You Ask, I Answer: How to Build Website Information Architecture

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You Ask, I Answer_ How to Build Website Information Architecture

Heather asks, “How do you build a website architecture that scales for new content?”

The answer to this question depends on what kind of site you have. If you’re the industry leader from a search and content perspective, you’ll want to rely on Google Analytics data heavily. If you’re lagging, you’ll want to rely more on competitive SEO data. Watch the video for a walkthrough of the process.

You Ask, I Answer: How to Build Website Information Architecture

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Today’s episode, Heather asks, How do you build a website architecture that scales for new content? How do you build a website that is robust that is laid out? Well, the answer to this question depends on what kind of website you have. If you have a website, that is your the industry leader, and from a from a search and a content perspective, like you were the go to site in your industry, you don’t want to rely on data from your web analytics that Google Analytics that’s going to help you decide what what to prioritize. If you’re not a leader, you’re going to want to rely more on competitive data, particularly SEO data. To do this, well, you’re going to need obviously, your web analytics, you’re going to need an SEO tool of some kind. And you’re going to obviously want to have a notepad or something you can sketch and write down ideas about. So let’s look at a couple of different examples of how you would do this first in it. Again, if you’re the site leader, if the other category leader, what you will do in your web analytics is in Google Analytics here, go to the behavior section, go to all pages. And then what you’re going to do is start making less, let’s go the top sort of 25 pages. And this is going to require some qualitative judgment on your part, this is not something that you can automate. But you’re going to want to go through and start looking at your top pages on your site, what are the pages that categorically seem to have a clustering together that you can make topics or headings or groupings for, so I have my consulting, billing rate, post core company to business, social media, new media, new and returning visitors. So this is an analytics post, this is a more of a strategy post, this is a general marketing thought leadership post, this is a business thought leadership post we had, this is a night against business thought leadership post as well, keep going down here, we’re marketing, thought leadership, offsite conversions is analytics. This is business thought leadership, this is

probably business thought leadership,

this little off topic completely. This is business thought, leadership, this is analytics. And so you see these themes keep coming up analytics, business, thought leadership, and so on, and so forth. new cluster together those topics, and now starting to get a sense from my own website. Yep, these are the things that I create content about on my site. And so if I was going to put together an architecture to gather up these posts, these would be the headings that I would use to, to make the site easier to navigate. And to provide some sense of, of where things are going. Now,

in these topics that I’m listing if you know your business, and you’re going through, and you’re at the top 25, or 50 or 100 pages, and you’re like, Well, where’s x, right? So where’s machine learning? Where’s AI? Where’s email marketing,

that should tell you, okay, then there’s, there’s content deficit there, or the content is there is not search optimizer is not traffic optimized. And that’s a something you could set aside as a marketing problem as a content marketing problem to fix later. But this is what you’d want to do take what’s popular. And then, of course, you know, the, your strategic priorities of data science was a strategic priority for my personal website, I have no data science posts showing up in the top, you know, 25. Okay, time to create some more of those. So that’s one way of categorizing. Now let’s flip over, let’s say you’re not the category leader, what would the things that you’d want to do, I’m going to use in this case, the RF tool, which is one of the many, many SEO tools out there, I use it because full disclosure, they gave a free copy to the podcast, I do marketing over coffee. So use what is given because why wouldn’t you

so it’s a couple different ways you can do this, the way I like to do is what’s called content gap, which shows what each of these sites ranks for. So I’ve chosen at least to the sites have to rank for a term that a web my target upset doesn’t. So I’m going to use Trust Insights. com consulting days, that’s consulting company I co founded as the target to say, I want to know what are these all have in common with at least two of these have in common keyword? Why’s that? That my site does not have a scroll down here. And we start to see business analyst consulting, telecom benchmarking is operations management, consulting, machine learning algorithms, customer experience, and things. So now, because these are sort of the very broad topics in general, these are the key search terms of these sites rank for and start putting together the things that again, I would want Trust Insights dot com to be noted for. So I would want machine learning algorithms. Yep, that is right on target. add something I’d want to write and create content about need even have a category content about management consulting man, maybe zero based budgeting man, not really customer experience? You betcha. Data licks Aha, social impact Master Data Management? You betcha. So these are now starting to form out we see ideas and ideals about about data management, about machine learning about customer experience. Now we’re starting to get into into the bat architecture. So if you have a website where, yep, you’re not the leader. And that’s okay, you would use competitive SEO data to start figuring out, okay, these are the things that people actually care about the search for it, and that competitors are ranking for. So we want to create content in it in those as well. And the reason we use competitive when you’re not the leader as well, you may not have a ton of content, you may not have great a great backlog of content. On my personal website, I’ve got almost 10 years worth of content on a new corporate website, like Trust Insights we don’t just founded last year, so don’t have that huge backlog of content. So this would instead helps us understand the landscape and then, of course, supplemented with your judgment and your strategic priorities. If, if on here, I didn’t see anything about statistical analysis. Woof. Okay, let’s make sure that that is remains a strategic priority in our architecture, because what you want to do is build the architecture and then for newer sites or for sites that aren’t leader create content within that to better grow the practice to Britain grow the content that’s available. So great question, Heather. Very common questions, something that a lot of people run into. These are two techniques to help do that. And to help plan it out. You’re going to want to do this

in a tool like mind mapping tool or on a whiteboard with lots of post it notes so that you can move stuff around very freely, as opposed to, you know, it being a bunch of PowerPoint slides because that’s going to lock you in and it gets tedious when you have a wall full of post it’s different colors matching the different sets you’re going to get a much better architecture that way. So give that a shot and see how it goes. As always, please subscribe to the YouTube channel and to the newsletter and I’ll talk to you soon. Take care

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