Tips For Right SEO Keyword Research

Tips For Right SEO Keyword Research

by jeslin July 20, 2016

One of the most, important and valuable things that you can do is keyword research. Keyword research gives you the ability to better understand your potential customers, and what they are searching for, and how you can match your marketing to that. The SEO keyword research tips below will help you do just that.This gives you a better understanding of how to reach them in the search rankings, but also gives you a better understanding of your target audience.

Keyword Research Tips

Before any type of research starts, you first need to analyse keywords .The first thing you should take into consideration is the number of people searching for a keyword. This is a good indication of how big and relevant it is. The bigger a search is for a keyword; the more people you have a shot at reaching. However, you have to take into consideration that at some point a keyword can be too big for you. You aren’t going to rank higher than a national retailer who has a high domain authority for the word “women’s shows” when you are a smaller merchant.

One-word keywords are at borderline really impossible. Consider long-tailed keywords that give you a better chance of ranking for something, but we will get to that later.


Start with Topics

Now that you have a little background on keywords, and what you need to keep in mind, you can start your keyword research. The first thing that you want to do is to make a list of topics that relate to your business. These aren’t going to be your keywords—these are to help you come up with keywords later on.

Think about your business:

What’s your target market?
Are you marketing to businesses or consumers?
What’s the demographic?
What terms is that audience searching for now?
What type of terminology do they use?

Generally, this is fairly easy if you sell products online. If you are lead generation, finding the phrases and topics is much more difficult.



General Keywords

Once you have the topics, you can use your AdWords Keyword finder to acquire good keywords associated with these phrases.

For example: “SEO Company” is a phrase, and when we put this in the AdWords tool we get back some other good phrases: “Atlanta SEO Company,” “SEO Services & Company,” etc. We want to pick the keywords based on search volume and CPC.

The more people searching, and the higher it costs in AdWords, generally the better the keyword phrase. Remember, if the keyword seems too hard to achieve, use your keyword difficulty tools to see how hard it truly is.

Also, you can start by using keywords which you already rank for. Not only can you use those as inspiration for other keywords, but they can also be used to get you some quick rankings. It is much easier to jump up to number 6 in the rankings from number 20, than it is from being unranked at all. SEMRush, Ahrefs, or Searchmetrics are good for this!



Related Terms

After you have a general list of keywords and phrases, check out related search terms. You can do this by heading over to Google and typing in your keyword. At the bottom the search results it will bring up a related term list. This can help you find keywords you might not have thought of. If you really want to find more keywords, keep the process going. Type in that related search term and see what comes up there, and keep going until you are satisfied.

Using the Google AdWords keyword tool does a very similar process, but, if you like the manual process and want more finite specific control, the method above is better for related terms.

Have A Look At Your Competitors

Another great way to see what keywords you need to focus on (or not focus on) is to check out what your competitors are doing. Keep in mind that just because your competitor is trying to go after a keyword, it doesn’t mean that you should. It might not apply to you, but seeing it helps to give you insight and work on your own list.

If one of your competitors is ranking for a keyword that you already had on your list, then you want to work on your own rankings for that one. Checking out your competitors can also show you what they are not trying to rank for. If your competitors don’t seem to care about a certain keyword, it will make it easier for to you rank for it.

In order to check out your competitors, you can use SEMRush, which gives you free reports on keywords for the domain you provide. Searchmetrics and Ahrefs do a good job of this as well.

Long-Tailed Keywords

You definitely don’t want to forget about long-tailed keywords when you are doing your research. These are phrases that are longer and which generally contain three or more words. You don’t want all of your keywords to be long-tailed, but there should be a good mix.

While short-tailed keywords are generally searched more often, they are more competitive, and it’s less likely that you can actually rank for them. Say you are a clothing boutique in Atlanta. It’s going to be very hard to rank for the keyword “clothing,” but you can try to rank for “clothing boutique Atlanta.”

Not only are long-tailed keywords easier to rank for, they generally also give you better traffic. There is no point reaching someone who is searching for a clothing boutique who is in Boston, if you are in Atlanta and they have no plans on going there. When you rank for “clothing boutique Atlanta,” you are more likely to get people who will actually come to your store, because they are searching for your specific niche.


After you have looked at your general keywords, related terms, keywords that your competitors are trying to rank for, and long-tailed keywords, you should have a pretty good list of keywords that you can base your campaign on.

However, this shouldn’t be a once in a lifetime process. You need to keep coming back to your keywords and evaluating them. SEO is a quickly evolving sphere, and you want to stay ahead of the game before you find yourself slipping in the rankings.

It also might be that your business objectives change as you grow. Some companies re-evaluate their keywords as often as every month or so, but we advise at least every quarter. You will also want to add more, as you grow in your SEO presence, so that you can gain more rankings for more keywords.