Wordtracker took the ‘Keyword Challenge’ game to search engine and web conferences in New York, London, Las Vegas and Chicago, and asked attendees to guess between pairs of randomly generated keywords. To ensure that players were motivated to win, they gave away a highly prized video iPod each day to the player who scored the highest in the shortest period of time.
From recorded scores of over two thousand players, many of whom were experienced search engine optimisers, the percentage correct were little better that you would expect from chance – just 54.9% correct overall.
The pairs of keywords were drawn from fifteen topics and players scored best on these topics:
‘web related’ keywords – 59.1% correct
‘food related’ keywords – 59.0 % correct
They scored worst on these topics:
‘fashion related’ keywords – 49.1% correct
‘family related’ keywords – 50.6% correct.
“This might be fine in a game,” says Andy Mindel, CEO of Wordtracker, “but if you relied on such guesses in your online business, you’d be losing substantial amounts of sales.”
“Most people’s starting point on the web is a search engine and so it is crucial that your web site comes high in the results”, says Mindel, “and the key to that is to use the best keywords in your web site copy.”
Full results across all categories: