This is something I’ve never told you about.
Some people have already worked this out for themselves…
And it’s the reason Market Samurai works the way it does today.
In Fact, Market Samurai was Built Around This…
Before Market Samurai was released to the public, we were using the same tools ourselves to do semantic site structure analysis for sites that we were building.
The reason was simple – with the right site structuring, linking and keyword use (all using semantically relevant keywords) we could achieve rankings with fewer links, less PageRank and less site-age.
And that meant a better return on investment from any SEO work we did.
“Better Results? Less Effort? How do I get this!?” I hear you say.
Well, let me show you what we were doing – and how you can do it yourself.
How to “Sharpen” Your Site – Samurai Style!
First, thing’s first…
You need to find a core site keyword – something that has high levels of traffic, high levels of value, and relatively low levels of competition.
Everything will revolve around this one core keyword.
Finding a Core Keyword
You’re looking for high-traffic, low-competition, high-value keywords here.
I like to set my Market Samurai filters to these levels: Above 80 hits per day in SEOT, below 100,000 competing pages in SEOC (although below 30,000 is best), above 15% phrase usage in PBR and over $1 in SEOV.
However, I personally like to see something that is better than the bare minimum levels.
SEO Analysis on your Main Site Keyword
Next, you’ll also want to do SEO Competition analysis to make sure you’re competing in a market where young, low PageRank, poorly optimized sites with few links are already ranking.
What I like about this example is the low PageRanks of pages appearing in the top 10, the lack of on-page optimization on most sites, and the low levels of Page Backlinks to the pages.
The ages of some of the domains, the fact that most sites have DMOZ or Yahoo! Directory backlinks, and the high number of domain backlinks make me think twice about this keyword.
I might still try it out – but with these factors working against me, my chances of getting that illusive top spot easily might be more difficult – and that means it may take a lot more work to get there.
Refocus your Keyword Research
Once you have this core site keyword, create a New Project in Market Samurai for your main site keyword this keyword – because we’re going to refocus our analysis onto this one keyword.
Start by generating keywords around this keyword using the Google Synonym Tool option with “Include Additional” selected.
Find Category Keywords
By tapping into Google’s Synonym Tool to generate keywords, Market Samurai is able to show you up to 200 related “branches” around your core keyword.
You’ll want to (again) filter out high competition, low traffic, low value keywords. The keywords we’re left with will be good for our web-site categories.
In this example, I performed almost identical analysis to before, when I was finding a core site keyword – however, I dropped my minimum traffic filter to an SEOT of 10 or above.
And then, there’s a little manual labor…
Remove any keywords that you see as being irrelevant to your core theme by clicking the “X” on the far right hand side of the keyword. And you’ll be left with a nice list of relevant, valuable, high traffic, low competition keywords – like I have above.
Article Keyword Research
Click on the key icon beside any of your category keywords it to open it up in a new tab – and do some more keyword research to find content topic areas within each category.
For this step, it’s handy to use the Google Search Keywords option, as well as the Google Synonym Tool with the “Ignore Additional” option selected. This will give you a nice “long tail” list of topics.
The next step is researching and creating web-site content in each one of these topic areas.
But how do you research these topic areas?
Find Content: Research or Republish
Market Samurai’s “Find Content” module is purpose-designed for this!
It was built to research the content that is already published on the web to help you to write your own articles, or to find articles that you can legally republish (although check the site terms and conditions before doing this.)
Click on the key icon beside the keyword, go to the Find Content tab, and begin research.
We can analyze the content based on authority factors here.
Content that has high PageRanks, Backlinks and Age might be a sign of good quality information – and a good article to research before writing your own article on the same topic.
Content that has low PageRank, Backlinks and Age might be content that you can republish on your site for testing the niche (because writing content is one of the most time-consuming parts of setting up a niche web-site) – and see if you can get rankings using someone else’s article on your site (a very promising sign if you do!)
(This is something unique to Market Samurai. I’m yet to come across any other software that analyzes the authority of a piece of content in this way.)
Next, we need links…
Get High-Quality Backlinks
Finding backlinks is easy. Focusing on the high-quality backlinks, the ones that will give you the best result for your time and effort, is difficult.
The Promotion module helps here, by showing the PageRanks, Backlinks, and the use of Follow/Nofollow on pages where you can receive backlinks.
You’re starting to see how all of this ties-in, and how each step impacts on all of the others.
And by putting it all together, we can get faster rankings in search engines, more traffic sooner, a better return on our time and effort on SEO, and better results in the long term – with less time and effort required.
But we didn’t do it for you.
We created “Market Samurai” originally (well before we released it) because we were doing these things ourselves – and we wanted to achieve the best results, faster, with less time and effort.
The Next Step
The next step is to just do it!
Market Samurai will give you the semantic keyword relationships you need for site structuring, for internal linking, for link-building, for tagging and more if you use the keyword research procedure I’ve described above.
If you don’t have Market Samurai yet – get it. You can download a free 12-day trial here.
If your trial has expired, you’ll be able to use the Keyword Research features still – but you will need to get the full version of Market Samurai to use the other features. You can purchase Market Samurai for lifetime access to all Market Samurai features here.
As I say, these semantic site structures can help you to get better results in search engines, with far less effort, and fewer links. So I challenge you to try using them for yourself using Market Samurai, and see the results you get.