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5578RE: [webanalytics] Understanding content value - SEO specific question

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  • Neil Mason
    Mar 2, 2006
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      Understanding content value - SEO specific question

      Hi Jon,


      I may not be reading the question right but my instinct tells me that this may be quite hard to do in a reporting environment and may require some analytical muscle thrown at it.


      If I read the question as being “which combinations of keywords and entry pages/locations result in the highest value outcome?”  then I would probably look to tackle that outside of a web analytics reporting environment. I would look to export data at the visit level with some key attributes of the visit such as keyword, entry page/location, conversion value etc and put those through some data mining routines to look for strong correlations between the various attributes.


      Happy to chat further offline if I’m on the right track in terms of what you’re asking.




      From: webanalytics@yahoogroups.com [mailto: webanalytics@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of jon.bovard@...
      Sent: 02 March 2006 14:38
      To: webanalytics@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [webanalytics] Understanding content value - SEO specific question


      Hey Steve, thanks for the reply


      To a degree yes.


      The situation is we have a 'Keyword' and we are trying to work out what part of the site has been the 'best' place to drive traffic into, be it PPC or Organic traffic


      For a very large business with lots of different areas of the site, you need to review existing search traffic ROI by keywords and understand

      1) the value of the traffic

      2) how that value translates into various parts of the site


      We know that Keyword X has delivered Y value. How then do we relate that to the site structure? More specifically how do we relate that back to an entry page


      The actionable component from all this is to then know what entry pages or areas of the site deserve the be optimised for search traffic the most


      An example might be that a Keywords report tells you that 'Red sports cars' gives you massive ROI and sales. How then do you find the entry page(s) that Red sports cars typically would drive people into your site. (Lets assume that you have 10,000 keywords that deliver you value)


      The difficulty is building a report to produce something actionable. So far nobody I have spoken to has been able to give me a clever answer




      From: webanalytics@yahoogroups.com [mailto: webanalytics@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Steve Jackson
      Sent: 02 March 2006 14:17
      To: webanalytics@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [webanalytics] Understanding content value - SEO specific question



      If you understand which keywords you want to optimize for you should get them into the following areas of the page;


      On the page which the keyword is present;


      The keyword should be in the URL (if possible).

      <Title> tags

      <H1> (or headline) tags

      Then the beginning paragraph should have some reference to the keyword or related keywords.

      Simarly then end should have keywords.


      On the other site pages;

      Links should have keywords in them and/or surrounding the links.


      Obviously the text also needs to be readable by Joe Bloggs too ;o), the major challenge in the SEO part of the work.


      Things you can measure in Omniture are then step conversions from other pages to the pages with the keyword IE: link clickthrough. Keyword referrals from engines (and of course which the best engines are), conversions (sales/registrations) from keywords, step conversions from keyword page (link clickthrough again). By measuring step conversions to and from the keyword pages you can see which areas need optimization and also determine the ones which work well in terms of sales/registrations/whatever.


      As for SERP page ranks. That might take some investigation as I don't recall whether Omniture tells you your page SERP ranking. Of course you can analyze where people are finding you from in terms of referring URL's and determine (by physically looking) where your ranking is for any given phrase. Doing that over a sample size might allow you to determine what ranking you need to achieve in order to drive "x" traffic which equates to "x" result.


      Am I understanding your question right?



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      From: webanalytics@yahoogroups.com [mailto: webanalytics@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of jon.bovard@...
      Sent: 02 March 2006 15:02
      To: webanalytics@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [webanalytics] Understanding content value - SEO specific question


      I am trying to understand what particular search terms are delivering value to a site, then I am trying to understand how our rankings within the SERPS (search engine results pages) translate into that value

      The business question that needs answering is:

      If our site is broken down into logical sections. For a given key phrase, which parts of our site are driving the acquisition of traffic via Search that results in the greatest amount of value?

      Another way of saying this is
      If we know a search term - what section of our site should we be focussing on optimising, in order to attract that traffic?

      For the record, my weapon of choice here is Omniture.
      This is a very complex question for which there are several answers. I welcome general or Omniture specific questions on how to answer this type of question



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