Posts Tagged ‘search traffic’

Improve Search Ranking With Google Analytics Advanced Segments

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Last time I wrote about using Google Analytics to boost your AdSense earnings, this time I am going to show you a simple process where you can use Google Analytics Advanced Segments feature to methodically improve your search engines ranking.

How To Find Web Pages With The Most Search Traffic

First let’s find your top performing web pages with the most search engines traffic. Here’s how you’ll find that information from your Google Analytics account:

  • Click on Content
  • Click on Top Content
  • On the upper right, click Segment

advanced-segements

  • Uncheck All Visits and select Search Traffic
  • Click Apply

You’ll see a screen similar to the one below — note that I filtered mine for privacy reason. Note that you now know your top performing web pages in term of search traffic, and can expand the list to see more results.

top-content

How To Find Top Performing Keywords For Your Web Page

Take note of these top search traffic articles and follow these steps to find top performing keywords:

  • Click on the URL link under the “Page” column
  • In the Analyze pull down, select Entrance Keywords
  • In the Content pull down, search for and select your chosen article

You’ll see a screen similar to the one below that shows all of the keywords for that particular article with all the vital statistics.

top-keywords

How To Improve Search Traffic With Google Analytics Advanced Segment Data

This is a very powerful piece of information that you are looking at, and there are several things you could do to leverage it. Here are a few ideas you can use to improve your search engines ranking using the data provided.

1. Keywords Optimization

You can start by rewriting the article to emphasize these top keywords.  Make sure they appear in important places like the title, first paragraph, meta description, headings, etc. You also want them to appear a few times in your content so that you can achieve a 3-5% keywords density.

If you want to rank well for a particular key phrase, then make sure you optimize the key phrase verbatim as per the suggestion above. For example, if I want to rank well for “new frugal ideas”, then I should have that exact phrase “new frugal ideas” appears a few times and in the headings, first paragraph, etc.

2. Link To This Article From Other Articles Using Various Keywords

Another approach is to link to this article using the keywords you’d like to improve from existing articles within your site, or better yet, from other web sites. Of course, the former is easier, but the latter is much more powerful.

3. Write Follow Up Article

Another idea is to write a brand new article that target similar keywords — i.e., an update to the original article, or a different look at the same idea, etc. In this new article, you also want to link back to the original article using the most important keywords as the anchor text. However, limit the number of links to 1-2.

If you’re lucky enough, you may even get the valuable indented search listing.

Conclusion

These are just a few examples of how you can optimize your web page, and there are other optimization ideas that you can apply to leverage the information made available by Google Analytics Advanced Segments.

Another nice touch about Analytics is the ability to change your timeframe on the fly so that you can see if what you’re doing is actually helping or hurting your site search ranking. However, try to keep your timeframe long enough so that you’re not fooled by daily fluctuation.

Get More Search Traffic With Keywords Optimization

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

If you have been blogging for a while, chances are you’ve been getting some traffic from search engines. For example, based on Google Analytics my personal finance blog received 12,707 total visits via 8,513 keywords in the past 30 days — of which, the top 50 keywords produced 4,876 visits (or 38%).

Traffic
Photo by Spiritokko via Flickr

What can we derive from this information?

  1. It’s a mistake to focus on a few keywords. I often see new webmasters trying to rank for a handful of specific keywords that describe their sites. For example, I could’ve tried to rank Moolanomy for “personal finance blog” or “investing blog”, but that’s not where traffic will be coming from.
  2. Long tail keywords and search traffic are powerful. There are limitless numbers of search terms and you’ll not be able to anticipate them. So one of the best search engine optimization (SEO) strategies is to write as much high quality content as you can. Think of content as fishing net, and more content is like having a bigger net that allows you to capture more search engines traffic.
  3. Top 50 keywords give you the most return for your effort. It’s likely that a major portion of your search engines visitors found your blog through one of the top 50 keywords, so there’s a good opportunity for keywords optimization in this area.

How To Choose Which Keywords To Optimize

If you have to choose just 10 keywords to optimize, how would you do it? Personally, I don’t have unlimited resources so I try to focus on efforts that provide the best return on investment. In this example, I will show you how I identify the top 10 keywords that I feel will provide me with the most search engines traffic.

1. Identify your top 50 keywords and the amount of traffic for each

This is an easy exercise if you use Google Analytics. Just a few clicks and you’ll have access to this list. You can simply copy and paste the result into a spreadsheet. Here’s a small sample of my top 50 keywords.

Keywords Hits
passive income ideas 204
frugal ideas 179
extra income 103
larry swedroe 99
dave ramsey 93
frugal tips 92

When you are doing this, you’ll be doing it for all 50 keywords in order to get the final 10.

2. Identify current search engines ranking for your top 50 keywords

Next, I am going to add the search engines ranking for each keyword into the spreadsheet. For this exercise, I usually stick to Google search result since it’s my biggest source of search engines traffic. Moreover, to simplify the task, I recommend Digital Point Search Engine Keyword Tracker & Keyword Ranking Tool.

Updated 4/19/2009: You may no longer be able to get Google API needed for this application to work. If that’s the case, you’ll have to track it manually. You top keywords tend to be in the top 20 SERP positions so this is just a bit of extra work.

This is what my spreadsheet looks like after I add search engines rankings:

Keywords Hits Rank
passive income ideas 204 1
frugal ideas 179 3
extra income 103 10
larry swedroe 99 1
dave ramsey 93 18
frugal tips 92 16

If you run into keywords that you cannot identify the rank — i.e., not in top 100 — you can simply enter 999 for the purpose of this exercise.

3. Calculate the Keyword ROI Score

To calculate the keyword ROI score, you just multiple the number of hits by rank. The logic behind this is to focus on keywords with highest traffic hits, but lowest ranks.

Keywords Hits Rank ROI
passive income ideas 204 1 204
frugal ideas 179 3 537
extra income 103 10 1030
larry swedroe 99 1 99
dave ramsey 93 18 1674
frugal tips 92 16 1472

Note: With 50 keywords, the easiest thing to do is sort the list by ROI and look at the top 10 rows. You should skip any row with rank of “999” to find the top 10 with the best chance of improving.

Based on the example above, I should work on keywords like “dave ramsey”, “frugal tips”, and “extra income” instead of “frugal ideas”, “passive income ideas”, and “larry swedroe”.

How To Optimize Keywords For Better Search Engines Ranking

Now that you know the top 10 keywords you’d like to work with, there are a few things that you could do to improve your search engines ranking. For example, since I know that my article Extra Income Guide rank #10 in Google for “extra income”, I could do a few things to optimize it for better search ranking. Here are a few things that you could do to improve your blog article:

  1. Install All in One SEO plugin to optimize the title. Also it will add META keywords and META description to your post.
  2. Change the title of the page to include the word “extra income”
  3. Add headings — i.e., H2 and H3 — to include the word “extra income”
  4. Write custom META description for the post. Note, All in One SEO will use the first few sentences of your post, but this is not always the best META description.
  5. Add and/or modify tags in your post. Note, All in One SEO uses your tags as META keywords
  6. Search for the word “extra income” within the blog and link to your targeted article
  7. Ask your friends to link to the article using the keyword as anchor text

So there it is…a basic strategy on how to get more search traffic with keyword optimization.