How To Find The Best Keywords With The "Battleship" Method

Last Update: December 26, 2020

Most of the keyword tools I recommend and use cost money, either a one time investment or a monthly fee. But one of the best ways to get keyword ideas is actually by using a couple of FREE tools that Google provides.

These tools are called:

  • Google Search Console
  • YouTube Studio

Briefly, I will explain why they are so helpful, and how you can use them to rank your content for hundreds of keywords.

Why Are These The Best Keyword Tools?

Most keyword tools are helpful because they pull in data from several APIs and present the traffic and competition data is an easy to view format.

This helps you make better decisions on how you can grow your blog in less time.

But these tools don't really guarantee that a keyword will rank and get traffic. Perhaps they just point you in generally the right direction.

On the other hand, Google Search Console and YouTube Studio gather actual real-time data, of what is working for the content that you are putting out there. Often times you will be ranking for keywords, and getting traffic from keywords you weren't actually even trying to rank for.

These just recently happened to me when I just created a new website. The website came with several articles pre-published on the site for me to rewrite.

What I discovered was that I was getting impressions for keywords that the content wasn't even mentioning. So if I were to optimize the content for those keywords, or write new content around those keywords and topics, I will certainly rank much higher and get a ton of traffic.

How To Employ The "Battleship" Method

If you want to use this method follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that your website and YouTube Channel are set up with Google Search Console and YouTube Studio, respectively.
  2. Gather a list of long-tail keywords that you want to target, using Jaaxy.
  3. Publish as many articles/videos as you can. (At Least 30 Should Be Enough To Start)
  4. Look inside of Google Search Console and YouTube Studio, at what keywords are getting the most impressions, the most clicks, the highest rankings.
  5. Launch a campaign of content focusing on just those exact keywords and closely related long-tail keywords.

Watch Your Rankings and Traffic Soar

The reason why this is called the Battleship method is that like in the game of Battleship you start the game out by making educated guesses about where the enemy battleships are.

But once you find a couple of hits, you hone in on that spot to take out the battleships.

Using this method you can certainly gather enough real-time data to grow your blog traffic in no time. So give it a shot!

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JeffreyBrown Premium
Some GREAT information here, Nathan! Thanks for sharing! Have a Happy New Year!

NathanConner Premium Plus
Thanks Jeff, I appreciate it. Happy New Year!
JeffreyBrown Premium
You're very welcome, Nathan, and Thank you!😎
LMH1968 Premium Plus
Great advice thanks for sharing :-)
NathanConner Premium Plus
Thanks, I am glad you liked it.
LMH1968 Premium Plus
You are very welcome
Newme202 Premium
Never heard of it but I will give it a try. Thank you for sharing
NathanConner Premium Plus
You're welcome.
GeoffreyC1 Premium
Thanks for that. I just use Jaaxy.
NathanConner Premium Plus
I use Jaaxy a lot too. I'm glad it's working for you.