Why WEIRD and WACKY Keyword Research Always Wins For Me

Last Update: September 20, 2021

Firstly, for those of you who got overly excited at the mere mention of “Wacky”

I’M SORRY.

No, this is not the continued adventures of PP, Old Fluff, and Wonky Donkey.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about - it’s about to get WEIRDER.

I’ve always had a penchant for the weird, the wacky, and the wonderful.

It’s always fascinated me.

(Probably explains why I like so many of you guys and gals).

However, when it comes to keyword research, WEIRD is definitely the way forward (as far as I’m concerned).

By this I mean finding keywords or article topics that are just a little bit “out there”.

Things that you’d never normally think of.

Yes, I know you all love writing your Top 10, Top 7, Top 5, Best of, How to, Top Tips, Review, articles.

I have read many of them, but in truth, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, I usually fall asleep halfway through.

For this I make no apology.

No, I am not being mean, I’m being honest.

I’m bored of reading the same things said 10,000,000 different ways.

The internet is full of people writing the same things over-and-over again.

If you're not ranking or getting traffic, I’ll let you into a little secret, ssshhhh, don’t tell anyone else.

(What you’re writing about has been written about a million times before - this means you’ve immediately got competition, so you have to wait… and wait… and wait… and wait… 6 months… 8 months… 12 months… 18 months… even 30 months… to outrank those who’ve written these types of articles before).

Time for some creativity.

Be like me, Be Weird!!

Find What Works & Repeat it


Okay, a great strategy is if you find a particular article of yours working well, is to replicate what you’ve done before.

Once again, you all know where to find the website I’m currently working on, and you know the subject matter (yes, subject matter, not niche, because I am going to write thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands, and outsource as well, of articles. So, I can write about a huge subject rather than a very specific niche).

Anyway, it’s exercise-related.

Now, I’ve spotted a couple of articles that are doing quite well, and they’ve only been going for a short amount of time.

They both focus on the calf raise exercise.

The first article published on April 14th 2021, “Why Do Calf Raises Hurt My Feet?” has received 864 visitors in the last 30 days.

Not Bad

The second article, only published 3 months ago on June 15th 2021, “Why Do Calf Raises Hurt My Glutes?” has received 1,022 visitors in the last 30 days.

Gooood, I Like.

I’ve previously spoken (many times) about how one article will rank for more-and-more keywords as it ages.

So, month-on-month is like a compounding effect, with traffic.

It’s not until you get to around the 8-9 month that traffic usually starts to even out (but it can still continue to get better, or worse, after this, there are no REAL rules).

So, realistically these two articles should continue to increase in monthly traffic for a while yet.

I written about and provided proof of the traffic compounding effect in my blog post, “Allow Me to Blow Your Keyword Research Mind”

Plus, they’re a little bit weird, i.e. feeling an exercise in the wrong place.

So, I decided to do some more keyword research around calf raises to see what I could come up with.

It’s about to get REALLY Weird.

What Did I Find?

I used the Google Autosuggest method that I have spoken about 7,205,228 times before.

I went to an incognito tab, typed in Google (dot) com and came to a fresh search bar.

I typed in

Why Do Calf Raises

I then went through the alphabet placing a letter exactly in the middle of this phrase.

So:

  • Why Do a Calf Raises
  • Why Do b Calf Raises
  • Why Do c Calf Raises
  • Why Do d Calf Raises

And eventually I got to p (literally).

This is what I found:


PERFECT.

And it’s so true.

Whenever I do calf raises in the gym I really do need to pee (not so sure about the poop, but yes I definitely need to pee).

So, I set about writing the article.

Me being me, I obviously DIDN'T check Jaaxy, Ubersuggest, AHrefs, or any other keyword tool (I’m such a rebel).

In fact, I only checked it today in order to write this blog post.

Here’s the results


As with pretty much ALL my articles - no average, no traffic, not great SEO, and it says only 7 for QSR.

So, only 7 websites with this EXACT PHRASE WITH THE WORDS IN THIS EXACT ORDER.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t 1,000,000 websites who rank for this phrase, it simply means they may not be using these exact words in this exact order.

I would hazard a guess that at least 3 of those 7 QSR are now me (the original article, then shared on Facebook, and shared on Pinterest).

So, I checked page one of Google (at the time, I have no idea what’s on there now), I found Quora, Reddit, Forums, etc.

JACKPOT,

I wrote and published the article on August 2nd 2021.

So, exactly 7 weeks ago today.

I know that if an article is going to do well it usually gets some traffic in the first 7 weeks.

It doesn’t have to get a lot (remember the traffic compounding effect month-on-month).

But if it receives perhaps 10-30 visitors in the first 7 weeks, I can pretty much guarantee that this will be a 1,000+ visitors a month article.

Here’s the Analytics for August (and this is ALL traffic from Google)


So, it received its first visitor exactly one week after being published, and 20 visitors in total in August.

Here’s the results for the first 19 days of September.


So, already 47 visitors so far this month.

I would guess the article may get to around 80-90 visitors a month by the end of September.

Okay, this isn't huge when compared to a LOT of my other articles.

But all of the 1,000 visitors PLUS a month articles I have written literally had around the same amount of visitors after 7 weeks.

From small acorns, mighty oaks grow.

I would think that traffic to this article will dramatically increase in October (and each month thereafter as it starts to rank for more related keywords. Plus I did mention “poop” in the article, so it should start ranking for “poop” related keywords within another month or two).

The Power of Google Autosuggest - REAL QUESTIONS that are being asked by REAL PEOPLE. (even if they are weird, e.g. pee and poop)

Final Thoughts

Short and sweet today.

I know many more of you are using Google Autosuggest and writing article titles in the form of a question, and then using the content to ANSWER that question.

Trust me, in terms of traffic it works (even if a keyword tool tells you there isn’t any traffic).

You know where to find my WA blog posts on keyword research, SEO, Traffic, etc.

If not, just ask.

My main aim today is to tell you not to be BORING.

Be like me, Be WEIRD.

It’s the weird, wacky, and “out there” questions that people in your niche want the answers to.

Yes, writing articles with commercial intent (Best of, Top 10, Reviews, etc) are your MONEY articles.

However, I have also written about how an article doesn’t need to have any commercial intent, it doesn’t need to sell a thing, in order to earn you money.

Allow Me to Blow Your Traffic and Money-Making Mind

That’s me done.

Right then my beautiful little weirdos, go forth and do some WEIRD keyword research.

Thank You For Reading

Partha

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KaDanza Premium Plus
Oh wow, first let me send a huge thanks to @hmommers to send me this blogpost while I was struggling with the boring and dreaded keyword density writing gig in my WA class part 2...

And an ever bigger THANKS to you!!

Your blogpost makes me smile, and enthousiastic to just start writing an entertaining article about my experiences in hiking myself back to health, instead of drowning myself in keyword related stuff... I like to write, not gonna let SEO-angst stop me anymore!
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KaDanza Premium Plus
hm, it seems that I cannot tag a member here, well, I will thank her personally ...
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hmommers Premium
You're welcome :)
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CassiOfTroy Premium Plus
My Prince, I am so way behind!
Now trying to catch up after taking a few days off to settle Zafirah into her new school.

Thank goodness I am not the only one not focused on the reviews and top xxx's.
While I do not think that I have not hit my creative, wacky edge yet, I continue to see much improvement in my traffic numbers.

So, let me get on with it.

Thank you so very much.

Cassi ALOTI
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ParthaB Premium
Sounds good to me ALOTI.

You know yourself - the more you do, the easier it becomes.

If you want wacky in the MMO niche just check out some of the "New Questions" on the platform, Haha.

It'll keep you entertained for hours, plus you'll get loads more article ideas from it.

PP
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CassiOfTroy Premium Plus
2 places have been supplying me with LOTS of writing ideas - WA and Quora.
It is amazing the things that people ask and can push you into the creative forest.

You really don't have to look very far.

Cassi ALOTI
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DianeScorpio Premium
Well, you can take me off your friends list as I am completely normal and not at all weird.

Hence, why I am sat cross-legged on a strange bed, eating chocolates and drinking wine out of a glass the size of an eggcup, while watching the sunset and wondering if I am close enough to the toilet to risk a few calf raises...
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ParthaB Premium
I knew you'd find something to moan about!!

Hahaha.

Enjoy the hotel and the birthday treat. Well deserved.
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1Rudy1 Premium
Love it..grin..

Rudy
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Jenny28 Premium
Thanks Partha, I needed this advice today.
I have become a little discouraged lately as it seems what I’m researching has been written over and over again.
I will attempt to find the weird and wacky stuff to write about.
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ParthaB Premium
It is tough sometimes Jenny.

But, it's same as when you write articles.

Some days are good, some days are a real struggle.

I do the same with keyword research.

If I'm having a "good day", I just keep going and they seem to flow.

You can literally come up with 20-30 great article ideas in an hour or two, and then you know that's the next month at least sorted.
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JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
This makes so much sense, PP! What a stellar post!

Jeff😎👍
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brichnow21 Premium Plus
Hey, Jeff!
Did his title remind you of the alliteration I sent you last week?
Weird Wacky Wonderful Week!
LOL
Barb
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ParthaB Premium
Cheers LJOB.

Hey, nothing complicated from me, I always KISS.
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JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
Very true, indeed, PP!

LJoB
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JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
It did, indeed, Barb! Did PP steal your thunder?😳😂
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brichnow21 Premium Plus
Perhaps he was a fly on the wall or...
We're communicating in the "collective consciousness" of the universe! Woo...Woo
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JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
You might be exactly right, Barb!

Jeff
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