Search engine optimization (SEO) is a heavily discussed topic, and can be both simple and complicated at the same time. The reason for this is because it's implentation can be tricky, and more often then not requires a lot of trial and error. For those serious about making money online, it is also a very important thing to understand; otherwise you will never draw in traffic to your website and make the money you want to earn. The goal of this article is to teach you how to make money online with SEO.

There are 5 easy steps you need to follow in order to be successful, and if you follow them all to a T; then you should have no problem earning some extra money from your website and articles.

Targeted Keywords

The first topic for discussion is related to finding good keywords. This can be a fun and monotonous task, but it is vital in identifying what your website and articles are actually about. Your goal should be honing in on one or two good keywords (either short tail or long tail keywords), then focusing your writing content around these words.

A variety of keyword programs are available for free online, most notably Google Keywords. Of course, if you are really serious about finding great keywords and making a lot of money online, then you will definitely want to look into purchasing a keyword tool.

Targeted Audience

If you are working on an article or website, you should determine who your audience is. Unfortunately, the sentiment that "everyone is my audience" should be heavily avoided because this is simply not true. Finding a targeted, niche audience is important when driving traffic to your website. Consider some of your favorite websites and think about who is attracted to those websites.

For example: Facebook is not for "everyone." Facebook is a social networking website, and as a result it lures people who wish to maintain their social connections online. In a broad sense, Facebook is for people interested in social networking. Facebook is not for "everyone." Finding your target audience is extremely important, otherwise your content will become buried and never found by anyone.

If you target "everyone," then no one will see your content.

Your Websites Rank

Consider the rank of your website when you are looking to make money online. Your rank is effected in many different ways, including your search engine optimization. Additionally, if your website is new; it may take a good amount of time for it to be seen by search engines. You may have great SEO, keywords, and a targeted audience; but it still takes about 6 months or so for everything to get into the search engines effectively.

If you are writing on a popular article writing website, like InfoBarrel, then the importance of the site rank is much lower when it comes to what you can control. Just make sure you are writing on websites that are ranking high already. You can essentially skip this step if you are not setting up your own website! 

Unique Content

Let us be honest: no one wants to read poorly written and uninteresting content on the internet. I am very much against article spinning for this reason. Writing unique content with great SEO will help your articles to rank highly in search engines with much more ease, considering major search engines (like Google) is beginning to filter through mediocre, poorly written, and spun content that is solely focused on making money and not providing valuable content to readers.

Take your time, write great content, and see the views roll in quickly!

Lasting Appeal

Your website content should be interesting enough to make people want to come back and share it via social networking. If you follow all of these search engine optimization rules, you should have no problem creating unique and interesting content that will lure people in; and keep them coming back!

I hope this article will prove helpful in teaching how to make money online with SEO. Like I said earlier, it will take some time and trial and error; but it is important and is very exciting when you begin to be successful. If you have any additional advice or questions, leave a comment below!