Build An Authority Page That Converts

What do you do if you have a website that is suffering from lack of authority pages, from poor site design, and or poor site architecture? How do you SEO pages to increase the authority value of particular pages? With a strategic plan, you can make on-page improvements that are repeatable, scalable, and measurable. In many cases, the site architecture and link structure may be outside of your control, but that does not mean that well defined search engine optimization tactics can’t improve the page performance to increase lead conversion. While site architecture and internal and external linking structure may play one of the most important roles in determining how well a site projects authority, a finely tuned page can improve performance on its own merits. A powerfully written authority page also leads visitors down a path of conversion.

An authority page is also known as an overview page or landing page in the e-commerce world. Think of an authority page like this, “If a visitor or search engine visits your website, what’s it the most important thing about your site that you want them to know?” If all of your pages appear the same, how will that visitor or search bot know what’s important? If you try to follow the same best practice processes on every page whenever possible, you will be building a quality content site. The following guidelines listed below aren’t hard-and-fast rules, nor are they exhaustive. However, they do reflect site quality principles to incorporate into your content that may promote distinguishable ranking factors helping your page establish authority.  Once again, this search engine optimization only covering the content structure, not the linking strategy or website architecture.

Authority Page Content

Provide relevant and substantial unique content. This is where it all begins. Without good body copy, it really does not matter what the page design looks like. Make sure the page contains the most useful and accurate information available about the product or service being offered.
Is it Relevant? Make sure that your authority page is relevant to your main targeted keywords and your body.
Have enough content. If a ‘normal’ page on your website averages 250-350 words of copy, and your page if your authority is more important than a regular page, then it stands to reason that your authority needs more content than an average page. In general, build pages that contain substantial and useful information to the end user.

Generate Page Authority with Great Design

authority page layout

What’s on a well designed web page? Not all design elements will be on all pages or web sites, or should they be. Your best pages (the good ones) may include;

  • Unique relevant CONTENT! Content is still King!
  • Website Logo
  • Hero Shot (clickable with caption)
  • Call to action
  • Headline
  • Quick offer explanation
  • Longer product / service explanation
  • Links to more information
  • Deadlines
  • Forms and descriptive tags next to each field
  • Tagline
  • Security elements (VeriSign, BBB, etc)
  • Testimonials
  • Technical Specifications
  • Guarantees
  • Rich Media Elements (audio, video, flash)
  • Footer (copyright, legal, privacy, terms of service)

How to SEO an Authority page that really converts

1. Choosing a Primary Keyword. Define the primary key that your content will be optimized for. This will be the main topic of the content on your page. Look to improve primary keyword density but do not overdo it. A nice density goal for the primary keyword is around 1.0 0% range more or less.

2. Pick out additional topic keywords. Make a list of topics that match your keyword since the subject matter. For example, if your primary keywords are: Digital photography, pick a few (low competition) theme keywords that you can easily bring your web copy to: Digital camera with printer, Kodak Easy Share digital camera, etc. When your content is well optimized for your primary keywords, you will also get traffic from theme keywords. Using your theme keyword (s) 1 to 3 times on each side. Since search engines are constantly evolving, it is better to spread your content rather than follow the exact same plan for every piece of web content.

3. Using the keyword synonyms. When you write about a specific topic, it is easy to get carried away and include the primary keyword too many times throughout the article. That is true synonyms are, use them.

4. In your first paragraph – Include your primary keyword. The first paragraph of your content is critical. Include your primary keyword as close to the beginning of the first paragraph as possible. Also it is a good idea to include a theme keywords somewhere in the first paragraph as well.

5. Prominence – The goal of good keyword coverage. If your keyword density is too low, you can not get the search engine rankings you might like. Remember, you always have multiple pages with the same primary keyword to a achieve ranking position in search engine rankings to get out and beat your competition.

15 Steps To SEO An Authority Page That Converts

  • Define targeted goals and the metrics to measure these goals
  • Define targeted primary keyword and theme keywords
  • Primary keyword use in Title Tag – place the targeted search term or phrase in the title tag of the web page’s HTML header <Title> 10 words / 65 characters</title>
  • Theme keyword use in Meta description <description>25 words / 150 characters </description>
  • Use of H1, H2 tags – it’s old school in some SEO circles, but it still works
  • Organize into readable sections, this seems simple, but is often overlooked
  • Add keyword H3 headers to separate sections
  • Add new content if needed – remember what makes this page the authority, make sure to have adequate content
  • Keyword use in body text – review topical relevance of text on the page compared to targeted keywords. Increase keyword density (primary and theme keywords) if needed
  • Lots of white space
  • Use lists – users like to skim pages so lists work.
  • Add calls to action (below first paragraph, at end of page) Be precise! What is the action you want the user to take, call, email, or buy?
  • Review metric/goal results (1-2 weeks depending on site traffic)
  • Repeat or tweak as needed
  • This is also a great time to go back and add links from the H2 headers to relevant sub categories.

Example Of The Authority Page Plan In Action

Content analysis before optimization

Word count    423
Primary keyword density    0%
Theme keyword density    0%
Keyword prominence    0%

authority page before SEO

Content analysis after optimization

Word count    880
Primary keyword density    0.56%
Theme keyword density    1.02%
Keyword prominence    51.47%

seo authority page

Part of this plan was to use the targeted data goals to confirm that any changes made actually made a difference. After only one week of tracking the data points for the newly created authority page here are the improvements. Let’s keep an eye on it, but continue working our plan.

% Visits total site
Before change: May 27, 2011 – Jun 2, 2011      2.37%

After change:    Jun 3, 2011 – Jun 9, 2011         3.31%

% Change                                                                39.29%

To Contact Page

Before change: May 27, 2011 – Jun 2, 2011           18.18%

After change:    Jun 3, 2011 – Jun 9, 2011              20.00%

% Change                                                                      10.00%