5 Tips to Help Improve Your Amazon SEO

Sell on Amazon? If so, we hope you are not making any assumptions that you can’t improve your SEO. If you are doing that, clear your mind, because this post is all about showing you that you can improve the SEO of your Amazon products and seller page.

Being an Amazon seller comes with the mistaken assumption that you can’t do much about SEO, as you’re working within Amazon’s constraints.

However, you can’t look at Amazon as a regular site, because it’s not. If you go into things the way RepricerExpress does and look at it as a search engine, then you’ll have a much better chance of improving your Amazon SEO.

And really, it’s a lot easier than it sounds.

Understand the Basic Principles of SEO

SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, has to do with how highly a website ranks within a search engine.

Any particular search engine uses its own algorithm to formulate a set of criteria, and then ‘judges’ each incoming website as to how well it meshes with what the search engine is looking for.

For example, Google values regular novel content, so a lot of sites use relevant blog posts to rank highly, and avoid recycling material so as not to tick off the Google algorithm.

You also need to know how to properly manipulate things like keywords (primary, secondary, and tertiary), relevant links, metadata, site navigation, load speed and more.

Think of it as art meets science: good SEO is like filling in the blanks on a Mad Libs page, while excellent SEO is doing that with a creative flair. And on top of all that, you have to remember that each search engine operates slightly differently and knowing what to prioritise where is what’ll get you ahead.

How Amazon SEO Works

We briefly mentioned before how different search engines have different criteria when it comes to ranking material high or low, and Amazon is no different.

Although, just to be tricky, their algorithm is a bit of a secret and experts have only a general idea of how to reach for the top.

Having said that, it’s not as though the entire world is in the dark about what it takes to get your page ranked higher on Amazon. And far more often than not, it tends to involve the following elements.

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1. Product Titles

It’s one of the first identifying markers a buyer looks to when searching for a product on Amazon, and you’ve got to absolutely nail this one. Amazon gives you a heck of a lot of space to work with (500 characters) and utilising it properly can get you ahead. Fill in all relevant information (brand, colour, manufacturer, size, type, what it’s compatible with, year) and don’t skimp, but also don’t use it as an excuse to prattle on endlessly.

Amazon SEO improvement with product titleBe specific with your product titles

2. Keywords

Although we mentioned in the intro there are different kinds of keywords, we’re going to simplify things a little bit. You have your general keywords (i.e. ‘shoes, ‘DVDs’, ‘books’, birdfeeder’) and then your more specialised ones that speak to the specificity of your product (i.e. ‘Jimmy Choo’, ‘kitten heel’, ‘mesh insole’). Ideally, you want a mixture of both so you can capitalise on the best of both worlds.

3. Product Descriptions

Remember when we talked about an algorithm being like art meeting science? This is perhaps the best example of it, the one spot on your Amazon page where you get to combine the fill-in-the-blank nature of science with the artistry of writing with a creative flair. If you’re stuck on how to accomplish this, answer the questions who, what, where, when, why and how, along with describing your product experientially.

4. Category

One of the most facepalm-iest mistakes an Amazon merchant can make is not having their product in the right category. For most items, this isn’t an issue and you can sort it neatly. And while there’ll always be those tricky items that defy categorisation, the answer’s often a quick Amazon or Google search away. Unless you’re selling a truly unique item, the only one of its kind in the world, you can find out which category it belongs to.

Amazon SEO product categoryDon’t skip simple steps like selecting a category

5. Customer Reviews

You may have been taught that what people say about you doesn’t matter, but in the world of Amazon, it does — a lot. The more positive reviews you can accumulate, the higher you’ll be ranked on Amazon. It’s one of the clearest signs that you’re a trusted merchant who delivers quickly and on time, and Amazon likes to promote people like you.

Amazon SEO customer reviewsHonest, thorough product review 

Recommended: 7 Tips to Boost Reviews on Amazon & eBay

Bonus Tip: Use the Winning Ways of Others

You know that saying, ‘If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’? Well, you should be using that on Amazon.

Check out the listings of sellers who are ranked the highest (and are selling the same product as you, but without being a Prime Seller, with the exception of you having signed up for Fulfilment by Amazon), add their Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN) to your own listing, decrease your price by one one-hundredth of your currency, and add it to your own listing.

Amazon SEO ASINASIN (seller ID) marked

Presto! You’ve just piggy-backed yourself onto the top sellers and have your listing visible!

The beauty of SEO is that it’s like snowboarding: it may be a bit tricky at first to learn it but once you do, it’s easy to master it.

Time to Improve Your Amazon SEO

Now that you know that you can control and influence the traffic that you are getting from Amazon internal searches, it’s time for you to get to work on improving the mentioned aspects of your product listings. As we’ve previously mentioned, good SEO is focusing on the customer experience, and that is exactly what improving all of these aspects do. 

So on top of improving your Amazon SEO, you’ll also create a better shopping experience for those that visit your product listings. That’s one step toward becoming the king or queen of Amazon. I’m itching to know what you are going to do first to improve your Amazon SEO, so feel free to share your thoughts on this post or on SEO, in general, in the comment section below.

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Chris Dunne

Chris Dunne is a huge football fan, craft beer lover and marketing executive at FeedbackExpress, Amazon feedback software and RepricerExpress, Amazon repricing software.



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7 Responses to 5 Tips to Help Improve Your Amazon SEO

  1. Sayam says:

    I think it’s a great idea. It will help all of us who want to improve their SEO section. Thanks you very much.

  2. Hey Chris,
    Amazon SEO is not new but many Amazon marketers never consider it as important.

    Now that you have highlighted the need to optimize searches in the Amazon marketplace I am sure many marketers will start reconsidering what they are doing and how they are doing it in Amazon.

    Personally, I don’t run any business on Amazon but this post comes handy as a reference material to fall unto in the event I decide to start Amazon.

    The best part and takeaway you have shared here has to do with explanations on how Amazon works.

    Understanding these aspects will go a long way to ensure that improvement on any of the elements is easily carried out!

    I left the above comment on kingged.com as well

    • Ty Rothstein says:

      Hi Sunday,

      Glad to hear that you enjoyed Chris’ post – even though you don’t sell on Amazon. It just shows how basic, yet insightful his tips were.

      As someone that also does not sell on Amazon, my lesson is that the SEO criteria are quite similar across the various search engines/marketplaces on the web. The common factor among them all is that those businesses that create superior customer experiences on their site will be ranked higher.

      Glad you commented on this on Kingged too, and we hope you take a chance to take a look at some of our other marketing and SEO posts.

  3. Lawrence says:

    This is some great information. I occasionally sell on Amazon, especially after I’m done with a book that can be sold. Amazon is a great place to sell items with a large pool of buyers, but without the right practices mentioned here, it can be a hard time selling your items. Amazon SEO seems much like other SEO practices with a few differences like the product review. It makes sense that a higher product review will help you to rank higher. Thanks for sharing the information!

    • Ty Rothstein says:

      Hi Lawrence,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and I’ll add that I agree with you 100% that Amazon SEO is very similar to other SEO practices, although I’ll say that even product reviews are starting to become important aspects of other SEO (for Google, reviews can be excellent sources of unique content, keywords, and decrease bounce rate).

      I’m glad you enjoyed Chris’ post, and I welcome you to take a look at our other posts.

  4. Jeet says:

    Very interesting and informative. SEO is always important and crucial for site ranking. Amazon SEO is very demanding and recommended techniques are very influential to get the highest quality conversions for any product. I believe keywords based title is very important. It always enhances brand visibility. Review is also a very crucial part of any online product. It holds the maximum conversions efforts of any product or service. It works like a stimulator when we visit the product page and sometimes without using any product reviews plays as a quality indicator of any product.

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