Keyword Research: 4 Strategies Keeping Google Algorithm In Mind
January 18th, 2018 | by Nirmala Santhakumar || 9 Comments |
I can predict that you are a web enthusiast who would like to seize a ton of traffic from Google and other search engines!
Thanks for being here, it is highly appreciated.
There are many Google Ranking Factors and keyword research is the first thing to start with. So, do you want to research the keywords for your site and make your site Google friendly, right?
Let me help you a bit!
I’m not an SEO expert.
I have been blogging since 2010 and hence aware of the best strategies to please the Google search engine.
I’m still an SEO learner and always keep myself updated with the Google algorithms to play the game safely.
Let’s get into the matter.
Recently, I came across the blog post, Google RankBrain by Brian Dean, founder of Backlinko.com. It was a fantastic read!
I have understood that the traditional keyword research still matters but we have to tweak the process and make the content RankBrain-friendly.
So, before getting the keyword research tips let me tell you few words about the RankBrain algorithm so that you will understand the purpose of optimizing the content for it.
What Is RankBrain?
Google uses the live Artificial Intelligence, RankBrain to give the best results for the search query. This machine learning system was introduced in the year 2015 which is a part of Google Hummingbird algorithm.
Through the blog post of Moz, I have realized that RankBrain works in 2 parts, Pre-RankBrain & Post-RankBrain.
Pre-RankBrain – It looks for the detailed content, relevant keywords, backlinks, domain authority and other traditional Google ranking factors.
Post-RankBrain – How your content serve the users? If your article satisfies the searchers, then you will be blessed with the high SERPs. Otherwise, you will have to move down in the search results.
Have a look at the precise image, you can understand how RankBrain algorithm works.
Now, you might think why am I talking much about RankBrain?
Yes, there is a valid reason!
This AI algorithm is brilliant, and you don’t need to focus on optimizing the content with Long tail keywords anymore.
Yes, it is true!
You may focus on optimizing the medium tail keywords because the RankBrain algorithm can well understand your content and keyword matches.
Now, let’s come to the main topic!
How To Do Keyword Research in 2018 And Beyond
No doubt that the Google is intelligent!
- You don’t need to give much care to the Singular & Plural
- It can understand Acronyms and Synonyms
- It interprets the concepts and displays almost the same results of short and long queries.
So, you have to discover and use the better keywords to use in your content!
Let me walk through the keyword search process!
#1. Reach & Understand Your Target Visitors (User Intent)
No matter whether you are a blogger, digital marketer, or the owner of a product or service, you must know who your visitors/customers are.
Yes, you should learn how your audience can find your site.
In simple words, you have to pinpoint the keywords relevant to your product/service that your target audience are searching for.
Are you getting me?
You should be aware what the type of search query by the user is. It is called User Intent which can be Informational (to learn something), Navigational (to locate a place), or Transactional (To Buy Something)
Let’s assume that you are a “WordPress Theme Developer” or want to make money through the affiliate marketing by promoting a “Popular WordPress Theme Company”
You can also search to make money using Web Hosting Affiliate programs.
Just think out of the box in different angles and understand what your target visitors’ requirements are!
Instead of searching “Best WordPress Theme” or “Affordable theme for WordPress” they might use some other search phrases like
- How to build a visually appealing WordPress site
- How to create a WP site without hiring a web developer
- How to make my WordPress site look better
- Which WordPress design gives the best user experience for my readers
And so on!
All these search quires are “Informational”, but you can convert them into the “Transactional” search queries through your convincing well-written content with the right keywords.
Have your target audience in mind and understand the intention of their search; think about the questions they’re Googling for!
Enter the seed keyword (main topic), and look at the Google auto-suggestion.
People also ask and related search phrases showing at the bottom of the search results.
Also visit social media communities, forums, Reddit and Quora, and you may come to know their wants or concerns.
Just type inurl:”quora.com” + Your Keyword
Now, don’t blindly take all the keyword suggestions!
Collect the relevant keywords that are related to your main topic or features of your product or service.
Shortlist 10 right search phrases (you may choose more, it depends on your article length) to include in your valuable content.
Make sure to provide answer /solution to their question/concern.
#2. Use Synonyms Of Your Main Keyword ( LSI Keywords)
As I said earlier, Google can well understand your content if you use the synonyms of the main keywords.
Get the meanings of the focus keyword and add them to your blog posts naturally. You may include these secondary phrases in the subheadings as well.
If your content is about “WordPress Themes” try to find out the search phrases related to
- WordPress template
- WordPress design
- Layout for WordPress
- Better than WordPress Frameworks
And so on!
Let’s take another example – Remove Facebook Ads
For this focus keyword, you may write
- Tips to take out the Ads on Facebook
- How to get rid of Facebook Ads
- Best ways to Stop Facebook Ads
- Methods to Hide the Ads on Facebook
- How to block Facebook Ads
When you use the similar search phrases, Google can quickly recognize what you are talking about.
Here is a complete guide about the LSI Keywords that would help you get high SERPs.
#3. Focus On Search Volume & Keyword Difficulty
Focusing on the search volume and keyword difficulty is the main part of the keyword research and SEO as well.
It would be better to choose the “Low competition keywords” with average monthly search volume and low keyword difficulty score.
Let me tell you how!
To find out the exact search volume and keyword difficulty score, it’s wise using the premium keyword research tools like Long Tail Pro, KWFinder or SEMRush.
You want to write about “Cheap Laptops” but it is a broad search phrase!
Having the category and features of your product/service that you are selling or promote in mind, you have to use the specific term as the seed word,
You may use “Laptops under 30000”
When I have given this keyword in KWFinder, I got the below results.
The keyword result is perfect!
It would be better go with any marked keywords as they are more specific, good monthly search volume and have low keyword difficulty score.
If you don’t like the features of this paid keyword research tool, have a look at the best alternatives to KWFinder and buy the appropriate one.
If your site is new, then it’s better to collect the keywords with the search volume <500 and Keyword Difficulty score between 10 – 20
When you can’t find out such keywords, go with the terms that have the KD score 20 -30.
The more competitive keywords that you focus, the more backlinks you need to be earned!
So, focus only on low competition even its search volume is very low (<50)
#4. Keep Your Eyeball On Your Competitors
If your target keyword has no competitors, then you will be the top and direct winner in the search results.
However, getting the target keywords with no competition is a Rocket science.
Every niche has some good players, maybe for your topics too. You should learn from them and identify which keywords bring them organic traffic.
Ahrefs is the best competitor spying tool where you can grab the rankable keywords to use them in your content.
As I discussed earlier, look at the search volume and keyword difficult score while taking down the keywords.
Go with the medium search volume and low difficulty score (the low KD score, the higher possibility of ranking)
For example, I have given my competitor URL in Aherfs tool, and got the following results; look at the organic keywords.
When I clicked the “Top 3 Positions” (56), I got a few keywords with low keyword difficulty (KD) score.
I would like to focus and include the marked keywords in the image.
Glad you have learned how to spy your competitors’ ranking search terms in this keyword research guide.
Google wants to offer the best yet relevant results for the search queries, and hence they keep on making the algorithms strict that would produce the better search results.
If you want to get the targeted audience from the search engines to make sales or to get leads, then “Keyword Research” is a MUST-do task.
Getting the right keywords is an essential part of SEO, and the semantic keywords will get you more sales/conversions.
Decide who your target audience are, understand the user intent and reach them through your content with their search phrases.
Just forget about the keyword stuffing and keyword density (repeating the main keywords several times) as they will not help you in any way.
I hope that you got some useful tips for doing the keyword research in 2018 and beyond through my guest post.
Do you have any more tips to narrow down the keyword research process? If yes, I would like to know those strategies in the comment section.