Posted by Casey_Meraz
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Let’s face it. Local keywords research has never been that easy since the Venice update. While we have always been able to use the Google Keyword Tool to find out search volumes for keywords with Geo Modifiers such as “City Name + Keyword” we have been lacking some reasonable data regarding keywords that do not already have a Geo Modifier.
My frustration has always been this: So what if Google tells me there are 12,100 searches for “Personal Injury Lawyer”? My client is in a local city and I want to know how many people in his city are searching for his services. The good news is that there is now an adequate solution to this problem we have long been plagued by.
Let me introduce you to the Google AdWords Keyword Planner. This new tool combines the data from the Keyword Tool and Traffic Estimator which are nowbeing replaced by this nifty piece … Read the rest
Posted by randfish
The phrase "look before you leap" has never been more true! Before you start investing in tactics, it's important to do your market research. Many businesses are tempted to dive into the details before answering the bigger questions, like who their customers are, how those customers make purchase decisions, where their potential users are on the web, and how customers may choose between similar companies and offerings.
In today's Whiteboard Friday, Rand discusses why building out a research-based roadmap before you start you building your tactics (like SEO, content, and social campaigns) will help boost your chance of success. Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
For your viewing pleasure, here's a screenshot of the whiteboard used in today's video:
"Howdy, Moz fans, and welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. This week I want to talk a little bit about doing your market research before you start jumping in and investing in tactics. Shout out to @Andrew_Isidoro on
Posted by dohertyjf
We all know that online marketing is changing. When I started in online marketing a few years ago, all the talk was still about links and directories and ways to get more exact match anchor text. Some SEOs were doing some pretty nefarious things and profiting from it, but most of that came crashing down starting in February 2011 (with the first Panda algorithm) and then over the past couple of years with Panda, Penguin, and the EMD update all rolling out and affecting websites the world over.
Rand talked last week about the changing SEO metrics, and today I want to talk about the changing landscape of competitor analysis as more and more people make the shift from just SEO to inbound marketing. Since inbound marketing includes a lot more than SEO, if we want to be effective inbound/online marketing consultants, we need to not only have proficiency or knowledge of the different roles of an inbound marketer, but when we get into actionable recommendations for our clients or our company we need to know how to analyze what our competitors are doing across the whole marketing space, both to identify deficiencies in their … Read the rest
All marketing rises and falls on your ability to recognize your audience and speak directly to them. Yet all too many advertising campaigns fail to do one or both of these things, and itâ€™s really easy to miss the mark with SEO if you donâ€™t do your homework about your customer demographics … Read more
There is no doubt extensive and detailed keyword research has its place. If you haven’t been exposed to effective processes for vast keyword research I’d recommendÂ diving into my “explode your keyword list right” series. But sometimes keyword research should be quick and dirty. Exactness is not always essential and you don’t need mounds of data to back up the need of targeting a select number of obviously relevant keyword terms.
Quick Keyword Research Process
Step 1 -Â Gather Baseline Using Web Analytics
- Export keyword data
- Gather current rankings
The goal here is to gather enough data to be able to quickly manipulate your keywords to shed light on opportunities.
Step 2 – High Return / Low Ranking Keyword
- Sort keyword data to show high converting, low ranking keywords.
- Select valuable term.
- Identify similar terms in analytics data.
By simply organizing your data through a “custom sort” you are able to quickly see terms that are converting well for you, but don’t rank particularly high in search engines. These are ideal opportunities for building upon and targeting.
Step 3 -Â Check Competitors / Google Suggest
- Run queries in Google for top common terms to identify additional commonly searched phrases through