Keywords and SEOBy Katie Harris:

Keywords are basically what drives the organic or free traffic to your website. Do you know what keywords you currently rank for? Do you know what keywords you should rank for? Do you know keywords you do rank for? Using the correct keywords can catapult your online presence and attract the website traffic you want.

So, What are Keywords?

Keywords are the individual words or phrases that people type into a search engine like Google to help them find what they are looking for. Some keywords and keyword phrases are extremely competitive while others are not competitive at all. The less competitive the keyword or keyword phrase the easier it will be to quickly gain high organic rankings.

Keywords are fundamental to how your website with rank on search engines. When someone does a Google (or Bing or Yahoo) search your keywords are what will determine what your site shows up for.

Not all keywords are created equal so it is worth a little research to find the keywords relevant to your business. You probably don’t want to spend the bulk of your energy or budget on a keyword that only gets searched for 10 times over the course of a month when another relevant keyword may get 10,000 searches per month. Remember, just because you think you know the best keywords for your business you might be surprised by the true analytics. The beautiful thing about digital marketing is what you think is a good idea can usually be supported (or disproved) by true analytics. Take advantage of tools that help you be smart with your online marketing strategy.

What Tools Can Help With My Keyword Strategy?Keywords and SEO

There are a variety of online tools to help you determine what keywords drive traffic, as well as what keywords might be the most competitive. Many of these tools are free, but some do have paid options that give you access to even more data.

A couple extremely popular and valuable free resources are the Google Keyword Planner and Wordtracker. Google Trends is also free and can show you the popularity of terms over time to show you if something is trending up or down.

A couple paid options that we use for Get Found First clients include Moz, SEMrush and SpyFu. These tools can give you a very real sense of the keywords you should be using on your website and in your paid online advertising.

How Can I Use Keywords?

You want to create content around keywords that is relevant to your business and the words and phrases that your ideal customer or client would use in their internet search queries. Here are a few ways to use keywords to help improve your search engine optimization (SEO):

• Use keywords in your Meta Tag located in the head section of the page’s html code.
• Use keywords in the Title and Meta Description of the page this is where search engines find out what the page is about.
• Use keywords throughout the content of your page, but avoid over usage also known as “keyword stuff” as this man be detrimental.
• Remember search engines generally give more weight to the first 200 words of a page, so be sure your keywords are there.
• It can be beneficial to use keywords in headings and anchor text (link text). Search engines recognize this as showing added importance.
• Consider using keywords in your Alt Attributes so images are indexed by Google.

Basically keywords are what makes it easy for search engines like Google to know exactly what your website and the pages on your website are all about. Google will reward you with increased organic rankings when your keywords are relevant to your website content which will make it easier for potential customers to find you above your competition online.