While Google keeps us on our toes with all the algorithm updates they keep rollin' out, one thing has stayed pretty consistent for inbound marketers looking to optimize their websites for search: keyword research. In this post, we’ll define what keyword research is, why it’s important, how to conduct your research for your SEO strategy, and choose the right keywords for your website. Keyword research is the process of finding and analyzing search terms that people enter into search engines with the goal of using that data for a specific purpose, often for search engine optimization (SEO) or general marketing. Keyword research can uncover queries to target, the popularity of these queries, their ranking difficulty, and more. Keyword research helps you find which keywords are best to target and provides valuable insight into the queries that your target audience is actually searching on Google. The insight that you can get into these actual search terms can help inform content strategy as well as your larger marketing strategy. People use keywords to find solutions when conducting research online. So if your content is successful in getting in front of our audience as they conduct searches, you stand to gain more traffic. Therefore, you should be targeting those searches. In addition, in the inbound methodology, we don't create content around what we want to tell people; we should be creating content around what people want to discover. In other words, our audience is coming to us. This all starts with keyword research. For an inside look into how Arel="noopener" target="_blank" hrefs can aid you in your SEO keyword research, check out our case study and exclusive interview here. Conducting keyword research has many benefits, the most popular reasons being: Conducting effective keyword research can provide you with insights into current marketing trends, and help you center your content on relevant topics and keywords your audience is in search of.
What is keyword research?
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While Google keeps us on our toes with all the algorithm updates they keep rollin' out, one thing has stayed pretty consistent for inbound marketers looking to optimize their websites for search: keyword research.
In this post, we’ll define what keyword research is, why it’s important, how to conduct your research for your SEO strategy, and choose the right keywords for your website.
Keyword research is the process of finding and analyzing search terms that people enter into search engines with the goal of using that data for a specific purpose, often for search engine optimization (SEO) or general marketing. Keyword research can uncover queries to target, the popularity of these queries, their ranking difficulty, and more.
Keyword research helps you find which keywords are best to target and provides valuable insight into the queries that your target audience is actually searching on Google. The insight that you can get into these actual search terms can help inform content strategy as well as your larger marketing strategy.
People use keywords to find solutions when conducting research online. So if your content is successful in getting in front of our audience as they conduct searches, you stand to gain more traffic. Therefore, you should be targeting those searches.
In addition, in the inbound methodology, we don't create content around what we want to tell people; we should be creating content around what people want to discover. In other words, our audience is coming to us.
This all starts with keyword research.
For an inside look into how Arel="noopener" target="_blank" hrefs can aid you in your SEO keyword research, check out our case study and exclusive interview here.
Conducting keyword research has many benefits, the most popular reasons being:
Conducting effective keyword research can provide you with insights into current marketing trends, and help you center your content on relevant topics and keywords your audience is in search of.
When you identify the best fitting keywords for the content you publish, the higher you'll rank in search engine results — the more traffic you’ll attract to your website.
If your business has content that other business professionals are looking for, you can meet their needs and provide them with a call to action that will lead them into the buyer journey from the awareness stage to the point of purchase.
By researching keywords for their popularity, search volume, and general intent, you can tackle the questions that most people in your audience want answers to.
Keywords vs. Topics
More and more, we hear how much SEO has evolved over just the last 10 years, and how unimportant keywords themselves have become to our ability to rank well for the searches people make every day.
And to some extent, this is true, but in the eyes of an SEO professional it’s a different approach. Rather, it's the intent behind that keyword, and whether or not a piece of content solves for that intent (we'll talk more about intent in just a minute).
But that doesn't mean keyword research is an outdated process. Let me explain:
Keyword research tells you what topics people care about and, assuming you use the right SEO tool, how popular those topics actually are among your audience. The operative term here is topics — by researching keywords that are getting a high volume of searches per month, you can identify and sort your content into topics that you want to create content on. Then, you can use these topics to dictate which keywords you look for and target.
Elements of Keyword Research
There are three main elements to pay attention to when conducting keyword research.
Google ranks content for relevance. This is where the concept of search intent comes in. Your content will only rank for a keyword if it meets the searchers' needs. In addition, your content must be the best resource out there for the query. After all, why would Google rank your content higher if it provides less value than other content that exists on the web?
Google will provide more weight to sources it deems authoritative. That means you must do all you can to become an authoritative source by enriching your site with helpful, information content and promoting that content to earn social signals and backlinks. If you're not seen as authoritative in the space, or if a keyword's SERPs are loaded with heavy sources you can't compete with (like Forbes or The Mayo Clinic), you have a lower chance of ranking unless your content is exceptional.
You may end up ranking on the first page for a specific keyword, but if no one ever searches for it, it will not result in traffic to your site. Kind of like setting up shop in a ghost town.
Volume is measured by MSV (monthly search volume), which means the number of times the keyword is searched per month across all audiences.
How to Research Keywords for Your SEO Strategy
I'm going to lay out a keyword research process you can follow to help you come up with a list of terms you should be targeting. That way, you'll be able to establish and execute a strong keyword strategy that helps you get found for the search terms you actually care about.
Step 1: Make a list of important, relevant topics based on what you know about your business.
To kick off this process, think about the topics you want to rank for in terms of generic buckets. You'll come up with about 5-10 topic buckets you think are important to your business, and then you'll use those topic buckets to help come up with some specific keywords later in the process.
If you're a regular blogger, these are probably the topics you blog about most frequently. Or perhaps they're the topics that come up the most in sales conversations. Put yourself in the shoes of your buyer personas — what types of topics would your target audience search that you'd want your business to get found for? If you were a company like HubSpot, for example — selling marketing software (which happens to have some awesome SEO tools... but I digress), you might have general topic buckets like:
- "inbound marketing" (21K)
- "blogging" (19K)
- "email marketing" (30K)
- "lead generation" (17K)
- "SEO" (214K)
- "social media marketing" (71K)
- "marketing analytics" (6.2K)
- "marketing automation" (8.5K)
See those numbers in parentheses to the right of each keyword? That's their monthly search volume. This data allows you to gauge how important these topics are to your audience, and how many different sub-topics you might need to create content on to be successful with that keyword. To learn more about these sub-topics, we move on to step 2 ...
Step 2: Fill in those topic buckets with keywords.
Now that you have a few topic buckets you want to focus on, it's time to identify some keywords that fall into those buckets. These are keyword phrases you think are important to rank for in the SERPs (search engine results pages) because your target customer is probably conducting searches for those specific terms.
For instance, if I took that last topic bucket for an inbound marketing software company — "marketing automation" — I'd brainstorm some keyword phrases that I think people would type in related to that topic. Those might include:
- marketing automation tools
- how to use marketing automation software
- what is marketing automation?
- how to tell if I need marketing automation software
- lead nurturing
- email marketing automation
- top automation tools
And so on and so on. The point of this step isn't to come up with your final list of keyword phrases. You just want to end up with a brain dump of phrases you think potential customers might use to search for content related to that particular topic bucket. We'll narrow the lists down later in the process so you don't have something too unwieldy.
Although more and more keywords are getting encrypted by Google every day, another smart way to come up with keyword ideas is to figure out which keywords your website is already getting found for. To do this, you'll need website analytics software like Google Analytics or HubSpot's Sources report, available in the Traffic Analytics tool. Drill down into your website's traffic sources, and sift through your organic search traffic bucket to identify the keywords people are using to arrive at your site.
Repeat this exercise for as many topic buckets as you have. And remember, if you're having trouble coming up with relevant search terms, you can always head on over to your customer-facing colleagues — those who are in Sales or Service and ask them what types of terms their prospects and customers use, or common questions they have. Those are often great starting points for keyword research.
Here at HubSpot, we use the Search Insights Report in this part of the process. This template is designed to help you do the same and bucket your keywords into topic clusters, analyze MSV, and inform your editorial calendar and strategy.
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Step 3: Understand How Intent Affects Keyword Research and Analyze Accordingly.
Like I said in the previous section, user intent is now one of the most pivotal factors in your ability to rank well on search engines like Google. Today, it's more important that your web page addresses the problem a searcher intended to solve than simply carries the keyword the searcher used. So, how does this affect the keyword research you do?
It's easy to take keywords for face value, and unfortunately, keywords can have many different meanings beneath the surface. Because the intent behind a search is so important to your ranking potential, you need to be extra-careful about how you interpret the keywords you target.
Let's say, for example, you're researching the keyword "how to start a blog" for an article you want to create. "Blog" can mean a blog post or the blog website itself, and what a searcher's intent is behind that keyword will influence the direction of your article. Does the searcher want to learn how to start an individual blog post? Or do they want to know how to actually launch a website domain for the purposes of blogging? If your content strategy is only targeting people interested in the latter, you'll need to make sure of the keyword's intent before committing to it.
To verify what a user's intent is in a keyword, it's a good idea to simply enter this keyword into a search engine yourself, and see what types of results come up. Make sure the type of content Google is closely related to what you'd intend to create for the keyword.
Step 4: Research related search terms.
This is a creative step you may have already thought of when doing keyword research. If not, it's a great way to fill out those lists.
If you're struggling to think of more keywords people might be searching about a specific topic, take a look at the related search terms that appear when you plug in a keyword into Google. When you type in your phrase and scroll to the bottom of Google's results, you'll notice some suggestions for searches related to your original input. These keywords can spark ideas for other keywords you may want to take into consideration.
Want a bonus? Type in some of those related search terms and look at their related search terms.
Step 5: Use keyword research tools to your advantage.
Keyword research and SEO tools can help you come up with more keyword ideas based on exact match keywords and phrase match keywords based on the ideas you've generated up to this point. Some of the most popular ones include:
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How to Find and Choose Keywords for Your Website
Once you have an idea of the keywords that you want to rank for, now it's time to refine your list based on the best ones for your strategy. Here's how:
Step 1. Use Google Keyword Planner to cut down your keyword list.
In Google’s Keyword Planner, you can get search volume and traffic estimates for keywords you're considering. Then, take the information you learn from Keyword Planner and use Google Trends to fill in some blanks.
Use the Keyword Planner to flag any terms on your list that have way too little (or way too much) search volume, and don't help you maintain a healthy mix like we talked about above. But before you delete anything, check out their trend history and projections in Google Trends. You can see whether, say, some low-volume terms might actually be something you should invest in now — and reap the benefits for later.
Or perhaps you're just looking at a list of terms that is way too unwieldy, and you have to narrow it down somehow ... Google Trends can help you determine which terms are trending upward, and are therefore worth more of your focus.
Step 2: Prioritize low-hanging fruit.
What we mean by prioritizing low-hanging fruit is to prioritize keywords that you have a chance of ranking for based on your website’s authority.
Large companies typically go after high search volume keywords, and since these brands are well established already, Google typically rewards them with authority over many topics.
You can also consider keywords that have little competition. Keywords that don’t already have multiple articles battling for the highest rank can afford you the spot by default — if there’s no one else trying to claim it.
Step 3: Check the monthly search volume (MSV) for keywords you’ve chosen.
You want to write content around what people want to discover, and checking MSV can help you do just that.
Monthly search volume is the number of times a search query or keyword is entered into search engines each monthly. Tools like searchvolume.io or Google Trends can help you find out the most searched keywords over related keyword clusters for free.
Step 4: Factor in SERP features as you choose keywords.
There’s several SERP feature snippets that Google will highlight if used correctly. An easy way to find out about them is to look up the keywords of your choosing and see what the first result looks like. But for a quick overview of the types of SERP featured snippets, we’ll summarize what they are here.
Image packs are search results displayed as a horizontal row of images that appear in an organic position. If there’s an image pack, you should write an image-heavy post to win placement in it.
Featured snippets, or paragraph snippets, are short snippets of text that appear at the top of Google search results for quick answers to common search queries. Understanding the searcher’s intent and providing succinct, concise answers can help in winning the placement.
List snippets, or listicles, are snippets made for posts outlining steps to do something from start to finish — often for “How To” searches. Making posts with direct, clear instructions and formatting can assist in winning this placement.
Video snippets are short videos that Google will display at the top of a search query page in place of text featured snippets. Posting a video on both YouTube and your website can help you win this placement if tagged in the targeted keywords people are searching for.
Step 5: Check for a mix of head terms and long-tail keywords in each bucket.
Head terms are keyword phrases that are generally shorter and more generic — they're typically just one to three words in length, depending on who you talk to. Long-tail keywords, on the other hand, are longer keyword phrases usually containing three or more words.
It's important to check that you have a mix of head terms and long-tail terms because it'll give you a keyword strategy that's well balanced with long-term goals and short-term wins. That's because head terms are generally searched more frequently, making them often (not always, but often) much more competitive and harder to rank for than long-tail terms. Think about it: Without even looking up search volume or difficulty, which of the following terms do you think would be harder to rank for?
- how to write a great blog post
If you answered #2, you're absolutely right. But don't get discouraged. While head terms generally boast the most search volume (meaning greater potential to send you traffic), frankly, the traffic you'll get from the term "how to write a great blog post" is usually more desirable.
Because someone who is looking for something that specific is probably a much more qualified searcher for your product or service (presuming you're in the blogging space) than someone looking for something really generic. And because long-tail keywords tend to be more specific, it's usually easier to tell what people who search for those keywords are really looking for. Someone searching for the head term "blogging," on the other hand, could be searching it for a whole host of reasons unrelated to your business.
So check your keyword lists to make sure you have a healthy mix of head terms and long-tail keywords. You definitely want some quick wins that long-tail keywords will afford you, but you should also try to chip away at more difficult head terms over the long haul.
Step 6: See how competitors are ranking for these keywords.
Just because your competitor is doing something doesn’t mean you need to. The same goes for keywords. Just because a keyword is important to your competitor, doesn’t mean it's important to you. However, understanding what keywords your competitors are trying to rank for is a great way to help you give your list of keywords another evaluation.
If your competitor is ranking for certain keywords that are on your list, too, it definitely makes sense to work on improving your ranking for those. However, don’t ignore the ones your competitors don’t seem to care about. This could be a great opportunity for you to own market share on important terms, too.
Understanding the balance of terms that might be a little more difficult due to competition, versus those terms that are a little more realistic, will help you maintain a similar balance that the mix of long-tail and head terms allows. Remember, the goal is to end up with a list of keywords that provide some quick wins but also helps you make progress toward bigger, more challenging SEO goals.
How do you figure out what keywords your competitors are ranking for, you ask? Aside from manually searching for keywords in an incognito browser and seeing what positions your competitors are in, Arel="noopener" target="_blank" hrefs allows you to run a number of free reports that show you the top keywords for the domain you enter. This is a quick way to get a sense of the types of terms your competitors are ranking for.
Best Keywords for SEO
Understand that there's no "best" keywords, just those that are highly searched by your audience. With this in mind, it's up to you to craft a strategy that will help you rank pages and drive traffic.
The best keywords for your SEO strategy will take into account relevance, authority, and volume. You want to find highly searched keywords that you can reasonably compete for based on:
- The level of competition you're up against.
- Your ability to produce content that exceeds in quality what's currently ranking.
And You’ve Got the Right Keywords for Your Website SEO
You now have a list of keywords that'll help you focus on the right topics for your business, and get you some short-term and long-term gains.
Be sure to re-evaluate these keywords every few months — once a quarter is a good benchmark, but some businesses like to do it even more often than that. As you gain even more authority in the SERPs, you'll find that you can add more and more keywords to your lists to tackle as you work on maintaining your current presence, and then growing in new areas on top of that.
Editor's note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.
Topics: Keyword Research
What are the 5 steps to be followed during keyword research? ›
- Listen to your customers. Hopefully, you're doing this step already! ...
- Type their questions into a search engine. ...
- Research the popularity and competition of keywords. ...
- Start using keywords on your website. ...
- Track your results.
- Rank Tracker. To find the most ample list of keyword variations and analyze their SEO profitability. ...
- Google Search Console. ...
- Google Ads Keyword Planner. ...
- AnswerThePublic. ...
- Keyword Tool Dominator. ...
- Google Trends. ...
- Google Correlate. ...
- Keywords Everywhere.
- Bulk keyword research.
- Competitor keyword research.
- Crowdsourcing keywords.
- Long-tail keyword research.
- Keyword ideas from SERPs.
- Trending keywords.
Although others can facilitate learning, nobody can teach you anything--they can only inspire you to teach yourself. That means if you want to learn search engine optimization (SEO), you'll have to take matters into your own hands. Having run an SEO firm for the past 15 years I had to train myself on everything I know.Can I learn SEO in 2 months? ›
It takes 1-3 months to learn SEO at a basic level and as long as 6-18 months to learn SEO at an advanced level. How much time it takes to learn SEO depends on the number of hours each day you can study search engine optimization.What are the 4 types of keywords? ›
When researching to discover a user's intentions behind making a search, we can classify all keywords into four main categories of intent: commercial, transactional, informational, and navigational.What are the 3 key factors for a keyword? ›
- Keyword Relevance. The relevance of a keyword or phrase to the subject matter on the page is positively the MOST important factor in keyword choice. ...
- Keyword Search Volume. Obviously, if no one is searching for a keyword or phrase, optimizing for it won't help. ...
- Keyword Competition. ...
- Keyword ROI. ...
- Keyword Intent.
- Broad match (max reach, min relevance)
- Modified Broad match (slightly lower reach, greater relevance)
- Phrase match (medium reach, medium relevance)
- Exact match (min reach, max relevance)
- Negative match (usually used to increase the relevance of the website visitors)
- Google Keyword Planner. ...
- Long Tail Pro.
- Keyword Tool.
- Serpstat. ...
- Moz Keyword Explorer.
Keyword Tool uses Google autocomplete (which uses search behavior and data) to generate long-tail keyword suggestions for any term. Google autocomplete typically only gives you about five suggestions, but this tool shows you the hundreds of suggestions available.
How much should a beginner SEO cost? ›
Average SEO costs are $100-$250 an hour for US SEO agencies. SEO costs often range from $2,500 – $10,000 per month for US agencies. The average SEO plan costs $2819 per month (per Ahrefs) Overseas SEO companies may charge $10-$50 an hour.What SEO keywords to choose first? ›
The best keywords for your SEO strategy will take into account relevance, authority, and volume. You want to find highly searched keywords that you can reasonably compete for based on: The level of competition you're up against. Your ability to produce content that exceeds in quality what's currently ranking.Which keyword ranks fastest? ›
Long-tail keywords give you the opportunity to rank faster and higher faster because they're more specific and in turn, have lower search volume.Which is the best tool for keyword research for SEO in 2022? ›
The best free keyword research tool for advanced SEO
Semrush offers a broad range of keyword research tools, too, from the standard traffic and search volume data to content-driven keyword research and competitive keyword gap analysis.
☝️ To learn the basics of SEO, you need to spend 4-6 weeks studying SEO every day for at least a couple of hours. Once you master the basics, you can decide whether this is the career path you want to follow.How can I practice my SEO skills? ›
- STEP 1 – Find a resource for beginners. ...
- STEP 2 – Practice! ...
- STEP 3- Find a Mentor. ...
- STEP 4 – Join an SEO Group. ...
- STEP 5 – Know what's going on in the SEO world. ...
- STEP 6 – Rinse & Repeat.
The short answer is: no, SEO typically doesn't require much (or any) hands-on coding. You can absolutely do a fine job of SEO without touching code. But the longer answer is that yes, a good sense of how programming works, or even an ability to do a bit of coding yourself, is always a useful skill to have.Is Learning SEO hard? ›
SEO is not necessarily hard to learn, but it does take time, effort, and persistence. If you are just starting and know nothing about search engines and how they work, you can expect to feel a bit overwhelmed initially, especially if you are trying to learn SEO on your own. However, it is important to keep trying.How can I start SEO at home? ›
- Become an SEO expert. It's a good idea to learn everything you can about best SEO practices. ...
- Create a portfolio of your work. ...
- Earn references and reviews. ...
- Create a website. ...
- Use social media. ...
- Obtain the right SEO tools for your toolkit. ...
- Use job boards.
Here are the top eight skills I look for when hiring an SEO.
- Critical Thinking. ...
- Speaking & Writing Ability. ...
- Technical & Programming Skills. ...
- Social Skills. ...
- Analytics Skills. ...
- Data Skills. ...
- Drive, Motivation & Adaptability. ...
- A Sense of Humor.
What are three principles of SEO? ›
- Research and integrate keywords.
- Focus on user experience.
- Optimize title tags.
- Optimize meta descriptions.
- Publish valuable content.
- Tag images.
- Link internally.
Google Trends for SEO Campaigns
Here is another Keyword Research tool from Google. Google Trends is one of my favourite tools. I always check my keyword there before I finally go with it. It helps you to see how popular your keyword is over a certain period of time.
- Find keywords with search traffic potential. Unless people are actually searching for a keyword, there's no point in targeting it. ...
- Make sure you can create content that aligns with search intent. ...
- Make sure the keyword has “business potential” ...
- Make sure you can rank for the keyword.
When conducting keyword research it is important to consider two different types of keywords, one being high volume keywords and the other being long tail keywords. Knowing what each keyword type is can help you target the right keywords with your SEO strategy.How can I rank higher in SEO? ›
- Publish Relevant, Authoritative Content. ...
- Update Your Content Regularly. ...
- Metadata. ...
- Have a link-worthy site. ...
- Use alt tags.
- Step 1: Find keywords.
- Step 2: Put keywords in the page title.
- Step 3: Put keywords in the page URL.
- Step 4: Put keywords in your meta description.
- Step 5: Put keywords in your H1 text.
- Step 6: Use keywords in the page's content.
- Step 7: Build links to your website.
- Step 8: Monitor your rank.
There are four different keyword match types for Google Ads: broad match, phrase match, exact match, and negative match.What are the three steps to choosing keywords? ›
- Extract single words or short phrases.
- Experiment with different synonyms.
- Think of related terms to describe your topic.
- Ahrefs Keyword Generator.
- SEMrush Keyword Magic Tool.
- Moz Keyword Explorer.
- Keyword Tool Dominator.
- Google Trends.
Or maybe you need to see some concrete digital evidence. You can still do keyword research without paying for a tool or even using one's free version.
How do I search for keywords quickly? ›
Press Ctrl+F (on Windows PC, Chromebook, or Linux system), or Command+F (on a Mac) on the keyboard. The “F” stands for “Find,” and it works in every browser.How do I find the most profitable keywords? ›
For each SERP:
- Read the “People also ask” section.
- Read the “Related searches” section.
- Click through to the top ads and pages to see what they are offering.
- SEMrush. SEMrush is a complete SEO tool suite to carry out keyword research and improve your SEO rankings. ...
- AnswerThePublic. ...
- Ubersuggest. ...
- Ahrefs. ...
- Google Keyword Planner. ...
- Long Tail Pro. ...
- Serpstat. ...
- Know Your Audience Segments. ...
- Know Your Competition. ...
- Go Straight To The Source. ...
- Use the Free Tools at Your Disposal. ...
- Use Powerful Paid Tools. ...
- Learn From Your Customers. ...
- Keep Your Keywords Organized and Don't Repeat Content.
While it's a career-long journey, you can indeed learn SEO in about a month — enough to make a huge impact on your website and thus your business as a whole.What is the cheapest SEO tool? ›
- What Are Affordable SEO Tools?
- SEO PowerSuite — Value Priced Desktop SEO Tools.
- Mangools — Affordable SEO SaaS Tools.
- Serpstat — All In One SEO Platform.
- Ubersuggest — A Lower Priced SEO Tools Option.
- Raven Tools — Integrated Platform for SEO and More.
- Keywords Everywhere — Affordable Keyword Research.
- GTMetrix – Measure Loading Speed and Website Uptime.
- Check My Links – Find broken links on web page.
- XML sitemap generator – Generate XMl Sitemaps.
- Rankmath : WordPress SEO Plugin.
- Ubersuggest – Cheap SEO Tool for Beginners.
- SimilarWeb : for Traffic Analytics.
How much does Keyword Research Cost? A keyword research tool on its own costs about $200–$500 per month, depending on the number of queries you need. Then, the cost is in the time of doing the analysis and prioritizing keywords/topics to create SEO campaigns for.How much is SEO keyword research? ›
Fees are based on how many hours are spent working on each project. Ask the company to see a breakdown of what they've done in that time to make sure they've billed you correctly. On average, the cost for hourly SEO work is $100 to $250 per hour.What is the first step to start SEO? ›
Defining the relevant keywords is the first step in creating a search engine optimized website content. By using the keywords and building your themes around them will create content that gives answers to Google searches.
How many hours does keyword research take? ›
Keyword research takes around 10 days to complete and moves into the development of keyword strategy. With these keyword discoveries, an SEO campaign assembles a keyword strategy to grow organic traffic towards your site.Which one is the right tool for keyword research? ›
The best free keyword research tool overall
With the Keyword Explorer tool, you can search any keyword you choose and see its monthly volume, difficulty, and organic clickthrough rate (CTR). Scroll down from there to see analysis of current results ranking for it and suggestions for similar keywords.
It takes 1-3 months to learn the basics of SEO. The basics of search engine optimization can be understood and learnt within 3 months, however, the more advanced concepts can take anywhere from 6-18 months. This is provided you are consuming knowledge daily and learning from experts.Is 1000 words enough for SEO? ›
You have a higher chance of ranking in Google if you write long, high-quality blog posts of 1000 words or more. We've also experienced this ourselves; we have written quite some articles that are over 2500 words — our Shopify SEO ultimate guide almost hit 9000!Is SEO paid or free? ›
SEO is for organic traffic – so that's unpaid or free listings, and SEM is for targeted ads that you pay for. They can be complementary but only if the website itself is SEO-friendly first, then SEM has a greater chance of being successful.What are the 4 stages of SEO? ›
- Phase 1 – Onboarding, Site Assessment, Strategy Development.
- Phase 2 – Onsite Optimization.
- Phase 3 – Off-Site Optimization, Citation Submission & Clean up.
- Phase 4 – Ongoing & Advanced SEO: Link Building, Tracking, Updates.