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For any business, product, or website with a global audience, it is absolutely critical that you include international SEO in your inbound marketing efforts. The first step to international SEO is …

For any business, product, or website with a global audience, it is absolutely critical that you include international SEO in your inbound marketing efforts. The first step to international SEO is optimizing your keywords to the non-English searcher. Eli Schwartz of SurveyMonkey will show you why you need to take advantage of this opportunity to grow traffic globally and how how easy it can really be. Learn how to choose the right keywords for most languages without the need to become fluent in another language.

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  • 1. Keyword Research and Content for International SEO Eli Schwartz Join us on Twitter at #Mozinar Questions or problems? Email
  • 2. @5le What I Do
  • 3. @5le Agenda • Why International SEO • Size of opportunity • Keyword research • Content creation
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  • 6. @5le Google vs Bing 90% 10% Google? Bing?
  • 7. @5le Internet Users Around the World 90% 10% United States Everywhere Else
  • 8. @5le So, focusing on the US only could be as shortsighted as…
  • 9. @5le Languages Spoken Around the World 87% 13% 0% 0% English (Primary & Secondary) Everything Else
  • 10. @5le Ecommerce Spend Around the World 30% 70% United States Everywhere Else
  • 11. @5le Look at Current Traffic in GA There are likely international visitors that are not being satisfied
  • 12. @5le How Does Google Determine Language of a Query?
  • 13. @5le 1st: Language Preference - Google Account Found under account settings
  • 14. @5le 2nd: Browser Language Settings To change language in Safari and IE you need to change system preferences Chrome Firefox
  • 15. @5le 3rd: User location Language will be primary country language (Canada = English, Swit zerland = German)
  • 16. @5le 4th: Google TLD Results are for English speakers writing Spanish Results are for Spanish speakers
  • 17. @5le 5th: Language Parsing of Query Search conducted on; results are Portuguese
  • 18. @5le Capitalize on the International Opportunity with SEO
  • 19. @5le International SEO isn’t so Hard (or Costly) • ccTLD vs subdomain vs subdirectory • HREFLANG • Canonicals • Local Hosting • Local Links • Webmaster Tools Geotargeting • Local Trust Symbols • Mobile
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  • 21. @5le Don’t Machine Translate Google can recognize machine translated content AND you will offend real users
  • 22. @5le Foreign Content Must Be Plain Text
  • 23. @5le Geo-targeting • Leave an escape option if the targeting is wrong • Send users to an an actual URL – don’t just proxy content • Googlebot will always be in the US • Ensure there are links for the bot to find international content
  • 24. @5le Keywords Matter THE MOST
  • 25. @5le Wrong Keyword = Lonely Shows a “Did you mean?”, but results are not updated. (Finland)
  • 26. @5le Non-English Search is Weaker than English Large disparity in indexed pages for a major query 533 million results in English vs 98 million results in Spanish
  • 27. @5le Far Less Competition (English) (Spanish) Compare domain authority on the 2nd results page
  • 28. @5le Spelling Correction is Not as Robust In French spelling a word the way it sounds doesn’t even generate a correct spelling suggestion (France)
  • 29. @5le Synonym Matching in English ( Near identical results for both terms
  • 30. @5le Synonym Matching in German ( Both terms mean “Customer Survey” and user intent is similar Entirely different results on from images to ranked sites
  • 31. @5le Plurals in English ( Near identical results for plural and singular
  • 32. @5le Plurals in Spanish ( Entirely different results Online Surveys in Spanish (Plural) Online Survey in Spanish (Singular)
  • 33. @5le Prepositions in English ( In English, prepositions cause only minor differences in rankings and result numbers
  • 34. @5le Prepositions in Portuguese ( In Portuguese, there is a huge shift in result numbers and rankings for missing prepositions
  • 35. @5le Basic Special Characters Matter ( Rankings change based on whether special characters are used in the user query “Did you mean” but results are unchanged
  • 36. @5le Every Letter Counts ( Both words mean customer satisfaction – only difference is one letter
  • 37. @5le Compound (Concatenation) Words Phrases can be broken by a space, dash or concatenated as one word, and in each case search results will be different
  • 38. @5le Different Meanings for the Same Words In Germany – a “Handy” is a cell phoneResults will be based on the local meaning
  • 39. @5le Same Language Different Meanings: “Char” Quebec France
  • 40. @5le It’s Not Just International: Pop vs Soda Even within one country we have different ways of referring to the same exact thing
  • 41. @5le Keyword Research (for most languages)
  • 42. @5le Adwords Tool is NOT the Starting Point In English, you might just go to Adwords Keyword Tool and call it a day Internationally, just blindly trusting search volume will give you a weak keyword foundation
  • 43. @5le Understand Keyword Weaknesses None of these are relevant to SurveyMonkey’s Business
  • 44. @5le Square One: Learn Just One Word… Put your primary keyword into Google Translate
  • 45. @5le Start Googling Search the just discovered keyword in your target language AND country
  • 46. @5le Search Translation Alternatives Too Some of these might be the better keyword
  • 47. @5le Add Keyword Modifiers to Translate Adding a modifier gives Google Translate context around the word Without modifiers, Translate had suggested the Spanish word “estudio” as the correct translation
  • 48. @5le Two Tabbed Searching: Translate vs Original Use Chrome’s automatic translation Even weak translations can tell you if you have the right terms
  • 49. @5le Search All Translations To Get Right Word As in English, not all translations will be relevant to your business
  • 50. @5le Some Translations Are Very INCORRECT Attempted to use a modifier to learn primary keyword Google’s suggested translation was a xxx term
  • 51. @5le Look at Number of Results for Clues Low number of results means you are on the wrong track (Finland)
  • 52. @5le Find and Add Search Competitors to List Once you have the right starter keyword, add all potential competitors to spreadsheet workbook Appear to be competitive sites
  • 53. @5le Now, Apply Your Research
  • 54. @5le View All Search Competitors in Two Tabs English Translation via ChromeSpanish Original Use Chrome’s automatic translation • View each competitor site to find keywords • Look at the English to find important keywords • Compare words to original and add translated word to keywords worksheet in spreadsheet
  • 55. @5le Crawl Competitor Sites With ScreamingFrog Same for the title, meta description, and even keywords tag Extract keywords from the URL Add major words to spreadsheet
  • 56. @5le Don’t Forget About Popular Slang Terms Means “Sunday Poll” which is what Germans call a Political Poll (Germany)
  • 57. @5le Google Suggest Will Show New Keywords Spanish English Translation Open Google search page in two tabs: Original and Translate Use existing keywords to find even more keywords by not hitting enter on search box after typing a query
  • 58. @5le Use Knowledge Graph to Learn Intent (US) Search word is Italian word “piazza” Knowledge graph shows Piazza as a company and an Italian square
  • 59. @5le Knowledge Graph - Brazil Search word is Italian word “piazza” Knowledge graph shows Piazza as a soccer player in Brazil
  • 60. @5le Knowledge Graph - Germany Search word is Italian word “piazza” Knowledge graph shows Piazza as Piazza Navona – a popular tourist spot in Rome (Germany)
  • 61. @5le Knowledge Graph - Italy Search word is Italian word “piazza” Knowledge graph is gone (Italy)
  • 62. @5le Use a Thesaurus to Find Synonyms Search all current keywords to find even more keywords
  • 63. @5le Keyword Discovery Tools
  • 64. @5le Pluralize Keywords • Not every language has a plural • Don’t forget non-s plurals (Alumnus  alumni) • Search volume of plurals could be greater than singular • Singularize plural keywords from original list
  • 65. @5le Look Up Search Volume of Keyword List Once you have a large list of keywords: • Paste in all keywords into Google Keyword Planner • Download results in a CSV
  • 66. @5le Translate Keywords in Google Translate Translations may be inaccurate, but at this point it is only helpful for context
  • 67. @5le Dedupe the List to Make it Actionable • Sort by search volume and topics • Use previous research to inform which duplicates you keep
  • 68. @5le Buddy Up With a Native Native speakers will tell you which keywords are actually correct
  • 69. @5le Content Marketing What do you do with all of these keywords?
  • 70. @5le Translate Existing Content
  • 71. @5le Own Your International SEO
  • 72. @5le Culturally Relevant Content Topics
  • 73. @5le Make Sure Your Translations Make Sense
  • 74. @5le Double Check Translation Work
  • 75. @5le Keywords Need to Be Culturally Relevant
  • 76. @5le Leverage Keyword Data into New Content With your research you should know enough to propose quality content as long as you have the right topic ideas...
  • 77. @5le Google Trends Trends data is available for many years in multiple countries
  • 78. @5le YouTube Worlwide Look for popular videos
  • 79. @5le Yahoo Answers See popular topics
  • 80. @5le Competitor Links: Moz Fresh Web Explorer • Find out why people are linking to competitors • Write better content • Target the same audience
  • 81. @5le Twitter Trends Twitter trends will show popular topics for nearly any country
  • 82. @5le Blog Search Google Blog search will show topics sites are writing using your keywords
  • 83. @5le SurveyMonkey Audience Conduct surveys about another country with a US audience or conduct a survey in the target language and country • This survey was conducted in the US with a US audience on SurveyMonkey Audience • The questions were about Oktoberfest in Germany and targeted towards topics Germans would find interesting • Results were incorporated into a German post and infographic
  • 84. @5le Measure Results Location InterfaceQueryTLD
  • 85. @5le Setup a GA Filter for International Traffic Do NOT create filters in your existing profiles, create a new one for this purpose Need to be an admin
  • 86. @5le Exclude US Traffic with a Filter 1. Create new 2. Name filter for later edits 3. Choose “exclude” 4. Choose country (under location) 5. Exclude multiple countries with regular expressions
  • 87. @5le Learn From the Data and Update Iterate on international efforts • Keep doing keyword research • Continue to write content • Expand into more languages • Learn from results to continuously improve
  • 88. @5le 1. Huge growth potential with international search 2. Focus on keywords 3. Watch out for cultural nuances 4. Continue to grow content
  • 89. @5le 1. Huge growth potential with international search 2. Focus on keywords 3. Watch out for cultural nuances 4. Continue to grow content 5. Don’t be lazy!
  • 90. @5le Merci, Gracias, Danke, Tessekur, Thanks! SEO Survey: Questions?
  • 91. Email: Twitter: @5le Website: Find this recorded #Mozinar and slide deck at very soon!