Understand Search Volume DataAny keyword strategy will work by considering the search volume of data as the number one metric to measure. With the initial goal of getting to find the search terms that your target audience is keying in on search boxes, this metric comes quite in handy. Ideally, where there is smoke, there is fire. In this case, if a search term has a high search volume, then you must assume that it is a popular query. Whatever keyword planner tool you are using, it is possible to highlight the search terms that are more popular than others. This can only mean that they are pointers to the most common search queries at the time. Some people have relied on Google’s Keyword Planner to help with identifying the search volume data as the underlying metric for setting up their SEO keyword strategy.
Analyze Search IntentIt is one thing for you to take up a popular term, but it is another different thing to be relevant in responding to the search queries. Regardless of the search volume of a keyword, if you are unable to understand what the user’s intent was, it is highly unlikely that you will adequately address the query with a relevant response. For every keyword, there is the literal meaning and the underlying meaning, based on the context it has been used. For this one, use Google as your refuge. Once you have identified the search terms, you would want to use on your copy, before you can use them, run them through Google search engine. The idea is to get the top five results populating Page 1 of Google, and featured snippets that are on the page. For the websites that are ranking top for those keywords, the nature of the information they share should more or less be the benchmark to which you generate content. It is very likely that the sites are still ranking for those target words because they accurately capture the intent of the search terms. On another note, keep your keywords long instead of short. The chain of words, of about 4 or more, are more descriptive than single-word keywords. With long-tail keywords, you better capture the intent of the users more than with short-tail terms.
Analyze Keyword CompetitionThis is a more advanced metric for your keyword strategy that matters a lot. There are tons of website that share the same industry as you. This means that the possibility of them targeting the same keywords you are is very high. In that case, you need to consider how competitive the terms you want to work with are. If the competition is too high, then it makes it very difficult for your site to show up in SERP results, which means your content will not receive significant organic traffic from search results. As you consider the search intent from Google’s SERP, analyze the sites in different categories, i.e.
- Does the site rank for other related terms in your industry?
- Does the site have a higher domain authority than yours?
- Is the website focused on commercial or informational content?
- Is the brand related to the keyword topic?