– In this video, I'm gonna show you how to get more traffic to your ecommerce site.
Specifically, you're gonnasee the four most influential ranking factors that go into ranking your online store to the top of Google.
These are the same rankingfactors that one of my students recently used to dramatically increase his ecommerce site's organic traffic.
I'm Brian Dean, the founder of Backlinko, the place where marketers turn for high rankings and more traffic.
And if you wanna learn how to quickly get more traffic and customersto your ecommerce site, make sure to watch the rest of this video.
(techno music) A student of mine, Darren Dematas, recently decided to launchhis first ecommerce site, the camping and survivalgear store, TopSpecUS.
Like many ecommerce entrepreneurs, Darren was a new player in asuper-competitive industry.
Most people in hisposition would just create a bunch of product pagesand hope for the best.
Please get traffic, please gettraffic, please get traffic.
But Darren knew that ecommerce SEO would make or break his site's success.
So he focused on the four ranking factors that I'm about to showyou and organic traffic to his most importantproduct and category pages increased across the board,sometimes as much as 259%.
Now that you've seen how well these four ranking factorswork, it's time for me to show you exactly what they are and how you can take advantage of them.
Okay, let's kick things off with ecommerce SEO ranking factornumber one, Domain Authority.
Here's the deal, it's no secret that the quantity and quality of the backlinks pointing to your site isGoogle's top ranking factor.
And, yes, this also appliesto ecommerce websites.
The question is, how can youget someone to link to your site if it's made up of 100%product and category pages? The short answer, you can't.
The fact is, people wanna link to sites that have valuable content.
Without that, you're gonnahave a hell of a time building white hat backlinks.
That's the bad news.
The good news is that even ecommerce sites can publish awesome content.
When you do, you'll build up your site's overall domain authority,which will help your product and category pages rank in Google.
In fact, ecommerce giantslike Amazon very rarely have links pointing directlyto their product pages.
Instead, they rank based ontheir sitewide link authority.
For example, when Darrenfirst launched TopSpecUS, he created a high-value round-up post called Pistol ShootingTips from 20 Sharpshooters.
And because this postattracted quality backlinks, it increased his site's Domain Authority, which boosted the rankings of one of his important category pages,Heavy Duty Bags, by 259%.
The bottom line? Use content marketing to increase your ecommerce site'soverall Domain Authority.
That boost in DomainAuthority will increase the rankings of yourproduct and category pages.
Next up, we have a rankingfactor that's super important, product page optimization.
If you're like most ecommerce site owners, a good chunk of your search engine traffic goes to your product pages.
But more importantly, 100% of your conversionscome from your product pages.
In other words, the more traffic you get to your product pages, themore money you'll make.
The question is, how do you optimize your product pages for SEO? It's simple, use thisfour step action plan.
First, add modifiers to yourproduct page title tags.
Now you obviously wannause your target keyword in your title tag, but don't stop there.
Adding what I callmodifiers to your title tag can help you rank for dozensof long tail searches.
For example, let's saythe target keyword for your product page is noisecancelling headphones.
Instead of making a title tag simply noise cancelling headphonesat Headphones R' Us.
Com, you'd add a word or two thatpeople are likely to use when searching for that keyword.
Here's some common terms that people use when searching for products in Google.
So, your title tag couldbe something like this.
The words best and cheapare title tag modifiers and these terms will helpyou naturally show up for long tail searchesthat contain those words.
Next, you wanna add magnetwords to your title.
I see very few peopleoptimizing their title tags for click through rateand it's a huge mistake.
After all, Google has stated that they use CTR in their algorithm.
And even if they didn't use CTR, it still makes sense to optimize your title tag with CTR in mind.
Why? Because higher CTR means more clicks which means more trafficwhich means more sales.
Fortunately, you can easily boost your CTR by adding these magnet words to your product and category page title tags.
Here's an example of thesemagnet words in action.
Now it's time foron-page tip number three, which is to include atleast 1000 words of content on your most important product pages.
Industry studies havefound that longer content tends to rank better in Google.
And yes, these findings alsoapply to ecommerce sites.
The fact is this, Googlewants to understand what your page is all about and when you provide lotsof content to Google, you help them do just that.
Plus, when you publish longcontent, your customers can help understand what they're about to buy.
So it can increase conversions too.
Now, you're probably not gonna have time to write 1000 words of content for every product page on your site.
That said, I highly recommend writing long product descriptions for your 10 most important product pages.
For example, this Amazon product page for a Kitchen Art mixerboasts 2,109 words.
Now it's time for our lastproduct page optimization tip which is to include your targetkeyword three to five times.
Let me be clear here,this has nothing to do with keyword density or keyword stuffing.
It's simply making sure yourkeyword appears on your page so Google understands whatyour page is all about.
For example, if your targetkeyword was 6 Quart Crockpot, you'd wanna make sure youhave that exact phrase in your product descriptionat least three times.
Now it's time for our third ranking factor which is your website architecture.
Site architecture or howthe pages on your site are organized and arranged, is an important SEOconsideration for any site.
But it's twice as importantfor ecommerce websites.
That's because your averageecommerce site has a lot more pages than your average blogor local pizza shop website.
With that many pages, it's critical that your site architecturemakes it easy for users and search engines to find the most important pages on your site.
The secret, following the golden rule of ecommerce site architecture.
Keep every page three or fewerclicks from your home page.
For example, take a look atthis site's architecture.
What's wrong with this picture? The site's architecture is way too deep.
Most ecommerce sites tendto get the most links and therefore authorityto their home page.
And when you have adeep site architecture, that authority is diluted by the time it reaches your productand category pages.
In this example, it takes six clicks to reach the first product page.
So, what's the solution? Make sure your products are no more than three clicks from your home page.
PetSmart sets up their sitewith this rule in mind.
For example, let's say that you wanna get a new dog food bowl for Fluffy.
You'd head to the site's homepage and click the dog link.
Then click bowls and feeders.
And you've have a list ofproducts in that subcategory.
Just like that, you found what you want.
And Google can easily find and index all of PetSmart's product pages.
Now it's time for our last Google ecommerce ranking factor, URL length.
I recently teamed up with a bunch of SEO software companiesto conduct the largest search engine ranking factor study ever.
In total, we analyzed amillion Google search results.
So, what did we find? We discovered that short URLs tend to rank better than long URLs.
For example, let's saythat your ecommerce site sells organic bird food.
All things being equal, URL number one would rank better than URL number two.
One word of warning, youdon't necessarily wanna go back and change yourlong URLs to shorter ones.
That can cause serious SEO issues.
Instead, set up yourURL structure so all of your new product and categorypages have short URLs.
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Now, I wanna turn it over to you.
Which of the techniques from this video are you going to use first? Are you gonna start to buildup your Domain Authority or maybe you wanna startusing shorter URLs.
Let me know by leaving acomment below right now.
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