Apr 20, 2015
SEO (or Search Engine Marketing) is still very much king. It is essential for helping your website get found and rank higher in search engines. A recent study by BrightEdge revealed thatorganic (non-paid) search drives 51 percent of all visitors to B2B and B2C websites, trumping all other non-organic search channels, including paid search (10%) and social media (5%). Below, I’ll reveal how you can use the most effective keyword research tools to help your website get indexed and discovered by your ideal target audience.
Keyword research is the process of researching and selecting words, terms and phrases users will search for when looking for the types of products or services your business offers. Conducting effective keyword research enables you to choose the most relevant keywords for your target audience. This, in turn, helps Google’s search engine understand your web pages and serve your website as a suggestion for users searching for these specific terms.
Use Google Keyword Planner to see what terms your customers are searching for and to help you identify the most relevant keywords for your website. Consider using Google autosuggest by typing keywords into the search box related to your products and services, but don’t press enter. This will help you to identify long-tail search terms that are relevant to your business which you may want to target.
You must select the keywords that are right for your business. Ask yourself, ‘Is the keyword relevant to my website’s content?’, ‘Will users find what they are looking for on my site when they search for these keywords?’, ‘Is this traffic result important for my business and will it lead to sales and/or leads?’ and ‘Will users be satisfied with what they find when they land on my web page?’ If you can answer yes to all of these questions you know you have chosen a valuable keyword worth keeping.
You can then take your keyword research to the next level by using a tool like Uber Suggest. Simply enter your term into the box provided and choose a language and a source – the tool can derive suggestions from regular Web search or from search verticals like News, Video or Shopping. Other keyword research tools worth investigating include, MetaGlossary.com and Amazon.com(specifically for businesses selling products).
You can use a tool like SEMrush to identify what competitors are competing for the same keywords in organic search as you. This will also help you identify other keywords you should potentially be targeting through your on-page SEO and the content you plan to create. Alongsiede this you can take a look at the top performing content of competitors with a tool like BuzzSumo and consider creating content around similar topics/keywords.
Next week I’ll reveal how to create compelling and contextually relevant content that helps Google and prospective customers understand your offering and find your website easier. Stay tuned for more useful and cost-effective SEO tips.