Keywords That’s a term you hear associated with search engine optimization all the time. In fact, it’s very rare that you hear anything about SEO in which keywords aren’t involved some way. So, what’s so special about keywords?
Simply put, keywords are those words used to catalog, index, and find your web site. But of course, it’s not nearly as simple as it sounds. There is a fine science to finding and using the right keywords on your web site to improve your site’s ranking. In fact, an entire industry has been built around keywords and their usage. Consultants spend countless hours finding and applying the right keywords for their customers, and those who design web sites with SEO in mind also agonize over finding just the right ones.
Using popular — and effective — keywords on your web site will help to assure that it will be visible in the search engine results instead of being buried under thousands of other web-site results. There are keyword research tools that can help you find the exact keywords to use for your site and therefore for your search engine optimization. Understanding the use of keywords, where to find them, which ones to use, and the best ways to use them allows you to have a highly visible and successful web site.
Basically, keywords capture the essence of your web site. Keywords are what a potential visitor to your site puts into a search engine to find web sites related to a specific subject, and the keywords that you choose will be used through-out your optimization process. As a small-business owner, you will want your web site to be readily visible when those search engine results come back.
Using the correct keywords in your web-site content can mean the difference in whether you come back in search engine results as one of the first 20 web sites (which is optimum) or buried under other web sites several pages into the results (which means hundreds of results were returned before your site). Studies show that searchers rarely go past the second page of search results when looking for something online.
What’s important about anchor text is that it allows you to get double mileage from your keywords. When a search engine crawler reads the anchor text on your site, it sees the links that are embedded in the text. Those links tell the crawler what your site is all about. So, if you’re using your keywords in your anchor text (and you should be), you’re going to be hitting both the keyword ranking and the anchor text ranking for the keywords that you’ve selected.
Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. In fact, everything in SEO has these, and with anchor text the exception is that you can over-optimize your site, which might cause search engines to reduce your ranking or even block you from the search results altogether. Over-optimization occurs when all the anchor text on your web site is exactly the same as your keywords, but there is no variation or use of related terminology in the anchor text.
Keywords are really the cornerstone of any SEO program. Your keywords play a large part in determining where in search rankings you’ll land, and they also mean the difference between a user’s finding your page and not. So when you’re picking keywords, you want to be sure that you’ve selected the right ones. The only problem is, how do you know what’s right and what’s not?
Selecting the right keywords for your site means the difference between being a nobody on the Web, and being the first site that users click to when they perform a search. You’ll be looking at two types of keywords. The first is brand keywords. These are keywords associated with your brand. It seems pretty obvious that these keywords are important; however, many people don’t think they need to pay attention to these keywords, because they’re already tied to the site. Not true. Brand keywords are just as essential as the second type, generic keywords.
Generic keywords are all the other keywords that are not directly associated with your company brand. So if your web site, abcFashions.com, sells teen clothing, then keywords such as clothing, tank tops, cargo pants, and bathing suits might be generic keywords that you could use on your site.