Link popularity is a big factor in search engine rankings. The tendency of blog authors is to promote only the main url of their blog unaware that a large amount of traffic also comes from inner pages or deep links as it is popularly called. How to determine which pages needs to be promoted so that you will increase your blog or website traffic will be discussed later but first we’ll touch on the topic about what keywords are searched in the main url of your blog.
Keywords in the home page
Your home page is limited only to a few blog posts. Blogger defaults to 7 pages but you can assign any number from 1 to 99. Individual pages are created for each blog posts if you selected yes to ‘enabled post pages’ in the settings/archiving page of your dashboard. Therefore the keyword relevance in your home page may vary but not on your individual pages or deep link. Blogger assigns a unique url for individual pages.
For example if your home page contains 7 posts, then the 7th post will no longer be in your home page if you create another post. Keyword density which is a factor in search engine rankings will not be the same as the one before you created a new post.
Promoting your deep links is a good option to increase your overall page rank. Page rank for your deep links can be passed to your home page. Among the many deep links which you can see from your archive, which of them should take priority in promoting?
How to determine which pages to promote first
We’ll use Google as the search engine and you’ll need either a Google Websmasters tool to do this or a statistical counter like StatCounter. If you don’t have a Google Webmasters tool account, open one now.
Using Google Webmasters Tools
In your dashboard click on the name of your blog. A page will open that will have several menu items on the left. Click on ‘Statistics’ then on the ‘Top search queries’ on the submenu. You will be presented with two data groups: Top search queries and Top clicked queries. Both have the same column headings.
The ‘%’ column is the percentage of a search term from the total number of search terms that your website or blog received for a specified time period, that’s 1 week.
The ‘Query’ column is the keyword that searchers typed on the search box.
The ‘Position’ column is where your page is located in the search result. Google displays 10 results for each page. If your position of your page is 11, then that page is the first item of the second page of the search result.
If your page is listed in the first 10 results, then it must be having good traffic. If the position is more than 10, then its a candidate for further promotion so that it will go to the top 10.
To know what the url of the page the search query is pointing to, right click on the search query and select ‘open in new tab’ if you are using Firefox. The Google search results page will open, find your page basing on the ‘Position’ column. Once you find it, get it’s link location by right clicking and selecting ‘copy link location’ then paste it in notepad. The further your page from the top 10, the more promotion it needs to reach the top 10.
That’s it, you now know what deep link pages that needs promoting. Promote it using the searched term as the anchor text. Write articles, post blog comments, participate in forums using that url. Push it forward and you’ll increase your website or blog traffic.
By John Benson