You have likely heard the term "keyword research". This is the act of finding keyword phrases that are relevant to your niche and deciding whether or not it is appropriate to build content around that particular keyword.
Keywords are going to be the “root” of all your SEO success.
First Off, WHAT IS A KEYWORD?
A keyword is simply a word or phrase that people search for in the search engines. Every time you do a google search you are entering a "keyword" into the search box.
For example, here is an example search I did in Google.
This is a keyword. I searched for something that I was looking for and Google is going to provide me with the most relevant results (see below).
When I click on one of these results, I am taken to a website that has been "ranked" in Google. If I purchase something from that page or click an ad, that website owner will make money as a result.
With your SEO and your keyword research efforts, your goal is going to be to building a list of relevant keywords to your niche, and then working to rank them in Google just like this.
There are literally MILLIONS of keywords in every niche, leading to incredible potential. And by being a member at Wealthy Affiliate and what you are going to learn here about proper "ranking techniques", you are going to have the competitive edge over your competition.
In this lesson you are going to be tasked to come up with a few "keywords" relevant to your website and your niche.
Each Post You Create Will Be Targeting a Keyword...
Moving forward, you are going to be building content on your website. Each page of content that you create will target a brand new keyword (and we will be showing you how).
This means that every page/post will have the opportunity to rank under that given keyword in Google and lead to you getting traffic.
100 posts = 100 target keywords = 100+ potential Google rankings.
This can and will lead to mass amounts of traffic and those that follow along with this training are going to see their traffic continue to go up with every "keyword targeted" page or post that they create on their website.
Remember, Google and other search engines exist because of CONTENT and if you can deliver quality content (that targets low competition keywords), you will be able to get great rankings!
I have created a video walk-through of this lesson and I suggest you watch on keyword mastery. It is going to increase your comfort level with keywords by 100 fold!
Task 1: Create a FREE Jaaxy Account
To perform keyword research, you need access to a keyword tool. The one that we recommend here is Jaaxy and it is completely free to register your account.
Simply fill out your First Name, Last Name, Email Address and Password fields and you will gain instant access to 30 free keyword searches using Jaaxy.
Jaaxy.com is the most powerful keyword & research platform online and delivers accurate, real time data that is going to help you come up with SEO ready keywords. Jaaxy is also a company that Carson and I own and founded and was built to fill the many missing gaps of every other keyword tool out there.
Going forward, Jaaxy is going to provide you with sophisticated keyword and research data (and will save you a TON of time).
Again, this gives you access the trial membership, no credit cards required. I know you will LOVE Jaaxy!
Task 2: Perform 5 different searches using Jaaxy.com
Your next task is going to be performing 5 searches relevant to your niche using the Jaaxy.com Keyword tool.
My suggestion is to start broad with a few of your searches (ie. two or three word searches). For example if your niche was "basketball skills & drills", you might want to start with the search terms:
- basketball drills
- basketball skills
- increase vertical jump
- dribbling drills
For example, in the example below I searched for the term: increase vertical jump.
Here are how the search results look.
As you can see there are several columns of "keyword data". These are all very important when it comes to choosing keywords that are going to be useful to you.
- Keyword. This is the search phrase that the data to the right of it is representing.
- Avg. This is the overall monthly traffic this search term gets, globally.
- Traffic. This is the estimated amount of traffic you will get if you rank on the first page of Google under this term.
- QSR. Known as Quoted Search Results, this is the exact number of results in Google that you are competing with under this search phrase. In other words, this is how much competition you have.
- KQI (Keyword Quality Indicator)
If you do a search and you don't see the full data, you simply need to click the "Get QSR" link and it will fetch the data for you. You will see that if that particular keyword has never been searched before.
Next, I want to discuss how to "choose" appropriate keywords for your content. This is critical in terms of getting ranked in Google and being the most efficient with your time. Don't worry though, it isn't all that complex. :)
The Rules of a Quality Keyword
There are a few rules that you need to follow
Rule #1: More than 30 monthly searches. You want your far left "Avg" column to ideally be greater than 30. Sometimes it is OK to go with a search volume less than this, but over 30 searches per month is ideal.
Rule #2: Less than 100 QSR (Competition). You want to keep your competition below 100 pages in Google, the lower the better though obviously. You will likely come across many terms with less than 100 QSR when doing your research, and that is even better!
As you progress with your website, under 200 is perfectly fine as you will be gaining more authority and better ranks in search engines.
Rule #3: Keyword must make sense. This is critically important. If the keyword doesn't make grammatical sense, don't use it. Do another search on the keyword that makes sense as that will likely give you different data and that is the data you want to measure.
An example of this is "best tips lose belly fat" which doesn't make grammatical sense (it is missing the "to"). I would do another search on this but this time "best tips to lose belly fat".
Do this exact process within your niche to come up with 5 Keywords.
Important Note: We have a Keyword Tool that you get unlimited access to as a Premium member here at Wealthy Affiliate. This pulls from the same keyword search data as Jaaxy and will give you UNLIMITED keyword searches to research keywords for your niche! 100% Included when you upgrade to Premium.