Matt Cutts is an engineer with Google who has become quite famous within the Internet marketing community for his blog posts that help online marketers better understand how Google works. A recent MediaPost article focusing on tips culled from various Cutts blog posts revealed the following strategy for optimizing a web page for a particular keyword:
Once in the title, once in the description tag, once in the heading, once in the URL, once in bold, once in italic and once high on the page.
Brilliant. The above sentence masterfully and simply summarizes how to optimize a web page, at least from a content perspective. Now, certainly there is more to on-page optimization. For example, the way a page is coded can have a significant impact on its ranking. But if you combine clean coding with the above copy writing strategy, your web pages should be very well optimized.
Possibly the hardest part of this strategy is getting the keyword in the URL. The ideal solution is to have a domain name that contains one or two critical keywords. This is often in conflict with a company’s branding strategy, however. I mean, we (Work Media) might possibly generate more search engine rankings if we had the domain name “internet-marketing-search-engine-optimization.com”, but it just doesn’t flow as well as “workmedia.net”. It would definitely be harder for people to remember.
Fortunately, blogging provides a way to generate web pages with keywords in the URL. We use Blogger, but most blogging platforms probably work in very similar ways, in that pages are automatically created based on the content of the blog posts. If you use important keywords early in your blog posts, and use keyword-rich tags to describe your posts, then your blogging platform should create archive pages that contain those keywords in the URL.
As for the other parts of the strategy, it’s easy. Just figure out the best keywords for which to optimize your site (we’ve discussed keyword research in previous blog posts) and use those keywords often in your pages, spread out exactly as recommended above.