I'm confused about how to pick the right keywords to write articles about. Once my keyword all have 50 Searches, I have two questions:

1) What's the "Sweet Spot" for number of searches that can get ranked fairly quickly?

2) What's the best range of QSR to get quick ranking results?

Thank you!

J.W. Hornsby
Abingdon, VIrginia

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Aussiemuso Premium
Hi, I personally go for over 100 traffic and the lowest QSR as possible then I Google my title idea to see what the competition is using and how many paid adds are on the first page.
If there is a lot of competition I will modify my title to get an easier listing and recheck the stats in Jaaxy.
The goal is to find 'low hanging fruit's.

Lily 😁
J-KWest Premium
It often depends on your niche and your long-term strategy. Generally speaking I aim for more than 50 searches and fewer than 50 QSR. But there are many factors to consider.

Once you've narrowed down a list of potentially good keywords, you want to move on to SERP research (search engine results page). Basically you're searching your keywords on Google to see what's coming up.

This will show you who your competition is and what Google is really looking for.

For example, you might have a low QSR of 20, but the first page of Google might be dominated by very high authority sites like Entrepreneur(dot)com or Huffington Post (or the big names in your niche).

These are basically corporate sites, some with million dollar budgets and we try to avoid competing with them when possible, especially when your site is new.

Having said that, if you notice that the content those big sites are providing is very thin or doesn't quite answer the search query correctly, there may be an opportunity there.

In that case, I'll usually go to the 2nd page of Google, 3rd and so on, to make sure there are no really good posts there that Google is not recognizing because if there are, there's a good chance my post won't get recognized either, no matter how good it is.

Likewise, you may have a QSR of 100, 200 or more, but when you look at the SERP's, there are not many thorough articles relevant to the query. There may be a lot of site/posts that mention the keyword briefly (which is why it's quoted in the search results) but only a few might really address the topic or the question they way it should be.

It can be a bit of tedious process and may sound a little confusing but it gets a lot easier and more intuitive the more you do it. Eventually you can almost predict where your post is going to rank before you even write it.

And then it takes times. Some of my posts didn't make it to the first page for several months or longer. But because I was very thorough with that content, when it did start getting traffic, it stayed on the first page and continued to climb the rankings. But that's only because it deserved to.

However, I've had some posts that I rushed through and the content was mediocre. They didn't deserve to be ranked near the top and I knew it. The content that was ranked higher was better than mine, so instead of moving up, those posts often fell back to the 2nd page.

There are always exceptions to this of course, but it's important to remember that when your rank increases, you're knocking someone else down a rank or two (or several). A lot of that has to do with deserving that spot.

And sometimes you might deserve it because your single post is better than all the others, and other times you might deserve it because your site "overall" addresses the topic better. Your overall body of work may be more complete and helpful, even if your individual post is not quite as good as someone elses.

When your site is new it's always a good idea to target some really low QSR numbers. Under 5 if possible, even if the searches are really low.

The reason for this is not necessarily for traffic, but to make sure everything on your site is healthy and there are no underlying SEO issues. If you can rank for those really low QSR keywords, you know Google is recognizing you and everything with your site is generally good.

And then later as your site gains authority you can target keywords that are more competitive.
DMahen1 Premium
Have a look at the trainings on keywords. Start here: