A lot of website owners are taking a “ready, fire, aim” approach to search engine optimization.
They optimize their content like crazy — putting keywords in their post text, titles and subtitles, and anywhere else they think Google might look.
Here’s the trouble, though — if you don’t do your research before you begin your optimization efforts, you might as well be shooting arrows into the wind. Because all the optimization in the world won’t help you if you have no clear idea of what terms you really want to rank for in the search engines.
Website owners need to slow down, take a deep breath, and research their best keyword options before they dig into search engine optimization efforts.
But since keyword research isn’t sexy, it often gets overlooked or pushed to the end of the priority list. It’s often an afterthought.
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Finding clear, understandable advice on keyword research is surprisingly difficult. Information on this kind of research needs to be Goldilocks-perfect (not too much that you get overwhelmed, and not so little that it’s not helpful in the everyday world of content marketing).
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Keyword research is more than just SEO
At the deepest level, keyword optimization is more than just a system for helping you improve your search rankings. It’s about knowing your audience so well that you know exactly what words will grab their interest and make them pay attention — which words will make them notice you, because it feels like you’re able to read their minds.
When you make it a priority to find out what language your prospects are using to search for information on your topic, it will also help you shape your content strategy. Wouldn’t it be great to know exactly what questions your prospects have, before you sit down to write your next piece of content?
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About the Author: Beth Hayden is a blogging coach and Pinterest marketing convert. You can follow her pins at @bethhayden. To learn how to market effectively with Pinterest, download her free report, "5 Stupid Mistakes to Avoid if You Want to Make Money with Pinterest."