• Anna S.

Keyword Strategy Errors You Need to Eliminate


A keyword plan and strategy are essential for companies that wish to produce leads online. This article addresses a few common errors in the keyword strategy that your firm should eliminate. Ensure not to get hampered by these common errors. Targeting appropriate keywords is vital for search marketing success. Focus on creating content for targeted keywords that can generate hot leads.


Targeting a Large Number of Keywords


This strategy can dilute your focus and result in unclear content. Further, you’ll end up creating a wide and not profound keyword authority. The latter is difficult for a new site.


Unless your site is an established one and ranks on Google’s first page for certain difficult keywords, you’ll find it hard to wield the needed clout to target many keywords simultaneously. You can be more successful by concentrating on a limited number of targets and acting resourcefully to make them rank.


It’s a poor strategy to have a lot of moving targets. You’d be better off focusing on one or two clusters of content when you start. This means concentrating on one chief keyword for a principal page, and lots of long-tail variations to revolve around it, typically as blog posts.


Depending Too Much On Branded Keywords


Many brands use lots of branded keywords and terms to describe their products and methods. A common SEO error is to believe your business’ terminology is extensive and used more commonly than it actually is. In addition, current popularity may not translate into growth.


For search marketing success, you need to convert your messages into simple phrases and ideas that are searched commonly and comprehended easily. Anything cute, catchy, or clever may not be useful for your keyword plan unless the term is very “buzzwordy”. Even in this case, the keyword plan will have only short-lived endurance. So, try to use straightforward and simple messaging, even if a phrase has not been utilized before.


While you’re collecting keyword targeting ideas, follow these suggestions:

  • Put every idea through vigorous testing for the difficulty and volume metrics

  • Ensure your target keyword has a minimum of at least 100 monthly searches, and more if you want to scale and volume

  • A keyword with negligible monthly search numbers can be ignored even if it’s a current buzzword

Suggestion: There is an exception to the last rule: You want your brand name to rank. This can occur automatically if you utilize sound SEO practices on your site. You should monitor your rank for your brand abbreviations and names, including your brand name with location if pertinent, and include your company name in the title tags of your pages. Further, you can get your company included in directories to obtain authority for the brand name.


Assessing Incorrect Key Performance Indicators For Keywords


Occasionally, you might get too excited if you begin to notice keyword traction and make the mistake of overlooking the vital metrics. An effective keyword plan means ranking for appropriate keywords and not just for a high number of keywords.

Suggestion: It’s typical in a new keyword plan for your rankings to drop for a few terms, as you will be re-optimizing for more relevant and better terms. Therefore, during this time the number of business leads may increase while traffic reduces.


Apart from tracking your keyword ranking for down or up movement:

  • You can also monitor organic traffic.

  • However, while measuring traffic it’s important to ensure the conversion rate of hot leads also goes up.

  • Therefore, you need to closely watch the conversion rate for organic traffic, as well as for MQLs obtained from an organic web search.

  • This information can be viewed in Google Analytics or HubSpot.

There should be steady growth in the rate of organic conversion over a time period as you optimize your keyword plan. Pursue only keywords that attract visitors, convert them into leads, and are relevant to your business or product. Therefore, focus on SEO pages and blog posts that contribute the most number of hot leads.


Working Too Hard On Unviable Keywords


Effective keywords are relevant to your brand, have low-to-mid difficulty, and lots of search volume. There may be some exceptions but it’s a great rule for beginners to keep in mind.


Sometimes, brands work on keywords that don’t meet the above criteria. This may be because their competition ranks for that term even if it isn’t pertinent to their brand or has a high difficulty level. Rather than working on impossible words, you should focus on finding fresh variations of existing keywords.


Specifically, in paid search, you could quickly drain your allotted budget if you enter into a bidding battle with your main competitors. To start, you should concentrate on differentiating yourself and build on long-tail keywords to earn authority. Use differentiation to avoid expensive bidding battles with similar competitors.


Suggestion: Brands with an established ranking in search engine platforms can work on keywords with high difficulty. You can work on some “high volume, high difficulty” keywords as a long-term objective and build toward it with your clusters of content.


Insufficient Optimizing And Blogging To Maintain Keyword Growth


Your keyword strategy requires constant attention and help from website optimization and content marketing. This means you should publish one blog article or post per week; in content-saturated sectors, blogging twice or more per week may be needed.


Strengthen your posting time using optimizations like adding lots of links across your site especially for fresh keyword pages. Use the right links so that all blog articles and posts lead to vital pages such as those that have a form and conversion offer.


Not Utilizing Conversion- And Keyword-Optimized Landing Pages


To improve your conversion rate, you should have more than just keyword-optimized landing pages. Include content offers, implement A/B tests on your messaging, and provide a clear CTA (call to action) to capitalize on the leads. You should aim to improve your landing page and SEO over time to gradually increase your conversion rate.

Suggestion: There’s not much difference between landing pages and SEO pages. Both attempt to convert visitors into leads by gathering their details with a web form. But, SEO pages focus more on the bottom of the funnel keywords related closely to your product or service. On the other hand, landing pages typically highlight a content offer such as an e-book or a sign-up for a webinar.


Not Focusing On Older Content

The mantra for a fresh keyword plan is to build continuously. You should aim to quickly produce new SEO web pages and plenty of additional content to view improvement. In this rush, you may forget to use your existing material or old keyword web pages which could hold you back.


Re-optimizing for better keywords and refreshing existing and old content are good strategies. You can do this by finding improved target keywords with more volume or clearer intent. Plus, you can optimize your old web pages and also add a few links with the new target keywords across your website. Google likes fresh content; therefore you should try to upgrade your older posts by adding new headlines rich in keywords, as well as fresh paragraphs and images.


Not Utilizing AdWords For Scaling


You can use AdWords to rapidly scale your brand’s organic keyword plan and test it to check if leads come to the funnel sooner. You might need to put in extra effort to write specific pages and ads for the AdWords keywords, and also to do ongoing maintenance and research on the ideal keywords to use on a paid platform.


However, if you possess the required budget, you should start an AdWords keyword campaign along with your strategy for organic search. The good news is a lot of the content created for organic lead production can be also utilized for the AdWords campaign, therefore both are linked closely. It’s advisable to utilize a mixture of the builder as well as driver tactics.


Brands that depend only on a strategy for organic search often do not realize that it can take a lot of time to see real traction. Therefore, use a paid keyword campaign to obtain new insights more quickly and achieve lead objectives while you focus on creating an organic keywords dynamo of website pages, blogs, and content offers.


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