When to use these strategies: Site Architecture Planning, Content Creation, Ad Campaign Planning
In this exercise we will use the keyword lists that we uncovered through the SEMrush competitors organic rankings report, AdWords report, PowerMapper Site Trees, Screaming Frog Site Crawls and Niche Markets to take your keyword research to the next level by making sure that we have identified every keyword combination that our target market may be using when searching for products and services like yours.
Up to this point we have taken the fast track to getting keyword lists that seem to be driving the industry by taking from our competitors... but there could still be some very popular keywords that our competitors haven't discovered. So, we are going to comb through the big list of keywords and break them apart into categories called Keyword modifiers.
Keyword modifiers are terms that can be added to a base keyword to make it more specific. For instance, let's say your based keyword is "bananas". One category of keyword modifiers could be "size". That list would contain words like "small, medium, large, extra large, huge, oversized, etc...". Another category could be "taste" which could contain terms such as "sweet, savory, bitter". Another category could be "uses/recipes" with terms such as "split, sundae, fried, raw, smoothies, dried, etc...". Of course there could be a number of other categories such as "color", "nutrition", "origin" and more. Once all of these keyword modifier lists have been created, we can use a tool that will automatically multiply up to four lists together to automatically generate every possible combination of terms. Finally, the resulting list of terms can be loaded into Google's keyword planner to find the average monthly search volume for each term, and we will finally have a definitive list of the most popular keywords related to the topic of bananas. Imaging the power of these lists for a site that sells lots of different types of fruits... or any product, service or topic you can possibly think of. This is a very powerful strategy.
This exercise is going to give you exactly what you need to make sure that all of your future keyword research is as fast and efficient as possible, while being very, very thorough. If keyword research is your job, you are about to become bad-ass at your job!
Open a new Excel Workbook and name it “Keyword Patterns”. For every step below, you will be creating a separate list of terms. In this exercise you will pour over all of the keyword research we have done up until now to find every possible term that can be used to modify any keyword, each modifier will go into the appropriate list or lists. Once we have all of the lists, we will use Google’s Keyword Multiplier for all page specific keyword research moving forward.
KeywordGrouper.com offers an incredible tool for taking massive lists of keywords and helping you quickly filter the list into groups. This is a paid tool that unfortunately it only runs on PC’s, but it is definitely one of the most valuable tools that anyone tasked with keyword research could use. Watch this great video to see how KeywordGrouper works:
Take the big list of keywords that was aggregated from your competitor research and put the list through the Keyword Grouper tool. This will help give you some great insights into the different categories of keywords within your big list.
- Establish Base Terms: You should now have an outline of your site’s Pages, Products, Categories, Sub-Categories, Niche Markets, Landing Pages, etc… This should have been done in Strategy 4, Step 1, when you created the Aggregated Sitemap. The Aggregated Sitemap should outline your entire site.
- Keyword Intent: Early in this course we identified the 5 classes of keyword intent. Now, create 5 separate lists, one for each class of keyword intent, and as you go through all of the keyword research that has been up to this point, whenever you see a term that is appropriate for one of these 5 lists, add it to the appropriate list.
- Buy Now
- Interested Product Research
- Local Business
- Industry: List all industries
- Profession: List professions
- Position / Title: List all job titles
- Hobbies & Interests
- Needs / Pain Points
This tool is awesome! However, it does have two limits. The lists will only multiply in order. That means the terms in the first list will appear before the terms in the second list, etc… the terms in the second list will not appear before the terms in the first list.
Lastly, the tool will multiply all the lists that are entered. Therefore, if you enter three lists to be multiplied together, all of the results will feature terms from all three lists. If you only want two lists to be multiplied together, you can only enter those two lists. If you want to reverse the order of the words, you have to re-order the lists.
However, with all of that considered, this really is the best way to do keyword research once you have already gone through all of the fundamental exercises that we did in the first 3 strategies. Here is the step-by-step on what to do.
- Multiply various lists together to find all possible phrases
- Export lists and add to appropriate Thematic Groups
- Run these lists through the Keyword Multiplier found here: Keyword Multiplier
- Download and format the keyword ideas reports