Have you started a blog to share your ideas, product, or service with a wide audience? Creating great content is only half the battle. You also need to make sure that your blog is easily discoverable by search engines, and that your target audience can find your articles through relevant search results. I’m here to share with you how to complete a keyword analysis to access your audience. As a content writer and marketing manager at Tixel a ticket resale marketplace I know the top tips, tools and tricks. Now, I want to share them with you.
A keyword analysis is a process of identifying and researching the keywords and phrases that your target audience is using to find information online. By optimizing your blog’s content and metadata around these keywords, you can improve your blog’s search engine visibility and reach a larger audience.
In this article, we will go through the process step by step so you can create a better strategy using the right keywords. Starting with your audience and working up to practical advice on how to implement your keywords I’ll make sure you have a head start to reach your audience.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you perform keyword analysis and boost your blog’s reach:
1. Identify your target audience
The first step in keyword analysis is to identify your target audience. Who are the people you’re writing for? What are their interests, needs, and pain points? The more you know about your target audience, the better you’ll be able to identify the keywords and phrases that they’re using to find information online. You may have already done this when you started writing in your mind but writing it down and creating personas for your audience is key. I have specific people in mind with my content I think about their job, where they spend time online, age, gender, and even personality traits.
2. Brainstorm keyword ideas
Once you’ve identified your target audience, start brainstorming keyword ideas. Think about the topics you write about, the questions your target audience might be asking, go through comments or emails from your readers, and the words and phrases that describe your blog’s content. Write down all the keyword ideas that come to mind, even if they seem irrelevant or unlikely to generate significant traffic. It’s a brainstorm, write it all down.
3. Use keyword research tools
Keyword research tools can help you validate your keyword ideas, find related keywords and phrases, and assess the competition for each keyword. I use Ahrefs Keyword Explorer but some other good tools include Google Keyword Planner and Moz Keyword Explorer.
To use these tools, simply enter your keyword ideas and see what data they provide. Look for keywords with high search volume and low competition, as these are likely to be the easiest to rank for and generate the most traffic. Create a Google Sheet where you can put the words, competition level, search volume and any other relevant information.
4. Evaluate keyword relevance
Once you have your Google Sheet full of potential keywords, evaluate each one based on relevance to your blog and target audience. On Google Sheets, you can add filters to find the right keywords for your next piece of content. You want to choose keywords that are relevant to your content, but also have a high search volume and low competition.
5. Create keyword-optimized content
Now we get into the implementation process. Once you’ve identified your target keywords, use them to create keyword-optimized content. This means incorporating your target keywords into your blog’s content, metadata, and URLs.
Start by including your target keywords in your blog titles, headings, and subheadings. Make sure that your keywords appear in the first 100 words of your blog post, and that they’re used naturally and in context.
Next, optimize your blog’s metadata, including the title tag and meta description. The title tag is the clickable headline that appears in search results, while the meta description is a short summary of your blog post’s content. Both of these elements should include your target keywords and provide a clear, concise description of what your blog post is about.
Finally, make sure that your blog’s URLs are short, descriptive, and include your target keywords. This will make it easier for search engines to understand the structure and content of your blog and will help users find your blog through relevant search results.
6. Monitor your results
Once you’ve completed your keyword analysis and optimized your blog’s content, it’s time to monitor your results. Use Google Analytics to track your blog’s traffic and see which keywords are driving the most traffic to your site. This information can help you identify which keywords are working well, and which ones you should scrap. I always think of this process as evolving, it’s not a one-and-done kind of thing. You can always keep improving your keyword process and reach the right audience.
In conclusion, keyword analysis is a crucial step in boosting your blog’s reach and visibility. By identifying your target audience, researching keywords, and optimizing your content around those keywords, you can improve your blog’s search engine ranking and reach a larger audience. However, it’s important to remember that keyword analysis is an ongoing process, and you should continually monitor your results and make adjustments as needed. By following this step-by-step guide, you’ll be well on your way to achieving greater success with your blog.
As a blogger myself, I can attest to the power of keyword analysis in driving traffic to your blog and reaching a wider audience. The Tixel blog is stronger now since we adopted this practice. Don’t be intimidated by the process – with a little bit of research and optimization, you can see a significant improvement in your blog’s reach. And remember, the beauty of blogging is that you can always make changes and improvements along the way. So don’t be afraid to experiment and try new strategies. Happy blogging!