I do keyword research by sorting through long lists of keywords and seeing exact searches per month for them. I sort out ones that are less than 50,000 searches per month. Now I have a good searched keyword list.
I don't want to spend 24 hours a day doing SEO for a site so now I use Google to see how many results there are for each of the keywords. Anything with 5 million or more results i discard because I dont want to struggle in the SEO game.
I have a nice list of highly searched keywords that have low competition.
This was the hard part. Most people will ask how I got my keyword list. I will share my strategy...
- Get a list of every word in the dictionary. Use Excel. Combine words into 2 or 3 keyword phrases.
- Scrape articles. Take each word in an article and look it up as its own keyword. Take every 2 and every 3 words in a row and look them up as a keyword phrase.
If you have some cash you can get someone to create a simple app for you to automate this. It is well worth it as it saves you a ton of time.
Ok, so beginning of this year I stumbled onto a very nice find, 350,000 EXACT searches per month and 200,000 results in Google. This is easy money goldmine. CPC is crap, only $0.05 per click, but if you have volume than you will have cash in your pocket soon.
I created a site and had it ranked on first page of Google within a week. I created 4 more sites and had them ranked on first page of Google within a month. Now I own first page of Google. All on different IPs, all on a slightly different focus of the keyword, and all using same Adsense code. My sites are simple wordpress based sites (each has a different theme), with 10 unique articles per site. Took about 5 hours per site to set up and write articles. I only use one adsense box, a 250x250 text box above each article and on homepage above homepage article.
Now, this keyword generates me $2-3k per month in passive Adsense revenue. I have not touched anything on the sites since the first month I set them up. This is not the norm, I am normally happy to set one keyword up to drive $100-150 per month.
Point of post is to share a little strategy but more importantly to help motivate you because with good keyword research you can literally write your own checks. And when you make money, don't blow it on partying and girls, reinvest it to automate the work you are doing and diversify. When you are at the mid $XX,XXX range per month, then you can start spending some on wasteful activities.