Keyword Research is the fundamental step of Search Engine Optimization which should be performed by every webmaster before publishing content on the web. The right use of keywords helps draw targeted traffic to your blog & using Keywords accurately in your posts plays a huge role in helping your pages rank high in search results.

You should read Importance of keywords in SEO

Here’s a Step by Step Tutorial on How to Do Keyword Research

Step 1 -> For this tutorial we’ve selected “Keyword Research” as the main theme keyword and are looking at targeting the keyword “how to do keyword research”

To check the amount of traffic, we will use the Google Adwords Keywords as our free keyword research tool.

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As you can see from the above screenshot, the keyword “how to do keyword research” has monthly searches of 390 and has low competition – so we decided to test for it.

Step 2 -> Put your keywords in quotes and press enter, you should now see a figure – this number is showing how many people are your competitors.

Google Screenshot

Step 3 -> Put &start=990 at the end of URL to see how many pages google is showing with your keyword. Google shows 51 pages that have something to do “how to do keyword research”.

Less pages = Less competition

Keyword Research

Step 4 -> In this step, we will use a google search operator intitle & inurl to see how many of the competition have done on page SEO and have the targeted keyword in title & URL.

Search Operator

Here it shows that you have 23,300 pages for the keyword “how to do keyword research” in their title. Anything less than 30,000 should be relatively easy to break.

Search Operator inurl

Here it shows that you have 14,200 pages for the keyword “how to do keyword research” in their URL. Anything less than 30,000 should be relatively easy to break

Step 5 -> We know that we have competition, but the strength of the competition is what is to be looked at. Ideally if you rank in the first page of Google, you will receive traffic.

Here you can use a tool like Traffic Travis to perform SEO Analysis on the top 10 websites ranking in google for the keyword “how to do keyword research”

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PR = Page Rank
Age = Age of the Domain in Years
Backlinks = No. of backlinks for this page
BLS = No. of backlinks for the whole site
Difficulty Rating = Given by Traffic Travis

Considering the above analysis, we decided to target this keyword and try to rank for it in the long run as done in this article. Deep linking your targeted keywords with anchor text will help you beat your competition You should also make sure to perform on page SEO to improve your chances for ranking for your targeted keyword.

Please feel free to share your thoughts if this tutorial helped you do better keyword research