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    Narrow Focus

    Choose keywords that have a narrow focus. The most common “mistake” I’ve seen when selecting keywords is choosing those that are too broad. For example, one client sold cleaner for granite countertops. One keyphrase that was originally under consideration was “granite countertops.” However, as his SEO expert explained (and I agree), people could be hoping to find information on almost any aspect of granite countertops… installation, price, service, dealers, etc. This keyphrase was too broad and eventually was discarded.

    The same applies to geographic locations. A real estate agent wanted to use the keyphrase “Richmond County.” However, upon searching the ‘Net for this phrase, his SEO expert discovered that there are at least three states that have a Richmond County. Instead, the SEO expert chose phrases such as “Richmond County, Georgia real estate” to narrow the focus and ensure qualified traffic.

    Applicable to the Page

    Another common area where people wane is in being determined to use keyphrases that simply don’t apply to the page. In one case I was asked by a client to use the keyphrase “payment portal” on a page that had nothing to do with that topic. At the time, that was an excellent phrase to target, but it would have been quite a stretch as it had little to do with what the site was about.

    Just because a keyphrase gives you the opportunity to be highly ranked doesn’t mean you should use it if it has nothing to do with your site.

    More Traffic or Better Traffic?

    I see the battle between lots of traffic vs. more targeted traffic just about every day. Clients are generally programmed by Web hype to believe you need as much traffic as you can get regardless of where it comes from.

    Most SEO experts I’m associated with (and this SEO copywriter) believe you need traffic that will actually stick around once they reach your site.

    Why have tons of people coming to your site if they will just leave after three seconds because they didn’t find what they were looking for? It’s better to have fewer people – more targeted prospects – who are more likely to buy.

    By targeting your keyphrases so they are as accurate and focused as possible, you will gain the attention of customers who are specifically searching for what you have to offer. While your unique visitor or page view count may go down, your bank account balance will likely go up!
    By Karon Thackston.
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