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Keyword Analysis: Looking For Low-Hanging Fruit

By Damon G. Zahariades (c) 2006 http://www.WebBusinessToday.com

Getting traffïc from the search engines for competitive keywords is a tough battle. And it’s getting tougher.
This article will help you continue to drive traffïc from Google, Yahoo and MSN while avoiding the sandbox where the bullies hang out.

There’s always someone with a biggër budget and largër staff trying to bump your site from the top ten slots on the search engine results pages (SERPs). In fact, some keywords are so competitive that search engine optimizers (SEOs) resort to tactics that range from mildly scandalous to downright brutal.

Some SEOs cloak their pages. Some of them hijack other sites’ pages. Still others file false DCMA complaints against their competitors, hoping the search engines will ban the offending sites without bothering to validate the claim.

Like I said… brutal.

Find The Keywords Others Are Ignoring

In every niche market, there are several keywords that everybody focuses on.

These are the keywords that command high bid prices in Adwords. These same keywords are also savagely fought over in the organic SERPs. Either way, you’re gonna be a goldfish in a sharkpool, if you try to rank for them.

So, if the competition for those keywords is so fierce, why are so many people content to be ripped apart by the sharks?

Why do they spend so much time, effort and monëy competing for keywords they have little chance of ranking for?!

Three reasons…

First, most people aren’t creative. They can’t figure out what unexplored keyword sweet spots are availabe to them (I’ll show you an example in a moment).

Second, they’re lazy. And when it comes to growing your business, laziness trumps creativity every time.

Third, they don’t know about the tools that can help them. There are tools you can use to help you find the sweet spots of keyword territory.

Whatever the reason, people are ignoring valuable keyword territory. They are leaving monëy on the table… monëy that you can scoop up by optimizing pages for these ignored keywords!

An Example Of Ignored Keywords

Let’s say you want to rank in the top three slots in Google for the keyword “chiropractor.” (We’re not even going to touch on how unlikely it is for a general keyword like that to convert!)

Do a Google search for “chiropractor.”

At the time of this writing, there are 8,910,000 results. That number is NOT a real indicator of TRUE keyword competitiveness, but it’s a start in the right direction. (We’re gonna talk about how to do TRUE keyword competitiveness analysis in the next few lessons in this series.)

The first ten slots in the SERPs are very well-entrenched. They’ve been there awhile and they have high-quality link equity pointing at them.

Beating those folks in the top ten slots will be tough. A little too tough in my book. That is, it will require too much time, effort and monëy to knock them off their perch for the ROI I can expect from ranking for “chiropractor.”

It’s one of those high-voltage keywords that everyone in that market focuses on.

So, let’s dig deeper for some less-competitive, undiscovered treasure.

Let’s search Google for “california chiropractor” (use the quotes). Whoa, what a big difference. Now, we get 9,880 results. MUCH better! But, if I wanted to get into the top three, this keyword is still a little too competitive for my tastes.

With a bit of work, I can likely knock the 2nd and 3rd guys off their purchases. It’ll take some effort, but I can do it. As for the guy ranked first… not a chance. He’s entrenched.

So, let’s dig deeper. Maybe there’s some unexplored territory out there.

Search Google for “north orange county chiropractor” (again, use the quotes). Look at that! At the time of this writing, there are 0 (zip, nadda, zilcho) results.

Now, how easy would it be for you to rank well for THAT keyword? It’s like shooting fish in a barrel. This is true low-hanging fruit.

Are people using this keyword in Google? Well, it may not jump out at you in Wordtracker, but think about this…

There are a LOT of people in Orange County, California. A lot of them look for chiropractors (heck, I have a friend that drives from Los Angeles to Fullerton twice a week for his chiropractor). People are refining their search these days to get more relevant results from Google. Often, they’re refining their searches by geography.

And not only will you easily scoop up folks looking for “north orange county chiropractor” but you should also rank well for “orange county chiropractor” (only 326 results at the time of this writing).

That’s a pool I’m willing to swim in!

Cumulative Effect Of Ignored Keywords

Let’s face it. Ranking well for “north orange county chiropractor” is not going to bring a flood of traffïc like ranking well for simply “chiropractor.”

But, it doesn’t need to.

First, “north orange county chiropractor” is much more targeted. If someone is searching for “north orange county chiropractor” it’s a good bet that he’s having problems with his back and wants to fix it fast.

If you’re collecting and selling leads (we’ll talk about how to do this in an upcoming series, so stay tuned) to a chiropractor in Orange County, you can unload ’em for a lot more cäsh than leads collected from people searching Google for “chiropractor.”

Second, you’re gonna have a bunch of these tiny keyword sweet spots sending search engine traffïc to you.

For example, you’re not going to simply create one page for “north orange county chiropractor,” call it a day and head for the beach. You want to create pages for…

“south orange county chiropractor”
“laguna beach chiropractor”
“anaheim hills chiropractor”
“yorba linda chiropractor”
… and so on. You want to have lots of these pages scooping up people who are searching for these largely-ignored keywords. If you want to dig even deeper for keyword treasure, tack on the word “certified” or “board certified” to each keyword above.

The possibilities are endless. And cumulatively, these little sweet spots can add up to a flood of highly-targeted traffïc to your site.

Are you getting excited yet?

Last Thoughts

Avoid the high-voltage, ultra-competitive keywords in your space. The time, monëy and effort you need to spend to rank well for them will probably give you a rotten ROI (most folks don’t have a business model that can yield a great ROI from these shark-infested waters).

Instead, go for the keyword sweet spots… the unexplored territory of largely-ignored keywords.

They’re much easier to rank for. And the traffïc they drive is more targeted and easier to convert.

The traffïc that only one of these sweet spots drives may not seem like a big deal. But, rank well for a LOT of them and the targeted traffïc can pile up quickly.

That’s it for now.

I’ll talk to you soon!

About The Author
Article by Damon G. Zahariades. To get immediate access to your free Special Report, “The 5 Critical Elements To Creating A 6-Figure Income Online” visit http://www.WebBusinessToday.com.

 

Camilla Todd
Camilla Todd is Head of Digital Marketing at WNW Digital and manages Search Engine Optimisation, PPC, Social Media campaigns and Brand Awareness for WNW Digital SEO clients. You can follow her on Twitter @camilla_wnw, email her at camilla@wnwdigital.co.uk or phone on 01392 349580