How to Do Keyword Research: Part II

Keyword research: Part II



Assess the reality: To optimize existing pages or make new ones? (15 minutes)

We want to do a quick analysis here to establish where and if we can compete in the SERPs. Are the domains authoritative and strong or relatively weak and unknown? Moz’s Open Site Explorer is a fantastic option for checking out the strength of the competition in the SERPs and finding out if we’ve got a chance on the first page. For the search query “what do kangaroos eat”, which gets 2,400 searches per month, the results seem to be fairly easy competition. Of course, our site doesn’t actually exist so it’s impossible to rank higher than a real site, but the point is that some weaker pages in the SERPs can be overtaken.

SERPs kangaroo eat

OSE kangaroo food serps

We’ll need to take the list of keywords that we’re accumulating in our Google Doc and sort it in descending order of monthly search volume. From here we can get a better view of synonyms or closely-related keywords and their search volume. From here, it’s time to put our work to the test to see the variance in the SERPs for different but related keywords. If we’re seeing the same pages show up time and time again for different queries, we can infer that we don’t need to place all the different queries on separate pages; we can just leave some out because they will naturally receive organic traffic through Google’s advanced understanding of semantic intent.

Lastly, we’re going to select our top-performing keywords from our already-existing list of keywords driving traffic to the site as well as the new ones and figure out where they should go. Are the current title tags perfectly optimized for keywords, or do some need tweaking, while others present solid opportunities, but there is no page that exists for them just yet, so a new page should be created? These are the questions we answer now.

About Jeremy_Gottlieb — Jeremy came to Distilled after honing his skills in user acquisition and growth at startups in Oakland and New York City. At his previous stops he was responsible for technical SEO, content marketing, email marketing, paid search, remarketing, and conversion rate optimization.

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