We can all write blog posts without a doubt. I’m sure most of you can write some great content as well.
But seriously, unless you do the right keyword research, there isn’t much point in writing great content if nobody will see it.
This is why it’s so important to ensure you are doing the right keyword research so that not only will you write great content, it will also rank well on the search engines so you get plenty of traffic to read it.
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Quick Table of Contents
What is a Keyword
Simply put, a keyword is a word or phrase that someone puts into a search engine like Google.
People are typing in keywords or phrases to try and find things they are looking for online so there are a lot of different keywords as you might imagine.
I believe there are around 4 million searches on Google per minute worldwide – just try getting your head around that one for a minute – that’s 240 million searches an hour.
The main thing you need to understand is how to utilize these keywords to get traffic to your website.
The main process from keyword to earning money is like so:
- Research Keywords – using a keyword tool
- Write Content – based around your keywords
- Publish your content to the Search Engines (Google etc.)
- Get ranked on the search engines
- High ranking on the search engines drives traffic to your site – the people searching your keywords.
The Importance of Keywords to your Business
I cannot express enough how important keywords are to your business. They are the starting point of your ranking and potential traffic. Without this, your business cannot thrive.
Keywords are your way of capturing RELEVANT and engaged visitors to your site.
By the word relevant I mean driving people to your site that are specifically looking for what you have to offer. You do this by using the right keywords with relevant content.
What Tools can you use to find Keywords
I have used many keyword research tools. Most of which you can find in the following posts:
However, my go-to research tool is Jaaxy – I have spoken about this previously in the following post:
As you will find in my posts, most of the keyword research keyword tools are really good, it’s just that Jaaxy offers that little bit more detail that I like to see and that’s why it’s my number one choice.
You can try 30 searches for free right here:
Research your Keywords
Don’t be scared of keywords or think that you won’t be able to find any that will help you rank well on the search engines. It isn’t uncommon for people to think like that – just take your time and you will get it.
Here is an example of how I would research my keywords. Remember, make sure they are relevant to your niche.
I start off with Google auto-complete which I talk about in my
How to Find Keywords on Google post. It’s very straightforward. I use this before going into a keyword research tool like Jaaxy.
I tend to start with a basic keyword and let Google give me suggestions. So for example, I also have a Website related to Ultra Marathons (my other love), so I going to type in Ultra Running
As you can see, I already have some great ideas to plug into Jaaxy
- Ultra Running Shoes
- Ultra Running Gear
- Ultra Running Training
- Ultra Running Vest
I can now start to expand on these terms to find more keyword ideas to plug into Jaaxy.
By narrowing down to Ultra Running Shoes we have another 6 suggestions to plug into Jaaxy.
And with Ultra Running Training we have at least another 6 ideas.
With starting with just the basic Ultra Running keyword search, Google has suggested at least 15 ideas I can go away and check out on Jaaxy.
This took less than a minute to do. Just think how many ideas you could come up with in 10 minutes that you can go away and investigate further.
The Criteria you’re Keywords must Meet
As I said earlier, you want your keywords to have low competition and be able to rank well on the search engines.
With this in mind you need to consider the following factors when using Jaaxy.
- The Keyword must get some traffic – Ideally you should look for a Keyword that gets over 50 monthly searches (this might seem small, but if you wrote 100 posts with 50 monthly searches you’ve just generated 5,000 visitors a month to your site.
- Under 100 QSR (Competition) – As a new website, the lower the competition the better. I try to aim for under 50 if I can, but 100 is fine.
- The Keyword needs to make sense – It should be written as it would be said – and be grammatically correct. “shoes running ultra” wouldn’t make sense – “ultra running shoes” does.
Within Jaaxy, I can now start to feed my search terms I found in Google and see if they meet the criteria outlined above.
By typing in the search term Ultra Running Shoes, Jaaxy has shown me 4 keywords that meet my criteria. They are actually very good because the traffic is ok, but the competition on 2 of them is really low which is fantastic.
I have also typed in ‘Trail Running Shoes for Wide Feet’ which was also an idea Google gave us above.
Once again, a few ideas have been shown to have decent traffic and low competition.
I literally 5 minutes, I have 6 or 7 individual post ideas that I know have traffic and very low competition.
Within an hour you could probably find 6 months worth of posts for your website – so who says Keyword research is hard.
I hope this post has given you an insight as to the importance of keywords research.
It isn’t the most difficult thing to do, although I know others try to tell you it is. It really isn’t at all.
You have just witnessed me finding good traffic, low competition keywords in a matter of minutes. Nothing was pre-meditated, I literally decided to go with Ultra Running as I was writing the post.
Why not give it a go yourself and see how easy it is. You can do 30 free Jaaxy keyword searches here:
If you have a Niche but are struggling to find keywords then let me know. I’m happy to help.
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