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Boston Logic's Senior Marketing Associate, Angela Davis, talks about the techniques and tools behind building and monitoring an effective keyword strategy to help your website rank higher in search......

Boston Logic's Senior Marketing Associate, Angela Davis, talks about the techniques and tools behind building and monitoring an effective keyword strategy to help your website rank higher in search engines.

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  • 1. T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
    Master Your Keyword Strategy!
    Presented by: Angela Davis, Senior Marketing Associate
  • 2. CLASSROOM OVERVIEW
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 3. What is a Keyword [a.k.a. Key Phrase]?
    Words or Phrases Your Clients Would Use While Searching for Your Products, Services, or Website. (or While Looking for Solutions to Their Problems)
    Also Used by Search Engines to Index Your Site / Determine What Each Page is About.
    The Foundation of Your SEO & PPC Campaigns.
    By Creating a Highly Relevant Keyword List, Your Site & Ads will be Shown to the Most Interested Users and Improve the Performance of Your Site!
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 4. “Long Tail” & “Halo” Terms
    “Long Tail Keywords” are More Targeted (3+ Word Phrases)(Ex. “Luxury Apartments in Beacon Hill” vs. “Boston Apartments”)
    “Halo Keywords” are Variations of those Keywords.You will naturally rank for these other terms over time by using them in your content.
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 5. DEVELOPING A KEYWORD LIST
    Step 1: Brainstorm! Ask Yourself Some Basic Questions
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 6. Where Are You?
    Where is Your Office Located?
    What Geographic Areas You Are Willing To Travel To In Order To Serve Your Clients?
    Where are Your Potential Clients Located?(Ex.: Do You Help People Relocate From Other States / Countries?)
    Are You Trying to Expand Your Service Area?
    This will help you begin thinking of location-based keywords.
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 7. What Do You Do?
    What Are Your Products / Services?
    What Is Your Industry Niche?
    What Makes You Unique from Your Competitors?
    Why Would Someone Choose You Over Your Competitors?
    (Better Value, Better Service, More Experience, More Fun, etc.)
    This will help you begin thinking of industry-based keywords.
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 8. Who Are Your Clients?
    What Problems Do Your Products / Services Solve?
    Who Have Been Your Favorite Clients in the Past? Why?
    Who Have Been Your LEAST Favorite Clients in the Past? Why?
    What Words or Phrases Might a Client Use While Looking for Your Products / Services (or a solution to their problem)?
    Try to Put Yourself in a Potential Client’s Shoes!
    They Might Not Know the Industry Terminology You Do!
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 9. DEVELOPING A KEYWORD LIST
    Step 2: Do Some Investigating!
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 10. Check Out The Competition
    View the Websites + Social Media Profiles of Your Competitors + Industry Leaders.
    Companies in Your Area Offering Similar Products + Services.
    Companies in Your Industry but in Different Locations Than You.
    TAKE NOTE:
    • What You Like / Dislike About Each Site As a User at First Glance?
    • 11. How Do They Organize Their Information?
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 12. Spy on Your Competition with Source Codes!
    Reading Source Code Data can Provide More Insight!
    Visit the Home Page + Other Pages You Are Interested In.
    In the Navigation Bar of Your Browser, Click ‘View’.
    Look for ‘View Source Code’ or ‘View Source’ Option & Select.
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 13. ‘Cracking the Code’ Is Pretty Easy…
    Look for the Meta Title & Description & Keywords.
    Some Websites Don’t Have Them.
    Often Similar to Front-End Content, but Not Always.
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 14. Do What Your Clients Will Do - Google It!
    Don’t Forget to Test Your Keywords in the Major Search Engines!
    View the Paid Ads +Organic Results for Each Term.
    Are The Results What You Expected? Who’s Ranking Highest?
    TAKE NOTE:
    • Of the Page Titles & Descriptions You Are Seeing in the Top Results!
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 15. DEVELOPING A KEYWORD LIST
    Step 3: Organizing Your Information
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 16. Step 3: Organize Your Information
    Create a Spreadsheet Listing All Your Keywords / Phrases So Far.
    Be Sure to Include:
    Areas / Locations You Serve
    Words for Products & Services
    Industry Terms & Layman Terms
    Words Your Discovered During List Creation Phase
    Sort Your List:
    Sort Alphabetically to Help See ‘Holes’ in List
    If You Serve a Large Area, Make a List for Each Regionfor Locally-Targeted Marketing
    This Will Be the Foundation for the Next Step: Keyword Research.
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 17. THE SCIENCE OF KEYWORD RESEARCH
    How-To + Tools To Help!
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 18. Free Keyword Research Tools
    Best FREE Option:
    Google Adwords Keyword Tool
    Other Places for Ideas & Research:
    Microsoft AdLab
    Google Trends
    Google Webmaster Tools
    Bing Webmaster Tools
    Twitter Trending Topics
    Other Social Media Channels
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 19. Google Adwords Keyword Tool
    Google’s Keyword Tool will Suggest Related Terms:
    https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal
    Easily See Competition & Search Trends for Each Set of Terms
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 20. Keyword Types for Google Adwords (PPC Ads)
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 21. Google Adwords: Keyword Types Defined
    Broad Match =Default Option, Enter Words Normally
    Ex. Keyword: tennis shoes
    Ads Appear: When query contains the words tennis and shoesin any order and can also be coupled with other terms. Also shows on similar or relevant terms.
    “Phrase Match” = Add “Quotations” Around Words
    Ex. Keyword: “tennis shoes”
    Ads Appear: When query contains the wordstennisshoesin that order only and can also have other terms before / after.
    [Exact Match] = Add Brackets Around Words
    Ex. Keyword: [tennis shoes]
    Ads Appear: When query contains only the words tennisshoesin that order and no other terms before or after.
    - Negative Keywords = Helps You Target Better!
    Ex. Keyword: -used
    Ads Appear: Ensures your ads won’t show up for queries that include these terms.
  • 22. Narrowing Down Your List
    “Low-Hanging Fruit”
    High Local vs. Global Search Volume
    Mix of Long Tail Keywords & More Generic Terms
    Mix in Some Highly Competitive Terms(there’s a reason they’re popular!)
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 23. Narrowing Down Your List
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 24. Implementing Your Keyword Strategy
    Getting Your Keywords on Your Site!
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 25. Planning Is Important!
    • Cluster Similar Keywords Together to Help Set Up Your Website’s Information Architecture.
    • 26. You Don’t Want Your Site Pages Competing with Each Other!
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 27. On-Page Optimization Overview
    • Remember to use RelevantKeywords Throughout
    Create categories sing specific keywords
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 28. Keywords in Your Headings is KEY!
    • Search Engines Also Give More Weight Heading Tags
    • 29. HTML Offers Six Different Heading Tags:
    • 30. <H1></H1> Through <H6></H6>
    • 31. In Default State, H1 is the Biggest Font Size & H6 is the Smallest
    • 32. H1’s are Most Important, H2’s Second Important, etc.
    • 33. ‘WYSIWYG’ Visual Editors Handles As User-Friendly Drop-Down
    • 34. EASY! Like Selection a Font Style in Microsoft Word!
    • 35. Use Keywords & Phrases for Biggest Impact on SER
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 36. Highlight the Keywords in Your Content
    • Search Engines Give More Weight to Bold and Italic Words
    • 37. Tells Search Engines ‘This Word or Phrase is Important’
    • 38. Use Keywords as the Anchor Text for Links to Other Pages of Your Site
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 39. Keywords in Blogs Categories
    General Index of Common Topics You Blog About
    Use Relevant Keywords for Category Titles
    If Blog Platform Allows for Category Descriptions- USE THEM!
    Don’t Add Blogs to Irrelevant Categories – Will Frustrate Users!
    Don’t Have Redundant Categories! Google’s Recent ‘Panda’ Update Frowns On Repetition & Stuffing of ALL KINDS.
    Create Categories Using Your Keywords
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 40. Keywords in Blog Tags
    Not As Important to SEO As Other Optimizing Techniques
    Too Many People were ‘Keyword Stuffing’
    Search Engines More Advanced Now - Algorithm Changed
    Think of Tags That Will Be Useful to Humans
    More Post-Specific Than Categories
    Good For Topics Important to That Individual Post
    Names of Celebrities or Events Mentioned in Blog Post, etc.
    Good For Halo Terms (Variations of Your Keywords)
    Ex: If Your Keyword is ‘Fenway Apartments’ -
    Use Tags Like ‘Fenway Rentals’ ‘Fenway Student Housing’
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 41. Inserting & Optimizing Images
    BEFORE YOU UPLOAD:
    Image File Name
    Indexed by Google Images
    Image File Size
    KB not MB or GB!
    WHEN UPLOADING:
    Title
    Alternate Text
    Description
    Link to Relevant Pages
    Image Caption for Readers
    Image Alignment
    Image Pixel Size
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 42. Meta Data Optimization
    • Meta Data Describes the Web Page or Blog Content.
    Create categories sing specific keywords
    Keywords: Specific/relevant keywords you want your site to rank for
    Title: Interesting & Engaging Title. 60 Characters or Less.
    Description: 160 Characters or Less Describing Your Blog Post or Webpage
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 43. How Meta Data Appears In Search Results
    Create categories sing specific keywords
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 44. Content Optimization Check List
     Content creation AROUND KEYWORDS
    ________________________________________________________
    Bolding / Italicizing KEyWORDS
    ________________________________________________________
    HeadINGs (h1) & Subheadings WITH KEYWORDS
    ________________________________________________________
    Hyperlinks to other pages using keywords _______________________________________________________
    Add tags and categories
    (Blog specific)
    ________________________________________________________
    Photo/other art
    ________________________________________________________
    META DAta________________________________________________________
    Create categories sing specific keywords
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 45. Monitoring Your Keyword Strategy
    Refine Your List & Strategy as You Go!
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 46. Tools To Check Your Ranking & Progress
    Firefox Rank Checker – Good for Quick Checks, Data Exportable
    Track Referring Sites / PPC Ads, and Search Terms Used to Bring Visitors to Your Site for FREE with Google Analytics & Google Webmaster Tools!
    Track What Terms People are Searching for Once On Your Site, too!
    Google Places Insights Provide a List of Search Queries Used to Reach Your Listing.
    Use the ‘Broad Match’ Setting in Your PPC Ads, then REFINE YOUR KEYWORDS for ADGROUPS by using the ACTUAL KEYWORDS Users Entered.
    Ask Boston Logic For Help!
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 47. Listening Channels
    Use Tools like TweetBeep, GeoChirp, and Google Alerts for Email Updates!
    Monitor:
    Company Name, Trademarks, Website & Blog URLs
    Relevant Employees Names
    Brands, Products & Services
    Events, Webinars, Seminars, Conferences
    Competitors & Relevant Employees
    Your Core Keywords / Phrases
    Industry Terms
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com
  • 48. FREE Monitoring tools
    Plagiarism checks- Copyscape: www.copyscape.com
    SEO Tools..
    Firefox Add-on: https://addons.mozilla.org/
    Firefox Rank Tracker: http://tools.seobook.com/firefox/rank-checker/
    Link Diagnosis: www.linkdiagnosis.com
    SEO Quake: www.seoquake.com
    Search Status: www.quirk.biz/download-searchstatus
    SEO Spy Glass: www.link-assistant.com/seo-spyglass
    SEOmoz Tools: www.seomoz.org/tools
    The SEOmoz toolset includes a complete suite of SEO tools designed to help with every aspect of SEO including competitive analysis & keyword difficulty
    SiteExplorer:http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com
    Allows you to explore all the web pages indexed by Yahoo! Search. View the most popular pages from any site, dive into a comprehensive site map, and more
  • 49. Questions?
    More LogicClassrooms by Boston Logic:
    www.bostonlogic.com/logic-classroom
    Read SEO Tips on our Real Estate SEO Blog:
    www.realestateseo1.com
    For More Information, Contact:
    Angela Davis, adavis@bostonlogic.com
    @BostonLogic
    /user/BostonLogic
    /BostonLogic
    T: 617.266.9166
    www.bostonlogic.com