Let’s face it, websites do not optimize themselves and while SEO may not be rocket science, it does require tact and there are various stages and layers involved before you start ranking for substantial keywords. This is why it’s imperative that you create a blueprint for success and use it as a schema to develop a self-reciprocating formula to reinforce your website as a contender for a given niche-market or industry.
Keywords [the words or phrases people use in search engines] are the bridge between your website and new business. Each additional combination of keywords that blends with other modifiers (see below) represents an immense opportunity to branch out from your originating topic and encroach on various streams of revenue.
By mastering this approach, you can appeal to a vast array of consumers by cuing in on search behavior since each person communicates intent through their queries to search engines differently. Keywords are the gatekeepers between consumers and conversion; the more keywords your website ranks for, the higher probability your pages have for ranking across a broader array of popular search phrases.
Competitive keyword positioning starts with working your way up the ladder until your website has enough term frequency, depth and authority to garner a more saturated/competitive keyword. Through using modifiers, you can (a) scale your websites’ relevance model in addition to (b) positioning your pages through multiple top 10 rankings for less competitive phrases.
The aggregate affect of punches in bunches and scaling traffic and relevance over time vs. trying to go for the knock out with a blockbuster / top tier competitive keyword is a tried and true method for increasing conversion and the footprint of website authority.
It has been a while since we covered the topic and it’s time that a refresher is in order. For those unfamiliar with the term, a modifier is a descriptive word that augments another word to create context and eliminate diffusion.
For example is you typed in the prefix “most expensive” AND “your keyword” you would get an entirely different set of search engine result pages than if you typed in “Affordable or Cheap” AND “your keyword”. Both are modifiers that look for context to provide you with as close a match as possible to what you are looking for.
If you multiply your modifiers when optimizing root keywords, you can create viable shifts in rankings as search engines begin to identify your pages with a broader array of related/themed branches of the tree/theme.
Here is an extended list of keyword modifiers you could use to increase keyword stemming. Just add these to your root phrase and now you have a veritable list of supporting landing pages and keywords that overlap and can attract more viewers to your most prized offers.
Add Any of These Modifiers to Your Main Keyword(s):
- For sale
- How to
- Affiliate Programs
The list goes on and on, but you can get the gist. It’s not just about keyword research; it’s about common sense and understanding search behavior that separates a fledgling cookie cutter approach from a campaign based on conversion and conversion optimization.
For example if my keyword were the keyword “SEO” (one of my favorites), then we could apply a few of the various modifiers above as a suffix and/or prefix to facilitate a higher percentage of market share.
For example: “Best SEO Company, Leading SEO Consultant, SEO Rates, Professional SEO, Local SEO, SEO Training, SEO Services”, or even combine them even further “Affordable SEO Pricing, Free SEO Quotation, SEO Affiliate Network, etc…”.
All SEO companies are not created equal, the essence of search engine optimization boils down to the tactic and approach. With more than one way to reach the same goal, tactics are the distinguishing factor that differentiates a cookie-cutter campaign that runs in the red vs. ROI in the black in a fraction of the time.
Keywords, the selection of modifiers [and accommodating landing pages they are aligned with] represent your first line of offense for garnering a larger percentage of market share and interested consumers to broaden the lip of your various sales funnels as they translate into conversion.
Here is one of our old, self explanatory SEO Tools that allows you to add an array of keywords and modifiers to see how many competing pages are in Google’s top search results. Just add your keywords and enable keyword mixer mode and click the submit button to check the barrier to entry. The application is available for download to run as a desktop aplication as well.