If you have decided to start marketing a business or website online one of the most important steps or aspects of conducting your entire search engine marketing campaign is your keyword research. Keywords are your audience and get this step wrong and you will get your audience wrong. The last thing you want to do is market yourself online through search engine optimization and pay per click advertising for many months only to find out your keywords have been pulling in the wrong audience.
There are many different philosophies on keyword research. Some like to focus on many keywords and some like to just focus on one or two highly trafficked words. Personally putting all your eggs into one basket is never a good idea, period. Focus on targeting many keywords tastefully and within search engine guidelines to really get it done right.
Here are some helpful tips below to get the best possible results you can with your keyword research:
• Competitor: Make a realistic list of competitors and take a look at their website to see what types of keywords they are targeting. That doesn’t mean copy their approach but it is good to see how someone is doing it who has been successful prior. It might just give you some direction on where you should head with your keyword research.
• Find a Niche: Would you rather compete with a lot of websites or a little? In today’s market place it is tough to find a profitable niche but when it comes to keywords those who find themselves in niche with a smaller group of competitors usually find themselves ranking quickly and generating visitors faster. Long tail keywords along with niche keywords are great for websites just launching.
• Top Keywords: You have to first understand everything in your industry. Find the top keywords for your industry before you start marketing. You have to understand your surroundings and what you are up against before you can really start focusing on marketing your business online.
• Budget: This is very important. You need to be realistic. If you are not doing all the work but plan on outsourcing a great deal of it than you need to figure out how much you have in order to get the job done right. This will be most important if you plan on doing pay per click advertising for your business. Those clicks are not cheap and some industries have very high click costs that for some could only allow ads to be visible for a very short period of time.