Every great blogger should have basic SEO know-how. Without basic keyword strategy to drive traffic to your blog, a great blogger can go un-noticed. Some of the best blog posts I have ever read came from deep within the web. Most likely, rarely read before; with little to no internal and external links and a PageRank of 0. Being a good blogger simply isn’t enough. Whether you are a women’s fitness blogger or an actual SEO blogger; without basic SEO knowledge, you are like Jimi Hendrix deciding to play on the street instead of on stage. Your content will not reach an audience, and you probably will never make money doing it.
This is why keyword research is so important. Google’s Keyword Tool and Keyword Spy are great ways to figure out what search terms correlate with your blog. Incorporating these keywords as links within your copy as well as your header will provide on page SEO value, reader value and (I’ll explain later) link building power.
Establishing a keyword set, doesn’t have to be a set list anymore. Targeting contextual terms should be consistent in the copy of your blog. The thought being, when somebody loves your blog post enough to share it on their site, they will include the contextual links. read more
One of the things SEO specialists often talk about is the power of long tail keywords. Long tail keywords are the search terms with 3 or more words that don’t have high search volume. The shorter keywords have higher search volume but in aggregate, the long tail keywords provide the bulk of a site’s search traffic.
For example, you can have a Europe travel site that ranks well for europe travel but the majority of your traffic will come from terms like:
For many bloggers, when they first get interested in SEO, they will go after the most competitive keywords first. A web design blogger will optimize his site to target web design. A gadget blogger will go after gadgets. However, this is usually a bad strategy.
Short keywords like web design, gadgets, and social media are very hard to rank for. For a new site, if you do everything right, it could take months and oftentimes years before you reach the front page of the search results. And even then, there could be 10 other sites that do SEO better than you, so your site would be left languishing on the second page.
Now you may be happy with a second page or even a third page ranking, but most people don’t visit those pages. Aaron Wall, a prominent search expert, writes:
There is no award, little traffic, and virtually no value for ranking on page 2 or page 3, even if it is for an exceptionally competitive and high traffic keyword like credit cards.