The Language of Your Reader Will Give You the Keys to the Building Blocks to Construct Your Site.

Do you have your list of questions in hand?

You won't be able to complete this chapter until you take the time to list the potential questions of your visitors. You need these questions to extract the key words and key expressions your reader will be most likely to use.

An extract from the manuscript of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road"

What kind of language?

The first thing you want to notice is the kind of language your reader will use. It is often not the language you would use. You want to identify and list how your reader will name things and what exact sentences they will use to ask for them.

The words and key expressions your reader will use.

In your list of questions, you can start to regroup the words your clients use most often.

They will be looking for a "clean guesthouse or hotel in your town near the train station", and maybe they won't be asking for a "budget accommodation at reasonable distance from transportation". This is the type of misunderstanding between website readers and builders that happens surprisingly often.

You want to identify the expressions your visitor will use and recognize most easily.


Note that Keywords don't have the same importance. Often the location is crucial. Readers won't search for "great Japanese restaurant", they will however look for "Japanese restaurant in Manhattan". The web is vast, if you are a location based business mentioning where it is located is essential. 

Your own keywords.

You also want to list the specific more exceptional language that your business is presenting. You want to talk about what makes you different and special. In terms of marketing you could call this a niche. IN terms of SEO, your "long tail keywords".

For example, the things that a traveler finds in a guesthouse that would make him want to come back, such as live jazz, cooking classes, specialty deserts or even something simple like a mountain view are also the kind of things that people will be specifically searching the web for.

The expressions your visitors will likely use on search engines.

The way a person asks for information when he talks or when he reads a website and when he asks a question on Google are often very different. It is your job to know the language that your client will use in each of these cases and adapt your website to it. 

The usual mistake : Keyword Stuffing.

There is always the temptation to put in titles of your site and in your pages only what you think Google "likes". 

Be careful, your readers are able to feel that you are talking to them. It is better to explain things to your readers rather than trying to feed the search engines.

Google will also try to detect if there is an abnormal density of keywords and if that is the case it may never appear in search results.

Let your topic determine the other words: The lexical field.

From the list of words that you have gathered from your readers you should select the ones that are most likely to be specific to the topic you are presenting. 

For example if I were to list the words: windshield, steering wheel, transmission, tire, road, viscosity, models.

And then I want to sell you oil. You would not make the mistake of thinking I was selling virgin olive oil because all of the words that I have used previously fall into the lexical field for a car. When writing for the web you need to keep the vocabulary you use clearly in the same lexical field : This is a way to kindly help Google consider your site as relevant.

>> Now, let's see what you want to focus on when

you write your answers to build the pages of your website.>>

Keeping your vocabulary similar to your reader's is a way to ensure clarity