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

SEO basics: How to optimize a blog post?

17 March 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 26 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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Ask Yoast: importance of keyword strategy

9 January 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 3 Comments

Ask Yoast AMP for small business owners

Optimizing your site or page for words that people don’t use doesn’t make any sense. That’s why you have to do proper keyword research. You’ll have to get inside the heads of your audience and find out what words they use while searching. There should always be a keyword strategy behind the keywords you pick. Keyword »

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Should you blog about Justin Bieber?

7 November 2016 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 8 Comments

blog about justin bieber

You want to rank on the words that are used a lot in the search engines, right? Justin Bieber is a term that is used very, very often. So, should we all start writing about Justin Bieber then? The answer of course is: (please) no. In this post, I explain why blogging about Justin Bieber – »

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Why every content SEO strategy should start with keyword research

12 October 2016 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 6 Comments

start with keyword research

The effectiveness of every content SEO strategy largely depends on the quality of the keyword research that has been executed. If you optimize for words that nobody searches for, you won’t be found. If you optimize for terms that are much too competitive to rank for, you won’t be found either. In this post, I explain why you »

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5 SEO copywriting mistakes you should avoid

21 September 2016 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 8 Comments

don't make these seo copywriting mistakes

Copywriting is a very important element of every SEO strategy. High-quality content is THE thing that’ll help you rank and that’ll set your site apart from all the other sites out there. You probably want to do SEO copywriting the right way. Without making any fatal mistakes. So what SEO copywriting mistakes should you definitely avoid? I’ll »

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Tagging posts properly for users and SEO

14 September 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 7 Comments

Tags for a post can be hard to choose: in this post I’ll explain why they’re important and how to choose them. One of the hardest things as your site becomes bigger is creating and maintaining a site structure that actually makes sense. Tags and categories can help create that structure, allowing people to easily »

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