Whilst so much SEO strategies are often focused on ranking sites for competitive keywords relating to their service or product offering, there is often a hugely overlooked ROI in local SEO. Despite relatively lower search volumes, local searches often carry a lot more intent and can deliver traffic to your site that is far more likely to convert.
Keyword research is often the first thing you do when planning a new SEO campaign (or auditing an older one). It provides the skeletal framework for a campaign, and for years has been a mainstay tool in the SEO expert’s belt. But over the past five years or so, keyword research has undergone some interesting evolutions, becoming less relevant in some ways and fundamentally changing in others.
Keywords have always been a central component of SEO, though they’ve undergone an evolution in importance.
Originally, keywords were the beginning and end of SEO; picking the right keywords was absolutely necessary, and you could deliberately increase your rankings for those specific keywords, monitoring your progress with great precision.
Ever since Google rolled out Hummingbird in 2013, there has been some question about the value of keyword research. Moving from a keyword-focused process to a topic-focused process has led some to devalue the long, arduous process of keyword research. Many wonder if it’s even worth the time.
After all, if Google no longer looks at keywords (Hummingbird), and people no longer search with keywords (voice search), we don’t need to research keywords, right?
The worlds of content marketing and SEO are constantly changing, and it can be difficult to keep up. If you’re like many business owners, you may find that all that costly and time-consuming content you’re creating just isn’t getting the search visibility you believe it deserves.
Two new terms you may be hearing more about are “relevant” and “proof” terms. In their 2015 Ranking Factors report, Searchmetrics looked at top-ranking sites to see which factors were important for ranking, specifically in Google; two factors that were revealed to be integral were relevant and proof terms.
Howdy, Moz fans, and welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. This week we’re chatting about using related topics and semantically connected keywords, not just for keyword research — although that is a potential use and application — but also for some of the on-page SEO processes that we run.
Now when I say “related topics and semantically connected keywords,” I’m not actually talking about the things that you would find through a traditional keyword research process. The idea here is not to say, “What other things are people searching for that I could target?”