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.
Originally published Jan 7, 2022 7:04:00 AM, updated August 24 2022
How do I do keyword research for SEO for free? ›
- 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.
- 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.
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.Which is the best tool for SEO keyword research? ›
- Google Search Console.
- Ahrefs Keywords Explorer.
- Google Keyword Planner.
- Google Keyword Planner. ...
- Long Tail Pro.
- Keyword Tool.
- Serpstat. ...
- Moz Keyword Explorer.
- Step 1: Set Your Goals. ...
- Step 2: Decide Which Topics to Focus On. ...
- Step 3: Find Keywords with Search Volume. ...
- Step 4: Assess the Competition to Find Easy to Rank Keywords. ...
- Step 5: Consider User Intent. ...
- Step 6: Content Clusters.
- 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)
The easiest way to find out the keywords your competitors are using is to visit their website and then view the Page Source—or the underlying HTML code—for their homepage. In Google Chrome, you simply click the tools bar (the three lines in the top right-hand corner) then select Tools > Developer Tools.Which is the tool to research keywords? ›
1. Google Keyword Planner. Keyword Planner, Google's classic keyword research tool, is a feature within the Google Ads ecosystem.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.
What makes a good keyword? ›
A good keyword can be defined many different ways. They can be very targeted or very broad. A general term may yield a higher search rate than other terms, but top search engine ranking for a targeted keyword phrase will generally give your site a higher conversion rate.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.What are the two types of keywords used in SEO? ›
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.Which is the best tool for keyword research for SEO in 2022? ›
After trying out all the popular keyword research tools, we believe that SEMRush is the best keyword research tool and the #1 SEO toolkit in the market. If you're looking for a free keyword research tool, then try out AnswerthePublic or Google Trends.Can I teach myself SEO? ›
It is possible to learn how to do SEO on your own, you don't have to be an SEO specialist or expert. The first thing to do is convince yourself that SEO is not hard. If others can do it, so can you. All it takes is the willingness to learn and time.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.
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.Which free tool is best for keyword research? ›
- 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.What is keyword formula? ›
By the Numbers: The Keyword Density Formula
The formula is straightforward: Divide the number of times a keyword is used on your page by the total number of words on the page. Here's an easy example: Your page has 1,000 words and your keyword is used 10 times. This gives: 10 / 1000 = .001.
What is a good SEO difficulty? ›
KDS Between 30% and 70% - Moderate Difficulty Keywords
These will usually have good search volumes (hence the difficulty), but not so much competition that it's not feasible. Thus, these are your best best when it comes to selecting the right keywords as you have a realistic chance to compete for these.
- Step 1: Open Keyword Sheeter. Enter a keyword in the keyword sheeter search bar and then click on sheet keywords. ...
- Step 2: Use Keyword Generator By Ahrefs. Now when you have the list of keywords and questions. ...
- Step 3: Find CPC Of These Keywords.
That is why, to calculate Keyword Difficulty, we analyze the search results for a keyword and look at the number of referring domains the top 10 ranking pages have. In simple terms, the more referring domains across the top ranking pages, the higher the Keyword Difficulty.What are the rules of keywords? ›
Keywords are always in lowercase letters. Keywords cannot be changed by a programmer. Keywords cannot be used as variable name, function name, array name by a programmer.
Keywords are words with special meaning in a programming language. In Visual Basic . NET, keywords are reserved; that is, they cannot be used as tokens for such purposes as naming variables and subroutines.What are the 3 types of keyword matching? ›
There are four different keyword match types for Google Ads: broad match, phrase match, exact match, and negative match.What are 32 keywords? ›
Keywords are the words and phrases that people type into search engines to find what they're looking for. For example, if you were looking to buy a new jacket, you might type something like “mens leather jacket” into Google. Even though that phrase consists of more than one word, it's still a keyword.What is keyword in SEO with example? ›
In terms of SEO, they're the words and phrases that searchers enter into search engines, also called "search queries." If you boil everything on your page — all the images, video, copy, etc. — down to simple words and phrases, those are your primary keywords.How many keywords should I use for SEO? ›
It's easier for pages to rank if they focus on one topic, so you should focus on two or three primary keywords per page that are reworded variations. Targeting four or more keywords is difficult because there is limited space in the title and meta description tags to target them.
How do I target SEO keywords around me? ›
It's natural for a customer to use that phrasing, but it sounds weird if you say “near me” in the first-person voice on your site. Use “nearby” “near you” or “near [city/place]” or “in [city/place]” when doing so makes for a less-clunky read. Google will get the idea, and you won't confuse people.What are the 6 general tools of research? ›
Research tools are specific mechanisms or strategies that the researcher uses to collect, manipulate, or interpret data. Six general tools of research: 1) the library and its resources, 2) the computer and its software, 3) techniques of measurement, 4) statistics, 5) the human mind, and 6) language.How do I research Google keywords? ›
- Sign in to your Google Ads account. ...
- Click the tools icon. ...
- Click Discover new keywords.
- There are 3 ways to discover new keyword ideas: ...
- Click Get results.
- DON'T put all of your keywords on one page. ...
- DO incorporate keywords that are relevant to the page. ...
- DO make your Metadata Description representative of the page content. ...
- DON'T engage in keyword stuffing or unnatural phrasing.
- seo. Developing a robust SEO strategy is all about boosting your visibility and making yourself the loudest in the crowd. ...
- social media. ...
- email. ...
- ppc/paid ads. ...
- content creation.
Use Google Trends to find the most searched keywords on Google. Go to https://trends.google.com to find the most popular searches around the world.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.
5 Key Criteria for Selecting Keywords in 2022
- User Intent. ...
- Volume. ...
- Competition. ...
- Commercial Intent. ...
- Halo Keywords.
- Think like a customer when you create your list. ...
- Select specific keywords to target specific customers. ...
- Select general keywords to reach more people. ...
- Group similar keywords into ad groups.
|Keyword||Cost per Click (CPC)|
How much should I pay for keyword research? ›
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.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 do you do keyword research like the SEO pros? ›
- Brainstorm. Before you start analyzing, use your own knowledge and internal resources to brainstorm what keywords and phrases are most relevant to your company. ...
- Select an SEO Keywords Tool. ...
- Build Keyword Lists. ...
- Establish Your Baseline and Set Goals. ...
- Outline Your Strategy.
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.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.How much is SEO per month? ›
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 are the 3 C's of SEO? ›
Simply put, the fundamentals of SEO can be boiled down to The 3 Cs: content, code and credibility.What are the 3 pillars of SEO? ›
The Three Pillars Of SEO: Authority, Relevance, And Experience.What are 3 main areas of SEO? ›
The three kinds of SEO are: On-page SEO – Anything on your web pages – Blogs, product copy, web copy. Off-page SEO – Anything which happens away from your website that helps with your SEO Strategy- Backlinks. Technical SEO – Anything technical undertaken to improve Search Rankings – site indexing to help bot crawling.How do I create a SEO keyword strategy? ›
- Understand your business' audience. ...
- Choose a tool for research and tracking. ...
- Add lots of keywords to track and analyze. ...
- Choose the best targets. ...
- Organize your keywords into topic clusters. ...
- Write, publish, and refine content. ...
- Analyze and iterate.
Which tool is used for keyword research? ›
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.Can I do SEO on my own? ›
You can absolutely do SEO yourself or DIY SEO (Do It Yourself SEO). With some research and lots of practice, anyone can learn how to do SEO for their business. A quick way to get started with SEO is to enter your URL here and then focus your SEO efforts on the recommended action items.How fast can I learn SEO? ›
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 500 words enough for SEO? ›
There is no overarching best word count for SEO. However, we recommend aiming for at least 1,000 words for standard blog posts, 2,000 for long-form content, and 300-500 for news posts or product pages.