Keyword research

Keyword research is an art and a science at the same time. What are people searching for when they should be finding you? Some keywords might drive traffic to your site when you rank for them, but will they help you sell? These and other questions are answered in our posts about keyword research, which you can find below.

We write about how to perform keyword research, how to pick the right focus keyword, or multiple focus keywords, and what are the common mistakes you should avoid. To make your pages rank you need cornerstone content for your main keywords. In our posts we explain how to create cornerstone content. Moreover you’ll learn how to make that content rank with help of long tail keywords!

If you want to learn more, you should buy our eBook on Content SEO, which combines keyword research with content writing tips and tips on how to optimize your site structure. Get our Content SEO book here.


Must read articles about Keyword research

How to semantically link entities to your content

16 January 2018 by Edwin Toonen »

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Search engines love entities. Entities can be people, places, things, concepts, or ideas and they will often appear in the Knowledge Graph. Lots of search terms can be an entity, but specific search terms can also have different meanings and thus, be different entities. Take [Mars] for example; are you talking about the planet entity or »

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SEO basics: What is search intent?

15 January 2018 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 4 Comments

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SEO is a way to get more traffic to your website. By ranking high in Google, you attract more people to your site. Eventually, your goal probably is to sell your stuff, or to attract more regular visitors. A nice tactic to get more traffic to your site is optimizing your content for words people use. »

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Blog SEO: Befriend the long tail!

8 January 2018 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 12 Comments

Long tail star

Focusing on long tail keywords is a great SEO-tactic for blogs. A long tail keyword strategy makes it easy to keep the structure of your blog in good shape. Also, it allows you gradually to get more traffic and to be found by new and motivated audiences. In this post about blog SEO, I will explain the »

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Don’t make your focus keywords too long

4 January 2018 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 26 Comments

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It can be a great strategy to focus on long tail keywords. But don’t go overboard there. Trying to rank for very long keyphrases usually makes your text a terrible read. Why is that? And what should be your strategy for those long keywords? Let me tell you all about long focus keywords in this »

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How to choose the perfect focus keyword

12 December 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 20 Comments

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Regularly adding quality content to your website in a blog is a very good SEO strategy. Google sees that your website is active because new information is added and you increase the volume of your content. If you have crafted your keyword strategy properly and your content is nicely optimized for the right keywords, adding »

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Adapting your content SEO strategy

13 November 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 11 Comments

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If you’re serious about your SEO, you’ve probably set (implicit) goals on what you want to achieve. Perhaps you want to rank in the top ten search results for a specific keyword. Maybe you want your organic traffic to rise with a certain number. But what do you do if you are unable to meet »

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High-speed keyword research

30 October 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 20 Comments

High speed keyword research

If you want to do high-quality keyword research, you’ll need a lot of time. Or a lot of people. Keyword research is a process which requires you to get inside the heads of your audience. You want to find out which words they are using. After that, you’ll need to analyze which keywords you should »

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How to create SEO-friendly copy in a foreign language

23 October 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 25 Comments

Copywriting in a foreign language

If you want to grow your audience, it could be a great strategy to focus on a different language. Creating content in a foreign language can be quite a challenge though. In this post, I’ll discuss three ways to create content in a foreign language. I’ll also share some useful tips on how to write in »

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Create a website with SEO in mind: Content optimization

20 October 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 23 Comments

Create a website with SEO in mind: Content optimization

If you make a website from scratch, you need to take a few SEO related things into account. It’s incredibly important to do this right from the start, as that will prevent a vast number of future headaches. Things like speed optimization and the right use of heading tags help to improve your website for both »

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How to choose keywords that’ll attract traffic

18 September 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 5 Comments

How to choose keywords that'll attract traffic

Ranking in the search engines can be hard. Especially if the competition in your niche is high. As you probably know, you should start with doing your keyword research: getting inside the heads of your audience, knowing exactly what words they use and what they are searching for. But then what? How do you choose »

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