Okay, I am really confused as to how people do keyword research and find some good low competition keywords, because I for one have not figured it out yet. The more deep I dig in, the more confusing it gets.
For instance, I found some low competition keywords with good amount of searches per month, but with nil CPC rate. Does it means that the keyword is worthless?
Sorry if it infuriates you, but this is really indispensable for me to know. Does nil CPC rate means that the keyword is not worth going after?
Thank you for your precious time
A point you may be missing: the "low competition" column in the keyword tool is for advertisers. it tells them how many other advertisers are competing to advertise for that keyword. It tells you nothing about how much competition you'll face from other writers. You have to assess that by doing some Google searches and looking at what's already out there.
An easy way to start is to go to the Google page (or your browser) type in about three words of your subject, such as 'Google Chrome extensions', and see what comes up. The items listed in the top ten on the first page show the best keywords to pick for your title.
If you want, try different keywords/words.
Read the SEO hub by writer fox. It is fantastic ~ better than reading books about it. Good luck
CPC is cost per click bids which is what advertisers are willing to pay for a specific keyword in their ad campaign. it is not iron clad because it is an average and may change frequently.
I found this as well : A high CPC for a low competition keyword could mean that the particular phrase was very unproductive when ads were run (meaning no one clicked on them
What about some keywords with good amount of traffic, but with NIL CPC rates? I mean, should we go after them?
For example, I am writing an article about "100 insane facts about North Korea", but when I did a keyword research for it, it din't even showed up in results.
So, how can I determine some good keywords for my article? Sorry, but I am really confused.
After a thorough investigation about 'north korea facts' in the Google Adwords Keyword Tool, I have found some keywords for you to try. Click on the link below to see them. One keyword which I see, 'north korea facts' has a CPC of €1.13 and gets 5,400 searches a month. That's a good one to go for. You should expect to get search traffic at least after six weeks, so you will have to be patient to see what works or what doesn't.
It might be just me, but I would only be concerned with traffic. Since Google serves up ads based on the reader, I would let Google worry about what ads are shown.
When you use the google kewword tool and nothing shows up when you hit search, that means the term as you have it is not being searched for at all. If you take those words with " at beginning and end and put them in google search engine, it will give you results as to how many pages have those words in it. Take away the " and this is what I got for 100 insane facts about North Korea. 5,490,000 which means those words are in found in that many pages in search engine.
"Insane Facts About North Korea" shows 6,570 results of pages found in search engine with exact phrasing that you are using.
Insane Facts About North Korea shows 1,660,000 words from your sentence in titles found insearch.
The simple answer for this one is try using the google adwords and you will be in the right track.
If you're monetizing with the HubPages Ad Program, then you'll get paid if you get traffic to your hubs, even if the CPC is low or non-existent. However, higher CPC keywords will likely translate to higher pay per 1,000 page views on your account, so I wouldn't say that CPC should be completely ignored.
So if there's traffic to those Korea keywords, go for it, even if there's not much in CPC at the moment. Be sure to include lots of natural variations and phrases within your hub to draw longtail traffic too. Remember, if you're going after those keywords, you're competing with big hitters like CNN and every news website on the planet, so longtail traffic is probably your best bet.
Hope that helps
Here's one more tip: Include a natural mix of related longtail keywords in your hub title, and shoot for 10-15 words in that title. Short titles are very hard to rank without backlinks (or even with them).
Great idea. I have found some good keywords with literally no competition. I think, I would go for it:)
How do you know there's no competition? If you're looking at the "competition" column on the keyword tool, that is not what you think. It refers to how many advertisers are competing for ad space, not how many people are writing about it.
If a topic has "literally no competition" in that column, then you certainly wouldn't want to write about it, because there are no advertisers willing to pay for ads, and therefore you'd make no money!
While I still look at the CPC when I am searching for keywords, I do not care much about it. As mentioned by Reality Bites, Google serves ads based on the user's browsing history. I say go for it and just see for yourself how it goes.
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