo-design.html. Do not use blank spaces (logo design.html) or underlines (logo_design.html) in the name of the pages, always use hyphens to separate the words and Google will recognize it as 2 separate words and yeah, you’re telling Google that this page on your website is about logo design.

Page Title

Website Title is the part of the page coding located in the

<head>

section of your HTML file and looking like:

<title>My title goes here</title>

. The title of the page is the second characteristics Google will see when indexing your page after its name. This is also the Title that will be shown in Search engine results and that people will consider as the general title covering in short what’s the page and website is about.

Before optimizing your title with the keywords don’t forget that we focus on people not on search engines, and if they don’t like your title, find it overstuffed with keywords or just think it’s not relevant to what actually they have been looking for your optimization efforts will be absolutely useless.

As a rule website title consists of about 5 to 12 words, and character length up to 75 symbols. Do not compose huge sentences for your title as the title might get cut and will look weird. If you own an established brand – be sure to include the name in the titles. If you target some certain geographical region be sure to mention it as well.

Meta Description

Meta description

<meta name="description" content="description goes here"/>

is also the part of the page code located in the head area and not visible to website visitors when they open the page, it’s solely used by the search engines. Meta description is a brief summary of the information you provide on page and thus it should be sharp, descriptive and contain your targeted keywords. In some cases meta description may show up on the search results pages below the Title of your page- the so-called “snippet” so do not forget that people making the search are likely to see this description and judge on your company and services based upon it. It will also influence their decision to click on the link to your website or not.

Nice meta description usually contains about 25-30 words. The best keywords should be placed closer to the beginning (100% prominence). It’s better to start with the most sweet keywords, while organically including just nice ones in the rest of the summary.

Website Content

HTML headings h1 – h6

HTML heading tag indicates to the search engines that this is the main title of your page, secondary title of your page and less important subtitles. It’s a good practice to include keywords into the headings with the 100% prominence as this is the other time that we tell the search engines that this is what our page is about. It’s important not to repeat the same level tag more than one time.

Text on page

After all the preludes we have finally come to the most sweet part – the text content of the page. That is where you your imagination and creativity have no boundaries. You can write as much text as you’d like to (of course, this should be a unique text) but there should be at least 100 words. Keywords prominence should be 100% – that is your best keywords should be used in the first abstract (as Google indexes the content from left to write, from bottom to top- exactly the same way that we read), just a bit in the middle and mentioned a few times closer to the end. Do not forget about proximity, it’ll help you to use your keywords close to each other yet escaping the keywords stuffing. The keyword density should be around 3-7%, if it’s higher than this you can just add some more text.

Search engines may also use a few lines of text from your page and show them as snippet on the result pages instead of the meta description.

Once you’re done with the text, show it to your friends. You have to make sure that it’s easily and nicely readable by human beings.

To emphasize your keywords, use the bold tag, but don’t over use it as the content presentation can become pretty irritating.

If you have so graphics/or photos on page be sure the include the and tags for your images. Adding a keyword there would be nice as well, as the text will show up in case images are disabled, while texts from both and tags are used by Google for their images search. We shouldn’t lose any opportunity so lets invest some efforts into this.And finally, when linking to a page use the keyword as the anchor text for the link, this will also tell Google the page is relevant to this query.

That’s it! Good luck with the on-page SEO and I hope that it’ll be of some great help to you guys!

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19 Comments Best Comments First
  • Anon

    Friday, June 25th, 2010 14:12

    1

    According to Google

    [http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2009/09/google-does-not-use-keywords-meta-tag.html]

    the meta description doesn’t help in ranking any higher in the SERPs: “we still don’t use the description meta tag in our ranking.”

    Also, your suggestions about keyword density will lead to one thing only – poor quality, annoying and unreadable content.

    If the content you’ve written for the page is relevant to your chosen keywords it will contain them naturally, and this is enough.

    Stuffing keywords in with the sole aim of increasing the density will just ruin the text.

    And a minimum of 100 words? So few words says one thing to me: there’s no point having a page for it in the first place.

    Sure, optimise the title, URL, and link text on the site but leave the content alone.

    I’d advise anyone reading this to ignore most of the SEO advice you find on a design blog, and go look at SEOMoz instead. They’re the experts.

    0
    • Anastasia Miles

      Sunday, June 27th, 2010 23:39

      11

      Yes, SEOMoz are the experts and I didn’t say anything that would go against what they say. If you don’t want to, you may not include your keywords anywhere at all and that’s what most people do and then wonder why noone visits their website from the search engines. What I did describe are the general practices and basics implemented by all SEOs. BTW, there’s a great research on SEOMoz about what elements have bigger influence on rankings but the basics remain the same for years now.

      0
    • Ben

      Friday, June 25th, 2010 19:22

      6

      Meta Description doesn’t help with ranking but it does change what is displayed on the results pages. A well written description will result in higher click through rates when your results are displayed to the person searching.

      Keywords for the sake of it are bad, but there’s still some sound advice here. As long as you act sensibly and try to keep your users in mind you can’t go too far wrong.

      0
  • Vlad

    Friday, June 25th, 2010 18:58

    7

    Great article, but then I looked at the authors Web site. Wow, is that copy hard to read. With so much emphasis in this article on making copy readable to humans, I’d have thought her copy would have been better. Grammatically incorrect and misspellings. BTW, Web is always capitalized and Web site is always two words. Look it up. I think I’ll take Anon’s advice and check out SEOMoz.

    0
    • Anastasia Miles

      Sunday, June 27th, 2010 23:44

      12

      to Vaderist

      Thanks and yes, I know, my website is not optimized at all. I just don’t use this exact website to catch clients and I don’t optimize it for web, this is just a portfolio of works I update from time to time so I don’t spend any time on it.. and that’s true

      0
  • Jae Xavier

    Friday, June 25th, 2010 22:37

    8

    content is king.

    seo methods will continue to change today, tomorrow, at the time of my death.

    content will live on. like elvis.

    0
  • Ashley N. Cline

    Saturday, June 26th, 2010 01:46

    9

    I always think of just making sure the H1 tag is “optimized” – I never took in to consideration the importance H2-H6 could make! Good advice!

    0
  • clervius

    Friday, June 25th, 2010 17:50

    5

    This is very informative. And @Anon, as someone who has attended a number of Google SEO conferences, and with personal experience. Some of the things mentioned in Google Webmaster does not matter. Especially in regards to the description meta tag. EVERY time I include that in a website, and search for it on Google, the description is always used, and some of the keywords are emphasized.

    This would have been a better read had there not been so many grammatical errors in it.

    0
  • Ilyse Klavir

    Friday, June 25th, 2010 16:38

    2

    I really enjoyed reading this perspective on keyword analysis and the breakdown into four key categories. I agree that nobody likes spammy keyword stuffed articles and we all want a more useful and relevant internet. On the other hand, I think it is somewhat of a stretch to assume that any search engine is truly “organic” and that it always delivers the most relevant content rich results without the author clearly identifying content based on an understanding of how search engines work.

    0
  • Nikunj

    Friday, June 25th, 2010 16:51

    3

    I have seen results based on meta description optimization & ya Google does not support meta keywords but yahoo & bing gives relevant weight to meta keywords.

    Stuff keywords is not recommended but optimization of content using proper keywords at proper places is advised.

    and @Anoa if you are reader of SEOMoz then you will find some of the seo tips similar to this one.

    0
  • Peach

    Friday, June 25th, 2010 17:05

    4

    It is correct, that google ignores the description meta tag, but there are also other serach engines like yahoo and bing, so it can maybe be helpful for the others. The title and the url name are very important for every search engine. The textes on the pages shouldn’t be found on other Webpages. It is very very important, that you have unique content on to your page. The inimitability of your homepage makes it very interesting for the index of the search engines.

    0
  • Mike

    Saturday, June 26th, 2010 10:52

    10

    Thanks for the useful information. It’s the first time I knew about the four characteristics of a page keyword analysis

    0
  • rajnisheps

    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 12:13

    17

    Meta tag keywords are very important to gain organic search engine result and good keywords density keywords are also take part in google result. It;s true

    0
  • Norman

    Thursday, September 8th, 2011 13:34

    18

    Brilliant article. Spinning tools are also helpful for creating unique content.

    0
  • Robert Williams

    Thursday, March 8th, 2012 00:47

    19

    Awesome information very helpful for a beginner. Thanks for this article I will bookmark this and lookout for any further articles. Thanks

    0
  • Andrea

    Monday, October 4th, 2010 12:55

    16

    I can suggest to innovate while you write.
    Everything it is important: title, h1-h6, keywords and so on, but sometime a post made at the right time, even on a niche topic could give you excellent placements.

    I have few posts which were indexed at the right time and now are in the first page of google.

    0
  • andy

    Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 13:23

    15

    I can’t agree more than with the sentiments about writing in a natural way.

    If you write using original content and naturally the article/blog whatever will be reader friendly but……and this is also important……it will have a good keyword density, spread etc.

    Your main keywords will be covered but so too the long-tail and the latent semantic indexing takes care of itself.

    Yes get the title and headings sorted as you say and also the meta description to help with telling what the page is about, but at the end of the day just write naturally!

    Andy

    0
  • Vivek Parmar

    Monday, June 28th, 2010 00:21

    13

    stuffing of keywords is bad in terms of seo and most of the newbies will not consider it and sometimes being penalised. As an SEO consultant most of the time i tell my clients to use H2-H6 headlines after the H1 headline.
    And most of the seo tips are available on SEOMOZ.ORG.

    0
  • david

    Friday, July 16th, 2010 13:48

    14

    Its a real puzzle to get this right and in learning it is necessary to do a little experimenting. Great info!

    /David

    0
  • Robert Williams

    Thursday, March 8th, 2012 00:47

    19

    Awesome information very helpful for a beginner. Thanks for this article I will bookmark this and lookout for any further articles. Thanks

    0
  • Norman

    Thursday, September 8th, 2011 13:34

    18

    Brilliant article. Spinning tools are also helpful for creating unique content.

    0
  • rajnisheps

    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 12:13

    17

    Meta tag keywords are very important to gain organic search engine result and good keywords density keywords are also take part in google result. It;s true

    0
  • Andrea

    Monday, October 4th, 2010 12:55

    16

    I can suggest to innovate while you write.
    Everything it is important: title, h1-h6, keywords and so on, but sometime a post made at the right time, even on a niche topic could give you excellent placements.

    I have few posts which were indexed at the right time and now are in the first page of google.

    0
  • andy

    Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 13:23

    15

    I can’t agree more than with the sentiments about writing in a natural way.

    If you write using original content and naturally the article/blog whatever will be reader friendly but……and this is also important……it will have a good keyword density, spread etc.

    Your main keywords will be covered but so too the long-tail and the latent semantic indexing takes care of itself.

    Yes get the title and headings sorted as you say and also the meta description to help with telling what the page is about, but at the end of the day just write naturally!

    Andy

    0
  • david

    Friday, July 16th, 2010 13:48

    14

    Its a real puzzle to get this right and in learning it is necessary to do a little experimenting. Great info!

    /David

    0
  • Vivek Parmar

    Monday, June 28th, 2010 00:21

    13

    stuffing of keywords is bad in terms of seo and most of the newbies will not consider it and sometimes being penalised. As an SEO consultant most of the time i tell my clients to use H2-H6 headlines after the H1 headline.
    And most of the seo tips are available on SEOMOZ.ORG.

    0
  • Mike

    Saturday, June 26th, 2010 10:52

    10

    Thanks for the useful information. It’s the first time I knew about the four characteristics of a page keyword analysis

    0
  • Ashley N. Cline

    Saturday, June 26th, 2010 01:46

    9

    I always think of just making sure the H1 tag is “optimized” – I never took in to consideration the importance H2-H6 could make! Good advice!

    0
  • Jae Xavier

    Friday, June 25th, 2010 22:37

    8

    content is king.

    seo methods will continue to change today, tomorrow, at the time of my death.

    content will live on. like elvis.

    0
  • Vlad

    Friday, June 25th, 2010 18:58

    7

    Great article, but then I looked at the authors Web site. Wow, is that copy hard to read. With so much emphasis in this article on making copy readable to humans, I’d have thought her copy would have been better. Grammatically incorrect and misspellings. BTW, Web is always capitalized and Web site is always two words. Look it up. I think I’ll take Anon’s advice and check out SEOMoz.

    0
    • Anastasia Miles

      Sunday, June 27th, 2010 23:44

      12

      to Vaderist

      Thanks and yes, I know, my website is not optimized at all. I just don’t use this exact website to catch clients and I don’t optimize it for web, this is just a portfolio of works I update from time to time so I don’t spend any time on it.. and that’s true

      0
  • clervius

    Friday, June 25th, 2010 17:50

    5

    This is very informative. And @Anon, as someone who has attended a number of Google SEO conferences, and with personal experience. Some of the things mentioned in Google Webmaster does not matter. Especially in regards to the description meta tag. EVERY time I include that in a website, and search for it on Google, the description is always used, and some of the keywords are emphasized.

    This would have been a better read had there not been so many grammatical errors in it.

    0
  • Peach

    Friday, June 25th, 2010 17:05

    4

    It is correct, that google ignores the description meta tag, but there are also other serach engines like yahoo and bing, so it can maybe be helpful for the others. The title and the url name are very important for every search engine. The textes on the pages shouldn’t be found on other Webpages. It is very very important, that you have unique content on to your page. The inimitability of your homepage makes it very interesting for the index of the search engines.

    0
  • Nikunj

    Friday, June 25th, 2010 16:51

    3

    I have seen results based on meta description optimization & ya Google does not support meta keywords but yahoo & bing gives relevant weight to meta keywords.

    Stuff keywords is not recommended but optimization of content using proper keywords at proper places is advised.

    and @Anoa if you are reader of SEOMoz then you will find some of the seo tips similar to this one.

    0
  • Ilyse Klavir

    Friday, June 25th, 2010 16:38

    2

    I really enjoyed reading this perspective on keyword analysis and the breakdown into four key categories. I agree that nobody likes spammy keyword stuffed articles and we all want a more useful and relevant internet. On the other hand, I think it is somewhat of a stretch to assume that any search engine is truly “organic” and that it always delivers the most relevant content rich results without the author clearly identifying content based on an understanding of how search engines work.

    0
  • Anon

    Friday, June 25th, 2010 14:12

    1

    According to Google

    [http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2009/09/google-does-not-use-keywords-meta-tag.html]

    the meta description doesn’t help in ranking any higher in the SERPs: “we still don’t use the description meta tag in our ranking.”

    Also, your suggestions about keyword density will lead to one thing only – poor quality, annoying and unreadable content.

    If the content you’ve written for the page is relevant to your chosen keywords it will contain them naturally, and this is enough.

    Stuffing keywords in with the sole aim of increasing the density will just ruin the text.

    And a minimum of 100 words? So few words says one thing to me: there’s no point having a page for it in the first place.

    Sure, optimise the title, URL, and link text on the site but leave the content alone.

    I’d advise anyone reading this to ignore most of the SEO advice you find on a design blog, and go look at SEOMoz instead. They’re the experts.

    0
    • Ben

      Friday, June 25th, 2010 19:22

      6

      Meta Description doesn’t help with ranking but it does change what is displayed on the results pages. A well written description will result in higher click through rates when your results are displayed to the person searching.

      Keywords for the sake of it are bad, but there’s still some sound advice here. As long as you act sensibly and try to keep your users in mind you can’t go too far wrong.

      0
    • Anastasia Miles

      Sunday, June 27th, 2010 23:39

      11

      Yes, SEOMoz are the experts and I didn’t say anything that would go against what they say. If you don’t want to, you may not include your keywords anywhere at all and that’s what most people do and then wonder why noone visits their website from the search engines. What I did describe are the general practices and basics implemented by all SEOs. BTW, there’s a great research on SEOMoz about what elements have bigger influence on rankings but the basics remain the same for years now.

      0

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