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Thai Recipe Ingredients
* 12 medium-size shrimps, deveined
* 10 mushrooms
* 1 stalk of lemon grass (lightly pounded and cut into 2″ long)
* 3 lime leaves
* 1 teaspoon of salt
* 2 tablespoons of fishsauce
* 3 tablespoons of lime juice
* 6 hot peppers (pounded lightly)
* 4 cups of water
* 1/2 cup of roughly cut coriander leaves

Thai Food Preparations
1. Remove the shrimp shell but leave the tails (for good appearance). Then cut open the back of each shrimp to remove the veins. Also clean the mushrooms with water and dry them well before wedging each into quarters.
2. Bring water to boil, then add lemon grass, lime leaves, and shrimps. When the shrimps turn pink, add mushrooms and salts.
3. Remove the pot from heat after boiling. Then season with fish sauce, lime juice, and hot peppers. Serve the soup while still hot and garnish on top with pieces of coriander leaves.

(For 2 Servings)

Source : http://www.ezythaicooking.com/free_recipes/Spicy-soup-with-prawn-and-lemon-grass.htm

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How to Create One Way Backlinks to Your Website

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In addition to enriching your website with search engine keywords, you can increase your search engine rankings if you create one way backlinks to your website. This article lists several methods for building backlinks from reputable sources that will be recognized and promoted by the search engines.


  1. Submit articles based on your subject of expertise. You can submit articles to a variety of websites including Ezine and Squidoo. At the bottom of your article, add a resource box that describes you and links back to your website.
  2. Find opportunities to guest blog about your area of expertise or your business. Search for keywords like “Submit Post,” “Write for Us” or “Become a Contributor” to find sites on which you may be able to submit a guest blog. Also, look for relevant blogs within your niche and pitch an idea for a guest post.
  3. Comment on blogs in your industry. Choose high-quality blogs and post relevant comments. In your comment, include a link back to your site.
  4. Use PR networks. Some subscription services connect reporters and authors who need answers to specific questions with bloggers who can answer those questions. The reporter or author usually credits the blogger in the form of a backlink to the author’s blog.
  5. Submit videos related to your product or service. Choose popular sites like YouTube as well as sites that are unique to your industry. Link the videos back to your website or to relevant articles.
  6. Open a Yahoo! Answers account. Answer questions related to your area of expertise and include a link in your answer.
  7. Start a meme. Watch sites like Reddit or Twitter to determine what people are talking about around the world. Use Photoshop to add text to a picture commenting on the topic, and post the meme to your Facebook or Twitter account to see if it goes viral.
  8. Submit your URL to link-building directories. Choose a generic directory like DMOZ or a directory that is unique to your industry. Follow submission instructions carefully for a better chance of acceptance.
  9. Solicit product reviews. Offer free samples of your product to bloggers or other experts who will provide a review that links back to your website.
  10. Engage in social bookmarking. For example, link to your blog and post the link on Reddit, Digg or StumbleUpon.
  11. Submit RSS feed. submit RSS feed to RSS directories, the new posts on your site will be automatically get posted.
  12. Listen to Google. As much as many might not like this, you do need to listen to what Google tell us when trying to gain links. The search giant might not be everyones best friend all of the time, but if you take heed of their messages, you can only come up smelling of roses! Ultimately, you want editorial links; links that have a real reason to be there and not just added as part of a link exchange or simple directory.

Source : http://www.wikihow.com/Create-One-Way-Backlinks-to-Your-Website

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101 Ways to Get Quality Backlinks To Your Blog in 2015

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When ever we talk about SEO, we divide it into on site and off site SEO. Off site SEO mainly contains backlinks and social signals. Specially, to boost your ranking in SERP’s you need to get quality links from other authority sites. We all know the importance of search engine trafficand that getting high quality backlinks to your blog is one of the best ways to improve your blogs rankings and get better search engine traffic and results, this post will be listing 101 ways by which you can get quality backlinks to your blog.

Though before we move ahead, here are things that you need to keep in mind. In 2012, Google launched Penguin update, which is targeted to get rid of sites using spammy or paid ways to build links. Also, many ways which I mentioned in the article are not so good ways to get quality backlinks, so I will strikethrough such ways and you can ignore them.

Also, when you are building backlinks, you need to keep quality of links and anchor text variation in your mind. Also, instead of creating lots of backlinks to your homepage only, start working on building links to internal pages. You can start working on resource pages like “WordPress guide” and build links to them. This way, you can also target Single or double word Keywords easily.

Some of the link building methods, which you should ignore:

Before, I start with my 101 list, here are some of the link building methods that you should ignore:

  • Avoid site wide link from footer (WordPress themes or plugins)
  • Avoid buying exact anchor text link (Keep a proportion of 40%-20%–20%-10%-10% for anchor text variation)
  • Avoid buying bulk links from sites like Fiverr
  • Don’t opt for link networks (Build my rank was one of such private link network, which got penalized)
  • Avoid BlogRoll links
  • Article directory links are not that effective anymore

So, these are something which you should keep in mind when starting with quality backlinkbuilding campaign. Out of all the existing method, guest posting is the best way to get quality link and more over, it will help you to drive traffic to your web page.

Smart Blogger guide to build quality Links to your Site:

Highly recommended trick:

Broken link building:

This method will help you to earn quick backlinks from high-quality pages. Broken link building technique is to find broken links on a website (related to your niche) and email the content owner and notify them about broken link. Along with that, give them a similar link from your website (Similar content which you already have to create one), and ask them to update their post.

1.  Submit Guest Post to Other Blogs (List of Blogs to guest post)

2. Comment on do follow blogs and make sure these blogs are relevant to your own blogs. They might not carry too-much of link value, but it will  still be beneficial for overall link-profile of your blog.

3.  Start Relevant Threads in Forums and Link to Your Blog Posts

4. Link to Your Blog in Your Forum Signatures (Only high quality forums)

5. Social bookmarking is also considered as backlinks and you should target following network: Google plus, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest to name a few.

6. Make Use of Discussion Boards by Linking to Your Blog in threads. Quora is one such HQ discussion board.

7. Make Use of Blogging Communities by Submitting Your Blog Posts to Them, some great places to start are Blog Engage, Inbound

8. Ask Questions related to your blog in Answer Sites like Yahoo Answers and Link to Your Blog in your questions

9. Answer Questions in Yahoo Answers and Cite Your Blog as the Source

10. Interlink to your blog and other posts on your blog when writing on your blog.

11. Exchange links with other bloggers in your niche. Make sure to form link pyramid and keep it natural.

12. Submit Your Blog to Top Blogging directories (Again quality mattes here) (Find a list of Blog directories here)

13. Write a mail to influencer who write on the same topic and encourage them to share it on social-network. You never know how much one sweet email can make a huge-difference.

14. Submit your blog to top niche directories

15. Network with other bloggers in your niche (Online and offline) and links will automatically follow you.

16. Submit your blog posts to all social bookmarking sites you know

17. Submit your blog to your top social networking sites

18. Submit your articles to stumbleupon

19. Submit your blog to digg, it is dofollow and Google crawls most of its submissions

20. Work on making your blog go viral on top social bookmarking sites, this alone can bring you tons of quality backlinks from authority sites.

21. Submit your rss feed to feeder sites

22. Make use of press releases, and send press-release about important updates from your blog. You can also compare best product in your niche and send a press-release on the same.

23. Submit your rss feed to rss directories, here is a list of rss directories to get started.

24. Most forums have a website review forum, review your blog on this forums.

25. Release a free theme and include a link to your blog in its footer. (Not recommended)

26. Release a free wordpres plugin and include a link to your blog in it. But don’t keep it sitewide, as sitewide anchor text links are bad.

27. Release a software or compile your ebooks to .exe and submit them to top software sites like brothersoft

28. Convert your blog posts to pdf and submit it to document sharing sites, here is a list of document sharing sites for you to get started.

29. Review top companies and products and they might link back to you

30. Do a weekly link love post and link to many bloggers, they will most likely return the favor. Take advantage of outbound link SEO.

31. Interview top bloggers and ask them to help you share it on their favorite social networks and their fans will link to your interview.

32. Provide testimonials for marketers and also provide your link when doing so, they will most likely link back to you.

33. Make use of web 2.0 sites like squidoo to promote your blog

34. Submit your blog posts to blog carnivals.

35. Write high quality content and you will get strong backlinks

36. Write controversial posts

37. Write news posts and try to be one of the first people to write it.

38. Submit your blog to css directories.

39. Ask other bloggers to interview you.

40. Write linkbait posts.

41. Write top list posts because they can go viral easily.

42. Write a post comparing some top gurus in your niche.

43. Write a post featuring some upcoming bloggers and why you like them, they will most likely link to it.

44. Trade articles with other bloggers in your niche.

45. Submit your site to Dmoz, many other directories use this directory and that alone is enough qaulity backlinks for you.

46. Submit your blog to .edu and .gov forums and blogs, Google so much loves backlinks fom this sites and regards them as authority.

47. Make use of groups like Google Groups and Yahoo Groups

48. Create a Wikipedia Page For Yourself and include your link in the resource section.

50. Write posts that have “the ultimate” in the title, each of these type of post I wrote got over 20 backlinks each.

51. Start a blogging contest and make linking to your blog one of the requirements.

52. Sponsor blogging contest and you will get a lot of backlinks from this.

53. Donate to charity sites, many of them will link back to your site.

54. Build a great tool and many people will link to your tool and your blog.

55. Do a big product launch.

56. Make the news at any cost.

57. Release your own firefox extension and have a page dedicated to it, many people will link to it!

58. Blog about celebrities.

59. Render your services to top people in your niche, for example, the fellow who designedDarren Rowse’s theme was credited at the footer.

60. Write 101 posts, they tend to get more social and natural link love.

61.  Design a top bloggers award and give it to as many bloggers as you can in your niche, they will link back to you.

62. Contact your theme designer and tell them to use your website as an example in their portfolio, they will most likely include a link back to your blog.

63. Creat manuals and long tutorial posts on your blog, this type of post do recieve lots of backlinks.

64. Create a great ebook or membership site and make linking to your blog the requirement to get it.

65. Submit your resume to resume directories while linking to your blog in your resume.

66. Write how to posts, they also tend to get more backlinks.

67. Write posts that starts with numbers e.g. “7 ways to…”, these type of posts do tend to get backlinks.

68. Submit your images to image directories and include a link to your blog in its copyright notice and as a requirement to use it. Ex: How to use Flickr to drive traffic

69. Join blogging contest and you will most probably get backlinks if you win.

70. Have a “link to us” or “spread the word” page on your blog while asking your readers to link to you – it is important to make it easy for them by putting your direct html code there using your desired anchor text.

71. Submit your website to local business directories, backlinks from these sites are regarded by Google as authority.

72. Write on about.com and link to your blog in it, this will likely be crawled and used by a lot of websites thereby increasing backlinks to your blog.

73. Make effective use of april fool.

74. Do very costly jokes on your blog but indicate it is a joke underneath the post (tricky? ahah!), e.g., “Apple has bought Google for $260Billion”, something like this will get tons of links and retweets before people even know that it is a joke.

75. Create niche specific tutorials, which are not only unique but help the community. Such tutorial articles get lots of backlinks.

76. Create viral youtube videos and inlude links to your blog in the video and its description.

77. Create Lots of Websites and Interlink Them to each other. (Avoid private blog network)

78. Offer lots of free downloads on your blogs.

79. Update your blog regularly because this will make more people trust your website and it will also make you rank for more keywords which means more traffic and eventaully more backlinks.

80. Write a great post with a lot of pictures in it – let the post be pictures only.

81. Write a post comparing various companies and services and which is the best, the best comapny will most likely link to it.

82. Compare different top products and link to them, people will most likely link to it e.g. You can comapre a mac with a PC.

83. Get a collection of high quality paid things and make them available for free (make sure you are not violating the copyright of the owner in any way!)

84. Create a directory for your blog and make it important to reciprocate links with you by giving those who link to you higher placement and giving them free featuring on your homepage.

85. Beta test a lot of products and give your review and tips on improving the product, the owner might just link to you.

86. Run surveys on your blog and publish the results for everybody to see, if the survey is good and helpful you will definitely get a lot of backlinks to your blog.

87. Write a list of the “top 10 myths” or “top 10 mistakes” about something.

88. Position yourself as an authority in your niche and try to get attention from the media.

89. Offer to speak at events and seminars related to your niche, don’t forget to mention your blog while introducing yourself, this will most likely help you get some backlinks.

90. Have a special writing style that attracts people.

91. Be transparent on your blog.

92. Get listed in top padi Directories like the Yahoo Directory and the BOTW directory

93. List your product on Ebay or Amazon and include a link back to your blog.

94. Create a podcast and submit it to Itunes, link back to your blog from it.

95. Create web apps and submit them to app directories such as Go2Web20

96. Write a great and very useful whitepaper and ask your blogging friends to help you distribute it around the web, make sure you inlcude a link to your blog in the whitepaper.

97. Run a contest giving people physical products for free, make linking to your blog a requirement to join.

98. Try to know whcih stories are hot at the moment and make sure you blog about them.

99. Blog about very important events such as the independence day and the likes.

100. Start your affiliate programme.

101. Create a news section on your blog with regularly update news in your niche and you will begin to get links fast.


102. Take note of newspapers and magazines that are willing to feature experts in many fields and try to write about your niche while linking back to your blog.

You don’t necessarily have to practice unethical marketing to make it online, the above are 101 (+2) ways to get quality backlinks to your blog

Source: http://www.shoutmeloud.com/101-ways-to-get-quality-backlinks-to-your-blog.html

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18 Social Media SEO Resources to Improve Your Search Ranking

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Why Social Media SEO?

It’s not enough to have a popular website with good content anymore. If you want better search engine results for your business, it’s time to look at how social media influences those results.

It used to be that SEO revolved around two things: using the right keywords, and the number of authoritative sites that linked back to your content via inbound links.

Then social media came along and changed everything.

Search engines have begun to incorporate social signals (Facebook likes, retweets, +1s and so on) to inform their search results.

The following articles dig a little deeper and explain what you need to do to make sure you succeed at social media and SEO.

6 Reasons Social Media Is Critical to Your SEO: If you need more clarity on how SEO and social work together, Stephanie Frasco explains on Social Media Today that the old days of website marketing are over and Google has found a newer, smarter way to measure the popularity of your website—social media.

How to Succeed at SEO With Social Media Marketing: On ExactTarget Amanda Nelson likens SEO and social media to peanut butter and jelly, the idea being that the two need each other to succeed. Dig in and enjoy the nuggets of wisdom and some best practices shared in a conversation between Amanda and her guest, Ray Grieselhuber.

#1: Publish High-Quality Content

You’ll hear it over and over because it’s true: “Content is king, and everything else is gravy!” If you can get your content right, you’ll have set a strong foundation for SEO success. Here are some posts to get you thinking in the right direction.

Why Content Is Part of a Smart SEO Strategy: Google continues to push a quality-over-quantity approach to drive search traffic to a website. In this post on Search Engine Journal, Sujan Patel explains why quality content is important to SEO and how your strategy must go beyond keyword optimization and link-building.

How to Write So Google Loves You (Easier Than You Think!): Do you often wonder whether you should be writing for people or for search engines? Well, this excellent post from Nicholas Whitmore instructs you to just “write how you speak“—and with good reason. Check it out!

#2: Make Social Sharing Easy

Getting people to share your content on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and other networks connects your brand to the wider social web, which allows your message to potentially reach thousands of prospects. The following posts explain how to get your content shared easily and quickly.

How to Customize Your Social Share Buttons for Increased Traffic: In this helpful how-to Social Media Examiner post, Angie Pascale walks you through the process of pre-populating social media share buttons for Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Facebook with links to your own website.

6 Ways to Create Content Your Readers Will Share: This short and sweet post byMartin Lieberman of Constant Contact reminds us that the holy grail of social media is not likes, but shares and retweets. Social sharing is the tech version of word-of-mouth marketing that drives new business for a brand.

Social Sharing: How to Inspire Fans to Share Your Stories: In this Social Media Examiner podcast, Simon Mainwaring explains how to tap into the power of your fans to spread your stories. One important lesson he shares is that brands have to stop talking about themselves and start talking about their customers.

600+ Places to Share Your Content and GET MORE Traffic: This is priceless! After you’ve hit the Publish button on your blog, you’re not done. This ultimate “power list” compiled by Kim Roach shows you 600 different places where you can distribute your posts to reach an even wider audience.

#3: Boost Your Images and Profiles

If you’ve been blogging for a while, you know that images can be a powerful SEO magnet. The problem is, they’re often overlooked in favor of written content. This is a big mistake. These articles explain how images impact SEO and the different areas of image optimization that you need to focus on.

3 Ways to Optimize Images for Search, Social Media & User Experience: Ashley Zeckman of TopRank Blog explains how images can have a big impact on visibility in search engines. Her actionable tips on how to make your images important searchable assets are a must-read!

5 Must-Have WordPress Plugins for Perfectly Optimized Images: Ann Smartyprovides an impressive list of absolutely must-have WordPress plugins to optimize blog images and see your traffic spike. It’s got a lot of important details, but thankfully the screenshots make it easy to follow along.

#4: Don’t Forget Authorship Metadata (Google+)

One of the most important features of Google+ is authorship. Simply put, this feature allows the author’s picture to appear next to search results of content they have created. The following posts explain how Google authorship impacts content creatorsand SEO.

Google Authorship: The Future of Your SEO Is You!: Over at Search Engine Journal, Bernadette Coleman reminds us how important it is to embrace author rank. With Google authorship, you can improve your search ranking and brand yourself as a thought leader in your field. And all you have to do is add a face to your work!

How to Add Google Author Tags to Your Blog for Improved Search Results: In this Social Media Examiner article, Don Power asks, “Does Google know you’re the author of the content you publish?” A lot of bloggers don’t know how to answer that question, so if you’re one of them, you need to read all about it here!

Getting Authorship to Work: A Moz.com Case Study: What can you do if you have trouble getting Authorship to work smoothly on your blog? Ruth Burr from MOZ, shares how her company navigated several hiccups to successfully integrate Authorship into Moz.com, so you can troubleshoot your own installation.

#5: Measure Social Media Performance

Whatever your goal, measure! Measuring and analyzing your efforts are key to having effective SEO tactics. When you track and analyze what’s working, you can focus on the things that matter. These very instructive posts will start you off on the right foot!

Measuring What Matters in Social Media: There are many reasons your brand uses social media in the first place—increasing brand awareness, generating leads, driving sales and many more. The only way to know whether you’re achieving those goals is to measure them. Unfortunately, as Tania Yuki of ComScore observes, many brands get fixated on measuring the wrong things.

How to Measure Your Social Media Traffic Using Google Analytics: Liz Lockardis spot-on with her comprehensive instructions for using Google analytics to track the impact of your social media traffic. Having this information helps you know where to focus your efforts in social media!

How to Measure and Report Social SEO Metrics: Measuring social media is tricky enough, but measuring the impact of your social media efforts on SEO can be even more mind-boggling. Thankfully, Clayburn Griffin has you covered in this informative post on Raventools whose key message is, “Pay attention to the data. It will tell you what to do.”

Source : http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/social-media-seo/

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Simple Tips To Set The Stage For Local SEO In 2015


After Google’s most recent local algorithm update, the rules have changed for local SEO. Columnist Greg Gifford discusses how you can do well in local search in 2015.

The year is almost over, and many businesses are starting to look forward to 2015 and discuss their marketing plans. Luckily, David Mihm, the local search guru at Moz, just released his annual Local Search Ranking Factors survey, which helps give us local marketers more insight into which ranking factors matter the most.

The survey shows a definite shift toward more traditional web ranking factors. Last year’s Local Search Ranking Factors survey had Google Places and Citations weighted heavily, but this year’s study shows that on-site signals and links are the most powerful factors.

This shift is consistent with Google’s recent local ranking algorithm update,Pigeon. Many Local SEOs claimed they weren’t hit by Pigeon – but it’s more likely that, because they took a more wholesome approach to local SEO, their sites simply had more authority to begin with.

The most important point we try to hammer home to potential clients is that you can’t fool the nerds at Google. Everything you do, both on and off your site, should be working toward the end goal of making your user experience awesome… not trying to fool Google into placing you higher on search results pages.

So, taking what we’ve been able to figure out about the Pigeon update and adding in the results from the 2014 Local Search Ranking Factors survey, here are two simple tips to help you set the stage for Local Search success in 2015:

  1. Be Awesome
  2. Earn Awesome Links

Yes, it’s really that simple… but at the same time, it’s really not that easy for local businesses. Take a look at your competitors in your vertical – nearly every website has the same or similar content, and most sites don’t have that many inbound links.

Okay, So How Are You Supposed To Be Awesome?

The best thing you can do for Local Search success in 2015 is to take all the energy you put into trying to fool Google and instead use that energy to make your site better.

Take a long, hard look at your site and look at your competitors’ sites. What can you do to be better? You know that your potential customers will be looking at multiple sites, so make your site the best in your vertical.

Make sure you’re avoiding these common pitfalls – they’re all basic, but we still see far too many sites tripping up on these:

  1. No Home Page Content. Your customers (and search engines) need to know what you’re all about. If your home page has a slider/banner and just a few sentences, you need to add more useful content there immediately.
  2. Only A Few Sentences On A Page. Your customers (and search engines) are checking your website for useful, relevant information. If you offer a product or service, don’t just say, “We sell X, call us for more information!” Today’s shoppers want immediate information, so you need to pack every page with useful content.
  3. Spamming Keywords. Far too many websites rely on this outdated tactic. You’re not going to rank well everywhere in your state simply because you listed out 100 cities separated by commas on your home page. Does that huge list of cities provide useful information for customers? No. Does it help you rank in Google? Definitely not. Get rid of the junk and populate your site with relevant, informative content instead.
  4. Awful Title Tags. You’ve got about 500 pixels of width for your title tags; anything longer will be truncated when it’s displayed in search results. The title tag should summarize the page – it shouldn’t be a huge chunk of keywords you’re trying to rank for. Put your primary keyword phrase at the beginning and your business name at the end. If you’ve got 100 keywords stuffed into your title tag, you just look desperate.

Don’t Forget Your Local Optimization

With on-site signals now carrying so much weight, it’s more important than ever to have your local optimization ducks in a row. It won’t do you any good to bang out a ton of citations if your site doesn’t include the local signals that Google expects it to have.

Again, these are old-school basics, but we hardly see any websites correctly optimizing for local areas:

  1. Include City/ST in your title tag. Remember, the title tag is incredibly important for optimization, and including your city and state is an important signal for local relevancy.
  2. Include City/ST in your H1 heading. It doesn’t have to be the entire heading in and of itself — what’s important here is to include your city and state in the page heading to further show local relevancy.
  3. Include City/ST in your content. Far too many sites forget to include City/ST information inside the site content. Optimizing for local search won’t work unless you’re talking about your local area in your content.
  4. Include City/ST in your alt text on images. It’s amazing how many times we see sites that don’t include alt text. Remember, Google can’t see what’s in your images, so alt text helps provide a better understanding of your page content. Including City/ST information can really help boost local relevancy.
  5. Include City/ST in your URL. If you’ve got the ability to edit your URL structure, try to include your city and state information in your URLs. Again, this can go a long way toward providing a stronger local signal to both customers and Google.Important Note: if you’re going to update your URLs, don’t forget to set up 301 redirects so that the old address is permanently pointed to the new one.

These are all just specific tactics to help with the main goal: to make your site more awesome. Stop thinking about how to make your site rank, and start thinking about how to make your site the best in your niche. That’s how you’re going to get your site to rank better and convert more visitors.

Source : http://searchengineland.com/2-simple-tips-set-stage-local-seo-2015-207275


How to get found in Etsy search


Etsy SEO: How to get found in Etsy search

This morning I was looking for a turquoise necklace on Etsy for a friend’s birthday.
A search for ‘turquoise necklace’ in handmade yielded 110,542 results!

What do you think I did?

That’s right. I skimmed the first page, then changed my search term and tried again.

Let’s assume for a moment that you are selling turquoise necklaces. Well, you really, really want to be on those first 1-2 pages of search results or your potential customer isn’t even going to see your painstakingly-crafted jewelry.

And that’s why understanding SEO is vital if you want to succeed on Etsy.

Etsy search results - competitive

What is SEO?

SEO or ‘Search Engine Optimization’ is the process of ranking highly in search results. i.e. Showing up on the first page when someone searches for a product like yours.

The term SEO is usually used for search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bing. But sites like Etsy often have their own internal search engines.

In the example above, Etsy used its own engine to find all those results for ‘turquoise necklace’. The goal of Etsy-specific SEO is to rank well within Etsy search.

NOTE: Best practices for Etsy SEO sometimes differ slightly from those for Google SEO. This post deals with Etsy-specific search.

Keywords – the holy grail of SEO

A keyword is a word (or phrase) that describes your product. Keywords should be used in product titles and tags to help you be found in Etsy search results.

The aim is to choose keywords that are used as ‘search terms’ by potential customers.

(A search term is the word – or words – that a user enters into the search box. In my case, the search term was ‘turquoise necklace’).

The first thing you need to do is figure out the best keywords for your products.


1. Phrases rule: 

The more specific your keywords (or keyword phrases) the more likely you are to be found for that search.

For example, if you had chosen the keyword ‘blue’ to describe your turquoise necklace, it would probably have figured very poorly (if at all) in my search. Instead, the phrase ‘boho turquoise necklace’ would have ranked much better.

But what if you had just used the word ‘turquoise’?

Well, this is relevant, but the competition for generic words like ‘turquoise’ would be much higher than the competition for an exact phrase like ‘boho turquoise necklace’. For instance, anyone selling a turquoise ashtray or skirt might also use the keyword ‘turquoise’. Your chances of ranking well for such generic terms are much lower.

NOTE: a phrase like ‘boho turquoise necklace’ would figure highest in searches for ‘boho turquoise necklace’, ‘boho turquoise’ and ‘turquoise necklace’, but would also be relevant for  ‘boho’, ‘turquoise’ and ‘necklace’. You would not, however, rank well for ‘boho necklace’ because of the extra word in between.

2. Order is important:

Now what if you chose the keyword phrase ‘necklace boho turquoise’? Well, this would rank as well for the individual words (‘turquoise’, ‘boho’ and ‘necklace’), but wouldn’t be as relevant for the search phrases ‘boho necklace’, ‘turquoise necklace’ and ‘turquoise boho’.

This is even more important for high competition keywords. E.g. If you are selling a Tom Selleck Mustache Necklace (yes, I’ve seen this on Etsy), then you are probably okay choosing ‘mustache necklace Selleck’ as your keyword, but with a more popular item like a turquoise necklace, you need to be more precise.

Etsy serach results - non-competitive

3. Put yourself in your buyer’s shoes:

Think about what you would have searched for if you were looking to buy your product. That’s it. There’s your first keyword phrase.

Now do this again, trying not to use the keywords that you have already got. There’s your next keyword phrase.

Ask your friends and teammates what they would search for. Use these as your keyword phrases.

4. Suggested keywords by Etsy:

Once you have decided on a couple of keyword phrases, start typing these out in the Etsy search box.

You will see a list of ‘suggested keywords’ by Etsy. These are not just similar keywords, but actual search terms that customers on Etsy have been using.

For instance, when I started typing in ‘turquoise necklace’, I could see which similar terms actual buyers are searching for on Etsy.

Suggested keywords by EtsyWhen a buyer starts typing in a search term, she sees the same suggested keywords and is likely choose one of these instead of typing a whole search query. So these are great keyword phrases to optimize for.

NOTE: Only 10 suggestions are shown at a time, so you could keep typing in slightly different search terms to get more suggestions from Etsy.

5. The long tail:

Long-tail keywords are keyword phrases which have very little competition. This means that they are not searched for very often.

It may seem counter-intuitive to use these – no one’s searching for these, right? But if you can get your long-tail keywords right, you will rank very highly for them.

Plus, the customer who has entered the term is searching for a very specific product. If you match this criteria, you chances of a sale are very high.

For instance take the keyword phrase ‘turquoise nomad choker’. Not many people will search for this, but the ones who do will definitely be interested in your product.

I would recommend using a mix of popular keyword phrases along with a few niche long-tail phrases.

6. Synonyms

Etsy states that it already takes into account certain synonyms or geographically differentiated spelling. They recommend not cluttering your tags and titles with different spellings of the same word.

However, this is worth testing. I found slightly different results for ‘jewelry’ and jewellery’. So try a search for any keyword synonyms that you are uncertain about. If you get different results, it may be worth keeping both as keywords. E.g. If you sell cloth diapers, you should have both diaper (US) and nappy (UK, South Africa, Australia) as keywords.

Also, you could try testing common misspellings like pendent (instead of pendant) or broach (instead of brooch). If these bring you traffic, it may be worth keeping them as keywords.

 NOTE: the same is true of plurals. Etsy admin has indicated that plurals are treated the same as singular forms. But my results for ‘green stone earring’ was slightly different from the results for ‘green stone earrings’. So make sure you test plurals for your keywords.

Etsy search results plural

What does Etsy search look for?

Etsy says “When someone searches on Etsy, the system looks at your titles and tags for matches.”

This means that your most important keyword phrase must be in BOTH your title and your tags. This product will then be ‘optimized’ for that keyword phrase.



Your title can have up to 140 characters.

While it is tempting to use them all, this may not always be the best practice. Etsy recommendskeeping your titles short but descriptive.


Try to keep your most important keywords towards the beginning of the title

This has an additional advantage. Etsy crops your title in the storefront and search views – only the first 3-4 words are visible. By having the most descriptive keywords in the beginning, you can ensure that all viewers will see these and know exactly what your product is.

Example – Say you are selling an acrylic painting called ‘Mystic Moments’. The name is not what a user will be searching for so don’t start your title with it. Instead try something like “Original acrylic painting on canvas, abstract art ‘Mystic Moments’”. This includes the potential keyword phrases – ‘Original acrylic painting’ and ‘abstract art’.


Etsy admin has indicated that keyword stuffing (repeating your keyword multiple times) hurts your ranking.

However, I have seen some high ranking products for competitive keywords which have the keyword repeated in the title. So repeating a keyword once or twice may not be too bad as long as it does not come across as looking spammy to the buyer.

Example of a bad title – ‘acrylic painting abstract painting abstract art painting modern art’.

NOTE: keyword stuffing will definitely hurt your  Google ranking.

Similar items:

But what if you only sell acrylic paintings? Is it a good idea to start all your titles with ‘Original acrylic painting’?

Short answer – no.

If you optimize all your products for the same keyword, you will be competing with yourself for search relevance. Instead try to choose different keywords for different products and optimize for these.

This is because Etsy will rarely show multiple products from the same seller on the first page for a search. If you have optimized 10 products for the same keyword, only 1 will rank well. The other 9 are wasted. Instead, optimize each product for a sightly different keyword.

Remember, different buyers may be searching for slightly different keywords.

Example –  You could optimize one painting for ‘original acrylic painting’, another for ‘abstract art’, a third for ‘modern art’ and yet another for ‘abstract painting’ or ‘abstract landscape’ (remember to check the suggested keywords by Etsy when deciding which keywords to optimize for).


Length and number:

You can add up to 13 tags per item. In addition to these 13, products categories are automatically added as 3 tags by Etsy – resulting in a maximum of 16 tags in your product.

I strongly recommend using all 13 tags.

NOTE: Each Etsy tag can have up to 20 characters. Punctuation and symbols aren’t allowed in English tags, with the exception of: ™ and ©


The order of tags is not important. The tag in the first position and the tag in the last position will carry equal weight.

Order of words within a tag:

This IS important.

As we discussed above, ‘boho turquoise necklace’ is different form ‘necklace boho turquoise’ so choose the order you feel your user is most likely to type in or the order that appears in the Etsy suggested keywords.


Repeating your keywords in your tags will not hurt you in Etsy rankings

Since the exact order of the words in your tags matter, you could repeat keywords in different tags to be found in more specific searches.

Example – you could use the tags ‘acrylic painting’, ‘abstract painting’, ‘canvas painting’, ‘abstract art’, ‘original painting’ and ‘original art’.

NOTE: Repetition may hurt your Google ranking.

Niche keywords:

Since you cannot include all your tags in your title, use the keywords you want to optimize for in both places and include your other keywords only in tags.

Tags are a good place to include your niche (long tail) keyword phrases. Since these are less competitive, you may rank well for these even if you have not optimized fully for them.

Example – ‘abstract cubist art’ or ‘cubist female figure’.

What else affects my search relevance?

Buyer search behavior in aggregate:

This refers to the action buyers takes when they see your product in search results. It includes:

  • Views
  • ‘Favorites’
  • Treasury inclusions
  • Numbers of clicks, pins, shares, likes etc

The important thing to remember is that not all ‘Favorites’ (or views, clicks etc) are considered the same by Etsy.

A view or a ‘favorite’ that comes from a team is given less weight by Etsy than a view or a ‘favorite’ that is a result of being featured in search results.

Example: If a user searches for ‘abstract acrylic art’ and clicks on (or ‘favorites’ etc) my product, that product will then be given a higher ranking for the keyword phrase ‘abstract acrylic art’ in future. However, just having someone from a promotional team click on (or ‘favorite’) my product will not give me the same advantage.

NOTE: recency matters for buyer search behavior – a click from search results today carries more weight than a click for the same search last month.


While photos are not directly relevant, they do affect how many people click on your image in search results which in turn affects future search ranking (by increasing your product views form search results).

Here are some great tips on photography by Etsy seller Teresa from CreativeTreasuresUK.


Etsy automatically adds your shop categories as your first three tags for each listing. These are given the same weight as other tags.

However, since categories are usually just single words, these have too much competition for you to be competitive in a search for them.

Example: You can rank well for ‘Abstract modern art’, even without adding the category ‘art’.

Recency (relisting): 

This has become much less important with the shift form recency to relevancy in Etsy search.

However, it may still matter for items with keywords which have a large number of listings. If multiple listings are optimized for the same keyword and are otherwise similar, then a recently listed item may rank the higher amongst these.

NOTE: However, relisting does help you be found when someone browses Categories as these are sorted by recency.

What does NOT affect my search relevance?

The following criteria are not taken into account by Etsy search:


A good description could lead to a sale once your product has been clicked on, but it is not relevant for Etsy search results.

This includes the materials and attributes (recipient, occasion and style) that you added when listing your item.

NOTE: descriptions do matter for Google search.

Number of listings: 

If you optimize different listings for different keywords, then having more listings could increase your chance of being found in search, but just having more listings will not increase your relevance.

Shop sections: 

Your shop sections (the list that appears in the left column of your shop) are not part of your product listing and are not relevant for search results


Punctuation does not affect Etsy relevancy at all. Use punctuation to make your title more readable and attractive.


Tweaking your SEO is more of an art than a science.

While the above guidelines will help you optimize your listings, you will need to keep tweaking and testing your listings to figure out what is optimal for your products.

Some final tips:

  1. Don’t make too many changes in one go. Make one change and wait a few days to see how effective it has been before making your next change.
  2. Change one (or few) listings at a time, not all together. Sometimes changes can worsen your performance instead of improving it.
  3. Leave well enough alone – tweak only those items which are performing poorly.
  4. Keep a copy of your original listing in case your changes are unsuccessful and you want to change back.
  5. Don’t be in a hurry – give a change a few days to show results before judging it.
  6. Competitive searches (e.g. turquoise necklace) are difficult to rank in. Instead try to optimize for multiple niche searches.
  7. If it’s overwhelming to look at your entire shop at once, consider tweaking titles / tags of each item when it is ready for renewal.
  8. Test, test test – eventually, there is no substitute for this.

NOTE: Etsy periodically rotates products in search results so don’t be discouraged if you suddenly disappear for a few days. If your photos are eye catching, you’ll probably regain your ranking.

And remember, optimizing your product’s SEO will help it be found in search, but whether or not you are able to convert this view into a sale will depend on a number of other factors including your photos, descriptions, reviews, About page, shop policies and price.

I hope you found this post useful. Do share your experiences with SEO in comments.

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The 2015 SEO Checklist


Have you setup Gmail filters for your new site, or setup a new email address? This isn’t necessary, but always makes things easier for me.
Have you installed Google Analytics? This is not optional!
Have you installed Google Webmaster Tools? Again, not optional.
Have you installed Bing Webmaster Tools? Do this too.
Using WordPress? Have you installed Google Analytics for WordPress and SEO for WordPress? These plugins will make your life 10x easier.
Have you checked Google Webmaster Tools for 404 / 500 errors, duplicate content, missing titles and other technical errors that Google has found? Make sure to keep up with any messages Google is sending you.
Have you used Browseo to find even more technical errors?  The most common detrimental errors people tend to make are 302 redirects that should be 301 redirects.
Have you used Screaming Frog to find broken links, errors, and crawl problems?
Have you used Google’s Keyword Research Tool? Be sure to consider searcher intent and difficulty, pick 1 keyword per page, and you’ll generally want to start with lower-volume keywords first.
Have you looked at competitor link profiles? This is the easiest way to get started with link building. This way, you can see what kind of anchor text they’re using, as well as how and where they’ve been getting their links. My favorite is Ahrefs – but you can also use Link DiagnosisOpen Site Explorer, and Majestic SEO.
Have you incorporated your primary keyword (or something close) into your page URL?
Are all of your title tags ~65 characters or less? Title tags over this will be truncated in results.
Are all of your meta description tags ~155 characters or less? Meta description tags over this will be truncated in results.
Have you used an H1 tag? Is your keyword in the tag? Is it before any (H2, H3, H4…) tags? Are you only using 1 H1?
Do you have a healthy amount of search engine-accessible text on your site? My recommendation is at least 100 words, because you want to give search engines an opportunity to understand what the topic of your page is. You can still rank with less, and you don’t ever want to put unnecessary text on your site, but I recommend not creating a new page unless you have roughly ~100 words worth of content.
Did you use synonyms in your copy? Remember: synonyms are great, and using natural language that’s influenced by keyword research (rather than just pure keywords) is highly encouraged!
Do your images have descriptive ALT tags and filenames? Search engines “see” images by reading the ALT tag and looking at file names, among other factors. Try to be descriptive when you name your images. Don’t overdo it though!
Are you linking to your internal pages in an SEO-friendly way? Are you describing the page your linking to in the anchor text, so that both users and search engines understand what it’s about? I recommend not using anchor text in your global navigation because it can look like over-optimization. Stick to in-content links instead.
Have you started off-page optimization and began building links? This is the hardest, most important aspect of SEO! Check out the ClickMinded Link Building Strategy Guide to get started.
Have you made sure your site isn’t creating any duplicate content? Utilize 301 redirects, canonical tags or use Google Webmaster Tools to fix any duplicate content that might be indexing and penalizing your site.
Are you using absolute URLs in your code? Some CMS platforms give you the option. Use absolute URLs instead of relative ones.
Have you checked your site speed with Google Page Speed Tools?
Have you created an XML sitemap and submitted it to Google and Bing Webmaster Tools? Use XML-Sitemaps.com or the Google XML Sitemaps WordPress Plugin.
Have you created a Robots.txt file and submitted it in Google and Bing Webmaster Tools?
Have you claimed your business / website username on other major networks for reputation management reasons? Not only do you want to make sure no one else gets your account name, but you can often “own” all the results on the first page of a search for your brand if you’re a new website or company. Here is the URL structure of some of the major networks (I’ve avoided linking directly to sign up pages because they keep changing):

Is your site mobile friendly? Have you checked it on multiple browsers with BrowserStack?
Have you setup social media accounts on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+?
Have you added Authorship Markup to your site? Authorship markup search snippet images are gone, but you may still want to add it to your site. Use the Authorship Markup Walkthrough.
Have you used the My Site Auditor Report to double-check everything once you’re live?
Have you reviewed all of the free SEO tools at your disposal before completing this audit? If you don’t understand some of the high-level concepts, review the Beginner’s Guide to SEO.

Source : http://www.clickminded.com/seo-checklist/