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Keyword or key tags can make or break your site!
Using Keywords to your advantages
I know you've heard this countless times, but it's always a good reminder. Who knows..maybe you'll learn something new! Keywords are great for targeting your traffic. Why? Well, there are two reasons:
1.) People searching for the exact phrase via the search engine (most likely Google) will more than likely get on your site.
2.) You'll find out what keywords really pop that will give you the traffic you need, so you can make more blog posts dedicated to that.
For me, coming up with the right kinds of key words utilizing the Google Keyword Tool as well as generally knowing how people misspell certain words, has helped greatly!!! I approach keywords the same way I write my blog. Do it from the outside looking in, not the inside looking out. I'm trying to think from the perspective of the reader. What exactly do I want to know about the topic? What kinds of phrases would I come up with the search engine. Hell, even in Tumblr I've gotten great success with just using some good keyword and long keyword tail phrases to help boost my traffic.
I highly recommend a good 8-10 keyword/keyword phrases especially for newer blogs. My latest blog: Making Money 2 Blog has gotten over 1280 unique visitors just in this month alone. Last month when I started the blog, I got over 463 unique visitors, so that's almost 3 times the amount! This is with little to no budget, and straight up writing articles and blogs. I greatly attribute it to the SEO and of course, the keyword research.
For bloggers looking to develop some long term traffic, I highly recommend you to not only use the keyword tool provided by Google to help with getting good search terms that get low to medium competition, but also use your own experience and intuition. When you know the type of people you want on your site, you have to think like them as well. What kinds of things will they actually look for, and build your content and keywords around that. Having a great budget and SEO are some solid things, indeed. You'll probably rank faster, but don't knock the keywords either! That's how you truly build more targeted traffic. From my experience, targeted traffic = $$$.