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Creating Authority - SEO SOS #3
The search engines do not understand a whopping 99% of the websites on the Internet because they are not deemed to be relevant. There are millions of sites that should be considered irrelevant, but yours shouldn't be one of them.
What makes a site relevant? Content that relates to the theme of the site. That is, if your site is about coaching, then it is important to clearly define whether that coaching refers to little league coaching or football coaching or life coaching or business coaching. If the only keyword emphasized on your website is coaching, it will be difficult for the search engine to provide consistent results on the Search Engine Results Page (SERP) when a search is performed. Your business coaching website will come up along with all the little leaguers, the football coaches as well as your competitors, depending on what additional words show up on
your page content.
A complex algorithm known as Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) is a technology used by the search engines to check not only the keywords on your website and the positioning of those keywords but also other related words that should commonly appear with your keyword or keyword phrase. This is how a website is determined to be relevant. Algorithms like LSI have come into being because there are so many websites on the Internet that simply throw up a
website with just their keywords listed and no other content. LSI takes into consideration additional related content that would naturally show up if the content is relevant to the keyword or keyword phrase and is appropriate to the theme.
Therefore, if your website is not showing up in the top 20 to 30 results in a search query, you can bet that the search engines do not find your website to be relevant or an authority on the topic you have chosen for your website's theme. Granted, there are other factors involving the creation of authority, but it all starts with keywords and content related to those keywords.
So how do we find out what the LSI technology considers important and related content that should appear along with your keywords to give your page weight and relevance? There is a simple technique you can use to determine what additional words will help with this goal. Using Google, put a keyword into the search box with a tilde (~) in front of the keyword. The SERP will show up with all the words that Google thinks are relevant to this keyword in bold.
For example, put ~meditation tool in the search box and the resulting bolded words are: meditation tool, tool, techniques, relaxation tools, tools, Yoga tools, relaxation tool, and spiritual on the first 3 pages. The lesson here is that if you want your website that offers a meditation tool to place well in the SERP, you will want to include some of these other related words and phrases.
Using this technique will give you a great start to building a website that will be considered relevant and an authority by the search engines once they know you exist. While it is important to drive traffic to your website, it is equally important that once traffic arrives at your website, the viewer finds content of value. And the most important visitors your website will ever host are Google and Yahoo and MSN, the Big Three.
Looking back at the past SEO SOS lessons, remember, good content is not English 101, but Marketing 101. You can deliver the message of your site without ignoring the very important search engine technology that places you well on the SERP.
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