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Keyword Research Articles

Keyword Tips for SEO Newbies

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The search engine algorithms have become more complex, but what hasn’t changed is the importance of keywords. The search engines still look at the words on a page of content to determine what that page is about and what that page should rank for. At the highest level, all website owners should app...

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How Is Your Audience Searching?

Written by Shawna Wright

One of the biggest mistakes a site owner or marketing manager can make when it comes to their SEO is assuming they know how their audience is searching. While you can certainly make a few educated guesses, you can't just blindly target various keywords and search queries if you don't have the data t...

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Select the Right Keywords to Focus On

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Yes, it’s true that SEO has changed quite drastically even in just the last few years but one component of SEO that hasn’t changed is the importance of keywords. People input a word or phrase into the search box and the search engines deliver a list of sites that are relevant to the query. In or...

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Understanding Keyword Competition

Written by Shawna Wright

A rule of thumb to keep in mind when you are doing you keyword research. The broader a keyword is, the more competition there will be for that keyword. You need to be aware of your keyword competition when optimizing your site to drive the most amount of traffic to your content. Senior SEO Spe...

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New to SEO? Focus on Long Tail Keywords

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If your company is relatively new or you have always relied on traditional marketing methods and are just starting to become active in the online space and have just launched a website, one of the most important things that you need to be mindful of as you create your online strategy is your competi...

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What You Offer Dictates Keywords

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Even though it’s important to take a natural approach to SEO today, keywords still play an important role in generating visitors from the search engines. It’s not about stuffing keywords into your content- that will get your site flagged as spam. But the keywords that you want your content to ap...

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What is Your Industry’s “Buffalo Chicken Dip?”

Written by Shawna Wright

Early in 2013, Larry Kim of WordStream wrote this brilliant post about the seasonality of industry specific keywords like “buffalo chicken dip,” explaining how the football season creates demand (i.e. search volume) for this game time snack. Every industry is bound to have its “money” keywor...

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Think Beyond the Keyword Short List

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Keywords are at the foundation of an SEO campaign. When a search engine user types a keyword or keyword phrase into the search box that is related to what you have to offer, you want your site to appear on the search engine results page. That, of course, is a very high level overview of what the g...

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Are Your Keywords Targeted Enough for SEO?

Written by Shawna Wright

The foundation of any SEO campaign is your keyword research. The keywords you decide to incorporate into your SEO (both onsite, offsite, and with your content marketing) will determine what kind of search your website will rank for in the SERPs, thereby determining what kind of searcher finds your s...

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What Are Your Striking Distance Keywords?

Written by Shawna Wright

Many site owners still only care about one thing—ranking on page one in Google. And while ranking in the top 10 (and especially in the top 3) has been shown to significantly increase click-throughs you shouldn’t just gauge your success by how many keywords you’re on page 1 for. First off, ther...

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Yes, Keyword Research for SEO is Necessary

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When things first get underway with a new client, we spend some time outlining the process that we will take and how much time we expect to be spending on each task. As keywords are the foundation of an SEO campaign, we make sure to be thorough with the keyword research process and conduct keyword r...

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Utilize Long Tail Keywords for SEO Wins

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Keywords are at the center of an SEO campaign. After all, in the most basic terms that’s how SEO works. People type in a keyword or a keyword phrase into the search engine and the search engine shows results that include that keyword or keyword variation. This is why keyword research is one of the...

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Make Sure Your SEO Lines Up with Searcher Behavior

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A common mistake I see many new-to-SEO site owners and marketing managers make is that they assume they know how their target audience is searching for their products and services. When you’re conducting your keyword research you have to keep an open mind about what kind of search terms are going ...

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Select a Variety of SEO Keywords

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Keywords are the foundation of an SEO campaign. People search using keywords or key phrases and the search engines show results that include those keywords and match that query. Of course, it’s not as simple as it sounds. Just throwing a bunch of keywords on a page isn’t going to get your site t...

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The Best Keywords to Target

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the most crucial steps of an SEO campaign is conducting keyword research and then selecting the keywords that will be targeted throughout the campaign. The keywords ultimately set the foundation for any future SEO success, which is why they need to be chosen wisely. You never want to rush t...

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Understanding the Value of Long Tail Keywords

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Next time you are in your Google Analytics account take a look at how many keywords are driving organic traffic to your site. Depending on how large your site is there could be hundreds, maybe even thousands, of keywords driving traffic to your site in any given month. For instance, one of my B2B SE...

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Utilize Analytics During Keyword Selection

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A business website is an important component of a marketing strategy today. Everyone has Internet access and everyone is looking for information on products or services online. If your business doesn’t have a website you are missing out on a huge opportunity to inform potential clients or custom...

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Are Your Keywords “In Season?”

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Have you noticed a slight dip in your organic traffic recently? I’m not talking Google algorithm update crisis dip; just that your organic visitors seem to be a little lower than usual. There could be a lot of factors at play here and one of them that should definitely be considered is seasonality...

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Don’t be Afraid of New Keywords

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Upon taking on a new client there is a specific process that we take. It begins with getting to know the client, the industry, and the competition. Once there is a better understanding, we move on to the keyword research phase of the campaign. Keyword research is essential because the keywords th...

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How to Properly Conduct Keyword Research

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you frequent this blog you’ll notice that we mention “keyword research” quite often. Actually, any SEO blog is likely to discuss keyword research a fair amount. After all, it is one of the most important components of an SEO campaign. The search engines find and rank websites based on the w...

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How to Find the Right Keywords for Your Website

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Finding the right keywords for your website and SEO campaign is crucial to your long term success. The keywords you target will ultimately determine what kind of search results your content is pulled for in the SERPs and what kind of visitor is coming to your site. If you target keywords that are to...

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Are Important Keywords Limiting Your SEO Success?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the easiest traps to fall into when measuring your SEO success is to start siloing your results. It’s especially easy to do this when you only care about how a short list of keywords, even if they are the most important keywords for your business, performs. I had an SEO client that fell int...

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Branded Entrance Keywords Aren’t a Bad Thing

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Keywords are at the foundation of an SEO campaign. Keyword research is the first step, to find out how people are searching for the products or services that your business provides. Relevant and approved keywords are then added to website content, used as anchor text links throughout content that is...

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Should Branded Visitors Outweigh Non-Branded?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

At the latest Boston SEO workshop, one of the attendees who worked as the marketing manager for a larger local brand had a great question during our discussion about keyword research. Their organic, non-branded traffic had grown from 40% to 57% of their overall traffic in the last year (which is gre...

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Keep an Eye on Upcoming Keywords

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Every month when you are digging through your keyword report (pulled from Google Analytics or whichever analytics you may use on your site), you need to take a good look at the non-branded keywords that are driving traffic to your site. For most sites, branded keywords usually make up the largest pe...

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Why Long Tail Keywords are Important

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Keywords are the foundation of an SEO campaign and are at the center of every SEO decision that is made. When conducting keyword research the most important things to pay attention to when selecting keywords are the relevancy and the search volume. For a small business or one that is just getting ...

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Don’t Let the Conversion Rate Dictate Your Keywords

Written by Nick Stamoulis

I was working with a new full service SEO client the other day and we were discussing the keyword research we had done for their website when the business owner asked if I had looked at the existing keyword conversion rate data when conducting the keyword research. Did the conversion rates influence...

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Select Relevant and Attainable Keywords for SEO

Written by Nick Stamoulis

At the foundation of an SEO campaign are the keywords that are selected. Selected keywords are incorporated into every piece of content that is produced on behalf of an SEO campaign and an overall online marketing campaign. It starts with the content on the actual business website, but that is just ...

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Places to Find Keywords for Blog Post Titles

Written by Nick Stamoulis

If you are blogging with SEO in mind (which you should be) you know that it’s important to include targeted keywords in the post and meta information. The meta element that carries the most weight with the search engines is the title, so it’s important to include keywords there as appropriate. T...

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2 Reasons to Optimize for Branded Keywords

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Some site owners may wonder; why should I bother to optimize my site for branded keywords? I already rank well for them and get all the traffic anyway. Why should I actively make it part of my SEO? This is actually a question I get a lot from many website owners. After all, your brand is everywhere ...

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Keyword Research Best Practice Steps

Written by Nick Stamoulis

An SEO campaign can be broken down into two separate phases. The first part is the on-site optimization phase. Before building links that will generate search engine trust and traffic to your website it’s important to have a solid SEO foundation with your website. The website should be full of hel...

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How to Scrub a Keyword List

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Best practice dictates that site owners should only target 2-5 keywords on any one page of content on their site. Considering there could be 100s of keywords and keyword variations that could potentially be used to optimize your site, narrowing it down to 2-5 is not easy or quick task. I’ve foun...

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Expand Beyond Core Keywords to Improve Traffic

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When first getting started with an SEO campaign, it’s necessary to conduct keyword research for every page of the website. For a large website, this can be a very time consuming process. For a smaller website, it may not take as much time to complete but it’s still important to put the effort in...

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Keyword Selection Reminders

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Keyword research is an important part of an SEO campaign. Just guessing which keywords to target will result in a campaign that misses the mark, gets the wrong kind of traffic, and misses out on lots of good opportunities. Keyword research should be conducted for every page of the website using a ke...

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A Common Keyword Research Mistake

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Depending on the industry your website operates in and the content on your site, there might be hundreds of keywords that you could target with your onsite SEO. Best practice dictates that you only target 2-5 keywords per page, which means you’ll have to get picky. Even if your keyword research wa...

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Relevance Should Determine Selected Keywords

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Keyword research is one of the first steps of an SEO campaign. Sure, you could blindly select keywords that you think will perform well but typically this kind of guesswork isn’t effective. Instead, keyword research should be performed for every page of a website. This process can be relatively qu...

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Incorporate Long Tail Keywords into the Mix

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Perhaps one of the biggest indicators of SEO success is whether or not the correct keywords are chosen to target throughout the campaign. These keywords will be used throughout on site content and within every additional piece of content that is published on the web (articles, press releases, blog p...

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Keyword Relevancy is More Important Than Search Volume

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When undergoing the keyword selection process of onsite optimization, I find many site owners are often hesitant to incorporate the long-tail keywords that I am recommending that build into their content. They often ask “Why would I want to target a keyword that only gets 300 searches a month? Thi...

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Keyword Research Approach Tips

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the first steps of an SEO campaign is to conduct keyword research. Best practice is to manually go through every page of the website, pick out important words and phrases on each page, and plug them into a keyword research tool. The keyword research tool will then generate a listing of relate...

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Using Google Analytics for Keyword Research

Written by Nick Stamoulis

The first stage in onsite optimization for any website is to conduct keyword research.  But before you dive headfirst into keyword research and start cherry picking the search phrases with the most search volume, it’s important to use your site’s analytics to uncover what keywords searchers are...

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Keyword Research Advice for New Website Owners

Written by Nick Stamoulis

A common problem I see with many new website owners when they are beginning their keyword research is that they bite off more than they can chew. They are so eager to rank well for their chosen keywords that they forget that there are some things in SEO you just can’t force and website age is one ...

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How Does User Intent Affect Keyword Research?

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Quick question—what’s the difference between running shoes, gym shoes and tennis shoes? Are the three terms relatively interchangeable or do they have very specific meanings to you? That right there is user intent. When an avid tennis player searches for “tennis shoes” they are expecting to ...

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When It’s Time for Keyword Cleanup

Written by Nick Stamoulis

One of the most important, if not the most important, parts of an SEO campaign is the keywords that are chosen. After all, they lay the foundation for all of the work that follows. Selected keywords are used in the meta tags, anchor text links, and throughout the content that is published on your ...

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The Importance of the Longtail Keyword

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Perhaps the most important part of the research phase of an SEO campaign is the keyword research process. The keywords that are chosen have huge implications on the whole campaign that follows. Some companies or website owners think that they know their target audience well enough to determine the k...

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Local Keyword Research Methodology Advice

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Before implementing an SEO campaign it’s important to do some research. The first things to research are your audience and your competition. The next step is to do keyword research. This is an extremely important step since the keywords that you target will determine who sees your website. Missing...

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Keywords Aren’t Turkey: Don’t Stuff!

Written by Nick Stamoulis

When it comes to SEO, there are a few things that you don’t want to be accused of doing. One of these is keyword stuffing, which is the practice of putting lots of (unnecessary) keywords onto your page to try and manipulate your search engine ranking. Trust us; it’s never a good idea to mess wit...

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Keyword Competition

Finding the Keyword Sweet Spot

Written by Nick Stamoulis

Keywords determine who will find your website, search engine spiders and human users alike. Your audience uses keywords to search for what your company offers and hopefully your other well-planned SEO efforts (link building, on-site optimization, relevant content and more) are placing your various l...

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