As mentioned in my post Cashing-In on Long-Tail Keywords, I am going to share with you a simple little trick you can use to quickly identify if a particular keyword phrase exists on your website.
This is important if you want to rank for a keyword and need to see if your webpage contains it.
After learning this technique, you will be able to quickly find out if you are using the keywords that you’d like to be found on Google for.
To demonstrate – and continuing on from my referring article – I am going to show you exactly how I discovered that my client, a local garage door company, was not being indexed for the search terms garage door opener repair on Google.
The site: Operator
Google offers an array of operators that assist searchers better filter the results that are returned to them from a search query.
One such operator is the
By beginning your search query with
site: followed directly by the address for a website domain, Google will return to you only pages from that domain.
For this example, I am going to use a local garage door company in Victoria, British Columbia: Tedford Overhead Doors & Gates, whose domain is tedforddoors.com.
Note: It is important that there are not spaces after the colon!
Now, the results page will only show pages that belong to the website domain tedforddoors.com.
Testing for Keywords
In order to identify if a website contains a certain keyword we simply add that keyword onto our existing search query while wrapping it in quotations.
By using quotation marks around the keyword phrase garage door opener repair, I am telling Google to look for only exact matches of that keyword phrase within the site specified.
If Google can’t find an exact match, it will do it’s best to return you the next best results. In my case, because tedforddoors.com does not contain the exact search phrase garage door opener repair, Google will return this:
Notice what it says at the top of the SERP:
When Google can’t find an exact match, it will perform the search query as if quotations were not used.
So what happens if the site does contain the keyword? Isn’t that the whole point, to see if a website is targeting a particular keyword?
Let’s see if a competitor – grdoors.ca, in this example – is indexed for that same exact search query. I will simply swap on the domain name tedforddoors.com with grdoors.ca
Bingo! Now you see one direct result from the domain grdoors.ca as well as that exact search phrase bolded in the results description.
You can use the site: operator technique anytime you need to drill down into your own website – or a competitor’s website – to see if a particular keyword phrase exists. This can help to educate and clarify your plans when doing SEO for yourself or a client.
Thanks for reading!
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