Keywords or key-phrases are particular words that are the most searched for in search engines. Found through websites such as Wordtracker, they are, in fact, search engine spider food, and including them in your blog posts will help raise your status in search engine optimisation (SEO).
Keywords or key-phrases should be inserted into four places in your blog post:
• in the headline (because it later becomes the permalink or URL for that post)
• in the first paragraph (preferably in the first sentence so that both readers and spiders immediately ‘get’ the subject)
• in the middle (because that’s a place spiders look)
• in the final paragraph (another place spiders are programmed to search)
But remember to keep your writing entertaining as well as being aware of how relevant keywords are to the subject.
I was reading a post about article marketing the other day and I noticed how the author had incorporated his keywords into the post. He had followed the concept stated above to the letter. The final paragraph was so bad (every sentence had the keyword either at the beginning or the end), the result was it was so incredibly boring to read I didn’t bother continuing.
Here are some other points it might be good to take into consideration if you wish to retain readership as well as spider interest:
• be aware that people skim read an article or post to see if it is relevant
• bullet points are a good way of highlighting elements
• keywords should be positioned also to catch the reader’s attention
• only the first 25% of an article is truly read before the reader decides it is worth continuing with or not
• small paragraphs also helps with the reader’s comprehension as well as attention span
• the average amount of time spent reading a blog post is 96 seconds
• therefore short and sweet posts fare better than long ones
Another keyword tip I picked up is that spiders cannot ’see’ punctuation, so if you adjust your sentences by inserting full stops or commas into the middle of your key-phrase, this will add enough variance to help maintain readership interest.
Use keywords for your reader’s benefit as well as strategically placed for spiders, therefore not penalising your audience purely for search engine optimisation.