So, lately, I've decided to focus my time and energy on keyword research and SEO to make more money here on Infobarrel. Here is my new strategy in a nutshell: start keyword research with a free tool called Domain Samurai(google it) and finish keyword research with a different free tool called Traffic Travis.
Basically, you google Domain Samurai and sign up for it. Once that's done, you have everything you need to start your keyword research. Here's how that program works: once you open the program, you'll need to start a new project... it doesn't really matter what you call the project. It's irrelevant. Next, click on New Keyword. Enter a broad keyword that you'd like to find more specific keywords for. For example, you can use cheese. Once that's done, click on generate keywords. You might need to enter your google adwords account info. If you don't have an account with adwords yet, it's easy to set up. It shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes. Once you have your adwords account set up, use domain samurai to sign in once prompted. Then, click on generate keywords. It will take a little time to load but it will pull up a big list of potential keywords.
The next thing you need to do is click on Keyword Analysis. You'll want these boxes checked: SEO Traffic, Phrase-To-Broad, AdWords CPC, SEO Comp, and SEO value. Next, click on Analyze Keywords. Again, this will take a couple of seconds to load but it will narrow down your list of keywords to the few that are worth writing articles around.
Once you have a list of money keywords, eliminate those that you obviously cannot write an article about and that should leave you with a couple of gems to work with.
What you have to do next is use Traffic Travis to use their free SEO analysis tool. This will allow you to determine how difficult it would be to rank for that keyword/key phrase. Just enter your phrase to analyze and click on Analyze. Make sure you're only evaluating the top 10 ranking pages for that keyword. Anything with 4 or 5 stars will be pretty easy to rank for. Anything else is a little bit more of a challenge especially for a newbie. I'd recommend writing articles around keywords that are 4 or 5 stars strong. Maybe try writing some articles for some 3 stars keywords too and see if you can rank for them. You might be able to. 2 and 1 stars is just too tough for a newbie.
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Remember to check out my other articles on Infobarrel where I talk about how to write effectively for Infobarrel and I write about my experiences on other websites. I also write about all kinds of different topics like health for example.
The reason I started focusing more on SEO than I used to is because writing about whatever topic you'd like to write about just doesn't generate any real money. Unless you write like 1000 articles, it's just not worth it and even if you're prepared to write 1000 articles, you're still much more likely to make decent money on here if you follow some SEO principles and target specific keywords in your articles.