Keyword research is one of those things that is not an exact science for any two people working online. We all have our own way of doing it and whatever works for you is fine. If you know nothing about keyword research or simply don't have the time, you can do what I do, use a tool that does it for you.
I remember one day in February 2012, Joan Adams, a fellow Lensmaster from Squidoo shared a link in a large group we were all apart of for a tool that did keyword research. She was using the Micro Niche Finder but when that wasn't working for some reason she quickly switched to a site tool called Jaaxy.
I signed up for Jaaxy immediately and the first thing I did when I logged in was search a phrase. I didn't even read the directions! I saw a big search box and I used it! Immediately it returned a lot of words that were related to the phrase I put in the search bar. It was amazing!!! I clicked on the words and more SEO information became available. There is a red light, yellow light, green light indicator on each keyword phrase that tells you whether or not a word is easy or hard to rank for.
I'm not sure if I ever read the directions to be honest, it was very easy to use and very self explanatory. I immediately began searching keyword phrases that I could make pages for. A world of possibility opened up the day I found Jaaxy, I still use it to this day, every day. It's so much fun to search for keyword phrases, I must have a hundred lists of topics I will probably never be able to even cover.
I made 7 Squidoo lenses the week of the free trial, all gained traffic and made sales right away, so I kept the tool. Off the lenses I made in that first week, I made $370 the first month I had them! The tool costs $19 a month, so I was already in the green as far as I was concerned. $19 is a lot of money, I struggled with whether or not to pay it at first, but the results paid for themselves. Now, I'm a hard worker, if you don't plan to use the tool to the best of it's ability, meaning, research the words and write quality pages for them, then it's probably not the tool for you. I seriously had been looking for a tool like this for years! I had all the other stuff down, but I always struggled with keyword research, but now I had this amazing tool to do it all for me, I was sold. I still continue to this day to tell people to sign up for Jaaxy, it's so easy and it does return good results.
The Gist of It
- Simple, fast keyword research.
- Cost is $19/month.
- Finds, sorts and keeps lists of keywords.
How does Jaaxy work?
The Jaaxy search gives you a list of kewyords, the monthly searches, estimated traffic, QSR (competing number of pages) and the SEO power. The SEO power tells you on a scale of 0-100 how marketable a keyword can be (100 being the best).
There is no certain number of monthly searches that I am looking for, I generally just take as many as 10 green light keywords that are related and write about them. I use the one with the most SEO power as my main keyword and sprinkle the others in.
This method of keyword research has worked well for me, I have been paying for Jaaxy since February of 2013 and I will continue to pay for it because it makes me money and saves me time. There are other ways to do it by hand using the Google Adwords Keyword Tool but I found that to be confusing and time consuming. Jaaxy just works better for me and time restraints.
Using Jaaxy to Earn Money Online
I analyze the data somewhat and choose the word or words that have a high SEO value and hopefully good monthly searches too. I download my list of keywords and use them each in my tags. I use those same words in my titles and subtitles and again in the text. The key is lightly using the word so that it makes sense, do not over do it. I use each of my ten keywords in one sentence, maybe two throughout the whole page. I use them in such a way that they flow with the page. Target the words that Jaaxy gives you and you will see traffic, how much depends on your content and value of the site you put it on. Be patient and write good content that flows with the keywords but doesn't over use them.
Use your main keyword in the first or second sentence of the first paragraph. Use the rest of your words in your titles and subtitles when possible and then make them flow contextually throughout the page. It's not an exact science, but this is what has been working for me.