Target The Right Keywords In 5 Steps

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At the foundation of an SEO campaign are the keywords that are targeted.  These keywords are implemented throughout the website and included in any content that is published throughout the web on behalf of the business, whether it’s a guest blog post, a company profile on an industry site, or a local directory submission.  Therefore, it’s imperative that the proper keywords are targeted.  Targeting the wrong keywords can result in website visitors that aren’t going to convert and lead to missed opportunities.  In order to select the proper keywords, you need to find out how people are searching for what you have to offer.  Many website owners make the mistake of skipping over this step, thinking that they know their target audience so well that they know how they are searching.  This often isn’t the case, which is why data is important.

To ensure that you target the right keywords, it’s necessary to follow these steps:

1.  Stay organized

Organization is an important element of any business activity today and SEO is no exception.  For keyword research activities, create a spreadsheet that includes the URL of every page of the website and two sections per URL.  The first section is for keywords that are currently generating visitors and the second is for the new keyword research that will be conducted.

2.  Look at current keyword data

Keyword research should be conducted page by page.  If you have Google Analytics set up on the site (which every site should!) go in and pull the keyword data for each page.  You will be able to see what keywords are currently bringing visitors to each page of the site from organic search.  This can serve as a starting point.  If these keywords make sense, you can use them throughout the rest of the process.  If they are way off base, it may mean that the content itself is off base and may need revision.

3.  Brainstorm potential keywords

Carefully read through the content on the page and come up with a list of potential keywords that make sense, and that you’d like to target.

4.  Conduct keyword research

This is the part that website owners sometimes skip over, even though it’s the most important part!  Using a keyword research tool (like the free one that Google provides), type in the potential keywords to target from the list of keywords that are already generating visitors and the additional ones that have been brainstormed.  The keyword tool will generate a list of related potential keywords along with their search volume and level of competitiveness.

5.  Scrub the list

The keyword tool can give you a very large list of potential keywords, but they probably aren’t all going to be quite on target.  Go through and remove any that aren’t relevant or are too broad.  The keywords that you are left with can be targeted on the site and throughout additional SEO content that is published elsewhere on the web.

Use these five steps as a framework for keyword research for your website and you’ll soon find that proper keyword selection is back on track.

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About the Author

Nick Stamoulis is the President and Founder of http://www.Brick With over 12 years of experience, Nick has worked with hundreds of companies small, large and every size in between. Through his vast and diverse SEO, search engine marketing, and internet marketing experience, Nick has successfully increased the 
online visibility and sales of clients in all industries. He spends his time working with clients, writing in his blog, publishing the Brick Marketing SEO newsletter (read by over 130,000 opt-in subscribers!) and also finds time to write about SEO in some of the top other online publications,

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  1. Yes, so many people skip the keyword research and think they can insert whatever text they want and it will rank. Wrong. You need strong keyword research and integration for good SEO to work.