This is not a HubPages question but I know there are knowledgeable people here who can help me with it.
I know keywords are vital for search engines, and I'm having trouble getting a reasonable keyword score on my site. The content - video clips of belly dancers and an eBay affiliate shop - doesn't lend itself to much text.
The obvious solution is to put some of my belly dancing articles on the site, however due to the limitations of the layout, I can't include them in the site navigation. Which means they'd be invisible to people visiting the site.
My question is, would that make them invisible to the search engines too?
(For those who know about Wordpress - I would write the articles as pages, and publish them, but I wouldn't have any links to those pages in the sidebars, so people visiting the site wouldn't be able to reach them)
If I understand your question correctly I would get a different theme for the WP so that you could link to the pages in the sidebar. Otherwise I don't understand your question at all.
Not sure what exactly your limitations are, too.
Having pages not connected to the rest of your site is not going to help you much with search engines. Did you think about putting chunks of text on your pages with clips?
That's what I wondered - if people can't find them, does that mean the bots can't either? Sounds like you've answered my question, thanks.
There is always a small introduction, but there is only so much I can write about a dancer - especially if it's one I don't know much about. Plus I'm limited by the fact that there aren't that many alternative keywords I can use for belly dancing, and if I repeat the same words multiple times in each post, it will get a bit obvious!
HD, it's my own doing that means I can't link to the pages.
I am using Wordpress more like a CMS, and due to my limited knowledge I've had to make some compromises to make it easy to navigate.
I'm using the posts to create my directory of dancers. I use the pages mainly to create my belly dance shop, plus some other things like Privacy, Contact Us etc.
I found that when I listed ALL my pages in the sidebar, it wasn't clear. So now I use a multi-page widget to list just the shop in the sidebar, and use tabs at the top of the blog to list other pages. Trouble is, I've run out of tabs so I can't include any more non-shop pages!
I don't feel the site needs the articles, anyway, from the point of view of readers. I'm just thinking I need to add more text to keep the search engines happy. Maybe a silly idea, but that's one of the reasons I'm asking.
Actually your ebay affiliate store should be giving you huge numbers of keywords! Is it traffic you are lacking? It might be the articles are better used to create backlinks via ezinearticles and hubpages? BTW you have a pr3 on your profile you could give your site a nice backlink there...
Keyword density is not a site-wide phenomenon - Google calculates it per page.
You only need about 300 words for Google to get a grip on the topic of your page.
Google likes a keyword density of 4-6%, which means about a dozen mentions of your keyword is optimal.
You can get about half of those by judiciously creating keyword-rich headings (heading keywords get higher weighting than plain text keywords).
Assuming you want to rank for the dancer's name plus the keyword "belly dancing", you would do something like this.
Belly Dancing Stars: NAME
paragraph mentioning name and "belly dancing" at least twice.
How/Why NAME Started In Belly Dancing
NAME Belly Dancing Career Highlights
This can be a list, and each item could potentially include "belly dancing" if the competition or gig was to belly dance
Where To See NAME Belly Dancing
YouTube references, link to fan site, whatever
What NAME Says About Belly Dancing
I don't know what kind of information you have about each dancer, but if you set up all the posts with exactly the same format, human readers will screen out the words in the headings after the second entry they read, while Googlebot will continue to lap them up.
I hope I understood the question correctly!
Another way of doing it would be to add the text you want as metadata rather than visible text. Either in the page's description, or as images with a description behind it.
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Thanks all for the great suggestions. Jenny, I like the idea of your structure - so far, I've been concentrating on finding the video clips and not adding a great deal of info on each dancer. You've given me some good ideas to beef up the content!
Mark - not sure if I'm ready to invest $300, because I'm not convinced the site has much money-making potential. Australia is not a big market and the belly dance scene is even smaller! It began as an experiment and has become something of a labour of love - I'm enjoying it more than anything else I've done on the internet. I'll bear it in mind for the future, though - I've learned an incredible amount from putting bellydanceoz together, and I do want to apply it to something more commercial if I can find a suitable idea.
I'm not sure whether I'm worrying about nothing - I know these free keywords analyzers aren't perfect so maybe I shouldn't take them too seriously. The site has had over 1,000 visitors in only its second month, which compared to my other blogs is nothing short of astonishing!
BTW Mark, I recommend you go and check out one of my new postings, Lina. If you enjoyed Jrisi's performance, you'll like her. My husband's tongue is still hanging out!
She's just arrived in Australia from Hungary but she's had to change her stage name now she's in an English speaking country. You'll understand when I tell you her real name which is - wait for it - Fanny Kiss.
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