It was about 23 different places you could uncover valuable keywords, including 29 screenshots on exactly how and where to find them.
You guys found it so helpful, we created a follow-up post going through those exact steps to uncover keywords for one specific niche, and even included that keyword list available as a free download. And that one got more shares than the original article.
Clearly, this is an important topic that you guys want to make sure you get right.
But the thing is, a lot of you don’t have the five extra hours (rough estimate) required to sit down and comb through ALL of these 23 resources to make a seemingly endless list of keywords.
You’ve got a few hours after work in the evenings, max, and though it might be ideal to optimize for loads of keywords, the reality is that you’re going to have to settle for a solid handful right now if you want to make any progress whatsoever towards your niche site and passive income goals.
So how do you narrow down which of those 23 resources to go after first?
And how do you know when to stop writing down keyword possibilities and just start implementing the into your site content already?
Believe me, I get you.
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So rather than preaching at you that your dreams are worth the sacrifice of hours of keyword research and implementation, I’m going to show you the cliff notes version that might not be as 100% effective as going all-out, but that’ll certainly get you 80% of the way there in one hour rather than five.
What I’ll Show You
- Seven sources to uncover up to 35 ready-to-use keywords.
- How to get your keywords quickly and move on to ranking.
- Screenshots to quickly identify where to look for those keywords.
(P.S. If you'd like to download a free list of 220 profitable buyer keywords click here or the image below)
Ground Rules for Getting Through This in One Hour or Less
The goal here is to get a list of solid keywords that’ll get you going & help you achieve your first licks of niche success. The goal is not perfectionism.
For this, I’m going to tell you to only write down five keywords per source below, maximum.
With seven sources, that’s up to 35 keywords, which is more than enough to get you started with creating content.
In fact, creating content to help your site rank for thirty five keywords will take quite a while, so this one hour will possibly set you up for months of work on your niche site, which is all you need at this point.
Another ground rule is not to repeat keywords (for obvious reasons), and that if one source doesn’t seem to yield great keywords, don’t feel like you have to write them down.
Okay, ready to get started?
1. Google Auto-Complete: Find Your Niche's Most Popular Phrases
Open a fresh tab in your browser and go to Google.com.
In the search box in the middle of the page, start typing in your niche.
I decided to see what people find interesting about herbal medicine, so I started typing that in.
Google gave me a few suggestions before I even finished typing, and a few more once I actually finished typing out the words.
- herbal medicine tea
- herbal medicine degree
- herbal medicine books
- herbal medicine for anxiety
These are the main things people are searching for online when it comes to herbal medicine, so making sure you cover these bases will create a solid foundation for your SEO and getting discovered via organic search engine results.
2. Google Related Searches: Phrases for Readers Who Want to Dig a Little Deeper
Once you get those auto-complete suggestions written down, hit enter and scroll down to the bottom of the first page.
These pieces are put there to help out searchers who may have done a search for one keyword phrase but may not have found exactly what they were looking for.
By offering these related searches, Google tries to make sure they find exactly what they’re looking for.
You can take a hint from Google’s strategy here and make sure you’ve also covered related areas your target readers might find interesting, outside of the most immediately popular keyword searches.
As you can see, I’ve got eight keywords here. But keeping with the rule to only write down five (brevity is just so important when you’re trying to launch a niche site), I’m going to make educated guesses about what my target readers do in fact care about the most and choose only five.
Again, it doesn’t matter if you’re 100% correct in your educated guesses, because even if you do eliminate the top three (highly unlikely), you’ve still got five really solid keywords to add to your list that are only going to help you.
- herbal remedies
- medicinal herbs
- herbal supplements
- alternative medicine
- holistic medicine
3. Wikipedia: Collect SEO Phrases From the SEO Genius
As discussed in my previous two articles on how to find niche keywords, Wikipedia is the #6 website in the entire world and #4 on Google with absolutely no paid advertising.
Well, they provide insanely useful content for one, but they also really know what they’re doing when it comes to SEO. (Ever noticed how they waste no opportunity to link to relevant pages?)
When I typed in herbal medicine, it automatically directed me to a page called herbalism (which is herbal medicine), so that keyword is going on my list.
Honestly, I wouldn’t even read past the first paragraph.
Not because Wikipedia isn’t interesting, but because that’s where Wikipedia puts most of their SEO linking juice to get you to other on-site pages with relevant content.
For keywords, you can use other suggestions for naming at the top (like herbalism, herbology, or herbalist in this post), and any linked-to text in the opening section.
- traditional medicine
4. Your Site’s Internal Search: What Current Readers Want to Know
If you’re new to your niche and either haven’t set up your website yet, don’t have an on-site search function, or don’t have enough traffic yet for this data to be worth anything, go ahead and skip this step.
But maybe you’ve been blogging on your niche topic for a while now and you’re ready to take your site to the next level.
If you’re in that position, this keyword source is irreplaceable.
So irreplaceable in fact that if you’ve got more than five terms that people are repeatedly searching for on your site, this is one place where I’d actually encourage you to break my rule and add more than five phrases to your keyword list, and to add those words to the top of your list as top priority.
If you’ve got a site search and a query parameter set up, accessing this data is as simple as a few clicks inside your Google Analytics dashboard.
In the right menu bar, click on Behavior > Site Search > Search Terms.
And then write down what you see.
It’s that easy.
5. Google Correlate: Adjacent Topics Your Readers Also Want to Know More About
This search tool from Google Trends can tell you what other people who search for your niche also search for.
Sometimes, like with my example in finding keywords for the survivalist niche, Google Correlate provides highly relevant keywords directly related to your niche:
Other times, like in my search on herbal medicine, you simply find out more about the characteristics and outside interests of the majority of your target audience.
From this you can see that themes of eastern philosophy, which may be useful down the line, but isn’t entirely useful for the moment and our task at hand.
However, since I see that the word “kapha” is on the list and I know that it’s one of the three Ayurvedic body types, I realize this is something people are interested in and that is actually highly relevant to herbal medicine.
Because of this, I’ll add the three body types and their umbrella term to my list, as I know it would create some interesting and useful content that my target audience is clearly interested in.
- Ayurvedic body types
6. Amazon Auto-Fill: Purchase-Ready Keywords
Up until this point, we’ve focused on keywords that’ll help you rank, which is exactly what you want.
However, though Amazon is great at SEO, they’re even better at another thing: selling. They know you’re there because you’re looking for something to buy, so they put words and phrases in front of you to represent products you might be interested in based on what you’re typing.
And considering you’re probably starting a niche website because you want to make some kind of income from it, these keywords with purchase intent can be really valuable when you work them into your keyword list.
Not repeating any keywords from before, here’s what I can add to my list:
- herbal medicine makers handbook
- Chinese herbal medicine
- herbal medicine from the heart of the earth
- herbal medicine cooker
- herbal medicine kit
7. Soolve: Gathering the Leftover Important Keywords
This is a great tool that shows you the top keywords related to what you type in for some of the biggest search engines.
The reason I saved this one for last was because rather than being inundated by all the results and having to choose only five, you’ll be able to eliminate a fair amount based on what you’ve already added to your list.
One of the other cool things this tool lets you do is look over the results for recurring themes that resonate with audiences across all types of information search engines.
For example, one thing I noticed was loads of keywords for “herbal medicine for _______”, which signified people wanting to use herbal medicine as a way to treat their specific health problems that are affecting their quality of life.
But since there were far more than five, I narrowed it down to the five health problems that I thought would have the most resonance and would represent audiences more willing to use the information I write up on the matter, making my efforts more worthwhile.
- herbal medicine for ADHD
- herbal medicine for depression
- herbal medicine for cancer
- herbal medicine for arthritis
- herbal medicine for cough
Quick Action Plan
Now that you're able to find your niche's most important keywords, you should know how to turn them into epic pieces of content.
We'll use the skyscraper technique as recommended by Brian Dean, which is basically
Let's pick one of the important keywords we've come up with earlier...
We'll go with "herbal medicine for cough".
So head over to Google.com
Search "herbal medicine for cough".
Now you've got literally dozens of topics to choose from.
You're going to pick one and make it better and/or bigger.
So if you chose the first one, "7 natural cough remedies for persistent & dry coughs", you'll want to make something that is even better.
And since it's ranked in first, it's a top performing piece of content.
(P.S. If you'd like to download a free list of 220 profitable buyer keywords click here or the image below)
Finish Your Quick-Start Keyword List & Start Writing
And that’s it. Now I’ve got a list of 27 power-punching keywords that I can use to start a website all about herbal medicine and create content that I know people are looking for and that’ll help me get the SEO-based search engine rankings that I want.
If you’re starting a niche site or just need a fresh set of keywords, I challenge you to see how long going through this post will take you.
I’ve said an hour or less, but I really think it’ll actually take you 30 minutes or less. How long did it take you?
P.S. Now start writing!