Bob Baker's Indie Music Promotion Blog

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January 12, 2007

Google Music Keyword Search Rankings

Would you like to rank higher on Google and other search engines for your particular keywords? Let me show you the success I've had and share a few simple Google ranking tips.

First, let's take a look at how I'm doing when it comes to words related to my books. For years, I've been pounding away at the two-word phrase I want to be known for the most: "music marketing."

Actually, I'm probably most associated with the three-word term "indie music marketing." But I figured if I could fare well in the slightly more generic "music marketing," I'd be doing just fine.

The good news is, for some years now I've ranked very well for these word combos. Take a look right now at the Google results for music marketing.

As of this writing, I appear three times on the first page of results -- at the 4th and 5th spots for two pages on my own web site, and again in the 9th spot where my Guerrilla Music Marketing book's Amazon page appears.

That's pretty damn good. But a few years ago, I discovered that the term "music promotion" was searched for about five times more often than "music marketing." At the time, I was buried about three pages deep in the results for "music promotion."

This wasn't a good thing for reaching more people with my message. So what did I do?

One thing I did more than two years ago was start my Indie Music Promotion Blog. I purposely chose the word Promotion instead of Marketing in the name of the blog. For nearly 27 months now, I've been posting to the blog and getting the word out about its existence.

Today, if you search Google for music promotion, my blog pops up in the third spot on the first page of results. That's a big improvement! And it has a great impact on my ability to empower artists -- and on my bottom line.

I also discovered an unintended Google perk. If you simply search for "promotion blog" -- with no reference to music at all -- my blog is in the very top spot! Nice.

In my next post, I'll cover a few simple things I did -- and you can do -- to improve Google search engine rankings. Stay tuned.


P.S. I touch on this topic and dozens of others in the special report 50 Ways to Promote & Sell Your Music on the Internet.

posted by Bob Baker @ 11:55 AM   2 comments


At Jan 12, 2007 12:24:00 PM, Anonymous Vee said...

Does anyone know the name of the song that contains the words - - Come on and Ride in My Toyota Avalon? Who is the artist? Thank You!

At Nov 25, 2009 6:53:00 PM, Anonymous james colin campbell said...

Hi Bob, i am commenting on my cell phone driving down to newport beach from la- technology is amazing- how did you determine that music promtion was 5x more searched than music marketing? I manage a hip hop band called sorry for partying- s4p has 77k in google search results- while sorry for partying has 2.5M so i was thinking it would be easier to dominate your own name with s4p. You are suggesting to go after the keywords with the most traffic. James Colin Campbell


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