8 Keyword Tips That Will Jumpstart Your SEO

SEO is still very much alive.  Although there are many elements to an effective SEO strategy  choosing keywords that will attract the right audience is and will always be very important.  The problem that I find is that many people are not clear what keywords are, and have no idea how to use them effectively.  I’ve compiled some keyword tips as a quick guide to using keywords in the right way. These are super simple to understand, and super easy to implement in your blog.

 Use A Keyword Phrase

I know you hear people talk about keywords, but maybe you don’t quite understand.  Let me clarify that you should never use one word.  If you think about the way that you search for things on the internet, you will realize that you rarely type in one word when you are looking for something.  It is most likely a phrase.

You have to remember that although SEO is a way for the search engines to better index your site and send you relevant visitors, those visitors are very much human and think much like you do.  Think about the way you search and what you would type in to search.

 I Love Google Keyword Tool

Why? Because it is a quick and easy way to determine how often a term is searched in Google. The key to choosing the best keywords is finding those niche and tail end keywords that are searched a good bit, but not a lot of people are bidding on.  This means that although it is searched less times per month than more popular keywords, the competition is low and there is a greater chance that you will rank on the first page for that keyword than if you choose a keyword that bigger, more powerful sites are using as well.

Start small, grab those keywords, then you can gradually move on to more competitive keywords.

 For The Love Of Everything Pink, Clean Up Your URL

Check out the url of this page.  One of my pet peeves is messy urls.  Let me make this really simple for you.  Put your keywords in the url, and clean it up, meaning no date, category tag, etc. Short, simple, and with your keyword phrase.  Search engines love those kinds of URLs.

 Get A Kick Ass Plugin For SEO Or Just Buy Scribe By Copyblogger

Being a newbie to SEO and keywords is hard and there can be a lot to learn.  Get some help.  Use a plugin like WordPress SEO by Yoast (amazing), or buy Scribe by Copyblogger.  Both of these options will walk you through keywords and placement.  Scribe actually suggests keywords to you and helps you with your placement and internal linking.  Although I don’t use Scribe much anymore, because I have such an in depth understanding of keywords and SEO, I HIGHLY recommend it and found it priceless to me in the early stages of my blogging.

  Don’t Abuse Your Keywords!

It’s tempting to think that littering your blog post with your keyword phrase as many times as humanly possible is beneficial but that’s not the truth.  Keep in mind that someone has to read what you have written and be engaged.  Content that is shared is the most powerful.

Search engines also look out for abuse of this kind and won’t index sites that seem to be doctored to gain higher rankings.  They want to deliver quality.  Use your keywords to tell search engines what your site and blog post is about, but don’t try to abuse or overwhelm them.

Use Keywords In Your Headers And Pictures

Use your keyword in your headers, pictures you upload to your post, your article title, and URL.  And place your keyword in the body of your text once or twice.  Do this with every article, or blog post, or page you publish.

Bullets And Numbers Mean Nothing

Seriously, bullets kill your SEO.  Search engines don’t read them.  Yes, in some cases they make things easier to navigate, but they are not necessary.

Use Keyword Tips To Learn And Fine Tune Your Skills

Learn as much as you can, apply what you learn, and fine tune your SEO ninja skills.  Go back and search your own terms and see where you are ranking.  Maybe some keywords you don’t get, maybe some you do.  The more aware you are, the better you get at choosing the best keywords. You will begin to see traffic coming to your site that is laser targeted.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Wow! Got a feeling this is going to make a big difference…several coaches, many thousands of dollars and countless hours reading and studying and NO ONE ever mentioned that it didn’t need to be one word! Thank you so much for educating me!

    • ajorda2 says

      Wow Denny, it’s not surprising that even a “coach” did not mention it to you. Unless you are dealing with someone who knows SEO you won’t get the info you need. You can always become a student of SEO yourself. I have found it invaluable and fun! Thanks for stopping by Denny!

  2. says

    Thanks Angie for the great tips. I have used Scribe and found it a big help. I love getting your tips & always learn new things. Thanks Jean

    • ajorda2 says

      Thanks Jean, yes is was impressed with Scribe and it is not very costly. I am glad that you learn from my tips! That’s why I am here! Cheers!

    • ajorda2 says

      Norma, it doesn’t hurt, it just doesn’t help because crawlers don’t read special characters. The cleaner your content, the easier time the crawlers will have reading it. Thanks for dropping by Norma!

  3. says

    Wow – didn’t realize it was so involved and – never heard about the 1 word keyword – totally makes sense that people don’t do that. Thank you so much!!

    • ajorda2 says

      Hi Estelle, yes it gets even more involved than this! You can never go wrong with sharing great content! Start there. You can learn SEO along the way. It is important! Thanks for your comment and I am glad you liked the keyword tips!

  4. says

    Hi Angie,
    I love these tips, particularly the cleaning up the url tip AND the bullets tip. Did not know the bullet one and am just learning more about the others. Thanks so much. I use the Yoast plugin for WordPress and I find it helps me keep my work search engine friendly.
    I am definitely following your blog going forward!
    Take care and thank you,
    Laura

    • ajorda2 says

      Laura, I find a lot of people don’t know the url tip but if you think about it, it makes soooo much sense. Glad you found the post helpful! I love the Yoast plugin for WordPress. It takes a lot of work out of SEO especially for beginners! Thanks for dropping by!

    • ajorda2 says

      Thanks Carl! Sometimes it gets a little tricky creating a great headline and using your keywords, but when you figure that out, it’ll be a breeze and your post will be much more visible to search engines.

  5. says

    Thanks for all the tips that you shared on this post. Content that is shared is the most powerful. There are still a lot to learn to fine tune my SEO skills but with your help, it makes things easy and fun.

  6. says

    Well I would stop short of saying “Will always be important” but for now yes.

    Google has shown some with Panda and Penguin that things can change dramatically very quickly.

    Just think about the SEO process, it’s so unnatural. I have something I want to write about, but first let me go check a Tool to see how much it’s searched and the level of competition. Then we tweak accordingly based on the findings, or scrap the idea altogether.

    It’s kind of silly when you give it some thought. Google Authorship, being active on Google Plus, social shares, and content look like the future. Some may argue that some this is equally silly, and a conflict of interest will the Google participation, but one should have their eyes on tomorrow and just not today.

    Happy Holidays Angie…

    • ajorda2 says

      Thank You Rhonda! I appreciate the feedback! You will get it, just take your time and keep it simple. The truth is, if you create great content, you won’t have to work so hard or know so much about SEO. Thats thanks to social media! Keep the great content flowing and pick up SEO along the way!

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