Okay, maybe I'm being a bit dim here.
I know what it *means* to do keyword research. I understand the basics of it. I know how important keywords are, and I know how to use them effectively in a white hat manner.
However, I'm not having success, so I think I'm approaching the situation wrong. What are you all looking for when you research your keywords (specifically). What types of numbers are you seeking?
It's not a science. You have to decide that through trial and error. Pick some keywords at different search levels and try to get traffic and make $$$.
It can take months, if not years to learn how to do it well. Because there's no single way to be effective.
After you've worked your onsite keywords and SEO, then you go to offsite. And that's usually about having more websites and blogs, and lots more writing. It's about getting links from other similar but not competitive sites. (You just contact the website and ask if they'll exchange links.)
Yes I agree that keyword research is crucial. What I like about hubpages is that it has a very high authority in the eyes of the search engines.
1)find a keyphrase that has less than 1000 competing targeted pages (search for the keyword phrase "in quotes"). It's not that easy if you're just starting to try to do it but you'll get the hang of it with practice.
2) Create a hub using that keyword phrase in the title and the URL of your hub.
3) search for that keyword phrase after 24 hours and you should see your hub in page 1 or 2 of the search engines.
Believe me there are still many profitable keyword phrases with very little competition. You just have to learn how to find them.
Kudlit, I'm confused. Where in the AdWords tool does it tell you exactly how many competing pages/sites there are for a specific keyword? I've yet to find it and that's one of the areas where I'm feeling frustrated.
I have a couple of hubs that should do well, based on the graphic display of competition. One that I never expected to do well is thriving in Google lol
I'm going to try this out today with something specific. Tweak until I get it right and then do what you said.
Nelle, I find so much of what you say around here to be *really* encouraging. Truly. I want you to know that several times when I've felt as though I'm just being dense, you've had words that have made me feel a lot less thick. I appreciate it
The adwords keyword tool won't tell. You'll have to use Google to check. I know eat a lot of time but it's fun when you discover a profitable keyword.
You use the adword keyword tool to get ideas about what people are searching for and how many searches.
TIP: make sure you use Exact match type so you'll have a better picture of how much a particular keyword phrase is being searched. I draw the line at 300/month.
Doesn't Wordtracker's G Trends tool tell you how manyompeting sites?
Meaning that you don't write for a topic that is searched less than 300 times a month?
Where do you find this information? Do you 'add key word' or is there a better way?
Okay, one more question: Is it a good idea to put a misspelling in the url or title of a hub IF the search volume for the misspelled search term has a reasonable search volume but low competition?
ETA: Or should I just use tags?
I think I found a topic that will work brilliantly, Kudlit! I'll know in a couple of days how right I was, though.
Problem is the search volume is throwing me off. In order to get less competition you're going to get lower search volume. So I'm looking in the thousands for volume and average or low competition, right?
Low search volume is OK. Just build more hubs. It'll add up.
The adwords keyword tool will also show you the cost per click in adsense. That'll give you a good idea if the keyword is worth your time.
I won't touch a keyword phrase with less than $1 CPC in adwords.
I'm having trouble finding many of those (over $1) on subjects that interest me. I can't write what I don't know... It's getting tougher lol
I have a couple of subjects I can do that pay well though
Good. Start with those.
I don't know anything about most of what I write about.
I just repackage the information. I'm still adding value to the Internet, I think. I'm making useful information more accessible.
Where do you get the initial idea from though if you don't know anything about the subject?
Again, I'm sorry if I'm being dense. I am not having a starting point to look for those keywords.
Have you read Paul Edmondson's hubs? He is a staff member at hubpages and his advise is useful. I have really boosted my visitors by applying his advise. The one you might like is-
Mostly I just write what I have good material for- often from ebooks. I read around the subject and in maybe two weeks get 2 or 3 good pages and 2 or 3 not so good. Also I look out for anything weird in google search- if I've never heard of a popular search term I check it out.
This should light some bulbs. Using the adwords keyword suggstion tool search for:
how to stop
Google will tell you what people are searching for that includes that phrase. Now you know where I got my hubpage ideas.
You don't have to use that phrase. You can use question phrases like:
what's the most
what's the cheapest
where can i buy
what's the best
You get the idea. For content, you research.
Oh my gosh... I can't believe I didn't think of that! Kudlit, you're a genius! Thank you, thank you!
I am pretty dense when it comes to keywords too. I have been writing children's stories for the last 17 years and am getting a google payout about 3 times per year. I have never tried using keywords but I do want to try for this challenge. I seriously want to make money here.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I know that placing meta tags in webpages is vital and I know that blogging gives you good solid backlinks. I just don't quite grasp the concept of keywords though.
Thanks Will! Reading it now, then finishing Borden and then Lincoln (I hope). If I get any others done today it will be a miracle lol
I've just posted a hub about keyword research that, judging by your questions, you will find helpful. It is basically a quick and easy guide on how to actually choose keywords with high search volume and low competition. Some SEO's might have a fit because the method isn't deadly accurate, but it will be good enough a lot of the time.
A lot of people talk about the hows and whys but never really give any methodology. Hopefully this will give you some ideas.
When I utilize keywords, I only use them sparingly throughout my hubs. I do not want a reader to realize I am doing it. However, lately, I've been experimenting with new ways of using keywords within my titles, sub-titles and hubs in a way that the reader will see them and remember exactly what the hub is supposed to be about. So far, I've seen this method work in relation to what I'm earning via AdSense whether the keywords are highly searched or not.
A lightbulb just lit up for me!
no ... really!
I was googling some things earlier and noticed that I always went for hits on the first one or two pages, only drilling down further if I found nothing useful. I think I can safely assume others google the same way. As such, you need to use your keywords to hit that first or second page - preferably the first.
So ... Use Google Adwords to find items with a high search volume AND a decent pay avg pay out, then enter the phrase in google and see how many hits you get. If you see too many, check another keyword as you will start out at the bottom of that pile - on page 338.
My gosh ... I might not be stupid after all.
I'm off to experiment.
I don't do keyword research until after I've picked a topic. That is, I don't decide what to write about based on how much a given phrase pays out, or how many people are searching for it, or how many results there are. I pick topics because they're interesting to me, and then write the best hub I can write on that subject (doing a little sleuthing to see what particular phrases people use to search for the content, and including those in the text). It's worked great for me; my AdSense earnings pay my rent every month, and I don't feel so slimy.
"I won't touch a keyword phrase with less than $1 CPC in adwords."
How do you figure out the $$ CPC?
Google will tell you:
Google External Keyword Tool
Use the drop-down menu called "choose columns to be displayed" to choose "Estimated Avg CPC".
This is the price the advertiser will pay - you will get less than half of that amount per click - but it gives you a bit of a guide.
At first I just wrote about anything but now I deff research the value of the keyword. I wrote a good hub that got a lot of clicks but all at 3 cents. But I did another hub that probably wasn't as popular a topic but a single click was way over the $.
I have read some really great pieces of writing on here that most likely earn nothing. Ok a lot are only here to express themselves in both their poems and writing and you have my admiration. Me, I am here to write and earn money plus learn along the way, I enjoy it but I also enjoy seeing my hubs make money. Taking some time to research searchable phrases and keywords does work.
Whether you are here for the enjoyment or the dollar I wish you well, writing is a joy !
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