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How to optimize for a keyword with and without a space

     
10:06 pm on Aug 24, 2010 (gmt 0)



To illustrate my situation I'll use some example keywords.

My website ranks well for the keyword 'dining chairs'. To my surprise it also ended up ranking for the word 'chairs'. Also one of the inner pages ranks well for wooden chairs. But I found out that a lot more people search for 'woodenchairs' instead of 'wooden chairs' and unfortunately I'm not ranking at all for 'woodenchairs'.

Now my question is, should I make backlinks to the page about 'wooden chairs' with the anchor text 'woodenchairs' or would it be better to make a new page and optimize it for 'woodenchairs'? I'm somewhat worried that I'll somehow screw up my rankings for 'wooden chairs'.
1:39 pm on Aug 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



I don't see anything truly wrong with either approach. If you can create another page of valuable and unique content, then a new page can work - and you can croww link it with the existing page. If you really would be stretching things to come up with another uniqe and valuable page of content, then getting a backlink or two with the exact anchor text is fine.

But definitely don't overdo it on the arranged backlinks. THAT, rather than the spelling, could cause troubles.
5:40 am on Aug 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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You could also consider adding woodenchairs to the "wooden chairs" page Title and a mention or two in the content. It might save you the additional effort to get a new page ranked.
1:21 am on Aug 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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should I make backlinks to the page about 'wooden chairs' with the anchor text 'woodenchairs' or ...


Why not just set up a new page with "woodenchairs" in the file name and maybe "misspell" it a few times in the text.
6:43 am on Aug 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member steveb is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



Don't make a new page for a different spelling. John Kennedy and Jack Kennedy are the same person. It would be weird to have two pages.

Assuming woodenchairs is a proper spelling for the thing, then link to the page with both spellings, and use both in title and body text
 

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