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Serpstat updates 14 min read July 1, 2021

What Is Keyword Mapping And How To Do It? (A Complete Guide 2022)

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Stacy Mine
Editor at Serpstat
Do you build a new website? Then you know for sure that an understandable and user-friendly website structure tool significantly improves your chances of success. One of the most appropriate ways to build the site structure is to use keyword mapping. Here is a detailed guide on how to successfully make keyword SEO mapping from scratch.

What is keyword mapping in SEO?

Keyword mapping is the process of assigning relevant keywords to the various pages of a website based on an extensive keyword search.This is an important aspect of page search engine optimization that will allow search engines to see the page's relevance in relation to a user's search.
So, you've researched your industry well, analyzed direct competitors, and even collected an infinite list of keywords for SEO that you think will make your site rank well. What now? You should distribute these keywords across the site to meet both visitor needs and SEO requirements. One useful method, which is considered as the next part of keyword research, is keyword mapping. Using SEO Keyword Mapping, you can create a highly user-friendly website. To explain this method better, I'll show you an example of how to create the website structure for an online store.

How to do keyword mapping? 5 steps

Step#1 Preparing for keyword mapping: briefly about the keyword research

You've definitely heard about the keyword research more than once. Still, I wanted to remind you of some necessary steps to help you do keyword research. The first thing you should do is carefully analyze your niche and your competitors. How to find keywords of competitors website? Serpstat will help you:

Enter your search query into the search bar and choose a search engine that you need. Go to Keyword ResearchSEO ResearchKeyword Selection.

You'll find Related Keywords and Search Suggestion reports helpful to significantly expand the list of keywords.

Don't forget to examine your main competitors: CompetitorsKeywords. What's important, Serpstat offers opportunities to find competitors by keyword, domain or URL.

For example, to collect keywords and phrases for an online store, I do a keyword search. An important source of search queries are Related Keywords and Search Suggestions.
Keyword structure​ mapping in Serpstat
Text structure keywords in Serpstat
Before you export these keywords, don't forget to sort the list by search volume. Moreover, you make the keyword structure by excluding errors, toponyms, and some unwanted queries using filters if you need them. At this stage, you can also filter commercial or informational queries if you don't need them. Then export the data in the required format.

If you have an online store that sells electronics, for example, that doesn't mean that your website needs to rank for the keyword "buy a laptop." Such keywords can be successfully used by plenty of competitors in optimization. That's why it pays off to simply abandon these keywords, rather than running a race. But how do you rate which keywords are too complicated for SEO, especially when it comes to a new website? An interesting measure will be helpful to you — keyword difficulty, which shows how high the level of competition in an analyzed niche is.

Step#2 Analyzing competitors

Analysis of competitors helps every SEO. By examining other sites and competitor keyword mapping you can not only expand the list of relevant keywords (as described above) but also improve your own page structure. The competitor's analysis saves a lot of your time because all mistakes become immediately obvious. Serpstat offers two ways to find competitors on your website:

1. Search for a specific keyword or queries that are relevant to your niche.
2. Search a specific website that has keywords for search results matching your page.

The search is very simple and lets you find a long list of websites that are thematically related to your search term or website in a few seconds.
      Perform competitors research from the beginning
      If your site is just on the plan and you want to analyze the competition level, then follow the rules:

      1. Enter one of the most important terms in the search bar for which your website should appear in the Google results.

      2. Select a database from the drop-down list that corresponds to the region where you're planning the website promotion.

      3. Open the Keyword Research section and go to the SEO ResearchCompetitors report.

      4. Click on the search button.

      As a result, you will be provided with a complete list of competitive websites that you can save and export. This report helps analyze the page structures. Analyze these niche pages to get an idea of what an optimal page structure looks like. Basing on the best role models, you can quickly plan and map a website structure.
          Search for competitors of a particular website
          This variant is suitable even if your website already exists, and you want to improve the ranking in the search results and optimize the website structure map.

          1. Open Website AnalysisDomain Analysis.
          2. Select the SEO Research report and go to the Competitors page.
          3. Enter your domain in the search bar.
          4. Select the required search engine and database.

          Depending on the goals you are following, you can edit the list of competitors you've found: delete or add more websites. I saved this list and ran the competitor's analysis in Google Spreadsheets.
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              To find information or product faster, you may also prepare appropriate tags and filters and collect keywords for these pages accordingly.
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                  Step#3 Creating a website structure

                  Basing on the competitor's analysis, I've created a site structure, which includes rough names of the categories and subcategories.
                  SEO content mapping
                  SEO content mapping
                  Don't forget about SEO content mapping and make sure that your website contains not only commercial but also technical and informational pages. If you notice these pages immediately in the competitor analysis, this makes your further SEO routine easier.

                      Step#4 Grouping keywords

                      Well, you created the site structure and did the keyword research based on the competitor analysis. Now it's time to group collected search terms and distribute them according to specific pages. Manual grouping can take a lot of time. To resolve these issues, use the unique Serpstat tool, Keyword Clustering and Text Analytics.

                      1. Find the section ToolsKeyword Clustering and Text Analytics.
                      2. Create a new project and add your list of keywords to a cluster.
                      3. Choose the search engine and your region.
                      4. Set clustering settings: Linkage strength and Type of clustering.
                          When setting up clustering, you can achieve maximum similarity with Strong and Hard settings. Try different cluster settings and analyze results. What is also convenient is that repeated clustering with new settings doesn't spend any extra limits.
                              text structure keywords
                              After the clustering is finished, the report will show the groups of keywords: Protocluster (1), Supercluster (2), and Cluster (3). They can be used as the basis for filling in corresponding categories, subcategories, or product pages.
                                  keyword clustering tool serpstat

                                  Step#5 Completing and expanding the page structure

                                  I've created a clustering report that I use when I complete and expand the site structure. What is convenient, you can edit these results according to your goals and desires and manually revise. After that, search queries can be distributed between pages of the prepared website structure.
                                      Distribute queries
                                      How can you do that? General terms with the highest search volume can be moved to the most important categories and subcategories. Special keywords and long-tail keywords that bring more detail to the topic suit well to common pages and product data feeds. Of course, this is just a general example, so you can do it according to your own logic and experience.

                                      Don't forget to think about keywords for the tag and filter pages. For example, there are such filter characteristics for the category Notebooks in my online shop:

                                      • price
                                      • brand
                                      • operating system
                                      • screen resolution
                                      • screen size
                                      • processor
                                      • color
                                      • other features.

                                      The well-known SEO rule states that a page should be optimized for a specific keyword. For this reason, be aware that you shouldn't mix commercial and informational search queries. If you doubt which keywords are best for a page, use the Serpstat Tree view option to examine the competitor's website structure with keywords. Or google this keyword and analyze SERPs so that you can immediately find out for which search terms a specific page appears in search results.
                                          Advanced site structure
                                          This step is the right time to elaborate on the rough site structure and to expand it using the clustered keyword list. If you see that some pages are not covered by keywords, do the extra keyword research to fill the gap.

                                          For example, while clustering, I found that there are a lot of search queries associated with gaming notebooks. Although this category was not intended, I can do additional keyword research and expand the previous keyword list. You should pay special attention to the Related Keywords section, which is an important source of LSI semantics.
                                              Advanced keyword structure​ report
                                              Advanced keyword structure report
                                              Recommendations for content with Text Analytics
                                              To populate the site structure, you should define content for all areas. Keep working on your clustering project to create the job for copywriters and use the website structure analysis tool. Serpstat's Text Analytics software lets you examine each page for key text parameters. The special feature of the option is that the page analyzed is compared with the corresponding pages of the competitors. As a result, you get a large report with recommendations for creating or improving the specific page. What should you do to get this data?

                                              1. Choose clusters that you want to use for a specific page (category, subcategory, product page, etc.).

                                              2. Click on the TA button

                                              3. If your page already exists, add the existing URL.

                                              4. Start the text analysis.
                                                  Website keyword research tools​
                                                  Website keyword research tools
                                                  The following information shows:

                                                  • how well the chosen keywords of the analyzed pages fit
                                                  • what is the relationship between keywords in the group.
                                                      serpstat text analytics tool
                                                      • the importance of keywords in title, description and body text structure keywords
                                                      • how popular is the particular keyword among competitors
                                                      • whether the keywords on the page are present.
                                                            SEO mapping​ and metatags
                                                            SEO mapping and metatags
                                                            • whether the length of the text corresponds to the average added value
                                                            • whether related technical errors have occurred on the page.
                                                                  SEO content mapping​ and analysis
                                                                  SEO content mapping and analysis
                                                                  Using these recommendations, you can assign a task to the copywriter for a particular page that defines:

                                                                  • keywords that should be used in the title and description tags, headlines, and text
                                                                  • mandatory text length
                                                                  • further recommendations for improvement if the page already exist.


                                                                          Of course, there are several little things that should be considered in keyword mapping. To distribute keywords in accordance with the site structure, you have to keep in mind a few key factors that are not limited to usability and still important in your chosen SEO strategy. In this guide, there are several ways to save your keyword mapping time: competitor analysis, keyword research, and especially clustering and text analytics.

                                                                          So to do the keyword mapping, follow the instructions:

                                                                          1. Prepare the keyword list.

                                                                          2. Find and examine your competitors in the niche.

                                                                          3. Create a rough website structure based on competitive analysis and keyword research.

                                                                          4. Group keywords using the keyword clustering tool and distribute the clusters on the pages.

                                                                          5. Enhance site structure and keyword list and create tasks for copywriters.

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