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BrightonSEO - How to do ecommerce keyword research at huge scale

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A walkthrough by Patrick Reinhart of Conductor and Tom Smits of bol.com of how to do ecommerce keyword research at huge scale.

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BrightonSEO - How to do ecommerce keyword research at huge scale

  1. 1. Tom Smits & Patrick Reinhart Bol.com & Conductor How To Do eCommerce Keyword Research At Huge Scale @stimsmot | @askreinhart
  2. 2. Let’s Talk About What We’ll Be Covering Today • The Challenges Of Large Scale Keyword Research • Building A Keyword Calculator • How To Cut Through The Noise & Determine Where To Focus • The PIE Methodology – What It Is & How To Apply It To Your Research • How to this in real life at a large e-commerce retailer bol.com from the Netherlands • Showing Results
  3. 3. For Large eCommerce Sites, The Keyword Universe Is A Little Different
  4. 4. The Sheer Amount Of Combinations That Exist Categories Sub-Categories Modifiers - Colors - Styles - Sizes - Prices Potentially Millions Of Combinations!!
  5. 5. Let’s Say You Sell Jeans For SKU’s That Are Just Jeans You Have: Gender Color Style Size Price Men’s Denim Skinny 30 $25 Women’s Black Boot 31 $50 Girls White Distressed 32 $75 Boys Green Relaxed 2T $100 Toddler Red Low Hip 12 Months $125 933,120 Possible Combinations!! (for just 1 category)
  6. 6. Don’t Be This Guy
  7. 7. Check For Product Modifiers Break Out Specific Product Lines & Their Modifiers Apply The # of Modifiers For Each Product Line Only Use Modifier Combos That Make Sense Determine how many ways you can modify a product . i.e. Color, Size, Style, Etc. Add Up # Of Multiplier Expressions To Determine Total Universe Keep it clear and organized by taking the modifiers discovered in the previous step and placing them into individual rows within their respective categories. Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and go through each category to determine the amount of modifiers each has and enter it into the calculator. When you are doing your math, you want to make sure that the combinations you put together make sense. This is the first step in focusing your universe. Add up the totals and create a dashboard so that you can see what your total universe looks like. Let’s Build A Calculator
  8. 8. Here’s How It Can (should) Look Main Category Sub-Category Modifiers Total # Of Permutations
  9. 9. Applying Rules To Your Set Make sure your combinations make sense! All of these combinations map back to a users intent.
  10. 10. Combine The Totals To Get Your Sites Universe Pro Tip: Share this information with others to show opportunity & inform using search data!
  11. 11. Salty Octopus A What?!
  12. 12. What Does The Salty Octopus Do? The salty is a cross-reference report that: • Validates the # of keywords to focus on within your keyword universe. • Cross-references current performance with your top organic competitors for each line of retail. • It sorts the keywords by # of occurrences to show highest relevance to help us internally prioritize current sets and then search volume. • We omit certain keywords in this set including: • brands • .com’s • careers • etc, you get it.
  13. 13. How Does That Cut Down On The Noise? xxxx Pro Tip: You can also use this report to identify content gaps!
  14. 14. This sounds like a lot of work! Why are we doing all of this? Which way do we go? First star on the left. Thanks! Wait..wha? Gotta go!
  15. 15. Let’s Talk About PIE
  16. 16. What Is PIE? PIE is a methodology that aids in the prioritization of your keyword set. Protect Expan d Page 1 Keywords Assess the current state of Organic Performance and develop a plan to protect it. Improve Page 2 Keywords Identify low hanging fruit and quick wins for incremental increases in traffic and revenue. Page 3 and Beyond Explore the untapped market potential and establish a plan to capture it.
  17. 17. 19 • Webshop only retailer • Strongest retail brand of the Netherlands. • Most loved brand of the Netherlands • >8 million active customers • >16 million products; non food • > 4.000 pick up points • >19.000 sellers • > 65 million visits per month • >1300 colleagues Use of keywords at large scale
  18. 18. Managing Landing pages for Keywords at Large Scale 1 Crawling and Indexing 2 Optimizing titles
  19. 19. A lot of combi natio ns Facet 1 Facet 2 Facet 3 Facet 4 Facet 5 Facet 6 Facet 7 Facet 8 Facet 9 Facet 10 Facet 11 Facet 12 Facet 13 Facet 14 Facet 15 Facet 16 Facet 17
  20. 20. Almost any keyword has it’s own page Facet 1 Facet 2 Facet 3 Facet 4 Facet 5 Facet 6 Facet 7 Facet 8 Facet 9 Facet 10 Facet 11 Facet 12 Facet 13 Facet 14 Facet 15 Facet 16 Facet 17 4 values 15 values 7 values ‘Unlimited values’ 26 values 29 values 5 values 4 values 6 values 12 values 2 values 12 values 4 values 5 values 1 values 6 values 3 values 4x15x7x26x29x5x4x6x12x4x5x1x6x3 values = ????
  21. 21. 164 billion Possible Combinations!! (for just 1 category)
  22. 22. General rules to lower combinations: 1. Max 4 levels (4 clicks) deep via robots.txt ‘Black Giant Mountainbikes for Men’ ’26 inch ladies mountainbikes with carbon frame 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 2. Never index certain facets like: Delivery options i.e. ‘Tomorrow at home’ Price ranges i.e. ’10 to 100 euro’, ’11 to 100 euro’ 3. Never index combinations of the same facet: i.e. ‘black and red mountainbikes’ i.e. ‘JBL and Sony speakers’ i.e. ‘apple and samsung smartphones’ 6000 categories 2.500 facets 100.000s of facet values How to lower the combinations?
  23. 23. How to lower the combinations? Facet 1 Facet 2 Facet 3 Facet 4 Facet 5 Facet 6 Facet 7 Facet 8 Facet 9 Facet 10 Facet 11 Facet 12 Facet 13 Facet 14 Facet 15 Facet 16 Facet 17 4. Only index the values for the most popular facets.’ Facets Automatically Ordered by popularity
  24. 24. 26 2500 facets – 100.000s of facet values Facet 1 Facet value Facet value Facet value Facet 2 Facet value Facet value Facet value Facet 3 Facet value Facet value Facet value Facet 4 Facet value Facet value Facet value With Search Volume Without Search Volume Length Wheel size Target audience 2500 facets – 100.000s of facet values
  25. 25. 27 5. Only Index facets with search volume Facet 1 Facet value Facet value Facet value Facet 2 Facet value Facet value Facet value Facet 3 Facet value Facet value Facet value Facet 4 Facet value Facet value Facet value With Search Volume Without Search Volume Length Wheel size Target audience
  26. 26. Managing Keyword Landing pages at Large Scale 1 Crawling and Indexing 2 Optimizing titles
  27. 27. 29 The ‘machine’ doesn’t know what it is and how to use it Create the best keywords for each landing page
  28. 28. 30 Because of this… ugly Google results
  29. 29. Prefix Suffix Position with gears After the category Give meaning to the facet “Nr of gears” Mountainbikes - 21 Mountainbikes 21 Mountainbikes with 21 Mountainbikes with 21 gears
  30. 30. 32 Mountainbikes with 21 gears Result
  31. 31. 33 208 working days In the old situation = 10.000s of keywords 3 clicks for 1 rule which optimizes 10.000s of URLs
  32. 32. 34 All of this Sounds Easy?It isn’t Logic for H1 and Title-tag now consists of 71 variable fields: bol.com | <best rated: De/Het beste> <2nd hand> <all other refinements> [category/combination name/plural tantum/singular tantum/type of: <adjective 1>] [category/combination name/plural tantum/singular tantum/type of: <adjective color>] [category/combination name/plural tantum/singular tantum//type of: <adjective 2>] <brand> [category/combination name/plural tantum/singular tantum/type of: <adjective 3>] <suitable for> <fancy costume theme> <fancy costume dress_as> <*> [<SEO prefix> refinement <SEO suffix>] [<type of singular> OR <category singular> OR <Combination Name singular> OR <plural tantum> OR <singular tantum>] <(abbrev)> [<SEO prefix> refinement <SEO suffix>] [van <material>] [voor <gender>] <best rated: volgens onze klanten> kopen? Alle [type_of/category/combination name/plural tantum/singular tantum/Synonym: <adjective color>] [type_of/category/combination name/plural tantum/singular tantum/Synonym: <adjective material: plural>] type_of/ OR <category plural> OR <Combination Name plural> OR <plural tantum> OR <singular tantum> OR <Synonym> online - <gender> Kijk snel! But it works like a charm!
  33. 33. 63% 37% 98% 2% December Januari example example 98% of the titles now is ‘natural’
  34. 34. Entries from Google improved with 25% in 1 month 36 •Results 63% 79% 19-dec 22-jan +25%
  35. 35. Top 3 positions improved with 13% in 1 month 37 •Results 54% 61% 19-dec 22-jan +13%
  36. 36. Thanks! Questions? Tom Smits, Patrick Reinhart @stimsmot, @askreinhart

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