Who Needs Sexy When You’re Rich? SEO and Keyword Diversity
Ian Lurie Jun 1 2007
One of my clients is having his best year yet. He also just lost his #1 position for a really important keyphrase.
How can he have the former in spite of the latter? Diversity. He’s got top 5 rankings for dozens of phrases. While the Big Money phrase gets hundreds of searches per day, and slipping from #1 to #3 is depressing, he also has top-3 position for hundreds of phrases that get 1 or 2 searches per day.
And those longer, better targeted phrases generate better conversion rates.
That’s why I prattle endlessly about making your site crawlable, aiming for semantic spaces instead of phrases, blah blah blah. Trust me – ranking #3 for every phrase that includes “custom tableware” may not be as sexy as being #1 for “silverware”, but who needs sexy when you’re rich?
Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint. He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle. Read More