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How To Use Keywords In Website Content For SEO Gains by todhost(m): 4:10am On Jul 26, 2017
Source: https://www.todhost.com/blog/digital-marketing-seo/156-how-to-use-keywords-in-website-content-for-seo-gains

The use of proper keywords and optimizing them for relevant posts and websites drive both traffic and search engine ranking for a website. When you begin to delve into Search Engine Optimization, SEO, you will get repeated emphasis on the need for proper use of keywords. This article will focus on this time tested instrument that drives both traffic and search engine ranking.

If you are unfamiliar with Search Engine Optimization, read about SEO here

If you are a blogger, you will notice that 95 percent of traffic come about 5 percent of your posts. You should be wondering why it is so. The reason is that those post got better keyword placement than the rest. You will find out that your website/posts are being ranked by machine language (Algorithm), which looks for certain signals to rank the content. Paramount among theses signals is the keywords used in your posts. Ranking here is used in respect of specific keywords. So what i mean by ranking is the position of a website in search engines when certain key words are being searched.

You can visit the SEMRUSH website and type your blog address to see which keyword your blog posts/pages are ranking for. Let us attempt a definition of the key terms used in this post:

;Keyword: This is the Keyword, which is driving traffic to a specific. (It is also called target keyword, or keyword one is trying to rank for).

Pos.: Position of the keyword in Google search. Your target should be to rank on the first page on Google search for the target keyword.

Volume: This relates to how many people are searching for a keyword in a month. When searches are made through Google to look for a solution, even though different terms are used to conduct searches, Google keeps a data of how people are searching; let you see the number of monthly searches for any keyword. This way, you will be able to find the keyword that get more searches than keyword that gets fewer searches.

Short tail Keywords: Short keywords are 1-3 words. Ex: Nigeria web hosting, Todhost Web Hosting.

Long Tail Keywords: More specific keywords that could e longer. For example: How to sign up for web hosting with Todhost, Is unlimited disk space really unlimited?

Once a word gets some considerable amount of searches (Search volume) in a month, it qualifies a keyword.

Long tail keywords are more profitable as you will drive more targeted traffic and your chances of ranking on the first page are higher.

Keywords in SEO.

It's true that writing quality posts will help you to drive traffic, but have you ever asked yourself why you are still not ranking in Google searches for any keyword, or why your quality posts stop getting traffic after some time has passed?

If you have understood the basic concept of Keywords, now let's dive into a little deeper into it. When a blog is optimized for search engines, we have the option to define our target keywords. This is most commonly known as Meta_keywords. Back until 2012, it was important to specify Meta_keywords (Keyword you are targeting), but in 2016, it's not of any use. Search engine has become smarter to auto-detect keywords and rank your pages automatically.

Google has already made it clear that they do not consider meta keywords when selecting keywords, and this makes sense because many bloggers who are new to blogging or article writing add lots of keywords in their posts.

How to start with keyword research

Keyword research is essentially finding the right keyword in your niche. This step is important if you wish to grow your blog/website in a shorter span of time. There are various ways by which you can find keywords and here you will learn some. The arrangement is entirely based on preference and experience of the writer.

SEMRUSH

This is an online tool that let you find great keywords, or you can also put in URL of a website, it would show all the keywords that website is ranking for. A good idea is to start by picking the top blogs in your niche; add it to see which Keyword those sites are ranking for. From here you just need to start building unique high-quality content around those keywords. SEMRUSH is a paid tool but you can get 15 days free trial, which is worth $150.

Keyword tools

Keyword planner tool (This is free but not as simple as SEMRUSH)   <a href="

LongTailPro (This is another keyword tool that you can download on your desktop)

Ahrefs: This is an alternative to SEMRUSH

How to use Google instant search for quick keyword ideas

Google Search can be used to find your target keyword. Because Google auto suggest search query when you type anything, and it's a good place to start the primary search. You can create a list of keywords using this technique and use SEMRUSh or Google keyword planner to check the search volume for all the keywords.

Once you have found profitable keywords, your task is to write an SEO optimized article for your target keywords. You can follow this guide to understand targeting keywords on a particular post.

Keyword density and keyword placement

Keyword density is a complex topic. We will not delve into how it is calculated. Depending on the target keywords, (long tail or short tail), you maintain a particular percentage of keyword density. When bots crawl your page, they can determine from the density that which particular keyword page should rank for.

Keyword targeting is important but stay avoid keyword stuffing which is the overuse of keywords on a web page, as this will hurt your ranking.

Different SEO professionals have different ideas about keyword density, but note that your main keyword should not be more than 2% of the article length. I try to keep it between 1-1.5%, along with related search terms or that are known as LSI keywords.

Do remember, you can target more than one keyword on a blog post or a page. I would suggest don't keep it more than three as; if your content is of high quality, you will rank for indirect long-term keywords.

What does keyword stuffing do?

Stuffing your articles with keywords is never a good idea. Overuse of keywords alerts is taken as spamming by Google bots. Google penalizes for this action, as spiders are alerted to the fact that you are trying to trick the system by using lots of keywords many times. This can affect your ranking.

So be wise when you select the number of keywords you are using for SEO. Particularly since Google Panda, I highly recommend that you stop taking SEO actions that do not appear to be natural

Meta title, meta description and meta keywords:

Now you have searched for a perfect keyword, and you are delivering it into a post or a page. Try to use that keyword as part of the title of the post.

One additional tip: Try not to use numbers in your permalink, because in the future if you want to extend the article by adding plugins or sites or additional information, your number will no longer make sense.

Adding a relevant meta description will give more insight about your page to search engine bots. I suggest that you use your keyword in your meta title, meta description and meta keyword field along with an H1 tag. Also, try to write more SEO friendly articles by using H1, H2, and H3 tags. However, don't overuse heading tags, as improper headings and too many H2 or H3 tags can lead to a negative ranking.

What next?

Now that you are aware that keywords play an important role in SEO, your first task is to find 5-6 profitable keywords for your next post. You can use the Google Keyword Tool, SEMRUSH or any other online tool. Write a post on your targeted keyword, and use any of these Google keywords rank tracker sites and keep track of your keyword positions.

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