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Ranking for Keywords... Am I doing it Right?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Hopeful, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. Hopeful

    Hopeful Regular Member

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    So, I operate a fledgling authority site and I want to make sure I'm correctly optimizing it for SEO.

    Made-Up Example:

    I have a keyword- "Best Soccer Teams in the World"

    I want to rank for that keyword, so I write articles (multiple posts) each one explaining a different soccer team. In each article I am trying to rank for the main keyword, "Best Soccer Teams in the World", but also a secondary keyword. For example "FC Barcelona" (the soccer team the article is about). I then link all these articles together with "Page 1, 2, 3... etc" and call it a series on this topic.

    How can I improve this? Am I doing SEO completely wrong? Please provide your thoughts.

    Thank You- Hopeful
     
  2. Hopeful

    Hopeful Regular Member

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    Thanks for all the responses guys! I really appreciate the input.
     
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    KHer0 Senior Member

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    Personally, I would say this pretty old and wouldn't do it now

    Here is you options :


    Option 1 : If Keywords are EXACTLY like this :
    - Best Soccer Teams in the World
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    Best Soccer Teams in the World - Fc Barcelona
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    Best Soccer Teams in the World - Real Madrid

    Then, I will put all of them in the same article. These are all longer tail keywords from the main keyword. Write a paragraph about each of them and you will rank for the keyword and its longer tails

    Option 2 : If your keyword are like this :
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    Best Soccer Teams in the World
    - FC Barcelona, The Hero of Spain
    - Real Madrid , The royal team

    Then you need to separate them into different articles

    VERY STRONG TECHNIQUE Would be :

    - Home page : Main article covers all the teams ( Shor Paragraphs) ( Best team in the world )
    - Inner page : FC Barcelona, Real Madrid ( In-depth Articles ) ...etc

    Now, you did something different from competition, you pleased your visitors, and your pleased the search engines. Always try to come up with ideas, sketch a lot and offer something different. I promise you, it will be a lot more fun and a HELL MORE PROFITABLE
     
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  4. Hopeful

    Hopeful Regular Member

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    Wow, thank you for explaining that!

    So, I would write an all-encompassing article covering many related topics. Then, within that article, I link to other articles that go more in depth on each of those topics.

    Sounds very logical and effective.

    For SEO, would I only create links to the main article or build them to the smaller, in-depth articles as well?
     
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    catnishungergame Newbie

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    Never optimize more than a single page for the same main keywords, as you just need one page properly optimized for its target keyword.
     
  6. Hopeful

    Hopeful Regular Member

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    I hear that a lot, and it makes sense... but I don't really understand WHY? Is it an efficiency thing, or will multiple articles targeted at the same keyword harm my site?

    I am open to change, I just want to understand why people always say that.
     
  7. Hopeful

    Hopeful Regular Member

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    Was wondering if anyone could elaborate a bit more? Or possibly link to some reading material?
     
  8. nanavlad

    nanavlad Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    targeting the same keyword in multiple post is considered keyword stuffing and duplocate content

    Plus there is no needto do it

    If your an authority site, Just write your articles for people
    always link back to your home page, using differnt terms

    and do internal linking, don't over do it,

    Plus a link to another authority site in your niche. every now and then is natural and good for SEO

    In fact since I stopped writing articles for the search engines and wrote for my viewers
    I', getting better results

    It still good to have a keyworsd in the url and in the headline
    it doesnt have to be exact.

    having different versions of the keyword, lets google know what you want, without having to stuff it

    "Best Soccer Teams in the World"

    Sp you write a paragraph like this

    When you talk about the best spanish team in 2005, you need look no further than the great Barcelona. which contained players of the calibre of etc

    Other teams that shone that year where the Manchester United team who where unlucky ti be beaten in the world clubs final

    Forgive the writing but as you see i never used the exact match keyword. but go

    Google will know what the page is about and rank you accordingly
     
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  9. THUNDERELVI

    THUNDERELVI Elite Member

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    Because your articles would fight one another which to rank on Google. And when 1 does (if it does) the other pages are pretty much useless. Plus, you don't get any real benefits from interlinking this way. However, if you have 10 pages targeting different other keywords closely related to your niche (can be long-tail for more benefits) which rank for those certain keywords and they link to the page which contains your main keyword, then the later page (with your main keyword) will move up in the SERP-s just from the strength of your internal backlinks. Getting a backlink from a page that ranks for a certain keyword related to yours is 100x better than getting backlinks from other pages which don't rank for anything.
     
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  10. Remy12

    Remy12 Registered Member

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    Don't forget meta tags and descriptions.
     
  11. Hopeful

    Hopeful Regular Member

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    Thank you for explaining that! So, a main article covering lots of topics and then smaller articles with all the topics explained in depth. With internal links from the main article. Main article is only article with main keyword exactly.

    Just double checking, is that right?

    This made it click in my head. Thank you so much. Great explanation!

    Meta Tags is what the search engine displays, correct? Sometimes I write these manually, but other times I just use the auto generated ones if they contain the keywords I want. Thoughts?

    And descriptions? I know what that is on a picture, like a caption. I always put the keyword in the image picture name, alt, description and caption. Is that what you meant?
     
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