Is this a good Keyword Research Strategy? (SEO)

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What's up warrior's! A few years ago I suffered a pretty unlucky health decline at age 22 that kept me from getting a career in the real world.

I can only work part time on days I feel good so I figure I'd learn IM/online business so I can work from remotely from home, work my own hours, and hopefully a year from now have enough skills to make a stable income (whether on my own projects or working for others).

I chose SEO/content marketing since its more or less free to learn and I have nothing but time on my hands. (open to other suggestions of IM to learn btw)

I've built my site. Chose a niche I have expertise in. And my site speed is under 2 seconds and otherwise optimized for Google SERPS.

Time to start writing content. So Keyword research here's my process and I'd love to get some feedback as to if this is a reliable (enough) method:

1. Create list of "problems/questions" that my niche needs answered (Check. I've got 200+)
2. Hop on Google keyword planner and type in good keywords to distill A) best keyword query B) high search volume
3. Narrow down list of 200+ article ideas to best 30-50 articles with high search volume
4. Assess top 5 ranking sites w/ MozBar to assess competition (mainly checking for domain authority?.. I.e. its going to be hard to outrank HealthLine.com but I could compete with MommyPottamus's health blog [not knocking mommypottamus lol])
5. Read the top articles and determine if I could write a better article to answer the search query better than what is currently ranking
6. If a keyword query makes it through step 1-5 ---> add article to my article queue
7. Repeat steps

I've heard MozBar is innaccurate is this true? Other tools you prefer?

Thanks I'm excited to enter this scary world of IM and one day dominate (despite any handicaps I may have coming into this).

Cheers everyone!
#good #keyword #research #seo #strategy
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    (open to other suggestions of IM to learn btw)
    Sales funnels and non-search-engine-dependant traffic generation.

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    • Originally Posted by Brent Stangel View Post

      Sales funnels and non-search-engine-dependant traffic generation.
      Thnx Brent. How come non search engine dependent traffic?
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    Originally Posted by Facebookrecruit22 View Post

    2. Hop on Google keyword planner and type in good keywords to distill A) best keyword query B) high search volume
    3. Narrow down list of 200+ article ideas to best 30-50 articles with high search volume
    I am going to say this and the SEO mafia will come after me for saying it... But, if you want results when you are first starting out, you want to go after the low laying fruit. You want to get ranked for low volume low comp terms.

    Here is the logic behind this... A site full of content targetting high volume terms is a site ful of content that isnt ranking worth a darn. IF Domain Authority, Doman Strength, Site Authority.. what ever you want to call it is a variable.. and you have a bunch of content ranking poorly.. DA is going to suck.

    IF you have laid out a foundation of creating content that actually ranks well what happens then?

    Becuase search engines are search engines... If you are a newbie on e-bay and try to get decent position selling iPhone cases, the reality is YOU WONT. If you are new to youtube and try to rank a video on building a Wordpress site.. chances are good you wont. Google is no different.. you have to prove ( to that algorithm ) that your site is of value.. and ranking pages is how you do that...

    so just starting out, and KNOWING this write to terms that you KNOW you can rank easily to, and migrate into your 200 top terms once you have some success at the lower Comp terms
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  • savidge4 cheers for the reply man

    I am going to say this and the SEO mafia will come after me for saying it... But, if you want results when you are first starting out, you want to go after the low laying fruit. You want to get ranked for low volume low comp terms.
    Interesting. I actually thought of that more so to build up my confidence than anything but I never thought about using that to build up Domain authority with the Google Gods.

    So I'd use the same process I outlined above to plan my content strategy for the "low hanging fruit" as well, can you give any validation that my process is reliable for the research? (i.e. gives accurate "enough" results ... it seems too easy to be true lol maybe I'm overcomplicating this)

    Also can anyone else speak on Savidge's point here from experience? Be curious to hear.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jasoncris
    Hello,

    You've started well and i wish you continue to grow in status.

    To outrank top sites requires patience and money, cos not only have they worked tremendously on their DA, but also on the PA which you're trying to outrank. my advice for you is to go for long tail keywords, these type of keywords are easier to rank for and would gradually help you build your authority, the only thing is that they are quite difficult to find, as it time consuming, but you could use professionals in this field, in which i'm one, to help you go about this.

    Regarding tools that are accurate, this is a little based on choice, most tools develop their own algorithm for calculating Keyword difficulty and other metrics, and we can't point fingers at the accurate one. This is because no one truly knows the algorithm search engines uses for ranking.

    But if you need something close to accurate then, i'd advise you to go for paid keyword research tools.
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    • Originally Posted by Jasoncris View Post

      Regarding tools that are accurate, this is a little based on choice, most tools develop their own algorithm for calculating Keyword difficulty and other metrics, and we can't point fingers at the accurate one. This is because no one truly knows the algorithm search engines uses for ranking.

      But if you need something close to accurate then, i'd advise you to go for paid keyword research tools.
      Hey I appreciate the reply. Ya I realize tools like Ahrefs and others are pretty good but unfortunately I do not have the budget to invest yet.

      I do have the time though! Do you have any free tools that you recommend better than others to tide me over until I can increase my budget?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mega Vaper
    Sales funnels really don't work anymore. the are useless because people don't make it to the target. People just don't click anymore.
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  • Profile picture of the author LEE BYRON
    I would like to recommend AHREFS instead of MOZ when you want to spy on backlinks of your competitors
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