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 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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Ranking your local business part 3: Website optimization

10 August 2017 by David Mihm » - 25 Comments

Local SEO inbound link building

This is the third post in an 8-part series on how to rank your business for local searches at Google. Previously, I’ve listed the most important aspects that influence your local ranking and discussed how to get the most out of Google My Business. Here, I’ll focus on another essential asset for local SEO: optimizing your website »

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Meta keywords: why we don’t use them

17 May 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 32 Comments

meta keywords tag - don't use it

You would think this post would be redundant by now: people know that the meta keyword tag is useless nowadays, right? Yet we still see site owners using meta keywords on their websites and, according to Google Trends, people are still searching for meta keywords, although there seem to be fewer queries than 5 years »

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Ask Yoast: Word order of your focus keyword

15 May 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

Ask Yoast: multiple extensions of a domain

If you’re using Yoast SEO to optimize your posts and pages, it’ll ask you to fill in a focus keyword field. This is the search term you want your content to rank for. Deciding on a focus keyword can be challenging. For example, if you want to optimize your content for a long tail keyword – consisting of »

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SEO for B2B and B2C – what are the differences?

28 April 2017 by Willemien Hallebeek » - 18 Comments

Small business tips

Business to Business (B2B) marketing is often different from Business to Consumer (B2C) marketing thanks to the elaborate buying processes, narrow markets and more complex products and services of a B2B website. In this article about B2B SEO, I’ll compare the two and explain what that means for your B2B website and SEO. When reading »

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SEO basics: How to optimize a blog post?

17 March 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 28 Comments

how to optimize a blog post

Content writing should be a key element of every SEO strategy. How do you make sure your blog posts have the highest chance to rank well in Google? What are the successive steps you’ll need to take? In this post, I’ll take you back to the very basics of SEO. How do you optimize a blog post? »

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Ask Yoast: stop words in your focus keyword?

13 February 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 3 Comments

Ask Yoast stopwords in focus keywords

If you want people to easily find your website, you should start by picking the right focus keywords (the keyword or keyphrase you’d like to rank for). Sometimes it can be hard to decide which keywords to optimize for. Do you have to focus on a head or a long tail keyword? Do you have »

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My post ranks, but I don’t get any traffic

7 February 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 14 Comments

post ranks no traffic

You did everything you were supposed to do. You wrote an awesome blog post, and the post actually ranks high in the search engines. Perhaps you even made it rank in a number one position. And you’re quite proud of your performance. Your deception is huge when your number 1 post doesn’t attract any traffic to »

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My bullets are green, but my post doesn’t rank?!

25 January 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 11 Comments

green bullet no ranking

The Yoast SEO plugin helps you to easily optimize the text of your post. This could definitely result in higher rankings. But unfortunately, green bullets do not magically put you on top of the search results. In this post, I’ll discuss a number of possible reasons why a post doesn’t rank, even though the text has »

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How to start your keyword research: a case study

12 January 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 18 Comments

start keyword research case study

If you start a new site, either a blog or an online shop, you won’t rank immediately. So, what’s the first step you need to take to boost your rankings? In our view, you should always start with keyword research. Take some time to think about the words you want to be found for: which words »

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