Keyword Research - Surefire Way for Beginners

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Hi,

I've been lurking around in the Warrior Forum and I haven't really contributed yet. I think it's time to become an active member and to add some value. Now it looks like a bunch of people "Newbie's" are still having trouble making their first $1.

About a year ago I was just like lots of people on here. I had not made much money, I did the work, I wrote articles, made niche sites, did a bunch of backlinks etc. etc. and still very little money was coming in.

Then I figured out why I wasn't making any money it's wasn't because my content didn't read well or my sites looked crappy or that I didn't do any promotions etc. etc. No one was buying because no one was interested? Why because of the keywords I used to create my content "Browsing Keywords" or "Tire Kickers".

What I needed was buying keywords and I'm not just talking about putting the word "buy in front of your chosen keyword like "Buy Dell Computers" or "Buy Cheap Bedspreads" I'm talking about drilling down and finding keywords that people are ready to take action in some way like "Buy Dell Inspiron Mini Notebook 2232SDJEK" I just made that up for illustration purposes, I know I'm silly but you get the point.

Now doing that is still no guarantee that someone will buy, you still have a lot of things you need to look at like competition, how many searches per month, building your content correctly, build a blog or not to build a blog, submitting to Ezinearticles, promotions, etc. etc.

You could be the best content writer, blog builder and promoter of all times but if you get the keyword wrong? You're just plain out of luck.

Anyway all this was boring to me so I begin to do some research and this is what I came up with and trust me it works for me and if you're having trouble finding buyer keywords just give it a try and see what you think.

Step 1 - Keyword Ideas
No matter what your niche is the best place to find the hottest keywords is Google. Whenever you start to type in a word it will start suggesting keywords for you. Just start by typing in your chosen niche and see what words come up. Write them down so you can start drilling down from their.

Once you have a few words put a keyword modifier in front of it words like - buy, review, discount, free shipping, sale, stop, best, top, quickly, cheap, these are keyword modifiers and these types of words in front of your keywords could totally change the game. I think you get the point, so just keep drilling down and write down those keywords that Google gives you.

Step 2 - Keyword Research
Now that you have your keyword ideas its time to do some research and this is always fun for me. Head on over to Keyword Discovery and put in each keyword individually.

Free Search Term Suggestion Tool by KeywordDiscovery.com

I have found anything over 10 gets a good search count so if the word showing is 10 or above save it and move on to the next step. If not put the next keyword in until you have about 20 keywords above 10.

Step 3 - Keyword Difficulty
Next I head over to check if the word will be difficult or not to rank for in the search engines. I have found anything under 40 will have a good chance of ranking well. If the keyword difficulty is under 40 save the keyword and move to the next step.

Keyword Difficulty Check Tool - SEO Logs

Step 4 - Commercial Value
Next I check to see if the keyword has commercial value and if the numbers look good I will save that keyword and move to the next step. This tool is important because it will let you know if your keyword is a buyer keyword or not so don't miss this step whatever you do!!

Commercial Value

Step 5 - Related Keywords
Now you're going to need keywords for Tags and LSI purposes when writing and submitting your content and the best place I have found to get these related keywords quick and easy is by using Google's Wonder Wheel. Just write down some of the related keywords. I normally jot down 5 or 10 and save your information and move on to the next step. Now here comes the really fun part, so let the games begin!!! Let go to step 6.

Google Wonder Wheel


Step 6 - Content Ideas The final step and also on of the most important of the 6 part process is writing and submitting content with the buyer keywords you have just found. I normally work in groups of 5 buyer keywords for each niche, for some reason 5 really seems to work well.

It's up to you what you want to do with your keywords but here are just a few ideas and they all work well.

1. You can or find a writer to write content for you using your buyer keywords.

2. Build a free blog like blogger.com and put adsense on it.

3. Build Web2.0 sites - Squidoo is a good one, if using my method above about groups of five keywords to a niche, this would be perfect for Squidoo. All you have to do is create an account and then build 5 lenses and link them together. You would be amazed at the results. Anyway this is not about Squidoo it's about finding buyer keywords

4. Make PLR articles and sale them in a WSO - Find a hot topic get your keywords write some articles and sell them for $5.00 in groups of 5. Are you starting to see my trend here on the number 5?

5. You can place a small ad and start selling your keywords in groups of 5, 10 or 15 for a hot niche.

You get the point? It's endless what you can do from here but I always start with a good buyer's keyword and then write some good content or have it written before thinking about doing anything else. You can even purchase domains for the exact keyword phrase and build your own site "Wordpress"

All of the above ideas will come in time and trust me there are a ton of ebooks on each of the topics I listed above and even lots of good free information right on this forum, just do a search.

Final Thoughts

Like I said it's endless what you can do, but the whole point is to do something and for me that started with keyword research. Now is this system perfect? No but does it work? YES there are some paid tools that will do all this and more but if you're starting out and the money is tight or you just want to have a backup system for a quick and easy way then here you go.

You will find that some keywords will take off like a rocket and others will just flop. And of course if you want you can always check your keywords on Google's Keyword Tool to verify monthly searches, PPC cost or check the keyword in Google "quotes" etc. etc.

You see how you can keep it going and going and going just like the Energizer Bunny. I wanted a system so easy a cave man could do it So don't get stuck with all the numbers just follow the 6 steps above and you will do just fine.

Anyway I tested this system out on my sister before I wrote this and she found some buyer keywords and is starting to write some articles and building simple Blogger blogs for some adsense cash and I am happy to report that she made her first $1 shortly after finding a few keywords and writing some content.

I remember she called me just screaming "Frankie" "Frankie" I did it I just made $1.00. I think I was happier then she was because I knew she did it own her own with just the scraps of paper and emails I gave her to follow the 6 step outlined above.

Anyway guys if my sister can do it with scraps of paper I hope you can do it with the outline above. If only one person gets something out of this it will have been well worth my efforts and I would do it again and again, because there is nothing like making your first $1 using the net.

My final thoughts I promise Go out and find some buyer keywords using the 6 steps above and start writing and adding content with your affiliate link mixed in into as many free sites as you can. Do some simple linking strategies, there is a ton of good free content right here on this forum that will explain many of the techniques I listed above.

Take care,
Frankie Allen
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  • Profile picture of the author breakdance
    Originally Posted by birdie28a View Post

    Hi,

    I've been lurking around in the Warrior Forum and I haven't really contributed yet. I think it's time to become an active member and to add some value. Now it looks like a bunch of people "Newbie's" are still having trouble making their first $1.

    About a year ago I was just like lots of people on here. I had not made much money, I did the work, I wrote articles, made niche sites, did a bunch of backlinks etc. etc. and still very little money was coming in.

    Then I figured out why I wasn't making any money it's wasn't because my content didn't read well or my sites looked crappy or that I didn't do any promotions etc. etc. No one was buying because no one was interested? Why because of the keywords I used to create my content "Browsing Keywords" or "Tire Kickers".

    What I needed was buying keywords and I'm not just talking about putting the word "buy in front of your chosen keyword like "Buy Dell Computers" or "Buy Cheap Bedspreads" I'm talking about drilling down and finding keywords that people are ready to take action in some way like "Buy Dell Inspiron Mini Notebook 2232SDJEK" I just made that up for illustration purposes, I know I'm silly but you get the point.

    Now doing that is still no guarantee that someone will buy, you still have a lot of things you need to look at like competition, how many searches per month, building your content correctly, build a blog or not to build a blog, submitting to Ezinearticles, promotions, etc. etc.

    You could be the best content writer, blog builder and promoter of all times but if you get the keyword wrong? You're just plain out of luck.

    Anyway all this was boring to me so I begin to do some research and this is what I came up with and trust me it works for me and if you're having trouble finding buyer keywords just give it a try and see what you think.

    Step 1 - Keyword Ideas
    No matter what your niche is the best place to find the hottest keywords is Google. Whenever you start to type in a word it will start suggesting keywords for you. Just start by typing in your chosen niche and see what words come up. Write them down so you can start drilling down from their.

    Once you have a few words put a keyword modifier in front of it words like - buy, review, discount, free shipping, sale, stop, best, top, quickly, cheap, these are keyword modifiers and these types of words in front of your keywords could totally change the game. I think you get the point, so just keep drilling down and write down those keywords that Google gives you.

    Step 2 - Keyword Research
    Now that you have your keyword ideas its time to do some research and this is always fun for me. Head on over to Keyword Discovery and put in each keyword individually.

    Free Search Term Suggestion Tool by KeywordDiscovery.com

    I have found anything over 10 gets a good search count so if the word showing is 10 or above save it and move on to the next step. If not put the next keyword in until you have about 20 keywords above 10.

    Step 3 - Keyword Difficulty
    Next I head over to check if the word will be difficult or not to rank for in the search engines. I have found anything under 40 will have a good chance of ranking well. If the keyword difficulty is under 40 save the keyword and move to the next step.

    Keyword Difficulty Check Tool - SEO Logs

    Step 4 - Commercial Value
    Next I check to see if the keyword has commercial value and if the numbers look good I will save that keyword and move to the next step. This tool is important because it will let you know if your keyword is a buyer keyword or not so don't miss this step whatever you do!!

    Commercial Value

    Step 5 - Related Keywords
    Now you're going to need keywords for Tags and LSI purposes when writing and submitting your content and the best place I have found to get these related keywords quick and easy is by using Google's Wonder Wheel. Just write down some of the related keywords. I normally jot down 5 or 10 and save your information and move on to the next step. Now here comes the really fun part, so let the games begin!!! Let go to step 6.

    Google Wonder Wheel


    Step 6 - Content Ideas The final step and also on of the most important of the 6 part process is writing and submitting content with the buyer keywords you have just found. I normally work in groups of 5 buyer keywords for each niche, for some reason 5 really seems to work well.

    It's up to you what you want to do with your keywords but here are just a few ideas and they all work well.

    1. You can or find a writer to write content for you using your buyer keywords.

    2. Build a free blog like blogger.com and put adsense on it.

    3. Build Web2.0 sites - Squidoo is a good one, if using my method above about groups of five keywords to a niche, this would be perfect for Squidoo. All you have to do is create an account and then build 5 lenses and link them together. You would be amazed at the results. Anyway this is not about Squidoo it's about finding buyer keywords

    4. Make PLR articles and sale them in a WSO - Find a hot topic get your keywords write some articles and sell them for $5.00 in groups of 5. Are you starting to see my trend here on the number 5?

    5. You can place a small ad and start selling your keywords in groups of 5, 10 or 15 for a hot niche.

    You get the point? It's endless what you can do from here but I always start with a good buyer's keyword and then write some good content or have it written before thinking about doing anything else. You can even purchase domains for the exact keyword phrase and build your own site "Wordpress"

    All of the above ideas will come in time and trust me there are a ton of ebooks on each of the topics I listed above and even lots of good free information right on this forum, just do a search.

    Final Thoughts

    Like I said it's endless what you can do, but the whole point is to do something and for me that started with keyword research. Now is this system perfect? No but does it work? YES there are some paid tools that will do all this and more but if you're starting out and the money is tight or you just want to have a backup system for a quick and easy way then here you go.

    You will find that some keywords will take off like a rocket and others will just flop. And of course if you want you can always check your keywords on Google's Keyword Tool to verify monthly searches, PPC cost or check the keyword in Google "quotes" etc. etc.

    You see how you can keep it going and going and going just like the Energizer Bunny. I wanted a system so easy a cave man could do it So don't get stuck with all the numbers just follow the 6 steps above and you will do just fine.

    Anyway I tested this system out on my sister before I wrote this and she found some buyer keywords and is starting to write some articles and building simple Blogger blogs for some adsense cash and I am happy to report that she made her first $1 shortly after finding a few keywords and writing some content.

    I remember she called me just screaming "Frankie" "Frankie" I did it I just made $1.00. I think I was happier then she was because I knew she did it own her own with just the scraps of paper and emails I gave her to follow the 6 step outlined above.

    Anyway guys if my sister can do it with scraps of paper I hope you can do it with the outline above. If only one person gets something out of this it will have been well worth my efforts and I would do it again and again, because there is nothing like making your first $1 using the net.

    My final thoughts I promise Go out and find some buyer keywords using the 6 steps above and start writing and adding content with your affiliate link mixed in into as many free sites as you can. Do some simple linking strategies, there is a ton of good free content right here on this forum that will explain many of the techniques I listed above.

    Take care,
    Frankie Allen
    Thanks Frank' for this informative post!
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  • Profile picture of the author mikkosant
    Your points on google suggest are great.

    With google suggest, you can build up a huge list of longtail keywords very quickly. The standard external keyword tool from adwords does not provide as many potential long tail searches as suggest can.

    Awesome post. Keyword research is where most newbies fail. You can write articles all day and all night, but once you start ranking in the search engines, life gets so much easier. Especially when your articles or niche sites are converting.
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  • Profile picture of the author NK
    Woah! That's a great list of research tools you've provided there. This really should have been in the war room lol

    I wished you had posted this a few days ago when I was doing some research. But no matter, I'll keep these handy for my next round of keyword research.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  • Profile picture of the author emigre
    Any reason the preference for keyword discovery over the official google keyword tool? Would've thought g's tool is more accurate plus you can do exact searches.
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  • Profile picture of the author 1life1fire
    Now this is what I call a complete list of keyword research and how to optimize a blog or website for SE traffic! Very well put in step by step form - Thanks partner! I bookmarked this thread to come back to it later!
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  • Profile picture of the author Joel Gray
    Frankie,

    Excellent post, easy to understand and some great tools.

    Joel
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  • Profile picture of the author peechdogg
    Thanks from a n00b for this helpful post. Keyword research is something I've been bogged down in for a couple days. I'm sure this will help me move forward.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashtech29
    Good Stuff Frank.
    Thanks for sharing...
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  • Profile picture of the author JustMint
    Thanks - great info.

    The best bit of advice is just to go and do something - this simplifies the KW research process which can be the first step that stops people in their tracks!
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    Excellent post on keyword research gauging intent of consumers. People wonder why they are not selling, and this is one reason. Long tail keywords have much higher conversions. Also, less competition and PPC is less expensive.
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  • Profile picture of the author cindyt
    Thanks for this info and the resources.
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    • Profile picture of the author birdie28a
      Originally Posted by cindyt View Post

      Thanks for this info and the resources.
      Thanks everyone for reading and I hope it really helps you in some way. This process was my big breakthrough to getting starting making money. Finding the right keywords and then building content around that is really how it all works. When you find buyer keywords the battle is half over, because you don't have to convince anyone that the product or service is good they already know that. In most cases they are looking for something to click on so they can buy.

      I think Howie Schwartz said something about when people land on one of his affiliate sites all he wants them to do is and I quote "Get Off My Page". Just keep that in mink when doing keyword research for affiliate products. So don't worry about trying to make your site all pretty and fluffy or adding a bunch of photos and or if your grammer is correct, just get indexed first get some backlinks if needed and just do a wait and see type things.

      If your trying to capture names, give good content, build a community then this type of research and marketing is very bad and don't use these techniques, but for affiliate marketing they work perfect.

      Thanks,
      Frankie
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      • Profile picture of the author CatherineMay
        Frankie, this is great information, thanks so much. I'm only interested in affiliate marketing...don't want to do anything else, but have not had any success so far. I know keywords have been my problem.

        Can you clarify for me the part in step 6 on Content, where you suggest making Squidoo lens. Are you saying to create a group of 5 related lens, each one built around one major keyword with supporting LSI keywords, with a total of 5 keywords in all in each lens?

        This would mean starting off with a collection of at least 25 keywords.

        Thanks.

        Catherine
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        • Profile picture of the author birdie28a
          Originally Posted by CatherineMay View Post

          Frankie, this is great information, thanks so much. I'm only interested in affiliate marketing...don't want to do anything else, but have not had any success so far. I know keywords have been my problem.

          Can you clarify for me the part in step 6 on Content, where you suggest making Squidoo lens. Are you saying to create a group of 5 related lens, each one built around one major keyword with supporting LSI keywords, with a total of 5 keywords in all in each lens?

          This would mean starting off with a collection of at least 25 keywords.

          Thanks.

          Catherine
          Hey Catherine,

          What I do is create one squidoo account for each niche that I am in, then I create 5 lenses under that 1 account. So your only using 5 keywords 1 for each lens and the keywords can be closely related to each other for example:

          1 Lens: How to build a chicken coop
          2 Lens: Building a chicken coop
          3 Lens: Chicken coops that are easy to build
          4 Lens: Chicken coop instructions
          5 Lens: Instructions for building a chicken coop

          I just made those long tail keywords up but I hope you get my point. I then connect each lens together so visitors can jump from lens to lens. I have read that is takes a person 5 or 6 times to see something before they buy, so try and keep them on your lens and not someone else.

          Don't worry to much about duplicate content just mix your content up a little and you should be fine just as long as your keyword is in each article. Also try and name your lens the exact main keyword phrase or something close to it for SEO purposes.

          That's just one method, you can also build a simple WP blog and name the categories your keyword phrases and write blog post based on your keywords.

          Also try and add photos of your product or something related linking it to your affiliate site. This works very well for squidoo, it can be a little complicated if you don't know how, but lots of instructions on the web that will show you how to do this.

          So these are 2 methods you can use. Just one last thing and I know this is up for discussion by so many people, but I think its best if you cloak/hide your affiliate links from the search engines. You could use a free service like budurl.com, really good service and you can track your clicks.

          But don't make it too complicated or you might not do anything. Anyway as you can see Catherine I can go on and on

          Hope that helps you in some way and just go out and get started don't worry about all the details you will figure them out I promise.

          Frankie

          P.S. If At First You Don't Succeed? Try, Try, Again
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  • Profile picture of the author King Shiloh
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    That's a great post from Frankie.

    However, I have to add something to it:

    I know that keywords are profitable if I see one or more web 2.0 sites like wikipedia.org, popular article directories like ezinearticles.com, or social bookmarking sites like Youtube.com on the first page when I type the keywords in Google search tool.
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    • Profile picture of the author birdie28a
      Originally Posted by King Shiloh View Post

      That's a great post from Frankie.

      However, I have to add something to it:

      I know that keywords are profitable if I see one or more web 2.0 sites like wikipedia.org, popular article directories like ezinearticles.com, or social bookmarking sites like Youtube.com on the first page when I type the keywords in Google search tool.
      Hey King Shiloh,

      Normally what I do is once a find a buying keyword I will check Google to see if I see other Web2 sites that you mentioned. If I do then I know that Google is already ranking Web2 sites for that word and it should be fairly easy to get listed on the first page?

      However if I see 2 Ezine articles already on page 1 or maybe a Squidoo Lens, then I will pick another Web2 site like Hubpages or Artriclebase etc etc. to put my content on. Normally Google will not list 2 or more Web2 sites if they are the same on the same page and I said normally If you think you can out rank a site by building more backlinks etc. etc. then I would say go for it, but I try and keep things simple and easy until I find a niche/keyword that is making me money then I might go after the bigger words.

      Frankie
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  • Profile picture of the author zak5ive
    This is Awesome. Keyword research is something I have struggled with as a Noob :-) Great advice and some sites I haven't seen before. Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author tweetzon
    may i know what you mean by buying keywords?
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    • Profile picture of the author CatherineMay
      Frankie, thanks again. This thread is really helpful.

      Can you say a little more about affiliate link cloaking which you mentioned above? My understanding of the reason for this is non-existent.


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      • Profile picture of the author birdie28a
        Originally Posted by CatherineMay View Post

        Frankie, thanks again. This thread is really helpful.

        Can you say a little more about affiliate link cloaking which you mentioned above? My understanding of the reason for this is non-existent.


        Catherine
        Hi Catherine,

        Link cloaking is just a simple way of hiding your affiliate link from the search engines and sometimes even your customers. This will make your site more search engine friendly.

        For example lets say your promoting a clickbank product and your affiliate link looks like this:

        http://yourid.productname.hop.clickbank.net/

        And lets say you use a free service like budurl.com to hide your affiliate link it might look something like this:

        http://budurl.com/3454

        Your budurl.com/3454 url will be redirected to your clickbank affiliate product. You can find paid services that do much more but this is a good start, plus you will be able to track your clicks and that is a good thing.

        Hope that helps,
        Frankie
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        • Profile picture of the author samwasu
          Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge.
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  • Profile picture of the author Grayth
    interesting ideas..my quickie when looking at keywords is to use the google keywords tool and try and pick keywords that have more then 1,000 monthly searches and less then bigger broad tails..

    check competing pages in google. I know you can go in quotes inurl and intitle..etc but that's more detail..for building a quickie list I dont bother with quotes just plug in the long tail..less then 300,000 results put I'll put it on my short list to look at..rinse and repeat then dig deeper
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  • Profile picture of the author TammieJJ
    Valuable information, and a great way to analyze your current website/keywords, too. Run a few of your sites, keywords, etc., through - I have, and the results are very interesting. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author supermonster
    Hi Warriors,

    Excellent Thread, About the keywords that's under 40 in difficulty. How many articles in your experience does it take to conquer that specific keyword ? Estimated traffic going to the keyword is important too right ? If the keyword difficulty is 10 which is under 40, I can rank well with a few articles on that specific keyword however the true question is how much traffic will that keyword which difficulty is 10 will give me?

    Thanks
    Bryant
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