When you write a hubs, how do you check to see if the topics you are writing about has a lot of competition or a little bit of competition?
Pick a topic, like "nail polish" and focus on a certain area.... like LGBT.. I think the combination of LGBT and nail polish would pull in some good hits...both are popular and individually, a ton of material out there, but put the two together, as mentioned by SimeyC, LGBT and nail polish and you probably will have a winner.
A hubber named GA Anderson has a number of helpful hubs, one of them is about how to find the right keywords, and he touches on how to look at number of search results with graphics and a video. I just read it and it's one of the better hubs I've read about finding keywords.
You can copy/paste the title into the search box and it will take you to his hub link.
Find Good Keywords for your Hub Article: Easy SEO Writing Tips
I've written a hub and have a video too check it out. But make sure to never overstuff with keywords. I wrote it recently and I use that method myself.
I use market samurai (free version) to get the conpetition and number of views and then Traffic travis (to check the PR and difficulty level of ranking for the shortlisted keywords after using Market samurai)
Say you want to write on purple sprockets.
Go to Google and search for:
This shows you webpages that have the keyword in the url.
This shows you webpages that have purple sprockets in the title.
In both cases, take a look at the top pages and ask yourself, honestly, if you can make a page that's better than theirs, or at least as good. Check the competition on the rest of the front page by quickly visiting those sites and checking how well they cover the topic. And if there's more than a thousand competing results in title and URL, it's probably too hard to compete with them. (On the other hand, if most of the results are forum and Yahoo answers posts asking, "Does anyone know where to find purple sprockets?" then you have a good chance of outranking them because the competition hasn't addressed the search query very well.)
Also Google for:
site:hubpages purple sprockets
This shows you how many hubs have been written on purple sprockets. If there's lots of them, the chances of Google listing yours go down, because Google usually lists only 2-3 results per domain, then adds "see more like this on this site" with a link to the rest.
The simple free online tool shown below does this for you for the top 10 pages returned for a Google search.
The competition number displayed should be as low as possible (<40) . You can even enter multiple phrases (one per line) and get comparisons. It sometimes has 'bad days' but it is a great way to understand the principles.
It shows PR and intitle etc. in an excellent summary. If the average PR is greater than 3 - there is too much competition.
Most hubpages can expect a PR of 1-2. So you won't be on the first page!
The big thing missing is the number of hits per month to be expected from Google. ( >1000 I would suggest) you can get this from the Google keyword tool : https://adwords.google.com/o/Targeting/ … earch.none
Webtistic is worth a try - nothing to do with me - I simply found it and use it.
Do NOT look at the competition bar in the keyword tool - it is for advertisers, not publishers. In fact "High competition" in the keyword tool often means you'll get more money.
DO use your head. If it's a general topic like "Nail polish" there has been 20 years worth of content probably created about it. If it's more specific like "Instant Dry Nail Polish" you may have better luck.
Try doing a Google search too - if there aren't many exact matches (and there are plenty of hits per month in the keyword tool) it's probably a good topic.
Darn - and I was just about to write a hub on Nail Polish too!
The combination of the keyword research and checking out Google (as Wrylit says) works well - what you can do is make your title more specific, so instead of writing about 'the best nail polish' you could research and write about 'The best nail polish for a wedding' or 'the bestwith sparkly nail polish' - try and make it unique, but something somebody is likely to search for!
If you see a preponderance of web 2 sites (like Hubpages, Squidoo Ezinearticles, Ehow) on the first page of search you can certainly compete with them. Just put out a better article.
You won't displace a really high page rank article from sites like wikipedia or one of the the big professional blogs.
Lol, it's easy to beat Wikipedia with a niche site though.
Thx, all of this information is very valuable. I have been constantly reading but all people have been telling me in their hubs is to do keywords research and find one that has low competition, but none of those hubs actually tell you how to look up your competition to see if it is low or high.
I will definitely use these information when I do my keywords research. I hope others will see these information as well so they can benefits too.
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