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You Ask, I Answer: Best Practices for SEO Related Keywords?

Kali asks, “Are there any best practices to use for updating content and focus keywords on established pages that already rank really well for an existing keyword? We’re trying to go from using “financial planning” to “wealth management”.”

Absolutely. The best practice is to take every page that ranks and attracts traffic for your stated term of choice, and run it through natural language processing software to find every other related term. Then take that new list of terms and sit down with your internal subject matter experts, interview them on the intersection of those terms, and get tons of content that will be unique to your company’s POV. There are a number of different tools you can use for this; I use the FastText library from Facebook in the programming language R. This gets you away from keywords and focused on topics instead. Watch the video for details and an example.

You Ask, I Answer: Best Practices for SEO Related Keywords?

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In today’s episode, Kali asks, Are there any best practices to use for updating content and focus keywords on established pages that already rank? Well, for an existing keyword? We’re trying to go from using financial planning to using wealth management? Absolutely.

The there are a number of best practices for this.

But one of the things that is an important pivot to make in your mind is that Google doesn’t look at specific keywords anymore.

Google now looks at topics and it looks at when it’s doing its assessments for whether a page is authoritative or not.

Whether the words the phrases, the content, the structure, all mirror what an authority on that subject would say.

So if you were talking about financial planning and wealth management, you should probably be talking about Asset Management you should probably be talking about fiduciary responsibility, all the things that if you were to sit down and talk to a subject matter expert about, it would come naturally in their in their talk with you.

That’s one of the reasons why doing subject matter interviews, some interviews with subject matter experts is so vital because in those natural conversations with established authorities, you will get a lot of the language that will fit Google search algorithms, but also naturally be the kind of thing that a customer would have as an experience when they’re talking to advisor like yours.

So that’s really important in terms of the technology itself, the best practice today, I’ll just disclaim this by saying this is not necessarily easy.

It is not necessarily cheap.

But the best practice is to take every page that ranks and attracts traffic for your stated terms of choice, both old and new.

And running through natural language processing software to find every other related term.

Literally a brief example does, let’s bring up a web browser here.

So I would first start with an SEO tool like our apps, for example, their content explorer buzzsumo would be another good choice here.

And you can see there’s about 1800 pages here that are getting at least five visits from organic traffic that are working in the English language published anytime about both of these terms, financial planning and wealth management.

Now, if you wanted to just focus on the term you were pivoting to, you could just do that search alone.

And that’s, of course going to give you a more broad index of one of those terms.

What you would do then is export this data to natural language processing software.

I write my own, there are plenty of really good, cloud based One’s Google Cloud natural language processing software is excellent IBM Watson natural language understanding is excellent.

Amazon has some in their AWS stack as well.

But what you will do is, you will Well, you will need to extract the text from all in this case, 12,300 pages and put it into a giant document, actually, the best practices put into a database, put it in the database.

And then once you have that text, you’re going to run natural language processing to see as effectively what are the other words and phrases that appear in this text that are that you know, are targeted around the search terms of your choice, and build content around that.

So for example, I was doing some work last week for Trust Insights for our own site about marketing analytics, what are the terms that are most co located with marketing analytics and of course, no surprise here social media, digital marketing, Google Analytics, content, marketing As we create content around marketing analytics, we know that the pages we create the content we create has to have these terms in it.

And it’s not going to be just on one page on your website, what’s going to happen, let’s go ahead and put that away.

What you’re going to do is you’re going to create content that is robust across many pages on your site, so that you get those combinations of terms, you know, wealth management and fiduciary responsibility, wealth management and asset classes, wealth management and tax strategy, and so on, so forth.

And by doing that, over time, on a blog on white papers on whatever it is, as long as it’s visible, but to Google, you will create that authority that says we know about wealth management because we’ve got all this content that checks the box on all of these different topics.

Now, the easiest way to get started with that, again, is to take your little portable digital recorder right sit down at a conference room table with your subject matter experts.

turn this on.

Hey, Jamal, tell me what you know about wealth management and tax strategy? Well, what what specifically do I know? If I was a new customer? What should I know about tax strategy and he will probably go on, presumably as as many subject matter experts do, at length, about different tax strategies for wealth managers, shell, corporations, s corpse, LLC, all these different things to to manage your money.

And in doing so, you’re going to get a rich amount of content that you could, you know, based on the keyword lists you’ve been pulling, is going to be on target.

So whatever those keyword lists are that come out of the already top ranking content.

Those are the things you ask your subject matter expert on that way.

Not only do you check the box on the terms of the topics, but you have your company’s unique point of view on those things.

Yes, there are a million pages about, you know, wealth management or financial planning, whatever, but they’re not your perspective and bye bye bonding those multiple topics together, you can get that information out of your subject matter experts and get their their perspective that you can then use for content.

So that’s the best practice.

Again, it’s not easy.

It is not inexpensive in either time or budget if you don’t have the ability to write the code yourself, but it is the best practice for getting to exactly the kind of content that will help you rank well.

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