Amazon Search Terms
Amazon Search Terms are the keywords that you want your products to display for when searched. According to some third party research, these search terms are the 3rd most important factor that Amazon takes into account when determining how your products will show up in search results. While these keywords function in the same general way as keywords for any comparison shopping engine, there are a handful of rules that are unique to Amazon.
There are five fields for search terms. The official Amazon optimization guidelines prohibit using excessively long search terms. As a general rule, try to keep search terms under 50 characters per field. Fortunately each field can include multiple keywords separated by spaces (commas aren’t necessary) so you aren’t limited to just five keywords. The search terms can include up to 250 total characters of as many keywords as you can fit.
Search Terms Best Practices
- Provide accurate information – don’t include the term “sale” if your product is not, in fact, on sale.
- Don’t be redundant – try not to simply repeat content in titles and bullets. Try to expand on the most important terms of your product.
- It is not necessary to include common misspellings, but do include spelling variations (swimsuit vs. swim suit)
- Include any abbreviations or common alternate names for your product or content.
- Enter search terms in order of importance.
- Search Term 1 = most important
- Search Term 5 = least important
The following example is from a seller who could be doing much more with their Amazon search terms.
While these terms are a good starting point for the general terms people might use to search for this product, they are missing the basic terms about what the product actually is. Shirt, t-shirt, and tee should all be included in the search terms. Since it is possible to include multiple terms separated by spaces, each field should be filled with keywords. This seller is limiting themselves to five keywords, when they could be exposing this product to many more search queries.
- Amazon doesn’t publish keyword data the way google does, so using Google’s keyword resources may be a productive method of keyword research even though it’s through another medium.
- Google Trends is always a great source for determining how people search for your product. This handy tool can also show you where in the world people use certain keywords. This can be helpful for sellers who only sell domestically – if people use certain keywords much more frequently in other countries, it may be better not to include those terms.
- If your business is also set up with Google AdWords, the Keyword Planner tool will also provide helpful data to help find appropriate search terms that you may be able to carry over into your Amazon store.
- On Amazon, taking a look at titles, descriptions, and bullet points of competitors can also help you get an idea of which keywords to include.